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Upcoming Events


Summer Office Hours

 

Monday - Wednesday

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

Thursday

8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

 

Friday

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 

Main Phone:

908-322-6700

 

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recreation@scotchplainsnj.com


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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. 


Social Media Updates


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. 

Live Band Karaoke Night Rescheduled for August 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand, the Township of Scotch Plains will again be hosting Live Band Karaoke Night on Monday, August 26, 2019 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm in downtown Scotch Plains on the Alan Augustine Village Green (430 Park Ave).     

 

To participate in Live Band Karaoke Night, just simply sign up to sing on August 26th from 7:00pm to 7:30pm and you will be called on stage to join the band and sing your favorite song. A list of songs will be available at the event and all song choices will be family friendly.         

 

Click here to view the set list of songs to choose from.   

 

For more information about Live Band Karaoke Night, visit https://www.scotchplainsnj.gov/calendar/live-band-karaoke/

Heat Advisory Through Thursday, August 22

Updated as of 6:00am August 21, 2019!  The National Weather Service, NY has placed our area in a Heat Advisory until 8:00pm Thursday evening, August 22, 2019.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... 

 

A Heat Advisory is issued when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 95 to 99 degrees for two or more consecutive days, or 100 to 104 degrees for any length of time.  To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.

 

Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! In cases of heat stroke call 9 1 1. 

 

Looking for a cool place to go? Look no Further than the Scotch Plains Public Library. They are open today 9:00am to 8:00pm Wednesday and 9:00am to 9:00pm Thursday

Summer Concert Series Schedule

The Scotch Plains Summer Concert Series presented by Investors Bank on the Alan Augustine Village Green (430 Park Ave.) will conclude on Thursday, August 22 at 7:30 p.m. featuring a performance from Billy Wilkins. Bring the family for a fun night out on the Village Green!   

 

For more information, please contact the Scotch Plains Department of Recreation at 908-322-6700 Ext. 323 or via email at recreation@scotchplainsnj.com.

Milling & Paving on Church Street Starts August 22

On or about August 22nd and 23rd, Church St. from Portland Ave to Birch Street will be milled and paved. Work will take place between 7:00 am – 4:30pm.

Milling & Paving on Westfield Rd. Starts August 16

Please be advised that on August 16th, 19th, 20th and 21st Westfield Road from Portland Avenue to North Avenue will be milled, paved and striped.

 

It is anticipated that the work will take approximately 4 days to complete, weather permitting. All work will be done between 7am and 4:30pm 

 

This will require a full road closure.

 

Parking will be prohibited on Westfield Rd. within the work zone during the operation of milling and paving.

 

Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.  Detour routes will be clearly marked and residents of Scotch Plains and Fanwood who live in this area will have access to their homes. 

 

All inquiries should be directed to the Department of Public Property: 908-322-6700 ext 243 or 244.

Milling & Paving on Terrill Rd. Update

Please be advised that Terrill Rd from LaGrande Ave to Raritan Rd in Fanwood/Plainfield/Scotch Plains remains under ongoing construction. The milling and paving project began the Week of August 12th and is expected to conclude the Week of August 19th, weather permitting. 

 

It is anticipated that the work will take approximately 9 nights to complete, weather permitting. Each evening, the work will take place between 7:00 PM until 6:00 AM the following morning. 

 

This will require a full road closure. 

 

Please note that parking will be prohibited on Terrill Rd within the work zone during the operation of milling and paving. 

 

Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated. 

 

This program is being run by the County of Union. Should you have any traffic questions, please contact the County Traffic Bureau at (908) 789-6011 between the hours of 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

Scotch Plains Hosts Second Annual Mayor's 0.5K Race

The Township of Scotch Plains hosted the Second Annual Mayor's 0.5K on Sunday, August 18 as local residents turned out to show their support for those battling Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer. 

 

The event raised over a thousand dollars towards those Proceeds to benefit METAvivor the parent organization for the local chapter -  METAvivors of NJ. This nonprofit supports research and change in legislation as well as support for men and woman battling Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer.

 

Click here for more photos in the Township's Facebook photo album. 

 

Photo Credits: Matt Kipp

Union County Freeholders Join Scotch Plains Officials for Reopening of Brookside Park

Union County Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski and Freeholders Sergio Granados and Rebecca Williams joined Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith, Deputy Mayor Josh Losardo, Township Manager Al Mirabella, Deputy Township Manager Margaret Heisey, Scotch Plains Director of Parks and Recreation DJ Salvante and other township officials at the official reopening of Brookside Park on Thursday, August 8 in Scotch Plains after recent upgrades to the park. 

 

The improvement project was funded by grants from the Union County Kids’ Recreation Trust and the Level the Playing Field program.

Scotch Plains Hosts National Night Out

The Township of Scotch Plains and the Police Department hosted its annual National Night Out on the Village Green on Tuesday, August 6 as residents turned out for a summer evening of fun. 

 

For full coverage on the event, check out the article on TAP into Scotch Plains-Fanwood.

Township Manager Al Mirabella and DPP Director Frank DiNizo Discuss Road Resurfacing

Union County Voting Machine Upcoming Demos

The Union County Board of Elections is excited to announce that new voting machines will debut in Scotch Plains for the November 5th General Election. The Union County Board of Elections will be available to train voters on the new machine on the following dates and locations:

  • September 12th – Municipal Building 10 am – 2 pm 
  • September 21st – Farmers Market 8 am – 11 am 
  • September 26th – Golden Agers meeting 11 am 
  • October 5th – Library 10 am – 3 pm 
  • October 6th – Scotch Plains Day noon-4 pm

Trainings will also be held on Tuesdays at the Union County Court House, 2 Broad St., Elizabeth from 11–3pm and Saturdays at the Fraser Building, 300 North Ave. E., Westfield from 9am – 1pm. 

 

Check the website for other public demonstration events at ucnj.org/ucboe! Please call us at 908-527-4123 to schedule a demonstration for your community group.

Now Hiring: Cross Guards Needed!

The Township of Scotch Plains has immediate openings for substitute crossing guards available.   

 

Salary starts at $17 an hour and will be provided a uniform and equipment supplied by the Police Department. Applicants must be in good physical condition and have their own form of transportation.   

 

For more information, please contact Sgt. Brown of the Scotch Plains Police Department at 908-322-7100 Ext. 104. 

Emergency Brush and Branch Cleanup Has Concluded

The Scotch Plains DPP has concluded its emergency brush and branch cleanup on July 17th.

 

Please refrain from placing anything on the roadway. If it is already in the roadway, it must be removed immediately.  Special thanks to their diligent efforts in the recovery. 

Show Your Support the One-Seat Ride on the Raritan Valley Line (RVL) By Signing the Petition

The Raritan Valley Line Mayors Alliance is calling for the restoration of NJ Transit's "one-seat" rides along the Raritan Valley train line is encouraging riders to sign an online petition supporting the cause. 

 

To sign the online petition, click here. For a print version, click here

 

For more information on this initiative, visit https://www.rvlmayors.org/take-action

Caring Contact Offers Volunteer Listening Training this Fall for Suicide Prevention

Have you ever been told you are a good listener? Do you have a yearning to really make a difference? Caring Contact will be offering its 96th volunteer listening training beginning September 16th through December 16th.

 

Training will run once a week from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, plus one full weekend, December 7th and 8th, and will be held at the Newmark School, 1000 Cellar Avenue, Scotch Plains, NJ. 

 

Participants receive 52 hours of comprehensive training by nationally certified instructors in active listening and become certified in Mental Health First Aid and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training. Volunteers develop the ability to listen actively, assess the needs of someone in crisis and provide empathy and support.

 

Click here to read the entire press release. 

Scotch Plains Designated as a Healthy Town to Watch

The New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute (NJHCQI), located in Princeton, designated Scotch Plains as one of the seven Healthy Towns to Watch last month. The NJHCQI issued its annual New Jersey “Healthy Town” designation to eight communities participating in the Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC), a program of the Quality Institute, in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.   

 

“It is an honor for Scotch Plains to be designated as a Healthy Town to Watch for 2018. The residents of Scotch Plains continue to be supportive and involved in our Mayors Wellness Campaign. With the distinction of this honor, it is my hope that even more residents will participate in our events. This has been a very rewarding experience for both myself and Margaret Heisey, our program director. Not only do we have fun as we offer opportunities to our residents to become healthier by eating well, exercising, and managing stress, but we have seen our own health improve as well,” said Mayor Al Smith.

 

Click here to read the entire press release. 

Elizabethtown Gas Updates

REMINDER: Styrofoam Recycling Only Available on Thursdays at DPW Yard

A friendly reminder to our residents that styrofoam recycling is ONLY available on Thursdays between 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the DPW Yard, located at 2445 Plainfield Ave. 

 

Additionally, bins are available in Berkeley Heights, Cranford, New Providence, Plainfield, Springfield, Summit, and Union Township.


For your safety and the safety of our crew, please check in at the office before entering the yard.

 

For more info on the dates and times for styrofoam recycling in the surrounding towns, visit http://ucnj.org/recycling/styrofoam/

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.

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.

SPF PAL Youth Football Registration Now Open

Registration for the Scotch Plains Fanwood PAL 2019 football season remains open for players in Grades K through 8. Please go to the Scotch Plains Fanwood PAL website to register: SPFPAL.COM.

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 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.

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.

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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