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Township Hall Hours

Summer Hours are in effect! 

Monday-Wednesday

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Thursday

8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Friday

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (noon)

 

Main Phone:

908-322-6700

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recreation@scotchplainsnj.com


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Independence Day Fireworks

Celebrate Fourth of July weekend right here in Scotch Plains as we host a marvelous night of fireworks at Scotch Hills Golf Course on Jerusalem Road! In the case of inclement weather, a rain date has been set for Sunday, July 3.

Scotch Hills Golf Course will close at noon on Saturday July 2 in preparation for the fireworks display that evening.  The last tee time accepted will be at 10:00 a.m. as all golfers will be cleared from the course at 11:45 a.m.  The course is scheduled to re-open for play the following day, Sunday July 3 at 10:00 a.m.  If the Fireworks are rescheduled due to inclement weather, the course will close at noon on Sunday July 3 and re-open Monday July 4 at 10:00 a.m.  For any questions, please call the Scotch Hills Pro Shop at 908-232-9748.

Summer Movies are Back!

Friday Family Movie Night will take place on Alan Augustine Village Green throughout the summer.  Bring the family and a blanket (or chairs) and join us each week. All movies start at 8 p.m.  Movies are sponsored by the Township of Scotch Plains & the Cultural Arts Committee.

 

The complete summer schedule of movies:

July 1 – Minions (sponsored by Pantagis Renaissance)

July 15 – Cars

July 29 – Aladdin

August 5 – The Good Dinosaur

August 12 – Hercules

August 19 – Up

August 26 – Zootopia Sponsored by Johnston Communications

Drive Safe!

Schools out, drive safe! Please slow down as school is closed the summer and there are a lot more children and pedestrians on the roadway. For our newer drivers, please slow down and do not text while driving!

1st Annual Scotch Plains Race to Summer 5K

Summer Concert Series

This year's Summer Concert Series kicks off on Thursday, July 14. All concerts will be held on Alan Augustine Village Green and begin at 7:30 p.m.

 

July 14 – Sounds of the Street

July 21 – Full Count Big Band

July 28 – Wolf Creek

August 4 – Funktion 11

August 11 Good Works

Bear Safety Tips

from the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife

 

Call (908) 322-7100 to report sightings of a bear and the location or 9-1-1 if it is an emergency.

 

Black bears by nature tend to be wary of humans and avoid people. However, if you encounter a black bear in your neighborhood or outdoors while hiking or camping, follow these common-sense safety tips:

  • Never feed or approach a bear!
  • Remain calm.
  • Make the bear aware of your presence by speaking in an assertive voice, singing, clapping your hands, or making other noises.
  • Make sure the bear has an escape route.
  • If a bear enters your home, provide it with an escape route by propping all doors open.
  • Avoid direct eye contact, which may be perceived by a bear as a challenge.
  • Never run from a bear. Instead, slowly back away.
  • To scare the bear away, make loud noises by yelling, banging pots and pans or using an airhorn. Make yourself look as big as possible by waving your arms. If you are with someone else, stand close together with your arms raised above your head. 
  • The bear may utter a series of huffs, make popping jaw sounds by snapping its jaws and swat the ground. These are warning signs that you are too close. Slowly back away, avoid direct eye contact and do not run. 
  • If a bear stands on its hind legs or moves closer, it may be trying to get a better view or detect scents in the air. It is usually not a threatening behavior.
  • Black bears will sometimes “bluff charge” when cornered, threatened or attempting to steal food. Stand your ground, avoid direct eye contact, then slowly back away. Do not run.
  • If the bear does not leave, move to a secure area.
  • Immediately notify the DEP's 24-hour, toll-free hotline at 1-877-WARN DEP (1-877-927-6337).
  • Families who live in areas with high black bear populations should have a “Bear Plan” in place for children, with whistles, air horns and an escape route.
  • Black bear attacks are extremely rare. If a black bear does attack, fight back!

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. 

Swimming Pool Safety

It's that time of year again! The weather is heating up and we are all eager to take a dip in the pool.

 

Before you dive in, review some essential pool safety tips. New Jersey has some of the most stringent swimming pool codes in the nation.

 

Did you know that:

  • Above-ground and in-ground pools are treated the same with regard to personal and electrical safety, security
  • If the pool has the capability of holding 24” of water or more, it requires a permit & the security of a code compliant fence

If you are considering the installation of a swimming pool, please do not hesitate to contact the Scotch Plains Department of Inspections, we have pool packages to assist you with permit applications. For more information and details please visit our Swimming Pool Safety page. 

Pilgrim Pipeline

The Scotch Plains governing body opposes the construction of a new

bi-directional pipeline though the Township that would transport crude oil and refined petroleum products between Albany, New York and Linden, New Jersey.  The Township has called for a moratorium on any and all planning, proposal, surveying, or construction of the Pilgrim pipeline due to significant safety concerns. 

 

To learn more about the CAPP and other municipalities who stand against the Pilgrim Pipeline, visit www.stoppilgrimpipeline.com.

Coming this Summer

In cooperation with the County of Union, the Township of Scotch Plains will provide WiFi accessibility in Ponderosa Park (Map) for all visitors this summer. Enjoy!

New to the Website

Scotch Plains has a contract with Animal Control Solutions which provides services to the Township.  To find a list of services provided, both contracted and non-contracted, visit Departments » Health » Animal Control. For more information, call the local health department at 908-322-6700 ext. 306.

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.

Tips from NJ American Water

To download a PDF version of this pamphlet, click here.

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

Mayor Kevin Glover, Union County Surrogate James LaCorte, and Town Manager Al Mirabella.
Mayor Kevin Glover, Union County Surrogate James LaCorte, and Town Manager Al Mirabella.

Union County Surrogate James LaCorte will host evening hours at the Scotch Plains Township Hall (430 Park Avenue, Room 202) on December 14, 2015 from 5-6 p.m. by appointment only. 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:

 

June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12, 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