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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. Mahwah's 'Crocker Mansion' Is Most Expensive Property In State

    Mahwah's 'Crocker Mansion' Is Most Expensive Property In State

    MAHWAH, N.J. – A Mahwah mansion just hit the market, and its asking price of $48 million makes it the priciest listing in the state, NJ.com reports.The historic 55,000-square-foot home that sits on 12.5 acres in the Ramapo Mountains comes with a property tax bill of more than $232,000 a year, the report says.The home is known as the Crocker Mansion, because it was built by George ...

  2. Lodi Pizzeria Closing After Nearly 100 Years

    Lodi Pizzeria Closing After Nearly 100 Years

    LODI, N.J. – After nearly 100 years in business, a popular Lodi pizzeria will soon close, News 12 New Jersey reports.Curioni’s Market on Liberty Street has been run by the same family since it opened in the 1920’s.RELATED: QUIRKY PIZZERIA DEFIES DEFINITION, ZONING LAWS IN LODIWalter Curioni, the current owner, said he is set to retire next week, and his children have decided not to ...

  3. Hundreds Sign Petition Against Proposed Woodland Park Disc Golf Course

    Hundreds Sign Petition Against Proposed Woodland Park Disc Golf Course

    WOODLAND PARK, N.J. – Nearly 300 people have signed an online petition against a disc golf course proposed for Rifle Camp Park in Woodland Park. “The County has a plan to locate a disc golf course here, which will change the entire nature of this treasured place,” states the petition, created by Friends of Garret Mountain Reservation.Disc golf is similar to regular golf, but players ...

  4. Goodfellas Actor Bringing Italian Recipes To Wayne

    Goodfellas Actor Bringing Italian Recipes To Wayne

    WAYNE, N.J. – Actor Paul Sorvino – who appeared in the gangster film Goodfellas as well as the television drama Law and Order – will be in Wayne Friday.Sorvino and his wife Dee Dee Sorvino are slated to sign copies of their authentic Italian cookbook, Pinot, Pasta, and Parties at the Wayne Public Library at 7 p.m. on April 21.According to a description on Amazon.com, “Their ...

  5. Body Of Franklin Lakes College Student Found Behind Florida Restaurant

    Body Of Franklin Lakes College Student Found Behind Florida Restaurant

    FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. – The body of an 18-year-old college student from Franklin Lakes was found behind a Florida restaurant, according to multiple media reports.Shayan Mortazavi was a freshman at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, who expressed an interest in film and multimedia journalism, according to the university.“Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends and loved ...

  6. Siblings Challenge Each Other To Earn 4.0 GPAs At Woodland Park College

    Siblings Challenge Each Other To Earn 4.0 GPAs At Woodland Park College

    MOONACHIE, N.J. – For the past year and a half Michael and Angela Bezzina of Moonachie have spent a lot of time together.The siblings have driven to school together, sat next to each other in class, helped each other with homework and pushed each other to close out their college careers with 4.0 grade point averages.“When I saw Angela having a 4.0, she challenged me to have a better GPA ...

  7. Pageant Sisters Collect Over 2,000 Books For Paterson Schools

    Pageant Sisters Collect Over 2,000 Books For Paterson Schools

    WAYNE, N.J. – When Isabella Galan of Wayne learned children in Paterson were in need of books, the 12-year-old decided to enlist her friend’s help and start a donation drive.“We just wanted to help other people more than anything,” said Galan, a sixth grader at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Wayne.Galan and her friend Vanessa Wolf set up donation boxes at school and Wayne Town Hall. ...

  8. Little Falls Man Rallies Community To Support Brother Fighting Lung Cancer

    Little Falls Man Rallies Community To Support Brother Fighting Lung Cancer

    LITTLE FALLS, N.J. – A Little Falls man is raising funds to help his brother who he calls “my best friend,” battle cancer.A GoFundMe campaign created for Ralph Candelieri by his brother Robert Candelieri has garnered nearly $40,000 in donations by Monday morning.“My brother Ralph, my best friend, a husband and amazing father of two, was diagnosed with lung cancer,” Robert wrote on the ...

  9. Passaic Church Seeks Prayers, Donations After Ceiling Collapse

    Passaic Church Seeks Prayers, Donations After Ceiling Collapse

    PASSAIC – Just days before Easter, the ceiling collapsed at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Passaic.“Please keep our Parish in your prayers during this difficult moments,” a post on the church’s Facebook page states.Nobody was hurt in the incident, and the church is now seeking donations to help repair the damage.“All together we can rebuilt Saint Anthony Church,” the post goes on. CLICK ...

  10. Grants Help Gardens Sprout In Clifton, Wayne, Paterson

    Grants Help Gardens Sprout In Clifton, Wayne, Paterson

    PATERSON, N.J. – Organizations and municipalities throughout Passaic County were recently awarded grants to support community gardens in places such as Paterson, Passaic, Ringwood and West Milford.The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders awarded a $165,000 grant to City Green, Inc., a non-profit that facilitates the “Dig In!” Community Garden Program. The program “aims to support ...

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