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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. There is a $1 ACH fee charged for each transaction. 


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. 

Mayors Wellness: Upcoming 5K Races

As part of the Mayors Wellness Campaign, an initiative to promote a healthy and active Scotch Plains, Mayor Al Smith will award the Mayor's Medal to any individual competing in three of the following runs/walks in town this year:

  • St. Bart's 5K (April 1)
  • YMCA 5K (May 17)
  • Race to Summer 5K (June 29)
  • Union Catholic 5K Spooktacular (October 28)

For more info, contact Margaret Heisey at 908-322-6700 or via email at mheisey@scotchplainsnj.com.

Photos: Scotch Plains Rescue Squad's 8th Annual Pancake Breakfast

The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad hosted its 8th annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, March 26 while raising money to benefit the volunteer organization. Dozens of local residents and Township officials showed their support, including Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith, Township Manager Al Mirabella and Police Chief Ted Conley for a successful community event.

Scotch Plains Celebrates 100th Anniversary

This Wednesday, March 22nd, marks the centennial that the New Jersey State Legislature officially gave the historic name of Scotch Plains to our Township. Although the little village based around our downtown had been informally known by that name since the  end of the 17th century, in its earliest years it was officially part of Elizabeth, and later Westfield. In 1877, the land encompassing present-day Scotch Plains and Fanwood was set off from Westfield and named Fanwood Township, after the new railroad depot that had just been built.  


The old village and the new railroad community existed as one Township for 18 years, until conflicts over public improvement spending led to a vote by residents around the train station on whether or not to break away and create a separate, independent Borough of their own. In October 1895, sixty-eight percent of the voters in the proposed new Borough voted to  incorporate in favor of self-rule. A total of fifty-seven men voted.  


For the next twenty-two years, Fanwood Township and Fanwood Borough existed side by side, the way the two Chathams and Chesters still do today. In 1917, however, lifelong Scotch Plains resident and champion George H. Johnston successfully petitioned the New Jersey State Legislature to pass and act officially changing our town’s name to the Township of Scotch  Plains. In many ways this governmental imprimatur was a mere formality, since the name Scotch Plains had never really fallen out of common usage for the past three hundred years. In any event, this past Wednesday marks the 100th anniversary of the day it was made official.

Easter Egg Hunt Scheduled for Saturday, April 8

Join us on the Alan Augustine Village Green (430 Park Ave.) for the annual Easter Egg Hunt on *Saturday, April 8 at 11 a.m. for a morning of fun and excitement. There will also be face painting, balloon art, washable tattoos and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny!  


Please note that children must be eight years of age or younger to participate in the Easter Egg Hunt.    The event is sponsored by the Scotch Plains Cultural Arts Committee and the Scotch Plains Recreation Commission.    


* A rainout date has been set for Sunday, April 9 at 1 p.m. in the event of inclement weather.    


Click here to view the flyer. 

Earth Day Celebration Set for April 22

The Township of Scotch Plains will be celebrating Earth Day on Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. with an organized clean-up at sites around the town and variety of eco-friendly activities and crafts on The Village Green provided by its partners.


Please register at CommunityPass - Spring 2017 - Earth Day. 


Click here to view the full flier. 

Scotch Plains Embraces St. Patrick's Day Fest

Darby Road Pub (450 Park Ave.) will be hosting its 5th Annual St. Patrick's Day Festival in downtown Scotch Plains from March 17-19.


This morning, Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith, Township Manager Al Mirabella and Police Chief Ted Conley joined pub owner Joe Mortarulo in the kickoff festivities.  


Scotch Plains invites all of its residents to come out to enjoy the festivities and remember to be responsible while drinking. Parking regulations will be strictly enforced!

Seed: The Untold Story

The Scotch Plains Fanwood Community Garden and The Scotch Plains Garden Club are proud to sponsor a special one-night showing of the acclaimed documentary SEED: The Untold Story on Thursday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m.


Watch the trailer here. 


The clock is ticking – please reserve your ticket by March 20th. This is a community event, there is no monetary benefit to either organization. Hope to see you there!



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. 

Scotch Plains Police Dept. Gets Accreditation

The Scotch Plains Police Department has officially received its accreditation from the NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police as it was presented with a certification at the Scotch Plains Council Conference meeting on Tuesday evening.  


Only about one-third of the law enforcement departments in the State of New Jersey have achieved the status of accreditation, which gets renewed every three years.

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 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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