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Billy Wilkins Launches New Single, 'Better Than You

January 18, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Local talent Billy Wilkins has released his latest single, “Better Than You” to iTunes, Spotify, and Apple Music. (Click here to listen to a snippet.)

"I’m very excited for this one. The bulk of the song was recorded in Seaside Heights last summer with my good friend and producer John Flynn," Wilkins said in an interview with ...

Rutgers Student from Scotch Plains Turns Microorganisms Into Works of Art

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A doctoral student in ecology and evolution is turning microorganisms into art, and her hobby into a powerful tool for genomics studies at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Scotch Plains native Julia Van Etten’s Couch Microscopy Instagram page has attracted close to 18,000 followers in a year and a half, thanks to her breathtakingly detailed videos and photos of ...

Paolo Bayotas III Crowned Scotch Plains-Fanwood's Mr. Spiffy High

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Paolo Bayotas III danced his way to the coveted title of Mr. Spiffy High at the annual talent/fashion show featuring nine Scotch Plains-Fanwood seniors on Monday, Jan. 7, at the high school auditorium.

This year's talented contestants were (finalists in bold): 

Paolo Bayotas III (hip hop dancing)
Drew ...

Happy New Year from TAPintoSPF

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Happy New Year from TAPintoSPF!

As we ring in the arrival of 2019, here are four fun facts about New Year’s celebrations.

1. The month of January is named after the ancient Roman god Janus, who had two faces, one looking forward and one looking backward. Janus was the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, and time.

2. The traditional Scottish song ...

2018 Year in Review: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Arts & Entertainment

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – All this week, TAPintoSPF will take a look at the stories that defined 2018 in the Township of Scotch Plains and the  Borough of Fanwood.

Below are the top stories in Arts & Entertainment during the past year:

Scotch Plains memorialized local music legend Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens by naming a street in his honor: ...

Study Finds NYC Is The Best Place for New Year's Eve, Jersey City and Newark Crack The Top 100

NATIONAL -- With New Year’s Eve around the corner and the majority of Americans spending up to $200 each on the occasion per year, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2018’s Best Places for New Year’s Eve Celebrations.

WalletHub compared the 100 biggest cities across 28 key metrics. The data set ranges from legality of fireworks to average ...

NJ Festival Orchestra’s New Year’s Eve Show to Bring Broadway Sounds to Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ – Looking for an entertaining way to spend New Year’s Eve?

The New Jersey Festival Orchestra will perform songs by classic American composers Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Lerner and Loewe at its New Year’s Eve show in Westfield, which will feature dancers from the Dance Theatre of Harlem in addition to Broadway vocalists.

“This concert is an ...

Fanwood and Scotch Plains Libraries Offer Free Passes to the Museum of Modern Art and BKLN Botanical Garden

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Just in time for the holidays, library cardholders in Fanwood and Scotch Plains can borrow free passes to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.

The MoMA pass admits five people for free and allows three additional visitors to enter for $5 each. The pass also gives onsite discounts and free admission to films. Current ...

NJ Festival Orchestra Wows Westfield; Morristown Show Sunday

WESTFIELD, NJ — A sold-out audience listened to holiday tunes, Neapolitan songs and classic arias, at a performance of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra Saturday night.

The upbeat performance had the audience clapping along to some tunes and included students from Westfield public schools. The main event featured John Easterlin, Nelson Ebo and Brian Cheney as the three tenors.

Prior ...

Annual Christmas Concert at St. Bartholomew's on Dec. 15

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church (2032 Westfield Ave, Scotch Plains) is proud to present the 16th annual Parish Christmas Concert on Saturday, Dec. 15, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The adult and children's choirs will perform with a chamber orchestra, a contemporary band, and special guests in the beautiful acoustics of the church. Local bluegrass group Dollr ...


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Upcoming Events


Mon, January 21, 11:00 AM

Immaculate Heart of Mary Nazareth Center - Behind Main Church, Scotch Plains

"Soup'er" Senior Bingo - CANCELLED

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink


Fri, January 25, 12:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

Friday Films @ the Scotch Plains Public Library

Arts & Entertainment Education Home & Garden


Sat, January 26, 3:00 PM

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, Plainfield

The Plainfield Symphony Annual Free Family Concert

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Football Weekend at Scotch Plains Public Library

January 19, 2019

Got Football?

The “empty” weeks between Championship Sunday and the Super Bowl can present a challenge to football fans. With these folks in mind, Scotch Plains Public Library has planned a Football Weekend to help fans and loved ones get through the break.

It wouldn’t be the Super Bowl without delicious snack foods-but is it possible to enjoy your favorites without ...