Linden OKs $950,000 in bonds for various train station repairs

LINDEN, NJ — The Linden City Council in December approved a $950,000 bond ordinance to make capital improvements to the city’s train station, but without a signed agreement from NJ Transit to pay the city back for the work. The city’s decision to finance improvements to the station has been discussed for months, pending NJ Transit’s […]

Linden police bid Parham farewell

Linden police bid Parham farewell

LINDEN, NJ — Former Linden Police Chief Jonathan Parham hoped his one-year tenure as the city’s first African-American commanding officer would set an example for other minorities who work hard toward their own goals. “I don’t think even I can fully understand the impact that it has, not just on African Americans, but on anyone who […]

Union members amplify labor dispute with stocking of coal

Union members amplify labor dispute with stocking of coal

LINDEN, NJ — Unionized employees at the AristaCare at Delaire nursing home in Linden presented a stocking filled with coal as a symbolic gesture in their labor dispute with the new owners of the facility. “Here, this is for you,” said one member of the Service Employees International Union Local 1199 United Healthcare Workers East on […]

Linden police add pair of new officers at ceremony

Linden police add pair of new officers at ceremony

LINDEN, NJ — Joining the Linden Police Department was just one way for Ariel Franjul to give back to the United States after immigrating here from the Dominican Republic in 1997 at about 10 years old. Franjul, who was sworn in as an officer on Dec. 11, moved to Linden after being honorably discharged in the […]

Linden examining impending legalization of recreational pot

LINDEN, NJ  — Linden officials are preparing for New Jersey’s possible legalization of recreational marijuana, establishing a committee to examine the potential impact of the move and whether the municipality should permit the sale of the drug within city limits. Gov.-elect Phil Murphy has made the legalization for those 21 and older a “2018 priority.” A […]

No timetable set for Linden train station repairs

No timetable set for Linden train station repairs

LINDEN, NJ — NJ Transit has met with Linden officials to discuss fixes to the city’s train station after a councilman last month raised concerns about who should pay for the restorations. Councilman Peter Brown showed LocalSource a number of issues at the station in October, including a stairway to the platform that was barricaded due […]

Linden council, NJ Transit haggle over station repairs

LINDEN, NJ — The Linden Train Station, along NJ Transit’s Northeast Corridor line, has fallen into disrepair, one city councilman says, but there is pushback from NJ Transit as to who should pay for necessary fixes. Linden 3rd Ward Councilman Peter Brown wants NJ Transit to pay for what he says are major repairs. But officials […]

Linden pays $575,000 to settle suit by Elizabeth men against municipal judge

LINDEN, NJ — Linden will pay $575,000 to two Elizabeth men who accused a municipal judge of depriving them due process rights by sentencing them to an “excessive” jail term. The settlement stems from a 2012 federal civil suit filed by cousins Wendell and Anthony Kirkland against the city and former municipal judge Louis DiLeo. The […]

Linden police get one-on-one time, coffee with city residents

Linden police get one-on-one time, coffee with city residents

LINDEN, NJ — For Jean Perez, a Linden resident for 11 years, visiting her police department’s “Coffee with a Cop” event was about interacting with officers in person rather than through social media. “I wanted to put a face to the police officers,” Perez said outside the Starbucks in Aviation Plaza on Oct. 4. “I don’t […]