Welcome to the official website of the Township of Scotch Plains, NJ. The government of Scotch Plains is committed to keeping you informed of important news and events and emergency situations. Sign up to receive text alerts from Union County First Alert. Sign up for our email advisories and, check this website often for updates.
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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.
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.
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.
Over 400 runners participated in the Fourth Annual Patrick's Downtown Race to Summer 5K as other residents came out to show their support for the town and the participants.
Max Cardarelli, a 17-year-old Scotch Plains resident won the race with a time of 18:21. Caitlin Carroll had the best time for women runners clocking in at 18:58.
Following the race was a celebration on the Alan Augustine Village Green as runners rejoiced to the tune of live music and entertainment.
The race was preceded by a one-mile fun run.
Click here to view more photos in the Township Facebook photo album.
As part of the Mayor's Wellness Campaign, Mayor Al Smith will award the Mayor's Medal to anyone completing three of the runs/walks in town this year.
Follows is a schedule for the events in 2019:
Run or Walk Your Way to the Gold and to Good Health!
The Scotch Plains Fire Department is celebrating 150 years of service and is inviting its residents to party with them! On June 15th join the Scotch Plains Fire Department at the North Station on 430 Senger Pl. as it hosts an afternoon of fun from 1-5 p.m.
There will be a parade, food and many more activities for everyone to enjoy. For more information, visit the Facebook events page.
This Saturday, June 15th, the Scotch Plains Farmers' Market will take place on Grand Street, adjacent to the Scotch Plains Baptist Church in Scotch Plains as the Municipal Lot will be used for the 150th anniversary celebration of the Scotch Plains Fire Department.
The hours will remain the same and the Farmers' Market will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Township of Scotch Plains will host a special ceremony at Town Hall (430 Park Ave.) on Monday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m. as it raises the Pride Flag before the monthly Council Conference/Business Meeting.
June is LGBT Pride Month and this year commemorates the 50th anniversary of Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969.
Join Mayor Al Smith for a presentation by Township Department leaders on Tuesday, June 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall as they host a discussion on the rights and responsibilities of business and property owners in the areas of:
For more information please contact the Manager’s Office at (908)322-6700 Ext. 314.
On Saturday, June 29 (rain date June 30th) the Township of Scotch Plains will host its annual Independence Day Fireworks at the Scotch Hills Golf Course! This year’s celebration will feature a performance by The Scotch Plainsmen, a talented group of musicians who have performed as the backup band for our own Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens during his solo performances.
Come out early and set down chairs & blankets to take in the show. The fireworks will go off at dusk. Please wear comfortable shoes; no heels will be permitted on the golf course. The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA will host a “Red, Y, and Blue” station with fun activities for kids from 7:30 to 9pm. Food Vendors will be on site throughout the evening. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on the premises.
There will be several road closures leading up to and during the event to ensure safety for pedestrians and motorists alike. Please check the Township website: www.scotchplainsnj.gov for details. The golf course will be open Saturday morning for golfers; the last tee time is at 12:00 noon. The course will re-open at Noon on Sunday, June 30th.
For more information please contact the Manager’s Office at (908)322-6700 Ext. 314.
District Superintendent Dr. Margaret Hayes by issuing a proclamation on her service at her retirement party on Monday, June 3 at the Grand Centurions in Clark.
Dr. Hayes had been an educator for the past 48 years and served the past 13 years as Superintendent of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District.
During her tenure, she was responsible for the recent addition of full-day kindergarten, the incorporation of Mandarin into the World Langue Program, and technology upgrades among countless other achievements.
Dr. Hayes in collaboration with the Mayor implemented the Sandy Hook Promise "Start with Hello" program to promote a more connected and inclusive student population.
Scotch Plains officials represented at the NJ Sharing Network 5K in New Providence this past weekend on Sunday, June 2.
Pictured from left to right: Councilwoman Elizabeth Stamler, Councilman Ted Spera, Deputy Township Manager Margaret Heisey, and Mayor Al Smith.
Local residents turned out for the annual Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Parade as the Township honored those who bravely sacrificed their lives in the armed forces.
The parade was preceded by a Memorial Day Ceremony at the War Memorial on the corner of Park Ave. and Front St.
Click here to view the Facebook photo album with all photos from the event.
As we approach Memorial Day Weeked (May 27-27), the Township of Scotch Plains and the Borough of Fanwood are again honoring local service men and women (veterans and active duty) by placing Hometown Heroes banners along the lamp posts on Park Ave., Martine Ave., Front Street, South Ave., and other streets.
Click here to read the entire feature on TAP into Scotch Plains-Fanwood.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Stamler (left) poses for a photo with Scotch Plains residents Katie Echols and Artemis Levy Collins.
Stamler met with the girls at the Memorial Day Parade where they were giving away donated tee shirts that they sewed into bags. They are trying to illuminate the use of plastic bags.
The Township of Scotch Plains will host its second annual Community Night at TD Bank Ballpark on Monday, July 15th as the Somerset Patriots host the York Revolution.
Residents will receive exclusive $8.50 discounted tickets for the game.
For more information, visit www.somersetpatriots.com/tickets/groupportal then click on the "Group Portal Login" and enter the group password "scotchplains19"
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.
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.
Township Manager Al Mirabella accepted on behalf of the Township accepted the Municipal Innovation Award from Ken DeRoberts CEO of the Government Strategy Group. Scotch Plains receive the innovation award for the Construction Digitization project currently underway in the Township. Digitizing the records in this area saves time, money and also helps our residents.
Also, the records are easier to find and safety is improved. Manager Mirabella brought the good news back to Scotch Plains and shared with the governing body.
Several members of the Scotch Plains Police were recognized by Chief Ted Conley in conjunction with National Police Week (May 12-18) at the Scotch Plains Council meeting on Tuesday.
Chief Conley gave out multiple awards and commendations to members of the SPPD for going "above and beyond the call of duty" during the past year.
Click here to read the entire story with more photos on TAP into Scotch Plains-Fanwood.
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.
The SPF PAL will sponsor a discounted early-signing registration period for the 2019 football season. During the early-registration period - families will receive discounted prices that will be in effect from from April 15 through June 2.
From April 15 through June 2, registration will cost $175 for tackle in Grades 4-8. After June, 2, the price will be $225.
Also, third grade tackle will cost $125, but it will increase to $150 after June 2, and during early registration, flag football will cost $75, but that fee will be $100 after June 2.
Please go to the Scotch Plains Fanwood PAL website to register: SPFPAL.COM
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.
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.
Scotch Plains again ranks in the top 100 safest cities in New Jersey according to a 2019 report published by the National Council for Home Safety and Security.
”I am extremely proud of the men and women of the Scotch Plains Police Department and the work they have done in keeping the Township of Scotch Plains among the Top 100 Safest Cities of New Jersey,” said Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted Conley. “We strive every day to make Scotch Plains a safe community for our residents and visitors.”
Scotch Plains is the 9th highest ranked town in Union County and one of only 10 Union County towns to make the Top 100.
”I join Chief Conley I’m thanking the men and women of our Police Department For the outstanding work they have done to keep Scotch Plains among the top 20 percent of safest communities in New Jersey,” said Scotch Plains Township Manager Al Mirabella. ”On behalf of the residents of Scotch Plains, I congratulate and thank Chief Conley and the entire Police Department for this ranking.”
Click here to read the entire press release.
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 Store. Click here for more information and to read the entire press release. Click here to watch the Facebook video promoting the new mobile application.
Scotch Plains Township Manager Al Mirabella announced that Moody's Investor Service has reaffirmed Scotch Plains' Aaa Bond Rating in their Annual Issuer Comment Report (AICR) for the Township.
According to Moody's, "Scotch Plains has an exceptional credit position and its Aaa rating is much stronger than the median rating of Aa3 for US cities. Notable credit factors include a robust financial position, and a sizable tax base with a very strong wealth and income profile. The credit position also incorporates the Township's low debt burden and a somewhat elevated pension liability."
Click here to read the entire press release.
“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.
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.
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.
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 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:
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