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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. Where’s The Money? Thousands Raised For Little Falls Kids May Be Missing

    Where’s The Money? Thousands Raised For Little Falls Kids May Be Missing

    LITTLE FALLS, N.J. – Thousands of dollars raised for students in Little Falls appears to be missing, NBC reports.“There is an investigation underway into the alleged mishandling or misappropriation of funds, perhaps thousands of dollars by the PTA here in Little Falls,” NBC reporter Pat Battle reported from Little Falls.The president of the New Jersey Parent-Teacher Association told NBC ...

  2. Students Take Paterson Fashion Through Decades To The Catwalk

    Students Take Paterson Fashion Through Decades To The Catwalk

    WOODLAND PARK, N.J. – For the past few months, members of Berkeley College’s Fashion Club in Woodland Park have been hard at work.They have been researching fashions from different time periods, collecting garments and accessories and preparing looks.“We are working really hard for people to see what we’re creating,” said the club’s president, Palenia Pichardo, of Paterson.It will all ...

  3. REPORT: Manchester Among NJ Districts With Biggest Demographic Shifts

    REPORT: Manchester Among NJ Districts With Biggest Demographic Shifts

    HALEDON, N.J. – Four Bergen and one Passaic County school district are among the 20 in the state that have experienced the greatest shift in demographics over the last two decades, according to a list released by NJ.com.Throughout New Jersey, changes in demographics were “led by a surge in Hispanic students, who went from 14 percent of the public school population in 1998 to more than a ...

  4. Millennial Fulfills Dream, Cravings With Clifton Pretzel Shop

    Millennial Fulfills Dream, Cravings With Clifton Pretzel Shop

    CLIFTON, N.J. – Since Dayo Kusamotu moved to the Clifton area, there's been one craving he hasn't quite been able to satisfy: warm, soft, freshly-baked pretzels.And so, the 30-year-old entrepreneur did something about it.Kusamotu is now in the final stages of opening a Philly Pretzel Factory franchise. The spot is slated to open the week of Sept. 18, he told Daily Voice, while standing ...

  5. Transgender Woman Forced To Show Prosthetic Penis In Paterson Store: Suit

    Transgender Woman Forced To Show Prosthetic Penis In Paterson Store: Suit

    PATERSON, N.J. – A transgender woman who wears a prosthetic penis has filed a lawsuit claiming she was accused of shoplifting in a Paterson grocery store and forced to show her private parts, NJ.com reports.A security officer at the Food Fair on Market Street told the woman “I need to see what’s in your pants,” three times during the May 12, incident, the suit states, according to the ...

  6. Heroin, Cocaine, $15K Seized In Wayne Drug Bust

    Heroin, Cocaine, $15K Seized In Wayne Drug Bust

    WAYNE, N.J. – Acting on a tip to its narcotics tip line, the Wayne Police Department seized 160 glassine baggies of suspected heroin, 10 bags of suspected powdered cocaine, 15 bags of suspected crack cocaine, and over $1,500, and arrested two people, police said.The arrests came after undercover detectives observed a narcotics transaction take place at the Valley Terrace Apartment ...

  7. Lucky Store? Totowa Spot Sells Second Winning Lottery Ticket

    Lucky Store? Totowa Spot Sells Second Winning Lottery Ticket

    TOTOWA, N.J. – A lottery ticket worth $1 million was recently sold in Totowa.The ticket was purchased at Union Food Stores on Union Boulevard. The same store sold a ticket worth $5,000 in August.The recent winning ticket matched the five white balls drawn during the Wednesday, Sept. 5, Powerball drawing.The winning numbers for the drawing were: 08, 14, 32, 58 and 67. The Red Powerball ...

  8. Did Someone Say Cookie Dough? Glen Rock Cheesecake Shop Just Got Sweeter

    Did Someone Say Cookie Dough? Glen Rock Cheesecake Shop Just Got Sweeter

    GLEN ROCK, N.J. – The owner of Marc’s CheeseCake in Glen Rock likes to make customers smile.For years he has done that with cheesecake and ice cream, but now he has a new tool in his arsenal: cookie dough.“It’s fun to have a business like this,” said Marc Silverberg, standing behind the counter of his Rock Road shop.The popular shop has been in Glen Rock for about five years, and before ...

  9. West Milford Paraplegic Finds Camaraderie, Hope At Oakland Gym

    West Milford Paraplegic Finds Camaraderie, Hope At Oakland Gym

    WEST MILFORD, N.J. – Before doctors discovered that Lois Hamilton of the Oak Ridge section of West Milford had a cyst pushing against her spine, she played tennis, skied and bicycled.“I was always pretty active,” she told Daily Voice.The cyst ultimately caused the former middle school math teacher to lose the ability to walk, and she now uses a wheel chair. But thanks to her ...

  10. One Pearl At A Time: Wyckoff Jeweler Helps Less Fortunate Shine

    One Pearl At A Time: Wyckoff Jeweler Helps Less Fortunate Shine

    WYCKOFF, N.J. – Mari Keating Schofield of Wyckoff has long had a special place in her heart for the people of Camden, New Jersey.Particularly the less fortunate, who live only about 100 miles away from her.“It just hit home for me," Schofield said, recalling the documentary that drew her attention to the problem about a decade ago."Here I am in Wyckoff, in a warm house, and ...

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