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Summer Office Hours

 

Monday - Wednesday

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

Thursday

8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

 

Friday

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

 

Main Phone:

908-322-6700

 

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recreation@scotchplainsnj.com


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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. 

 

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. 


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. 

Scotch Plains Hosts National Night Out

The Township of Scotch Plains hosted its annual National Night Out event on the Alan Augustine Green on Tuesday, August 7. Police officers, firefighters and other first responders interacted with the community they serve. The evening featured demonstrations, free food, live music, face-painting and a dunk-a-cop tank.   

 

We'd like to thank all of our first responders for their hard work and dedication to the community.   

 

Click here for more pictures on TAP into Scotch Plains-Fanwood.

Township Launches New Recycle App

The Township of Scotch Plains launched Recycle Coach today, 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 StoreClick here for more information and to read the entire press release.

SP-F Community "Learning Garden" Beekeeping in New Jersey Discussion

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Community Garden will be hosting a special session "Beekeeping in New Jersey" with Sarah Treat on Thursday, August 16 at 7 p.m. at 1451 Raritan Rd.

 

Admission is free for SP-F community and a suggested donation of $2 is recommended for non-members.

 

WE hope you can make it!

Breaking the Silence: A Community Awareness Event on Thursday, September 20

Caring Contact, a listening community will be hosting a suicide awareness event on Thursday, September 20 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Scotch Plains, NJ Home while remembering T.J. Sefcik a 16-year-old boy who was suffering from depression and took his own life in 2010.

 

Break the silence and learn about emotional distress, mental health and suicide while removing the stigma associated with asking others for help. 

Mushroom Poisonings Up in New Jersey

“Picking and eating mushrooms growing in gardens, on lawns, in fields or in the woods is a dangerous game,” says Diane Calello, MD, NJ Poison Control Center Executive and Medical Director, Rutgers NJ Medical School’s Department of Emergency Medicine.

 

“Even experienced mushroom pickers are fooled by toxic look-a-likes at times.”

 

A good portion of the summer has been plagued by soaring temperatures, high humidity and soaking rains – the perfect recipe for a dangerous mushroom season in the Garden State. So far, 45 mushroom exposure cases were managed by the medical experts at the NJ Poison Control Center since the beginning of July. 

 

Click here for more information and how to identify if you are suffering from symptoms of mushroom poisoning.

Grace Period for August Tax Payment Extended to September 6th

Scotch Plains Township tax bills will be mailed the week of August 13th.  There will be an extension to the grace period for payment thru September 6th. Tax amounts are available online at scotchplainsnj.gov if you would like to make payment prior to the receipt of a paper bill.

 

Reminder: The Sewer Tax Bill Payment is due on September 1st.

Live Band Karaoke Night! Set for Wed., August 29

The Township of Scotch Plains will be hosting Live Band Karaoke Night on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in downtown Scotch Plains on the Alan Augustine Village Green (430 Park Ave).   

 

Live Band Karaoke Night will feature the band The Golden Boyz of New Brunswick, and participants will get to be the “lead singer” for the band and sing songs live from a variety of genres including Rock, Pop, Punk, Funk, Motown, Metal, and R&B.     

 

Click here to watch the Facebook promotional video. For more information on the inaugural event visit the event page

Scotch Plains Mayor's 0.5K Race

Grab your couch potato-loving friends on Friday, September 7th and join Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith in our inaugural Scotch Plains 0.5k Race!  

 

Beginning in Town Center, the "race" will take you in a 547 yard circle. Go too fast and you are sure to get dizzy! But don't drag your feet, a pint of beer courtesy of Darby Rd Pub (obvious age restrictions apply) or a cup of ice cream await you at the finish line.  

 

Proceeds to benefit Scotch Plains' own The Frazee House restoration and Hometown Heros Banner Program.

 

Click here to register. 

"Hometown Heroes" of Scotch Plains-Fanwood

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.

 

Families can honor their loved ones by submitting an application and photo by clicking the link hereClick here to download the "Hometown Heroes" letter with more details. 

 

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

Block Party Policy and Procedures

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. 

Scotch Plains Day on October 7 from 12-5 p.m.

The Township of Scotch Plains will host its annual Scotch Plains Day Fall Family Festival on Sunday, October 7 from 12-5 p.m. in the downtown district on Park Avenue. Scotch Plains Day is an event that is fun for all ages from kids to adults.

 

The event will feature:

  • Food Trucks
  • Family Entertainment
  • Interactive Inflatables
  • Local Community Organizations
  • And more!

For more info visit the www.scotchplainsnj.gov/calendar/scotch-plains-day-2018/.

Andrew Bondarowicz Sworn in as Councilman, Ted Spera Sworn in as Deputy Mayor

Andrew Bondarowicz was officially sworn into office by Mayor Al Smith at Tuesday night's Council meeting. He replaces the departing Llewellyn Jones and will complete the remainder of the term in 2018.  

 

Ted Spera was sworn in as Deputy Mayor, a role that was previously held by Jones.  

 

Photo Credits: John Mooney, TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood (Read full story here). 

Scotch Plains Officials and Residents Participate in Community Night at TD Bank Ballpark

Dozens of local residents and Township officials participated in Scotch Plains Community Night at TD Bank Ballpark as the Somerset Patriots hosted the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. Mayor Al Smith threw out the game's ceremonial first pitch and participated in the on-field pre-game festivities with Scotch Plains-Fanwood Little Leaguers.

 

Township Manager Al Mirabella, Parks & Recreation Director DJ Salvante, Special Projects Coordinator Margaret Heisey, and Downtown Redevelopment Coordinator Tom Strowe were among those present for the events in Bridgewater.

 

Click here to view more photos from the evening's events. 

Mayor Al Smith Speaks at Public Hearing in Trenton

Mayor Al Smith spoke in Trenton on Wednesday afternoon at a public hearing on the state-imposed affordable housing requirements. The hearing was hosted by the Assembly of Housing and Community Development Committee. 

Click here to read Mayor Smith's testimony. 

Swimming Pool Safety

Swimming Pool Safety  As we get closer to summer, and winter quickly becomes a faded “bad” memory, we have visions of installing a swimming pool in our backyard and enjoying the summer months ahead.    

 

Swimming pool safety doesn’t just “happen”; and adhering to regulations can prevent an accident….The S in Safety is more than just Supervision.  Children must be watched closely.    

 

There is no substitute for an adult watching a child.  Do not let anything distract you when a child is in or near a body of water – not even for a second!  

 

Keep your eyes on the pool at all times!  Click here for more information on Pool Safety.

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 be 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.

Important Info Regarding Sewer Utility Changes

The Township of Scotch Plains recently revised the billing schedule for annual sewer user fees.

 

Sewer bills will be mailed out in June; one payment only; due on September 1st (10 day grace period will apply).

Recycling Update: Bagged Recyclables Will NOT Be Picked Up

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.

Recycling Do's and Don'ts

Report a Pothole

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.  

Housekeeping Tips: Think at the Sink & Don't Rush to Flush

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. 

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. 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. 

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 2018 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 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:

 

March 12

April 9

May 14

June 11

July 9

August 13

September 10

November 12

December 10

 

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





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