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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. 

Scotch Plains Mourns Loss of Councilwoman Rose Checchio

It is with great sadness that the Township of Scotch Plains announces the passing of beloved Councilwoman Rose Checchio. During her nearly 4 years of dedicated service to the residents of Scotch Plains, Councilwoman Checchio made significant contributions that will forever serve as a reminder of her generous and creative spirit, perseverance, and love for her community.  Since being elected in 2014, Mrs. Checchio was involved in many programs including implementing the Scotch Plains Garden Club and the now annual and popular Trunk or Treat. She bought her energy, creativity and strong work ethic to existing Township events like the Egg Hunt and Holiday Celebration. 


“Scotch Plains has lost one of its finest people, cut down in the prime of her life by the wrath of metastasized breast cancer," said Mayor Al Smith. "Councilwoman Checchio loved her family and I offer my condolences to her husband Guy and her two children. She loved helping the residents of Scotch Plains. I will personally miss her advice, wit, and our Kale Salad luncheons where we discussed how to do a better job for our residents." 


The Mayor has ordered the flags of Scotch Plains flown at half mast, and is proposing that the Scotch Plains Township annual walk she started to support play for P.I.N.K.’s efforts to fund breast cancer research be officially named the Rose Checchio Walk to Wipe Out Breast Cancer.


"Please say a prayer for Rose and her family, he said. ” Municipal Manager Al Mirabella called Mrs. Checchio "a great public servant who cared very deeply for the people of Scotch Plains. She was also a dear friend to Phyllis and me and we will miss her spirit and energy. Please keep her husband Guy and children Taylor and Alex in your thoughts and prayers.” 


Deputy Manager Margaret Heisey called it "an honor and a privilege to work with Rose over the past 3 years. But more importantly, to be her friend. Rose championed so many of the causes that are dear to me and in her memory, I will do my best to continue her work.


Her energy and dedication to the residents of Scotch Plains is inspiring and will be greatly missed."  In March of 2018, Mayor Smith, Manager Mirabella, representatives of the Township staff, friends and family gathered to honor Rose as she was named one of Union County’s Women of Excellence. Certainly, a title befitting the Councilwoman. You can read more about Rose’s accomplishments here.

8th Annual Union Catholic 5K Spooktacular Run

Union Catholic will be hosting its 8th Annual 5K Spooktacular Run on Saturday, October 27 at 9 a.m. 


Registration fee is $25 if received by October 20th ($30 after October 20th and on race day. 


T-shirts will be handed out to the first 250 entrants. Post-race food and refreshments will be available.


There will also be a 1 mile Children's Costume Trek at 8:30 a.m. Check-in for both events starts at 7:00 a.m. 


Click here to register for the Spooktacular 5K. 

Trunk or Treat Celebration on October 27

The Township of Scotch Plains will be hosting its annual Trunk or Treat! Celebration in the downtown district on Saturday, October 27 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The event will feature a vehicle decorating contest, spooky crafts, and hayrides.

A rain date has been set for Sunday, October 28th.

Click here to register your vehicle for Trunk or Treat!

For more information or to participate in this event, please call the Scotch Plains Department of Recreation at 908-322-6700 Ext. 223.

Fall and Leaf Pick-up Starts October 22

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 brush 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

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

The Township of Scotch Plains participated in its 3rd annual Play for P.I.N.K. two mile (actually well over three mile) benefit walk for breast cancer research on Saturday morning. 


This year marked a record-best for participation as 150 local residents rallied together for the cause despite the morning rain showers. 


Among those who participated were Mayor Al Smith, Councilman Andrew Bondarowicz, Township Manager Al Mirabella, Deputy Township Manager Margaret Heisey, and Downtown Redevelopment Coordinator Tom Strowe.

Downtown Scotch Plains Aims to Boost Economy, Provide Affordable Housing

My Central Jersey published an in-depth article today detailing the goals and vision of the Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Plan. Great to see Scotch Plains getting some recognition for our work on Downtown redevelopment. 


Thank you to the Mayor, Council, and Downtown redevelopment committee for your hard work moving Scotch Plains forward.   


Click here to read the full story. 

Residents Enjoy Scotch Plains Day

The Township of Scotch Plains hosted its annual Scotch Plains Day celebration along Park Ave. in its downtown section on Sunday, Oct. 7.   


The event featured music, food trucks, information about community groups, a collection of electric cars, and the annual ravioli-eating contest sponsored by Florence Ravioli. 


Click here to view the story with more photos on TAP into Scotch Plains-Fanwood.

Scotch Plains Police Department Seek Public's Help on Solving Graffiti Case

The Scotch Plains Police Department is seeking the public's help regarding the bias incident at the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School on Saturday, October 6.


A cash reward of up to $1,000 will be paid for anonymous information leading to the arrest and prosecution.


If you have any information, please call 908-654-TIPS (8477).



K-12 Chess Tournament on November 4

The Scotch Plains Chess Club will be hosting a K-12 Scholastic Chess Tournament on Sunday, November 4th at 12 p.m. at the Scotch Hills Country Club at Shady Rest (820 Jerusalem Rd.).


Click here to register!

Township Officials Participate in Sandy Hook Promise Start with Hello Program at School One

The Sandy Hook Promise Start With Hello program was introduced in our School District this week.  Mayor Al Smith, Municipal Manager Al Mirabella and Deputy Manager, Margaret Heisey joined Superintendent Dr. Hayes and School One Principal Mr. Justin Fiory for the Start With Hello activity in Ms. Christine Mills’ 4th Grade classroom on Thursday.       


The Township Council recently passed a Proclamation promoting Start With Hello Week and lauding the Scotch Plains – Fanwood Board of Education for its efforts to keep our students safe in a socially inclusive and connected student body.  The Start With Hello program, one of the Know The Signs programs of the Sandy Hook Promise, teaches children, teens and young adults how to be more socially inclusive and connected to one another.   


Click here for more information about the program.

School Safety Officers Introduced at Council Business Meeting

Police Chief Ted Conley introduced seven new school safety officers in the SPFK12 school district at the Scotch Plains Council meeting on Tuesday evening. All are SLEO Class III officers, who are recently retired and permitted to carry firearms. 


Pictured from left to right: SLEO Arthur Bruschetti Jr. Class II Terrill Middle School, Chief Ted Conley, SLEO Robert Merten Class III School One, SLEO Henry Obiedeinski Class III Park Middle School, SLEO Dino Caminiti Class III Brunner School, SLEO Thomas Larmore Class III McGinn School, SLEO Jack Redling Class III Evergreen School, and SLEO Eugene Goldston Class III Coles School.   


Click here to read the story on TAP into Scotch Plains-Fanwood with more pictures. 

Township Officials Participate in Union County Means Business Expo

Township Officials attended the Union County Means Business Expo at the Warinanco Sports Center in Roselle on September 26 to talk about all the great things happening in Scotch Plains, from downtown redevelopment to upcoming Township events.


The Expo gives attendees the ability to network with other government and business leaders and develop new contacts.  The event also gives local businesses a chance to showcase their products and services. Pictured are: Township Manager Al Mirabella, Deputy Township Manager Margaret Heisey, Project Coordinator for Redevelopment Tom Strowe, and Deputy County Manager Amy Wagner.

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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