Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Scotch Plains, New Jersey
|Township of Scotch Plains|
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||March 6, 1878 (as Fanwood Township)|
|Renamed||March 29, 1917 (as Scotch Plains)|
|• Type||Faulkner Act (council–manager)|
|• Body||Township Council|
|• Mayor||Joshua Losardo (D, term ends December 31, 2024)|
|• Manager||Alexander Mirabella|
|• Municipal clerk||Bozena Lacina|
|• Total||9.06 sq mi (23.46 km2)|
|• Land||9.02 sq mi (23.36 km2)|
|• Water||0.04 sq mi (0.09 km2) 0.40%|
|• Rank||220th of 565 in state|
4th of 21 in county
|Elevation||141 ft (43 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||105th of 566 in state|
7th of 21 in county
|• Density||2,606.9/sq mi (1,006.5/km2)|
|• Rank||239th of 566 in state|
19th of 21 in county
|Time zone||UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))|
|GNIS feature ID||0882217|
Scotch Plains is a township in Union County, New Jersey, United States. The township is located on a ridge in northern-central New Jersey, within the Raritan Valley and Rahway Valley regions in the New York metropolitan area. As of the 2010 Census, the township's population was 23,510, reflecting an increase of 778 (+3.4%) from the 22,732 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,572 (+7.4%) from the 21,160 counted in 1990.
The area known as Scotch Plains was first settled by Europeans, including many Scottish Quakers as early as 1684. The name is said to have come from George Scott, a leader of a group of Scottish settlers. It later served as a stop on the stage coach line between New York City and Philadelphia.
The Ash Swamp in Scotch Plains was the scene of a key action in the Battle of Short Hills, on June 26, 1777, which included skirmishes as Washington's forces moved along Rahway Road in Scotch Plains toward the Watchung Mountains. An ancient house in Scotch Plains recalls those skirmishes and with the acreage adjoining the house, presents a vista of that decade, the 1770s. This was the home of Aunt Betty Frazee, whose retort to Lord Cornwallis led the British to find their bread from friendlier bakers in the same battle. The farmstead of Betty and Gershom Frazee is being restored by local organizations.
What is now Scotch Plains was originally incorporated as Fanwood Township on March 6, 1878, by an act of the New Jersey Legislature from portions of Plainfield Township and Westfield Township. Portions of the township were taken to form Fanwood Borough on October 2, 1895. Fanwood Township was renamed as Scotch Plains on March 29, 1917, based on the results of a referendum held that same day.
Scotch Plains was home to the Shady Rest Country Club, the nation's first African-American country club. Its pro, John Shippen, the first African-American golf professional, led the 1892 U.S. Open in the final round before finishing fifth. The Shady Rest clubhouse hosted Cab Calloway and other greats as a local center for African-American culture in the 1920s and 1930s. It is preserved today as the Scotch Hills Municipal course.
A much more complete history of the township can be found in the October 28, 1999, "Our Towns: Scotch Plains-Fanwood (2nd Annual)" issue of The Times of Scotch Plains-Fanwood, produced by the town's newspaper of record at the time as well as on the township's website.
The ancestors of many residents immigrated from the area of Montazzoli, Italy, as part of a wave of Italian immigrants who arrived in the area in the early 20th century. In recognition of this longstanding connection, the township established "Montazzoli Plaza" in October 2015 in front of the Italian American Club.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 9.06 square miles (23.46 km2), including 9.02 square miles (23.36 km2) of land and 0.04 square miles (0.09 km2) of water (0.40%).
The township borders the municipalities of Berkeley Heights, Clark, Fanwood, Mountainside, Plainfield and Westfield in Union County; Edison and South Plainfield in Middlesex County; and Watchung in Somerset County.
1930–1990 2000 2010
* = Lost territory in previous decade.
The 2010 United States census counted 23,510 people, 8,595 households, and 6,429 families in the township. The population density was 2,606.9 per square mile (1,006.5/km2). There were 8,896 housing units at an average density of 986.4 per square mile (380.9/km2). The racial makeup was 77.43% (18,203) White, 11.08% (2,605) Black or African American, 0.12% (29) Native American, 7.65% (1,799) Asian, 0.01% (2) Pacific Islander, 1.39% (327) from other races, and 2.32% (545) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.73% (1,582) of the population.
Of the 8,595 households, 37.4% had children under the age of 18; 62.6% were married couples living together; 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present and 25.2% were non-families. Of all households, 21.7% were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.20.
25.9% of the population were under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 29.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.9 years. For every 100 females, the population had 91.5 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 88.3 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $104,873 (with a margin of error of +/− $6,397) and the median family income was $126,138 (+/− $7,410). Males had a median income of $90,016 (+/− $11,033) versus $66,022 (+/− $5,055) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $52,488 (+/− $3,094). About 1.3% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.7% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 22,732 people, 8,349 households, and 6,295 families residing in the township . The population density was 2,503.3 inhabitants per square mile (966.6/km2). There were 8,479 housing units at an average density of 933.7 per square mile (360.5/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 78.88% White, 11.30% African American, 0.09% Native American, 7.25% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.95% from other races, and 1.52% from two or more races. 3.94% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 8,349 households, out of which 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.4% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.6% were non-families. 20.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.16.
In the township the population was distributed with 25.4% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 31.8% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.8 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $81,599, and the median income for a family was $96,238. Males had a median income of $63,648 versus $43,714 for females. The per capita income for the township was $39,913. 3.0% of the population and 2.0% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 2.0% of those under the age of 18 and 7.0% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.
Parks and recreation
Parks in the township include:
- Watchung Reservation is a 1,945-acre (787 ha) nature reserve on the north side of the township that includes open space, playgrounds, nature trails, a nature and science center, gardens, stables, and many other amenities.
- Ponderosa Farm Park is a park on Cooper Road. Modest park featuring playgrounds and a sprinkler area, plus open green spaces and restrooms.
- Scotch Hills Municipal Golf Course, known as the Shady Rest Golf and Country Club before it was taken over by the township, was at one time the only African-American country club in the United States.
- Ashbrook Golf Course, is a public golf course with 18-holes of championship golf as well as a 9-hole pitch and putt course located on Raritan Road in Scotch Plains. As of 2019, the new clubhouse and restaurant, The Tavern @ Ashbrook, opened for business.
- Shackamaxon Country Club is a private golf course, swimming and tennis facility also hosting celebrations, founded in 1916 and is located on Shackamaxon Drive in Scotch Plains. Some of its 130+ acres occupy land in Westfield.
- Willow Grove Swim Club: since 1958 Willow Grove has offered residents of Scotch Plains and the surrounding towns the haven of a pool and other activities set on five plus park-like acres. The club offers a 25-meter “L”-shaped, 6-lane pool with diving boards, and a separate gated baby pool. In addition to swimming, the club offers a large sandbox, basketball, ping-pong, pickleball, volleyball, tether ball, children's play structure, a large picnic area affectionately called "The Grove", and free Wi-Fi throughout the grounds. Adult and teen socials, barbecues, family fun nights and several special events for children are held throughout the season. For young swimmers, Willow Grove offers swim lessons and the club fields a swim team each summer, competing against other swim clubs in the immediate area.
- Highland Swimming Club is a private swimming facility with a large L-shaped main pool and a smaller kiddie pool, a BBQ area, a small "Snack Shack", and play area. Its swim team competes against other private swim clubs in the area in meets held mostly in July. It also hosts an annual swim meet with a club from Derry, Northern Ireland.
- Bowcraft Amusement Park was an amusement park located on Route 22 West that was featured in scenes in the films Mortal Thoughts (1991) and North (1994). It officially closed in 2018.
Scotch Plains is governed within the Faulkner Act, formally known as the Optional Municipal Charter Law, under the Council-Manager form of New Jersey municipal government. The township is one of 42 municipalities (of the 564) statewide that use this form of government. The governing body is comprised of the Mayor and the four-member Township Council. Council members are elected at-large in partisan elections to serve four-year terms of office on a staggered basis in even-numbered years, with the Mayor and one of the council members elected in years divisible by four and the three other council seats coming up for election two years later. The Mayor and the Councilmembers are the only elected officials in the township government. The Mayor and Council then appoint a Township Manager, who serves as the chief executive officer of the Township, with the authority to appoint most subordinate personnel.
As of 2022[update], the mayor of Scotch Plains is Democrat Joshua G. Losardo, whose term of office expires on December 31, 2024. Members of the Township Council are Deputy Mayor Elizabeth Stamler (D, 2022), Matthew S. Adams (D, 2022; elected to serve an unexpired term), Roshan "Roc" White (D, 2022) and Ellen Zimmerman (D, 2024).
In January 2021, the Township Council chose Suman Dahiya-Shah from a list of three candidates nominated by the Democratic municipal committee to fill the council seat expiring in December 2022 that had been held by Joshua Losardo until he stepped down to take office as mayor. In April 2021, Matthew Adams was selected to fill Dahiya-Shah's seat, after she stepped down from office in March, citing "personal reasons". Adams served on an interim basis until the November 2021 general election, when he was elected to serve the balance of the term of office.
The Chief of Police is Ted Conley.
Federal, state and county representation
Scotch Plains is split between the 7th and 12th Congressional Districts and is part of New Jersey's 22nd state legislative district. Prior to the 2010 Census, all of Scotch Plains had been part of the 7th Congressional District, a change made by the New Jersey Redistricting Commission that took effect in January 2013, based on the results of the November 2012 general elections. The redistricting plan that went into effect in 2013 put 1,091 residents from the extreme northernmost portion of the township into the 7th District, with the remaining 22,419 put into the 12th District.
For the 117th United States Congress, New Jersey's Twelfth Congressional District is represented by Bonnie Watson Coleman (D, Ewing Township). For the 117th United States Congress. New Jersey's Seventh Congressional District is represented by Tom Malinowski (D, East Amwell Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2027) and Bob Menendez (Harrison, term ends 2025).
For the 2022–2023 session, the 22nd Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Nicholas Scutari (D, Linden) and in the General Assembly by Linda S. Carter (D, Plainfield) and James J. Kennedy (D, Rahway).
Union County is governed by a Board of County Commissioners, whose nine members are elected at-large to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis with three seats coming up for election each year, with an appointed County Manager overseeing the day-to-day operations of the county. At an annual reorganization meeting held in the beginning of January, the board selects a Chair and Vice Chair from among its members. As of 2022[update], Union County's County Commissioners are Chair Rebecca Williams (D, Plainfield, term as commissioner and as chair ends December 31, 2022), Vice Chair Christopher Hudak (D, Linden, term as commissioner ends 2023; term as vice chair ends 2022), James E. Baker Jr. (D, Rahway, 2024), Angela R. Garretson (D, Hillside, 2023), Sergio Granados (D, Elizabeth, 2022), Bette Jane Kowalski (D, Cranford, 2022), Lourdes M. Leon (D, Elizabeth, 2023), Alexander Mirabella (D, Fanwood, 2024) and Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded (D, Westfield, 2024). Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi (D, Union Township, 2025), Sheriff Peter Corvelli (D, Kenilworth, 2023) and Surrogate Susan Dinardo (acting). The County Manager is Edward Oatman.
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 15,979 registered voters in Scotch Plains Township, of which 5,061 (31.7% vs. 41.8% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 3,562 (22.3% vs. 15.3%) were registered as Republicans and 7,346 (46.0% vs. 42.9%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 10 voters registered to other parties. Among the township's 2010 Census population, 68.0% (vs. 53.3% in Union County) were registered to vote, including 91.7% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 70.6% countywide).
In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 6,801 votes (54.8% vs. 66.0% countywide), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 5,394 votes (43.5% vs. 32.3%) and other candidates with 135 votes (1.1% vs. 0.8%), among the 12,407 ballots cast by the township's 16,820 registered voters, for a turnout of 73.8% (vs. 68.8% in Union County). In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 7,094 votes (55.0% vs. 63.1% countywide), ahead of Republican John McCain with 5,603 votes (43.5% vs. 35.2%) and other candidates with 109 votes (0.8% vs. 0.9%), among the 12,894 ballots cast by the township's 16,359 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.8% (vs. 74.7% in Union County). In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 6,134 votes (51.0% vs. 58.3% countywide), ahead of Republican George W. Bush with 5,757 votes (47.9% vs. 40.3%) and other candidates with 83 votes (0.7% vs. 0.7%), among the 12,018 ballots cast by the township's 15,361 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.2% (vs. 72.3% in the whole county).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 60.8% of the vote (4,504 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 37.8% (2,804 votes), and other candidates with 1.4% (105 votes), among the 7,532 ballots cast by the township's 16,527 registered voters (119 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 45.6%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 4,381 votes (50.8% vs. 41.7% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 3,480 votes (40.4% vs. 50.6%), Independent Chris Daggett with 633 votes (7.3% vs. 5.9%) and other candidates with 68 votes (0.8% vs. 0.8%), among the 8,619 ballots cast by the township's 16,122 registered voters, yielding a 53.5% turnout (vs. 46.5% in the county).
Public school students in Scotch Plains attend the schools of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional School District, which serves students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade from the Borough of Fanwood and the Township of Scotch Plains. The district has five elementary schools (PreK-Grade 4), two middle schools (Grades 5–8) and a comprehensive high school (Grades 9–12). The district has five elementary schools (PreK/K-4), two middle schools (5–8) and a comprehensive high school (9–12), all of which are located in Scotch Plains. Students from School One, Evergreen and Brunner pool into Park Middle School, while students from Coles and McGinn feed into Terrill. School One is the only elementary school that teaches English as a second language. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of eight schools, had an enrollment of 5,649 students and 438.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.9:1. Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Howard B. Brunner Elementary School with 414 students in grades PreK-4, J. Ackerman Coles School with 552 students in grades PreK-4, Evergreen School with 402 students in grades PreK-4, William J. McGinn School with 512 students in grades K-4, School One with 395 students in grades PreK-4, Park Middle School with 909 students in grades 5–8, Terrill Middle School with 811 students in grades 5-8 and Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School with 1,574 students in grades 9–12. Seats on the district's nine-member board of education are allocated based on the population of the constituent districts, with seven seats assigned to Scotch Plains.
Shackamaxon School, was built in 1951 (the same year as Evergreen School) and operated until 1981, when it was leased to the Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey as their Jewish Community Center and offices. The Federation bought the building outright five years later.
The Union County Vocational Technical Schools includes the Union County Magnet High School, the Academy for Information Technology, the Union County Academy for Allied Health Sciences, the Union County Academy for Performing Arts, and the Vocational-Technical School. The grouping of different schools is for vocational as well as gifted students, publicly funded by the combined taxes of Union County municipalities.
Union Catholic Regional High School (often abbreviated UC), a private Roman Catholic school, brings in students from Union County and parts of Essex and Middlesex counties and operates under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. The Newark Archdiocese also supervises operation of the K-8 St. Bartholomew Academy.
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the township had a total of 89.39 miles (143.86 km) of roadways, of which 75.06 miles (120.80 km) were maintained by the municipality, 11.95 miles (19.23 km) by Union County and 2.38 miles (3.83 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
The township is accessible from major limited access highways in neighboring communities, such as Interstate 78 in both Watchung and Berkeley Heights, the Garden State Parkway in Clark and Interstate 287 in Edison Township.
Scotch Plains is bisected by NJ Transit's Raritan Valley Line, formerly the mainline of the Central Railroad of New Jersey. A passenger station is located in Fanwood. Another rail line, the Lehigh Line, carries freight trains through the southernmost tip of the township.
Newark Liberty International Airport is approximately 14 miles (23 km) east of Scotch Plains, most conveniently reached via Route 22, and Linden Airport, a general aviation facility is in nearby Linden, New Jersey. Newark Liberty International Airport is also accessible via New Jersey Transit train by transferring from the Raritan Valley Line to the Northeast Corridor Line at Newark Penn Station.
Scotch Plains also has access to Amtrak service, by taking the Raritan Valley Line to Newark Penn Station. This gives Scotch Plains rail access to destinations along the entire east coast.
The township falls in the New York media market, with daily news being based in New York City. Its weekly newspaper of record is the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times, also publisher of the neighboring town's newspaper of record, The Westfield Leader.
The following housing developments exist in Scotch Plains:
- New development located off Martine Avenue by Union Catholic.
- Erected in the early 1990s, it used to be a cow farm.
- It has its own tennis courts for residents.
- Located behind Coles School, it was built by the same development company that built Stirling Chase to be a more affordable place to live than Stirling.
- It has its own swimming pool and two tennis courts for residents.
- A small and quiet neighborhood located north of Route 22 completely isolated from the rest of Scotch Plains.
- Complex of townhouses between Scotch Plains and Clark.
- Robinson's Creek runs through it and has been tested by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and confirmed to be toxic. 
- Built in the 1940s, a development of several unique Cape-Cod style homes on the border of Westfield, many of which have been knocked down with newer and larger homes rebuilt.
- K. Hovnanian recently built townhomes ranging from 2,000 to 2,500 square feet in size, located behind US 22, originally selling for up to $500,000.
- Homes built by K. Hovnanian on the Scotch Plains/Plainfield border
Points of interest
- The Aunt Betty Frazee House is a farmhouse of a colonial-era couple Gershom and Elizabeth Frazee, the latter of whom was approached by British generals in 1777 who sought to buy bread she'd been baking that day. Aunt Betty's famous retort ("I offer this bread not in love but in fear" — whereupon the generals courteously abandoned their effort to buy) puts her in company with Betsy Ross, Molly Pitcher and other women who distinguished themselves in the American Revolution. Her house is on state and national historic registers, and many in the community are seeking a way of restoring the house (at 1451 Raritan Road) to honor Betty's story and secure it in American history.
- Osborn-Cannonball House Museum is a historic home located at 1840 Front Street that is operated by The Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood New Jersey.
- Hillside Cemetery is the burial site of Dudley Moore and Senator James Edgar Martine.
- The Stage House Inn was constructed in 1737 and is still in use as a bar/restaurant. It was a primary meeting place for troop messengers and officers during the Revolutionary War; in fact, General Lafayette is known to have stopped at the inn while General George Washington was nearby.
- John's Meat Market is the site of Mr. T's reality TV show for TV Land.
- John H. Stamler Police Academy trains officers and volunteers throughout Union County and is located on Raritan Road.
- The Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey has its Jewish Community Center and offices on Martine Avenue.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Scotch Plains include:
- Audrey Assad (born 1983), contemporary Christian music artist with Sparrow Records.
- Alan Augustine (1928–2001), politician who served as Mayor of Scotch Plains, councilman, freeholder and in the New Jersey General Assembly, representing the 22nd Legislative District.
- Thomas J. Barr (1812–1881), politician who represented New York's 4th congressional district from 1859 to 1861.
- Hank Beenders (1916–2003), early professional basketball player.
- Carol Bellamy (born 1942), former executive director of UNICEF and director of the Peace Corps.
- David S. Blitzer (born 1970), part owner of the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League, Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association who is a senior executive at the Blackstone Group.
- Judy Blume (born 1938), author, lived in Scotch Plains while writing the classic Fudge series of children's books.
- Derrick Caracter (born 1988), power forward/center for the University of Texas-El Paso Miners team who was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2010 NBA Draft.
- Abraham Coles (1813–1891), physician, translator, author and poet.
- Ezra Darby (1768–1808), politician who represented New Jersey's at-large congressional district from 1805 until his death.
- Donald DiFrancesco (born 1944), former Governor of New Jersey and Senate President.
- Pat DiNizio (1955–2017), singer/songwriter for The Smithereens.
- Jerome Epstein (born 1937), politician who served in the New Jersey Senate and then went to federal prison for being a pirate.
- John Gano (1727–1804), chaplain who baptized George Washington.
- Rashan Gary (born 1997), defensive tackle for the Michigan Wolverines football team.
- Ashton Gibbs (born 1990), starting point-guard for the Pittsburgh Panthers men's basketball team.
- Sterling Gibbs (born 1993), professional basketball player for Kolossos Rodou of the Greek Basket League.
- Scott Goldblatt (born 1979), swimmer who won a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and a silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, with both medals earned in the 4 × 200 m Freestyle Relay.
- Jeffrey Hammonds (born 1971), former MLB outfielder who had one all-star appearance in his 13 seasons.
- Isaac Heller (1926–2015), toy manufacturer who co-founded Remco
- Jerome Hines (1921–2003), opera singer.
- Tom Jackson (born 1948), former football player and coach who was head football coach at the University of Connecticut from 1983 to 1993.
- Nate Jones (born 1982), cornerback for the Denver Broncos.
- Hillary Klimowicz (born 1987), basketball player who has played for Limoges ABC.
- Christian J. Lambertsen (1917–2011), environmental medicine and diving medicine specialist who developed the United States Navy frogmen's rebreathers in the early 1940s and created the acronym "SCUBA".
- Mary LeSawyer (1917–2004), opera singer.
- Joseph Malchow (born 1985), technology executive and venture capital investor.
- Bryan Meredith (born 1989), goalkeeper who has played for the Seattle Sounders FC and San Jose Earthquakes of the MLS.
- James Murphy (born 1997), soccer player who currently plays as a midfielder for USL Championship club Rio Grande Valley FC.
- John Murphy (born 2000), soccer player who last played as a midfielder for USL Championship club Loudoun United FC.
- Renaldo Nehemiah (born 1959), track star who set world record in the 110 meter hurdles, NFL wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers and the only four-time winner of ABC's Superstar competition.
- Amy Ellis Nutt (born 1955), journalist and New York Times bestselling author, who was the recipient of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for her reporting at The Star-Ledger.
- Thomas W. Osborn (1833–1898), Union Army officer who represented Florida in the United States Senate.
- John Pak (born 1998), golfer.
- Joe J. Plumeri (born 1944), Chairman & CEO of Willis Group and owner of the Trenton Thunder.
- John F. Rague (1799–1877), architect who designed and built the 1837 Old Capitol of Illinois and the 1840 Territorial Capitol of Iowa.
- Cynthia Sayer (born 1956), jazz banjoist.
- Joe Scarpati (born 1943), holder for Tom Dempsey's record 63-yard (58 m) field goal in 1970.
- Marc Shaiman (born 1959), composer and arranger who has worked on the musical Hairspray and the film South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.
- John H. Stamler (1938–1990), Union County, New Jersey prosecutor, who was New Jersey's first three-term County Prosecutor.
- Enzo Stuarti (1919–2005), tenor, musical theater performer.
- Samuel Swan (1771–1844), physician and politician who represented New Jersey's at-large congressional district from 1821 to 1831.
- Lance Thomas (born 1988), power forward / center for the New York Knicks.
- Frank Thorne (born 1930), comic book artist and writer best known for popularizing the Marvel Comics character Red Sonja.
- Troi Torain (born 1964), radio host and "Star" of Star and Bucwild.
- David S. Ware (born 1949), jazz musician.
- Melissa Murphy Weber (born 1969), attorney and politician who served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 2003 to 2004.
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- Gulitti, Tom. "76ers owners Josh Harris, David Blitzer buy Devils", The Record, August 15, 2013. Accessed October 1, 2015. "'It's tough to parse words on that, honestly, because, A, we're brand new,' said Blitzer, a Scotch Plains native and senior managing director of Blackstone Group in New York."
- Goldblatt, Jennifer. "Blume's Day", The New York Times, November 14, 2004. Accessed October 1, 2015. "It wasn't until after Ms. Blume had gotten her bachelor's degree in education from New York University in 1961, was married and raising her son, Larry, and her daughter, Randy, and living in Plainfield and later Scotch Plains, that she started to commit her stories and characters to paper, cramming writing sessions in while the children were at preschool and at play."
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- Cahillane, Kevin. "Not Fade Away: The Smithereens' Monument to Persistence", The New York Times, October 10, 2004. Accessed November 13, 2018. "The band formed in 1980 when three Carteret High School graduates (class of 1975) and childhood friends (Mr. Babjak, Dennis Diken on drums and Mike Mesaros on bass) met Pat DiNizio, a Scotch Plains singer-songwriter-garbage man."
- Edge, Wally. "The State Senator who went to jail for being a pirate", PolitickerNJ, April 23, 2009. Accessed October 1, 2015. "During the energy shortage in the 1970's, former State Sen. Jerome Epstein (R-Scotch Plains) was sentenced to nine years in prison after a jury convicted him of pirating about $4 million worth of oil from Exxon tanks on the Arthur Kill in Linden."
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- Mazzeo, Mike. "N.J. native lifts No. 2 Pitt over Rutgers", ESPN New York, January 30, 2011. Accessed April 21, 2011. "Pittsburgh junior guard Ashton Gibbs grew up 25 minutes from the Louis Brown Athletic Center in nearby Scotch Plains. Leave it to the hometown kid to stick the dagger in the hearts of the home crowd."
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- "Swimmer ready for the race of his life", The Star-Ledger, September 17, 2000. "Name: Scott Goldblatt Age: 21 Hometown: Summit Residence: Scotch Plains, until going away to college in Austin, Texas. Education: He attended Mcginn Elementary School, Coles Elementary School and Terrill Middle School in Scotch Plains and then the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, graduating in 1997."
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- Fox, Margalit. "Isaac Heller, Co-Founder of Remco and Toymaker to a Generation, Dies at 88", The New York Times, March 10, 2015. Accessed December 27, 2017. "Mr. Heller’s death, at his home in Scotch Plains, N.J., was confirmed by his son-in-law Jack Romberg."
- Portantiere, Michael. "Opera and Musical Theater Star Jerome Hines Dies at 81", Theatermania.com, February 5, 2003. Accessed October 1, 2015. "A resident of Scotch Plains, New Jersey, Hines appeared frequently at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn in recent years."
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- O'Gorman, George. "Klimowicz, Hurley among New Jersey sportswriters' honorees", The Trentonian, January 4, 2010. Accessed October 1, 2015. "TCNJ's Division III national Player of the Year Hillary Klimowicz, who hails from Scotch Plains, will join legendary St. Anthony of Jersey City basketball coach Bob Hurley in the spotlight at the 74th annual N.J. Sports Writers Association dinner on Sunday Jan. 31 at Pines Manor on Route 27 in Edison starting at 11:30 a.m."
- Downey, Sally A. "Christian J. Lambertsen, 93, developer of the first scuba gear", The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 21, 2011. Accessed August 12, 2019. "A native of Scotch Plains, N.J., Dr. Lambertsen worked as a youth at resorts along Barnegat Bay. An expert swimmer, he began experimenting with homemade diving equipment."
- Staff. "Obituary: Mary Lesawyer, 91, opera singer and community activist", The Ukrainian Weekly, June 27, 2004. Accessed October 1, 2015. "The Lesawyers lived for many years in Scotch Plains, N.J., before moving to Venice, Fla., after their retirement."
- Sheldon, Linzi. "Wall Street Journal selects Dartmouth junior Joseph Malchow as a 2007 Bartley Fellow", Dartmouth News, April 11, 2007. Accessed March 16, 2015. "Dartmouth junior Joseph Malchow has been chosen as a 2007 Bartley fellow, winning a paid summer internship at The Wall Street Journal.... Malchow, a native of Scotch Plains, N.J., is a government major and prospective English major at Dartmouth."
- Giase, Frank. "Monmouth goalkeeper Bryan Meredith selected in second round of MLS SuperDraft by Seattle Sounders", The Star-Ledger, January 13, 2011. Accessed December 18, 2011. "The Seattle Sounders selected Meredith, a Scotch Plains native, in the second round of the Major League Soccer SuperDraft (No. 29 overall), a team that in a year will have a gaping hole at goalkeeper."
- Bernstein, Jason. "James Murphy of Scotch Plains is named Gatorade New Jersey Boys Soccer Player of the Year", The Star-Ledger, February 13, 2014. Accessed August 10, 2016. "On the soccer field Scotch Plains' James Murphy has the ability to anticipate just about anything that comes his ways. Despite an already lengthy list awards, he did not expect to be named the 2013–14 Gatorade New Jersey Boys Soccer Player of the Year."
- "Loudoun United Have Acquired Three New Players For The Remainder Of The Inaugural Season", Loudoun United FC, June 27, 2019. Accessed September 17, 2020. "The 19-year-old midfielder from Scotch Plains, NJ., scored 18 goals in 60 appearances in the academy."
- Staff. "Sports people; Nehemiah Wins One", The New York Times, November 10, 1982. Accessed August 30, 2012. "Frank Greenberg, secretary of the Middle Atlantic Athletic Congress, said after a hearing in Philadelphia that the 23-year-old Nehemiah wanted to remain an amateur so he could compete at Los Angeles. The native of Scotch Plains, N.J., holds the 110-yard hurdles record of 12.93 seconds."
- Vanderhoof, Tricia. "Mondays with authors: Gender identity focus of Amy Ellis Nutt's Becoming Nicole", Courier News, June 14, 2018. Accessed August 12, 2019. "Nutt was born in Staten Island and grew up in New Jersey, She has lived in Scotch Plains, Princeton, Cranbury, Bridgewater, Somerville and Watchung. She’s in Washington, D.C. now, but still keeps her 908-cell phone."
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- Brody, Millicent K. "Westfield art show a 'win-win' for artists and community", Courier News, May 29, 2002. Accessed August 30, 2012. "Originally from Scotch Plains, and now a resident of Manhattan, banjo player and vocalist, Cynthia Sayer was accompanied by trio members Dan Levinson on clarinet and Mike Weatherly on bass, while a variety of musicians from the Westfield Community Band and the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts entertained throughout the day."
- Kanzler, George. "Cynthia Sayer brings friends and banjo to Zinno.", The Star-Ledger, April 24, 1998, p. 32. "When she was growing up in Scotch Plains in the '60s and '70s, Cynthia Sayer wanted to be a big- band drummer."
- "Honoring Former High School Greats" Archived June 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, The Times of Scotch Plains-Fanwood, November 13, 1997. "Mayor Connelly presented a plaque to Mr. Scarpati, who lettered in football, basketball and track for the Raiders and served as the captain of the football team in 1959. Mr. Scarpati went on to play as a defensive back for the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints professional football teams, and was the holder of the record-setting 63-yard (58 m) field goal kicked by Tom Dempsey in 1970 during the game between the Saints and the Detroit Lions."
- Callahan, Michael; with Chmiel, David; Miller, Jen A.; and Weiss, Jennifer. "Best of Jersey", New Jersey Monthly, January 2007. Accessed May 18, 2007. "Composer Scotch Plains native Marc Shaiman, who has won an Emmy, a Grammy, and a Tony (the latter for the score to the Broadway smash Hairspray), crafts melodies you hum long after you leave the theater."
- Staff. "John Stamler, 51, Dies; New Jersey Prosecutor", The New York Times, March 27, 1990. Accessed December 31, 2017. "John H. Stamler, the Prosecutor in Union County, N.J., for 13 years, died of cancer on Sunday at his home in Scotch Plains, N.J. He was 51 years old."
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- Goodman, Jeff. "Lance Thomas situation muddy without answers; Former Duke forward Lance Thomas bought $30,000 worth of jewelry in the middle of his senior season with the Blue Devils and was also given a line of credit worth nearly $70,000 more. Thomas hardly grew up poor, but questions still need to be answered as to where the money came from.", CBS Sports, September 11, 2012. Accessed August 12, 2019. "Thomas was, at one time, a highly regarded player who was pursued by all the big boys. A former high school teammate of Derrick Caracter's, he resided in the upper-middle class town of Scotch Plains, N.J., and ultimately chose Duke over hometown Rutgers."
- Staff. "Union County Historical Society to present a book discussion featuring Illustrator Frank Thorne", Suburban News, January 11, 2010. Accessed August 27, 2011. "Frank Thorne was born in Rahway in 1930 and currently resides in Scotch Plains."
- Ogunnaike, Lola. "Radio Show Host Says He's No Shock Jock", The New York Times, May 13, 2006. Accessed July 29, 2013. "In an industry in which street credibility is prized, Mr. Torain, born and raised in Scotch Plains, N.J., has always been pleased to be a product of the suburbs."
- Frank Thorne at the ComicBookDB. Accessed March 20, 2008.
- Ware, David S. "David S. Ware", JazzTimes, June 2003. Accessed August 9, 2011. "'Come on girls, we're going to put you in the magazine,' says David S. Ware, calling Bibi and Mikuro into the music room of his three-story house in Scotch Plains, N.J.... Ware drove taxis for 14 years in New York City, where he relocated in 1973 after growing up in Scotch Plains and later attending Boston's Berklee College of Music."
- Melissa Murphy Weber, Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Accessed October 1, 2015. "Weber, Melissa Murphy, a Representative from Montgomery County; born in Scotch Plains, Union County, NJ, 1969"
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Scotch Plains, New Jersey.|
- Scotch Plains website
- Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional School District
- School Performance Reports for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional School District, New Jersey Department of Education
- School Data for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional School District, National Center for Education Statistics
- Scotch Plains Historical Society (collection on the Internet Archive)