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 Until December 19th

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. 


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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. 


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!


Statement from Mayor Al Smith on COVID-19

In a year of seemingly unrelenting fear, frustration, and restrictions to life as we’ve always known it, I want you to remember that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Even though the number of positive cases is soaring, our hospitalizations and death rates are far lower than in the spring, as the attached chart shows, and unlikely to reach those horrible peaks again. I believe this is due to better therapeutics and medical treatments for the virus, and better awareness of its dangers by the public. 

 

This month, Scotch Plains did suffer its first death from the coronavirus in 4 months, an older person with underlying conditions, and we should keep everyone who suffers from this terrible virus in our thoughts and our prayers. We should never minimize the harm it has wrought on the families who have lost loved ones, or on those who have recovered less than perfectly.

 

But now is not the time to despair. As a town, a state, and a nation, we are on the path to defeat this virus. Pfizer and Moderna have recently announced very effective vaccines, and others are expected soon. Our frontline workers may begin receiving treatment around the end of the year, with the general population to follow in the months after. Along with the improved medical treatment our country has developed for the virus, the day we can return to our normal lives is in sight. 

 

In the meantime, we need to continue to do the right thing. Be responsible and limit you and your loved ones’ exposure to the virus. This doesn’t mean we have to stop living our lives. In fact, what I am advocating is that we live our lives as normally as possible but with a heightened sense of care and respect for others. Although death rates are down, every life we lose to the virus is avoidable and unacceptable at this point. If we consciously live with care and respect for others, we can flatten the spike.

 

Click here to read Mayor Al Smith's entire letter.

Small Business Saturday on November 28th

On Saturday, November 28th, The Township of Scotch Plains, in partnership with the Scotch Plains Business & Professional Association, is hosting a Small Business Saturday event along with Cops, Cocoa, and Community sponsored by the Community Policing Unit of the Scotch Plains Police Department. 

 

Stop by the Alan Augustine Village Green from 12:00pm to 3:00pm to pick up a Shop Small tote bag with coupons for businesses and get some hot chocolate. Shop at any Scotch Plains business to earn raffle tickets. Raffle prizes include five (5) $100 gift cards to use at any Scotch Plains businesses! You will earn one raffle ticket for every purchase at a Scotch Plains business you make. Anyone who shops in Scotch Plains on November 28th is eligible. 

 

Any type of small business counts (restaurants, professional, health and wellness, spas, other services, etc). All Township businesses are included; visit the great businesses on Park Avenue, East 2nd Street, Rt. 22, Mountain Avenue, Westfield Ave, and North and South Avenues. Shoppers can bring a receipt as proof with you to the welcome table on the Alan Augustine Village Green the same day (November 28) to enter the raffle. Winners will be announced at 3:00pm (winners need not to be present to win). 

 

Business owners who wish to donate something to the bags or an item to the raffle can contact Lisa Mohn at Apple Blossom by calling 908-322-4999 or stopping by the shop at 381 Park Avenue.  Small Business Saturday was an idea created by the credit card giant American Express in November 2010. The campaign launched in order to help small businesses gain additional exposure and to change the way consumers shop within their own community during the holiday season.

Business Owners Invited to Participate in Small Business Saturday (November 28th)

The Township of Scotch Plains and the SPBPA have joined together to promote our local businesses on Small Business Saturday (November 28th) from Noon to 3 p.m.   

 

We will be making up bags with offers and ads to distribute to shoppers. Please consider contributing coupons, BOGO, promotional items. There will be a prize raffle for shoppers who shop in Scotch Plains on the 28th. Small businesses can contribute items to the raffle.     

 

Please contact Lisa Mohn at  Apple Blossom (by Nov. 23) if you would like to participate 908-322-4999 flowerchickie2@yahoo.com 381 Park Avenue

Upcoming 2020 Virtual Holiday Celebrations

Join us on Facebook Live this holiday season to celebrate as we maintain social distance. Scotch Plains residents are encouraged to watch the events at home with a family craft thanks to our partners from the SP Business and Professional Association. 

 

Craft registration is now open on the Community Pass. Crafts are limited to the first 100 participant families for each event. 

 

Here is the schedule for events:

 

Christmas Tree Lighting -- December 7th at 5 p.m.

Menorah Lighting -- December 10th at 5 p.m.

 

Click here to register or login to your Community Pass. 

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Lowering Limits on Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings

Governor Phil Murphy today (November 17) signed Executive Order No. 196, which lowers indoor and outdoor gathering limits. Effective Tuesday, November 17 at 6:00 a.m., the indoor gathering limit will decrease from 25 to 10 people. The outdoor gathering limit will decrease from 500 people to 150 people, effective Monday, November 23 at 6:00 a.m. 

 

Indoor Gatherings   

The limit for weddings, funerals, memorial services and religious and political activities remain unchanged and will be limited to 25% of the capacity of the room in which the gathering takes place, up to a maximum of 150 individuals.   

 

Indoor sporting competitions and practices will be permitted to exceed the 10 person limit only for individuals necessary for the practice or competition, such as players, coaches, and referees, but may not exceed 150 individuals. For most indoor sports, this will mean that there can be no spectators. Legislative and judicial proceedings are not subject to the indoor gatherings limits.   

 

Outdoor Gatherings 

Weddings, funerals, memorial services, and religious and political activities are not subject to the outdoor gatherings limit. All other types of gatherings, such as a high school football game or an outdoor concert, will be limited to 150 individuals.  Athletes, coaches, referees and other individuals necessary for a professional or collegiate sports competition are not counted towards the 150 person limit. Outdoor gatherings continue to be subject to strict social distancing restrictions, including the requirement to wear masks whenever it is not possible to social distance. 

 

For a copy of Executive Order No. 196, please click here.

Fanwood Train Station Parking Permits

The Borough of Fanwood has announced that a renewal sale period will be offered to current parking permit holders and new applicants.

 

“No-contact” commuter parking permit renewals for Scotch Plains residents start on November 30, 2020 and new applicants will be eligible starting on December 7, 2020.

 

Please visit tocite.net/fanwoodnj/portal to complete your sale.

 

Any questions should be directed to Dianne Howarth at dhowarth@fanwoodnj.org

 

Annual Fees for Non-Fanwood residents:  $650

Scotch Plains Celebrates Veterans Day

American Legion Post 209 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10122 held its annual Veterans Day Ceremony on the morning of Wednesday, November 11 in the downtown district of Scotch Plains. 

 

The ceremony featured the laying of wreaths at the War Memorial at the War Memorial on the corner of Park Avenue and Front Street.

 

Click here to view more photos from the ceremony. 

Video: Veterans Day Ceremony

Leaf Pickup Schedule Week Of November 23

Schedule for the Week of November 23:  


NorthsideStarting Round 2 

Plainfield Ave. Section and Will Begin Crestwood Area  


Southside: Complete Round 1 

Rahway Rd. from Plainfield Line to Edison Line Raritan Rd. from Terrill to Edison Line Wellington Downs and Wilshire Run

 

* 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. Residents may begin to put their leaves out 10 days prior to pickup.

 

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.


* We would appreciate those who have their cars parked on the streets to move them this week so that our crews can easily access the leaf piles for removal.

Rent Relief for Eligible Residents Impacted by COVID-19

The Union County Freeholder Board is pleased to announce a rent relief program for eligible residents adversely impacted by COVID-19.

 

Residents can apply through one of three partner non-profit agencies for needed assistance beginning November 16. The Board approved funding for the program through the federal CARES Act on November 12. 

 

A total of $1,350,000 will be available through federal funds for residents who have fallen behind in payments as a result of job loss or income reduction. The program will provide a minimum of three months of assistance. An additional three months of assistance will be provided to eligible County renters in need of further assistance.   

 

Starting Monday November 16, 2020, interested residents can submit their application on one of the following non-profit websites:  Family Promise Union County (familypromise.org) Urban League of Union County (uloucnj.org) United Way of Greater Union County (uwguc.org).   

 

Eligibility requirements for applicants are as follows: 

• Renters living in Union County; 

• Household Income is at or below 80% of Median Family Income (MFI); 

• Household income loss must be due to Covid-19; 

• Applicants must be able to provide documentation of income received as a result of any governmental response program due to Covid-19 (such as unemployment compensation) as well as a current lease agreement. 

 

Residents requiring information or assistance with the application process can call any of the three non-profit partners involved and schedule an appointment. Staff will inform applicants of the required documentation to bring to the appointment.

 

Once staff has a complete application with all required documentation, the application will be reviewed for eligibility. Applicants will be provided with documented proof of their filed rental assistance application for their landlord. Once the application is approved, funds will be disbursed by mailed check directly to the landlord. 

 

If you have any other questions please reach out to Brandon Givens, Director of Community Services at 908-527-4462 or via email bgivens@ucnj.org.    https://portal.neighborlysoftware.com/UNIONCOUNTYNJ/participant

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: 

  • November 19 – Rahway (Rahway Recreation Center, 275 East Milton Avenue)

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

Webinar Series: Emotional Impacts of Infection Control Measures on Older Adults (November 24 and December 1)

Residents are invited to join the Region II National Preparedness Division for a webinar on the emotional impacts of COVID-19 control measures, such as quarantine and lockdowns on older adults. 

 

Guest speakers from Americares will discuss the main challenges faced by the older community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn strategies on how to support the emotional wellbeing of senior citizens who are affected by COVID-19 prevention measures and the changing circumstances of the pandemic. 

 

Register now using this link:

 

English (Tuesday, December 1 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.)

https://fema.connectsolutions.com/olderadultcovid19emotions/event/registration.html

 

Spanish (Tuesday, November 24 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.)

https://fema.connectsolutions.com/olderadultcovid19emotionsspan/event/registration.html

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

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) has been extended to December 31, 2020. 

 

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.

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

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. 

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. 

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. 

Be Aware of Coronavirus Fraud & Scams

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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