Food & Drink

NJ Wrestling Community Rallies Around Former State Champion’s Cause

e83816410bdc7d1a0293_Climax_Brewing_-_Roselle_Park_logo.jpg
d49509a36bb6566f10c7_Battling_for_Brett_-_So._Plainfield_vs._Monroe_Wrestling_Teams_at_Rutgers_Athletic_Center_1-16-15_with_Wrestling_legend_Cael_Sanderson.jpg
80f1f3aa849efabc6bfd_Kurt_and_Brett_Epps.jpg
e83816410bdc7d1a0293_Climax_Brewing_-_Roselle_Park_logo.jpg

NEW JERSEY – In October 2014, Brett Epps, a former State Champion wrestler (171 lbs) at Rutgers Prep, was stricken with FSGS (focal segmental glomerulosclerosis), a rare disease which significantly limits the kidneys’ ability to filter blood.  Since his diagnosis last year, Epps and his family have received overwhelming support from both friends and strangers. 

Brett’s father and coach, Kurt Epps, has been a driving force in the search for an ideal kidney donor and mitigating the financial difficulties presented.

Kurt Epps, who started coaching wrestling in 1969, trained each of his three sons on the mats of Rutgers Prep.  Brett, Kacy, and Cody Epps combined for 255 career wins at the school.  Together, they created a Facebook page titled “Wrestling My Toughest Opponent Ever” in efforts to locate a kidney donor for Brett. The gofundme page titled “Battling For Brett” has received $13,325 in donations in just two months. The elder  Epps is appreciative of the powerful relationship in New Jersey’s wrestling community. 

Sign Up for E-News

“The bond among wrestlers is a tight one,” Epps said. “Although they may be rivals on the mat, they come together when it matters most.” Over 500 t-shirts that read “Battling for Brett” have been donated by a friend and former teammate of Brett, with all proceeds going to the cause. 

An immense display of support was shown by the South Plainfield and Monroe wrestling programs in January at the Rutgers Athletic Center, when both teams adorned the shirts, spreading further awareness throughout the community.

"Coach McCann and his assistants are not only producing good wrestlers, they're producing good men," Epps said.

Today, Kurt Epps is still the assistant coach of Rutgers Prep wrestling and also an acclaimed craft beer writer. On Monday, Feb. 16th, (President's Day), he plans to bring beer enthusiasts, wrestlers, and others  together for a fundraising event at Foley’s Pub and Restaurant, which boasts more than 100 craft brews on its beer list, in Manhattan.

"The Craft Beers for a Cause" event will feature a sampling of some of his favorite beers. They include Ramstein Beer, produced by High Point Brewing in Butler, NJ, Climax Brewing, a microbrewer based in Roselle Park, NJ, and the Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing, based in Cherry Hill, NJ. All three beers are hard to find in the state of New York. A percentage of the evening's proceeds will go towards Brett Epp’s medical costs. 

Foley’s is located at 18 West 33rd St. in Manhattan, just two blocks from Penn Station.  Kurt Epps’ beer reviews, tips, and adventures can be found at thepubscout.blogspot.com. For more info on attending the event, contact Foley's at (212) 290-0080.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

South Plainfield

The Athlete of the Week Alejandro Garcia Boys’ Spring Track

The South Plainfield Boys’ Spring Track has continued to be one of the most successful programs for the Spring Athletic Season.  The Boys’ have been dominate in the Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division for the last few years.  After being decimated by graduation, the Tigers were not sure what the season would hold.  South Plainfield once again won the Blue ...

The Athlete of the Week Christopher Shine Baseball

The South Plainfield High School baseball team is continuing to have a successful 2018 season with a record of 15-9. This past week, the Tigers went 4-0 beating out of conference foes North Hunterdon, Montgomery, and Bernards.  They finished the week with a win in the first round of the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament, over Carteret.   A major contributor to South ...

Holy Savior Cheerleading Squad Takes Season by 'Storm'

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Holy Savior Academy’s (HSA) ‘Biddy’ Cheerleading Squad, the Storm,  recently completed their 2017-2018 season with a first place win in their division at Cheerfest. Held May 12 at Six Flags Great Adventure, the annual multi-state competition featured teams from throughout New Jersey. 

“This cheer season has been such an ...

Obituaries

South Plainfield – Dorothy Rotola, 91, passed away Thursday, May 24, 2018 in Ashbrook Nursing ...
Read more

Letters to the Editor

Tree Olano Says "Thank You"

May 23, 2018

The infamous “Senior Gardens” is a huge part of the senior center .  The vegetables are all planted and ready for a fruitful harvest!

I wanted to extend a “thank you” the following people who made this happen:

The  Department of Public Works – Kristina Nieradka for taking my many calls with kindness and professionalism; Donna Zereconski, ...

Middlesex County College Graduates 1480 Students May 17

May 22, 2018

EDISON, NJ - A total of 1514 degrees and certificates were awarded to 1480 students by Middlesex County College Thursday, May 17 at the 51st annual Commencement exercises witnessed by approximately 3500 guests at the Rutgers Athletic Center.

Valedictorian Sindhu Murthy (Highland Park) delivered the class welcome, sharing her experiences and aspirations. Ms. Murthy, who graduated in January and ...

Community Happenings

JOHN E. RILEY’S 1ST ANNUAL FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL

May 12, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 11AM to 5PM, the John E. Riley PTSO (JER PTSO) will be hosting its first ever Food Truck Festival!

 

Come out for a good time while supporting a good cause! Proceeds from this event will go to replacing the 2 broken playground structures at John E. Riley Elementary School costing approximately $80,000. 11+ food trucks including ...

Holy Savior Academy to Hold 7th Annual 5K Run & Family Walk in June

May 26, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Calling all runners and walkers! Holy Savior Academy will hold its 7th Annual 5K Run and 1 Mile Family Walk on Saturday, June 2. Proceeds from this year’s family-friendly event will benefit the school’s academic, athletic, and extracurricular programs.

“Holy Savior Academy’s annual 5K offers the school an opportunity to provide other ...

Holy Savior Cheerleading Squad Takes Season by 'Storm'

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Holy Savior Academy’s (HSA) ‘Biddy’ Cheerleading Squad, the Storm,  recently completed their 2017-2018 season with a first place win in their division at Cheerfest. Held May 12 at Six Flags Great Adventure, the annual multi-state competition featured teams from throughout New Jersey. 

“This cheer season has been such an ...

South Plainfield 10U White Travel Team Wins USA Softball NJ D2 Spring Championship

May 26, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield 10U White travel team didn’t let the poor weather deter them as they racked up an undefeated spring season and won the NJ D2 Spring League. The 10U Tigers won the championship back on May 20th.

Great job and congratulations to the girls and coaches. Below are the 10U White Champs:

Manager/Coaches: Sharon Davis, Mike Mazzarese, Rich ...

Road Projects - Closures

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -  Road resurfacing continues on Joan Street between South Plainfield Avenue and Maple Avenue plus Michael Street.  Roadways are closed to local traffic only.  This information was sent via Nixle Alert.

Staying Fit at the Senior Center

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Staying fit and getting plenty of good exercise is a high priority at the South Plainfield Senior Center, located at 90 Maple Avenue in South Plainfield. Classes on health issues and a wide range of physical exercise are available almost daily.

The Walking Group meets every Friday, weather permitting, starting on May 18 and going through October. Participants meet at the ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_7a110ba1b1a66408e129_mini_magick20180522-67475-1v887d3

Mon, May 28, 9:00 AM

South Plainfield

Memorial Day Services ­Announced

Wed, May 30, 6:00 PM

South Plainfield Public Library, South Plainfield

Town-Wide Girl Scout Registration

Sat, June 2, 9:00 AM

South Plainfield

Holy Savior Academy 5K and Family Fun Walk

Health & Wellness

Columns

Diegnan & Ruiz Bill to Establish Grant Program to Develop Dual Language Immersion Programs Advances

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. and Senate Education Chair M. Teresa Ruiz to establish a grant program for school districts and charter schools to develop dual language immersion programs was released from the Senate Education Committee today.

 

“The best way for a student to excel in a foreign language is an immersion program,” said ...

The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani (Ballentine Books, 2005)

            The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani, a New York Times best selling author, was recommended to me by a young woman who actually came from the town of Roseto, Pennsylvania, the place where the novel is set. “The author did such a wonderful job of describing how the town actually is,” said the young lady.

Bookmarks

The South Plainfield Public Library will be closed this Sunday, May 27 and Monday, May 28 due to Memorial Day.  Because of the holiday, there will be no movie showing this week on Monday evening or Wednesday afternoon.  Monday Night Movies will resume the week of June 4, with a newly released selection.

This Saturday, May 26, the library is hosting a Mario Kart Tournament: Blindfold ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Steve Lenox of TAPinto Paterson

This week's feature will focus on TAPinto Paterson's franchisee, Steve Lenox. Find out how the current owner of a public affairs firm went from a former State Director for Senator Frank Lautenberg to a proud TAPinto franchisee for New Jersey's third largest city.

 

Q. When did you join TAPinto.net?

I joined TAPinto.net in September, ...

Suburban Woman’s Club Welcomes You

The Suburban Woman’s Club of South Plainfield is welcoming new members. Enjoy creative fund raisers, interesting activities while participating on standing committees, informative monthly programs, and the camaraderie of women whose efforts enhance the community. The club meets at 1:00 PM on the first Thursday of each month, September through June, at the American ...

Press Releases

Hunterdon Polo Classic Set For June 9 in Pittstown, N.J.

May 26, 2018

PITTSTOWN, N.J. — Fieldview Farm is continuing their long tradition of raising funds and awareness for local charities with the Hunterdon Polo Classic, scheduled on Saturday, June 9.

If weather or field conditions or poor the event will be held June 10.

Located in Pittstown, N.J., directly off Route 78 at exit 15, Fieldview Farm features 150 acres of lush green pastures and farmland, ...