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PHOTOS: 8th Annual Scotch Plains-Fanwood MLK Day of Service

Hundreds of local volunteers and community leaders pledged their services on Monday, January 16 in the 8th Annual Scotch Plains-Fanwood MLK Day of Service as part of a national initiative of giving back. It is a way of recognizing the great American hero Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while helping out worthy causes at the same time.


The opening ceremony took place at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA. Following that, as part of the Operation Jersey Cares initiative, volunteers helped sort of care packages for our troops at the Shady Rest.


Click here to view the full photo gallery of the day's events. 

Scotch Plains Lt. Pearl Speaks at United Nations

On December 12, 2016, Lieutenant Beverley Peal spoke at the United Nations to the African Project of the International Visitor Leadership Program. 

The program “Women Leaders: Promoting Peace and Security” for the Africa Regional Project, consisted of women from African countries, whose objectives were highlighting women’s role in conflict resolution, national reconciliation and peace keeping, and humanitarian relief operations. Lt. Peal specifically addressed the exploration of best practices for incorporating women’s presence in police forces including recruitment, retention and promotional opportunities.


Click here to read the full press release.

2017 Snow Removal and De-Icing Plan

The Township of Scotch Plains has introduced its Snow Removal/De-Icing Plan for the Winter of 2017 in order to better serve our residents. Click here to read all of the guidelines.

Christmas Tree Pick-up Starts on January 9

The DPP will begin its Christmas Tree pick-up on Monday, January 9, 2017. The trees should be placed at the curb with all ornaments and tinsel removed. No wreaths or garland please. If you wish to dispose of the tree yourself, you can drop it off at the Department of Public Property yard on Plainfield Avenue before January 24.

2017 Deer Management Program to Run Through February

The County of Union will conduct a deer management program in seven parks to prevent the destruction of native park vegetation, minimize damage to residential landscaping, and reduce deer-related motor vehicle accidents.


This program will operate one day per week from January 9 to February 10. Hunting will generally occur on Mondays; if inclement weather or a holiday precludes hunting on Monday, the program will be rescheduled for that week to Wednesday or Friday.  Park users should stay on te paths or trails. Pets should be restrained on a leash. Some venison generated by this program will be distributed to the needy and homeless through the Community FoodBank of NJ.  


Further information is available at www.ucnj.org/deer.  Questions can be directed to deer@ucnj.org or 908-527-4900.

Mayor Al Smith, Councilman Ted Spera Sworn In

Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith and Councilman Ted Spera were sworn in at the Council Reorganization Meeting on Sunday, January 1. Councilman Llewellyn Jones was named Deputy Mayor at the meeting.


Click here to watch the video of the 2017 Council Reorganization Meeting.

Welcome Mayor Al Smith!

The Township of Scotch Plains is pleased to welcome Mayor Al Smith to the Mayor's Office. 


Mayor Smith will serve on the Planning Board, Class 1, Memorial Day Parade Committee, Raritan Valley Rail Coalition, Finance/Review Committee, Shared Services Coordinating Council, Mayor's Gala, and Library Board.

Welcome Councilman Ted Spera!

The Township of Scotch Plains is pleased to welcome Councilman Ted Spera to the governing body.


Councilman Spera will serve on the Senior Housing Board of Trustees, the Frazee House Committee, Shared Services Coordinating Council, and will be the liaison for the Fire Department.

Energy Saving Advice This Winter

The cold weather has finally arrived as winter quickly approaches. Energy.gov offers some tips that residents can use on a daily basis to boost your savings; others are simple and inexpensive actions you can take to ensure maximum savings through the winter. Click here for the full article. 









If you haven't already, conduct an energy audit to find out where you can save the most, and consider making a larger investment for long-term energy savings.

5 Tips to Avoid Freezing Pipes

Extremely low temperatures are in the forecast across New Jersey. Take the time now to protect your home and prevent the cost, mess and stress of frozen pipes. 


Avoiding Frozen Pipes


• Let cold water trickle from the faucets in your home.

• Keep garage doors closed, especially if you have water supply lines in the garage.

• Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warm air to reach the plumbing (be sure to move any cleaners or chemicals out of the reach of children and pets).

• Keep your thermostat set to a warm temperature. If you're leaving town, set it to no lower than 65 degrees.

• If you will be traveling, consider shutting off your water supply at your home's main valve. Be sure to drain your pipes by turning on your faucets.


If your pipes freeze: turn on the taps, try to warm the affected area with a hair dryer and call a plumber. 


If you experience a burst pipe: immediately shut off the water at your home's main valve. It's a good idea to locate this valve ahead of time.

Union County Surrogate 2017 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 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 2016 on the following dates:


January 9

March 13

April 10

May 8

June 12

July 10

August 14

September 11

November 13

December 11


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

Report a Pothole

To help preserve the local roads throughout Scotch Plains, the Township has implemented a Report a Pothole form online for residents.


The form will notify the Department of Public Property directly via email.

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