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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. 

Cruising on Park Ave. Car Show on September 30

The Township of Scotch Plains will host the 'Cruising on Park Ave.' Car Show on Sunday, September 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring dozens of hot rods and music from the band Memphis Rain. The show will take place between Front St. & Westfield Ave.  


We hope you can join us for a great day out in downtown Scotch Plains!  If you would like to register your classic car for the event, please call 908-939-8448.

Scotch Plains Day on October 7 from 12-5 p.m.

The Township of Scotch Plains will host its annual Scotch Plains Day Fall Family Festival on Sunday, October 7 from 12-5 p.m. in the downtown district on Park Avenue. Scotch Plains Day is an event that is fun for all ages from kids to adults.


The event will feature:

  • Food Trucks
  • Family Entertainment
  • Interactive Inflatables
  • Local Community Organizations
  • And more!

There will be special performances from The Moonglowers, Brother John Brown Band, North Ave. and Theatrical Artist's Prep.


For more info visit the www.scotchplainsnj.gov/calendar/scotch-plains-day-2018/.

Scotch Plains Day to Feature Electric Vehicle Show

On October 7th, Scotch Plains Day will offer something for everyone, food, music, games and community outreach and, in honor of the fifth annual National Drive Electric Week (September 8-16th) an electric vehicle show where residents can learn all about the benefits of plug-in vehicles.  


The event is one of 280 across the country. The Mayor and Council presented a Proclamation in support of Drive Electric Week on September 5th.  Alternative energy and  “Plug-in vehicles will be on display courtesy of Nissan World of Springfield and Global Auto Mall. Representatives from GreenSpot, a smart mobility company that provides EV Car Share and EV infrastructure, will also be on hand to answer all your electric car questions. 


Click here to read the full press release. 

PLAY for P.I.N.K. 3rd Annual Breast Cancer Walk

Registration is now open for the 2018 Play for Pink Two Mile Walk to help fight breast cancer. The annual walk will be held on Saturday, October 13 with morning check-in starting at 8:30 a.m. on the Alan Augustine Village Green. After the walk there will be a Health & Wellness Fair open to the public on the Village Green.  


Sign up before October 13th to enjoy a reduced registration fee of $15 for adults and $5 for children. Cash will be accepted for last-minute payments at the event of $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12 years old.  


Click here to register. For more information, please contact one of the co-chairs for the event:  Margaret Heisey: 908-322-6700 Ext. 314 or mheisey@scotchplainsnj.com Beth Ellen Hornstein: 908-301-1838 or citara7@aol.com Marcy Lechner: 908-518-1610 or marcylechner@gmail.com

Harvest Festival to Be Held on October 20

The Township of Scotch Plains will host its annual Harvest Festival on Sat., October 20 from 12 to 4:30 p.m. at 1451 Raritan Rd. Parking will be available at the Union County Vo-Tech and there will be free admission. 


There will be:

  • Live Music
  • Pony Rides
  • Petting Zoo
  • Face Painting
  • Costume Contest
  • Haunted Trail
  • And more!

DPW Statement on Brush Pickup

The Department of Public Works completed the yearly brush, leaf and gumball pickup in the spring of 2018.  Residents are reminded that there aren’t any additional brush pickups for 2018 therefore please do not place these items in the street.  The 2019 spring pickup dates will be provided in the Scotch Plains Messenger early next year.  


The Department of Public Works will begin the fall leaf pickup program on October 22nd.  This program is for the pickup of leaves only therefore branches are not permitted for pickup at the curb.  Residents are asked to store any brush or branches on their property.


Also, the Township has a shared services agreement with Westfield and residents can bring bush and branches to the Westfield  conservation center located on Lamberts Mill for a one day fee of $20 or a seasonal fee of $100.  https://www.westfieldnj.gov/conservation

Township Hosts 9/11 Memorial Service

The Township of Scotch Plains commemorated the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 as government officials honored those who lost their lives on that day including local residents: Matthew Horning, James Walsh and Mark Rothenberg.


The service included remarks by Mayor Al Smith, Deputy Mayor Ted Spera, Councilman John Del Sordi, Councilman Andrew Bondarowicz, Township Manager Al Mirabella and Union County Surrogate Jim LaCorte along with prayers offered by local clergy. Following the service flowers were laid to rest atop the 9/11 Memorial Site on the Alan M. Augustine Village Green.


Click here to view more photos.

Video: 9/11 Memorial Service

Tier 1, Phase 1 of Downtown Redevelopment Plan

Mayor Al Smith and the Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee (SPDRC), working with Township Planners Harbor Consultants, presented their Tier 1, Phase 1 downtown redevelopment plan during their September 5, 2018 public special meeting. Click here for the press release and presentation. 

Council Proclaims Usher Syndrome Awareness Day at Conference Meeting

Usher syndrome is the most common genetic cause of combined deafness and blindness. More than 400,000 people are affected by this disorder worldwide. There is currently no cure for Usher syndrome.  


The Township of Scotch Plains proclaimed at its Council Conference Meeting this week that it will recognize Usher Syndrome Awareness Day on Saturday, September 15.  


Pictured from left to right: Mayor Al Smith, Deputy Mayor Ted Spera, Pamela Aasen, Gavin Morrobel, Ethan Morrobel, and Carlito Morrobel.   Photo Credits: John Mooney

National Preparedness Month: Upcoming Emergency Management Meetings

National Preparedness Month (NPM), recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This NPM will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.     The Scotch Plains Office of Emergency Management will host several events in September to help the public prepare for an emergency.


The schedule is as follows:

  • FEMA and Scotch Plains OEM Individual Preparedness Presentation -- Sunday, September 30 from 1-3 p.m. and Monday, October 1 from 7-9 p.m. at the Scotch Plains Public Library)

Click here to download the flier for more information. 

"Hometown Heroes" of Scotch Plains-Fanwood

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 seeking to honor our local veterans and those currently serving in the United States Armed Forces.


Families can honor their loved ones by submitting an application and photo by clicking the link hereClick here to download the "Hometown Heroes" letter with more details. 


For more information, contact Elaine at (908) 322-5192, Ext 141 or by email at SPFheroes@gmail.com.


Read more about the program by clicking here

Block Party Policy and Procedures

Residents wishing to arrange for a block party are asked to follow the guidelines below:   


1. Pick up a Block Party Application or download it here. 

2. Application must be filled out in its entirety, print must be legible & 1.     It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit page two of this application, containing signatures of all residents contained within the boundaries of the intended block party/street closing. This is to insure that all residents concerned have been contacted and are aware of the party/closure. 

3. The application must be turned in to the Records Bureau at least 14 days prior to the Block party. 

4. Once application is turned in it will be reviewed by the SPPD for approval. 5. Once approved a letter is mailed to the applicant and a copy is faxed to the Department of Public Property. The resident may then contact the DPP to arrange for barricades.   


If you need further assistance with this process, please contact the Records Bureau at 908-322-7100 ext 105 and 106. Click here to download the form. 

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.

Recycling Do's and Don'ts

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. 

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 2018 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 except for February and October 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 2018 on the following dates:


March 12

April 9

May 14

June 11

July 9

August 13

September 10

November 12

December 10


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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