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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

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Vaccinations, Third Doses & Testing – Tuesday, September 21st

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

  • Who: Open to everyone 12 years and older (children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian). ID is required.
  • What: Pfizer and Moderna vaccination and third doses for COVID-19.
  • When: Tuesday, September 21st from 10am until 4pm.
  • Where: Linden PAL, 400 Maple Avenue, Linden NJ 07036
  • How: Fill out this consent form prior to arriving to the Vaccination Clinic.

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

Mayor Armstead Invites You To Attend The 2nd Annual Polish Heritage Festival

Mayor Derek Armstead, The City of Linden, Uptown Linden, and the Department of Parks & Recreation are hosting the 2nd Annual 2021 Polish Heritage Festival on September 18th from 1pm – 9pm at the Raymond Wood Bauer Promenade, located at 400 North Wood Avenue.

Enjoy the beer and wine tent, live music, authentic Polish food, Polish vendors, Polish crafts and many fun children’s activities. For more information, contact Danuta Lisowska at 908-601-8598, or Council President Yamakaitis at 908-494-0880.

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

FEMA Disaster Assistance Recovery

Disaster Recovery Center will be open in Union County at Elizabeth O’Donnell Dempsey Senior Community Center, 618 Salem Ave., Elizabeth, NJ 07208 from 7am until 7pm Monday through Friday, 8am until 5pm on Saturday, and 8am until 5pm on Sunday. Representatives from FEMA and U.S. Small Business Administration will be at disaster center to help explain disaster assistance programs and answer any questions your constituents may have.

FEMA and NJOEM are committed to providing equitable service in each of the designated counties. Additional centers will be opening soon to support survivors.

If you have homeowners or renters insurance, you should file a claim as soon as possible. By law, FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. If you are uninsured or underinsured, you may be eligible for federal assistance.

The fastest and easiest way to apply is by clicking here or by downloading the FEMA App on the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. If it is not possible to apply online, then call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines operate from 6am to 10pm CDT, seven days a week. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service.

When you apply for assistance, have the following information readily available:

  • A current phone number where you can be contacted
  • Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying
  • Your Social Security number, if available
  • A general list of damage and losses
  • If insured, the policy number or the agent and/or the company name

Disaster assistance may include financial help for temporary lodging and home repairs along with other programs to assist families recover from the effects of the event.

Click here for Resources Page on the City of Linden Website.

NJ Department of Agriculture Urges Residents to Help Slow the Advancement of the Spotted Lanternfly

The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that can feed on about 70 different types of trees and plants. Indigenous to China, Taiwan and Vietnam, the planthopper pest arrived in the United States in Berks County, Pennsylvania, on a shipment from China in 2014. It has steadily advanced ever since, and 26 counties in Pennsylvania are currently under quarantine. And thanks to a shared border with the state, the pest is now in New Jersey. Warren, Hunterdon, Mercer, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Salem and Somerset are all under quarantine. 

Residents outside of the quarantined counties can report the exact address of spotted lanternfly sightings by sending an email or by calling 609-406-6943.

For More Information

Eligible Union County Seniors Can Still Apply for Farmers Market Vouchers!

Due to ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19, Farmers Market vouchers for eligible Union County seniors are being distributed only by mail. Each eligible senior can obtain five $6 dollar vouchers for a total of $30 to purchase “Jersey Fresh” fruits, vegetables and herbs at Farmers Markets that display the black and yellow WIC posters.

To be eligible, seniors must be age 60 and older. A single person’s annual income cannot exceed $1,986 per month and a married couple’s combined income may not exceed $2,686 per month.

Eligible seniors who have not yet received vouchers can request a voucher application form by calling the Union County Division on Aging, 908-527-4870, 908-527-4877 or 888-280-8226, weekdays from 8am until 4pm.  Eligible seniors can receive a set of vouchers one time per year.

A limited number of vouchers are still available and applications will be evaluated on a “first-come first-served” basis. 

Face coverings and social distance may be required when visiting Farmers Market sites during this summer season.

Participating Farmers Market in Union County are located in:

  • Cranford (Dreyer Farms, 831 Springfield Avenue)
  • Elizabeth (Elizabeth Avenue Farmers’ Market, Union Square between Elizabeth Avenue and High Street)
  • Kenilworth ( 455 Boulevard)
  • Plainfield (Watchung Avenue and East 6th Street, across from City Hall)
  • Rahway (Rahway Farmer’s Market, at NJ Transit Train Station Plaza
  • Roselle Park (Roselle ark Farmers’ Market, at Chestnut Street and East Grant Avenue)
  • Scotch Plains (Scotch Plains Farmers’ Market, Municipal Parking Lot at 430 Park Avenue)
  • Springfield (66 Mountain Avenue)
  • Summit (Park & Shop #2, at Maple Street and DeForest Avenue)
  • Westfield (NJ Transit Railroad Station, North Avenue Parking Lot)

For more information about the Farmers’ Market nutrition program, or any services provided by the Division of Aging and Disability Resource in the Union County Department of Human Services, call 1-888-280-8226, or visit online here. Please note that in-person services may be limited or modified due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.