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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. Dream Vacation Comes True For Wayne Boy Fighting Cancer

    Dream Vacation Comes True For Wayne Boy Fighting Cancer

    WAYNE, N.J. – Tina McCabe of Wayne didn’t know her son wanted to visit Hawaii. But that is what Daniel, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma last April, requested from the Make-A- Wish Foundation – which has a mission to bring hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions. “He said, ‘I kind of thought that that was something that we all would really, ...

  2. West Milford Mom Determined To Fight Back In Wake Of Son's Deadly Overdose

    West Milford Mom Determined To Fight Back In Wake Of Son's Deadly Overdose

    WEST MILFORD, N.J. – When Carol Cooper’s only child overdosed on a combination of heroin and fentanyl, the West Milford woman didn’t know what she would tell people.But it eventually came to her: “If I don’t tell my story, then I can’t help anybody,’” she said.Cooper’s son Brian -- whom she calls “the love of my life” -- was 32 when he died just seven months ago. Cooper said Brian had ...

  3. Growing Special Ed Costs Mean Cuts For Wanaque School

    Growing Special Ed Costs Mean Cuts For Wanaque School

    WANAQUE. N.J. – District leaders must find an additional $1 million to cut from the budget of Lakeland Regional High School – which serves students from Wanaque and Ringwood – NorthJersey.com reports."We have a hard task ahead of us over the next few weeks. We're going to be meeting amongst the administrative staff and trying to look at a lot of different things to see what we can ...

  4. Justin Bieber Spotted In Ramsey

    Justin Bieber Spotted In Ramsey

    RAMSEY, N.J. – A group of dancers at Tribe Body in Ramsey had a special visit from pop sensation Justin Bieber on Saturday.Funds from the "A Cause for the Paws" were donated to Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge Center in Oakland."We had such a great 1 p.m. performance with a special appearance by none other than @justinbieber!!," the Spruce Street studio announced on ...

  5. Parents Won't Let Franklin Lakes Daycare Director Fight Cancer Alone

    Parents Won't Let Franklin Lakes Daycare Director Fight Cancer Alone

    FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. – As director of a Franklin Lakes daycare center, Magaly Descalzi is used to being the caregiver.But now, as Descalzi fights stage 4 ovarian cancer that has spread to her lungs, families are making sure their beloved director is being taken care of.“She is such a caring and giving person to all the students and their families, and now in her hour of need, we want to ...

  6. Can You Hear Me Now? Mahwah Seeks Solution For Area Dead Zone

    Can You Hear Me Now? Mahwah Seeks Solution For Area Dead Zone

    MAHWAH, N.J. – Mahwah officials are considering installing a cell phone tower to remedy a wireless dead zone in East Mahwah, but some residents don’t want the tower near their homes, NorthJersey.com reports.At Thursday’s council meeting a stream of residents spoke up against building a tower on the Fire Company 3 property off Masonicus Road, saying it would hurt property values, the ...

  7. Community Rallies For Elmwood Park Family Man Fighting Stage 4 Cancer

    Community Rallies For Elmwood Park Family Man Fighting Stage 4 Cancer

    ELMWOOD PARK. N.J. – The community is rallying around an Elmwood Park husband, father and grandfather with stage 4 esophageal cancer and cirrhosis of the liver.Joe Russo, who has three sons in college and a young grandson, learned of his diagnosis just weeks ago, but has had cancer for several years without knowing it, according to a GoFundMe page set up by his wife’s friend, Denise ...

  8. Oakland Pub Pours Local Brews To Protect Local Water

    Oakland Pub Pours Local Brews To Protect Local Water

    OAKLAND, N.J. – Activists determined to intensify their fight against the proposed Pilgrim Pipelines are inviting people to gather at an Oakland pub to raise funds for their efforts – and drink locally brewed beer that they say relies on “clean water from the region’s reservoirs, rivers and streams.”The event is a fundraiser for Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline (CAPP), a grass roots ...

  9. North Haledon Trainer Strives To Adapt Treadmills For Special Needs Clients

    North Haledon Trainer Strives To Adapt Treadmills For Special Needs Clients

    RAMSEY, N.J. – Like all personal trainers, Ramsey trainer Russ Van Ness spends his days helping clients get the most from their workouts.But most of Van Ness’ clients aren’t able to use the typical gym equipment at the New Jersey Sports Academy in Ramsey where his business, Gifted Fitness, is based.Now the Fair Lawn native, who works with kids and adults with special needs like cerebral ...

  10. Books, Radio, Facebook Help Saddle Brook Pastor Reach Beyond Church Walls

    Books, Radio, Facebook Help Saddle Brook Pastor Reach Beyond Church Walls

    FAIR LAWN, N.J. – Christopher Wolf of Fair Lawn has written two books about faith. People from across the country call into his radio show to make prayer requests. And he regularly makes announcements on Facebook inviting anyone who wants to talk to call or visit with him.The pastor says it is all part of his effort to reach people who need help and encouragement. “At the heart of this ...

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