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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. Paterson Teacher’s Lesson To Students: You Are ‘Important & Loved’

    Paterson Teacher’s Lesson To Students: You Are ‘Important & Loved’

    PATERSON, N.J. – For the second year in a row, a Paterson teacher rallied the community to ensure each of the 500 students in her school received a holiday gift.“My main focus is to teach these incredible kids that they are cared for, important & loved,” Jennifer Olawski, a physical education teacher at the Community Charter School of Paterson, wrote on a GoFundMe page she created ...

  2. Tedesco: Bergen County Saved Taxpayers $1 Million

    Tedesco: Bergen County Saved Taxpayers $1 Million

    HACKENSACK, N.J. – Bergen County saved $1 million by refinancing obligation and school bonds worth $30.5 million, and will pass the savings onto taxpayers through improved services, Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco announced Friday.The county took advantage of an expiring provision in the tax law related to advance refunding of municipal bonds set to expire at the end of 2017, he ...

  3. Tenafly ‘Real Housewife’ Siggy Flicker Quits Hit Show

    Tenafly ‘Real Housewife’ Siggy Flicker Quits Hit Show

    TENAFLY, N.J. – Siggy Flicker of Tenafly will not be returning to "Real Housewives of New Jersey" next season, Bravo announced Friday.Flicker had starred in seasons 7 and 8 of the hit reality show.“After much reflection and Bravo’s support, I have decided that this will be my last season on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. I am grateful to the network for allowing me to be ...

  4. Support Surges For Wayne Girls ‘Forever Changed’ By Mom’s Death

    Support Surges For Wayne Girls ‘Forever Changed’ By Mom’s Death

    WAYNE, N.J. – The Wayne community is rallying around a pair of sisters who lost their mother last month.Susan Davis of Wayne died on Nov. 25, leaving behind her two daughters, Jayla and Evie.“Please think about these two during the holiday season and how their lives have been forever changed,” states a GoFundMe page created to raise funds for the girls.The page had raised more than ...

  5. Paramus Non-Profit To Close Low-Income Child Care Center, Group Homes

    Paramus Non-Profit To Close Low-Income Child Care Center, Group Homes

    PARAMUS, N.J. – A Paramus-based non-profit that provides human services and child welfare programs is closing its child care center that serves low-income families, as well as four group homes for children in foster care.The agency, Children’s Aid and Family Services (CAFS), has been serving the community for nearly 119 years. “While helping vulnerable children and families is still at ...

  6. Saddle Brook Grocer Helps Fill Food Pantry

    Saddle Brook Grocer Helps Fill Food Pantry

    SADDLE BROOK, N.J. – The staff of the Saddle Brook Acme recently helped to raise awareness, funds and food for the Saddle Brook Food Pantry.For their efforts, the township presented Store Manager Eugene Pate and District 3 Manager Michael Styer with certificates of appreciation Tuesday.Acme helped with a special food drive headed by the Saddle Brook Community Partnership. The ...

  7. Hackensack Gifts Free Parking For Holidays

    Hackensack Gifts Free Parking For Holidays

    HACKENSACK, N.J. – The City of Hackensack is giving away a special holiday gift – free parking.The city announced Wednesday that it would be offering free parking along Main Street until December 27.“To help drive business to the area, we are encouraging the owners and employees to leave these free metered parking spaces for your customers,” City Manager Ted M. Ehrenburg said.The ...

  8. NHL Great Mark Messier Spotted Doing Good At HUMC During PBA Toy Drive

    NHL Great Mark Messier Spotted Doing Good At HUMC During PBA Toy Drive

    HACKENSACK, N.J. – While Bergen County police officers were unloading gifts for sick children at Hackensack University Medical Center Monday, NHL great Mark Messier was right upstairs, cheering on a toddler.The former New York Ranger was visiting Sophia Grace of Maywood, 2, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in September, and Stage 2 Spinal Cancer in October.“Just ...

  9. Lodi Parents Turn Family Recipes Into Booming Empanada Business

    Lodi Parents Turn Family Recipes Into Booming Empanada Business

    LODI, N.J. – Rosie and Herman Castillo of Lodi wanted to help raise funds for their son’s wrestling team.So they started selling their homemade empanadas at matches.The empanadas were such a hit that fans told them they should go into business.That’s how “Rosie’s Empanadas” was born.On Monday, the couple, who have three children, Jonathan, 21, Josh, 14, and Isabella, 5, was serving up ...

  10. Christmas Comes Early To Sick Children, Thanks To Bergen County Police

    Christmas Comes Early To Sick Children, Thanks To Bergen County Police

    HACKENSACK, N.J. — Traffic halted on several local streets Monday afternoon to make way for police trailers headed to Hackensack from Closter with a very special delivery.Hundreds of police officers from more than 50 Bergen County agencies  -- along with dozens of soldiers from the National Guard Armory in Teaneck -- spent the morning sorting the thousands of gifts at the Closter ...

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