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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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!


Northside Recycling Pickup Update for October 20th

Northside Recycling Pickup Update: A small portion of today’s work will be finished early tomorrow morning.

 

The areas effected include:


Victor, William, Warren St., & Coles and three dead ends by Mountain Avenue Acacia, Roberts Lane, Fawn Ridge Drive.

 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Leaf Pickup Will Begin Week of October 26

Leaf pick-up will begin at the end of the month on Monday, October 26. Residents may begin to put their leaves out 10 days prior to their scheduled leaf pickup.

 

* Please note: This collection is for leaves only, and crews will be dispatched on both the Northside and Southside of the Township. At least three collection cycles should give everyone adequate time to place all leaves at the curb.

 

Please NO BRANCHES or LIMBS and remember to leave space along the curbline for  water to flow freely to the catch basins.

 

Biodegradable paper bags are acceptable. Please keep as many cars off the road as possible. Branches will not be collected. It is very important that leaves are free of branches, rocks, stumps, etc., to prevent equipment damage.

 

Weather permitting, sweepers will be operating after the last cycle.

The Great Pumpkin Patch Returns to Frazee House Now Open

The Great Pumpkin Patch has officially returned to the Frazee House Park.


The Great Pumpkin Patch will be open daily from 11 a.m. to dusk until October 31.

 

All sales will benefit The Frazee House.

Scotch Plains Participates in Landmark #LightUpMBC Campaign

Last week, Scotch Plains participated in the landmark campaign #LightUpMBC created to raise awareness and increase funding for metastatic breast cancer (MBC) through METAvivor Research & Support in partnership with Moore Fight Moore Strong.

 

On October 13, Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day, the Township of Scotch Plains was among the over 115 landmarks in all 50 U.S. states as well as Canada and Ireland to light up in the MBC symbolic colors of green, teal and pink as part of the #LightUpMBC campaign. Altogether over $100,000 was raised for metastatic breast cancer research nationwide.

 

Photo Credits: Echo Photography

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. 

Statement from Social Justice Matters on Disturbing Halloween Decorations

As Halloween approaches, Social Justice Matters Inc. would like to take this opportunity to denounce displays that portray images of violence against people of color. While skeletons hanging from trees may not appear to have a particular skin color, for Black people in the US, whose parents, grandparents or great-grandparents fled the South during the Great Migration because of the prevalence of lynchings, the image of any body hanging from a tree can be traumatic and offensive. 

 

Between the end of slavery and the Civil Rights struggles of the 1960s, there were more than 4,000 racial terror lynchings in the US, peaking between 1880 and 1940. Many victims were not accused of crimes, but were lynched for simply speaking up for themselves, or for breaking minor societal expectations.

 

Lynchings included torture before and/or after actual hanging, and were a public spectacle where white people, including elected officials, gathered in a carnival-like atmosphere, collecting severed body parts as souvenirs and posing for picture postcards. 

 

While Halloween can be fraught with cultural appropriation and other questionable imagery, lynching, nooses and hanging bodies are particularly visceral and the most direct symbol of racial terror in the US. Please find ways to celebrate this season with sensitivity and respect for our neighbors and friends. Halloween in our beautiful community should be warm and welcoming and fun for everyone.

 

Learn more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/apr/26/lynchings-memorial-us-south-montgomery-alabama https://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/disp_textbook.cfm?smtid=2&psid=3178 https://eji.org/reports/lynching-in-america/

 

From 

Joan Peters, President 

Leland McGee, Vice President 

Pamela Brooks, Secretary 

Michael Zito, Treasurer 

www. Socialjusticematters.org

Official Ballot Drop Box for November 3 General Election Set Up at Scotch Plains Library

The Union County Board of Elections has designated an Official Ballot Drop Box for the November 3rd General Election at the Scotch Plains Public Library (1927 Bartle Ave.).

 

Ballot boxes are under 24/7 surveillance and picked up daily by a bipartisan team of Union County Board Employees.   For those who are not registered, there is still time. Residents have until October 13 to register and participate in this upcoming November election. 

Official Mail-In Election Ballots Sent to Scotch Plains Residents

The Scotch Plains General Election ballots are being sent to the Post Office today, September 28, and should be arriving within three or four days. If you have not received your ballot within eight days, please call 908-527-4996.

 

Visit www.UnionCountyVotes.com for official election and voting resources.

 

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi outlines how to vote by mail for the upcoming November 3, 2020 General Election including how to properly fill out and submit the ballot in a Facebook video

Union County Upcoming Flu Shot Drive

Union County is offering a series of free flu shot drives in local communities to help ensure that everyone has access to a free seasonal flu vaccine at a convenient location, especially residents who have no health insurance. 

 

The free flu shot drive is open to Union County residents age four and up. Appointments are required and residents can schedule their appointment by visiting ucnj.org/flu or calling 908-518-4307. Masks are required for residents who attend to receive a flu shot. Temperatures will be taken when arriving.

 

The following dates have been scheduled for the Union County flu shot drive. Each event will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Participation is on a walk-up basis, first come first served: 

  • October 22 – Roselle (Abraham Clark High School, 122 East 6th Street)
  • October 29 – Westfield (location to be determined)
  • November 5 – Summit (Summit Community Center, 100 Morris Avenue)
  • November 12 – Linden (St. Theresa Church, 131 E Edgar Road)
  • November 19 – Rahway (Rahway Recreation Center, 275 East Milton Avenue)

Click here for more information on the upcoming flu shot drive.

Report Spotted Lanterfly Sightings

 

 

Spotted Lanternfly locations in unquarantined counties in New Jersey can be reported to the Department by emailing slf-plantindustry@ag.nj.gov or by calling 609-406-6943.

 

The Department appreciates residents reporting the addresses of Spotted Lanternfly sightings and assisting us in keeping this pest from spreading.

 

While we will not return confirmation calls and emails at this time, the information provided to us is important in our mission against the Spotted Lanternfly.

 

What can you do to help? “Join The Battle, Beat the Bug”  This insect is an excellent hitchhiker and is easily moved if no one is looking. If you are in the quarantine area, please “Look Before You Leave.” 

 

Inspecting your vehicles, trailers, or any outdoor items before you move around or out of a quarantine zone is important. If possible, don’t park in tree lines and keep windows rolled up when you park your vehicle. Know the life stages of the insect and when to look for them.

 

If you are able to eliminate the Spotted Lanternfly, please do so.

 

For more information visit www.nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/pi/prog/spottedlanternfly.html

Scotch Plains Officials, Friends and Family of Late Councilwoman Rose Checchio Walk to Wipe Out Breast Cancer!

Friends and family of the late Councilwoman Rose Checchio and local residents came out to walk in her honor on the morning of Saturday, October 3rd while raising money and awareness for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through Play for P.I.N.K. 

 

Photo Credits: David Quiroga

Township Celebrates Scotch Plains Day While Recognizing Mayor's Gala Volunteers of the Year

The annual Scotch Plains Day this year was scaled back due to COVID-19 restrictions. The highlighting of this year’s event was the Mayor’s Gala Award ceremony, honoring the Volunteers of the Year:   

 

Female Volunteer of the Year Carmella Resnick, who helped raise thousands of dollars for a variety of causes by making masks.

Male Volunteer of The Year Dan Sullivan, who has devoted a lifetime of service to the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad

Organizations of the Year Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Food Pantry and the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club.

 

Click here to view more photos from the event in TAP into Scotch Plains-Fanwood.

Governor Phil Murphy Announces Launch of COVID-19 Exposure Notification Mobile App

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of COVID-19 exposure notification mobile apps in their respective states that will serve as crucial tools to supplement the effort to trace and contact individuals subject to a COVID exposure.

 

The apps, COVID Alert NJ and COVID Alert NY, notify users of potential COVID-19 exposure while maintaining user privacy and security. With today’s launch, New Jersey and New York join Pennsylvania and Delaware in creating a regional COVID Alert app network that operates across state lines to stop the spread of COVID-19.

 

The free mobile apps–available to anyone 18 or older who lives, works, or attends college in New Jersey or New York — are available for download from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Download the COVID Alert NJ App by visiting covid19.nj.gov/app

 

Click here to read the entire press release. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.





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