State revokes teaching certificates of ex-Linden High School instructor

State education officials have revoked the teaching certificates of a former Linden High School instructor who was found to have helped several students cheat on the 2013 High School Proficiency Assessment exam. The Department of Education’s State Board of Examiners yanked the license of Rolando Laguna in an order issued Wednesday, June 18. According to […]

Former Linden police chief installed as undersheriff

ELIZABETH — Former Linden police Chief Jonathan Parham was sworn in as Union County undersheriff on Friday, July 13, filling the spot vacated by state Sen. Joe Cryan. Parham, who took the oath of office from Union County Vicinage Assignment Judge Karen Cassidy, will join undersheriffs Amilcar Colon and Dennis Burke as the executive management […]

Resigning Linden councilman facing foreclosure

LINDEN, NJ — A city councilman who said he considered resigning from his position over a bitter primary campaign season may have another reason for wanting to leave his post: his home was foreclosed on in March. Third Ward Councilman Peter Brown, Jr. purchased a home in his ward in 2009, records show. A county […]

Armstead bucks endorsed line, wins Linden Dem mayoral nod

LINDEN, NJ — Incumbent Derek Armstead overcame being shunted off the endorsed Democratic line to capture the mayoral primary in Linden on Tuesday night, fending off Councilwomen Gretchen Hickey and Rhashonna Cosby in what was a nasty intraparty fight. The lopsided win was a slap to state senator and newly elected Union County Democratic Party Chairman […]

What a mess

What a mess

LINDEN, NJ  — A tractor trailer lies on its side at the intersection of South Stiles Street and U.S. Route 1 in Linden while gasoline pools after the truck overturned on Wednesday, May 30. The tanker ruptured and spilled 9,000 gallons of gasoline, closing Route 1 in both directions between Pleasant Street and South Wood […]

Former MLB All-Star arrested in Linden for threatening Uber driver

Former MLB All-Star arrested in Linden for threatening Uber driver

LINDEN, NJ — Former Major League Baseball All-Star Lenny Dykstra was arrested by Linden police May 23, after he allegedly pulled out a gun and threatened an Uber driver, officials said. The 55-year-old outfielder, who played from 1985 to 1996 with the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies, was arrested outside Linden Police Department Headquarters […]

Linden interviews architects for downtown project

LINDEN, NJ — The Downtown Special Improvement District interviewed two architects regarding the redevelopment of a stretch of commercial properties along Wood Avenue. The six-member SID board interviewed representatives from Mountainside-based Musial Group, and LAN Associates, of Midland Park, at an April 12 meeting. The SID plans to redevelop the area with uniform storefronts, orange […]

Linden mayor takes flak over resolution to change broker

LINDEN, NJ — Mayor Derek Armstead came under fire at a March 20 council meeting for attempting to drop a freeholder candidate’s husband as one of the city’s brokers. A resolution put on the agenda by the mayor would have rescinded a January contract appointing Economic Planning Group as a broker for the Voya Financial […]