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Lauren Kidd Ferguson

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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. REPORT: Wanaque Reservoir Could Be Threatened By Dangerous Chemical

    REPORT: Wanaque Reservoir Could Be Threatened By Dangerous Chemical

    RINGWOOD, N.J. – A dangerous chemical at the Ringwood Superfund site -- where Ford Motor Co. dumped toxic paint sludge 50 years ago -- could threaten the Wanaque Reservoir, NorthJersey.com reports.The probable carcinogen – called 1,4-dioxane – has not been found in the reservoir, but high levels have been detected in groundwater and brooks feeding the body of water that provides ...

  2. Englewood Boys Raise $30K In Honor Of Brother, 10, Fighting Cancer

    Englewood Boys Raise $30K In Honor Of Brother, 10, Fighting Cancer

    ENGLWOOD, N.J. – A pair of Englewood brothers have raised $30,000 for the hospital where their 10-year-old brother is undergoing cancer treatment.Max Burgida, 14, and Aidan Burgida, 12, will officially donate the money in honor of their brother, Bennett Burgida on Wednesday.Bennett, who is battling a form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma called Burkitt lymphoma, has been receiving treatment at ...

  3. Little Ferry Rallies To Help Mom With ALS Modify Home

    Little Ferry Rallies To Help Mom With ALS Modify Home

    LITTLE FERRY, N.J. – Little Ferry is rallying around a lifelong resident diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease.“It is becoming increasingly difficult for Dawn to access her home, where she lives with her husband, Steve, and her sons, Stephen and Shane. She is in need of a roll in shower, home modifications, and assistance in medical expenses,” states a GoFundMe campaign created to raise ...

  4. Clifton Warehouseman, John Bendewald, 54, Dies

    Clifton Warehouseman, John Bendewald, 54, Dies

    LITTLE FERRY, N.J. – John Bendewald of Ridgefield Park passed away on June 15. He was 54.Bendewald was “always the first one to help a family member, friend, coworker and even a stranger when they need help,” a GoFundMe page created to raise money for his family states.Bendewald passed away following an affliction with encephalitis, a rare viral infection, according to the page.He is ...

  5. Eating At New Mahwah Spot Will Help First Responders

    Eating At New Mahwah Spot Will Help First Responders

    MAHWAH, N.J. – A new Mahwah sub shop will donate to local first responders, NJ.com reports.Firehouse Subs, slated to open at 380 Route 17 South by early September, will round up orders to the nearest dollar, collect change and sell pickle buckets to put money into its fund to purchase equipment for first responders, the story says.So far, the chain, which also has locations in Totowa ...

  6. Passaic Mayor Could Get 60 Percent Raise

    Passaic Mayor Could Get 60 Percent Raise

    PASSAIC, N.J. – Acting Passaic Mayor Hector Lora could get a 60 percent pay raise under an ordinance introduced by the City Council, NorthJersey.com reports.If approved, the ordinance would increase the mayor’s annual salary from $72,295 to $115,000, with the new salary taking effect on July 1, the story says. Lora will begin his first fill term as mayor on July 2, the article ...

  7. Funding Delayed For East Rutherford’s American Dream

    Funding Delayed For East Rutherford’s American Dream

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Funding for the America Dream megamall in East Rutherford has hit a delay, Bloomberg.com reports.Wednesday, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. delayed the planned pricing of over $1 billion of unrated municipal bonds to finance the project, the report states.CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL BLOOMBERG.COM REPORT.

  8. Woodland Park Woman, 21, Nearly Drowns In Ocean

    Woodland Park Woman, 21, Nearly Drowns In Ocean

    WOODLAND PARK, N.J. – A Woodland Park woman was nearly drowned in Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ.com reports.Nisha Desai, 21, and another woman were pulled from the water by beachgoers on Monday, the story says.Lifeguards are on duty in Avon during weekends, but won’t start patrolling during weekdays until June 20, the story says.CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL NJ.COM ARTICLE.

  9. Police ID Man Who Drowned In Lake As Paterson Student, Support Pours In

    Police ID Man Who Drowned In Lake As Paterson Student, Support Pours In

    WEST MILFORD, N.J. – Support is pouring in for the family of a 20-year-old Paterson man who drowned in a remote West Milford lake Sunday.On a GoFundMe page created to raise funds for Memfy Deleon’s funeral, he was remembered as a humble young man, great son, caring brother, and talented baseball player who attended Bergen Community College in Paramus.On Sunday, Deleon “left the house ...

  10. Fair Lawn’s Miss NJ Hopeful Heads To Pageant

    Fair Lawn’s Miss NJ Hopeful Heads To Pageant

    FAIR LAWN, N.J. – Fair Lawn’s Celinda Ortega will soon be competing in the Miss New Jersey pageant.The pageant officially kicks off Wednesday evening with a parade on the Ocean City Boardwalk.Ortega, who holds the title of Miss Bergen County 2017, will start competing against 27 other beauty queens from throughout the state on in Ocean City on Thursday, and the next Miss New Jersey will ...

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