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Lauren Kidd Ferguson

Community Reporter lkferguson@dailyvoice.com

Lauren Kidd Ferguson began her journalism career in 2004 as a statehouse reporter for Gannett New Jersey. She was a member of a team that covered state government and politics for seven daily newspapers throughout New Jersey. Her coverage of the McGreevey administration and young voters earned her the New Jersey Press Association’s award for best rookie reporter in the state. Lauren also served as a reporter for Gannett’s flagship New Jersey paper, the Asbury Park Press. She covered communities along the Jersey Shore, and won investigative reporting awards for writing about police brutality in Seaside Park. She has also worked as a speechwriter and spokesperson for the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, as well as a communications manager for Children’s Rights, a national advocacy organization that uses the law to reform foster care systems. Lauren graduated from the College of New Jersey. She grew up in Ringwood, and now calls Waldwick home. She believes everyone has a story to tell, and she’d love to hear yours.

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  1. From Mahwah To Manhattan, Ramapoughs Rally For Clean Water

    From Mahwah To Manhattan, Ramapoughs Rally For Clean Water

    MAHWAH, N.J. – Members of the Ramapough Lunaape Nation traveled to Manhattan Thursday to urge New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to remove the city’s assets from banks funding the Dakota Access Pipeline.The Ramapoughs – including Chief Dwaine Perry – joined others representing groups such as the American Indian Law Alliance and the NYC American Indian Community House at a rally on the ...

  2. Loss Of Young Lives Gets Oakland Talking Mental Health

    Loss Of Young Lives Gets Oakland Talking Mental Health

    OAKLAND, N.J. – In the past four years, at least five Oakland young people have died from drug overdoses or suicide, according to resident Caron McCormick.“I have a daughter who is 13, a son who is 11, and I am thinking I am going to be sitting at that 8th grade graduation and wondering, ‘Which one of these kids isn’t going to be here in four years?’” said McCormick, co-founder of a ...

  3. Saddle Brook Students Answer Call To Give Back

    Saddle Brook Students Answer Call To Give Back

    SADDLE BROOK, N.J. – In their years at Saddle Brook High School, students Ryan Cali, Jaelene Palao and Sean Roberts have been involved in all types of activities.But nothing quite like their latest.The trio are members of the school’s new Community Partnership Club – a branch of a township-wide initiative aimed at linking vulnerable residents in need of assistance with volunteers and ...

  4. Drivers Honk For Ramsey Gun Range Protesters

    Drivers Honk For Ramsey Gun Range Protesters

    RAMSEY, N.J. – About 15 demonstrators stood outside Ramsey Borough Hall Wednesday morning waving homemade signs with statements like “No Gun Range In Ramsey,” and “Keep Ramsey Safe.”And Chance Parker, executive director of Ramsey United, said it wouldn't be the last time. "We are going to make this a routine exercise," he said.“We want to draw awareness and exposure to the ...

  5. Mahwah's Ramapo Students Push For Sanctuary Campus

    Mahwah's Ramapo Students Push For Sanctuary Campus

    MAHWAH, N.J. – Some students at Ramapo College of New Jersey are advocating to make their Mahwah school a “sanctuary campus.”“This is something that I feel strongly about, especially because the very fabric of American society is based on immigrants and the notion of the melting pot,” said Karlito Almeda, a first generation American from Mahwah.Karlito, whose parents immigrated from the ...

  6. Tech Pro Moves Business To Mahwah, Deems It ‘Place To Be’

    Tech Pro Moves Business To Mahwah, Deems It ‘Place To Be’

    MAHWAH, N.J. – When Richard Delaney was looking to consolidate his Sloatsburg, N.Y. and Paramus offices into one, he quickly settled on Mahwah.“Mahwah is really a unique business hub. It is the place to be,” said Delaney, chief technology officer for Delaney Computer Services, Inc. His company provides IT support services to small and mid-market businessesDelaney, who grew up in ...

  7. Immigrant Owner Of Clifton Cafe: Dreams Sometimes Come True

    Immigrant Owner Of Clifton Cafe: Dreams Sometimes Come True

    CLIFTON, N.J. – When two sisters from the former Yugoslavia who came to the United States as refugees want a taste of home, they know exactly where to go: Café Bubamara in Clifton.“This reminds me of my mom’s cooking. You feel at home,” Garfield resident Adisa Feratovic said of the cafe's Balkan food.“When you miss it, you know where to come. Here,” said her sister, Alisa Mackic.The ...

  8. Oakland Sportscaster's Daughter: The Only Way To See Dad Was To Watch TV

    Oakland Sportscaster's Daughter: The Only Way To See Dad Was To Watch TV

    OAKLAND, N.J. – A chapter of Oakland native Cindi Michael’s memoir, "The Sportscaster’s Daughter," is labeled “The Golden Years.”“It is really when our family was the strongest,” said Michael, of the years she and her siblings lived in Oakland with their famous father, George Michael.George Michael was a WABC disc jockey, Islanders play-by-play announcer and weekend ...

  9. First Responders Recall Fatal Hawthorne Explosion 50 Years Later

    First Responders Recall Fatal Hawthorne Explosion 50 Years Later

    HAWTHORNE, N.J. – Former Hawthorne volunteer firefighter Harry Shortway, Jr. has vivid memories of February 17, 1967. “I will never forget that morning. People coming out of the building on fire. Clothes on fire,” said Shortway, the mayor of Midland Park.Shortway, also formerly a police officer in Ridgewood, was the first responder to arrive at the scene of the Morningstar-Paisley ...

  10. River Edge Mom Invents Cure For Sleepless Nights

    River Edge Mom Invents Cure For Sleepless Nights

    RIVER EDGE, N.J. – Before moving to River Edge, Samantha Senack spent over 20 years in the fashion industry.“I have traveled the world and lived in China babysitting production, India, and all types of fantastic places getting to see how things are made and negotiating and seeing designs come to life,” said Senack, an Oakland native.So when her baby daughter, Birdie, had trouble ...

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