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

 

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908-322-6700

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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. 


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


Tree Replacement Plan

If your property had a township tree which fell during a storm or was lost or removed due to disease or age, and you wish it to be replaced let us know. Or, if you would like a tree planted  in front of your house, on public property only, please let us know by submitting your information on the Tree Replacement Program webpage.  


Farmers' Marketplace

The Scotch Plains Farmers' Market has returned for its 25th year. The open-air market will be open in the Municipal Lot (430 Park Avenue) every Saturday until November from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. , unless otherwise mentioned.

 

Click here to learn more about the Farmers' Market.


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-Fanwood Memorial Day Weekend

The 2017 Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Parade Committee has announced that its annual concert and parade will be held on Sunday, May 28, and Monday, May 29, respectively.  

 

The concert is entitled A Tribute to Fallen Heroes. The theme of this year's parade is They Gave Their Tomorrows... For Our Todays.  

 

Memorial Day Concert (Sunday, May 28)  

 

The sixth annual Memorial Day Concert will take place at the Alan Augustine Village Green on Park Avenue, adjacent to the Scotch Plains Municipal Building, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Full Count Big Band will play patriotic tunes and traditional marches. The program will include the reading of letters written by members of the U.S. military to their loved ones back home.  

 

Memorial Day Ceremonies (Monday, May 29)  

 

There will be a memorial service and presentation of wreaths at 9:00 a.m. at the Fanwood Memorial Library at 5 Forest Road.  A memorial tribute and laying of wreaths will take place at 10:00 a.m. at the gazebo on Park Avenue and Front Street in downtown Scotch Plains,  

 

Memorial Day Parade (Monday, May 29)  

 

Starting at 10:45 a.m. at the gazebo in downtown Scotch Plains, the 2017 Memorial Day Parade will proceed along Park Avenue to Martine Avenue into downtown Fanwood. The parade ends at La Grande Park in Fanwood.

NEW: Downtown Redevelopment Committee

Scotch Plains will be undergoing a new township design meant to address the needs of the 21st century resident, business owner, landlord, and developer, to create a vibrant community balancing jobs, housing, retail and commercial opportunities.  

 

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

Scotch Plains Farmers' Marketplace Returns

The long-awaited return of the Scotch Plains Farmers' Marketplace was a highlight of the weekend as hundreds of local residents turned out to help celebrate the 25th year on Saturday, May 20 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

 

The open-air market will be open in the Municipal Lot (430 Park Avenue) every Saturday until November, unless otherwise mentioned. To learn more about the Farmers Market, visit www.scotchplainsfarmersmarket.com and follow the page on Facebook.

Registration Now Open for Patrick's Downtown Race to Summer 5K

The Township of Scotch Plains will help kick off summer in style on Thursday, June 29th at 7:00 p.m. with Patrick's Downtown Race to Summer 5K, and children's fun run at 6:30 p.m.    

 

More information about the race and race sign-up can be found on the Official Patrick's Downtown Race to Summer page

Hundreds Participate in United for a Cause 5K

Hundreds of local residents braved the hot, muggy weather on Wednesday evening to participate in the Unity for a Cause 5K and Family 1-mile walk/run. The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA and the Scotch Plains-Fanwood PTA Council partnered for the annual race in a combined effort to celebrate and provide opportunities for health and wellness within the Scotch Plains-Fanwood community. Mayor Al Smith, Deputy Mayor Llewellyn Jones and Margaret Heisey were among those who participated.

 

Proceeds from “United for a Cause” will benefit Scotch Plains-Fanwood PTA Council Health and Wellness Scholarship and LIVESTRONG at the YMCA.

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.

The Battle of Short Hills Reenactment

The Battle of Short Hills planning committee and the Brigade of the American Revolution have announced the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders are co-sponsoring the Battle of Short Hills 240th Anniversary re-enactment at Oak Ridge Park in Clark on Sat., June 24th and Sun.,  June 25th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free to the public.

 

On Fri., June 23rd, the New Jersey Symphony will perform a free concert beginning 6:30 p.m. at Oak Ridge as part of annual Union County’s Summer Arts Festival series of concerts.

 

Click here for more information.

Scotch Plains Among Top 100 Towns in NJ

Niche.com, a real estate website that produces rankings of neighborhoods and school systems, has released its list of 2017 “Best Places to Live” in New Jersey. Scotch Plains (A grade, ranked #79 in NJ).  Click here to view the study. 

27th Annual Mayor's Gala Set for December 8

The 27th Annual Scotch Plains Mayor's Gala is scheduled for Fri., December 8 from 6 to 11:30 p.m. at the Shackamaxon Country Club. A silent auction and raffle will be held.

 

This year's honorees include:

  • Paulette Coronato 
  • Vincent Losavio
  • Pamela & Rich Ruthie

Tickets for this event are $85 and can be purchased through the Community Pass page under activities in Scotch Plains Recreation. 

 

For more info, call 908-322-6700 Ext. 220.

Bulky Waste Collection Permits Begin May 1

We would like to remind all residents that Bulky Waste permits will be available through Community Pass beginning May 1st.  Please refer to the guidelines for this special collection in the 2017 Public Property Messenger on pages 5-7, including deadlines for submission of applications for individual sections of town. Applications may also be mailed in to the Office Of Public Works. Thank you for your cooperation.

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




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