Elections board rebuffs Linden schools on primary vote

Elections board rebuffs Linden schools on primary vote

LINDEN, NJ – The local Board of Education is exploring other security options after its formal request to have June primary voting removed from its schools was turned down by the Union County Board of Elections. Raymond Topoleski, the president of the board, said the members are concerned for the safety of the students on […]

Union County Teacher of Year had other career plans

Union County Teacher of Year had other career plans

By Liv Meier, Correspondent LINDEN, NJ — Union County Teacher of the Year Barbara Brady never saw herself in front of a classroom — it was a different audience she always envisioned. Before becoming Linden High School’s dance and physical education teacher, she was a professional ballerina until a career-ending injury forced her to rethink her […]

Linden school board pushes to end primary voting

LINDEN, NJ – The school board is seeking to have June primary voting removed from the district’s schools, despite having already been met with sharp criticism and accusations of voter suppression by Mayor Derek Armstead. The board, at its Aug. 28 meeting, voted to authorize President Raymond Topoleski to send a letter to the city […]

Linden mayor balks at schools’ elections proposal

LINDEN, NJ — Mayor Derek Armstead blasted school Superintendent Danny Robertozzi’s proposal to not use the schools for June primary elections, saying the move would inconvenience residents and calling the plan an attempt at voter suppression. “The superintendent and the majority on the school board aren’t really concerned about who comes to vote; they just […]

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 […]