Lakeesha L. Thomas

Lakeesha is a lifelong resident and Rutgers University, Douglass College Graduate.  She can be contacted lltrutgers@gmail.com.

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    EDISON, NJ—John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison, better known as JFK Hospital, could be under new ownership as early as the end of 2016.

    Due to competition from recent New Jersey hospital mergers and changes in healthcare related to the passage Affordable Care Act, industry insiders seem to think a merger or buyout is inevitably in the hospital's future.

    JFK is one of only a dozen independent hospitals in New Jersey, which has seen a flurry of hospital mergers in recent years.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--On July 27, Janet Brennan Croft, co-editor of "Perilous and Fair: Women in the Works and Life of J.R.R. Tolkien," will be the featured author in Rutgers University's "AuthorTalks" series.

    The event will be held at the Alexander Library, located at 169 College Avenue, on the Rutgers New Brunswick campus at 4:00pm.

    Brennan Croft is considered an expert on fantasy authors, including J. R. R. Tolkien, the high fantasy author of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Twin brothers Devin and Jason McCourty, current NFL football stars who once played for Rutgers, hosted a blood drive at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) on February 20.

    The “Tackle Sickle Cell” blood drive was organized in collaboration with the twins and the Embrace Kids Foundation, a non-profit that helps children with cancer and blood disorders.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—At around 8 a.m. on January 8, an apartment fire broke out at 114 Redmond Street, near the intersection with Throop Avenue.

    The home, that has an upstairs and downstairs apartment, is directly across the street from Lord Stirling Elementary school.

    School staff and a crossing guard directed children and parents to the side of the school opposite the home.

    The fire started at the rear of the first floor, which was vacant at the time. The second floor tenants self-evacuated and there were no reported injuries. .

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Author Takerra Allen, raised in New Brunswick, has written ten books, including the 2010 African American Literary Award nominated hit novel, "Heaven's Hell."

    The daughter of former Black Panther William Garland and half-sister to the renowned rapper Tupac Shakur, Takerra has been featured in several publications and has a huge fan-following.

    Takerra is proud to acknowledge that her New Brunswick roots helped lay the foundation for her career as an urban fiction writer.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—For the 13th straight year, the New Brunswick Housing Authority hosted its annual Holiday Toy Giveaway on December 10 from 5-7pm at the agency's headquarters on Van Dyke Avenue.

    All of the toys distributed by the NBHA staff were donated by the participants in the 13th Annual Big Chill, a charity 5k run/walk hosted by Rutgers Recreation.

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    NEWARK, NJ--On April 1, New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez and his friend of over twenty years, a Florida optomologist named Salomon Melgen, were indicted on crimes including Conspiracy to Commit Bribery, Bribery, and False Statements.

    The following day, both Menendez and Melgen entered not guilty pleas in federal court.  Menendez was indicted on 14 counts, and Melgen on 13.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On Tuesday, January 13, at 7:00pm, the New Brunswick Free Public Library will host a free workshop entitled, "Financial Planning: Budget, Bank, and Save for Your Future Success."

    The event will be held in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room of the New Brunswick Free Public Library, located at 60 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick.

    The workshop is being taught by Christopher Vecere from Literacy NJ.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Makeda, a popular Ethiopian restaurant located in the heart of downtown New Brunswick since 1996, has closed its doors, which now display an eviction notice.

    As of yet, the restaurant’s owner has not given a reason for the closure.  The unique establishment first opened at 335 George Street in 1996, and eventually re-located across the street to 338 George Street.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ— Cienes de profesorados, estudiantes y funcionarios se juntaron en los campus universitarios – los cuatro en New Brunswick, más los campus de Newark y Camden – para protestar a favor de contratos justos y mejor comunicación con la administración.

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    PRINCETON, NJ—The New Brunswick High School Class of 1974 celebrated the 40th anniversary of their graduation at a reunion held the evening of October 25 at the Princeton Marriott.

    The class of '74 attended at a time when New Brunswick, Milltown and North Brunswick students all attended high school jointly.

    New Brunswick was the only town of the three that had a high school.  Several alumni recalled the overcrowding, and how they had to attend school in split sessions.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Hundreds of faculty, students, and staff gathered across the Rutgers campuses—all four in New Brunswick, plus Newark and Camden—to protest for fair contracts, and greater communication with the administration.

    Including off-campus sites that Rutgers has control over, including its new medical school locations, the AFT-AAUP estimates more than 1,000 individuals took part in the actions Thursday afternoon, in 20 different locations.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Wolfson Deck, one of the largest parking structures in downtown New Brunswick, could soon be converted into a small park and a new building, according to officials.

    Wolfson is the oldest of the New Brunswick Parking Authority's nine parking garages, located on Neilsen Street between New and George Streets.

    County officials announced plans for a small county "pocket park" earlier this year, which would be the first county park in New Brunswick.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—As the population of those living with HIV and AIDS in New Jersey continues to grow, funding for the AIDS Drug Distribution Program is likely to see severe cuts under the Christie Administration's proposed budget.

    The AIDS Drug Distribution Program (ADDP), offers a variety of FDA-approved anti-retroviral medications for low-income participants who do not exceed 500% of the federal poverty level.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—El miércoles por la mañana el alcalde de la ciudad de New Brunswick, Jim Cahill, desayunó con un grupo de estudiantes de la clase de tercer grado de primaria en la escuela comunitaria Paul Robeson, localizada en el segundo distrito de la ciudad.

    Su visita fue motivada por el éxito y la expansión del programa "Desayuno Después de la Campana" que comenzó en septiembre de 2013.

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Wednesday morning New Brunswick Mayor Jim Cahill ate breakfast with an excited third-grade class at Paul Robeson Community School in the city's Second Ward.

    His visit was prompted by the success and expansion of the city’s Breakfast After the Bell initiative that began in September 2013.

    Breakfast initiatives have been attempted in city previously, but Breakfast After the Bell seems to be finally getting it right.