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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. Passionate Teachers Bring Music Back To Ridgewood’s Original Playhouse

    Passionate Teachers Bring Music Back To Ridgewood’s Original Playhouse

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. – The building that once housed the original playhouse in Ridgewood is filling with music once again.“We are bringing music back to the playhouse,” said Sonia Kiernan, a Paramus native who along with her husband John recently opened the Piano Workshop at Bergen County. “This is where many plays were performed as well as musicals and a lot of musical events happened ...

  2. Westwood Butcher Works Hard At What He Likes

    Westwood Butcher Works Hard At What He Likes

    WESTWOOD, N.J. – Before the owner of Prime Meats in downtown Westwood went into business for himself, he learned a lot from his boss.“I had a great boss … He believed in giving people good service, and the highest quality at the best price,” said Sal Petruso, who for years has owned and operated a popular butcher shop in downtown Westwood.Petruso, who was born in Italy, came to the ...

  3. Ramsey Students Plant Field Of Flags To Honor Fallen Soldiers

    Ramsey Students Plant Field Of Flags To Honor Fallen Soldiers

    RAMSEY, N.J. – A group of Ramsey eighth graders are reminding people what Memorial Day is all about.The students at Eric S. Smith Middle School planted nearly 7,000 flags, one for each American killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, CBS reports.The students decided to plant their field of flags after taking a trip to Washington, D.C. and learning about other students honoring fallen service ...

  4. Paterson Group Inspired By Ramadan To Feed Hungry

    Paterson Group Inspired By Ramadan To Feed Hungry

    PATERSON, N.J. – Each week a team gathers in the kitchen of the Islamic Center of Passaic County in Paterson to prepare hot, nutritious three-course meals for about 450 people.“People feel worthy when they eat this well,” said Akbar McEntyre, a congregant of the center and the founder and executive director of Humble Beginnings, a non-profit organization that engages people in the areas ...

  5. Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates To Speak In Leonia

    Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates To Speak In Leonia

    LEONIA, N.J. – Five of the six Democrats vying for the party’s gubernatorial nomination will share their views at forums in Leonia next week.State Senator Raymond Lesniak, Assemblyman John Wisniewski, Tenafly Councilman Mark Zinna, Teaneck activist Bill Brennan and Jim Johnson will discuss their platforms and answer questions at the Leonia Borough Annex.On Thursday, June 1, at 7 ...

  6. Did You Catch A Glimpse Of The Biebs In Clifton This Week?

    Did You Catch A Glimpse Of The Biebs In Clifton This Week?

    CLIFTON, N.J. – Pop sensation Justin Bieber was spotted shopping at Target in Clifton Wednesday.He also was seen at a local Panera Bread, where Facebook users said he refused to take pictures with his fans.Daily Voice sources are speculating that the teen heartthrob could've been visiting his pastor Carl Lentz.GOT NEWS TIPS? EMAIL LAUREN KIDD FERGUSON AT LKFERGUSON@DAILYVOICE.COM.

  7. Paterson Diner Closing After More Than 70 Years

    Paterson Diner Closing After More Than 70 Years

    PATERSON, N.J. – The Egg Platter Diner in Paterson will be closing after more than 70 years in business, the popular restaurant announced on its Facebook page.“With great sadness I have to inform our wonderful customers that the Egg Platter Diner will be closing on May 31st officially,” the post states.According to the post, the owners have plans to rebuild within the area, and they ...

  8. West Milford School Bus Driver Will Not Be Fired Over Bathroom Break

    West Milford School Bus Driver Will Not Be Fired Over Bathroom Break

    WEST MILFORD, N.J. – A veteran West Milford school bus driver who faced termination after stopping mid-route to use a friend’s bathroom will keep her job, NorthJersey.com reports.At Tuesday’s West Milford Board of Education meeting, the board rejected its superintendent’s recommendation to terminate Gaye Kish, the story says. Kish, a driver for 21 years, phoned a friend to preemptively ...

  9. Paterson Teacher’s Certificate Revoked After Students Watch Porn In Class

    Paterson Teacher’s Certificate Revoked After Students Watch Porn In Class

    PATERSON, N.J. – The State Board of Examiners ordered that a former Paterson elementary school teacher who sat at his desk while students watched online pornography will have his teaching certificates revoked.In its ruling, the Board found that Robert J. Carter’s behavior was “unbecoming" a teacher and warranted a “severe penalty." The Board ordered for both Carter’s teacher ...

  10. NASA Astronaut Launching Memoir In Ridgewood

    NASA Astronaut Launching Memoir In Ridgewood

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. – A former NASA astronaut and NFL wide receiver will be appearing in Ridgewood Tuesday evening.Leland Melvin will be at Bookends Bookstore for a celebration to launch his memoir, "Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace and Second Chances."The book “offers an examination of the intersecting role of community, perseverance, and grace that align to ...

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