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Governor Murphy reverses indoor gathering rules in NJ after a spike in the spread of coronavirus

Governor Murphy Announces Decreased Indoor Gathering Capacity Limit

Governor Phil Murphy announced the decrease of indoor gathering capacity limit in response to the increase of COVID-19 cases in New Jersey. Indoor gatherings are now limited to 25 percent of a room’s capacity, but regardless of the room’s capacity, the maximum limit shall be 25 persons, down from 100 persons. For purposes of determining this limit, any private residence or residential unit shall be treated as a single room. However, today’s change will not be applicable to the following events: weddings, funerals, memorial services, religious services or celebrations, and political activities. These events may continue under the previous rules that limited these events to 25 percent of a room’s capacity, but with a limit of 100 persons.

“In order to protect public health, we are re-tightening the restriction on indoor gatherings due to uptick of COVID-19 cases in New Jersey,” said Governor Murphy. “We cannot stress enough that large and crowded indoor gatherings, where social distancing isn’t being practiced and face masks aren’t being worn, are not safe. Until there is a significant decrease of COVID-19 cases, these restrictions will continue to be in place.” 

The Order took effect at 6am on Tuesday, August 4.

Click here for a copy of Executive Order #173.

Notice RE Two Vacancies for Laborer 1 (tier 2) in the Department of Community Services and Municipal Garage

Please be advised that there are 2 vacancies for the position of Laborer 1 (tier 2) in the Department of Community Services and Municipal Garage at the hourly rate of $15.00 (job description and requirements attached). These positions are full time for 40 hours per week. Click here to view and/or download the detailed job description. At this time, these positions will also be publicly advertised and open to all City of Linden residents. Anyone interested in the above-mentioned vacancy must submit an employment application which can be obtained here.

All applications must be completed and returned to the City Clerk, no later than Monday, August 10, 2020. Please be advised that all employment applications must be complete at the time of submission. Copies of resumes, proof of qualifications or any additional documents you wish to submit with your application must be supplied by the applicant. No copying services will be provided by the City Clerk’s Office.

Power Outages in Linden – Update from PSE&G

There are 20,000 PSE&G customers in the City of Linden, and over 1/2 are currently without power. PSE&G is working as quickly as possible to restore power to outage areas, however, there may be customers without power until mid-Thursday morning. PSE&G’s Regional Public Affairs Manager is giving updates directly to the Mayor as they come in, and they will be posted to the City’s Latest News feed.

Notice RE August 2020 Shade Tree Commission Meeting

The regular meeting of the Linden Shade Tree Commission will be held at 7:00 pm, Thursday, August 6, 2020. The meeting will be held electronically due to current health emergency, as declared by the Governor of New Jersey, limiting personal contact and public gatherings. Members of the public wishing to offer comments can access the meeting using the Go-To- Meetings electronic platform below. Please keep your microphone muted until the public comment portion of the meeting. Official action may be taken at this meeting. Portions of the meeting may be held in Executive Session.

How To Dial In Using Your Phone

  • To participate in this virtual meeting, first, dial 1 (646) 749-3122.
  • Then, enter the following access code: 891 784 589 #

How To Connect Using Your Computer, Smartphone or Tablet

  • To participate using your computer’s microphone and/or camera, click here.
  • If you are prompted for an access code, enter 891 784 589 and click on the button that says “Join”.
  • Your computer will then get a prompt from the website to either open the GoToMeeting application (if it is already installed on your computer) or to install the GoToMeeting application if it is not already installed on your computer.
  • The GoToMeeting application will then open and you will be connected to the meeting.
  • If you have technical issues, you will find answers to frequently asked questions and the ability to contact GoToMeeting’s technical support staff here.

Click here to read and/or download the official notice about this virtual meeting.

Financial Workshop – Save The Date

Please see the attachment to learn about free online webinar classes via Zoom.

  • Learn the key features of bonds, stocks and mutual funds on Wednesday, August 5th @ 7pm.
  • Find out what you should be doing now to prepare for retirement on Wednesday, August 12th @ 7pm.
  • Discover how to protect yourself against unexpected life events on Wednesday, August 19th @ 7pm.
  • Learn why everyone needs some type of estate plan on Wednesday, August 26th @ 7pm.

Please email or call Dawn at 732-540-8747 by July 31, 2020 to RSVP.

Social Security is here to help!

On behalf of the Social Security Administration (SSA), I want to let you know that during the current coronavirus pandemic, SSA continues to provide help to you and others in your community.

While their offices are not providing service to walk-in visitors due to COVID-19, SSA remains committed to providing ongoing benefits and vital services.  SSA asked me to let you know that they remain ready and able to help you by phone with most Social Security matters. You can speak with a representative by calling your local Social Security office or their National 800 Number.  They provide local office phone numbers conveniently online with their Social Security Office Locator.

SSA also wants you to know they have many secure and convenient online services to:

  • Apply for Retirement, Disability, and Medicare benefits,
  • Check the status of an application or appeal,
  • Request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas),
  • Print a benefit verification letter, and
  • Much more.

Most business with SSA can be done online, but they know that many people still rely on phone or in-person help.  That’s why they want you to know you can still count on them by phone. And, if you have a critical situation they cannot help you with by phone or online, they may be able to schedule an appointment for you.

If you need help from SSA, please don’t wait until they can see you in person.  Reach out now and get the help you need.

Lastly, SSA also understands that getting medical and other documentation can be difficult due to the pandemic.  So, they are continuing to extend certain deadlines wherever possible.


Mayor Derek Armstead

Food Distribution Event – July 23, 9am

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders & the Community FoodBank of New Jersey are providing this drive through only food distribution event to all Union County residents on July 23, 2020 at 9am.

  • First 2,000 vehicles will receive shelf-safe food and fresh produce on a first come, first served basis
  • One food distribution per vehicle, while supplies last
  • Please make sure to clear out the vehicle’s trunk prior to arrival to make room for food bags
  • Bring one (1) proof of NJ residency, such as a utility bill, driver’s license, ID card, etc.
  • Event will take place rain or shine

Click here to view and/or download the event flyer. With any questions, or for more information, please email the DHS Action Line or call them at 908 558 2288.

Notice RE Virtual July City Caucus, Conference & Council Meetings

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that in accordance with the Open Public Meeting Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et. seq., and the Governor of New Jersey’s Executive Orders 102 and 104 regarding COVID-19 the City of Linden will conduct its regular meetings virtually, due to the current health problems limiting personal contact and public gatherings through electronic communication equipment to facilitate public comments or questions.

Members of the public may access the meetings from their computer, tablet or smartphone by registering in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Marketing Strategy in Times of Economic Change

As a small business owner, it sometimes can be challenging to create a spending budget for marketing, given other business-related expenses, even in a healthy economy. Still, you will be challenged even more during tough economic times. The economy has a direct impact on the way a business promotes its products and services to customers. Understanding the link between the economy and marketing can help you to develop a cost-effective strategy for your business to respond to changes in the economic climate.

This free, live webinar / workshop, offered by the Union County Economic Development Corporation, will review the basic principles of marketing strategy and the application of the “4Ps of marketing”, SWOT analysis, target marketing, as well as assist in making effective local advertising choices, including social media, as part of a complete digital marketing plan to help a small business navigate in a changing economy.

Do you or someone you know need help paying your energy bill?

Elizabethtown Gas can connect you to financial assistance programs.

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities created the Universal Service Fund program to help low-income households pay
for electric and natural gas service. Eligible New Jersey customers pay no more than six percent of their income for their
natural gas and electric service. The USF program is administered by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.

For more information, you can visit the NJ State website, call (866) 240 1347 or click here to download the information sheet.