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From Mayor Derek Armstead

Linden Residents,

As each day passes more people are tested and the numbers of those infected increases. We have lost so many Linden residents to COVID-19. Our hearts go out to those families as they mourn the loss of those they love. Please keep them in your prayers. I have a few timely requests for every Linden resident. Please… 

  • keep everyone that has suffered from this virus in your prayers.
  • follow the CDC Guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety. 
  • stay home unless you are going out for essential items.
  • practice social distancing at all times.
  • stay home if you are sick.

We are all in this together, and we will continue working together to beat this.

Remember, to effectively communicate the latest COVID-19 information to our residents transparently and as quickly as possible, our COVID-19 Menu on the City website contains useful and current data. With questions concerning COVID-19 please call the Linden Board of Health Office or call the Coronavirus Emergency Hotline at 1-800-222-1222.

Please call my office with questions, concerns, for assistance, or even just to say hi.

Yours truly,

Mayor Derek Armstead

Linden Ballot Box

Linden has received it’s Ballot Box into which residents can place their Vote by Mails (VBM’s). The Box is located inside of the Raymond Wood Bauer Prominade, 400 North Wood Avenue. It is inside the arch as you enter from North Wood Avenue. The drop boxes are under 24/7 camera surveillance. The box will be emptied daily by the Union County Board of Elections. Click here for a picture of the Ballot Box.

Voting Submission Options

  • Use the Ballot Box on the Prominade.
  • Return your VBM by placing them in the US Mail.
  • Bring your VBM to the your polling location on Election Day, November 3rd.

Polling Locations on Election Day

Each Ward will have one polling place. If a voter goes to a polling place, without their VBM, they will be given a provisional ballot, only. The only individuals allowed to vote by an ADA Compliant machine are those with certain disabilities. See below for a list of the polling locations in Linden. You may also download the list by clicking here.

Food Distribution Event – Saturday, October 3rd, 9am

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Village Super Market of Springfield Township, New Jersey and the Community Food Bank of New Jersey are providing this drive through only food distribution event to all Union County residents affected by COVID-19 on October 3rd at 9am.

Location

Cedar Brook Park – Park Avenue Entrance – Plainfield, NJ 07067

Event Details

  • 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 in English and Spanish. With any questions, or for more information, please email the DHS Action Line or call them at 908 558 2288.

Homefirst Presents: Cooking at Home with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield

Everyone is invited to this free virtual event. 

On October 14, 2020 at 12pm, join us online for our virtual cooking demo of some of our favorite treats. This session we will be making Honey-Ginger Fruit Dip. There will be a special prize drawing for participants! To sign up, follow the steps below.

  1. Click here.
  2. Click the Donate or Cook button
  3. Sign up with your name and email
  4. Enjoy the cooking demo on October 14th

Homefirst is hosting a home cooking demo in collaboration with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield. Homefirst is a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit organization combatting homelessness through access to transitional and permanent housing, client advocacy, and emergency funding in service to the Union County community for over 34 years.

Free COVID-19 Testing on October 1st from 10am – 1pm at the Linden Housing Authority Dill Avenue Parking Lot

It is important to get tested if you are experiencing any symptoms, have been in close contact with someone who tested positive, or were recently in a large crowd where social distancing was hard to maintain. This event is Sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Drive-In Movie Night!

Grab your Popcorn!

With the success of the LHS Class of 2020 Post Graduation Celebration, Mayor Armstead announced last week that on October 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th, the City is lifting the curtain for it’s first drive-in movie at Linden Airport. Families are invited to enjoy The Lion King, Onward, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Black Panther. Tickets are $20 dollars per vehicle.

To purchase tickets, please fill out the form by clicking here. After submitting the form, you will be taken to the payment via PayPal page for payment.

Movies

  • Disney’s The Lion King (original) – October 2nd
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – October 3rd
  • Disney’s Onward – October 9th
  • Black Panther – October 10th

Rain Dates

  • For October 2nd and 3rd, the rain date will be October 4th.
  • For October 9th and 10th, the rain date will be October 11th.

Location

Linden Airport – enter through Wildcat Way off of Route 1/9 North.

Time

  • Gates open at 6pm.
  • Movies start at 7:15pm sharp!

Cost

$20 per vehicle – please remember that you need a seatbelt for each of your passengers.

Refreshments

  • Fun Food will be available for purchase!
  • You may also bring your own food, snacks and drinks.
  • No alcoholic beverages are permitted.

Other

  • Lawn chairs are allowed, as long as their placement adheres to current social distancing requirements.
  • Porta Johns will be on site.

To purchase tickets, please fill out the form by clicking here. After submitting the form, you will be taken to the payment via PayPal page for payment.

Free Naloxone Giveaway on September 24-26, 2020

Naloxone Saves Lives!

The State of New Jersey is providing naloxone for free at participating pharmacies. Naloxone can reverse opioid overdoses. It will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Limit one per person.

Click here for a list of participating pharmacies. Available while supplies last. For Addiction Help 24/7 call 1-844-REACHNJ.

Professionals, professional entities, first responders and first responder entities, as defined in N.J.S.A. 24:6J-3, are not eligible to obtain the opioid antidote through this project.

Click here for a copy of the flyer for this event in English and Spanish.

Food Distribution Event – September 19, 10am

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Village Super Market of Springfield Township, New Jersey are providing this drive through only food distribution event to all Union County residents affected by COVID-19 on September 19, 10am.

Location

Cedar Brook Park – Park Avenue Entrance – Plainfield, NJ 07067

Event Details

  • 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 in English and Spanish. With any questions, or for more information, please email the DHS Action Line or call them at 908 558 2288.

Stuff a Truck – Hurricane Laura

The Linden Fire Department is honored to support the TMX Intermodal “stuff a TRUCK”, which is accepting donations to help support those effected by Hurricane Laura. If you wish to donate, you can drop items off at any one of our four firehouses.

We are accepting donations up to and including September 24th.

We are Accepting

  • Hygiene products – tooth brushes, toilet paper, soap, etc.
  • Baby supplies – formula, diapers, wipes, etc.
  • Basic need items – pet foods, blue tarps, etc. 

Drop-off Locations

  • Linden Firehouse #1 302 S Wood Ave.
  • Linden Firehouse #2 corner of Dewitt and W St. Georges Ave.
  • Linden Firehouse #3 1201 E Elizabeth Ave.
  • Linden Firehouse #4 2400 S. Wood Ave. 

Union County CARES Safe Learning Setting Grant (SLSG) Program

On behalf of Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, attached please find the flyer announcement regarding the Union County CARES Safe Learning Setting Grant (SLSG) program. Please click here to view the flyer in English and Spanish.

Households that may qualify for the program include working parent(s), and child(ren) school age (5-13) who are eligible for the Free/Reduced Lunch Program and are enrolled in a Union County public school. If you have any questions, please send an email by clicking here.