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Municipal Office Hours

 

Monday - Friday

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

 

Main Phone:

908-322-6700

 

Full contact list


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Report a Park Issue:

recreation@scotchplainsnj.com


Weather

* From our own Fire Department's weather station


From the Fire Warden


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


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. 

27th Annual Mayor's Gala at Shackamaxon

Hundreds of local residents and their families turned out on Friday evening for the 27th annual Mayor's Gala at the Schackamaxon Country Club while raising money for the historic Frazee House.  

 

This year's honorees were as follows:  

 

- Vincent Losavio, Male Volunteer of the Year

- Paulette Coronato, Female Volunteer of the Year

- Rich and Pam Duthie, Couple Volunteer of the Year

- Andy Calamaras, President of the Frazee House  

 

The evening of entertainment included a cocktail hour, dinner, dancing, a silent auction and benefit raffle. 

 

Click here to view the Facebook album with over 80 photos from the evening!

Scotch Plains Hosts Annual Holiday Celebration

The Township of Scotch Plains hosted its annual Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting on the Alan Augustine Village Green with hundreds of residents in attendance on Saturday afternoon.

 

From holiday hayrides to a petting zoo to holiday crafts, there was something fun for everybody to do. Of course there was also Christmas caroling and a special visit from Santa Claus.

 

Click here to view the full photo album on Facebook. 

December 12: Third Annual Menorah Lighting

The Scotch Plains Business and Professional Organization and the Township of Scotch Plains will host the 3rd Annual Menorah Lighting on Tuesday, December 12th at 6:00 pm.  

 

Festivities will include a light show and refreshments. The Chabad of Union County will preside over the lighting. The event will be held at 430 Park Avenue; the Alan Augustine Village Green.

Holiday Home Decorating Contest

Scotch Plains and Fanwood residents are invited to participate in a Holiday Home Decorating Contest to benefit local food pantries from December 10 through January 1. 

 

Participants are asked to collect canned goods at their homes. The Township will provide supplies and pick-up. 

 

Prizes will be awarded to the best-decorated home courtesy of Grillestone, Fabio's Bistro and Soul Bowls!

 

To participate in the contest or to vote on the best-decorated house, please visit www.scotchplainsnj.gov/departments/recreation.

Leaf & Brush Pick-Up Schedule and Guidelines (Last Day to Put Leaves Out: December 18)

UPCOMING NORTHSIDE AREAS FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 11:  

Round Three of the leaf collection is complete.  

 

UPCOMING SOUTHSIDE AREAS FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 11:  

Crews will work to complete Round Three of the leaf collection this week.  

 

* The Fourth Round of leaf pick-up for the north and southside residents begins on Monday, December 18th. Residents are reminded that the last day that they can put leaves out is December 18th as crews will be passing thru only once for a final leaf pick-up.  

 

** Due to the impending snow storm tonight, the leaf pick-up process may be curtailed and delayed next week. 

 

The 2017 Guidelines for eligible items can be found here.

Christmas Tree Safety Tips

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:  

  • Picking the Tree
  • Placing the Tree
  • Lighting the Tree

Click on the graphic to view the flier and full tips. Stay safe this holiday season!

Candle Safety Tips

Candles are a beautiful addition to any holiday decor, but if not properly used, they can be deadly.  Candle fires are four times more likely to occur during the winter holidays than any other time throughout the year.  

 

The Top 3 holidays for candle fires (2006 – 2010) were Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day with the month of December being the peak month when candle fire incidents nearly doubled. In December, 11% of candle fires began with candle decorations, a 7% increase in comparison to the rest of the year.  

 

Click here for tips on how to practice the best candle safety!

Online Payment and 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.    

Airplane Noise Complaint Submission Form

Do you have complaints about airplane noise in the community?

 

Noise complaints to the Port Authority of NY & NJ can be filed by clicking here or by calling 1-800 225-1071.  

 

In addition, WebTrak shows the map of the region with actual flights in progress so it's possible to see if you are close by a flight path: http://webtrak5.bksv.com/panynj4

Local Scam Alert: PSE&G Billing

We’ve received a number of calls to Scotch Plains resident and businesses calling about billing.  This is a scam.  

 

Please review the information direct from PSEG to protect yourself!  Special Thanks to PSEG employee and Scotch Plains resident Ed Zazzali for this important information:  

 

https://www.pseg.com/home/customer_service/bill/scam/index.jsp  

Scotch Plains Bond Rating Upgraded to Aaa

Scotch Plains Township Municipal Manager Al Mirabella announced this week that Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded Scotch Plains’ bond rating to Aaa.

 

This is the 2nd upgrade in two years. In 2015, the Township of Scotch Plains was upgraded by Moody’s Investors Service Rating to Aa1.  It took just two years, under the prudent management of the Municipal Manager, Al Mirabella and the Township Council for Moody’s to upgrade the bond rating of the Township of Scotch Plains to Aaa. Scotch Plains joins Summit, Westfield and New Providence as the only municipalities in Union County that currently earned this highest possible rating. Statewide, Scotch Plains is one of only 7% of the 565 municipalities assigned this highest rating.

 

Click here to read the press release. The full report is available here. 

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. 

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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