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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.
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.
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.
Changes to Scotch Plains 2019 Recycling Schedule to take effect January 14, 2019.
Southside Collection will now be on MONDAYS January 2, 2019 will be the last Wednesday Southside Collection, Monday pickups starting the week of January 14th.
Northside Makeup for New Year’s Day will be Saturday January 5, 2019.
The Township of Scotch Plains hosted its annual Holiday Celebration on Sunday afternoon as hundreds of residents braved the steady mist throughout the day to participate in the festivities.
The event featured the pleasant sounds of Christmas caroling and a performance from the Theatrical Artists Prep students. Hot chocolate and other treats were given away by students from Union Catholic High School. Residents also enjoyed the historic Osborn Cannonball House Museum, which was adorned with Christmas-themed decorations.
Of course the headline of the event was the tree lighting on the Alan Augustine Village Green as Mayor Al Smith, Santa Claus and Downtown Redevelopment Coordinator Tom Strowe took a lift in the fire truck to light the tree in holiday colors.
Deputy Mayor Ted Spera, Township Manager Al Mirabella, Deputy Township Manager Margaret Heisey, Police Chief Ted Conley and Fire Chief John Lestarchick were among those who were also in attendance.
Click here to view more photos in the Facebook Photo Album.
The Scotch Plains Business and Professional Organization and the Township of Scotch Plains hosted its 4th Annual Menorah Lighting on Monday evening on the Alan Augustine Village Green to commence the first night of Hanukkah. The Chabad of Union County presided over the lighting. Mayor Al Smith participated in the lighting of the Shamash, the first candle that gets lit on the Menorah.
Deputy Ted Spera, Councilwoman Elizabeth Stamler, Council-elect Josh Losardo, Township Manager Al Mirabella, Deputy Manager Margaret Heisey and Downtown Redevelopment Coordinator Tom Strowe were among those who participated in the celebration.
Click here to view the Facebook Photo Album.
The Department of Public Works continues their fall leaf pickup program. The following streets are scheduled the Week of December 10:
North Side – Round 2 of the Northside will be completed this week. Round 3 will begin on Plainfield Ave. to Crestwood Rd. area
South Side – Continuing Round 2: Ramapo Way to Briarcliffe Dr. to Heritage Ln.
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.
Tom Strowe, Project Coordinator for Redevelopment, was the guest speaker for an AP Human Geography class in Watchung Hills Regional High School on November 26. Students there are currently studying a chapter on New Urbanism and Revitalization. Tom Strowe was invited to present and demonstrate the real world application of what they are studying by giving examples from Scotch Plains’ downtown redevelopment plan.
“It was great to talk with students about all the great things we are doing in Scotch Plains,” said Tom Strowe. “I’m glad that Scotch Plains is becoming known as a model for how to write a redevelopment plan, and I hope that I was able to inspire these students to get involved in their own communities regarding redevelopment and affordable housing issues.”
Township Manager Al Mirabella added: “I am very proud of Tom reaching out to surrounding communities to discuss our outstanding efforts regarding redevelopment and revitalization. As we move forward with redevelopment, I’m sure many other municipalities will reach out to Scotch Plains as we continue to build on our downtown’s success.”
As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly. Consider the following this holiday season:
Stay safe this holiday season!
Scotch Plains Township Manager Al Mirabella announced that Moody's Investor Service has reaffirmed Scotch Plains' Aaa Bond Rating in their Annual Issuer Comment Report (AICR) for the Township.
According to Moody's, "Scotch Plains has an exceptional credit position and its Aaa rating is much stronger than the median rating of Aa3 for US cities. Notable credit factors include a robust financial position, and a sizable tax base with a very strong wealth and income profile. The credit position also incorporates the Township's low debt burden and a somewhat elevated pension liability."
Click here to read the entire press release.
We have many great businesses in Scotch Plains! Pictured above are a few of them.
Please support our local businesses throughout Scotch Plains on #SmallBusinessSaturday on Nov 24 and during the entire holiday season.
The full press release can be viewed by clicking here.
Click here to view Mayor Al Smith’s resolution on Small Business Saturday in Scotch Plains. Visit the Scotch Plains Facebook page to view more photos and videos of local businesses.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Stamler was sworn into office during the Council Conference Meeting on Tuesday evening with family and friends in attendance.
She replaces the vacant seat of the late Councilwoman Rose Checchio. Earlier this month, Stamler was one of three Council members elected into office and will begin that term in January 2019.
Calling All Scotch Plains Residents: Mayor Al Smith will present medals at the Council Meeting on December 11, 2018 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers. If you are a Scotch Plains resident and completed 3 of the 4 Scotch Plains races this year, please email Margaret Heisey at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the list of medal recipients. An official invite will be emailed to you.
The Township of Scotch Plains, American Legion Post 209, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars 10122 honored its local heroes in a special ceremony at The War Memorial (Park Ave. & Front St.) on Sunday morning, the 100th anniversary of World War 1, with dozens of military veterans in attendance.
Mayor Al Smith, Deputy Mayor Ted Spera, Councilman John Del Sordi, Council-elects Elizabeth Stamler, Josh Losardo, and Roshan White, Township Manager Al Mirabella, Deputy Township Manager Margaret Heisey, and Downtown Redevelopment Coordinator Tom Strowe were among those in attendance.
A fine breakfast was served and all the serviceman were individually recognized and honored for their service on Saturday morning with Mayor Al Smith in attendance. US Army Ret. Sargent ( & Ret. NJ State Trooper Captain) Frank Davis delivered a talk of how military service relates to two key passages of the bible.
The service also included stirring videos of Marvin Gay singing the National Anthem and Ray Charles singing America.
The Township of Scotch Plains hosted its Fourth Annual Trunk or Treat! event on Sunday, October 28 as thousands of residents flocked to the streets in the downtown district on Park Ave.
TAP into Scotch Plains-Fanwood has the full scoop on the event with a lot more pictures. Click here to read the story.
Township offices will be closed on Monday November 12th in observance of Veterans Day therefore the grace period for your fourth quarter taxes due November 1st will be extended to November 13th.
Payments received after November 13th will be subject to interest.
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.
Scotch Plains Township released its Request for Qualifications and Request for Proposals (RFQ/RFP) for the Redevelopment of the Tier 1, Phase 1 section of Scotch Plains Downtown on November 1, 2018.
The Township is seeking qualifications and proposals from qualified and experienced redevelopers to redevelop the approximately 8.22+/- acre public portion of property available for purchase as identified in the Downtown Tier 1, Phase 1 Redevelopment area in accordance with the Redevelopment Plan that was endorsed by the Scotch Plains Township Council on September 25, 2018.
Proposals may also include any of the privately owned parcels or a combination of the publicly owned parcels and the privately owned parcels identified in the Redevelopment Plan.
For additional information about the RFQ/RFP, please contact Thomas Strowe, Project Coordinator for the RFQ/RFP Redevelopment Area, via email only at email@example.com.
Click here to view the entire press release.
October 19 -- Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith and Cranford Mayor Tom Hannen met with Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, the incoming president of the New Jersey League of Municipalities, to discuss various legislative solutions to the current court-driven affordable housing process.
All three Mayors understand the need for affordable housing and are dedicated to providing affordable housing in their communities for low and moderate-income families, seniors, millennials, veterans, and those with special needs and other groups. However, it is clear we need to pursue legislative reforms to make the process fairer for municipalities and prevent overdevelopment. The current court-driven process has created challenges in the areas of infrastructure, public transportation, schools, traffic, open space, and safety that are not adequately being addressed.
This is the beginning of a bipartisan effort of Mayors in conjunction with the New Jersey League of Municipalities to propose legislation that will provide affordable housing in an efficient and effective manner while allowing Mayors to guide the process for their towns and regions.
All three Mayors stand ready to work with the Governor, State Legislature, other Mayors, and residents to develop bipartisan legislative solutions.
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.
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.
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.
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).
WE DO NOT NEED YOUR NAME, ONLY INFORMATION.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 (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:
Click here to download the flier for more information.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
* IF YOUR RECYCLING IS IN PLASTIC BAGS, IT WILL NOT BE PICKED UP!
For more information on the Recycling Do's and Don'ts, please refer to the graphic below or visit www.recycleoftenrecycleright.com.
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.
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.
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.
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 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:
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