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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. Elmwood Park Convenience Store Revamped By New Owner

    Elmwood Park Convenience Store Revamped By New Owner

    ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. – The new owner of an Elmwood Park convenience store wants people to know his store is now clean, stocked and ready to serve the public.Ashok Sheth of Saddle Brook said he took over the Kenny’s Food Store on Mola Boulevard near the Garfield boarder about six months ago.And in that time, he has done a lot of work.The store now has more refrigerators stocked with cold ...

  2. Mahwah Officials: Ritual Enclosure Violates Zoning Law, Must Be Removed

    Mahwah Officials: Ritual Enclosure Violates Zoning Law, Must Be Removed

    MAHWAH, N.J. – Mahwah’s zoning official sent a letter to the South Monsey Eruv Fund Friday calling for the removal of piping attached to utility poles in the township – which are being installed to create a ritual Jewish enclosure called an eruv.“Today we ordered our Zoning Official to take action regarding the placement of PVC pipes on public utility poles which is consistent with the ...

  3. Ritual Enclosure Sparks Controversy In Mahwah

    Ritual Enclosure Sparks Controversy In Mahwah

    MAHWAH, N.J. – The installation of a ritual enclosure called an eruv in Mahwah has sparked an online petition with about 550 signers who are worried about “illegal incursions” in the community.The eruv’s perimeter is being marked by half-inch thick PVC piping on some utility poles in Mahwah and Upper Saddle River. Eruvs permit observant Jews, such as ultra-Orthodox Jews, to carry items ...

  4. Hackensack Non-Profit Rids Bergen, Passaic Homes Of Dangerous Lead Paint

    Hackensack Non-Profit Rids Bergen, Passaic Homes Of Dangerous Lead Paint

    HACKENSACK, N.J. – With a new report out showing lead was found in the drinking water of over half of Bergen County school systems, one Hackensack based non-profit is reminding people that children can also digest lead in other ways – such as through lead-based paint.And the non-profit is helping families remediate the problem.With a grant from the New Jersey Department of Community ...

  5. REPORT: Two Bergen School Superintendents Among Highest Paid In NJ

    REPORT: Two Bergen School Superintendents Among Highest Paid In NJ

    WAYNE, N.J. – The superintendent of the Passaic County Technical Institute in Wayne earned the highest base pay of all school superintendents in New Jersey last school year, according to a list released by N.J.com.The list of the 25 highest paid superintendents in the state for the 2016 to 2017 school year is derived from data from the New Jersey Department of Education and is based on ...

  6. Report: Bacteria Killed Norwood Boy, 11, At Sleep-Away Camp

    Report: Bacteria Killed Norwood Boy, 11, At Sleep-Away Camp

    NORWOOD, N.J. – A Norwood 11-year-old who died while at a sleep-away camp Monday tested positive for a bacteria that is a precursor to bacterial meningitis, NJ.com reports.Daniel Beer – who was away at Camp Nah-Jee-Wah in Milford, Pennsylvania -- had Neisseria meningitis, a bacteria that often leads to infections in the brain, spinal cord and bloodstream, the article says.NJ.com ...

  7. Bunkmates Of Norwood Boy Who Died At Camp Sent To Hospital

    Bunkmates Of Norwood Boy Who Died At Camp Sent To Hospital

    NORWOOD, N.J. – Three boys staying in the same summer camp cabin as a Norwood boy who died Monday were also taken to the hospital after showing signs of stomach illness, NJ.com reports.The three boys – who were bunking together at Camp Nah-Jee-Wah in Milford, Pennsylvania – were taken as a precautionary measure and released, the story says.Daniel Beer, 11, died Monday at Bon Secours ...

  8. Rapid Reemployment Initiative Launched For Laid-Off Bergen Police

    Rapid Reemployment Initiative Launched For Laid-Off Bergen Police

    HACKENSACK, N.J. – When national employment advocate John Fugazzie learned more than 20 officers with the Bergen County Police Services were being laid off in Hackensack last month, he started to do what he does best – network.Six years ago, Fugazzie founded the job search and networking organization Neighbors-helping-Neighbors-USA out of his River Edge home. The group holds ...

  9. Couple Plans 80’s Night To Help Elmwood Park Brothers Battling Rare Disease

    Couple Plans 80’s Night To Help Elmwood Park Brothers Battling Rare Disease

    PARAMUS, N.J. – After graduating college, Christine Ghassali of Paramus had what she called “some self doubts.”“I was kind of just trying to figure out real life,” she said.Then she realized “nothing would make me feel better than to do something for somebody else,” she said. At just 21 years old, and with the help and encouragement of her boyfriend Petey Aiosa of Lodi, Ghassali formed ...

  10. Support Pours In For Garfield Dad Who Suffered Massive Heart Attack

    Support Pours In For Garfield Dad Who Suffered Massive Heart Attack

    GARFIELD, N.J. – Garfield is rallying around a local father who recently had a massive heart attack.Cabinet-maker Ken Douglass “works hard for a living” to provide for his wife and son, states a GoFundMe page created to raise money for his care.“Because he owns his own business he cannot collect disability,” the page states.More than $1,700 had been raised for Douglass by Tuesday ...

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