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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. Fair Lawn Christmas Tree Sales Aid Disease-Fighting Leider Brothers

    Fair Lawn Christmas Tree Sales Aid Disease-Fighting Leider Brothers

    FAIR LAWN, N.J. – When Jeff Leider brought his family to pick out a Christmas tree at American Nursery in Fair Lawn last year, they got a Christmas surprise.“I was in total shock,” Leider said, after learning the nursery was donating 10 percent of the sales of Christmas trees toward helping his sons, Jason, now 11, and Justin, now 8, both of whom are battling Hunter syndrome, a rare ...

  2. Glen Rock Barbers Donate Shaves To Police After No-Shave November

    Glen Rock Barbers Donate Shaves To Police After No-Shave November

    GLEN ROCK, N.J. – Members of the Glen Rock PBA recently lined up at a Rock Road salon, each waiting for a fresh shave.For the second year in a row, the Stag House salon donated shaves to the officers to cap off No-Shave November.The Glen Rock officers grew their facial hair throughout the month to bring awareness to and raise funds for the fight against prostate cancer. The PBA raised ...

  3. Saddle Brook Teen Headed To National Pop Warner Championships

    Saddle Brook Teen Headed To National Pop Warner Championships

    MONTVALE, N.J. – During their final season of Pop Warner football, a team of 14-year-olds that practices at St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale will compete at the National Championships in Orlando.“What is kind of special about them is that they are part of the first class to ever come through our organization. They made it in their last year before high school, which is really ...

  4. Tis The Season: Train To Chug Through Bergen, Passaic For Good Cause

    Tis The Season: Train To Chug Through Bergen, Passaic For Good Cause

    ROCHELLE PARK, N.J. – A special toy collection train will make stops in Rochelle Park, Hawthorne, Midland Park, Wyckoff, Oakland and Pompton Lakes Saturday.The train, operated by volunteers from the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway, will chug through sections of Bergen, Passaic and Morris Counties, collecting thousands of donated toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for ...

  5. REPORT: These 3 Bergen County Districts Pay Teachers The Most

    REPORT: These 3 Bergen County Districts Pay Teachers The Most

    HACKENSACK, N.J. – The median salary for New Jersey teachers is on the rise, according to an NJ.com report listing the districts with the highest median salaries in each county.Statewide for 2016-2017 the median teacher salary was $66,117, up from $64,550 the year before, states the report that siting data from the New Jersey Department of Education.The Bergen and Passaic County ...

  6. Lodi Preps For Possible Marijuana Legalization

    Lodi Preps For Possible Marijuana Legalization

    LODI, N.J. – In anticipation of the legalization of marijuana in New Jersey, Lodi officials are considering new regulations on smoke shops in the borough, NorthJersey.com reports.Lodi currently has three smoke shops, and action could include limiting the number of such shops, the story says.Governor-elect Phil Murphy has promised to work to make marijuana legal in New Jersey. In the ...

  7. Stewart’s Bringing Famous Root Beer Floats To Paramus Mall

    Stewart’s Bringing Famous Root Beer Floats To Paramus Mall

    PARAMUS, N.J. – A Stewart’s restaurant will be opening at the Garden State Plaza in Paramus.The chain – made famous by its signature Stewart’s root beer and root beer floats -- serves food such as salads, burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and wraps.It will be located in the food court.The opening was first reported by Boozyburbs.com.

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Atheists File Suit Against Bergen Shelter Over 'Blessing Of The Animals'

    Atheists File Suit Against Bergen Shelter Over 'Blessing Of The Animals'

    TETERBORO, N.J. – An atheist group has filed a lawsuit against the Bergen County Animal Shelter in Teterboro, claiming the shelter’s annual blessing of the animals event is unconstitutional.Cranford-based American Atheists Inc. and member Candice Yaacobi of North Arlington filed the 16-page complaint in federal court in Newark this month.The suit claims that by hosting Reverend Kenneth ...

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