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Online Taxes and Sewer Payments

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. 


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. 

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Downtown Committee

The Township has developed a committee comprised of approximately 20 members that includes Township officials, business and property owners, local residents and other experts.  


The landing page can be accessed by clicking here

Online Tax Account Page

The Township of Scotch Plains has simplified the Online Tax Payment process through a new one-stop landing page.


The new link allows residents to find their property by name or address and then directs the amount due for taxes and sewer payments. Click here to access the new landing page.    

Report a Pothole

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

Report a Tree Concern

If you are having an issue or concern with a Township Tree, we're here to help. Please submit your request today through our Report a Tree Form by clicking on the link.

Medicine Drop Box

In an effort to curb pill and painkiller abuse, the Scotch Plains Police Department has launched the Project Medicine Dropbox for expired medications in pill form only.   


The collection box is located in the lobby of the Scotch Plains Police Department office on 430 Park Ave. Residents have access to the medicine dropbox 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If residents are interested in dropping medicine off beyond office hours, they must check in at the intercom at the side of the building to be buzzed in. 

Annual Trunk or Treat! Scheduled for October 26

The Township will host its annual Trunk or Treat celebration on Saturday, October 26 from 3 to 5 p.m. The even will feature hayrides, a dog costume contest and of course, lots of candy


To participate as a "trunker," vehicles must be registered via the Community Pass by October 18th.


For more information, please contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at 908-322-6700 Ext. 223.


Special thanks to The Scotch Plains Business and Professional Association for their support.

Leaf Pick-up Begins Week of October 28

Leaf pick-up will begin at the end of the month on Monday, October 28. Residents may begin to put their leaves out 10 days prior to their scheduled leafpickup. 

A street by street schedule for leaf pickup is as follows for the Week of October 28:  

North side – Plainfield Avenue and Crestwood Section. 

South side – Shady Lane and Hetfield Avenue Section.

* Please note: This collection is for leaves only, and crews will be dispatched on both the Northside and Southside of the Township. At least three collection cycles should give everyone adequate time to place all leaves at the curb. Please NO BRANCHES or LIMBS and remember to leave space along the curbline for  water to flow freely to the catch basins.


Biodegradable paper bags are acceptable. Please keep as many cars off the road as possible. Branches will not be collected. It is very important that leaves are free of branches, rocks, stumps, etc., to prevent equipment damage.


Weather permitting, sweepers will be operating after the last cycle.

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Alphonse Fantini of Scotch Plains Honored With Proclamation by Mayor Smith, Town Council on Occasion of 100th Birthday

Alphonse Fantini of Scotch Plains was honored with a proclamation by Mayor Al Smith and the Town Council of the Township of Scotch Plains on the occasion of his 100 birthday, and celebrated with the mayor, friends, and relatives on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at the Spanish Tavern in Mountainside, New Jersey. 


Fantini was born on October 8, 1919 and has been a resident of Scotch Plains since coming to the United States in 1928 from Montazzoli, Italy at the age of 9, when his parents settled in Scotch Plains, where he still resides.


He was married for 71 years to Donna Fantini, who passed away August 4, 2019. Donna and Alphonse were blessed with three children; Claire Forsyth (husband Gary), Ronald Fantini (wife Kathy), and Mary Ann Gilbert (husband Barry); four grandchildren; Kenneth Forsyth (wife Tara), Jeff Fantini; Stephanie Kaiser (husband Kyle) and Christopher Gilbert (wife Jess); and three great grandchildren; Sadie, Sophia, and Addie Forsyth. 


Alphonse has been active in St. Bartholomew’s Church since its inception, being one of the original parishioners of the church.


Alphonse served in the Coast Artillery Army as a sergeant in World War II from March 7, 1941 to December 12, 1945; is a member of the Scotch Plains Italian American Club and was a welder by trade and retired from Hosokawa Micron Powder Systems after working there for 55 years. 


“Therefore be it proclaimed that I, Mayor Alexander M. Smith and the Town Council of the Township of Scotch Plains and on behalf of the residents of Scotch Plains honor Mr. Alphonse Fantini for his long life and prosperity, and wish him many more,” Mayor Smith said in a proclamation statement. 

The Great Pumpkin Patch at the Frazee Property

Scotch Plains Hosts Annual Columbus Day Ceremony

The Township, sponsored by UNICO & The Italian American Club, hosted its annual Columbus Day Celebration on Saturday, October 12 on the Alan Augustine Village Green at the Columbus Monument. 


Mayor Al Smith and Township Manager Al Mirabella delivered statements to those in attendance on the impact of Columbus Day. 

Township Hosts Annual Scotch Plains Day

The Township kicked off its Fall festivities with Scotch Plains Weekend (October 4-6), which concluded with Scotch Plains Day as hundreds of residents flocked to the downtown district on Sunday, October 6 in the annual event. Scotch Plains Day featured a variety of vendors, food, live entertainment, and a ravioli eating contest.


Click here to view the entire photo album on Facebook. 


Photo Credits: Matt Kipp

Scotch Plains Hosts Annual Electric Vehicle Show


The Township hosted the 2nd Annual Electric Vehicle Show on Sunday, October 6th.  Co-Chaired by Caroline Perkins & Margaret Heisey, the event featured 15 vehicles.  Owners and EV Enthusiasts  were on site to talk to residents and visitors about the great benefits of owning an electric vehicle.  Nissan World of Springfield had a team of experts on hand to show off the 2019 Nissan Leaf plus SL, in 2 color choices!  Global Auto Mall, located in North Plainfield, sent over a brand new Electric Hyundai Ioniq for viewing. Altogether the 15 cars displayed at the event drove over 100,000 miles without using one drop of gas!  Stan Jaracz, from the Central Jersey Electric Auto Association provided information about electric vehicles.  The organization is growing and will be  providing seminars and workshops throughout area.  Any interested in more information can visit electricauto.org     


Awards were given out in the following categories:     


Oldest EV: Caleb Cohen  Zero SR Motorcycle 

Newest EV-owned: John Dore 2019 Tesla Model 3 

Most Miles: Frank Ficazzola   2015 Volkswagen e-Golf 42,000 miles 

Most Unique  EV: Henry  Lubinski    Electric Wheel Bicycle 

Best in Show: Michael Schweizer   2020 Mini Cooper Electric     


Photos (from left to right):     

  • Mayor Al Smith and representatives from Nissan World check out the 2019 Nissan Leaf 
  • Mayor Al on the “Oldest” EV in the show:  the Zero SR Motorcycle 
  • John Dore & family show off their 2019 Red Tesla Model 3- the newest car in the show
  • Mayor Smith and Margaret Heisey with Stan Jaracz from the Central Jersey Electric Auto Association
  • Most Miles Frank Focazzola 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf
  • Michael Schweizer shows off the Mini Cooper 2020 – Best in Show
  • Henry Lubinski brought his Electric bicycle
  • The Oldest EV, a Zero SR Motorcycle, belonged to Caleb Cohen who also brought his Tesla Model 3
  • Organizers and participants gather together to promote EVs!
  • Wells Perkins and the Mayor check out Mr. Perkins’s 2018 Tesla Model 3

Photo credits: Matt Kipp

Scotch Plains Walks to Wipe Out Breast Cancer in Late Councilwoman Rose Checchio's Honor

Over 200 friends, family and supporters participated in The Rose Checchio Walk to Wipe Out Breast Cancer in Scotch Plains on Saturday, Oct. 5. Held in honor of the late Councilwoman Rose Checcio, all proceeds from the race and from the sale of T-shirts go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through Play for P.I.N.K. 


Click here to read the entire story on TAP into Scotch Plains-Fanwood. 


Click here to view the photo album on Facebook. Photo Credits: Matt Kipp.

Mosquito Spraying Cancelled

The Union County Bureau of Mosquito Control has informed Scotch Plains that the planned aerial application via helicopter of adult mosquito pesticide HAS BEEN CANCELLED. 


This decision by the NJDEP Office of Mosquito Control Coordination  is as a result of several factors including: 


The Bureau’s continuous surveillance (no other pools of collected mosquitoes submitted for testing were positive for EEE) Treatment of the areas of concern by the staff and equipment during ground applications The diminished mosquito populations The lower temperatures affecting them and inclement weather   


If you have any questions, please contact the Bureau of Union County Mosquito Control at:  908-789-3600

Scotch Plains Officials Celebrate International Walk to School Day

Township Officials joined local students at elementary schools across Scotch Plains as they participated in Walk to School Day. Mayor Al Smith was at Coles Elementary School, Councilman Ted Spera attended MacGinn Elementary School and Councilwoman Elizabeth Stamler and Deputy Township Manager Margaret Heisey were present at School One.   


Walk to School Day is an international event celebrated in October each year. Thousands of communities join in with fun and safe Walk to School Day events that get families, teachers, city staff, and community members walking together, while educating children and families about the benefits of walking.

The Highlander Restaurant Hosts 'Coffee with a Cop'

Local residents had the opportunity to meet and interact with Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted Conley and other local law enforcement officials as The Highlander Restaurant hosted 'Coffee with a Cop,' a national campaign that brings police officers and the community members they serve together–over coffee–to discuss issues and learn more about each other.

Scotch Plains Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Launches Petition

The Scotch Plains Affordable Housing Advisory Committee launched a petition today to gather signatures of New Jersey residents who want to bring common-sense reforms to the current costly, inefficient and inconsistent New Jersey court mandated affordable housing process presently being imposed on New Jersey municipalities.


The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee supports providing affordable housing in New Jersey for low income families, seniors, millennials, veterans, those with special needs as well as other groups. However, the current manner in which affordable housing is determined fails to consider how local communities may be affected by the construction of thousands of new units.


To sign the petition, visit the link below: https://www.thepetitionsite.com/264/002/417/petition-for-affordable-housing-reform/


Click here to read the entire press release. 

Mayor Smith and Deputy Mayor Losardo Discuss Affordable House Advisory Committee Petition

Residents Enjoy Cruising on Park Ave. Classic Car Show on Beautiful Sunday Afternoon

Hundreds of residents turned out in downtown Scotch Plains for the annual Cruising on Park Ave. Classic Car Show on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. 


The event, hosted by the Scotch Plains Cultural Arts Committee, featured live music from the band "Memphis Rain" in front of the Municipal Building.


Click here to view the Facebook photo album. 

Mayor Al Smith Participates in Launch of 'Start with Hello Week'

Mayor Al Smith joined Scotch Plains-Fanwood Superintendent Dr. Joan Mast and Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr in the launch of 'Start with Hello Week' at Brunner Elementary School on Monday, September 23. In the hour-long session, students learned about inclusiveness and ways how they can make their classmates feel more welcome to avoid social isolation.  


“This is one of the best days of my life to see these kids come together like this,” said Mayor Al Smith, who read a book to the children. “Hopefully they will become a lifelong family and live together as a community.”


Click here to read the entire story on TAP into Scotch Plains-Fanwood. 

Reporting a Coyote Sighting in Scotch Plains

Due to the high number of calls/emails that pertain to coyote sightings and resident’s concerned for their safety or the safety of their family and/or pets, I have directed our Patrol Division that they are to respond to ALL calls pertaining to coyotes.


We are informing dispatch to send an officer, we are no longer requiring that the coyote has to be acting aggressive, if we get a call, we are sending an officer. 


Please see the attached information pertaining to coyotes. If you see a coyote and are concerned about your safety or the safety of your family and/or pets, call the Police Department immediately and we will dispatch an officer to the scene!

Now Hiring: Cross Guards Needed!

The Township of Scotch Plains has immediate openings for substitute crossing guards available.   


Salary starts at $17 an hour and will be provided a uniform and equipment supplied by the Police Department. Applicants must be in good physical condition and have their own form of transportation.   


For more information, please contact Sgt. Brown of the Scotch Plains Police Department at 908-322-7100 Ext. 104. 

29th Annual Mayor's Gala Set for December 6th

The Scotch Plains Mayor’s Charity Gala Committee is pleased to announce the honorees and festivities for the 29th Annual Mayor’s Charity Gala to be held on Friday, December 6, 2019 at Shackamaxon Country Club.


This year’s Gala will honor the following individuals for their selfless service to our community:


Female Volunteer of the Year: Kelly Price

Male Volunteer of the Year: Jim Checchio

Volunteer Organization of the Year: Patrick’s Downtown Race to Summer Committe.


The evening (7pm – 11pm) features a cocktail reception complete with open bar, passed hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and eclectic food stations, a dessert buffet and, back by popular demand, the Hot Chocolate Bar! Members of the Moonglowers, from SPFHS and DJ Mike will provide entertainment for the evening.  The Silent Auction and Tricky Tray are not to be missed! 


There are several levels of sponsorship available to support our honorees. Or, consider donating an item to the silent auction.  Please contact Gala Committee Co-Chairs, Lisa Mohn at 908-322-4999 or Margaret Heisey at 908-939-8403 if you would like to make a contribution or donation to the event.


Tickets to the Mayor’s Charity Gala may be purchased online by visiting www.scotchplainsnj.gov starting on September 24 by clicking the “Recreation Registration” Community Pass link and selecting “2019 Mayor’s Gala, or by calling the Scotch Plains Recreation Department at 908-322-6700 x223.  Tickets are $95.00 per person and tables of 10 may be reserved.


For more information, visit the Mayor's Gala webpage.

Scotch Plains Designated as a Healthy Town to Watch

The New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute (NJHCQI), located in Princeton, designated Scotch Plains as one of the seven Healthy Towns to Watch last month. The NJHCQI issued its annual New Jersey “Healthy Town” designation to eight communities participating in the Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC), a program of the Quality Institute, in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.   


“It is an honor for Scotch Plains to be designated as a Healthy Town to Watch for 2018. The residents of Scotch Plains continue to be supportive and involved in our Mayors Wellness Campaign. With the distinction of this honor, it is my hope that even more residents will participate in our events. This has been a very rewarding experience for both myself and Margaret Heisey, our program director. Not only do we have fun as we offer opportunities to our residents to become healthier by eating well, exercising, and managing stress, but we have seen our own health improve as well,” said Mayor Al Smith.


Click here to read the entire press release. 

Emergency Notification System Update: Union County First Alert

The Township of Scotch Plains will be transitioning from CodeRed to EverBridge, officially branded as Union County First Alert for its emergency notification system. 


To continue receiving emergency notifications you will have to register for the new system. No data will be transferred from CodeRed to EverBridge. 


In order to avoid a lapse in you receiving emergency messages, register for the new system by April 30, 2019. 


Click here to register for emergency updates via Union County First Alert.

Housekeeping Tips: Think at the Sink & Don't Rush to Flush

Out of sight does not always mean out of mind, especially when it comes to your home.


Before you rinse anything down your kitchen sink or flush anything down the toilet it is important to be cognizant of the potential consequences. Click on the graphic to view tips and recommendations to protect your home. 

Scotch Plains Residents and Business Voluntary Camera Registry

The Scotch Plains Police Department wants your help in reducing crime by voluntary taking part in our camera registry program. The program allows residents and business owners to register their video surveillance systems and other video devices with the Scotch Plains Police Department. When a crime occurs, police will have the ability to identify locations of nearby video cameras and seek the assistance of the c to help our officers collect video evidence and follow up on investigations of criminal activity. 


Click here for more information on the program.

Recycle Coach Mobile App Available to Residents to Improve Communications

The Township of Scotch Plains launched Recycle Coach last week, a free app designed to help make recycling information more accessible to residents. Recycle Coach provides accurate up-to-date information on Scotch Plains recycling schedules in a handy, user-friendly app format.   


Residents can access Recycle Coach from their mobile devices, desktop computers, or through digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. TheRecycle Coach app is available to download free of charge on the Google Play and the Apple iTunes StoreClick here for more information and to read the entire press release. Click here to watch the Facebook video promoting the new mobile application.

New Jersey Special Needs Registry for Disasters

“Register Ready – New Jersey’s Special Needs Registry for Disasters” allows New Jersey residents with disabilities or access and functional needs and their families, friends, caregivers and associates an opportunity to provide information to emergency response agencies so emergency responders can better plan to serve them in a disaster or other emergency.  


The information collected here is confidential and will not be available to the public. The information will be held securely and only used for emergency response and planning.


Click here to register for New Jersey's Special Needs Registry for Disasters. 


For Registry Assistance, dial 211 (toll-free) and an operator will assist you in registering.

Union County Surrogate 2019 Hours & Schedule

Union County Surrogate James LaCorte will host evening hours at the Scotch Plains Township Hall (430 Park Avenue, Room 202)  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 throughout 2019 on the following dates:


January 14

February 11

March 11

April 8

May 13

June 10

July 8

August 12

September 9

December 9


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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