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Annual Easter Egg Hunt 2024!

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, and the Department of Parks and Recreation invite you to attend the 2024 Annual Easter Egg Hunt! Look for the Easter Bunny, he’ll be hopping around, visiting all sections of Linden after the Egg Hunt!

  • Who: For children ages 12 and under.
  • What: Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Look for the Easter Bunny, he’ll be hopping around, visiting all sections of Linden after the Egg Hunt!
  • When: Saturday, March 30, 2024. Check-in at 11am, event time is from 12pm until 2pm.
  • Where: Wilson Park, which is located at 1100 Summit Terrace (behind the High School Academy).
  • How: Bags will be provided. Eggs and bags will be available while supplies last. For more information, please call the Linden Department of Recreation at 908-474-8600.
  • Click here to view and/or download the informational flyer for this event.

2024 Ward-Wide Garage Sales

The City of Linden is hosting 2024 Ward-Wide Garage Sales, with no permit required, for the following Wards and dates:

  • 6th Ward on March 23 and March 24, 2024.
  • 9th and 10th Wards on April 13 and April 14, 2024
  • 5th and 8th Wards on April 27 and April 28. 2024.
  • 4th and 7th Wards on May 18 and May 19, 2024
  • 1st Ward on June 1 and June 2, 2024
  • 2nd and 3rd Wards on June 8 and June 9, 2024
  • 4th Ward on August 17 and August 18, 2024
  • 2nd Ward on September 7 and September 8, 2024.
  • 6th Ward on September 14 and September 15, 2024.
  • 7th Ward on September 28 and September 29, 2024.
  • 10th Ward on October 5 and October 6, 2024.
  • 3rd Ward on October 12 and October 13, 2024.
  • 1st, 5th and 8th Wards on October 19 and October 20, 2024.
  • Click here to view and/or download the full 2024 schedule for Linden Ward-Wide Garage Sales that do not require a permit.

Keeping Our Students Safe

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden and Linden Public Schools announce “Keeping Our Students Safe” Public Service Announcement (PSA) Student Video Contest, as part of the “It Takes a Village” initiative. Students may submit a PSA video focused on ways to positively enhance school safety and security.

Click here to view and/or download the informational flyer and permission slip for the contest.

  • Who: All Linden Public School students from elementary to high school.
  • What: A student video contest focused on ways to positively enhance school safety and security. Prizes will be awarded as follows:
    • $500 Elementary Level
    • $750 Middle School Level
    • $1,000 High School Level
  • When: The submission deadline is Friday, March 1, 2024 at 4pm. Winners will be announced at the March 21, 2024 at the Board Meeting.
  • How: Send the video to Mr. Chris Paskewich by email here. Click here for the criteria for submission and permission slip that must be attached. Students can submit their videos individually or with peers from their school-level group. The High School and Middle School submissions should be a minimum of 2 minutes, but not longer than 5 minutes. Elementary submissions should be a minimum of 1 minute, but not more than 3 minutes.

Linden Police Department Youth Police Academy

Click here to view and/or download the flyer for the Linden Police Department Youth Academy.

  • Who: The Linden Police Department Youth Police Academy is available to Linden students graduating 6th, 7th and 8th grades.
  • What: Linden Police Department Youth Academy. As part of the Academy, you’ll learn about the Linden Police Department and other law enforcement agencies, you’ll receive basic training in police procedures/operations, criminal investigations, drill and ceremony and first aid! You will also benefit from demonstrations including DUI goggles, the effects of drinking and driving, K‐9, SWAT, Bomb Squad, and more! And most of all, you’ll have a lot of fun! The LPD Youth Academy is NOT a “bootcamp” for troubled youth. The Academy is structured to simulate a police academy for those interested in law enforcement.
  • When: July 15 through July 19, 2024.
  • How: Application deadline is April 8, 2024 at 3pm. Space is limited to 30 recruits. Enrollment will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. No late applications will be accepted. Click here to download the application for the Linden Police Department Youth Academy. Applications must be dropped off in-person to the front desk of the Linden Police Department, which is located at 301 North Wood Avenue. With questions, email here.

Covid-19-Flu Vaccination Clinic

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, the Linden Board of Health and the Linden Public Library, in partnership with the Union County Office of Health Management are providing a Covid-19-Flu Vaccination Clinic. Everyone who gets the Covid-19 vaccination will receive a $25 Visa Gift Card.

  • Who: For ages 5 and up.
  • What: Covid-19 and Flu vaccinations. Everyone who gets the Covid-19 vaccination will receive a $25 Visa Gift Card.
  • When: Saturday, February 24, 2024 from 10am until 1pm.
  • Where: Linden Public Library, which is located at 31 East Henry Street.
  • How: No appointment necessary. Walk-ins welcome. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Linden Health Department at 908-474-8409.

The Gary Letizia Memorial Blood Drive

Mayor Derek Armstead, the Linden Fire Department, and New Jersey Blood Services invite you to donate blood to save a life. In honor of the late Gary Letizia. Every drop counts.

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

  • What: Blood drive.
  • Where: Linden P.A.L. Building, which is located at 400 Maple Avenue.
  • When: Thursday, March 21, 2024 from 1pm until 7pm.
  • How: Click here to make an appointment. Appointments are encouraged. Walk-ins welcome!

COVID-19-RSV Vaccination Clinic

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, the Linden Board of Health and the Linden Public Library, in partnership with Super Health Pharmacy are providing a Covid-19-RSV Vaccination Clinic.

  • Who and What:
    • Covid-19 vaccinations for ages 5 and up.
    • RSV vaccinations for ages 60 and up.
  • When: Check the dates below:
    • Monday, February 12, 2024 from 6:30pm until 8:15pm.
    • Monday, March 11, 6:30pm until 8:15pm.
  • Where: Linden Public Library, which is located at 31 East Henry Street.
  • How: No appointment necessary. Walk-ins welcome. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Linden Health Department at 908-474-8409.

A Night with Catherine McCall

The Mayor’s Youth Commission is pleased to offer A Night with Catherine McCall. A fundraiser to raise money for Linden High School Senior Class of 2024 Scholarships.

  • What: A Night with Catherine McCall; the Mayor’s Youth Commission fundraiser to raise money for Linden High School Senior Class of 2024 Scholarships. There will be a concession with baked goods, snacks and beverages available for purchase, as well as door prizes.
  • When: April 19, 2024. Doors will open at 6:15pm. Show will begin at 7pm sharp until 9:30pm.
  • Where: Linden High School Auditorium, which is located at West St. Georges Avenue.
  • How:
    • Complete the registration form by clicking here.
    • After completing the form below, make sure to purchase tickets/donate!
    • Keep your receipt of payment, it will serve as your ticket(s) for entry to the event.
    • Ticket prices are as follows: Students with ID $10, General Admission $35, VIP section $50.

Mental Health Matters

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden and Linden Public Schools present Parent University.

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

  • Who: All Parents and Guardians of Linden Public Schools Students.
  • What: Social Emotional Learning (SEL): Building Skills for Family Success.
  • When: Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at 5:30pm.
  • Where: 100 Edgewood Road, Linden, NJ.
  • How: For more information, please call Mr. Ryan Devaney at 908-486-2800 Ext. 8025.

Union Man Arrested on Narcotics and Weapons Charges

A two-month long investigation concluded led to the recovery of an illegal “ghost” gun and the arrest of a Union man on multiple weapons and narcotics distribution charges.

On Thursday, January 18, 2024 Detectives from the Linden Police Department Narcotics Bureau, with assistance from the Union County Prosecutors Office Narcotics Task Force, executed search warrant on the 800 block of Hobson Street in Union.

Luiz Melendez, 53, was arrested outside of the home without incident. Inside the home, Detectives recovered an illegal “ghost” gun, along with an illegal high-capacity magazine, as well as a quantity of suspected cocaine and suspected MDMA. Over $85,000 in cash was also seized from the home.

Melendez is charged with a number of weapons related offenses, including third-degree possession of a “ghost” gun and fourth-degree possession of a high-capacity magazine, as well as with second-degree possession of a weapon while committing a CDS offense and as a certain person not to possess a weapon. Melendez also faces second and third-degree charges related to the possession and distribution of suspected cocaine and MDMA. He was remanded to the Essex County Jail pending a scheduled appearance in Superior Court. 

“Illegal drug sales and the violence that accompanies them have had a devastating effect in our community, and we are incredibly proud of the investigative work that led to this arrest and the seizure of this dangerous weapon,” said Police Chief David Hart. “I want to thank all of our Police Officers, as well as our partners in the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, for their continued efforts to keep illegal drugs and guns off of our streets.”

If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse, help is available. Union County Helping Hand 365 offers 24-hour a day assistance, 365 days a year. Please click here for more information. 

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Every Defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.