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Lauren Kidd Ferguson

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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. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Garfield Fire Destroys Dance Teacher’s $300K Costume Collection

    Garfield Fire Destroys Dance Teacher’s $300K Costume Collection

    GARFIELD, N.J. – The community is rallying around a Garfield dance teacher whose home was devastated by a fire.Roberto Pagan “lost nearly everything in the fire, including over $300,000 worth of dance costumes,” according to a GoFundMe page set up to raise funds to “allow him to get his life and belongings back together.”Pagan is “an amazing individual, father, dance teacher and friends ...

  8. Saddle Brook Gains Four New Police Officers

    Saddle Brook Gains Four New Police Officers

    SADDLE BROOK, N.J. – Saddle Brook is welcoming four new police officers.The officers graduated from the Bergen County Police Academy on Wednesday.“We welcome them to the Department and wish them safe and successful careers,” said Saddle Brook Mayor Robert White, who attended the ceremony along with Police Chief Robert Kugler.The new officers are: Officers Joseph Camilleri IV, Anthony ...

  9. Bergen Teens With Autism Collect Food For Saddle Brook Pantry

    Bergen Teens With Autism Collect Food For Saddle Brook Pantry

    WALDWICK, N.J. – Students with autism at The Forum School in Waldwick are working hard so friends and neighbors will not go hungry this winter.Students in the school’s Learning Independence For Tomorrow (LIFT) program are collecting food for the Center for Food Action (CFA), a Bergen County non-profit with a mission to prevent hunger and homelessness and improve the lives of individuals ...

  10. Bergen PBA Toy Drive Makes ‘Huge Difference’ For Kids At Valley Hospital

    Bergen PBA Toy Drive Makes ‘Huge Difference’ For Kids At Valley Hospital

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. – Katie Miller remembers how a pair of Beatz headphones and Apple products brightened the day of an 18-year-old receiving cancer treatment at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood.“It was fantastic,” recalled Miller, a child life specialist and supervisor of community outreach and projects at the hospital.That moment was made possible through the annual Bergen County PBA Toy ...

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