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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. PHOTOS: Former NY Giant Phil Simms Lists Franklin Lakes Estate

    PHOTOS: Former NY Giant Phil Simms Lists Franklin Lakes Estate

    FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. – Former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms is selling his Franklin Lakes estate.The NFL commentator’s 10,000-square-foot home is on the market for $8.25 million.According to the listing, the home is a “spectacular private oasis on approximately 19.5 acres with private lake.”It features seven bedrooms, as well as nine full and two partial bathrooms. It also ...

  2. Wayne Pharmacy Sold Winning Weekend Lottery Ticket

    Wayne Pharmacy Sold Winning Weekend Lottery Ticket

    WAYNE, N.J. — If you purchased a New Jersey Lottery ticket from the Valu RX Pharmacy on Hamburg Turnpike in Wayne, you could soon be thousands of dollars richer.There were five New Jersey Lottery tickets sold that matched four of the five white balls and the Powerball drawn for the Saturday, May 20 drawing winning the $50,000 third-tier prize. If those tickets had been purchased with ...

  3. Westwood Shop Owners Sell Locally, Give Globally

    Westwood Shop Owners Sell Locally, Give Globally

    WESTWOOD, N.J. – The owners of Market House in downtown Westwood don’t make a huge profit from their gift shop, but that hardly matters to them.“We’re paying rent and we make a couple extra bucks for ourselves,” said Sarah Christensen of Old Tappan. “Basically, we just love our artists, we love our customers and we love being able to use this as an opportunity to get donations to do ...

  4. Wyckoff Group Mobilizes To Help Refugee Families Settling Into New Jersey

    Wyckoff Group Mobilizes To Help Refugee Families Settling Into New Jersey

    WYCKOFF, N.J. – While at a recent playdate with her daughter, Sarah Derico of Wyckoff got to talking to the grandparents of her child's friend.The pair told her they came to the U.S. from Germany in the 1950’s with just a suitcase.“They left everything behind to get out and away from what was going on. And it is hard to imagine that,” she said.Derico is the vice president of ...

  5. West Milford School Bus Driver Could Be Fired Over Bathroom Break

    West Milford School Bus Driver Could Be Fired Over Bathroom Break

    WEST MILFORD, N.J. – A veteran West Milford school bus driver who stopped her bus mid-route to use a friend’s bathroom may be fired over the incident, NorthJersey.com reports.Gaye Kish, a school bus driver for 21 years, phoned a friend to preemptively ask her to use her restroom, and then allowed the friend to watch the roughly 20 kids on the bus for the few minutes she needed for the ...

  6. Allies Voice Support For Ramapoughs At Packed Mahwah Meeting

    Allies Voice Support For Ramapoughs At Packed Mahwah Meeting

    MAHWAH, N.J. – For a span of two hours Thursday night, one person after another approached the Mahwah Council to express support for the Ramapough Lunaape Nation.Speakers included a professor, a public health nurse, an engineer, and representatives of environmental groups and the tribe itself.“I don’t know if you recognize the magnitude of the organizations represented in this room ...

  7. Ridgewood Home Named One Of N.J.'s Most Endangered Historic Sites

    Ridgewood Home Named One Of N.J.'s Most Endangered Historic Sites

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. – A Ridgewood home was named one of the 10 most endangered historic sites in New Jersey, NJ.com reports.The home of late landscape architect James Russo came in at #7 on Preservation New Jersey’s 2017 list of sites that may be lost if action is not taken to save them, the story says.The home that now houses the James Rose Center, a landscape research and study ...

  8. Ramapoughs Expected To Defend Use Of Ceremonial Land At Mahwah Meeting

    Ramapoughs Expected To Defend Use Of Ceremonial Land At Mahwah Meeting

    MAHWAH, N.J. – Members of the Ramapough Lenape Nation and their allies are expected to voice concerns to the Mahwah Council Thursday about a lawsuit requiring the tribe to remove structures from its ceremonial land.In the complaint, Mahwah Township is calling for the tribe to “cease and desist all use of the property that is in violation of Mahwah’s current zoning ordinance,” according ...

  9. Joe Biden To Visit Edgewater, Lyndhurst Over Memorial Day Weekend

    Joe Biden To Visit Edgewater, Lyndhurst Over Memorial Day Weekend

    EDGEWATER, N.J. – Former Vice President Joe Biden will spend part of Memorial Day weekend in Edgewater and Lyndhurst, NJ.com reports.Biden is slated to spend Sunday, May 28, campaigning at two events for New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy, one of six Democrats vying for the party’s nomination, the story says.Biden will appear at a private fundraiser for the Democratic ...

  10. Ringwood’s ASPCA Kid Of The Year At It Again

    Ringwood’s ASPCA Kid Of The Year At It Again

    RINGWOOD, N.J. – The ASPCA’s Kid of the Year from Ringwood is at it again.Willow Phelps, 9, is now raising money to help animals at the Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter in East Hanover.“All money raised will help with spay/neuter, vaccines, medical care, food and supplies,” according to a crowdrise page set up to help with her fundraising.Willow is also preparing to give a presentation to ...

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