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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. 

Tonight's Memorial Day Concert Has Been Cancelled

* TONIGHT'S MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER. *


The Township of Scotch Plains and Borough of Fanwood is proud to announce it will be hosting its annual Memorial Day Weekend festivities this year.     

 

The events will start with a Memorial Day Concert on Sunday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Alan Augustine Village Green adjacent to Town Hall. The following day, there will be a special ceremony at The Gazebo on Park Ave. & Front St. at 10 a.m. and the Memorial Day Parade will follow that.   

 

Click here to download the application if you are interested in participating in the Memorial Day Parade this year. 

 

For more information on the Memorial Day Weekend festivities, visit https://www.scotchplainsnj.gov/calendar/memorial-day-weekend-2019/

Hometown Heroes Banner Program Returns to Scotch Plains Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

As we approach Memorial Day Weeked (May 27-27), the Township of Scotch Plains and the Borough of Fanwood are again honoring local service men and women (veterans and active duty) by placing Hometown Heroes banners along the lamp posts on Park Ave., Martine Ave., Front Street, South Ave., and other streets. 

 

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

SP-F Memorial Day Parade Shirts Available for Purchase

SP-F Memorial Day Parade shirts are available for purchase in white or blue for a $25 donation. Please contact Bob LaCosta's office at the Scotch Plains Municipal Building (908-322-6700 ext 308).   

 

Payment accepted in cash or by check made payable to the Township of Scotch Plains. 

Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshals Announced

Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith and Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr met with WWII veterans Joe Schott and Joe Murano, who will serve as the grand marshals of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 27, 2019.  Mr. Murano, 94, was stationed in the South Pacific during the war. Mr. Schott, 97, was stationed in England. 

 

The grand marshals will also attend the 8th annual Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Concert, performed by the Westfield Community Concert Band, The program will also include readings from several of our community’s veterans.   

 

This year’s concert, “A Tribute to Fallen Heroes,” will be presented on Sunday, May 26, 2019, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., on the Alan Augustine Village Green next to the Scotch Plains Municipal Building (430 Park Ave. in downtown Scotch Plains). Bring a lawn chair.   

 

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

 

Photo Credit: John Mooney

Memorial Day and Its Origins in the Civil War

Do you know when Memorial Day became a National Holiday.? Do you know who proposed May 30 as the day to celebrate or memorialize soldiers?  What was the difference between the North (Union States) and the South Confederate States?  What is the significance of Waterloo, NY?

 

If you know the answers to these and other questions on the Holiday you will do well on the quiz to be given at the monthly meeting of the Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood on Tuesday evening May 28th.  Afterwards we encourage people to talk about their memories of Memorial Day parades and celebrations as well as family members who served in the military.  Pictures are encouraged.     

 

This program takes place on Tuesday evening May 28th beginning at 7:30 p.m., at the Shady Rest Scotch Hills Country Club located at 820 Jerusalem Road (and corner of Plainfield Avenue) in Scotch Plains. It is free and open to all. Please bring your family and friends.  Fellowship and refreshments follow the meeting.     

 

For further information, contact Connie Klock at 908-232-9489.

Scotch Plains Mourns Loss of Former Police Chief Robert Luce

The Township is mourning the passing of retired Scotch Plains Police Chief Robert Luce, who passed away over the weekend.

 

Robert was a 1952 graduate of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. Bob enlisted in United States Armed Forces and served with the Marine Corp. during the Korean War. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division from 1953 - 1956. Prior to his discharge Robert had reached the rank of Sgt..   

 

Robert's Law enforcement career began in 1958 as a Patrol Officer with the Scotch Plains Police Department. In 1978  Bob was promoted to Captain overseeing the Detective Bureau and assistant to the Chief on administrative issues and in 1983 was promoted to Police Chief a position he served in until his retirement from the Scotch Plains Police Departmennt in 1996.   

 

Upon his retirement in 1996, Chief Luce went on to work with the Union County Prosecutors Office. In a joint appointment from the UC Police Chiefs Assoc. and the UC Prosecutors Office he was appointed the Director of the UC Police Academy in Scotch Plains. Chief Luce left the Academy in 1997, and was appointed Director of the UC Forensics Lab until his eventual permanent retirement in  January of 2000.   

 

Bob was a member of the American Legion Post 1000,  a life member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Scotch Plains PBA Local 87, and a former member of the Scotch Plains Fanwood Lyons Club.

 

Click here to read his entire obituary and details on the visitation and funeral services on the Rossi Funeral Home website. 

Township Receives Municipal Innovation Award

Township Manager Al Mirabella accepted on behalf of the Township accepted the Municipal Innovation Award from Ken DeRoberts CEO of the Government Strategy Group.  Scotch Plains receive the innovation award for the Construction Digitization project currently underway in the Township. Digitizing the records in this area saves time, money and also helps our residents. 

 

Also, the records are easier to find and safety is improved.   Manager Mirabella brought the good news back to Scotch Plains and shared with the governing body.

Township Unveils Ceremonial Street Sign in Honor of the Late Marion McGinn

On Friday morning, the Township unveiled a ceremonial street sign at the corner of Park Ave and Church Ave (across Park Middle School) to honor the crossing guard late Marion McGinn for all the years she sacrificed keeping our students and families safe as they crossed Park Ave.

 

Click here to view the Facebook photo album for more on the event festivities.

Scotch Plains Farmers' Returns on May 11th

The Scotch Plains Farmers' Market hosted its long anticipated reopening on Saturday, May 11th as hundreds of local residents flocked to the marketplace to pick up some fresh produce and other tasty goods. 

 

Mayor Al Smith and Deputy Township Manager Margaret Heisey led a salad making instruction to show their support for the Mayor's Wellness Campaign while promoting healthier eating. 

 

Deputy Mayor Josh Losardo, Councilman Ted Spera, Councilman Roc White, Councilwoman Elizabeth Stamler and Downtown Redevelopment Coordinator Tom Strowe were among those in attendance.

 

Click here for more photos in the Scotch Plains Facebook Photo Album.

Scotch Plains Council, Police Chief Ted Conley Honor Officers Ahead of Police Week

Several members of the Scotch Plains Police were recognized by Chief Ted Conley in conjunction with National Police Week (May 12-18) at the Scotch Plains Council meeting on Tuesday.   

 

Chief Conley gave out multiple awards and commendations to members of the SPPD for going "above and beyond the call of duty" during the past year. 

 

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

Township Recognizes John's Meat Market and Apple Blossom Flower Shop

The Township Council recognized John's Meat Market and Apple Blossom Flower Shop, two of the staples in the downtown district of Scotch Plains as they celebrated their milestone anniversaries on Tuesday evening at its Council Conference Meeting. 

 

John's Meat Market is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. Meanwhile, Lisa Mohn of Apple Blossom Flower Shop, who also plays a key role in the success of the Scotch Plains Farmers' Market is celebrating 25 years.   

 

Click the link for the Facebook video promoting John's Meat Market: https://www.facebook.com/ScotchPlainsTwp/videos/596504457499884/ 

 

Click the link for the Facebook video promoting Apple Blossom Flower Shop: https://www.facebook.com/ScotchPlainsTwp/videos/355945895050766/

Permits for Bulky Waste Collection Now Available

Permits for Bulky Waste Collection are now available in the Township and can be acquired through the Community Pass.

 

More information on this is available in the 2019 Public Property Messenger.

 

The deadline to purchase a permit is Thursday, May 23.

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.

2019 Public Property Messenger Now Available

The 2019 Edition of the Public Property Messenger contains important dates and information regarding the annual services the Township's Department of Public Property provides.

 

To download the Messenger for printing, click here.

Registration Open for Patrick's Downtown Race to Summer 5K | Sponsor Opportunities Available

The Township of Scotch Plains will host the 4th Annual Patrick's Downtown Race to Summer 5K on Thursday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m. The race will be preceded by a one-mile Fun Run for children under 10 years old at 7 p.m. 

 

There will be also be post-race celebration on the Alan Augustine Village Green and BBQ provided by Stage House Tavern, a Beer Truck and a live performance. 

 

Registration for the 5K is $25 (before June 6) and the one-mile Kid's Fun Run is $10. Click here to secure your spot and register for the race.  Sponsorship opportunities are still available! 

 

For more information on this race visit https://www.scotchplainsnj.gov/race-to-summer-5k/. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or volunteering, please email patricksdowntownracetosummer5k@gmail.com.

Scotch Plains Fire Department Celebrates 150 Years with Party on Saturday, June 15th

The Scotch Plains Fire Department is celebrating 150 years of service and is inviting its residents to party with them!  On June 15th join the Scotch Plains Fire Department at the North Station on 430 Senger Pl. as it hosts an afternoon of fun from 12-6 p.m.   

 

There will be a parade, food and many more activities for everyone to enjoy.  For more information, visit the Facebook events page

SPF PAL Youth Football Registration Now Open

The SPF PAL will sponsor a discounted early-signing registration period for the 2019 football season. During the early-registration period - families will receive discounted prices that will be in effect from from April 15 through June 2.   

 

From April 15 through June 2, registration will cost $175 for tackle in Grades 4-8. After June, 2, the price will be $225.   

 

Also, third grade tackle will cost $125, but it will increase to $150 after June 2, and during early registration, flag football will cost $75, but that fee will be $100 after June 2.   

 

Please go to the Scotch Plains Fanwood PAL website to register: SPFPAL.COM

Hydrant Flushing Schedule | May 30 to June 3

Each year, New Jersey American Water scrubs our pipes in the nearly 200 communities we serve. This is an essential part of our system maintenance program, because it helps us to continue to provide you with high-quality water service. Scotch Plains has a scheduled service flush from May 30, 2019 through June 3, 2019  

 

To cleanse the system, we systematically open our fire hydrants to increase water flows – allowing us to “flush” any minerals and deposits from the pipes. While flushing the system won’t interrupt your water service, when crews are working in your area, you may notice a temporary drop in water pressure or discolored water. This is normal. If this happens, simply let your water run until it is clear. 

 

Customer Tips 

  • Avoid running your tap water and using the washing machine or dishwasher while crews are flushing in your area. 
  • If discolored water occurs, simply run the cold water for a few minutes until it clear. This will allow the sediment to work its way through your pipes. 
  • Check for discolored water before using the washing machine or dishwasher. Wait until the water runs clear at the tap before doing laundry or running the dishwasher.

NOTE: If your laundry becomes stained, DO NOT PUT YOUR LAUNDRY IN THE DRYER. Rewash clothes immediately using detergent and add a rust remover. Most rust removers can also be used on stained fixtures.  In some cases, slight discoloration might linger for a few hours. This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water and does not affect water quality.

 

No health hazards are associated with discolored water from hydrant flushing.  If water pressure or water volume seems low after flushing has been completed, check your faucet screens for trapped particles. 

 

Customers also have the option to be updated on the local flushing schedule via phone call, text or email by enrolling in New Jersey American Water’s CodeRED customer notification system at www.amwater.com/myaccount

Scotch Plains Community Day at TD Bank Ballpark

The Township of Scotch Plains will host its second annual Community Night at TD Bank Ballpark on Monday, July 15th as the Somerset Patriots host the York Revolution. 

 

Residents will receive exclusive $8.50 discounted tickets for the game. 

 

For more information, visit www.somersetpatriots.com/tickets/groupportal then click on the "Group Portal Login" and enter the group password "scotchplains19"

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. 

2019 Upcoming Mayor's Medals Races

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 (COMPLETED)
  • Union Catholic 5K (COMPLETED)   
  • 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. (Oct. 5)   

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

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.

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.    

 

* IF YOUR RECYCLING IS IN PLASTIC BAGS, IT WILL NOT BE PICKED UP!  

 

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.  

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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