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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. First Responders Recall Fatal Hawthorne Explosion 50 Years Later

    First Responders Recall Fatal Hawthorne Explosion 50 Years Later

    HAWTHORNE, N.J. – Former Hawthorne volunteer firefighter Harry Shortway, Jr. has vivid memories of February 17, 1967. “I will never forget that morning. People coming out of the building on fire. Clothes on fire,” said Shortway, the mayor of Midland Park.Shortway, also formerly a police officer in Ridgewood, was the first responder to arrive at the scene of the Morningstar-Paisley ...

  2. River Edge Mom Invents Cure For Sleepless Nights

    River Edge Mom Invents Cure For Sleepless Nights

    RIVER EDGE, N.J. – Before moving to River Edge, Samantha Senack spent over 20 years in the fashion industry.“I have traveled the world and lived in China babysitting production, India, and all types of fantastic places getting to see how things are made and negotiating and seeing designs come to life,” said Senack, an Oakland native.So when her baby daughter, Birdie, had trouble ...

  3. 'I Love Seeing People Smile' Says Paramus Native Of Bucket List

    'I Love Seeing People Smile' Says Paramus Native Of Bucket List

    MAHWAH, N.J. – Amy Zambrano has done plenty of volunteer work in New Jersey. The Paramus native teaches CCD, and has volunteered at a camp for children with disabilities and a nursing home, she said. “I love seeing people smile and giving back,” said Zambrano, a senior at Ramapo College of New Jersey in Mahwah.Zambrano said it was “on my bucket list” to bring her passion for ...

  4. New Ringwood Diner Dream Come True For Waldwick Couple

    New Ringwood Diner Dream Come True For Waldwick Couple

    RINGWOOD, N.J. – Diners are a family affair for Peter Katsihtis.His father owned a diner in Yonkers, his cousins own about a dozen in Manhattan, and he and his wife Sophia owned one in Brooklyn.But after six years, the commute from their Waldwick home to their Brooklyn diner got to be too much. After Peter saw an ad in a Greek magazine about a diner for sale in Ringwood – just about 20 ...

  5. Mastectomy Patients Cry Tears Of Joy At Wyckoff Lingerie Store

    Mastectomy Patients Cry Tears Of Joy At Wyckoff Lingerie Store

    WYCKOFF, N.J. – Paul Haber calls his Wyckoff and River Edge employees “heroes.”“They are complete heroes for making so many women feel good,” said Haber, who co-owns the Wizard of Bras (WOB) lingerie stores with his brother Mitchell and sister Loren.“They spend so much time fitting everyone to make them feel good, help their self-esteem,” Haber said, as he stood in the Wyckoff store ...

  6. Saddle Brook Volunteers Bundle Up, Dig Out Neighbors

    Saddle Brook Volunteers Bundle Up, Dig Out Neighbors

    SADDLE BROOK, N.J. – As snow piled up in Saddle Brook Thursday, residents involved in the township’s new Community Partnership initiative sprang into action.The program – launched in December – has a mission to link vulnerable residents in need of assistance with resources and volunteers.Thursday, five community members utilized the Partnership’s dedicated phone line to request help ...

  7. Second Amendment Group Threatens Lawsuit, Ramsey Tables Gun Law Change

    Second Amendment Group Threatens Lawsuit, Ramsey Tables Gun Law Change

    RAMSEY, N.J. – Amidst threat of a lawsuit from the New Jersey Second Amendment Society, the Ramsey Borough Council Wednesday held off on adopting an ordinance that would prohibit firearms from being discharged at shooting ranges within the borough.The council voted to table the ordinance until the next council meeting on Feb. 22.“We are in the process of obtaining a national law firm to ...

  8. Franklin Lakes Students Need Votes To Create Travel App For Sick Kids

    Franklin Lakes Students Need Votes To Create Travel App For Sick Kids

    FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. – Caroline Thoma’s cousin had always wanted to visit Costa Rica. Sadly, he passed away from leukemia before he got the chance.Now Caroline and six other 7th graders are pushing to create a mobile app that would allow children who are sick or unable to travel for other reasons to go on virtual trips and learn about places around the world.“I am sure he would have ...

  9. With Firing Range Pending, Ramsey To Consider Tightening Gun Law Wednesday

    With Firing Range Pending, Ramsey To Consider Tightening Gun Law Wednesday

    RAMSEY, N.J. – The Ramsey Borough Council is slated to give final consideration Wednesday evening to an ordinance that would prohibit firearms from being discharged at firing ranges within the borough.The ordinance introduced last month revises a current ordinance that prohibits the firing of “any pistol, shotgun, rifle or other type of firearms anywhere in the borough,” but exempts ...

  10. Elmwood Park Woman Gets Big Break, Will Launch Invention On National TV

    Elmwood Park Woman Gets Big Break, Will Launch Invention On National TV

    ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. – Hipatia Lopez and her family make a lot of empanadas. They fill them with chicken, beef, pork and even Nutella.For years they prepared the delicious stuffed pastries by pushing the sides of the dough closed with a fork. But in the midst of making 100 empanadas for the holidays a few years back, Lopez thought there had to be an easier way.“We were all there with the ...

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