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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. Wyckoff Father Daughter Cancer Survivors Pay It Forward Together

    Wyckoff Father Daughter Cancer Survivors Pay It Forward Together

    WYCKOFF, N.J. – A 9-year-old Wyckoff cancer survivor is launching new lines of bracelets to raise money – and hope – during September, National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.Rebecca Salmins and her father Gerhard, also a cancer survivor, launched their company for a cause – called Knots and Arrows – earlier this year. They create bracelets, and donate a portion of the proceeds to ...

  2. William Paterson President To Retire, School Launches Search For New Leader

    William Paterson President To Retire, School Launches Search For New Leader

    WAYNE, N.J. – The upcoming academic year will be Kathleen Waldron’s last as president of William Paterson University in Wayne.Waldron, who became the university’s seventh president in 2010, will be retiring at the end of the 2017 – 2018 academic year.The university’s board of trustees has already launched a national search for a new president.“I will turn 70 years old in September 2018 ...

  3. Wayne, Hawthorne Co-Workers Win $1 Million Lottery Prize

    Wayne, Hawthorne Co-Workers Win $1 Million Lottery Prize

    RINGWOOD, N.J. – Four co-workers from a Ringwood pet grooming business will split the $1 million prize from a winning lottery ticket, the New Jersey Lottery announced Monday.The Powerball ticket -- bought at Maggie’s, a bar, grill and liquor store on Skyline Drive -- was purchased by Kristle Ellicott of Wayne on Saturday. She’ll split the winnings with Laura Lahm of Oakland, Alice Lynch ...

  4. Ringwood Pub Sells Winning $1 Million Lottery Ticket

    Ringwood Pub Sells Winning $1 Million Lottery Ticket

    RINGWOOD, N.J. – A lottery ticket worth $1 million was sold at Maggie’s in Ringwood on Saturday.The bar, grill and liquor store – which for years was the Old Forge before recently gaining new ownership and undergoing a renovation – is on Skyline Drive.The lucky ticket matched the five white balls during Saturday’s Powerball drawing.The winning numbers for the drawing were: 17, 19, 39, ...

  5. Princeton Runner Inspires West Milford Special Olympic Athletes

    Princeton Runner Inspires West Milford Special Olympic Athletes

    WEST MILFORD, N.J. – A trio of athletes with the West Milford Special Olympics joined a Princeton University student on a portion of his run across the United States Friday.“I was very proud of my runners, but I’m more so happy that they go to meet such a great role model,” said Kristi Clave, head coach for the West Milford Special Olympics.Her runners – Heather Gerety, Destiny Gerety ...

  6. International Fashion Retailer Opens In Wayne

    International Fashion Retailer Opens In Wayne

    WAYNE, N.J. – Zara is now open in Willowbrook Mall in Wayne.The fashion retailer is located on the lower level near Bloomingdales.Zara is a Spanish clothing and accessories retailer and one of the largest international fashion companies.

  7. Pompton Lakes’ Cardinal Café Spared By New Redevelopment Plans

    Pompton Lakes’ Cardinal Café Spared By New Redevelopment Plans

    POMPTON LAKES, N.J. – The realty company striving to build luxury apartments on Wanaque Avenue in Pompton Lakes has revised its plans, sparing a popular restaurant that would have had to relocate under earlier plans, NorthJersey.com reports.The Cardinal Café had faced a costly relocation that it may not have survived, the story says. The new plans utilize the air rights above the ...

  8. VIDEO: Wayne Dog Rocks Baby To Sleep

    VIDEO: Wayne Dog Rocks Baby To Sleep

    WAYNE, N.J. – A yellow Labrador Retriever from Wayne is becoming the latest YouTube star.In a video posted by his family, the dog -- named Max – can be seen using his paw to rock his “baby sister” Natalia to sleep in her bassinet.CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO.

  9. Paterson Native Dennis Maldonado, 47, Dies

    Paterson Native Dennis Maldonado, 47, Dies

    POMPTON LAKES, N.J. – Dennis Maldonado of Pompton Lakes died Monday. He was 47 years old.Maldonado lived in Paterson before moving to Pompton Lakes in 2005.“Dennis was a dedicated, loving father, husband, son, brother and friend,” states a GoFundMe page set up to raise money for his wife, Kimberly, and young daughter, Isabella.“Dennis loved his wife and daughter like nothing else in ...

  10. Winning Lottery Ticket Sold At Route 208 Lukoil

    Winning Lottery Ticket Sold At Route 208 Lukoil

    FAIR LAWN, N.J. – A winning lottery ticket worth $50,000 was sold in Fair Lawn.The ticket, sold at the Lukoil Mini Mart located on at 1400 Route 208, was one of seven lucky tickets that matched four of the five white balls and the Powerball drawn on Wednesday, August 16.One of the those tickets was purchased with the Power Play multiplying the prize to $150,000.The winning numbers for ...

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