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Linden High School Class of 2019 graduating 390 students

June 20, 2019

LINDEN, NJ - Three-hundred ninety students will graduate from Linden High School at the school’s 109th
Commencement on Friday, June 21.
Muhsin Khan is the valedictorian, and Piotr Zelazny is the salutatorian.
Eighty-three percent of graduates plan to continue their education at two- or four-year colleges
and universities.
Here is a full list of graduates in the Class of ...

Linden’s best student videos honored at Hollywood-style gala

LINDEN, NJ - It was a celebration that gave Hollywood’s biggest night a run for its money.
Students and staff from all Linden Public Schools gathered Tuesday, June 11, for the fourth-
annual Academy Awards to honor the year’s best student-created videos from all grade levels.
The awards are named for Linden High School Academy of Science and Technology, home to
the ...

Linden students help the less Fortunate

LINDEN, NJ - Linden Public Schools students got moving for a good cause at the annual walkathon to benefit the LINCS Food Pantry, which helps families in need in the Linden community.

The walkathon was held May 31 in Wilson Park behind the Linden High School Academy of Science and Technology. Students and staff from Linden High School, Soehl and McManus middle schools, and ...

Linden Fire Department joins Scotch Plains for Fire Dept.'s 150th Anniversary Parade

June 17, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Fire Department celebrated its 150 anniversary with the help of firefighters and vehicles from Linden and several other towns across Union County on Saturday, June 15, 2019, in downtown Scotch Plains. 

The festivities were highlighted by a parade, that began at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, and went past a reviewing stand in front of ...

Linden Man Charged in Union Officer-Involved Shooting in Mountainside

LINDEN, NJ - A Linden man is in custody and facing multiple criminal charges after a vehicular chase and foot pursuit ended in a Union officer-involved shooting Friday afternoon.

Lester Krek, 32, is charged with second-degree disarming a police officer, second-degree eluding police, and third-degree resisting arrest, acting Union County Prosecutor Jennifer Davenport announced Saturday.

At ...

Governor Murphy Addresses the Gun Violence Issue at the Westfield Forum

June 20, 2019

UNION COUNTY, NJ —Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle opened a press conference on gun violence by speaking about her late father, a soldier killed during the Vietnam War who "defended our right to live and would agree that common sense gun laws keep with the intent of the Second Amendment."

"I’ve heard you talk about your dad before, but never in this ...

Senator Nick Scutari Unanimously wins as Democratic Committee Chair; Assemblywoman Carter Vice Chair

LINDEN, NJ - The Union County Democratic Committee met on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 and reorganized and unanimously elected Senator Nick Scutari as the Chairman of the Union County Democratic Commitee.

There were no challengers at that meeting.  

Assemblywomen Linda Carter was elected as First Vice Chairwoman, Jeremy Mojica, elected as  Second Vice Chairman, ...

Linden Votes Mayor Derek Armstead For Linden Democratic Committee Chair

LINDEN, NJ - Linden Democratic Committee met and reorganized on Monday evening and named Mayor Derek Armstead as Chair, according to a report by InsiderNJ.

Armstead beat state Senator Nick Scutari (D-22) for the chairmanship based on the unofficial vote tally of 39-32.

On Tuesday, June 11, Union County Democrats will meet at Kean University to elect the Union County Chair, a ...

Iconic Rock and Roll Photographer Mark Weiss, reimagines his photos as new art, continues the serendipitous magic

June 17, 2019

NEW JERSEY: If you were a child or a teen in the 1970's and 1980's, many nostalgic images may come to mind, The Brady Bunch, mixing and drinking Tang, telephone booths, Star Wars, Bubble Yum, Atari, of course the big hair, fashion exploding, Tiger Beat and MAD Magazine...

Most of today's rock and roll icons made their fame in the 70's and 80's.

Linden students help the less Fortunate

June 16, 2019

LINDEN, NJ - Linden Public Schools students got moving for a good cause at the annual walkathon to benefit the LINCS Food Pantry, which helps families in need in the Linden community.

The walkathon was held May 31 in Wilson Park behind the Linden High School Academy of Science and Technology. Students and staff from Linden High School, Soehl and McManus middle schools, and ...

Governor Murphy Addresses the Gun Violence Issue at the Westfield Forum

June 20, 2019

UNION COUNTY, NJ —Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle opened a press conference on gun violence by speaking about her late father, a soldier killed during the Vietnam War who "defended our right to live and would agree that common sense gun laws keep with the intent of the Second Amendment."

"I’ve heard you talk about your dad before, but never in this ...

Senator Nick Scutari Unanimously wins as Democratic Committee Chair; Assemblywoman Carter Vice Chair

LINDEN, NJ - The Union County Democratic Committee met on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 and reorganized and unanimously elected Senator Nick Scutari as the Chairman of the Union County Democratic Commitee.

There were no challengers at that meeting.  

Assemblywomen Linda Carter was elected as First Vice Chairwoman, Jeremy Mojica, elected as  Second Vice Chairman, ...

Linden Votes Mayor Derek Armstead For Linden Democratic Committee Chair

LINDEN, NJ - Linden Democratic Committee met and reorganized on Monday evening and named Mayor Derek Armstead as Chair, according to a report by InsiderNJ.

Armstead beat state Senator Nick Scutari (D-22) for the chairmanship based on the unofficial vote tally of 39-32.

On Tuesday, June 11, Union County Democrats will meet at Kean University to elect the Union County Chair, a ...

Trinitas Promotes Dr. Salvatore Savatta to Interim Chair of Behavioral Health & Psychiatry  

June 19, 2019

Elizabeth, NJ - Trinitas Regional Medical Center has announced the promotion of Dr. Salvatore G. Savatta from Deputy Chairman to Interim Chair of Behavioral Health & Psychiatry effective May 1.

Before arriving at Trinitas in January of 2016, Dr. Savatta was Director of Inpatient Psychiatry at New York Methodist Hospital.

“I have been truly impressed by the dedication, commitment, ...

Three Linden Residents Among 74 Nursing Graduates from Trinitas School of Nursing

ELIZABETH, NJ -  Three Linden residents received their nursing diplomas as part of a class of Seventy-four students at the Trinitas School of Nursing 162nd Convocation Ceremony held recently at St. Michael’s Church in Cranford. 

Surrounded by family, friends, and staff that supported their efforts every step of the way, 63 women and 11 men proudly accepted their pins and ...

Trinitas Spotlight: Sleep and Diabetes

ELIZABETH, NJ - Dr. Vipin Garg will talk about how adequate and healthy sleep can reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes -- "Controlling your blood sugar through better sleep". Trying to get proper sleep can be difficult for anyone, but diabetes can cause sleep disturbances that can result in insulin resistance.  Dr. Garg will present information, answer questions and provide ...

Westfield Man Admits to Embezzling $66,499 from Greek Orthodox Church

June 20, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — A Westfield man who admitted to embezzling more than $60,000 from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America could face up to two decades in prison, federal authorities announced.

George Papadakos, 52, of Westfield, the former finance director of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, pled guilty to one count of wire fraud Wednesday, which carries a maximum ...

Linden Fire Department joins Scotch Plains for Fire Dept.'s 150th Anniversary Parade

June 17, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Fire Department celebrated its 150 anniversary with the help of firefighters and vehicles from Linden and several other towns across Union County on Saturday, June 15, 2019, in downtown Scotch Plains. 

The festivities were highlighted by a parade, that began at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, and went past a reviewing stand in front of ...

Linden Man Charged in Union Officer-Involved Shooting in Mountainside

LINDEN, NJ - A Linden man is in custody and facing multiple criminal charges after a vehicular chase and foot pursuit ended in a Union officer-involved shooting Friday afternoon.

Lester Krek, 32, is charged with second-degree disarming a police officer, second-degree eluding police, and third-degree resisting arrest, acting Union County Prosecutor Jennifer Davenport announced Saturday.

At ...

Westfield Man Admits to Embezzling $66,499 from Greek Orthodox Church

June 20, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ — A Westfield man who admitted to embezzling more than $60,000 from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America could face up to two decades in prison, federal authorities announced.

George Papadakos, 52, of Westfield, the former finance director of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, pled guilty to one count of wire fraud Wednesday, which carries a maximum ...

Prosecutor IDs Armed Man Arrested on School Grounds in Westfield Thursday

WESTFIELD, NJ – A tip from police in Delaware helped authorities to arrest a man who came to the grounds of an elementary school in Westfield Thursday afternoon armed with a handgun and hollow point bullets, the Union County Prosecutor said Friday.

Thomas J. Wilkie, 46, of Bear, Delaware, was arrested outside of Tamaques Elementary School after classes had let out for the day, acting ...

Linden Fire Department joins Scotch Plains for Fire Dept.'s 150th Anniversary Parade

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Fire Department celebrated its 150 anniversary with the help of firefighters and vehicles from Linden and several other towns across Union County on Saturday, June 15, 2019, in downtown Scotch Plains. 

The festivities were highlighted by a parade, that began at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, and went past a reviewing stand in front of ...

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Linden Residents Can Celebrate Pride Month with Union County

June 19, 2019

UNION COUNTY, NJ - In recognition of June as LGBTQ Pride month, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites residents to participate in the next two Pride events organized by the Union County Office of LGBTQ Affairs as Union County joins communities across the county to honor and recognize the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.

One highlight of the month is the Union ...

Cari Mora by Thomas Harris

Cari Mora by Thomas Harris (Grand Central, 2019)

 

Hannibal Lecter . . . Just the name sends chills down one’s spine. Lecter, who had a penchant for dining on human brains and “fava beans with a nice Chianti,” was first mentioned briefly in the 1981 novel The Red Dragon. However, Lecter takes center stage in the masterpiece of horror fiction, Silence of the Lambs, ...

Farewell, Herman Wouk

Farewell, Herman Wouk

 

The author of my favorite novels, The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, Herman Wouk died at the age of 103 on May 17, 2019 at his home in Palm Springs, California.

As one of the warriors of the “greatest generation,”  Wouk enlisted in the Navy following the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and was assigned to the U.S.S. Zane, which ...

Our Potential to Support People Who Have Mental Illness

June 16, 2019

Dear Editor:

According to news articles by outlets such as the Washington Post, Huffington Post, and Fox News, on Friday, June 14, 2019, President Trump was speaking on Fox News about House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Trump said, “I call her Nervous Nancy. She’s a nervous wreck.”

This struck me, because people who are nervous should never be made fun of. No ...