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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

Emergency Food Distribution Event – Wednesday, June 23rd @ 2:30pm

The Union County Board of County Commissioners, the Village Super Market of Springfield Township, and Gargiulo Produce are providing a walk-up food distribution event to all Union County residents affected by COVID-19 on Wednesday, June 23rd. Click here or text “FindFood” for English, or text “Comida” for Spanish to 908 224 7776 to find helpful information quickly.

Location

Event Details

  • First 1,000 people will receive dairy, shelf-safe food and fresh produce on a first come, first served basis.
  • One food distribution per household, while supplies last.
  • Bring a cart for the walk-up.
  • Refrigerate any perishable items shortly after distribution.
  • 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.

Linden COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic – Today – June 11

Mayor Derek Armstead has partnered with Super Health Pharmacy to provide Linden residents with both Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations. Walkups permitted, but you must first fill out the consent form online by clicking here.

Click here to view and/or download the informational flyer for this event.

Youth Job Readiness Symposium

Attention Parents!

Calling all youth to join me and the CIC Staff for an all-important #YOUTHSYMPOSIUM because preparing our young people for the future world of work is essential. Register now the Youth Job Readiness Symposium on Thursday, June 17th by clicking here.

To view and/or download more information, including the informational flyer and the YJS Signup Sheet please click on the links.

County of Union Seeks Public Input on ADA Compliance

The County of Union ADA Public Forum which will be taking place via Zoom on Wednesday, June 9 at 2pm and 6:30pm, and on Thursday, June 10 at 10:30am. The meetings will cover a transition plan for retrofitting Union County buildings and parking lots, including the County Courthouse, the Administration Building, the Warinanco Sports Center, and the Trailside Museum and Science Center among others. Please see the links below to register.

Emergency Food Distribution Event on Tuesday, June 8th

The Union County Board of County Commissioners, the Village Super Market of Springfield Township, and Gargiulo Produce are providing a walk-up food distribution event to all Union County residents affected by COVID-19 on Tuesday, June 8th at 10am. Click here or text “FindFood” for English, or text “Comida” for Spanish to 908 224 7776 to find helpful information quickly.

Location

Immaculate Conception Church (Parking Lot); 417 Union Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ 07208

Event Details

  • First 500 people will receive shelf-safe food and fresh produce on a first come, first served basis.
  • One food distribution per household, while supplies last.
  • Bring a cart for the walk-up.
  • Refrigerate any perishable items shortly after distribution.
  • 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 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.

Hooked On Fishing

Come sign up and join Team Linden”!

Linden Department of Parks and Recreation receives NJRPA Agency Showcase Award

Linden Department of Parks and Recreation was presented the Agency Showcase Award for Website or Web Feature/Application at the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association (NJRPA) Annual Awards Ceremony at the Summit Family Aquatic Center in Summit, NJ. Ralph Dunhamn (Recreation Director), Angelo Monaco (Day Camp/Playground Coordinator), Branly Cadet (Playground Supervisor), Joshua Weiss were present on May 19 to accept the award.

Faced with the challenge of providing Summer programming bound by COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing protocols, the staff of Linden Recreation responded by creating a Web based Virtual Summer Camp.

Virtual Summer Camp set out to provide a variety of programming opportunities for city residents. Angelo Monaco, Summer Day Camp/Playground Coordinator approved all aspects of the website and edited the embedded Google sheet that contained the weekly schedules and links to all of the instructional YouTube videos that were specific to each activity.

Virtual Camps included live instruction from qualified staff and guest presenters, specialized content and learning resources, after camp challenges to keep campers engaged between sessions, unplugged projects that encouraged children to keep learning away from the computer screen with a variety of dates and times to choose from so that participants could fit a variety of day camp activities into a single week. Programmatic success of the 2020 program has prompted a re-boot of the Virtual Summer Camp website for the upcoming 2021 season, which will include new program offerings.

The purpose of the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association’s Awards Program is to honor and identify dedicated leaders, employees, and volunteers in the field of Parks and Recreation, and to recognize the State’s outstanding Recreation and Park agencies for excellence in programming, publicity, and facility design. The goal of the Awards Program is to focus State attention on the achievement of Park and Recreation agencies, to recognize the continuing efforts of staff and volunteers, and to acknowledge support extended by member agencies.

To view this press release on Union News Daily, please click here.

In the above photo from left to right is Branly Cadet, Angelo Monaco, Valerie Graham and Ralph Dunhamn.

Two Free Concerts in Union County This Weekend!

Two free concerts span the world of music from experimental jazz to the Big 80’s in Union County this weekend. Come and enjoy free, live music!

  • Friday, June 4th at 7:30pm – explore the unique vision and richly mesmerizing style of renowned jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding.
  • Saturday, June 5th at 6pm – kick off the evening with comedian Amy Colon and then kick out the jams with the 80’s tribute band Rubix Kube. This special Pride Month show comes with a “PRIDE in a Box” collection of Pride-themed items for attendees to display and share.

Both concerts will take place at the Union County Vocational Technical School – 1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076.

Admission is free but registration is required online to reserve a spot here.

These shows are part of Union County’s series of free drive-in concerts presented by the Union County Board of Commissioners, specially arranged for residents to enjoy live music in a community setting while preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. More details are available at the registration link.

Temporary Rescheduling of Collection Services in Observance of the Juneteenth Holiday

The City of Linden municipal offices, with the exception of uniformed services, will be closed on Friday, June 18th in observance of the Juneteenth state holiday. Linden DPW will also be closed on this day.

Sanitation (Green Cart) Collection

  • Districts 1, 2, 3, 9 & 10 will be on Wednesday, June 16th
  • Districts 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 will be on Thursday, June 17th.

Grass Collection

  • Districts 1, 2, 3, 9 & 10 will be on June 24th (previously scheduled for June 17th).
  • Districts 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 will be on June 25th (previously scheduled for June 18th).

Bulk Trash

  • District 2 will remain on June 16th.
  • The Recycling Center and DPW yard bulk drop-off will be closed on June 18th and will reopen on Saturday, June 19th.

Business Sanitation / Commingled / Paper Recycling

  • Will be collected on Thursday, June 17th.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call Linden DPW @ (908) 474-8666.