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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. There is a $1 ACH fee charged for each transaction. 


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

Tree Replacement Plan

If your property had a township tree which fell during a storm or was lost or removed due to disease or age, and you wish it to be replaced let us know. Or, if you would like a tree planted  in front of your house, on public property only, please let us know by submitting your information on the Tree Replacement Program webpage.  

Farmers' Marketplace

The Scotch Plains Farmers' Market has returned for its 25th year. The open-air market will be open in the Municipal Lot (430 Park Avenue) every Saturday until November from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. , unless otherwise mentioned.


Click here to learn more about the Farmers' Market.

Report a Pothole

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

Summer Concert Series Postponed for July 27

Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of all involved, we have cancelled the concert for tonight due to impending storms.  We plan on adding the make-up date at the end of the series.


As of now, the lineup is as follows:  

  • August 3 at 7:30 p.m. -- Brother John Brown Band

The Summer Concert Series is presented by Investors Bank. K-9 Resorts is the Gold Sponsor of the concert series. 


Stay tuned for a possible update to this schedule. 

SPFD Makes Fun Stop at Scotch Plains Library

The Scotch Plains Fire Department made a special stop at the Scotch Plains Public Library on Saturday morning to teach local residents about the importance of fire safety. Children of all ages receive a first-hand look at the life of a firefighter.

Upcoming Road Construction Projects

Starting this month, the Township of Scotch Plains will undergo several road construction resurfacing projects. The first project will take place on Terrill Rd. and is scheduled to start on Saturday, July 28. Click here for the details on that project.  


Regular updates for the various phases of construction and their impact on traffic in Scotch Plains on county roads can be found here.

National Night Out Set for August 1

The Township of Scotch Plains will celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, August 1 on the Alan Augustine Village Green from 6-9 p.m. and invites the public to participate.  


The event will feature demonstrations from the Scotch Plains Police Department, a concert performance by the Broadcasters, inflatable rides, giveaways and much more!  The event is presented by K-9 Resorts and The Espeland Group at Allstate. 

Fire Department Surprises Brookside Campers

Firefighters from the Scotch Plains Fire Department made an unexpected surprise on Thursday afternoon at Brookside Camp to help offer some relief from the heat to campers. There was a heat advisory in effect for much of the afternoon and campers enjoyed the presence of their local heroes. 

Friday Night Movie Series Opener Scheduled for August 4

The Friday Family Movie Night series opener, originally scheduled for July 14,  was postponed due to rain and wet conditions. The movie schedule for the remainder of the summer is as follows:


All movies will start at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and the line-up is as follows:

  • August 4 -- Westside Story
  • August 11 -- Toy Story
  • August 18 -- A League of Their Own
  • August 25 -- Moana

The Recreation Department is in the process of considering a make-up date.


Friday Family Movie Night is sponsored by Elizabethtown Gas, which made a generous donation to support the summer series. Other generous sponsors include Investors Bank, PSE&G and New Jersey American Water.

Scotch Plains Hosts Fireworks Celebration

The Township of Scotch Plains hosted its second annual Independence Day celebration at the Scotch Hills Golf Course on Sunday evening with hundreds of local residents in attendance.


Click here to view the Township's photo album on Facebook. 

John Lestarchick Sworn in as Fire Chief

John Lestarchick was joined by his wife and two children as he was sworn in as Scotch Plains Fire Chief on Sunday evening at Scotch Hills Golf Course before the Independence Day fireworks display.  


For the last 32 years, he has been a member of the Scotch Plains Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter. Lestarchick had been promoted to deputy chief two years ago and he had been serving as a Union County fire coordinator responding to multiple-alarm fires since 2014. 


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

Reenactors Visit Historic Scotch Plains Sites on 240th Anniversary of the Battle of Short Hills

This passed weekend marked the 240th anniversary of the historic Battle of Short Hills (June 26, 1777). To commemorate the events, reenactors of the Brigade of the American Revolution visited two of Scotch Plains' historic buildings -- The Cannonball House (1840 Front St.) and The Frazee House (1451 Raritan Rd.).


A historic reenactment of the battle was held at Oak Ridge Park in Clark on both Saturday and Sunday. Click here to read the story with battle scene photos on TAP into Scotch Plains-Fanwood. 

Scotch Plains Among Top 100 Towns in NJ

Niche.com, a real estate website that produces rankings of neighborhoods and school systems, has released its list of 2017 “Best Places to Live” in New Jersey. Scotch Plains (A grade, ranked #79 in NJ).  Click here to view the study. 

27th Annual Mayor's Gala Set for December 8

The 27th Annual Scotch Plains Mayor's Gala is scheduled for Fri., December 8 from 6 to 11:30 p.m. at the Shackamaxon Country Club. A silent auction and raffle will be held.


This year's honorees include:

  • Paulette Coronato 
  • Vincent Losavio
  • Pamela & Rich Duthie

Tickets for this event are $85 and can be purchased through the Community Pass page under activities in Scotch Plains Recreation. 


For more info, call 908-322-6700 Ext. 220.

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. 

Scotch Plains Police Dept. Gets Accreditation

The Scotch Plains Police Department has officially received its accreditation from the NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police as it was presented with a certification at the Scotch Plains Council Conference meeting on Tuesday evening.  


Only about one-third of the law enforcement departments in the State of New Jersey have achieved the status of accreditation, which gets renewed every three years.

Sign-Up for Code Red Community Notifications

Be the first to know in the event of emergency situations and critical community alerts by signing up for Code Red. Examples include: evacuation notices, bio-terrorism alerts, boil water notices, and missing child reports. There is also an option to sign up for notifications for general township events.  


Click here to be directed to the sign-up page.    


For more details, visit www.scotchplainsnj.gov.

Union County Surrogate 2017 Hours & Schedule

Union County Surrogate James LaCorte will host evening hours at the Scotch Plains Township Hall (430 Park Avenue, Room 202) on the second Monday of the month 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:


January 9

March 13

April 10

May 8

June 12

July 10

August 14

September 11

November 13

December 11


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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