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: Until further notice, the Municipal Building will be closed to the public.


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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908-322-6700

 

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Scotch Plains Farmers Market Open Every Saturday

Request a Tree For Fall 2020

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 form.

Get Latest Recycling Info on Recycle Coach App

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 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


Don't Rush to Flush!


Please Dispose Latex Gloves and Masks in Trash Bins -- DO NOT Recycle Them

We are receiving a high amount of latex gloves and masks in the recycling loads this week at Union County processing facility.   

 

These items are NOT considered household recycling and should be properly disposed as trash.     

 

The health and safety is our number one priority and we appreciate your cooperation in this matter. 


Take the 2020 Census!

Scotch Plains currently has one of the top 2020 Census response rates in the nation, with 84.8%, as of September 24. While we are beyond thrilled to see that Scotch Plains is doing so well with the 2020 Census, we still have a long way to go to a complete 100% count. 

 

When responding to the 2020 Census everyone living in your home as of April 1, 2020 should be included. Parents, children, aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, roommates – every person living with you on April 1, 2020 are all considered members of your household. 

 

Census results are important as they determine how many seats each state is apportioned in the U.S. House of Representatives as well as how over $675 billion in federal funds are distributed annually to states and communities on services ranging from roads, infrastructure, schools, libraries, and emergency services.


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. 


Report a Tree Concern

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.


Medicine Drop Box

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. 


Emergency Notification System: UC First Alert

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.

Now Hiring: Cross Guards

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. 


Reporting a Coyote Sighting in Scotch Plains

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!


National Small Business Week | September 20-26

National Small Business Week is this week. Normally celebrated in May, this year’s National Small Business Week was postponed until September due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Small businesses are a vital component to our economy and community. More than 30 million small businesses employ nearly half the private-sector workforce and create two-thirds of all net new jobs. Please support our small businesses in Scotch Plains this week and every week, especially during these times.

Attention Senior Citizens: Important Message Regarding Senior Freeze Application | Property Tax Reimbursement

The deadline to send in your application for the Senior Freeze (AKA property tax reimbursement) is November 2nd. 

 

If you are already in this program, you would have received an application in March (the BLUE BOOK) 

 

There is a page in the application packet that needs to be filled out and signed by the Tax Collector.  Since our building is closed to the public, you can mail the page titled “FORM PTR-2A” “HOMEOWNERS VERIFICATION OF 2019 PROPERTY TAXES ” to Tax Collector 430 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains or drop it off in the drop box located in the Police Department Lobby. We will complete it and mail it back to you. 

 

It is important for you to send the completed application to the State in the envelope they provided by November 2nd It is the only way to maintain the base year that your reimbursement is based on.  If you did not receive the booklet please call 1-800-882-6597.

Branch Pickup to Begin on September 21

We ask that all residents please place all branches and twigs in separate piles leaving a small gully before the curb for pickup.

 

Please note branches need to be cut to no longer than 6’ in length and 2” in diameter. No logs or stumps will be taken.

 

Leaf pickup will begin in late October.

Free COVID-19 Test | September 29 & October 6th

The Southside Firehouse (1910 Raritan Rd.) will be conducting free COVID-19 tests on Tuesday, September 29th and Tuesday, October 6th from 3-6 p.m.

 

It is important to get tested if you are experiencing any symptoms, have been in close contact with someone who tested positive or were recently in a large crowd where socially distancing was hard to maintain. 

 

No appointment is necessary. Visit www.ucnj.org/walkup or call 908-518-4307 for more info.

Registration Now Open for Rose Checchio Walk to Wipe Out Breast Cancer on Saturday, October 3

The Township is proud to announce that it will host The Rose Checchio Walk to Wipe Out Breast Cancer in honor of the late Councilwoman and to support breast cancer research through Play for P.I.N.K. on Saturday, October 3rd at 9:00 a.m. 

 

Registration is now open and it is $15 for adults and $5 for children. All of the proceeds from the walk will go towards the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. 

 

To register, visit: www.playforpink.org/rosechecchiowalk. We hope to see you there!

Scotch Plains Weekend: October 2-4

“Scotch Plains Weekend” returns, socially distanced, to the Township of Scotch plains October 2nd, 3rd and 4th at Scotch Plains Town Hall and Park Avenue as a way to kick start the fall season. 

 

Friday October 2nd – Family Movie Night featuring the spooky classic Beetlejuice is scheduled for 7:30pm. Enjoy a socially distanced movie under the fall sky.  

 

Saturday, October 3rd – Play for P.I.N.K. Rose Checchio Walk to Wipeout Breast Cancer steps off at 9:00am. In honor of the late Councilwoman, the walk registration is open for adults for $15 and children $5 at playforpink.org/rosechecchiowalk . This event is a part of the Mayor’s Wellness Program series and will count for 2 points for participants. 

 

Sunday October 4th- Annual Scotch Plains Day event will be held from 11:00 am- 3:00pm on Park Avenue and the Village Green. The event will feature expanded curbside dining availability as well as picnic area seating to enjoy music and entertainment in front of Town Hall. Highlighting this year’s event will be the 12:00 pm Mayor’s Gala Award ceremony which will highlight Female Volunteer of the Year Carmella Resnick, Male Volunteer of The Year Daniel Sullivan and Organizations of the Year Immaculate Heart of Mary Food Pantry and Fanwood Scotch Plains Rotary Club. Park Avenue will remained closed until 6:00pm for expanded outdoor dining from Scotch Plains restaurants to enjoy a beautiful afternoon of fall fun.

Coffee with a Cop at Black Drop Coffee on October 7th from 10 a.m. to Noon

Join the Scotch Plains Police Department for National Coffee with a Cop Day on Wednesday, October 7th from 10 a.m. to noon at the newest business in town -- Black Drop Coffee (431 Park Ave.). 

Township Hosts 9/11 Memorial Ceremony on 19th Anniversary of Terrorist Attacks

Township officials participated in the annual 9/11 Memorial Service on Friday, September 11th at the Memorial Monument on the Alan M. Augustine Village Green. The service commemorated the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

 

Mayor Al Smith delivered remarks on the anniversary and prayers offered by local clergy in memory of those who tragically lost their lives on that day including Scotch Plains residents: Matthew Horning, James Walsh and Mark Rothenberg.

 

Click here for more photos from the ceremony. 

Halloween Safety Tips for Celebrating in 2020

Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. There are several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween.

 

If you may have COVID-19 or you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should not participate in in-person Halloween festivities and should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters.

 

Click here to view the document outlining Low Risk, Moderate Risk and Higher Risk activities. 

Municipal Building Now Open to Public (By Appointment Only)

Beginning Tuesday, September 8, 2020, the Scotch Plains Municipal Building will be open to the public by appointment only. All members of the public requesting an appointment shall call in advance.

The Public will be instructed, via signage at the entrance to all facilities, they are required to wear proper face coverings for the purposes of covering the mouth and nose. Hand sanitizer and extra masks will be available.

Click here to view the protocols on visitors in Town Hall. 

September is National Preparedness Month

Today September 1, 2020 is the first day of Meteorological Fall and marks the beginning of National Preparedness Month!  Each week, we will focus on a different aspect of Preparedness. 

 

Week 1 September 1-5

 

Make a Plan: Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during and after a disaster. Make sure you update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to coronavirus. 

 

Week 2 September 6-12

 

Build a Kit: Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control. 

 

Week 3 September 13-19

 

Prepare for Disasters: Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family. Lnmow the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and ast fast if you receive a local warning or alert. 

 

Week 4 September 20-26

 

Teach Youth about Preparedness: Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.

30th Annual Mayor's Gala Volunteers of the Year Announced

The Scotch Plains Mayor’s Charity Gala Committee is pleased to announce the honorees for the 30th Annual Mayor’s Charity Gala (Covid-19 Version) to be held as a part of Scotch Plains Day on Sunday, October 4, 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm on the steps of Town Hall.  This year’s Gala will honor the following individuals for their selfless service to our community. Listed next to each awardee is the organization in which monies raised will be donated: 

  • Female Volunteer of the Year: Carmela Resnick – Rotary International Foundation 
  • Male Volunteer of the Year: Daniel Sullivan – Scotch Plains Rescue Squad 
  • Volunteer Organization of the Year: Immaculate Heart of Mary Food Bank – IHM Food Bank  Fanwood Scotch Plains Rotary Club – Rotary International Foundation 

Click here to read the entire press release. 

2020 Mayor's Wellness Campaign Medal Challenge Update

 

As part of the Mayor’s Wellness Campaign, an initiative to promote a healthy and active Scotch Plains, Mayor Al Smith will award the Mayor’s Medal to any individual participating in various healthy activities.

 

Given that the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancelling of the 5K races in town normally used to qualify for the Mayor’s Medal, the Medal challenge has refocused to encourage residents to engage in good nutrition and alternate forms of exercise. 

 

Participants in the challenge will need to earn 5 points to qualify for the 2020 Mayor’s Medal by December 1, 2020. The challenge is open to Scotch Plains residents only. Points can be earned through nutritional activities, exercise activities – indoors and outdoors, or mental wellness activities.

 

Click here to view the entire press release. For questions, contact Tom Strowe at (908) 322-6700 ext 317 or email tstrowe@scotchplainsnj.com

 

Mayor Al Smith promoted the initiative in a Facebook video this week. 

Union Catholic 10th Annual 5K | September 19

Union Catholic will be hosting its 10th Annual 5K on Saturday, September 19. This year, however, will be a little different than it was in the past as it will be a Virtual 5K so you can run or walk anytime or anywhere!

 

All proceeds from the run will benefit various Covid Relief Programs. 

 

Registration is $25 (if received by September 12th or $30 after that). 

 

For more information or to register, visit www.raceforum.com/unioncatholic

Township Honors Late Councilwoman Rose Checchio with Ceremony and Memorial

The Township honored the late Councilwoman Rose Checchio with a special ceremony and an unveiling of a memorial stone and plaque in her name last night on the Alan Augustine Village Green. 

 

The memorial and plaque was a gift from Checchio Paving, Inc. and was installed near the Cannonball House, which is special because she was dedicated to the preservation of our rich history and to beautifying the downtown.

Township Receives Positive Feedback Following Outdoor Council Conference/Business Meeting

The Scotch Plains Township Council hosted its first-ever outdoor public meeting on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 on the Alan Augustine Village Green next to the Municipal Building. The outdoor meeting allowed residents to attend the meeting in-person to hear about and comment about issues before the governing body.

 

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Scotch Plains has maintained transparency and open meetings by streaming meetings on the Township’s Facebook page and television station while giving residents the ability to call-in to ask questions or comment on matters before the Township Council.

 

“I’m very proud of the fact that Scotch Plains, to my knowledge, is the first municipality in New Jersey to hold a Township Council meeting outside during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Al Mirabella, Township Manager. “I’d like to thank Mayor Smith, Deputy Mayor Losardo, Councilman Spera, Councilwoman Stamler, and Councilman White for their leadership and commitment to public inclusion in everything we do as well as our incredible Township Team for pulling off a successful outdoor meeting.”   

 

The Township of Scotch Plains will look to hold future public meetings outside.

Rent Relief: Have Your Tenants Had Difficulty Paying Rent Due to COVID-19?

Have your tenants had difficulty paying rent due to COVID-19? There's help available. The application portal for the Small Landlord Emergency Grant Program opens on Wednesday, August 19th through NJHMFA's Small Landlord Emergency Grant (SLEG) Program, which will reimburse small residential rental property owners for lost rent revenue due to COVID-19 between April and July 2020.

 

Although applications are not first come, first served and are open for a week, we urge you to prepare your documents and make sure you're ready to apply. It is more important to have your application be correct and accurate than it is to submit early.  View the Application Checklist (https://njhousing.gov/rentals/sleg/checklist/)

Important 3rd Quarter Message for Tax Payers

The State of New Jersey notified municipalities of the delay in the adoption of the State Budget for 2020 and recommended that NJ Municipalities send out estimated tax bills for 3rd quarter tax payments.

 

In June of this year you received a stand alone estimated tax bill for your 3rd quarter tax payment which is due on August 1st. This is an actual bill. It is different than what you are accustomed to receiving. In the Fall a final bill will be sent which will include stubs for your November 1, 2020 payment as well as your February 1, 2021 and May 1, 2021 payments. If you have a mortgage company escrowing for your taxes they receive copies of the tax bill. 

 

Third quarter estimated tax payments are due on August 1st. There is a 10 day grace period to make the payment. 

 

Since Town Hall is presently closed to the public, please utilize one of the following payment methods: 

  • Mail payment to: Township of Scotch Plains  Tax Collector  430 Park Avenue  Scotch Plains NJ 07076 
  • Online: Visit scotchplainsnj.gov to make an online tax payment via echeck or credit card.  Note: there are upcharges for these payment methods. Please see details on the  Website. 
  • Drop Box: There is a payment drop box located in the lobby of the Police Department. To gain  Access to the building, ring buzzer on the wall to the right of the side entrance  (by parking lot). The dispatcher will respond and open the door. Proceed down the  Hallway to the Police Department Lobby to drop payment in silver box located on wall.

If you have any questions, please call the tax office 908-322-6700 Ext 207 or 208.

Business of the Week: Goshu-Kwan Studio

The Goshu-Kwan Community Martial Arts at FACE Corp/PAL (1733 E. 2nd St.) provides Martial Arts, fitness, life skills, recreational and other​ programs in family-oriented, safe environments as well as encouraging and guiding youth in community service projects. 

They offer classes for people of all ages that are focused on character development, leadership, advocacy, and life-skills development while promoting the values of respect, discipline. 


They have demonstrated a commitment to engaging the community, raising awareness and building support, helping people live their best lives through the benefits of martial arts, fitness, dance, guitar lessons, mentoring, tutoring, computer training, and other activities.  


Call today to enroll or for more information at 908-397-1785.

Union County Freeholders Announce New COVID-19 Relief Grant Program for Small Businesses

The Union County Freeholders have announced a new COVID-19 Relief Grant Program for Small Businesses. 

 

The Initial Round of Program would provide grants up to $20,000 for impacted small businesses with 25 or less employees to cover three month's rent, property mortgage, utility and insurance expenses. 

 

The Union County Covid-19 Relief Grant Program is funded by the COVID- Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Federal relief fund. 

 

The County of Union will begin accepting applications for the program through an online portal beginning Thursday at 10 a.m., July 16th at www.ucnj.org/covid-grant

 

Questions about the County's grant programs can be dmesaros@ucnj.org.

Mayor and Council Welcome Back Scotch Plains Businesses

The Scotch Plains Mayor and Council celebrated the reopening of our businesses on Wednesday afternoon by distributing masks for employees and patrons of businesses.

 

We encourage our community to support our local businesses and join us in celebrating the reopening of Scotch Plains.

Pictured in the photos: Mayor Al Smith, Deputy Mayor Josh Losardo, Councilman Ted Spera, Councilwoman Elizabeth Stamler, Councilman Roc White, Township Manager Al Mirabella, and Downtown Redevelopment Coordinator Tom Strowe.

Click here to view more photos on the Township's Facebook page. 

Coronavirus Assistance Resource Central (Powered by the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Rotary Club)

COVID-19 Resource Page for Business Owners

The coronavirus is causing financial difficulties for businesses across the U.S. The economic impact and recovery will last for months, and potentially even years. As congress and other government authorities move to save different areas of the economy, it’s important to understand what resources you have available to you as a small business owner. 

 

The Township has launched a COVID-19 webpage dedicated to resources that small business owners can utilize during this tough time. Click here to be redirected to that page. 

Scotch Plains Releases Rock the Census! Music Video

Be Aware of Coronavirus Fraud & Scams

Union County Polling Clerks Needed for 2020 Presidential Election Cycle

Union County residents seeking an opportunity to help during the 2020 Presidential election cycle can apply to become poll workers this year. All poll workers must attend a mandatory training session and will earn a $200 stipend for their services on Election Day.

 

Poll workers perform essential services on Election Day, by ensuring every eligible voter is afforded an opportunity to exercise their constitutional right to vote.  Any Union County resident who is 18 years or older, and registered to vote in Union County, can apply to become a poll worker.

 

No experience is needed. All new poll workers must attend a single-session training course. Returning poll workers take a refresher course every two years.  Persons interested in becoming a poll worker for the Primary Election on June 2nd and the General Election on November 3rd are advised to apply now to reserve a spot.

 

To apply, download an application form at the Board of Elections website, ucnj.org/Poll-Worker-Application-2020.pdf, or request an application form by mail by calling the Board of Elections at 908-527-4120.     

 

For more information, follow the Poll Worker Resources link at ucnj.org/ucboe.

Recycle Coach Mobile App Available to Residents to Improve Communications

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. 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.

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 2020 on the following dates:

 

January 13

February 10

March 9

April 13

May 11

June 8

July 13

August 10

September 14

October 12

December 14

 

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

Union County Surrogate 2020 Hours & Schedule





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