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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. Clifton Custodian Daniel Listmeier, 33, Who Was In Coma, Dies

    Clifton Custodian Daniel Listmeier, 33, Who Was In Coma, Dies

    CLIFTON, N.J. – Daniel Listmeier of Clifton passed away Friday. He was 33.Listmeier – who had been in a coma following a motor vehicle accident in May – was a popular custodian at the Clifton High School Annex.Following the accident, the community rallied to donate more than $20,000 to Listmeier’s family for his care. The GoFundMe page set up to receive donations was created by his ...

  2. Google Camera Puts Woodland Park Trails On Virtual Map

    Google Camera Puts Woodland Park Trails On Virtual Map

    WEST MILFORD, N.J. – About 2,000 miles of trails in Passaic County parks spanning West Milford, Ringwood, Bloomingdale, Woodland Park, Clifton and Paterson will soon be viewable on Google Maps.The trails that make up the Passaic County Trail Network will be photographed using a 360-degree camera on loan from the Google Street View Loan Program, the Passaic County Board of Chosen ...

  3. Wayne Couple Seeks Wedding Footage After Videographers’ Violent Deaths

    Wayne Couple Seeks Wedding Footage After Videographers’ Violent Deaths

    WAYNE, N.J. – A Wayne couple is seeking the raw footage of their wedding video after the videographers died in a murder-suicide, NJ.com reports.Christopher and Peri Balala were married on April 30, 2016, and by January they still had not received their wedding video from Stix Productions, the story says. When the couple looked up the address for the company’s owner – Edward Aghahowa – ...

  4. Little Falls Coffee Bar Expands to Paramus

    Little Falls Coffee Bar Expands to Paramus

    PARAMUS, N.J. – The Fine Grind Coffee Bar opened its newest location – at the Garden State Plaza in Paramus – this week.The kiosk is the coffee bar’s third spot. The company also serves coffee from its Little Falls and Wayne locations.“We have so many fun new treats for and drinks to try and we even have a fabulous seating area for you to rest your weary feet after a hectic day of ...

  5. Rutherford Mini Mart Sells Winning $1 Million Lottery Ticket

    Rutherford Mini Mart Sells Winning $1 Million Lottery Ticket

    RUTHERFORD, N.J. – A $1 million winning lottery ticket was sold in Rutherford.The numbers on the ticket – sold at Mini Mart at 300 Park Ave. – matched all five white balls drawn during the July 4, Mega Millions drawing. The numbers were: 16, 39, 47, 53 and 71. The Gold Mega Ball was 15, and the Megaplier Multiplier was 04. 

  6. Wayne Native Dennis Ragusa Dies, 40

    Wayne Native Dennis Ragusa Dies, 40

    WAYNE, N.J. – Wayne native Dennis Ragusa passed away. He was 40.The 1995 Wayne Hills High School graduate died suddenly on June 25, leaving behind his wife, Tara, and two children, Cameron and Julianna.“He had a big heart and could always make you laugh,” states a GoFundMe page created to help his family pay for a funeral and final arrangements.He was also “a loving caring husband, ...

  7. State Shutdown Cancels Independence Day Reenactment At Ringwood Manor

    State Shutdown Cancels Independence Day Reenactment At Ringwood Manor

    RINGWOOD, N.J. – As New Jersey’s state budget stalemate stretched into a third day Monday, Ringwood Manor announced it would not hold its annual 4th of July Declaration of Independence reading Tuesday.“Due to the ongoing NJ state government shutdown, the 18th Annual Declaration of Independence Reading & July 4th Celebration scheduled for tomorrow has been cancelled,” Ringwood Manor ...

  8. Miracle Roof Stops Rain From Pouring In On West Milford Cancer Fighter

    Miracle Roof Stops Rain From Pouring In On West Milford Cancer Fighter

    WEST MILFORD, N.J. – The roof of Gwendolyn Bernat’s West Milford home once leaked so badly that she avoided using appliances when it rained, for fear of being electrocuted.“It was literally raining inside our house,” said Bernat.Now, she no longer has to worry about rain. On Monday, volunteers with Carlstadt-based Roof4Roof were at her Inwood Road home to give her a new roof.The general ...

  9. Former Players Help Veteran West Milford Coach Win Back Job

    Former Players Help Veteran West Milford Coach Win Back Job

    WEST MILFORD, N.J. – Veteran West Milford basketball coach John Finke will be back for a 29th season after all.Finke – who in May came up a vote shy of having his contract renewed – was reinstated as West Milford High School’s head boys’ basketball coach late Tuesday night.About 20 people – including many former players – spoke out in favor of Finke at Tuesday’s Board of Education ...

  10. Ridgewood 4th Of July Parade Fans Lay Early Claim To Prime Viewing Spots

    Ridgewood 4th Of July Parade Fans Lay Early Claim To Prime Viewing Spots

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. – Chairs are already starting to dot the route of Ridgewood’s 107th annual Fourth of July parade.The chairs -- some tied together, some folded down, some open and ready for people to sit in – were spotted in bundles on North Maple Avenue Wednesday.Ridgewood residents have a long tradition of staking out and claiming their spots early to watch the annual parade.This ...

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