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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. New Preschool, Daycare Opening In North Haledon

    New Preschool, Daycare Opening In North Haledon

    NORTH HALEDON, N.J. – A new preschool and daycare is opening in North Haledon.The Learning Experience: North Haledon, located at 895 Belmont Ave., will hold an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on December 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.People will have the opportunity to meet the staff and tour the new facility.

  2. Fair Lawn Rallies For Ambulance Volunteer Awaiting New Heart

    Fair Lawn Rallies For Ambulance Volunteer Awaiting New Heart

    FAIR LAWN, N.J. – Fair Lawn is rallying around a mother of three as she awaits a heart transplant.Esther Silvestr, who works two jobs, was rushed to the hospital after experiencing shortness of breath about three months ago, and was told her heart was not working in its proper capacity, her children wrote on a GoFundMe page they created to raise funds for their mother. Silvestr was ...

  3. Organs Of Dumont Mom Who Died Delivering Twins Will Help Others Live

    Organs Of Dumont Mom Who Died Delivering Twins Will Help Others Live

    DUMONT, N.J. – The family of a Dumont mother who died while delivering twin girls last week has donated her organs to help others.“Julia’s selflessness continued after her death. The final gift was her organ donation,” Julia Roman’s sister-in-law, Lucelenia Pimentel, wrote on a GoFundMe page created to raise funds for Julia’s family.The page had garnered more than $40,000 in donations ...

  4. Buyer Found For Wayne’s Former Paris Inn

    Buyer Found For Wayne’s Former Paris Inn

    WAYNE, N.J. – The Wayne site of the former Paris Inn is now under contract.The building at 1292 Alps Rd. had been listed for $2.2 million and went on the market in April, according to the New Jersey Multiple Listing Service.The Paris Inn, a popular banquet hall, shut down suddenly in April.

  5. How To Help Family Of Dumont Mom Who Died Delivering Twins

    How To Help Family Of Dumont Mom Who Died Delivering Twins

    DUMONT, N.J. – Donation boxes have been placed in Dumont for the family of a 43-year-old mother who died while delivering her twin girls last week.Julia Roman, of Dumont, died of an amniotic fluid embolism at HUMC at Pascack Valley, leaving her husband Victor to care for their 5-year-old daughter Victoria and newborn twins Isabella and Grace.The Family is still in need of the following ...

  6. Popular North Haledon Health Food Store Moves To Wyckoff

    Popular North Haledon Health Food Store Moves To Wyckoff

    WYCKOFF, N.J. – Karen Lauber of Franklin Lakes has long held a passion for helping others.For six years she helped people get healthier through The Health Stop, her health food store in North Haledon. Then in October, she moved her shop to a new location, where she says, “I can help even more people because more people can find me.”“Location, location, location,” Lauber excitedly said ...

  7. Dog Found Living With Coyote Pack Being Cared For By Oakland Shelter

    Dog Found Living With Coyote Pack Being Cared For By Oakland Shelter

    OAKLAND, N.J. – A dog who lived outdoors among a pack of coyotes for more than a year is now receiving care at the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge in Oakland.About 18 months ago, the dog was first spotted with a pack of coyotes near Kingston, New York, and had been constantly sighted playing with the pack ever since, thedodo.com reports.Nicole Asher, founder of Buddha Dog Rescue & ...

  8. DEP's New App Helps Hikers Navigate Ringwood, West Milford Trails

    DEP's New App Helps Hikers Navigate Ringwood, West Milford Trails

    RINGWOOD, N.J. – Visitors to New Jersey State Parks – including those in Ringwood, West Milford and Mahwah – now have a new tool to help them navigate the terrain.The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry officially launched a new smart device app Thursday to help users make detailed plans tailored to trails, activities and terrain.The Trail Tracker app may be downloaded to smart ...

  9. Clifton Named Among Top 100 U.S. Cities To Raise Kids

    Clifton Named Among Top 100 U.S. Cities To Raise Kids

    CLIFTON, N.J. – Clifton was named among the best 100 cities in the United States to raise children.The list was compiled by The National Council for Home Safety and Security, a national trade association comprised of licensed alarm installers, contractors, and other relevant trade groups throughout the country.It is based on factors such as graduation rates, crime rates, health ...

  10. Mom Of Suicide Victim, 12, To Spread Anti-Bullying Message In Pompton Lakes

    Mom Of Suicide Victim, 12, To Spread Anti-Bullying Message In Pompton Lakes

    POMPTON LAKES, N.J. – The mother of a Rockaway girl who committed suicide after her mom said she was horrifically bullied will share her story in Pompton Lakes Thursday.Dianne Grossman founded Mallory’s Army in memory of her daughter to provide solutions to help combat bullying. She will be one of four speakers at the “Not My Child Syndrome” event, sponsored by Mallory’s Army.Mallory ...

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