Welcome to the official website of the Township of Scotch Plains, NJ. The government of Scotch Plains is committed to keeping you informed of important news and events and emergency situations. Sign up to receive text alerts from Union County First Alert. Sign up for our email advisories and, check this website often for updates.
* Please Note: The Municipal Building is open by appointment only. Call 908-322-6700.
Tax and other payments can be left in the drop box in the Police Department lobby or via online by clicking here.
* Residents with local concerns of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) should contact the Rahway Health Department at 732-827-2085.
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Do NOT recycle batteries in single stream curbside collection as it may cause significant damage to the recycling facility during processing.
For more information on how to recycle your batteries, please visit the Union County Recycling webpage.
The Township of Scotch Plains launched Recycle Coach, 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. The Recycle Coach app is available to download free of charge on the Google Play and the Apple iTunes Store.
Click here for more information on the Recycle Coach App.
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.
To help preserve the local roads in Scotch Plains, the Township has implemented a Report a Pothole form for residents.
If you are having an issue or concern with a Township Tree, we're here to help. Please submit your request today through our Report a Tree Form by clicking on the link.
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.
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.
The Township of Scotch Plains has transitioned from CodeRed to EverBridge, officially branded as Union County First Alert for its emergency notification system.
Click here to register for emergency updates via Union County First Alert.
Due to the high number of calls/emails that pertain to coyote sightings and resident’s concerned for their safety or the safety of their family and/or pets, I have directed our Patrol Division that they are to respond to ALL calls pertaining to coyotes.
Please see the attached information pertaining to coyotes. If you see a coyote and are concerned about your safety or the safety of your family and/or pets, call the Police Department immediately and we will dispatch an officer to the scene!
The Scotch Plains Farmers Market kicked off its 29th season on Saturday as hundreds of residents flocked to the downtown district for fresh produce, baked goods and other local favorites.
Mayor Josh Losardo addressed the public while expressing his excitement for the long-anticipated return. He was joined by Deputy Mayor Elizabeth Stamler, Councilman Matt Adams, Deputy Manager Margaret Heisey and Farmers’ Market organizer Lisa Mohn.
Live entertainment was provided by the Chris Turner and ClearStream Band with their popular mix of country and rock.
The Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Municipal Parking Lot at 430 Park Ave.
Appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine are now available online at www.ucnjvaccine.org throughout the week at several locations.
Please spread the word to your family, friends and neighbors who live or work in Union County.
Additionally, walk-ups are available at Downs Hall, Kean University on Thursday, May 6 starting at 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Please bring your ID / proof of address.
A grove on the site of the historical Frazee House will serve as a solemn place to memorialize township residents who died from complications due to COVID 19. The township planted Kwanzam Cherry trees in memory of residents who the community has lost.
The tree was selected because of its deep pink spring blooms that last for weeks, prompting the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. and other events that entice people to routinely visit.
“We could think of no better place than Frazee House Park to create this lasting tribute,” said Mayor Josh Losardo. “It is a passive park at the corner of Raritan and Terrill roads, home to the Scotch Plains Community Garden, a walking path and chessboard top picnic tables. We hope the tree memorial will give residents yet another reason to explore the park.”
Shadonte’ Solomon suggested the memorial grove to the Recreation Commission. She is looking forward to memorizing her grandmother, Evelyn Solomon, who raised her family of three generations in Scotch Plains for more than 50 years.
Click here to read the entire press release.
Dozens of volunteers pitched in during a town-wide cleanup last Saturday morning.
Clean-ups were held at the following locations:
Meanwhile, township officials joined the Scotch Plains Green Team in celebrating Earth Day on Saturday morning at the Scotch Plains Public Library, handing out reusable tote bags filled with environment-friendly materials and seedling giveaways, thanks to the New Jersey Tree Recovery Program.
Town leaders are especially thankful to Wild Birds Unlimited for the home butterfly garden material donations. Also, there were free Energy Star Certified LED light bulbs, courtesy of New Jersey's Clean Energy program.
Scotch Plains residents may recognize Tom Donatelli for his services to the township as Vice Chair of the Recreation Commission and the Historical Documentation and Preservation Committee.
Eastern Marble & Granite Supply has been servicing local residents and customers throughout the country with quality stone care for more than half a century. Started by his father in 1964, Donatelli has continued the tradition and elevated the company’s legacy over the years.
They specialize in selling tools such as power saws and drillers to get the job done in installing and preserving quality stone care. Of course, their famed Italian Craftsmen Polish formula that has been sold at company’s infancy is still one of their best sellers. Donatelli is also behind the construction of some of the township’s most recognizable sculptures and memorials in the downtown district such as the Christopher Columbus Monument and 9/11 Memorial on the Alan Augustine Village Green.
They are open from Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit their website at www.easternmarble.com for more information.
Click here for the Business of the Week video.
Following the recommendation of the Scotch Plains Democratic Committee, the Township Council welcomed Matthew S. Adams to fill an unexpired term on the Township Council. Adams, 39, said he is honored the committee has selected him to run for the seat to fill the remainder of a council term left vacant when Josh Losardo was sworn in as mayor in January.
Since moving to Scotch Plains in 2014, Adams has been heavily involved in youth sports, coaching soccer, while being an enthusiastic fan for youth wrestling and baseball.
“I am ready to roll up my sleeves and go to work for everyone,” said Adams, during his swearing-in ceremony on April 20. “I accept the challenges ahead with a firm grasp on the history that preceded this moment, and with a keen eye toward the vision that we collectively share. Together, the possibilities are limitless.”
In his role on the Township Council, Adams will be the liaison to the Environmental Commission and the Raritan Valley Rail Line Coalition.
As part of NJ Local Government Week, Mayor Josh Losardo, members of the Township Council, as well as municipal administration and emergency responders, hosted a Business & Economic Development Roundtable with local business owners on Tuesday morning.
Town officials discussed the ongoing plans for redevelopment in the downtown as well as other economic development priorities during a casual, hour-long event on the outdoor patio of the Stage House Tavern.
Click here for a recap of all the events and videos on NJ Local Government Week.
Input from Scotch Plains residents and business owners is needed, as the township seeks to create innovative ways to expand its Mayor’s Wellness Campaign (MWC) through an online survey released today.
The short, eight-question survey focuses on determining health and wellness categories that are most important to residents.
Please take the survey by clicking here.
The Veterans Recognition Committee of Scotch Plains-Fanwood, in partnership with St. Bartholomew Church, invites our local Hometown Heroes to a complimentary barbecue in recognition of Memorial Day on Sunday, May 16th from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Jerseyland Park Community Center (783 Jerusalem Rd.)
Please reserve your seat by contacting Elaine Coupe at 908-322-5192 Ext. 141 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RSVPs must be made by May 10th.
Scotch Plains and Fanwood are actively planning for the 2021 Juneteenth celebration. Town leaders are pleased to work with Social Justice Matters, a non-profit, grassroots group that has been a crucial voice as we collectively address social issues.
Social Justice Matters is developing an event ad journal – both in print and online. It is our hope that you will consider purchasing an ad, with the revenue used to help support the important mission of this local organization.
Attached is a flyer with more information. We very much appreciate your consideration! Please save the date- June 19, 2021 - for this celebration.
Details to be announced soon!
As we celebrate the well-earned welcome of spring, town leaders are encouraging residents to keep the local parks free of litter. A great help would be the reduction of single-use plastic bags and other disposable plastic items.
“Spring is in sight and visitors will be returning to Scotch Plains parks, and we are asking everyone to pitch in and help preserve the environment in our green spaces," said Town Manager Alexander Mirabella.
Visitors to the municipal and county-run parks in Scotch Plains are encouraged to use sturdy tote bags or backpacks to carry picnic items and other gear, instead of relying on single-use plastic bags. Litter often happens accidentally when plastic bags or bottles are left behind, so bringing reusable totes and water bottles is a win-win for everyone.
Last year the New Jersey State Legislature passed a ban on single-use paper and plastic grocery bags that goes into effect in May of 2022. Scotch Plains residents can plan ahead by making the switch to reusable tote bags now. Learn more at ChoosetoReuseNJ.com. Spring is the ideal time to experience and explore Scotch Plains parks. Click here for a listing.
There is now a senior-specific call center at 856-249-7007 that can assist those 75 and older with registering for, scheduling and rescheduling appointments from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Seniors who are 75 and older on the New Jersey Vaccine Scheduling System wait list may receive calls or messages from the NJ COVID Vaccine Call Center to schedule dedicated appointments. They may also be able to access dedicated appointments at certain hospitals as well as the following retail pharmacies across the state:
You can view this information from the NJ Department of Health here. For more COVID-19 vaccine distribution information in New Jersey, visit aarp.org/njvaccine. Book your vaccine here: https://ucnjvaccine.org.
We would like to remind all residents that Bulky Waste permits will be available through Community Pass beginning March 1st.
Please refer to the guidelines for this special collection in the 2021 Public Property Messenger, including deadlines for submission of applications for individual sections of town. Applications may also be mailed into the Office of Public Works.
The deadline to purchase a bulky waste permit, for all sections, is on Friday, May 21.
Thank you for your cooperation.
While new legislation has passed legalizing marijuana, driving under the influence is still illegal!
Please be careful and do not operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, prescription drugs or marijuana!
Use the car services or a designated driver, please.
“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.