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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. Pompton Lakes Chemo Nurse Teams With Late Patient’s Kids To Run For Cure

    Pompton Lakes Chemo Nurse Teams With Late Patient’s Kids To Run For Cure

    PARAMUS, N.J. – A pair of Paramus siblings who lost both their parents to cancer teamed with their mother’s chemo nurse to honor their memories over the weekend.Dennis Wirth and Kristina Ferreira, along with Valley Hospital nurse Valerie Quigley, of Pompton Lakes, ran in the 9th Annual Damon Runyon 5k at Yankee Stadium to raise money for cancer research.Their mother Kathleen Wirth, a ...

  2. Wayne Pro Golfer Finishes As Top American At U.S. Women’s Open

    Wayne Pro Golfer Finishes As Top American At U.S. Women’s Open

    WAYNE, N.J. – Wayne native Marina Alex was the highest placing American golfer at the 72nd U.S. Women’s Open.Alex, a Wayne Hills High School graduate, tied for 11th place at the United States Golf Association (USGA) tournament that ran from July 13 through 16 at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster. It was the professional golfer’s best finish since 2014, when she tied for ninth ...

  3. Waldwick Flies Flag At Half Staff On Anniversary Of Police Officer’s Death

    Waldwick Flies Flag At Half Staff On Anniversary Of Police Officer’s Death

    WALDWICK, N.J. – The American flag in front of the Police Officer Christopher Goodell Public Safety Building in Waldwick was lowered to half staff Monday, the third anniversary of Police Officer Goodell’s death.“As the American flag is lowered in front of the Police Officer Christopher Goodell Public Safely Building in his memory let us remember all the good that Chris has done,” ...

  4. REPORT: Three Passaic School Superintendents Among Highest Paid In NJ

    REPORT: Three Passaic School Superintendents Among Highest Paid In NJ

    WAYNE, N.J. – The superintendent of the Passaic County Technical Institute in Wayne earned the highest base pay of all school superintendents in New Jersey last school year, according to a list released by N.J.com.The list of the 25 highest paid superintendents in the state for the 2016 to 2017 school year is derived from data from the New Jersey Department of Education and is based on ...

  5. Wayne Supermarket Goes Organic With Fair Trade Produce

    Wayne Supermarket Goes Organic With Fair Trade Produce

    MAHWAH, N.J. – Mahwah-based Inserra Supermarkets is introducing an organic and fair trade produce program in its 22 ShopRite stores – including 13 in Bergen and Passaic Counties.The program, called Taste Me, Do Good, will give customers year-round access to seasonal and organic produce. The company relies on “model best practice” farms in Latin America and throughout the United States ...

  6. Report: Bacteria Killed Norwood Boy, 11, At Sleep-Away Camp

    Report: Bacteria Killed Norwood Boy, 11, At Sleep-Away Camp

    NORWOOD, N.J. – A Norwood 11-year-old who died while at a sleep-away camp Monday tested positive for a bacteria that is a precursor to bacterial meningitis, NJ.com reports.Daniel Beer – who was away at Camp Nah-Jee-Wah in Milford, Pennsylvania -- had Neisseria meningitis, a bacteria that often leads to infections in the brain, spinal cord and bloodstream, the article says.NJ.com ...

  7. Clifton’s Rutt’s Hut Ripper Named ‘America’s Best Hot Dog’

    Clifton’s Rutt’s Hut Ripper Named ‘America’s Best Hot Dog’

    CLIFTON, N.J. – Rutt’s Hut in Clifton has the best hot dogs in the country, according to a new list put out by The Daily Meal.“Even if Rutt’s Hut, located in blue-collar Clifton, served their trademark Ripper — a pork-and-beef Thumann’s link that’s deep-fried in beef fat until it rips apart — out of the back of a minivan, it would still be the country’s most delicious hot dog,” the ...

  8. Wayne Macaroni Grill Closes After 22 Years

    Wayne Macaroni Grill Closes After 22 Years

    WAYNE, N.J. – The Romano’s Macaroni Grill in Wayne has closed.The restaurant – located at 1958 Route 23 – had been in business for 22 years. The restaurant sent an e-mail to patrons thanking them for “all the good times.”“We are sorry to say our Wayne location has closed,” the e-mail states. “We have enjoyed serving this community for 22 years.”The Macaroni Grill on Route 17 in Ramsey ...

  9. Rapid Reemployment Initiative Launched For Laid-Off Bergen Police

    Rapid Reemployment Initiative Launched For Laid-Off Bergen Police

    HACKENSACK, N.J. – When national employment advocate John Fugazzie learned more than 20 officers with the Bergen County Police Services were being laid off in Hackensack last month, he started to do what he does best – network.Six years ago, Fugazzie founded the job search and networking organization Neighbors-helping-Neighbors-USA out of his River Edge home. The group holds ...

  10. Fair Lawn Beekeeper Trades Honey For Business Help

    Fair Lawn Beekeeper Trades Honey For Business Help

    FAIR LAWN, N.J. – A young beekeeper from Fair Lawn is offering honey to people who donate toward helping him grow his business.“I’ll be happy to donate a free jar of honey to anyone who donates over $50,” Ivan Wei wrote on a GoFundMe page he created.Wei – who describes himself as a beekeeper, urban farmer and green landscaper – said “I love keeping bees and want beekeeping to be a ...

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