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Lauren Kidd Ferguson

Community Reporter

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. Hold My Knots, Kimchi Smoke Among Vendors Popping Up At Garden State Plaza

    Hold My Knots, Kimchi Smoke Among Vendors Popping Up At Garden State Plaza

    PARAMUS, N.J. – Holiday shoppers will be eating well at the Garden State Plaza in Paramus this year.Mall-goers will be able to “explore the tastes of Bergen County from the most exciting food concepts and personalities in our area,” according to the mall’s website.On Dec. 14, 15, 16 and Dec. 21, 22, 23 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., a number of vendors will be holding cooking demonstrations, ...

  2. Northvale Girl With ‘Bright Smile’ Passes Away

    Northvale Girl With ‘Bright Smile’ Passes Away

    NORTHVALE, N.J. – Vivienne Knopp of Northvale passed away Tuesday.In April, 7-year-old Vivienne was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) – an inoperable brain tumor found in the area of the brain stem responsible for controlling bodily functions such as heartbeat, breathing, swallowing, eyesight and balance.The Northvale community had rallied around Vivienne and her ...

  3. Record-Breaking Roller Coasters Coming To American Dream In East Rutherford

    Record-Breaking Roller Coasters Coming To American Dream In East Rutherford

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – A pair of record-breaking roller coasters are slated to be built at American Dream Meadowlands megamall in East Rutherford.The coasters will be part of the indoor Nickelodeon Universe theme park.One, an intertwined Launched Euro-Fighter will boast the world record for the steepest roller coaster drop, while the other, a Spinning Coaster, will hold titles for the ...

  4. Support Rises For Paterson Dad Hospitalized After Family Thanksgiving

    Support Rises For Paterson Dad Hospitalized After Family Thanksgiving

    PATERSON, N.J. – The community is rallying around a Paterson father who suffered a seizure and cardiac arrest after enjoying Thanksgiving with his family.Isidro Ramirez “enjoyed every minute he got on Thanksgiving day being with family,” then had a seizure in his sleep and went into cardiac arrest early Friday morning, according to a GoFundMe page created to raise funds for his ...

  5. Fair Lawn Christmas Tree Sales Aid Disease-Fighting Leider Brothers

    Fair Lawn Christmas Tree Sales Aid Disease-Fighting Leider Brothers

    FAIR LAWN, N.J. – When Jeff Leider brought his family to pick out a Christmas tree at American Nursery in Fair Lawn last year, they got a Christmas surprise.“I was in total shock,” Leider said, after learning the nursery was donating 10 percent of the sales of Christmas trees toward helping his sons, Jason, now 11, and Justin, now 8, both of whom are battling Hunter syndrome, a rare ...

  6. Little Falls Woman’s Lyme Disease Went Undiagnosed For Nearly Two Decades

    Little Falls Woman’s Lyme Disease Went Undiagnosed For Nearly Two Decades

    LITTLE FALLS, N.J. – The community is rallying around a Little Falls woman battling Lyme Disease.At 12, Victoria Romaniello started feeling joint pain that became “excruciating and constant,” by the time she reached high school, according to a GoFundMe page created to raise money for her care.But it took years for her to be diagnosed with Lyme Disease, and now, 18 years later, she is ...

  7. Wayne Teen Headed To National Pop Warner Championships

    Wayne Teen Headed To National Pop Warner Championships

    MONTVALE, N.J. – During their final season of Pop Warner football, a team of 14-year-olds that practices at St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale will compete at the National Championships in Orlando.“What is kind of special about them is that they are part of the first class to ever come through our organization. They made it in their last year before high school, which is really ...

  8. Tis The Season: Toy Collection Train To Stop In Hawthorne, Pompton Lakes

    Tis The Season: Toy Collection Train To Stop In Hawthorne, Pompton Lakes

    ROCHELLE PARK, N.J. – A special toy collection train will make stops in Rochelle Park, Hawthorne, Midland Park, Wyckoff, Oakland and Pompton Lakes Saturday.The train, operated by volunteers from the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway, will chug through sections of Bergen, Passaic and Morris Counties, collecting thousands of donated toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for ...

  9. REPORT: These 3 Passaic County Districts Pay Teachers The Most

    REPORT: These 3 Passaic County Districts Pay Teachers The Most

    HACKENSACK, N.J. – The median salary for New Jersey teachers is on the rise, according to an NJ.com report listing the districts with the highest median salaries in each county.Statewide for 2016-2017 the median teacher salary was $66,117, up from $64,550 the year before, states the report that siting data from the New Jersey Department of Education.The Bergen and Passaic County ...

  10. ESPN, Jets Spotlight ‘Outstanding’ Paterson, Passaic Educators

    ESPN, Jets Spotlight ‘Outstanding’ Paterson, Passaic Educators

    HACKENSACK, N.J. – Educators from Hackensack, Paterson and Passaic were among a handful from New Jersey recently recognized by the New York Jets and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA). When the NJEA and the Jets set out to honor “outstanding” educators and educational support professionals, they received a slew of nominations from colleagues, family members, students and ...

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