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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. 

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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 Celebrates Community Night at Somerset Patriots Game

For the second consecutive year, the Township of Scotch Plains celebrated Community Night at the Somerset Patriots baseball game at TD Bank Ballpark. 


Mayor Al Smith threw out the ceremonial opening pitch before Township officials and members of the Scotch Plains community enjoyed a beautiful evening of baseball. 


Click here to view more photos from the event. 

Monday Summer Movie Nights

Summer Concert Series on the Village Green

The Scotch Plains Summer Concert Series presented by Investors Bank will return to the Alan Augustine Village Green (430 Park Ave.) on Thursday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. featuring a performance from Wolf Creek.        

The schedule for the remainder of the month is as follows:    

- July 18: Billy Wilkins 

- July 25: Eric Harrison's Crash Chorus  

- TBD: Reschedule Date for Wolf Creek

Bring the family for a fun night out on the Village Green!

Sunrise Yoga at Brookside Park in July

Led by yoga instructor, Carmen Chicola of Yoga with Carmen, this drop-in class is set in the serine Brookside Park setting every Saturday in July at 8 a.m. as an early morning way to start your day.


This event is a part of the Mayors Wellness Campaign. Please visit the Scotch Plains Recreation Page for event-related announcements or cancellations.


The first yoga session will take place on July 6. Participants must provide their own yoga mat.

Scotch Plains Foodstock | Now Through July 17 (Extended Due to Closed Municipal Building Days)


Scotch Plains is collecting food to donate to food banks here in our own community. Overflow collections will be donated to The Community Foodbank of New Jersey in Hillside.


We are challenging Berkeley Heights. (#FoodStockChallenge, #BHvsSP, #InItToWinIt, #ShowUsTheFood) to see which town can collect the most food, as part of our effort to support Foodstock, a grassroots 501c3 organization that has been formed to assist with the needs of our less fortunate community members who are struggling to put food on their tables. 


Check out our video here:  https://www.facebook.com/ScotchPlainsTwp/videos/321004985442464/     


Foodstock’s goal is to collect 500,000 pounds of food this year! And this is where you can help!     


Here’s how you can donate: 


• Drop off bags of food to Town Hall anytime from now through July 17th. The bin will be located at Police Dispatch, entrance facing the parking lot and in the front lobby of Town Hall, 430 Park Ave.  OR Collect at your site - Food collected at your houses of worship/organizations and we will schedule a pick up for Wednesday, July 10th.

• IF you need brown bags, give me a call and we will get some for you – 908-939-8403 or email me at mheisey@scotchplainsnj.com       


Please fill the bags with non-perishable food donations. You can find a list of acceptable items on the official website:  www.foodstocknj.org  


Please visit Foodstock’s website at Foodstocknj.org for more information on the organization. Otherwise, we can’t wait to get this #FoodStockChallenge started!

Scotch Plains Presents Live Band Karaoke on the Village Green on July 31

Back by popular demand, the Township of Scotch Plains will again be hosting Live Band Karaoke Night on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm in downtown Scotch Plains on the Alan Augustine Village Green (430 Park Ave).     


Live Band Karaoke Night this year will feature the band U-Rock Live, and participants will get to be the “lead singer” for the band and sing songs live from a variety of genres and decades including the Swingin’ 60s, Groovy 70s, the Big 80s, the Grungy 90s, the 2000s and Beyond, plus Karaoke Classics.  Choose your song, own the stage, and bring your cheering section for a rockin’ night in downtown. If you’re not a singer, just bring a blanket and a chair and enjoy the show. Be sure to stop by one of our downtown businesses for something to eat and drink before the show. Live Band Karaoke Night is a free, family event that is open to people of all ages.     


To participate in Live Band Karaoke Night, just simply sign up to sing on July 31 from 7:00pm to 7:30pm and you will be called on stage to join the band and sing your favorite song. A list of songs will be available at the event and all song choices will be family friendly.     


Councilwoman Elizabeth Stamler, Parks and Recreation Director DJ Salvante and Downtown Redevelopment Coordinator Tom Strowe promoted the event in a Facebook video available by clicking here.   


For more information about Live Band Karaoke Night, visit https://www.scotchplainsnj.gov/calendar/live-band-karaoke/

2nd Annual Mayor's 0.5K Race on Sun., August 18

Grab your couch potato-loving friends on Sunday, August 18 and join Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith in the second annual 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.   

Sponsorship packages are available


For more information or to register for the race, click here

Scotch Plains Hosts Fourth Annual Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular

Hundreds of local residents showed up for the Fourth Annual Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular on Sunday evening at the Scotch Hills Country Club. It was a beautiful night of fun and entertainment for the entire family and a growing tradition in Scotch Plains. 


Click here to view more photos on the Township's Facebook photo album. 


Photo Credits: Matt Kipp


Lead Photo Credit: SPFD Battalion Chief Dan Biglin

Scotch Plains Designated as a Healthy Town to Watch

The New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute (NJHCQI), located in Princeton, designated Scotch Plains as one of the seven Healthy Towns to Watch last month. The NJHCQI issued its annual New Jersey “Healthy Town” designation to eight communities participating in the Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC), a program of the Quality Institute, in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.   


“It is an honor for Scotch Plains to be designated as a Healthy Town to Watch for 2018. The residents of Scotch Plains continue to be supportive and involved in our Mayors Wellness Campaign. With the distinction of this honor, it is my hope that even more residents will participate in our events. This has been a very rewarding experience for both myself and Margaret Heisey, our program director. Not only do we have fun as we offer opportunities to our residents to become healthier by eating well, exercising, and managing stress, but we have seen our own health improve as well,” said Mayor Al Smith.


Click here to read the entire press release. 

Elizabethtown Gas Updates

REMINDER: Styrofoam Recycling Only Available on Thursdays at DPW Yard

A friendly reminder to our residents that styrofoam recycling is ONLY available on Thursdays between 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the DPW Yard, located at 2445 Plainfield Ave. 


Additionally, bins are available in Berkeley Heights, Cranford, New Providence, Plainfield, Springfield, Summit, and Union Township.


For more info on the dates and times for styrofoam recycling in the surrounding towns, visit http://ucnj.org/recycling/styrofoam/

Scotch Plains Noise Ordinance Reminder

Spring is here and that means getting outside to clean up our properties. Please keep in mind that the township ordinance (see below) prohibits residents and residential landscaper or maintenance workers from using power tools, home maintenance tools, landscaping and/or yard maintenance equipment between the hours of 8PM and 8AM.     


Excluding emergency work, power tools, home maintenance tools, landscaping and/or yard maintenance equipment used by residential property owner or tenant shall not be operated between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., unless such activities can meet the applicable limits set forth in Table I, II or III. At all other times the limits set forth in Tables I, II or III do not apply. All motorized equipment used in these activities shall be operated with a muffler and/or sound reduction device.

Emergency Notification System Update: Union County First Alert

The Township of Scotch Plains will be transitioning from CodeRed to EverBridge, officially branded as Union County First Alert for its emergency notification system. 


To continue receiving emergency notifications you will have to register for the new system. No data will be transferred from CodeRed to EverBridge. 


In order to avoid a lapse in you receiving emergency messages, register for the new system by April 30, 2019. 


Click here to register for emergency updates via Union County First Alert.

SPF PAL Youth Football Registration Now Open

Registration for the Scotch Plains Fanwood PAL 2019 football season remains open for players in Grades K through 8. Please go to the Scotch Plains Fanwood PAL website to register: SPFPAL.COM.

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 Residents and Business Voluntary Camera Registry

The Scotch Plains Police Department wants your help in reducing crime by voluntary taking part in our camera registry program. The program allows residents and business owners to register their video surveillance systems and other video devices with the Scotch Plains Police Department. When a crime occurs, police will have the ability to identify locations of nearby video cameras and seek the assistance of the c to help our officers collect video evidence and follow up on investigations of criminal activity. 


Click here for more information on the program.

Recycle Coach Mobile App Available to Residents to Improve Communications

The Township of Scotch Plains launched Recycle Coach last week, 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. TheRecycle 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. Click here to watch the Facebook video promoting the new mobile application.

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.

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.    




For more information on the Recycling Do's and Don'ts, please refer to the graphic below or visit www.recycleoftenrecycleright.com.

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.  

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. 

Union County Surrogate 2019 Hours & Schedule

Union County Surrogate James LaCorte will host evening hours at the Scotch Plains Township Hall (430 Park Avenue, Room 202)  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 throughout 2019 on the following dates:


January 14

February 11

March 11

April 8

May 13

June 10

July 8

August 12

September 9

December 9


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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