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Message from Mayor Armstead

Cooking With Your Child Challenge!

Dear Linden Residents,

Has staying home tested the limits of your cooking skills? Limit yourself no more and join Mayor Armstead in the cooking with your child challenge! No bars held; the kitchen holds no limitations. Expand your imagination with your child and create history in the kitchen.

There’s no time like bonding time. So why not join the fun? You’ve been challenged!

Submission Deadline: Friday, March 19, 2021

Cooking With Your Child Challenge

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    Community Solar Program – Endorsed by the City of Linden

    The City of Linden is bringing Community Solar to local residents! It’s easy to join, and easy to save. The average customer saves $176 annually. Click here to sign up!

    Save 10% on your electric bill just by signing up – no cost to participate! Our local community solar farm will be built at the old Linden landfill. Limited availability – sign up today to reserve your spot!

    It’s Smart.

    • Subscribe to clean, solar energy here in our very own Linden community solar array. Nothing to install and no upkeep required.

    It Saves.

    • Save on every monthly electric bill – guaranteed. Credits are applied directly to your utility bill. Together we can help save the planet.

    It’s Flexible.

    • Convenient risk-free subscription. No cost to subscribe to this city-sponsored program!


    • Our local array is being developed by Navisun and managed by Community Solar Platform, the makers of RooflessSolar™, the most trusted name in community solar – they’ve been serving happy customers for more than 10 years.

    2020 Holiday Home Decoration Contest

    Win a gift card to Amici’s and Abigail’s Restaurants!

    How to Enter

    • Post your outside home decoration on C21 Alliance Realty’s Facebook page (click here) and briefly share what inspired your decoration.

    Contest Rules

    • Must be a Linden Resident.
    • Decoration post must be submitted by December 30, 2020.
    • C21 Alliance Realty judging will take place on January 4, 2021.
    • Two decorated homes will be chosen as winners and will receive prizes.

    Contest Prizes

    • Gift card to Amici’s Restaurant.
    • Gift card to Abigail’s Restaurant.

    For More Information

    Photos With Santa!

    Mayor Derek Armstead and Council President Michele Yamakaitis invite Linden families to take photos with Santa. Children are welcome to come see Santa and take a picture with Santa while he sits in the window. Please make sure to wear face masks and to socially distance.


    • Friday, December 18, 2020
    • Saturday, December 19, 2020
    • From 5pm – 8pm


    Uptown Linden Office – 403 North Wood Avenue

    Please click here to view and/or download the informational flyer about this event.

    Linden’s 2020 Santa Drive-By

    Important Update: Due to weather, Santa’s schedule for Saturday December 12th has been moved to Sunday, December 13th.

    Mayor Derek Armstead, The Mayor’s Youth Commission, Linden FMBA Locals 34 and 234 and the Linden Police Department invite Linden families to wave during Linden’s 2020 Santa Drive-By! Santa will be waving to Linden residents as he drives through the streets of Linden on Sunday, December 6th and Sunday December 13th at 11am. 

    Routes were designed to maximize viewership while considering residents’ safety. Please remember to wear your mask and to adhere to social distancing practice while watching Santa pass your area. 

    Santa’s Schedule Was Designed to Maximize Viewership

    Beware of Unemployment Scams & Fraud!

    The State of New Jersey’s Cybersecurity and Communication Integration Cell (NJCCIC) recently highlighted a cyber threat involving unemployment scams and fraud. In particular, the NJCCIC has received reports over the last several weeks detailing this insurance fraud and referencing emails claiming to be related to NJ unemployment with a COVID-19 lure, sense of urgency, and promise of financial assistance.

    Please look out for suspicious activities and offer guidance on how to protect your personal identifiable information (PII) as received from a July Press Release from the FBI.

    The FBI advises the public to be on the lookout for the following suspicious activities:

    • Receiving communications regarding unemployment insurance forms when you have not applied for unemployment benefits
    • Unauthorized transactions on your bank or credit card statements related to unemployment benefits
    • Any fees involved in filing or qualifying for unemployment insurance
    • Unsolicited inquires related to unemployment benefits
    • Fictitious websites and social media pages mimicking those of government agencies

    Protection Tips:

    • Be wary of telephone calls and text messages, letters, websites, or emails that require you to provide your personal information or other sensitive information, especially birth dates and Social Security numbers. Be cautious with attachments and embedded links within email, especially from an unknown email sender.
    • Make yourself aware of methods fraudsters are using to obtain PII and how to combat them by following security tips issued by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, including:
    • Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks
    • Protecting Against Malicious Code
    • Preventing and Responding to Identity Theft
    • Monitor your bank accounts on a regular basis and request your credit report at least once a year to look for any fraudulent activity. If you believe you are a victim, review your credit report more frequently.
    • Immediately report unauthorized transactions to your financial institution or credit card provider.

    If you believe you have been a victim of identity theft related to fraudulent unemployment insurance claims, report the fraud to:

    Recap of the Aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias

    The City of Linden was hit harder during this storm than it was during Hurricane Sandy. I want to thank our residents for their patience during this difficult time. There were 575,000 PSEG customers statewide that were without power, which is a quarter of their customer base. Here in Linden over 13,800 PSEG customers lost power. There are still 1,490 customers without power. Global estimated restoration time for all customers is Aug 10th @3pm, possibly sooner. Customers will be restored intermittently between now and then. PSEG and our DPW will be working to rid the hazards on Stiles St at Elm St and Stiles St at Elmwood Terrace.

    We have been prioritizing the trees that are down, and those that are on houses and blocking roads are naturally at the top of the list. We are presently 90% through the list. Our State-contracted Independent Contractor is assisting us with clearing the trees. We will then be chipping the large limbs and branches that are in our roadways. On the grass collection days, we will be picking up the branches and limbs along with the grass clippings that residents bring to the curb.

    Residents who need to charge their electronics may go either to the Promenade on Wood Avenue (next to Motion Credit Union), or to the JTG Center. The JTG Center will also be used as a cooling station and hours of operation are from 11am to 6pm. Remember that face masks are required along with social distancing.

    If your power is out, please make sure to report it to PSEG by phone at 1-800-836-7734, through their website, or by texting the word “OUT” to 47734. PSEG also has opened a Comfort Station at Warinaco Park in Roselle. They are offering free water and ice to Union County residents.

    Thank you to the Police Officers, Firefighters, Public Works Department, Dispatchers, OEM Volunteers, Utility Workers and all those who did so much to make sure we weathered the storm!

    Thank you,

    Mayor Derek Armstead

    Social Security is here to help!

    On behalf of the Social Security Administration (SSA), I want to let you know that during the current coronavirus pandemic, SSA continues to provide help to you and others in your community.

    While their offices are not providing service to walk-in visitors due to COVID-19, SSA remains committed to providing ongoing benefits and vital services.  SSA asked me to let you know that they remain ready and able to help you by phone with most Social Security matters. You can speak with a representative by calling your local Social Security office or their National 800 Number.  They provide local office phone numbers conveniently online with their Social Security Office Locator.

    SSA also wants you to know they have many secure and convenient online services to:

    • Apply for Retirement, Disability, and Medicare benefits,
    • Check the status of an application or appeal,
    • Request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas),
    • Print a benefit verification letter, and
    • Much more.

    Most business with SSA can be done online, but they know that many people still rely on phone or in-person help.  That’s why they want you to know you can still count on them by phone. And, if you have a critical situation they cannot help you with by phone or online, they may be able to schedule an appointment for you.

    If you need help from SSA, please don’t wait until they can see you in person.  Reach out now and get the help you need.

    Lastly, SSA also understands that getting medical and other documentation can be difficult due to the pandemic.  So, they are continuing to extend certain deadlines wherever possible.


    Mayor Derek Armstead