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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. Clifton Steakhouse Accused Of Sex Harassment Ordered To Pay Workers $80K

    Clifton Steakhouse Accused Of Sex Harassment Ordered To Pay Workers $80K

    CLIFTON, N.J. – A Clifton steakhouse accused of fostering a climate of sexual harassment and racism has been ordered to pay $80,000 to employees and ex-employees, authorities announced Thursday.The settlement, reached to resolve the allegations, stipulates that Alexus Steakhouse & Tavern must pay $50,000 to a female employee who the state found to be a victim of sexual harassment ...

  2. Dems Sweep In Haledon, Little Falls, Prospect Park

    Dems Sweep In Haledon, Little Falls, Prospect Park

    Here's a look at how the 2017 election played out in Clifton, Haledon, Little Falls, North Haledon, Paterson, Prospect Park, Totowa and Woodland Park, according to unofficial results from the Passaic County Clerk's Office. (Bold denotes winner, * denotes incumbent.)CLIFTON BOARD OF EDUCATION (Vote for 3):Lucy Danny* ... 5,187 Frank W. Kasper ... 4,859Judith Bassford* ... 5,197 Andrew W. ...

  3. Wayne Mayor Wins Re-Election

    Wayne Mayor Wins Re-Election

    WAYNE, N.J. -- Wayne Mayor Christopher P. Vergano was re-elected Tuesday.Vergano, a Republican, garnered 60 percent of votes, to best Democratic challenger Raymond Egatz, who earned about 40 percent of votes, according to unofficial results from the Passaic County Clerk's Office.Three republicans also won seats on the township council. Incumbent Joseph Schweighardt, as well as Jill ...

  4. Hawthorne Mayor Wins Re-Election

    Hawthorne Mayor Wins Re-Election

    HAWTHORNE, N.J. -- Republican Mayor Richard S. Goldberg was re-elected to lead Hawthorne Tuesday.The incumbent earned 2,597 votes to beat Naomi B. Collier (1,885 votes) and Philip Speulda (256 votes), according to unofficial results from the Passaic County Clerk's Office.Republicans also held onto three council seats. Republican Incumbents Dominic Mele, Bruce A. Bennet and John V. Lane ...

  5. Dems Gordon, Eustace, Lagana Hold On To 38th Dist. Legislative Seats

    Dems Gordon, Eustace, Lagana Hold On To 38th Dist. Legislative Seats

    FAIR LAWN, N.J. --  State Senator Bob Gordon (D-Fair Lawn) won re-election Tuesday.Fellow District 38 Democrats Assemblyman Tim Eustace of Maywood and Assemblyman Joseph A. Lagana of Paramus were also re-elected.Gordon withstood a challenge from Republican New Milford Councilwoman Kelly Langschultz. The the Assembly incumbents bested Republicans Christopher B. Wolf, a Saddle Brook ...

  6. Phil Murphy's Win Marks New Era Of Democratic Control In New Jersey

    Phil Murphy's Win Marks New Era Of Democratic Control In New Jersey

    Former Wall Street executive-turned diplomat Phil Murphy (D) beat Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno (R) in Tuesday's New Jersey gubernatorial election.CNN called the win for Murphy based on exit polling.Murphy, 60, will be sworn in on Jan. 16, and Democrats will control the governor's office and state Legislature for the first time since 2009, when Jon Corzine lost to Chris Christie.CLICK HERE ...

  7. Oakland Farmers Market To Open Waldwick Location

    Oakland Farmers Market To Open Waldwick Location

    WALDWICK, N.J. – An indoor farmers market is slated to move into the former home of Stop & Shop in Waldwick.“We are very excited. The building has been vacant for a while,” Mayor Thomas Giordano told Daily Voice.The Waldwick Planning Board approved an application for the same company that runs the Oakland Giant Farmers Market to open a similar store at the Waldwick Avenue location, ...

  8. Last Call: Wyckoff Distillery Closes

    Last Call: Wyckoff Distillery Closes

    WYCKOFF, N.J. – An award-winning Wyckoff distillery has shut its doors.Great Notch Distillery, located at 465 West Main Street, “will cease production and distribution of its gin, vodka, bourbon, corn whiskey and apple pie moonshine,” the distillery announced on its website.“You can still purchase our award winning New Jersey made spirits from our retail partners while supplies last,” ...

  9. Turkey Day Deals: Wayne, Totowa Toys R Us Stores To Open On Thanksgiving

    Turkey Day Deals: Wayne, Totowa Toys R Us Stores To Open On Thanksgiving

    PARAMUS, N.J. – Toys R Us stores in Paramus, Totowa and Wayne will open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.The Wayne-based toy retailer made the announcement Monday, stating that locations nationwide will open for holiday shopping on Thanksgiving, and will feature “doorbuster deals, dedicated toy gurus, and services like layaway, in-store pickups and store maps.Most locations – including ...

  10. Ridgewood Schools Chief Blasts Violent Bullying Incident, Snapchat Posts

    Ridgewood Schools Chief Blasts Violent Bullying Incident, Snapchat Posts

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. – Ridgewood's schools chief on Friday called it "disappointing" that other students recorded the "unnecessary and unacceptable" beating of a student who came to the defense of a cyberbullying victim.“It is highly unfortunate that the incident -- which happened after school hours on district property -- resulted in unnecessary and unacceptable ...

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