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Lauren Kidd Ferguson

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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 Professional Opera Singer Recalls Big Break

    Mahwah’s Professional Opera Singer Recalls Big Break

    MAHWAH, N.J. – Like so many Bergen County residents, Richard Bernstein of Mahwah makes the regular commute into New York City.But unlike many of his fellow commuters, Bernstein’s “office” doesn’t have a desk, or even a computer. Instead, his destination is the stage.Bernstein is a full-time singer with the famed Metropolitan Opera.“I love being on stage. I love becoming another ...

  2. Soldier Returns From Afghanistan Armed With Gift For Mahwah

    Soldier Returns From Afghanistan Armed With Gift For Mahwah

    MAHWAH, N.J. – Having U.S. Army soldier Danielle Ullman safely back on Mahwah soil would've been enough.The 25-year-old, however, brought back an American Flag that flew over  the Jalalabad District of Nangarhar Province in Afghanistan where Ullman served for 9 months.Ullman and her parents presented the flag to Mayor Bill Laforet and Council President Robert Hermansen on Thursday.“We ...

  3. Mahwah Harnesses 'Pioneer Spirit Of Yesteryear' To Dig Out Veteran

    Mahwah Harnesses 'Pioneer Spirit Of Yesteryear' To Dig Out Veteran

    MAHWAH, N.J. – As Bergen County dug out from snowstorm Stella, one Mahwah veteran needed help.Richard Levine reached out the Mahwah mayor’s office for assistance clearing his driveway. The senior citizen was soon put in touch with volunteers eager to help.“It was like the pioneering spirit of yesteryear,” Levine said.“When I needed help to clear the compacted snow at the front of my ...

  4. Here We Glow! Client Revamps Oakland Tanning Salon

    Here We Glow! Client Revamps Oakland Tanning Salon

    OAKLAND, N.J. – Tricia Bazzano spent years working as a personal trainer, an EMT and in the dermatology field.When she saw an opportunity to utilize her skill set while working for herself, she grabbed it.That's why she opened Here We Glow Tanning this year in Oakland.“I know the body. I know the skin. And it’s a good fit,” said Bazzano of Ringwood while sitting behind the front desk of ...

  5. Bloomingdale Ups Age To Buy Cigarettes

    Bloomingdale Ups Age To Buy Cigarettes

    BLOOMINGDALE, N.J. – The Bloomingdale Council voted to raise the legal age to buy cigarettes and other nicotine products in the borough to 21, NorthJersey.com reports.The change is set to take effect on Sept. 1, but if four of seven nearby towns don’t adopt similar measures within six months, it can be repealed, according to the story.Some business representatives spoke out against the ...

  6. Watch North Haledon Trainer Work With Special Needs Clients On TV Wednesday

    Watch North Haledon Trainer Work With Special Needs Clients On TV Wednesday

    RAMSEY – A Ramsey personal trainer who specializes in working with clients with special needs is slated to appear on WPIX Wednesday.Russ Van Ness – who owns Gifted Fitness in Ramsey – will appear on the 5 p.m. news broadcast on channel 11.The North Haledon resident and Fair Lawn native trains children and adults with cerebral palsy. He also has clients on the autism spectrum, he told ...

  7. Former NBA Player To Share Addiction Story With Wayne-Area Residents

    Former NBA Player To Share Addiction Story With Wayne-Area Residents

    WAYNE, N.J. – Chris Herren got high before his basketball games. He left his wife and newborn son in the hospital to drink. He even shot heroin before his mother's funeral.For 14 years, the NBA star struggled with addiction.Herren will share his story and answer questions from Wayne-area residents next month.“Chris will be speaking about his real life struggles with addiction, and those ...

  8. Another Snow Day For Clifton, Hawthorne Students

    Another Snow Day For Clifton, Hawthorne Students

    WEST MILFORD, N.J. – As Passaic County students enjoyed Tuesday’s snow day – thanks to snowstorm Stella – some school districts began announcing closures and delayed openings for Wednesday.Below is a list of school districts that have announced closings for Wednesday, March 15:BLOOMINGDALECLIFTONHALEDONHAWTHORNEPOMPTON LAKESRINGWOODWANAQUEWEST MILFORDWOODLAND PARKCHECK BACK FOR MORE.

  9. Englewood Trailblazer Inspired By His Children's Rare Disease

    Englewood Trailblazer Inspired By His Children's Rare Disease

    ENGLEWOOD, N.J. – Englewood native and Bergen Catholic graduate John F. Crowley has gone to great lengths to find a cure for Pompe Disease, a rare and deadly degenerative neuromuscular disorder.Crowley, a biotech executive and entrepreneur, will discuss his journey at Montclair State University on Monday, March 20, at 8 p.m.Pompe Disease affects just 5,000 to 10,000 people worldwide, ...

  10. Gov. Christie Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Winter Storm Stella

    Gov. Christie Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Winter Storm Stella

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has declared a State of Emergency in preparation for Winter Storm Stella, arriving Monday night.Christie has authorized the State Director of Emergency Management to activate and coordinate the preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies. Commuters are asked to use ...

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