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Scotch Plains Hosts Annual Holiday Celebration

Hundreds of local residents turned out for the annual holiday celebration on the Alan Augustine Village Green on Sunday, December 4. The festivities included lots of hot chocolate, pony rides, a ceremonial tree lighting, and of course, a special appearance from Santa Claus!


Click here for a link to the full photo album.


In Loving Memory of Meg Kolaya

It is with heavy hearts that the Township of Scotch Plains has learned of the loss of Meg Kolaya, a beloved member in our community.

Kolaya served the community as Director of Scotch Plains Public Library from 2002 up until her retirement in 2015.  During her tenure, she transformed the library into a hub of community activity, tripling program attendance and doubling daily circulation and the number of cardholders. Under her leadership, the SPPL was the first library in New Jersey to host “Next Chapter Book Club” for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

She will be missed dearly by the residents of Scotch Plains and especially those who knew her well. Her friends and family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Christmas Tree Safety

As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly. 


Consider the following this holiday season:

  • Picking the Tree
  • Placing the Tree
  • Lighting the Tree

Click on the graphic to view the flier and full tips. Stay safe this holiday season!

2016 Leaf Collection Guidelines

The Department of Public Property has issued guidelines and updates for this season's leaf collection program. Relevant information regarding leaf collection will be regularly available through the Public Property section of our website. You will also find previous areas where leaves have been collected during the removal process.



Westfield Road; Westfield Avenue/Plainfield Avenue; Jerusalem Road; Glenside Avenue and all side streets north of Route 22.

Northside crew then moves to assist Southside crew.



Highlander Drive/Scotchwood Glen/Clydesdale Road (to Sunnyfield Lane)/Kevin Road/Aberdeen Road/Balmoral Lane/Sunnyfield Lane/Sleepy Hollow Lane/Chip Lou Lane/Pheasant Lane; Cooper Road from Terrill Road to Rahway Road including Wellington Downs/Wilshire Run/Eton Row; Robin Lane/Donamy Glen; Indian Run.


Click on the graphic for the 2016 Leaf Guidelines and updates!

Second Annual Menorah Lighting Set for Dec. 24

The Scotch Plains Business and Professional Organization and the Township of Scotch Plains will host the 2nd Annual Menorah Lighting on Saturday, December 24th at 6:30 pm.  Festivities will include a light show and refreshments. The Chabad of Union County will preside over the lighting. The event will be held at 430 Park Avenue; the Alan Augustine Village Green.

Scotch Plains Honors Its Veterans

The Township of Scotch Plains honored local veterans in a special ceremony at The Veterans Memorial on Park Ave. & Front St. on Friday, November 11. During the ceremony, there was a moment of silence in recognition of all U.S. veterans who sacrificed their lives for our country. Following the event, local residents and veterans met at the American Legion to celebrate. 

Congratulations Al Smith and Ted Spera!

Congratulations to Mayor-elect Al Smith (right) and Council-elect Ted Spera (left) on their successful campaign. They will take office in January 2017.

Harvest Fest Fundraiser Kicks Off Fall

On Saturday, October 1, The Frazee House, the Scotch Plains Fanwood Community Garden, Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club‎, and the Township of Scotch Plains came together to host the annual Harvest Homecoming fundraiser to kick off the Fall.

Fall Recreation Review

Youth Basketball League (For Grades 3-8)


Fall Programs by Skyhawks Sports Academy

  • Super Tots Soccer (Ages 3-4 & 5-6)
  • Super Tots Hoopster Tots
  • Tennis Programs
  • Girls Field Hockey

And more upcoming events in town! 


Click here to download The Recreation Review.

Online Payments Available

Online tax bill and sewer bill payments are now available on the Township website. Making your payment online is fast, easy, and safe. In just a few minutes, your transaction will be complete. You can choose to pay by a Checking Account ACH Payment (e-Check) or by a Credit Card Payment. There is a $1 ACH fee charged for each transaction. 

New Locked Dropbox Available

To accommodate those who cannot get to the Municipal Building during normal operating hours, a locked dropbox has been installed in the vestibule of the Police Department. This is for tax and sewer payments only. For your protection, cash will not be accepted; please pay by check only.  Any payment placed in the lock box will be credited to your account the next business day. During normal business hours, please bring your payment to the tax office. The box will only be checked in the morning, and we do not want you to incur any additional charges. 

Report a Pothole

To help preserve the local roads throughout Scotch Plains, the Township has implemented a Report a Pothole form online for residents.


The form will notify the Department of Public Property directly via email.

Scotch Hills CC Registration

Membership rules, fees, and applications can be found on the Golf Course & Mini Golf page. To download the PDF directly, click here.

Union County Surrogate Evening Office Hours

union county surrogate

Union County Surrogate James LaCorte will host evening hours at the Scotch Plains Township Hall (430 Park Avenue, Room 202) from 5-6 p.m. by appointment only for the convenience of local residents. The Surrogate is responsible for administering the estate of a deceased person and judging the legitimacy of wills.


Mr. LaCorte will be available the second Monday of each month throughout 2016 on the following dates:


Nov. 14, Dec. 12.


Appointments for Scotch Plains can be made by contacting Mr. LaCorte at (908) 527-4280 Monday–Friday between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Residents also have the availability to download the information sheet and instructions at www.ucnj.org/surrogate/information-sheet

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