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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. Oakland Shelter Dogs Lift Seniors’ Spirits

    Oakland Shelter Dogs Lift Seniors’ Spirits

    WYCKOFF, N.J. – A pair of shelter dogs from the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge Inc. in Oakland just made a special trip.Accompanied by a volunteer, Tofu, a Chihuahua, and Beethoven, a Spaniel mix, visited with residents of the Heritage Manor Nursing Home at Christian Health Care Center (CHCC) in Wyckoff.In preparation for the visit, residents made dog treats and catnip toys for animals at ...

  2. Skype-Like Device Saved Vital Minutes For Wanaque Stroke Survivor

    Skype-Like Device Saved Vital Minutes For Wanaque Stroke Survivor

    WANAQUE, N.J. – Kathryn and Matthew Bellifemine are going on a tour of California in May.The Wanaque couple is also planning a cruise with their whole family to “try to get everybody together while we still can,” said Matthew.But the two trips almost never happened.In December, Matthew found Kathryn lying on the kitchen floor, and was unable to pick her up. He recognized the signs of ...

  3. Express Scripts Laying Off 66 Franklin Lakes Employees

    Express Scripts Laying Off 66 Franklin Lakes Employees

    FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. – Express Scripts Holding Co. is laying off 66 employees based at its Franklin Lakes facility, NJ.com reports.The affected employees are in work-at-home positions, the article says.The St. Louis-based company became the largest pharmacy benefit manger in the United States when it acquired Medco Health Solutions and its Franklin Lakes facility in 2012, according to ...

  4. Advocate Aids Mahwah Residents ‘Stuck In Nightmare Of Addiction’

    Advocate Aids Mahwah Residents ‘Stuck In Nightmare Of Addiction’

    MAHWAH, N.J. – Mahwah residents impacted by addiction now have an advocate to rely on.The Mahwah Municipal Alliance (MMA) has appointed Dana Romano, a licensed social worker and licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor, as community liaison. In her new role, Romano, of Oakland, will “give residents a place to turn when they feel like they have nobody to speak with about the serious ...

  5. Grade Levels Could Determine Schools For Franklin Lakes Students

    Grade Levels Could Determine Schools For Franklin Lakes Students

    FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. – The Franklin Lakes Board of Education is considering placing students in schools based on their grade levels, instead of where they live, NorthJersey.com reports.Almost 60 parents attended a presentation on the issue Tuesday, and many spoke up against changes, the article says.The presentation was held after the school board reviewed a report projecting declining ...

  6. Homeowners Association Targets 1,645 Oakland Residents In Lawsuit

    Homeowners Association Targets 1,645 Oakland Residents In Lawsuit

    OAKLAND, N.J. – More than 1,600 Oakland residents are being sued for past dues to a homeowners association many contend they were not aware they were a part of.“I purchased my home in 2004. And at the time I purchased my home there was never any mention of my lot or my house or my deed or anything being part of any type of homeowners association,” Vivian King, one of the residents being ...

  7. Elmwood Park Students Rally For Rare Disease Fighters

    Elmwood Park Students Rally For Rare Disease Fighters

    ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. – Students, teachers and staff throughout the Elmwood Park School District wore black and white for a good cause.On Tuesday, the school community raised awareness on National Rare Disease Day, and raised money to benefit a local non-profit – Rare is Beautiful.“The participation was amazing,” said Denise Ingui, a secretary at 16th Avenue School. “It makes you ...

  8. Saddle Brook To Honor ‘Outstanding’ Women For Giving Back

    Saddle Brook To Honor ‘Outstanding’ Women For Giving Back

    SADDLE BROOK, N.J. – In commemoration of National Women’s History Month, a group of women who have given back to the Saddle Brook community will be honored at Tuesday’s council meeting.“These awards are public acknowledgement of success and excellence and provide visibility to the recipients,” said Saddle Brook Mayor Robert White. “The women selected are role models for other women to ...

  9. Sons With Rare Disease Inspire Elmwood Park Dad's Journey To Capitol Hill

    Sons With Rare Disease Inspire Elmwood Park Dad's Journey To Capitol Hill

    ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. – On the last day of February for the past few years, Jeff Leider has been in the same place: Washington, D.C.And he has been doing the same thing: advocating for children battling rare diseases.The Elmwood Park father made his annual trip to the nation’s capital Monday, in preparation for Tuesday, National Rare Disease Day. “I am just trying to get these kids ...

  10. Mola Boulevard Dedicated In Memory of Longtime Elmwood Park Mayor

    Mola Boulevard Dedicated In Memory of Longtime Elmwood Park Mayor

    ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. – Elmwood Park officials unveiled a street sign for “Mola Boulevard” Sunday, the day that would have been longtime Mayor Richard A. Mola’s 81st birthday.The name of the main thoroughfare that cuts through the town was officially changed from Boulevard.Mola passed away in October at the age of 80. At the time of his death, he had served for 45 years as Mayor of Elmwood ...

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