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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. Wayne Named 11th Safest Place In U.S. To Raise Family

    Wayne Named 11th Safest Place In U.S. To Raise Family

    WAYNE, N.J. – Wayne was just named one of the top 30 safest cities in the United States to raise a family.The designation comes from SafeWise – a home security company committed to increasing safety education, awareness and preparedness in American communities.The township came in at number 11 on the list. Here is how the list describes Wayne:“Despite being dotted with lakes and tidy ...

  2. West Milford Rallies To Help Ousted Basketball Coach Return For 29th Season

    West Milford Rallies To Help Ousted Basketball Coach Return For 29th Season

    WEST MILFORD, N.J. – Supporters of veteran West Milford High School basketball coach John Finke are expected to turn out Tuesday to help him fight for his job.In May, Finke --  the head boy's basketball coach for 28 years --came up a vote shy of having his contract renewed for a 29th season.Finke, who had the support of the superintendent, needed five yes votes from West Milford Board ...

  3. River Vale's Schepisi To Jobless Bergen County Police: I Can Help You

    River Vale's Schepisi To Jobless Bergen County Police: I Can Help You

    RIVER VALE, N.J.— Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi is vowing to help the former Bergen County Police Services officers that were laid off, and turned in their badges in Hackensack, Monday.“If you were part of today’s layoffs and are looking for work, please send your resume to my office. We are going to work to help place anyone who has been laid off,” the assemblywoman wrote in a Facebook ...

  4. Support Flows For Prospect Park Mom Fighting Stage 4 Cancer

    Support Flows For Prospect Park Mom Fighting Stage 4 Cancer

    PROSPECT PARK, N.J. – Family and friends are rallying around a Prospect Park mother who was diagnosed with colon cancer last month.Virna Yepes “had an upset stomach for a few days and we thought it was nothing more than a bad case of indigestion. To our shock and disbelief we were given a diagnosis that had not entered our minds. The doctors discovered an inoperable tumor blocking the ...

  5. Sushi Hot Spot Set To Open In Ridgewood

    Sushi Hot Spot Set To Open In Ridgewood

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. – A popular Somerville sushi restaurant -- that Zagat describes as serving “Tokyo-quality” sushi -- is opening a second location in Ridgewood.Shumi will open at 70 East Ridgewood Avenue on June 29, Chris De Young, of Ridgewood, a friend of the chefs, told Daily Voice.De Young said he had lunch at the Somerville restaurant last year and was “awed by the freshness and ...

  6. Saddle Brook Man's Efforts Yield $62K To Combat Blood Cancer

    Saddle Brook Man's Efforts Yield $62K To Combat Blood Cancer

    SADDLE BROOK, N.J. – A Saddle Brook man just helped to raise over $62,000 to combat blood cancer.Matt Basilo was vying to be named Man of the Year by the New Jersey chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The Teaneck native and his team set a goal to raise $50,000 for the organization in 10 weeks.“I am so proud to tell you that my team and I ended up raising over $60,000! And ...

  7. It’s Official: Wayne Hills Gains New Principal

    It’s Official: Wayne Hills Gains New Principal

    WAYNE, N.J. – A longtime teacher and administrator has officially been appointed principal of Wayne Hills High School.Michael Rewick -- who was named interim principal in January -- will officially assume the position on July 1.Rewick has worked for the district for 17 years. He began his career as a history teacher at Wayne Valley High School, and has worked as an administrator at ...

  8. West Milford Pie Shop Owner And Cancer Survivor: Kitchen Is My Comfort Zone

    West Milford Pie Shop Owner And Cancer Survivor: Kitchen Is My Comfort Zone

    WEST MILFORD, N.J. – Before Shannon Cheevers opened her pie shop in the Hewitt section of West Milford, she wanted to test the market.The Culinary Institute of America graduate brought three pot pies and three quiches to a man at a local farmers' market to see if they would sell.“They sold right away. He called me back, said, ‘Give me ten more of each.’ Called me back again, ‘Give me ...

  9. Wayne Could Get $300K State Grant For New Ballfields

    Wayne Could Get $300K State Grant For New Ballfields

    WAYNE, N.J. – The Garden State Preservation Trust approved a $300,000 matching grant to help Wayne construct a new sports complex on Alps Road, near Paterson Hamburg Turnpike.The grant money is among nearly $81 million in funding for projects that will enhance the quality of life of people throughout New Jersey, according to a press release from the New Jersey Department of ...

  10. REPORT: Passaic, Paterson Top List Of NJ Towns Feeling Property Tax Pain

    REPORT: Passaic, Paterson Top List Of NJ Towns Feeling Property Tax Pain

    PASSAIC, N.J. – Four Bergen County and two Passaic County municipalities made a list of the 30 New Jersey towns “that feel the most pain from property taxes, based on what their residents earn,” including the City of Passaic which came in at number one, NJ.com reports.The rankings considered the median household income and average property tax bills of homeowners in New Jersey ...

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