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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. Paterson Nun-To-Be Takes Unconventional Approach

    Paterson Nun-To-Be Takes Unconventional Approach

    PATERSON, N.J. – A young woman from Paterson who plans to enter a convent on Friday took to the internet to help her fulfill one of the religious order’s requirements.“In order to enter the community, I must be debt free as the sisters take a vow of poverty, and cannot take on any debt. While I have paid off most of my debt … I have a little bit left to go,”  wrote on a GoFundMe page ...

  2. Waldwick Cookie Boutique Thrives On Creativity

    Waldwick Cookie Boutique Thrives On Creativity

    WYCKOFF, N.J. – Michele Braun of Wyckoff started baking and decorating cookies as a hobby about 25 years ago.After her daughter was born, she made cookies for special occasions like her baptism and first birthday.“Then, when she went to school, more and more people saw the work that I did and were like, ‘Oh, you should sell those,'” Braun recalled. Braun said she took their advice, and ...

  3. Watch River Edge Inventor Mom Make Television Debut

    Watch River Edge Inventor Mom Make Television Debut

    RIVER EDGE, N.J. – A River Edge mom will make her television debut this week when she appears on a special Mother’s Day episode of the Steve Harvey Show.Samantha Senack learned she was chosen to appear on a segment called “Made By Moms” on a Friday, and was flown to Chicago for the taping on Monday, she told Daily Voice.“I recognized opportunity knocks when you least expect it and you ...

  4. Miss America Hopeful Inspires Paterson Students

    Miss America Hopeful Inspires Paterson Students

    FAIR LAWN, N.J. – Celinda Ortega of Fair Lawn has been pretty busy over the past few months.The 22-year-old Montclair State University graduate has been keeping track of current events, singing with a vocal coach and practicing walking in heals and posing.It is all to get her ready for the Miss New Jersey pageant in June, where she will be competing against 27 other women from around ...

  5. Wyckoff ShopRite Construction Moving Ahead – At Last

    Wyckoff ShopRite Construction Moving Ahead – At Last

    WYCKOFF, N.J. – Inserra Supermarkets is moving ahead with the construction of a new ShopRite at the corner of Greenwood and Wyckoff Avenues in Wyckoff, NorthJersey.com reports.The company will soon begin submitting plans for building permits, and has hired a person to help navigate the permitting process, the story says.Stop & Shop – which has a store just about 200 feet away in the ...

  6. Flash Flood Warning Issued Across Bergen, Passaic Counties

    Flash Flood Warning Issued Across Bergen, Passaic Counties

    EDGEWATER, N.J. -- A Flash Flood Warning has been issued for portions of Bergen and Passaic counties Friday afternoon.The warning, issued by the National Weather Service, went into effect at 12:30 p.m., and lasts until 4:30 p.m.Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. Up to one inch of rain has already fallen.

  7. Retirement Short-Lived For Beloved Lodi Pizzaiolo

    Retirement Short-Lived For Beloved Lodi Pizzaiolo

    LODI, N.J. – The owner of Curioni’s Market in Lodi may have just set a record for the shortest retirement.“I don’t know if it was the shortest in history, but it was pretty short,” said Walter Curioni, who closed his popular pizzeria on April 26. He will be opening his restaurant back up on Monday – with more limited hours.Curioni said the outpouring of love from his customers made him ...

  8. Lodi Pizza Fans Get Their Wish: Curioni's Market To Reopen

    Lodi Pizza Fans Get Their Wish: Curioni's Market To Reopen

    LODI, N.J. – After only a few days of being “closed for good,” Curioni’s Market in Lodi will reopen on Monday, according to the business’ voicemail.********** UPDATE: RETIREMENT SHORT-LIVED FOR BELOVED LODI PIZZAIOLO **********“Hello, you’ve reached Curioni’s,” the recorded voice on the line states. “We will be re-opening on Monday, May 8th, with new hours, Monday through Friday from 6 ...

  9. New Drive-Thru Mahwah Starbucks Is Java Dream Come True For Commuters

    New Drive-Thru Mahwah Starbucks Is Java Dream Come True For Commuters

    MAHWAH, N.J. – Coffee lovers have a new hot spot in Mahwah.A Starbucks recently opened on Route 17, and its official grand opening was held Wednesday.The Starbucks has a drive-thru, and is located at 380 Route 17 South, in the Shops at Mahwah, across from the State Line Diner.

  10. Garfield Mom Keeps Son's Memory Alive By Helping Others Follow Dreams

    Garfield Mom Keeps Son's Memory Alive By Helping Others Follow Dreams

    GARFIELD, N.J. – Cassita Massiah remembers Oct. 12, 2007 like it was yesterday.The Garfield resident was substitute teaching for a 4th grade class in Harlem, and talking to students about her son Freddie who was training to be a Navy SEAL. “I was telling them about the work he did in school, and I was telling them that they could do the same thing, work hard and do what they have to do ...

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