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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. Paterson Native With Cancer Wants Her Bulldog Back

    Paterson Native With Cancer Wants Her Bulldog Back

    PATERSON, N.J. – A Paterson native with stage 3 colon cancer is fighting to get her dog back from animal control.Deborah Gonzales Schwadtke, who now lives in Vernon, said she has been without her dog, Tank, since Sept. 12.A judge declared Tank to be “potentially dangerous” after the 2 ½ year-old American Bulldog bit a neighbor.Schwadtke said the dog ran out in front of her niece, who ...

  2. Flooded Clifton Jiu-Jitsu School Fights To Stay Open

    Flooded Clifton Jiu-Jitsu School Fights To Stay Open

    CLIFTON, N.J. – A popular Jiu-Jitsu school in Clifton may be forced to close after a flood damaged its building.Clifton Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which opened in 2012, experienced a flood on Dec. 17.“The school was informed a couple days ago that the repairs will not be covered by the landlord and if $5,000 will not be raised by January 7, the school will need to shut down,” Erick Ramirez ...

  3. Saddle Brook Students Volunteer To Dig Out Neighbors

    Saddle Brook Students Volunteer To Dig Out Neighbors

    SADDLE BROOK, N.J. – As snow fell on Saddle Brook Thursday, a group of kind-hearted young people headed outdoors to dig out their neighbors.The Saddle Brook High School students are part of the school’s Community Partnership Club – a branch of a township-wide initiative aimed at linking vulnerable residents in need of assistance with volunteers and resources.“The Community Partnership ...

  4. Former New Jersey Gov. Brendan Byrne Dies At 93

    Former New Jersey Gov. Brendan Byrne Dies At 93

    HACKENSACK, N.J. – Former New Jersey Gov. Brendan Byrne died Thursday. He was 93.“We ask all New Jerseyans to put Governor Byrne and his family in your prayers tonight,” Gov. Chris Christie said in a statement Thursday.Byrne had a long career of public service, serving as counsel to Governor Meyner, Deputy Attorney General, Essex County Prosecutor, Superior Court Judge and two-term ...

  5. Bloomingdale Says Goodbye To Clerk After 30 Years

    Bloomingdale Says Goodbye To Clerk After 30 Years

    BLOOMINGDALE, N.J. – Bloomingdale is saying goodbye and offering well wishes to its longtime borough clerk.“After 30 years as the Bloomingdale Municipal Clerk, we say goodbye to Jane McCarthy,” the borough announced on its Facebook page.McCarthy is retiring.“Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the Borough. You will be sorely missed,” the post states.

  6. New Jersey's State Of Emergency: What Does It Mean For You?

    New Jersey's State Of Emergency: What Does It Mean For You?

    HACKENSACK, N.J. – As the winter storm barreled through Thursday afternoon, Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency for all of New Jersey. What does that mean for you?CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQbSB6dkzVU&feature=youtu.beEarlier in the day, Christie declared a state of emergency in Cape May, Atlantic, Ocean and Monmouth counties, while closing ...

  7. Storm Shuts Paramus, Montvale Blood Centers, Worsening Shortage

    Storm Shuts Paramus, Montvale Blood Centers, Worsening Shortage

    PARAMUS, N.J. – The winter storm forced Community Blood Services to close its collection centers – including those in in Montvale and Paramus – Thursday, worsening an already serious blood shortage.The non-profit that provides blood to 30 hospital locations also closed its collection centers in Lincoln Park and Parsippany and cancelled all scheduled blood donation events throughout the ...

  8. Medical Technician Lauren Poepper Of Clifton Dies At 31

    Medical Technician Lauren Poepper Of Clifton Dies At 31

    CLIFTON, N.J. – Lauren Lynn Poepper of Clifton died on Dec. 21. She was 31.Poepper was born in Passaic and was a lifelong resident of Clifton. She was a medical technician and certified phlebotomist who also loved working with animals. “Lauren will be remembered for her loving nature, outgoing personality, caring heart and unconditional devotion to her family and friends,” her obituary ...

  9. Success Story: Garfield Club Motivates Student To Reach For PhD

    Success Story: Garfield Club Motivates Student To Reach For PhD

    GARFIELD, N.J. – Jasmine Cubuk of Garfield is now earning her PhD in biochemistry.But she doesn’t believe she would be where she is today if it weren’t for the Boys and Girls Club of Garfield.“The Boys and Girls Club has played a crucial role in making all of this possible for me,” said Cubuk, who graduated Garfield High School in 2013 in the top 5 percent of her class, and went on to ...

  10. Lyndhurst Food Store Sells Winning Lottery Ticket

    Lyndhurst Food Store Sells Winning Lottery Ticket

    LYNDHURST, N.J. – One lucky person is nearly $200,000 richer after buying a winning lottery ticket in Lyndhurst.The ticket – worth $188,503 – was sold at Aiwa Food Store, 149 Ridge Rd. in Lyndhurst.The ticket, as well as another sold in Ocean in Monmouth County, matched all five numbers drawn for the Jersey Cash 5 jackpot on Tuesday, Jan. 2. The winning numbers were: 08, 10, 13, 21 and ...

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