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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. 

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. 

SP-F PAL Cops and Kids Program for 5th to 8th Graders (March 26)

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL is holding their 3rd Annual ‘Cops & Kids’ Intramural Program, for students in 5th-8th grade. The idea is to get kids off of their video games and participate in some lightly-competitive programs with their friends and the Police Officers who serve their community.


Kids must bring in the signed form each day letting us know that they have their parents’ permission to participate. Forms for the February 26 and March 26 after school programs can be downloaded by clicking here

Registration Open for St. Bart's 5K on March 30

Registration is now open for the annual St. Bart's Academy 5K, which will be held on Sat., March 30 at 9:30 a.m.     


This event is for all ages and there is something for everyone! Event fees are $25 for adults. Fees include race registration, t-shirt, bag with giveaways, and continental breakfast after the race! 


The Fun Run which takes place before the 5K at 9AM is $10 and is for ages 10 & Under.


You won't want to miss this well organized and affordable race! The course is USATF certified and runs along the scenic tree lined streets of Fanwood, NJ.  The Fun Run includes t-shirt and breakfast only.       


Click here to register. 

2019 Mayor's Medal Races Announced

As part of the Mayor's Wellness Campaign, Mayor Al Smith will award the Mayor's Medal to anyone completing three of the runs/walks in town this year. 


Follows is a schedule for the events in 2019:


- St. Bart's 5K (March 30)

- Union Catholic 5K (April 13)

- YMCA 5K (May 14)

- Race to Summer 5K (June 13)

- The Rose Checchio Walk to Wipe Out Breast Cancer to Benefit Play for P.I.N.K. (October 5)


Run or Walk Your Way to the Gold and to Good Health!

Upcoming Downtown Redevelopment Committee Meetings

 The Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee will host the following meeting, which the public is invited to attend.     


Date/Meeting: Thursday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. – Downtown Redevelopment Committee Special Meeting: Open to the Public   

Location: SP-F HS Auditorium 


Click here to read Mayor Al Smith’s letter inviting the public to attend the Downtown Redevelopment Committee Special Meeting on Thursday, March 28. 


Click here to be directed to the Downtown Redevelopment Committee page.

Special Downtown Redevelopment Committee Meeting on March 28 at 7:30 p.m.

The Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee (SPDRC) will hold a special Town Hall meeting on Thursday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Auditorium to discuss the redevelopment process for Tier 2, Phases 4 & 5 (East Second St.) and Block 204, Lot 5 located in Tier 3, Phase 6 (Jade Isle Property). 


The Town Hall meeting is specifically geared towards property and business owners in the study areas, but anyone from the public may attend and ask questions. The meeting is for informational purposes only and no formal action will be taken.


Click here to read the entire press release. 

Township Officials Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Township officials participated in the Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16 in Union Township to celebrate the Irish holiday. 


Pictured from left to right: Scotch Plains Fire Chief John Lestarchick, Councilman Ted Spera, Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith, Councilwoman Elizabeth Stamler, Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and Paul Butterly, 2006 Parade Adjutant.

Annual Egg Hunt to Be Held on Sat., April 13

The Township is proud to announce that it will be hosting its Annual Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 13 at 10 a.m. at Brookside Park (1255 Hetfield Ave.)


The egg hunt is open to children ages eight years old and younger. Don't forget to bring a basket and most of all have fun! 


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

Spring Cleanup: Leaves, Limbs, Brush and Gumball Pickup Starts April 22

We ask that all residents please place all leaves, gumballs and branches in separate piles leaving a small gully before the curb for pickup.  Please note branches need to be cut to no longer than 6’ in length and 2” in diameter.  No logs or stumps will be taken.   


Please note Township ordinance prohibits putting  vegetative waste at the curb ten days prior to scheduled pickup. 


Pick-ups will begin April 22 – One Pick-up only.

Road Construction Alert: New Gas Pipes to Be Installed on Park Ave.

New gas pipes will be installed on Park Ave. starting March 18th till approximately March 29th. The work will be done during the overnight hours from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.  We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

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.

National Vietnam War Veterans Day | March 29

National Vietnam War Veterans Day on March 29 honors the men and women who served and sacrificed during the longest conflict in United States history.     


It was on March 29, 1973, when combat and combat support units withdrew from South Vietnam. Generations later, Veterans of this time period are gaining the respect that was not so freely given upon their return. Involving five U.S. presidents, crossing nearly two decades and 500,000 U.S.military personnel, it left an indelible mark on the American psyche.     


Returning Veterans did not always receive respectful welcomes upon their arrive on American soil. There were 58,000 killed, never to return. National Vietnam War Veterans Day recognize the military service of these men and women who answered the call to service their country when she needed them. They didn’t make the decisions to go to war.     


On National Vietnam War Veterans Day, we recognize the service and duty rendered by all servicemen and women of this era.    

Party for the Planet on Sunday, April 27

The Township will be hosting a Party for the Planet event on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to noon on the Alan Augustine Village Green.


Environmentally friendly activities will be provided by:

  • Scotch Plains-Fanwood Community Garden
  • Scotch Plains Green Team
  • Scotch Plains Garden Club
  • Scotch Plains Library
  • Union County Recycling
  • Environmental Commission

Tree seedlings will be distributed while supplies last!


For more info and event updates please call 908-322-6700 Ext. 223.

"Hometown Heroes" Banner Program Open for New Applicants

St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church, in partnership with the Township of Scotch Plains, the Borough of Fanwood, American Legion Post 209 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10122, is continuing the Banner Program and is seeking to honor our local Veterans and those currently serving in the United States Armed Forces.       


In Phase II, the program will be limited to the first 100 applicants who meet the eligibility requirements. 


This will be the final chance to participate in the Banner Program.   


For more information about Phase II of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood "Hometown Heroes" Banner Program, visit https://www.scotchplainsnj.gov/news/hometown-heroes-program/ 


Click here to download the application form. Please complete the SPF Hometown Heroes Application and return no later than March 31, 2019.

Scotch Plains Noise Ordinance Reminder

Spring is here and that means getting outside to clean up our properties. Please keep in mind that the township ordinance (see below) prohibits residents and residential landscaper or maintenance workers from using power tools, home maintenance tools, landscaping and/or yard maintenance equipment between the hours of 8PM and 8AM.     


Excluding emergency work, power tools, home maintenance tools, landscaping and/or yard maintenance equipment used by residential property owner or tenant shall not be operated between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., unless such activities can meet the applicable limits set forth in Table I, II or III. At all other times the limits set forth in Tables I, II or III do not apply. All motorized equipment used in these activities shall be operated with a muffler and/or sound reduction device.

Scotch Plains Launches New Styrofoam Recycling Program

Scotch Plains residents (ID Required) can drop off Styrofoam at the Scotch Plains DPW, located at 2445 Plainfield Ave., on Thursdays between 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Union County is coordinating the new program and providing collection bins, signage and educational brochures. 


Styrofoam is the common name for polystyrene, which comes under the Plastic #6 recycling category. Residents who use the drop-off locations can help ensure that the program is successful by following the recycling rules. The list of unacceptable items includes all food service items, packing “peanuts,” egg cartons, and any dark colored, wet, or dirty foam.   


Click here to read the entire story on TAP into Scotch Plains-Fanwood for more details on the program.

Scotch Plains Ranks Among Top 100 Safest Cities in New Jersey for 2019

Scotch Plains again ranks in the top 100 safest cities in New Jersey according to a 2019 report published by the National Council for Home Safety and Security. 


”I am extremely proud of the men and women of the Scotch Plains Police Department and the work they have done in keeping the Township of Scotch Plains among the Top 100 Safest Cities of New Jersey,” said Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted Conley. “We strive every day to make Scotch Plains a safe community for our residents and visitors.” 


Scotch Plains is the 9th highest ranked town in Union County and one of only 10 Union County towns to make the Top 100. 


”I join Chief Conley I’m thanking the men and women of our Police Department For the outstanding work they have done to keep Scotch Plains among the top 20 percent of safest communities in New Jersey,” said Scotch Plains Township Manager Al Mirabella. ”On behalf of the residents of Scotch Plains, I congratulate and thank Chief Conley and the entire Police Department for this ranking.” 


Click here to read the entire press release.

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.

Scotch Plains' Aaa Bond Rating Reaffirmed

Scotch Plains Township Manager Al Mirabella announced that Moody's Investor Service has reaffirmed Scotch Plains' Aaa Bond Rating in their Annual Issuer Comment Report (AICR) for the Township.


According to Moody's, "Scotch Plains has an exceptional credit position and its Aaa rating is much stronger than the median rating of Aa3 for US cities. Notable credit factors include a robust financial position, and a sizable tax base with a very strong wealth and income profile. The credit position also incorporates the Township's low debt burden and a somewhat elevated pension liability."


Click here to read the entire press release.

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.

Recycling Update: Bagged Recyclables Will NOT Be Picked Up

Effective immediately, recycling will no longer be picked up if it is bagged as the guidelines for recycling processing have recently been updated. This includes clear plastic bags. Specific protocols on recycling contamination have been revised this year with significant changes affecting the industry worldwide.    


When non-recyclable items (contamination) end up in recycling loads, they have the potential to turn the entire load into the trash and increase processing costs resulting in contamination and/or result in additional service charges.    


Please note that recycling should be placed at the curb in appropriate bins or containers as recycling placed in plastic bags will not be picked up. The Township does not supply recycling bins or containers.    




For more information on the Recycling Do's and Don'ts, please refer to the graphic below or visit www.recycleoftenrecycleright.com.

Report a Pothole

The Department of Public Property is working effortlessly to fix any and all potholes throughout town.  


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

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 Police Launch Medicine Dropbox

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.  


 For safety reasons, the Project Medicine Dropbox can only accept solid medications such as pills, patches, inhalers and similar objects. No liquids, medical waste, or syringes are allowed. Consumers wishing to dispose of these objects should consult their doctor or pharmacists to identify the best way of getting rid of them.    


Once a medication is placed in the box, it cannot be retrieved at any time. Double check the medications you are depositing to make sure you are not putting any current medications in.  


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. 

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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