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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Do NOT Recycle Batteries in Single Stream Curbside Pickup!

 

Do NOT recycle batteries in single stream curbside collection as it may cause significant damage to the recycling facility during processing. 

 

For more information on how to recycle your batteries, please visit the Union County Recycling webpage

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!


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.


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!


Message from Mayor Josh Losardo

When I first joined the Township Council, I quietly noticed that there was no town flag in the council chambers, nor did there seem to be any located at the other public buildings or municipal parks in Scotch Plains.

 

Meanwhile, as I drove through our neighboring communities, I kept noticing that all of these towns are waving municipal flags. As Scotch Plains is such a proud community with deep history, I began wondering: Could it be that Scotch Plains does not have its own flag?

 

Rather than further torturing myself over a question that seems easily answerable, I went to the town historians to ask if a flag exists for Scotch Plains. The history buffs were happy to respond, providing more information that I ever knew could exist.  

 

The short answer: Yes, Scotch Plains has a flag.  

 

The longer answer: In 1959, township officials adopted the current municipal seal to celebrate the 275th anniversary of Scotch Plains. In September 1973, the governing body considered various proposals for a flag to be created and, in May 1974, the town’s flag was officially unveiled as the town hall was dedicated.    

 

Of course, our historians were also able to dig out the exact clipping from the Courier News dated May 31, 1974, showing the town’s seal stitched on a flag of blue.  

 

Hats off to former Mayor George Johnson, who created the seal. Featured at the center is the Scottish Thistle, which is used in the Royal Badge of Scotland. There’s also a stagecoach, cannon and Indian arrows and feathers to symbolize the township’s history.  

 

While there appeared to be plenty of pride in the town flag on that day in 1974, somehow it lost its prominence over the decades. We were able to find one remaining flag in the basement of town hall, and I have to admit it has seen better days. The flag is now off to get dry cleaned.

 

We can and must do better. Scotch Plains is now securing flags that will be flown at all municipal buildings and other locations around town. It is the hope that the flags will become synonymous with the pride that we all have in living in this great community.  

 

We look forward to dedicating the flags with you this spring, as we continue to celebrate Scotch Plains.

Branch, Brush and Leaf Pickup Begins April 12

We ask that all residents please place all leaves/gumballs, brush and branches in separate piles leaving a small gully before the curb for pickup. Only twigs and branches that are cut to 3-foot lengths and under will be collected. Tree stumps and logs WILL NOT be collected, and residents will receive a warning. If it is not removed after the first warning, a summons will be issued to the property owner.  

 

Please note, township ordinance prohibits putting vegetative waste at the curb more than 10 days prior to scheduled pickup. Pick-ups will begin April 12 and the Department of Public Property will be conducting only one pickup.

April is Autism Acceptance Month

Scotch Plains recognizes Autism Acceptance Month, which is held every April and was created by and for the autistic community to change the conversation around autism.

 

A proclamation will be issued at the Council Business Meeting on Tuesday, April 20. Following the meeting, Town Hall will be lit blue to show solidarity with Autism Acceptance Month.

Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 24th

Join us on Saturday, April 24th for an Earth Day celebration in Scotch Plains. 

 

Residents may register on the Community Pass from April 12-20 for the annual cleanup, which will take place this year on Saturday, April 24 from 8 to 11 a.m. Volunteers will receive a tote bag, seedling and home butterfly garden material.

 

The Scotch Plains Public Library will be hosting a giveaway program on Saturday, April 24 from 9 to 11 a.m. through the NJDEP Tree Recovery program at a first come, first served basis.

Keep Scotch Plains Parks Beautiful This Spring

As we celebrate the well-earned welcome of spring, town leaders are encouraging residents to keep the local parks free of litter. A great help would be the reduction of single-use plastic bags and other disposable plastic items.  

 

“Spring is in sight and visitors will be returning to Scotch Plains parks, and we are asking everyone to pitch in and help preserve the environment in our green spaces," said Town Manager Alexander Mirabella.

 

Visitors to the municipal and county-run parks in Scotch Plains are encouraged to use sturdy tote bags or backpacks to carry picnic items and other gear, instead of relying on single-use plastic bags. Litter often happens accidentally when plastic bags or bottles are left behind, so bringing reusable totes and water bottles is a win-win for everyone.  

 

Last year the New Jersey State Legislature passed a ban on single-use paper and plastic grocery bags that goes into effect in May of 2022. Scotch Plains residents can plan ahead by making the switch to reusable tote bags now. Learn more at ChoosetoReuseNJ.com.  Spring is the ideal time to experience and explore Scotch Plains parks. Click here for a listing.

Scotch Plains Named 2020 Healthy Town for Third Consecutive Year

Sunrise Yoga Saturdays. A thriving farmers market. Community runs and walks. 

 

As a 2020 Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC) “New Jersey Healthy Town” designee, Scotch Plains is being recognized for its innovative response to local needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

 

Scotch Plains is one of eight municipalities statewide named 2020 Healthy Towns as participants in the MWC, a program of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. Another nine towns were designated as 2020 Healthy Towns to Watch, and five others were deemed as 2020 Healthy Town Up-and-Coming. 

 

Click here to read the entire press release. 

Business of the Week: Pretty Beast Mode Fitness & Nutrition

 

Inspired by her own weight loss and body building journey, Vernecia Adams, founder of Prettybeastmode Fitness & Nutrition LLC (356 Park Ave.), wants to help others lead a healthier lifestyle. Her passion led her to become a successful personal trainer and sports nutritionist, changing the lives of her clients.  

 

Four years ago, Adams made the leap to small business owner when she launched Pretty Beast Mode in downtown Scotch Plains. The multi-level fitness facility offers private, one-on-one style training to individuals pursuing their own goals.

 

Adams’ track record for success extends far beyond her own body building awards. Just check out some of the “before” and “after” photos of some of her happy clients on the walls of her gym.  

 

Whether you’re just looking to lose a few pounds, or you’re looking for athletic training for a competitive sport, Pretty Beast Mode Fitness & Nutrition is here for you.

 

Call 908-531-7387, visit www.prettybeastmode.com or send an email prettybeastmode@gmail.com to get started on your new fitness journey.  We look forward to seeing your photo on the wall.

Scotch Plains Seniors 75 Years and Older Urged to Schedule Vaccination Shots

There is now a senior-specific call center at 856-249-7007 that can assist those 75 and older with registering for, scheduling and rescheduling appointments from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.   

 

Seniors who are 75 and older on the New Jersey Vaccine Scheduling System wait list may receive calls or messages from the NJ COVID Vaccine Call Center to schedule dedicated appointments. They may also be able to access dedicated appointments at certain hospitals as well as the following retail pharmacies across the state:

  • CVS: (800)-746-7287
  • Rite Aid: (800)-748-3243   
  • Walgreens: 1-800-9254-73367 (1-800-WALGREENS) * For Walgreens account holders only

You can view this information from the NJ Department of Health here. For more COVID-19 vaccine distribution information in New Jersey, visit aarp.org/njvaccine.  Book your vaccine here: https://ucnjvaccine.org.

Bulky Waste Permits Now Available

We would like to remind all residents that Bulky Waste permits will be available through Community Pass beginning March 1st.

 

Please refer to the guidelines for this special collection in the 2021 Public Property Messenger, including deadlines for submission of applications for individual sections of town. Applications may also be mailed into the Office of Public Works. 

 

The deadline to purchase a bulky waste permit, for all sections, is on Friday, May 21.

 

Thank you for your cooperation.

Marijuana Is Now Legal; Driving Under the Influence Is Not!

While new legislation has passed legalizing marijuana, driving under the influence is still illegal!  

 

Please be careful and do not operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, prescription drugs or marijuana!  

 

Use the car services or a designated driver, please. 

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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