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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. 

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. 

Father's Day Weekend Golf Tournament

Join us for our first-ever Father's Day Weekend Golf Tournament to play a round of golf from June 15-17. There is a max of 2-4 players per group. 9-Hole scores must be submitted in the clubhouse at the end of the round. 


Scores will be calculated based on lowest average group score and winners will receive a special prize. 


Normal green fees apply for this tournament. For more information, please call 908-322-6700 Ext. 223.

Magic & a Movie on the Village Green on June 22

Celebrate the start of summer by joining us for Magic and a Movie on June 22nd on the Alan M. Augustine Village Green. 


Magical entertainment will be provided by Joe Fischer. Our feature presentation of "The Emoji Movie" will follow.


Bring your family and friends for what's sure to be a great evening. Don't forget to bring a blanket and a chair!

Mayor Al Smith Attends Gun Safety Bills Signing Ceremony

Mayor Al Smith attended a gun safety package bill signing ceremony at the Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton today with Governor Phil Murphy. In addition to Governor Murphy, Mayor Smith joined a bipartisan group of local and state elected officials, as well as members of Moms Demand Action of Union County.   “As a leader in Sandy Hook Promise, I was happy to accept the Governor’s invitation of the signing of three gun safety bills I have been supporting with Sandy Hook Promise,” stated Mayor Al Smith.


“The most important bill signed into law today was the Extreme Risk Protective Order Act of 2018, which is designed to keep guns out of the hands of people who are determined to pose a significant risk of personal injury to themselves or others by possessing or owing a firearm. As I have said repeatedly, if this legislation existed in Parkland Florida that tragedy may have been prevented.”  


“I will continue to work in a bipartisan manner to promote Sandy Hook Promise initiatives including Know the Signs program to reduce student bullying and create a more inclusive school environment,” added Mayor Smith. “In discussions with superintendent Dr. Margaret Hayes, Know the Signs programs should be implemented in our school district starting in the Fall of 2018.”

Patrick's Downtown Race to Summer 5K

The Township of Scotch Plains is proud to announce that it will host the 3rd Annual Patrick's Downtown Race to Summer on Wednesday, June 27. Kick off summer 2018 with a family friendly road race and party in the heart of downtown Scotch Plains.    


This year's race will use the same 5k course, starting and finishing across from the Fire House on Senger Pl, and conclude with a live band performance and BBQ from the Stagehouse Tavern on the grounds of the Scotch Plains Municipal building.


Click here to be directed to the page for more information. 

Independence Day Fireworks Celebration

On Saturday, June 30 (rain date July 1st) the Township of Scotch Plains will host its 3rd 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 9 p.m. 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, July 1st.  


For more information please contact the Manager’s Office at (908) 322-6700 Ext. 314

Scotch Plains Police Officer Wins George W. Bush Warrior Open Pro-Am Tourney in Dallas

Scotch Plains police officer Andrew Gitto won the 2018 Warrior Pro-Am hosted by former President George W. Bush.   


Officer Gitto enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantryman in 2008 right out of high school. He deployed to Afghanistan in December of 2009 with the 1st Battalion 6th Marines and supported Operation Moshtarak in February 2010 to the city of Marjah. 


He was honored by the Scotch Plains Council at this week's Council Conference Meeting.   


Click here to read his inspirational story on TAP into Scotch Plains-Fanwood. 

Downtown Redevelopment Committee Launches Visual Preference Survey

The Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee (SPDRC) launched a visual preference survey today aimed to gather input from the community on architectural themes that are preferred in the Downtown of Scotch Plains. The survey offers six different conceptual architectural design options submitted by SPDRC members and Harbor Consultants, the Township’s consulting Planner, and asks participants to select their preferred theme.    


The visual preference survey will be available from June 4, 2018 to June 18, 2018 until 4:00 p.m. The online survey can be found at, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/spdowntownvps.


Click here to read the entire press release. 

Celebrate Flag Day on June 14

Flag Day falls within National Flag Week on Thursday, June 14, a time when Americans reflect on the foundations of the nation’s freedom. The flag of the United States represents freedom and has been an enduring symbol of the country’s ideals since its early days. During both events, Americans also remember their loyalty to the nation, reaffirm their belief in liberty and justice, and observe the nation’s unity.

Do You Know This Scotch Plains Business? Dr. Wholesome's Academy/Breakaway Prep

Mayor Al Smith hosted Dr. Chiu in the Mayor's Office on June 11 to profile Dr. Wholesome's Academy/Breakaway Prep, a new business in town that empowers entrepreneurs to start up their businesses. Additionally, the company helps prepare students to excel in their test-taking skills in exams such as the SAT and the ACT.


To view the Facebook video promoting the business, click here

Important Info Regarding Sewer Utility Changes

The Township of Scotch Plains recently revised the billing schedule for annual sewer user fees.


Sewer bills will be mailed out in June; one payment only; due on September 1st (10 day grace period will apply).

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.

Recycling Do's and Don'ts

Memorial Day Parade Festivities

The Township of Scotch Plains and Borough of Fanwood hosted its annual Memorial Day festivities on Monday morning as they honored local veterans in a special ceremony at the Gazebo on the corner of Park Ave. & Front St. The annual parade followed the ceremony. 


Mayor Al Smith and emcee Bob Lacosta introduced Colonel Konstantine Zoganas of the U.S. Marine Corps, who served as the grand marshal of the 2018 Memorial Day Parade. 


Click here to see more pictures from TAP into Scotch Plains-Fanwood. 

VIDEO: Memorial Day Festivities

Memorial Day Concert at Fanwood Train Station

The Township of Scotch Plains and Borough of Fanwood honored local fallen heroes of with its annual Memorial Day Concert at the Northside of the Fanwood Train Station on Sunday evening.  


Local residents turned out to show their support, including many war veterans from various eras.


Click here to view the entire photo album on Facebook.

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.  

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 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. 

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 2018 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 except for February and October 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 2018 on the following dates:


March 12

April 9

May 14

June 11

July 9

August 13

September 10

November 12

December 10


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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