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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. Wyckoff Blood Drive To Help 8th Grader Fight Cancer

    Wyckoff Blood Drive To Help 8th Grader Fight Cancer

    WYCKOFF, N.J. – A blood drive in Wyckoff next week will benefit a local  8th grader battling cancer.Payton Sargenti, of Wyckoff, was recently diagnosed with lymphoma in her small intestines. It is a curable form of cancer, but Sargenti’s treatment plan includes six months of chemotherapy.“The blood we help collect will be reserved for Payton and her future needs during her procedures,” ...

  2. Thousands Pour In For Pompton Lakes Family After House Fire

    Thousands Pour In For Pompton Lakes Family After House Fire

    POMPTON LAKES, N.J. – Pompton Lakes is rallying around a local family who lost their home in a fire.“The Burwells have 3 children who lost all their belongings as well as their home,” states a GoFundMe page created to raise funds for the family.“This family is always willing to help out anyone in need so at this time we are looking for monetary donations to help this family get back on ...

  3. Army Vet Brings Mobile Gym To Hawthorne, North Haledon

    Army Vet Brings Mobile Gym To Hawthorne, North Haledon

    CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. – Cliffside Park native Manny Gotay has long had a passion for fitness.“I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t working out,” the U.S. Army veteran told Daily Voice.Gotay spent his spare time in the Army acting as a personal trainer. He left the military for the corporate world, continued to work out, and held onto a dream to explore fitness as a career.Twenty years ...

  4. Nature Lovers Want Disc Golf Course Moved To Wayne

    Nature Lovers Want Disc Golf Course Moved To Wayne

    WOODLAND PARK, N.J. – Opponents of a plan to build a disc golf course at Rifle Camp Park in Woodland Park have come up with a counter proposal: Build the course at Preakness Valley Golf Course in Wayne instead.The Save Rifle Camp Park Coalition made its proposal public during a press conference Thursday.Preakness Valley Golf Course is the largest county park in lower Passaic County and ...

  5. Revamped Ridgewood Restaurant Hiring 80 Staff For Reopening

    Revamped Ridgewood Restaurant Hiring 80 Staff For Reopening

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. – The Office Beer Bar & Grill in Ridgewood will be reopening this fall, and is looking to hire 80 workers, NorthJersey.com reports.The downtown restaurant closed in April to undergo extensive renovations. When the spot reopens it will have a new name – The Office Tavern Grill – and a revamped food and drink menu, featuring 40 rotating taps, and an extensive craft ...

  6. Craving A Pretzel? New Clifton Shop Gives Them Away

    Craving A Pretzel? New Clifton Shop Gives Them Away

    CLIFTON, N.J. – A new Clifton pretzel shop is giving away the goods.Philly Pretzel Factory, which officially opened for business this week, is giving away a free pretzel to each person that comes in the shop through Sunday.The shop is located on 859 Clifton Ave.Dayo Kusamotu, who owns the franchise, recently spoke to Daily Voice about his dream to open a business, and all the shop will ...

  7. Passaic County Raises Funds For K-9 Vests, Honors Fallen Dogs

    Passaic County Raises Funds For K-9 Vests, Honors Fallen Dogs

    PATERSON, N.J. – A memorial in Paterson dedicated to K-9s who have served with the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office now contains 43 additional names of dogs who have retired or fallen in the line of duty.The memorial, at Lambert Castle, had fallen into disrepair. But funds raised from last year’s “Paws in the Park” event in Goffle Brook Park in Hawthorne made it possible to repair the ...

  8. REPORT: Property Taxes ‘Hurt Least’ In These Bergen, Passaic Towns

    REPORT: Property Taxes ‘Hurt Least’ In These Bergen, Passaic Towns

    MAHWAH, N.J. – New Jersey residents pay the highest property taxes in the U.S., but the burden may hurt less in some municipalities – such as Mahwah and West Milford -- than others, NJ.com reports.The publication compared property taxes to median household income to derive the municipalities in each county where property taxes “hurt the least.” “The smaller bite the property taxes take ...

  9. Fair Lawn Bank Volunteers Feed Hundreds In Paterson

    Fair Lawn Bank Volunteers Feed Hundreds In Paterson

    FAIR LAWN, N.J. – Volunteers from Fair Lawn-based Columbia Bank recently pitched in to serve lunch to their poor and homeless neighbors.The volunteers served about 300 meals to individuals at Eva’s Village, an anti-poverty non-profit organization in Paterson.“We are extremely pleased to support Eva’s Village and their charitable mission to feed our poor and homeless neighbors,” said ...

  10. Bergen, Passaic Soccer Players Kick It For Wyckoff Teen Battling Cancer

    Bergen, Passaic Soccer Players Kick It For Wyckoff Teen Battling Cancer

    WYCKOFF, N.J. – Soccer teams from throughout Bergen and Passaic Counties are kicking the ball for a good cause this season: to raise funds for a Wyckoff player fighting cancer.Ben Landel, a multi-sport athlete at Ramapo High School in Wyckoff, was diagnosed with a rare and powerful cancer in May, and has since gone through five rounds of chemotherapy, and is showing progress.Last month, ...

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