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September to Remember Street Festival – Classic Car & Motorcycle Show

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, Uptown Linden, and the volunteers of the Linden Cultural & Heritage Committee present September to Remember Street Festival – Classic Car and Motorcycle Show.

  • Who: Fun for all ages.
  • What: Classic & custom car and motorcycle show, DJ & live music events, delicious festival food, eating contents, fun carnival rides, games & activities, beer & wine tent, and a vendor marketplace.
  • Where: On Wood Avenue at Linden City Hall, which is located at 301 North Wood Avenue.
  • When: Saturday, September 24th from 11am until 8pm. Rain date for the street festival only is Sunday, September 25th.

Expand Your Social Security Knowledge

Social Security serves people like you, and has provided an informational newsletter that details ways that you can expand your Social Security knowledge.

Expand your Social Security knowledge with four terms:

  • Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA). To access the glossary of Social Security terms and acronyms, click here.
  • Credits. For more information, click here.
  • Earnings Record. Review your earnings record with a personal my Social Security account here.
  • Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA). To access the glossary of Social Security terms and acronyms, click here.

A Guide to Social Security for Seniors

Whether you’re nearing retirement age, have a significant disability or are struggling to meet your basic needs, you may be entitled to Social Security. This federal program includes several different components that can provide valuable financial assistance regardless of your age. Click here to learn what you need to know about eligibility and how to claim your benefits.

Type of Social Security Benefits

For a more personalized look, try the Social Security calculator, or create a My Social Security account to review your work history and estimated benefits.

Community Day @ 4th Ward Park

Community Day @ 4th Ward Park is back! Enjoy free food, giveaways, live entertainment, a special guest speaker, a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables, amusements and an all day basketball tournament! Fantastic family fun for everyone!

For ways to donate, click here. For more information, please call 1(908) 494-1231.

Mayor’s Youth Commission 2022 Inaugural Color Run

Mayor Derek Armstead, The City of Linden and the Mayor’s Youth Commission Scholarship Committee invite you to participate in Linden’s first Color Run!

Our color walk/run features a designated 2-mile course in which participants are doused with color at various color stations at every half mile interval, ending with one final color celebration at the finish line! Everyone receives promotional t-shirts, an individual color packet, face painting and a picture with color run backdrop (bring your smartphone)! Click here to view and/or download the flyer for this event.

  • Who – For the whole family!
  • What – Walk or run with us! Also, enjoy face painting, food trucks and incredible music!
  • When – Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 8:30am (arrive promptly!) until 3pm. Rain Date Sunday October 2nd.
  • Where School #1 Parking Lot, 720 North Wood Avenue, Linden NJ 07036
  • Why – All proceeds will be used toward scholarships granted to Linden students!
  • How – Fill out the form below to sign up!

Color Run

  • Each registration is $32 and includes a t-shirt!
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    The registration fee is paid online through PayPal after you submit this form. Please make sure to pay the total amount in green.
  • Please select which t-shirt sizes you need. If you require the same size for more than one person, please indicate so in the comments.
  • If you need multiple t-shirt sizes, please indicate so here.

Summer of Scams: Learn the Telltale Signs

PSE&G urges customers to think twice if someone threatens to immediately shut off their power.

Click here to view and/or download the PSE&G scam alert flyer.

Just like the summer itself, scammers are turning up the heat, pretending to be PSE&G or impersonating prominent area utilities, and threatening to turn off service for nonpayment. PSE&G urges customers to understand scammers’ tactics and do the right thing if confronted with a demand for payment: Get the truth from the real PSE&G at 800-436-PSEG (7734).

“Protecting our customers is a top priority. It is critically important we continue to raise awareness and educate customers about how to spot and stop potential scams,” said Jane Bergen, director of billing, Customer Care for PSE&G. “Scammers continue to adapt and develop increasingly sophisticated tactics to take advantage of our customers.”

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, scammers increased calls, texts, emails and in-person tactics, and they continue to contact utility customers asking for immediate payment to avoid service disconnection. PSE&G would not send just one notification to a customer within an hour of a service disconnection. Also, the company would not require payment with a prepaid debit card, gift card, any form of cryptocurrency or third-party digital payment via fund transfer applications. PSE&G offers a variety of payment options and would never require one specific type of payment.

Signs of potential scam activity:

  • Threat to disconnect: Scammers may aggressively tell the customer their utility bill is past due and service will be disconnected if a payment is not made  usually within an hour.
  • Request for immediate payment: Scammers may instruct the customer to purchase a prepaid card, a gift card or even Bitcoin, and then to call them back to make a phone payment. They may request that the customer use a payment app to make an online payment, or even give instructions for an in-person meeting.  Many times after the customer makes the first payment, the scammer will call back to ask for the payment to be resubmitted due to an error with the amount. The scammer refers to a new amount and claims that the original payment will be refunded.
  • In person-demands: Scammers may arrive at a home or business, flash a fake ID and/or claim to be a utility collection representative. The impostors may wear “uniforms” or affix false company signs to their vehicles. The scammers generally ask for personal information or offer discounts, which a real PSE&G representative would not do.
  • Request for card information: If a customer calls back with requested information, the scammer asks the customer for the prepaid card’s number or gift-card PIN, which grants the scammer instant access to the card’s funds, and the victim’s money is gone.

Protect yourself against scams:

  • Be alert to the telltale sign of a scam: someone asking by telephone or email for payment in pre-paid debit cards or fund transfer app, or to send money to an out-of-state address. 
  • Never arrange payment or provide account or personal information, including Social Security numbers or debit/credit card information, over the telephone unless you are certain you are speaking to a PSE&G representative. 
  • Customers should also know what PSE&G will and won’t discuss over the phone. A genuine PSE&G representative will ask to speak to the “Customer of Record.” If that person is available, the representative will explain why they are calling and provide the account name, address and current balance. If the person on the phone does not provide the correct information, it is likely the customer is not speaking with a PSE&G representative. 
  • If the “Customer of Record” is not available, the PSE&G representative will not discuss the account at all and ask that a message be left for the “Customer of Record” to call 1-800-357-2262.
  • If customers have doubts about the legitimacy of a call or an email — especially one in which payment is requested — they should call PSE&G directly at 1-800-436-PSEG (7734). 

    For more information on scams, click here.

9th Annual Independent Authors Book Expo

Mayor Derek Armstead, the Independent Authors Book Experience and the Linden Public Library present the 9th Annual Independent Authors Book Expo. Cannonball into Literacy: Dive into a Good Book!

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

  • Who: Free to the public.
  • What: Workshops, author readings and signings, promotional giveaways with prizes and surprises, as well as a Children’s Corner with free books, author readings and arts and crafts.
  • Where: Linden Public Library, which is located at 31 East Henry Street.
  • When: Saturday, August 6th, 2022 from 11am until 5pm.

Basketball Fundamental Skills & Drills for Boys & Girls

Mayor Derek Armstead and the Department of Parks & Recreation are proud to present Fundamental Skills & Drills for Boys and Girls. Hosted by Coach Lance.

Come with a great attitude, be ready to work hard and be on time!

  • Who: Ages 8 – 10 (10am until 11:15am), Ages 11 – 13 (11:30am until 12:45pm), High School Level (1pm until 2:15pm), All Ages (2:30pm until 5pm).
  • What: Basketball fundamentals. Skills and drills for diffferent age groups. The program will conclude with a travel basketball workout that is open to all ages.
  • Where: Linden Multi Purpose Center, which is located at 1025 John Street.
  • When: Saturday, August 13th and Saturday August 20th, 2022. Fundamentals for ages 8 – 10 will be held from 10am until 11:15am, fundamentals for ages 11 – 13 will be held from 11:30am until 12:45pm, fundamentals for high school ages will be held from 1pm until 2:15pm. The travel basketball workout open to all ages will be held from 2:30pm until 5pm.
  • How: For more information, call (908) 474-8639.