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Outdoor graduations are allowed, but in what form?

Breaking News

Gov. Phil Murphy announced the state will allow outdoor graduation ceremonies, beginning July 6, provided they comply with all social distancing regulations. Governor Murphy announced the news in a tweet this morning. He was expected to provide more information at his daily briefing at 11am. In his tweet, he said graduations could happen as long as schools ensure “the health and safety of all in attendance.” (ROI-NJ)

Certain Businesses Permitted to Open

Governor Murphy signed several Executive Orders and Administrative Orders, allowing some outdoor businesses to restart effective May 22, 2020 and enabling additional clarification on previous Executive Orders.

The following businesses are allowed to open.

  • Batting cages and golf ranges
  • Shooting and archery ranges
  • Horseback riding
  • Private tennis clubs
  • Community gardens

In-person sales at the following businesses also allowed to resume.

  • Automobile and motorcycle dealerships
  • Bicycle shops

Primary Election Information

Here’s what we know so far about the July 7th Primary

  • The July 7th primary will be a primarily vote-by-mail election.
  • ALL registered Democratic and Republican voters will receive a postage-paid vote-by-mail ballot.
  • ALL unaffiliated and inactive voters will receive a postage-paid vote-by-mail ballot application.
  • There will be a limited number of in-person polling places in each county that will be open to ensure that everyone can exercise their right to vote.
  • The deadline by which votes must be received by a county Board of Elections to be counted as valid will be extended from 48 hours after polls close to seven days after polls close.

Important Local Linden COVID-19 Updates

The following is COVID-19 related information that was previously found on the live Google Doc. Going forward, this post will contain local updates.

  • Linden has suspended bulk trash pick-up, City-wide. Bulk trash drop off is available at Linden DPW, 700 Lower Road, Monday-Saturday from 8am-2pm. 
  • If you are out of work due to COVID-19,  you can apply for unemployment online, if you are eligible. 908-474-8665
  • NJ Transit rail lines are working on their weekend schedule until further notice, buses will follow the daily schedule.
  • For those residents who cannot make their rental/mortgage payments because of being out of work please note that you cannot be evicted or foreclosed upon. However, your landlord and or mortgage company/bank can start the proceedings but cannot enforce eviction or foreclosure until 60 days after the Executive Order by the Governor has been lifted.
  • Alternate Street Side Parking is Suspended.
  • The United Chinese Americans Association of New Jersey donated facial masks to the City of Linden.

What’s closed to the public in Linden and how do I reach them by phone?

  • Linden City Hall – 908-474-8493 
  • Union County Offices – 908-527-4787
  • Linden DPW has suspended Sewer Maintenance.
  • Linden School District has implemented a Grab and Go Program for students who need lunch. This program is for all school age children. Although we have offered several of our recreation buildings for distribution for the convenience of some neighborhoods, the district declined. Therefore, lunches can be picked up at the Linden High School on the Ainsworth St side, gym entrance, School #2 on the West 17th St side and School #5 on the East Curtis St side, rear door.
  • Linden Municipal Court 908-474-8423
  • Linden Welfare Office – 908-474-8620
  • Linden Public Library
  • Linden Multi-Purpose Center
  • Linden PAL
  • John T. Gregorio Recreation Center seniors who receive Meals on Wheels receive at-home delivery.

What’s exempt from closure and/or open?

  • Daycare Centers for First Responders (EO 110) as of April 1, 2020
  • Supermarkets
  • Pharmacies
  • Gas Stations
  • Liquor stores (must be closed by 8pm)
  • Restaurants and Bars – Take Out /Delivery Service Only. 
  • Linden & Union County Parks are open; however, all playground equipment cannot be used.
  • Mobile Phone Repair Retail Stores – now deemed essential. 
  • Bike Shops for Repair Only – now deemed essential. 
  • Nursery and Garden Centers – now deemed essential. 

Do Your Part

  • Seniors Who Are Shut In – call the Mayor’s office at 908-474-8493.
  • Report price gouging to the Weights & Measures Division of the County Consumer Affairs Department by email or by phone at 908-527-4787.
  • As per the Governor, please stay home between the hours of 8pm and 5am unless you must be out.

New Method to Contact the Department of Labor

The Department of Labor created a new web portal that allows New Jersey residents to contact the Department of Labor directly. This is a helpful tool for residents who have questions about their applications. To submit a message, residents must go here and follow the instructions below:

Governor Murphy and Commissioner Caride Announce Expansion of Payment Relief for Student Loan Borrowers

Governor Phil Murphy and Department of Banking and Insurance Commissioner Marlene Caride announced today that the state has secured relief options with private student loan servicers to expand on the protections the federal government granted to federal student loan borrowers. These new options stand to benefit an estimated 200,000 New Jerseyans with privately held student loans.”

For the full press release, please click here.

Wait, am I on the right website?

Dear Linden Residents,

Yes! You are on the City of Linden’s website. More specifically, you are on the City of Linden’s new website. Even with COVID-19, the wheels of progress must continue. We have been working double time to make sure that the residents of the great City of Linden always have access to the most up to date information and are able to search, view and digest that information quickly and easily. We are proud that we are not letting the current health crisis get in the way of doing our jobs. Now more than ever, we cannot let fear get in the way of innovation. Making sure that our community stays connected is incredibly important, and we know that our City’s new website will be a contributing factor to that.

Mayor Derek Armstead

Important Dates for Voting & Elections

Governor Murphy issued an Executive Order moving the Primary Election, which has caused other important dates to move as well. 

  • May 13 – Deadline for Change of Party Affiliation Declaration Forms for Primary Election to be Filed with County Commissioners of Registration.
  • May 30 – Commencement of Mailing Regular Mail-In Ballots for Primary Election.
  • June 16 – Voter Registration Deadline for Primary Election.
  • June 30 – Deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for Primary Election.
  • July 7 – Primary Election Day and Deadline for In Person Handing in of Mail-In Ballot.
  • July 9 – Deadline for Receipt of Timely Mailed Postmarked Mail-In Ballots to County Boards of Election.

To apply to Vote By Mail, you can either:

  • Fill out a prepaid Voter Registration Application and check Box 1 for “Vote By Mail” and Box 14 “I wish to receive a Mail-in Ballot for all future elections until I request otherwise in writing to the County Clerk’s office.”
  • Fill out an Application for Vote By Mail. Find your county form here.

Click here to see a sample application filled out.

Communicating with City Hall

Dear Linden Residents,

We live in difficult times. I want to make sure that all Linden residents know that even during the current health crisis, my office always remains available and ready to hear and address any concern you have. Please never hesitate to reach out to a member of my staff or to me personally to make sure that I am immediately looped in. Thank you, and may we all do our best to stay safe and healthy.

Mayor Derek Armstead