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Please Note: The website and calendar are being updated daily with 2020 meeting dates as they become available from boards & commissions. We appreciate your patience.

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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. 

Report a Tree Concern

If you are having an issue or concern with a Township Tree, we're here to help. Please submit your request today through our Report a Tree Form by clicking on the link.

Medicine Drop Box

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.   


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. 

Scotch Plains Council Reorganizes for 2020

The Scotch Plains Township Council hosted its annual Reorganization Meeting for 2020 on Tuesday evening. During the meeting, the Council appointed new professional service contracts for the New Year and Mayor Al Smith delivered his State of the Town reorganization address.


Also announced were the new additions to the 2020 Boards, Commissions, Committees and Advisory Groups, which are available by clicking here

Video: Council Reorganization Meeting

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Communities to Host 11th Annual MLK Day of Service on January 20

Join us for our 11th Annual Scotch Plains-Fanwood Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 20th. The opening program ceremony will be held at the JCC of Central New Jersey on at 10 a.m. A special Volunteer Fair and Children's activities will start at the JCC at 9:30 a.m.


Volunteer opportunities will be available throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit spfmlkday.org to register.

Scotch Plains Announces 2020 Recycling Schedule

The Township of Scotch Plains has announced its recycling schedule for 2020.   


Southside pickups will take place every other Monday. And Northside pickups will occur every other Tuesday as per schedule. 


Click here for more information on Scotch Plains Recycling.

Christmas Tree Pickup Starts on January 6

The DPW will begin Christmas tree pickup on JANUARY 6, 2020.  The trees should be placed at the curb with all ornaments and tinsel removed.  No wreaths or garland please. 


If you wish to dispose of the tree yourself, you can drop if off at the Department of Public Property yard on Plainfield Avenue anytime before January 21st.

Scotch Plains Officials Welcome Max's Pizza to Downtown District

Max's Pizza, run by Scotch Plains resident Max Perrone, officially opened to the public on Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, at the former site of Maria's Pizza.   


On hand for the ribbon-cutting was Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith, Deputy Township Manager Margaret Heisey, Redevelopment Coordinator Tom Strowe, Lisa Mohn of the Scotch Plains Business & Professionals Association, and Gene Jannotti of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, and members of the chamber. 


Click here to read the entire story on TAP into Scotch Plains-Fanwood with more photos. 

The Details Barbershop Celebrates Grand Opening in Scotch Plains

The Details Barbershop (1739 E 2nd St.) hosted its grand opening on Saturday morning as Mayor Al Smith, Downtown Redevelopment Coordinator Tom Strowe and Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Gene Jannotti welcomed business owner Alexander Velez to the town. Velez was joined by friends and family for the grand opening.

SPF Women's Network to Host Overcoming Obstacles to Success Conference on January 23 at 7 p.m. at Shady Rest

The SPF Women’s Network is hosting a Women’s Conference entitled “Overcoming Obstacles to Success” on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at Shady Rest starting at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:30pm!  The SPF Women’s Network is a newly founded group that came together with the desire to “build community”.


The mission of the group is to provide an opportunity for the women of Scotch Plains/Fanwood to gather, share their stories, make greater connections and establish relationships with other women in our great towns.


The inaugural event will be held on January 23rd at the Shady Rest at 7:00pm and will include a panel of impressive women from Scotch Plains/Fanwood. The diverse panel includes Bernadette Rossi of Rossi Funeral Home, Oshanda Erb of the US Air Force, Kristen Bush or NY1, and Sofia Casimiro of Catcalls of Union County.


These women will share their experiences and how they overcame obstacles in their path to success. Each woman has an interesting story to tell. While the panel discussion is the main part of the night, the real purpose is to bring the women of our towns together and to start building relationships and community. The night will be filled with stories, sharing and the beginning of friendships. Moving forward, the Network will ask the guests what they would like to see in the future.


The team behind the scenes are a group of women who care for our community consisting of Elaine Coupe, Susanna Cates, Holly Schneider-Brown, Margaret Heisey, Betsy Ringel, Phyllis Mirabella, Lisa Mohn and Kelly Watson. “We recognized the need to provide a place and opportunities for the women of Scotch Plains/Fanwood to come together, share their lives and build a community.” explains Elaine Coupe.


The event is free and is open to all SPF Women. To register, email SPFWomensNetwork@gmail.com. (There is babysitting upon request.) The group would like to highlight woman owned businesses in Scotch Plains/Fanwood in their program.


If you would like to have your business listed, please send an email. This night will be the first of many gatherings for the women of our great towns!

Participate in Census Day 2020 at Scotch Plains Public Library on Wednesday, April 1

The Township of Scotch Plains and the U.S. Census Bureau will co-host a 2020 Census Day event on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, from 9:00am to 8:00pm at the Scotch Plains Public Library (1927 Bartle Avenue) to provide information and assistance on completing the 2020 Census.   


In mid to late March, Census questionnaires will be mailed to residents inviting them to complete their 2020 Census questionnaire either online or by phone.


Residents who have questions about completing their form will be able to attend the Scotch Plains 2020 Census Day event on April 1 and receive help directly from Census Bureau employees.   


In 2010, Scotch Plains had an 87 percent response rate. While this is an excellent response rate, that 13 percent non-response rate could mean the difference between more or less funding for our community. The Mayor and Township Council are committed to obtaining a complete and accurate count in 2020.   


For more information about the 2020 Census visit, https://2020census.gov/ or https://www.scotchplainsnj.gov/departments/2020-census/ or contact Tom Strowe, Township Census Coordinator at (908) 322-6700 ext. 317 or tstrowe@scotchplainsnj.com.

Make a New Year’s Resolution to Make a Difference with the Rutgers Environmental Stewards of Union County

Union County residents can make a New Year’s resolution that will have a lasting impact by joining the Rutgers Environmental Stewards of Union County. The all-volunteer Environmental Stewards program helps members of the public learn how to take specific steps leading to improvements in the environmental health of their communities.   


“The Environmental Stewards program equips residents who have a passion and desire to improve the quality of the environment locally, with the knowledge and tools to be effective,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski.  The Environmental Stewards program is designed to help non-scientists learn more about the science behind the environmental issues impacting their communities. 


The Environmental Stewards hold weekly classroom training sessions on Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. beginning January 30th through early June. Classes are held at the Extension offices in the Union County complex, located at 300 North Avenue East in Westfield. Registration for the program ends on January 30th.


Click here to read the entire press release and find out how you can make a difference. 

Leaf Pick-up Week of December 30

Leaf pick-up is finalizing this week.


A street by street schedule for leaf pickup is as follows for the Week of December 30:  


Northside -- All three rounds have been completed. There are no more scheduled pickups, so please do not put any more leaves out. 


Southside -- Final Round has commenced on all sections and will be completed this upcoming week. Please DO NOT put any more leaves out.


* Please note: This collection is for leaves only, and crews will be dispatched on both the Northside and Southside of the Township. At least three collection cycles should give everyone adequate time to place all leaves at the curb. Please NO BRANCHES or LIMBS and remember to leave space along the curbline for  water to flow freely to the catch basins.


Biodegradable paper bags are acceptable. Please keep as many cars off the road as possible. Branches will not be collected. It is very important that leaves are free of branches, rocks, stumps, etc., to prevent equipment damage.


Weather permitting, sweepers will be operating after the last cycle.

Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL to Host 3rd Annual 'Cops and Kids' Program at Park Middle School | January 17

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL is holding their 3rd Annual ‘Cops & Kids’ Intramural Program, for students in 5th-8th grade at Park Middle School on January 17 from 2:40 to 4:30 p.m.  Forms are available in the Middle School Offices.


You can also go to the following websites: www.scotchplainspolice.org or www.fanwoodpolice.org to download a copy.

Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL to Host 3rd Annual 'Cops and Kids' Program at Terrill Middle School | February 7

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL is holding their 3rd Annual ‘Cops & Kids’ Intramural Program, for students in 5th-8th grade at Terrill Middle School on December 20 and February 7 from 2:40 to 4:30 p.m.  Forms are available in the Middle School Offices.


You can also go to the following websites: www.scotchplainspolice.org or www.fanwoodpolice.org to download a copy.

Construction Upgrades and Improvements to Raritan Road Sewage Pump Station and Lamberts Mill Road Sewage Pump Station

Construction of upgrades and improvements to the Raritan Road Sewage Pump Station and Lamberts Mill Road Sewage Pump Station, located within the Township of Scotch Plains, and with an estimated construction cost of $2,000,000.00, were financed by the New Jersey Water Bank (NJWB).


The NJWB is a State Revolving Fund program jointly administered by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank (Infrastructure Bank) and uses a combination of funds provided by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the DEP, and the Infrastructure Bank to provide very low interest loans to borrowers for environmental infrastructure projects. 


This project will provide water quality benefits by improving the reliability of the sewage conveyance system for residents and businesses in Township of Scotch Plains.  State Revolving Fund programs around the nation provide states and communities the resources necessary to maintain and improve the infrastructure protecting our valuable water resources nationwide.

Reporting a Coyote Sighting in Scotch Plains

Due to the high number of calls/emails that pertain to coyote sightings and resident’s concerned for their safety or the safety of their family and/or pets, I have directed our Patrol Division that they are to respond to ALL calls pertaining to coyotes.


We are informing dispatch to send an officer, we are no longer requiring that the coyote has to be acting aggressive, if we get a call, we are sending an officer. 


Please see the attached information pertaining to coyotes. If you see a coyote and are concerned about your safety or the safety of your family and/or pets, call the Police Department immediately and we will dispatch an officer to the scene!

Now Hiring: Cross Guards Needed!

The Township of Scotch Plains has immediate openings for substitute crossing guards available.   


Salary starts at $17 an hour and will be provided a uniform and equipment supplied by the Police Department. Applicants must be in good physical condition and have their own form of transportation.   


For more information, please contact Sgt. Brown of the Scotch Plains Police Department at 908-322-7100 Ext. 104. 

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. 

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.

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.

Union County Surrogate 2020 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 2020 on the following dates:


January 13

February 10

March 9

April 13

May 11

June 8

July 13

August 10

September 14

October 12

December 14


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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