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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. Ridgewood Restaurant Is Dream Come True For Italian Mom

    Ridgewood Restaurant Is Dream Come True For Italian Mom

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. – When Claudia Rovegno and her family first moved from Italy to Ridgewood four years ago, Rovegno spent her days alone.“My husband, every morning went to the city to handle his own business, and I was at home alone,” she said. “Kids at school, and no friends, no relatives.”After two months, Rovegno had to do something.So she did what she does best: She started ...

  2. Driver Sues Target After Rolling Red Ball Smashes SUV In Paramus Lot

    Driver Sues Target After Rolling Red Ball Smashes SUV In Paramus Lot

    PARAMUS, N.J. – After one of Target’s signature red balls smashed into her vehicle at a busy Paramus mall, a Pearl River, N.Y. woman is suing the retail chain, NJ.com reports.In November, a concrete ball used as a safety device outside of the Bergen Town Center on Route 4 became loose when it was struck by a Dodge Ram, and then rolled into the driver side door of Eileen Grady’s Nisan ...

  3. Bloomingdale Mourns Soccer Player, 15

    Bloomingdale Mourns Soccer Player, 15

    BLOOMINGDALE, N.J. – Bloomingdale is grieving the loss of a 15-year-old resident.Catherine Anthony died Monday, according to a GoFundMe page set up to raise money for her funeral service. Anthony played soccer and fenced for Butler High School, according to the page.Samantha Campoli, who created the page, described Anthony as “full of character” and “loved by those who surrounded ...

  4. Burlington Opening, Bringing New Jobs To Clifton

    Burlington Opening, Bringing New Jobs To Clifton

    CLIFTON, N.J. – Burlington will be opening a store in the Clifton Commons shopping center, NorthJersey.com reports.The chain, formerly known as Burlington Coat Factory, will take over the space along Route 3 that once housed Sports Authority, the story says.The store is slated to open by the fall, and is expected to hire between 50 and 100 people, the story says. For information on job ...

  5. Saddle Brook Mom Battling Cancer: ‘Smile Every Chance You Get’

    Saddle Brook Mom Battling Cancer: ‘Smile Every Chance You Get’

    SADDLE BROOK, N.J. – A longtime Saddle Brook mom is battling stage 4 breast and bone cancer, and her community is rallying to give her support.“This treatable but not curable type of cancer has impacted my life and the life of my family in an unfathomable way,” Pauline McCarthy wrote on a GoFundMe page created to raise money for her as she fights the disease.“My treatment which consists ...

  6. Former Franklin Lakes ‘Real Housewife’ Victim Of Brutal Home Invasion

    Former Franklin Lakes ‘Real Housewife’ Victim Of Brutal Home Invasion

    FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. – Former “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” star and Franklin Lakes resident Dina Manzo was punched multiple times in the face during a brutal home invasion Saturday evening, according to multiple media reports.Manzo and her millionaire boyfriend David Cantin were attacked in their Holmdel townhouse, according to a NBC News report.The couple came home to discover ...

  7. Longtime Franklin Lakes UPS Driver Gets Surprise Send-Off

    Longtime Franklin Lakes UPS Driver Gets Surprise Send-Off

    FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. – A longtime Franklin Lakes UPS man received a heartfelt send-off Monday during his last week on the job.As Patrick Mason drove his route through Franklin Lakes, he was greeted by supportive signs on lawns throughout the borough. Then, when he reached a home on Pueblo Drive, he was surprised by a crowd and a huge banner stating: “Franklin Lakes Says: Thank You ...

  8. Historic Wayne Mansion Opening Doors To Virtual Reality

    Historic Wayne Mansion Opening Doors To Virtual Reality

    WAYNE, N.J. – Students will soon be able to take “virtual reality” field trips through the historic Dey Mansion in Wayne.The site -- which was built between 1740 and 1750 and served as General George Washington’s Revolutionary War headquarters in the Preakness Valley – will be added to Google Expeditions’ virtual reality database, according to a press release from Passaic County.Through ...

  9. Over $100K Pours In For Northvale Girl Fighting Life-Threatening Cancer

    Over $100K Pours In For Northvale Girl Fighting Life-Threatening Cancer

    NORTHVALE, N.J. – In less than a month, more than $100,000 has been raised to help a 7-year-old Northvale girl fight a rare and life-threatening form of brain cancer.In April, Vivienne Knopp was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) – an inoperable brain tumor found in the area of the brain stem responsible for controlling bodily functions such as heartbeat, breathing, ...

  10. Mahwah Driving School Runs On Bergen Coaches, Teachers

    Mahwah Driving School Runs On Bergen Coaches, Teachers

    MAHWAH, N.J. – When Mike and Michelle Branagh started their driving school back in 2008, they had one car and three employees.“Literally, it was me and Michelle and we hired a friend that we knew real well,” said Mike, who is also a special education teacher, head basketball coach and freshman football coach at Mahwah High School.Nine years later, Home Run Driving School has 11 cars and ...

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