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Lauren Kidd Ferguson

Community Reporter

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. NY Times Spotlight Same-Sex Army Captains Celebrating Marriage In Ringwood

    NY Times Spotlight Same-Sex Army Captains Celebrating Marriage In Ringwood

    RINGWOOD, N.J. – A pair of U.S. Army Captains -- believed to be the first same-sex active-duty military couple to say ‘I do’ at West Point’s Cadet Chapel – recently celebrated their wedding reception in Ringwood, NYTimes.com reports.Capt. Daniel Hall, 30, and Capt. Vincent Franchino, 26, both Apache helicopter pilots, were married on January 13, in front of about 150 guests, many in ...

  2. REPORT: Paterson, Passaic Among 5 Poorest Spots In New Jersey

    REPORT: Paterson, Passaic Among 5 Poorest Spots In New Jersey

    PASSAIC, N.J. – Three towns in Bergen County and two in Passaic are among the 35 poorest in New Jersey, according to a list released by NJ.com.The rankings are based on data on median household income from the U.S. Census Bureau, as well as poverty rates, the story says. Here are the Bergen and Passaic County spots that made the list, along with their rankings, median household incomes ...

  3. Wayne Toys ‘R’ Us, Paramus Babies 'R' Us Among 182 Closing Nationwide

    Wayne Toys ‘R’ Us, Paramus Babies 'R' Us Among 182 Closing Nationwide

    WAYNE, N.J. – Wayne-based Toys ‘R’ Us is planning to close 12 stores in New Jersey, including its store in Wayne and its Babies ‘R’ Us in Paramus, according to multiple media reports.The store closings in the Garden State are part of up to 182 the retail giant is planning nationwide -- roughly one-fifth of its total, reports say."The reinvention of our brands requires that we make ...

  4. Safety Fixes Coming To ‘High Crash’ Roadways In Clifton, Paterson

    Safety Fixes Coming To ‘High Crash’ Roadways In Clifton, Paterson

    PATERSON, N.J. – A trio of roadways in Clifton and Paterson are about to get safer for pedestrians and motorists. The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) is awarding $6.2 million in federal grants to Passaic County to improve Market St. in Paterson and both Allwood Rd. and Clifton Ave. in Clifton, Passaic County announced Tuesday.“These grants will help us make these ...

  5. Joy McCracken Of Wyckoff Dies At 62

    Joy McCracken Of Wyckoff Dies At 62

    WYCKOFF, N.J. – Joy McCracken of Wyckoff died on Thursday, January 18, surrounded by family. She was 62.Joy was born in Paterson and lived in Midland Park before moving to Wyckoff 32 years ago.She was a member of the Wyckoff Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary for 25 years and had served as secretary. She was also a member of the Cornerstone Christian Church in Wyckoff.Joy is survived by ...

  6. Ramapo To Offer Special Housing, Supports To Students In Addiction Recovery

    Ramapo To Offer Special Housing, Supports To Students In Addiction Recovery

    MAHWAH, N.J. – Students recovering from drug or alcohol addiction will soon have a safe place to turn at Ramapo College of New Jersey in Mahwah.The college received a nearly $1 million state grant to fund a new program that will include recovery housing for up to 10 students and resources such as screening and intervention services, access to confidential psychological and addiction ...

  7. 24-Tap Sports Bar Opening In Woodland Park

    24-Tap Sports Bar Opening In Woodland Park

    WOODLAND PARK, N.J. – A new sports bar is coming to Woodland Park, NorthJersey.com reports.Hurricane Sports Grill will feature 24 taps, a full service bar,  30 televisions and a menu of wings, burgers, tacos and more, the story says.The spot is slated to open in March in Plaza 46, 1530 Route 46 West, the story says.CLICK HERE for the full NorthJersey.com article.

  8. Adorable Goats Bring Zen To Ringwood Yoga Class

    Adorable Goats Bring Zen To Ringwood Yoga Class

    RINGWOOD, N.J. – Tyler Morella of Ringwood believes it is hard to be in a bad mood when his goats are around.Add those goats to a yoga class, and it is nearly impossible to be down.“When they are around, you can’t help but smile,” said Morella, watching his four Nigerian dwarf goats weave between a group of roughly 20 people on yoga mats at the New Weis Center for Education, Arts and ...

  9. Support Group With Wayne Branch Has Put Hundreds Back To Work

    Support Group With Wayne Branch Has Put Hundreds Back To Work

    RIVER EDGE, N.J. – John Fugazzie was out of work when he started a support group for job seekers at the River Edge library in 2011.Over time, the initiative blossomed into a network of neighborhood-based support groups that have helped hundreds of people attain employment.“We have helped over 700 people back to work, but more important is, we’ve kept thousands engaged through the ...

  10. Bed Bath & Beyond Recalls Thousands Of UGG Comforters Over Mold Risk

    Bed Bath & Beyond Recalls Thousands Of UGG Comforters Over Mold Risk

    Bed Bath & Beyond is recalling roughly 175,000 comforters due to the risk of mold exposure, the U.S. Consumer Safety Commission announced.The recall specifically involves Hudson comforters by UGG, which were sold in four solid colors and three sizes.Bed Bath & Beyond has locations in Paramus, Edgewater and Clifton.“Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled comforters ...

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