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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

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. 

NEW: Downtown Redevelopment Survey

The Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee (SPDRC) launched a survey today aimed to gather input from the community on downtown redevelopment. Participation in the survey will help guide the SPDRC as it prepares its redevelopment plans. The 23-point survey asks residents everything from “what is your primary reason for coming downtown,” to “what type of housing should be developed downtown?” and “what cultural activities do you support for downtown?” Many directions and decisions will be made based on survey results.  


The online survey can be found by clicking here.  


Hard copies of the survey can be found at Scotch Plains Town Hall, 430 Park Avenue, room 205. After completion, hard copy surveys can be submitted at a dropbox in room 205. Hard copies will also be available at Township events such as Scotch Plains Day on October 1st, 2017.


For more information on the Downtown Redevelopment Initiative, please visit our website:  https://www.scotchplainsnj.gov/departments/downtown-redevelopment-committee/.


Click here to read the full press release. 

Rabies Clinic Set for September 20

Harvest Fest to Return on September 23

The Township of Scotch Plains has announced that it will host its annual Harvest Homecoming on Saturday, September 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Frazee House Property at 1451 Raritan Rd.  


There will be live music, food trucks, pony rides for kids, face painting and more! Admission and parking for the event are free.  


The event is presented by the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Community Garden and the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary.

Town-Wide Garage Sale: September 23

The Township of Scotch Plains will be participating in its annual Fall Town-Wide Garage Sale on Saturday, September 23 (Rain Date: Sunday, September 24). 


To participate: Complete a registration form, which can be found at www.spfwomensclub.com.  Registration Forms are also available at The Scotch Plains Library, The Fanwood Library or Fanwood Bagel and Deli.  You may register and pay on line at www.spfwomensclub.com.


Click here to read the press release.

Hundreds Turn Out for 3rd Annual Car Show

The Township of Scotch Plains hosted its third annual 'Cruising on Park Ave. Car Show' on Thursday evening as hundreds of residents turned out to view hot rods and classic cars for a fun night out. The event was hosted by the Scotch Plains Cultural Arts Committee and featured live music from the band "Memphis Rain" in front of the Municipal Building.


Click here to view the Facebook photo album with over 40 photos.

Scotch Plains Hosts 9/11 Memorial Service

The Township of Scotch Plains held its annual 9/11 Memorial Service on Monday as they honored the near 3,000 victims of the terrorist attacks including Scotch Plains residents Matthew Horning, James Walsh and Mark Rothenberg.


Mayor Al Smith led the service with remarks on the tragic events that happened on September 11, 2001. #NeverForget


Click here to view the photo album on Facebook. 

Scotch Plains Day Set for October 1

The Township of Scotch Plains will host its annual Scotch Plains Day Fall Family Festival on Sunday, October 1 from 12-5 p.m. in the downtown district on Park Ave. Scotch Plains Day is an event that is fun for all ages from kids to adults.


The event will feature:

  • Food Trucks
  • Ravioli Eating Contest at 2 p.m.
  • Family Entertainment
  • Inflatable Rides
  • Petting Zoo
  • Pony Rides
  • Local Community Organizations
  • And more!

We're encouraging more local community groups to participate this year. We hope you can join us to kick off the fun Fall festivities! 


If you're interested in becoming a community vendor for the event, click here.


* Please note: This is a rain or shine event.

2018 Fanwood Train Station Permit Info

The Borough of Fanwood has announced that a renewal sale period will be offered to current parking permit holders at the Fanwood Train Station.


Current permit holders must register by clicking here and completing the online form. 


Email addresses must be provided by September 29. 


2018 Sale Information will be announced in the near future.

Yoga at the Farmers' Market

Join us at the Farmers' Market this month for special Yoga sessions, which will begin at 9 a.m. on the following days: 

  • September 16
  • September 23
  • September 30

Sessions will be hosted by the Yoga and Healing Center (September 16), Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA (September 23) and the RWJ Rahway Fitness and Wellness Center (September 30). 

Individual Preparedness Class Has Been Cancelled

The Scotch Plains Office of Emergency Management has postponed the Individual Preparedness Class, which was originally scheduled for Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the Scotch Plains Library Meeting Room. A make-up date is being considered, but has not been announced yet.


For more information, email us at OEM@scotchplainsnj.com and provide us with your name and a contact phone number.  


Click here for more information on National Preparedness Month. 

Walk for Breast Cancer/Health & Wellness Fair

The Township of Scotch Plains will host its annual 1 Mile Walk for Breast Cancer on Saturday, October 14 with check-in starting at 8:30 a.m. on the Alan Augustine Village Green.  


Registration for this event is $15 for adults and $5 for kids with all proceeds benefiting Play for P.I.N.K., a non-profit organization dedicated to breast cancer research. Walk individually or as a team!


Click here to register.  If you prefer to pay in advance by check, please contact Marcy Lechner at 908-518-1610.   For more info please contact Beth Hornstein at 908-301-1838.

Crop Hunger 5K Walk

On Sunday, October 15 there will be a community-wide CROP Hunger Walk. The starting point is at the Willow Grove Presbyterian Church (1961 Raritan Rd.). 


Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m. with the 5K walk starting shortly after an opening prayer at 2 p.m. 


Congregations and individuals are invited to participate. Click here for more information on the walk or to make a donation to the cause.


The walk is sponsored by the SPF Ministerium. 

Scotch Plains Bond Rating Upgraded to Aaa

Scotch Plains Township Municipal Manager Al Mirabella announced this week that Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded Scotch Plains’ bond rating to Aaa.


This is the 2nd upgrade in two years. In 2015, the Township of Scotch Plains was upgraded by Moody’s Investors Service Rating to Aa1.  It took just two years, under the prudent management of the Municipal Manager, Al Mirabella and the Township Council for Moody’s to upgrade the bond rating of the Township of Scotch Plains to Aaa. Scotch Plains joins Summit, Westfield and New Providence as the only municipalities in Union County that currently earned this highest possible rating. Statewide, Scotch Plains is one of only 7% of the 565 municipalities assigned this highest rating.


Click here to read the press release. The full report is available here. 

Online Payment and 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.    

Interior Renovations at Shady Rest Underway

Renovations of the third and final phase on the interior of the Shady Rest began last month. Walls, flooring and electrical wiring have all be torn down as the historic building is set to receive a significant facelift to complete the renovation process. Work is expected to conclude by the Fall of 2017.  


Click here to view the initial stages. 

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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