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Changes to the Democratic Ballots for the Primary Election

Please click here to watch this important video from Joanne Rajoppi, the Union County Clerk regarding changes to the Democratic Ballots for the upcoming Primary Election. 

Self-Defense Class

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, and the Department of Parks & Recreation are pleased to offer a self-defense class hosted by the Linden Police Department. The self-defense community event taught by certified instructors will provide our residents the opportunity to learn essential standing and ground skills to stay safe and confident.

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

  • Who: Ages 18 through 49.
  • What: Self-defense class hosted by the Linden Police Department and taught by certified instructors. Participants will learn essential standing and ground skills to stay safe and confident.
  • Where: John T. Gregorio Center, which is located at 330 Helen Street.
  • When: Monday, May 20, 2024 from 6pm until 8pm.
  • How: To register online click here, or call the Department of Parks and Recreation at 908-474-8600. Free for Members. Non-Member fee is $6.

9th Annual Juneteenth Afro House Music Festival: An All White Affair

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, and the Department of Parks & Recreation invite you to attend the 9th Annual Juneteenth Afro House Music Festival: An All White Affair! Come and enjoy two sound stages with live performances, guest DJ’s, cultural food trucks and fun. Dance in Diversity. Unite in Rhythm.

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

  • What: A Juneteenth Celebration. An Afro House Music Festival: An All White Affair, hosted by Tamia FamilySoul with MC. Ras Anthony. Come and enjoy two sound stages with live performances, guest DJ’s, cultural food trucks and fun. Dance in Diversity. Unite in Rhythm.
    • Sound Stage One performances by Sarah Devine and Ed Ramsey, Timmy Regisford, Zion, Jus the DJ, and Patti Kane.
    • Sound Stage Two performances by Zandy Shejay, Mac G, Tira Dlala Takzin, Sol Phenduka, Dladla Mshunqisi, Afro House Shisanyama Experience Ampiano, and Afro Beats.
  • Where: 301 North Wood Avenue, between Elm Street and Elizabeth Avenue.
  • When: Saturday, June 22, 2024 from 12pm to 9pm.
    • Rain Date: Saturday, June 29, 2024 from 12pm to 9pm.
  • How: Free admission. Come dressed in white.

Haitian Heritage Month Celebration & Flag Raising Ceremony

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, and the Department of Parks & Recreation, and the Linden Public Schools cordially invite you to attend the Haitian Heritage Month Celebration and Flag Raising Ceremony. Come experience a taste of Haiti, Sa Se Lakay! This event will feature singers, dancers, comedians, culture, food vendors, raffles and more! The City of Linden will be hosting celebrations throughout the month.

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

  • What: Haitian Heritage Month Celebration and Flag Raising Ceremony, hosted by Black Krytik Show. Gospel Artist Jean Claude Jean will sing the Haitian National Anthem. Come and enjoy culture, food vendors, music by DJ Fabulous Faby, special guest speakers from our Haitian community and the Linden Board of Education, awards and special acknowledgements, performances by Linden Public School students, Epic Youth of East Orange, and more!
  • Where: Raymond Wood Bauer Promenade, which is located at 400 North Wood Avenue.
  • When: Sunday, May 19, 2024 from 4pm until 7pm.

Linden Fire Department to Host Annual Junior Fire Academy

Registration for the Linden Fire Department’s 2024 Junior Fire Academy is now open! “The Junior Fire Academy provides an opportunity to educate the recruits about the Linden Fire Department, the services we provide and enlighten them on the possibility of a future career in firefighting,” said Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Brady.

  • Who: Available to Linden students graduating 7th and 8th grades.
  • What: Linden Fire Department Junior Fire Academy. Learn about the Linden Fire Department and explore a future career in Firefighting! Receive basic training in physical fitness, department operations, fire science, HazMat, first-aid and CPR. Demonstrations include Engine and Ladder Truck Operations, Rope Rescue, Car Extrication, HazMat and more!
  • When: June 25 through June 28, 2024 from 8am until 3pm.
  • How: Click here to view and/or download the flyer and application for the Linden Fire Department’s Junior Fire Academy. Applications are also available at Fire Headquarters, which is located at 302 South Wood Avenue. The deadline for applications is Friday, May 10, 2024 at 3pm. Applications must be dropped off at Linden Fire Headquarters. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Deputy Chief Kevin Brady via email, or call (908) 474-4550.

Alert – Phone Scam Impersonating Police Officers

Residents in multiple New Jersey municipalities have reported receiving suspicious phone calls from individuals impersonating police officers. These suspects are spoofing the phone number they are calling from, and displaying the respective police department’s phone number.

Reports state that the suspects have a thick accent and are using officer names obtained by searching municipal websites. 

As a reminder, never give personal information over the phone, by fax, through the mail, or on the Internet unless you have initiated the contact or you are sure you know who you are dealing with.

If you receive an unsolicited phone call from an individual claiming to be a Linden Police Officer, obtain the caller’s name and disconnect the phone call. Then, call the Linden Police Department directly at (908) 474-8500 to verify the call was legitimate.

If you have fallen victim to this scam and provided your personal information or are a victim of identity theft, please contact the Linden Police Department to file a police report.

Neither the Linden Police Department, nor any police union or organization associated with the Linden Police Department will ever solicit over the phone.

3rd Ward Community Meeting

3rd Ward Councilwoman Caldwell invites you to participate in the upcoming Community Meeting, where we’ll come together to discuss important matters concerning the 3rd Ward. Your input and ideas are invaluable to us as we work towards building a stronger, more vibrant community.

  • What: 3rd Ward Community Meeting. Mark your calendars and make your voice heard. Together, we can make a difference in the 3rd Ward!
  • When: May 28, 2024 at 6pm.
  • Where: Columbia Bank Room (third floor) at the Linden Public Library, which is located at 31 East Henry Street.
  • How: For more information, contact Councilwoman Caldwell by email here, or call 908-531-0676.

Free Rabies Vaccination Clinics

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden and the Linden Health Department are pleased to provide free Rabies Vaccination Clinics. New and renewal pet licensing services will also be available. Per City ordinances, all dogs in Linden must be licensed, and anyone found to have an unlicensed dog in the City is subject to summons to Municipal Court. The annual fee for a dog license is $10 for a spayed/neutered dog, and $13 for a dog that has not been spayed/neutered. In order to be issued a license, the dog owner must provide written proof of a rabies vaccination that is valid for at least 10 months of the licensing year. All Linden residents with dogs that need a vaccination and/or a new or renewed dog license are encouraged to take advantage of these free clinics.

*For safety, all dogs must be leashed and all cats must be in carriers*

  • Who: Open to all New Jersey residents. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by their parent or guardian. License Reminder Notice or photo ID is required.
  • What: Free rabies vaccinations. There will also be staff from the City Clerk’s office present to provide licensing services for both new and renewal dog licenses. Board of Health Outreach staff will be on hand with health information and giveaways. For the convenience of Linden residents, the City recently extended the start and end dates of the dog licensing year. Up until now, dog licenses were valid from April 1 through March 31. Starting with the 2024 licensing year, dog licenses are now valid from June 1 through May 31 each year. By changing the licensing dates to June 1 through May 31 of each year, Linden residents that vaccinate their dogs at the free clinics in May can renew their dog licenses on time, and these vaccinations will be valid for up to 3 full dog licensing years. 
  • When & Where:
    • Saturday, May 4, from 10am until 2pm, at Fire House #2, 302 West St. Georges Avenue.
    • Monday, May 6, from 4pm until 8pm, at Fire House #3, which is located at 1205 East Elizabeth Avenue.
    • Tuesday, May 14, from 5pm until 8pm, at at Fire House #1, which is located at 302 South Wood Avenue.
  • How: Free clinic. If there are any questions about the rabies vaccine and/or the free clinics, please call the Board of Health at 908-474-8409, or email here. If there are any questions about dog licensing, please call the City Clerk’s office at 908-474-8406. All current 2023 dog licenses can be renewed up until June 30, 2024 without incurring a late fee. All 2023 dog licenses that are renewed on July 1, 2024 or later will incur a $5 late fee.
  • Click here to view and/or download the Free Rabies Vaccination Clinics flyer.

Creative Aging Workshop Series – Tell Your Story

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, and the Department of Parks & Recreation are pleased to offer the Creative Aging Workshop Series “Tell Your Story.” The Workshop will be led by Judy England McCarthy, professional storyteller and workshop facilitator. The Creative Aging Workshop Series was made possible by the Creative Aging Grant from the State of New Jersey’s Council of the Arts, and the City of the Linden. Only thirty cities/towns were selected to receive this grant. This eight-part free program will focus on assisting our seniors to access their personal stories or memoirs. The Workshop will culminate with participants sharing some of these stories in front of family and friends. The optional performance will be recorded and made available to all those who participate. All materials will be supplied and each session will be 90-minutes long allowing plenty of time for inquiry, writing, storytelling and discussion.

Click here to view and/or download the informational flyer and press-release for this workshop.

  • Who: For seniors.
  • What: Eight-part workshop that will focus on assisting our seniors to access their personal stories or memoirs. It will culminate in participants sharing some of these stories in front of family and friends. Their performance (optional) will be recorded and made available to all those who participate. All materials will be supplied, and each session will be 90-minutes long allowing plenty of time for inquiry, writing, storytelling, and discussion.
  • Where: John T. Gregorio Center (JTG), which is located at 330 Helen Street.
  • When: 1:15pm until 2:45pm
    • May 14, May 16, May 23 and May 30.
    • June 6, June 13, June 18 and June 20.
  • How: Free program To sign-up, contact the Linden Department of Parks and Recreation at the JTG Center (330 Helen Street), or call 908-474-8600. Sign-up early, limited registration. Any materials needed will be supplied.

Sewing Program

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, and the Department of Parks & Recreation are pleased to offer youth and adult sewing programs.

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

  • Who: Youth program for 8 through 12 years old. Adult program for ages 18 and up.
  • What: Youth and adult sewing programs. Sewing machines are provided for use by participants.
  • Where: John T. Gregorio Center, which is located at 330 Helen Street.
  • When:
    • Youth Program: Fridays, from 5:15pm until 6:45pm on April 26, May 3, 10 and 17 and June 7 and 14
    • Adult Program: Fridays, from 7pm until 8:30pm on April 26, May 3, 10 and 17 and June 7, 14, 21 and 28.
  • How: $35 fee for youth program. $50 fee for adult program. Sewing machines are provided for use by participants. To view full class description and register online, click here. For more information, email here or call (908) 474-8600. In-person registration is available 9am – 4pm at the JTG Center, 330 Helen Street or the Linden Multi-Purpose Center, 1025 John Street. Online registration is available 24/7.