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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. Revamped Ridgewood Restaurant Hiring 80 Staff For Reopening

    Revamped Ridgewood Restaurant Hiring 80 Staff For Reopening

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. – The Office Beer Bar & Grill in Ridgewood will be reopening this fall, and is looking to hire 80 workers, NorthJersey.com reports.The downtown restaurant closed in April to undergo extensive renovations. When the spot reopens it will have a new name – The Office Tavern Grill – and a revamped food and drink menu, featuring 40 rotating taps, and an extensive craft ...

  2. Support Group Inspires Widows, Widowers To Pay It Forward At Paramus Walk

    Support Group Inspires Widows, Widowers To Pay It Forward At Paramus Walk

    MAHWAH, N.J. – Beth Wiesner of Mahwah knows she couldn’t have gotten to where she is today without her CancerCare support group.Wiesner, whose husband Michael died of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2015, said she has found solace in the group of 14 women and men who have lost their spouses to cancer.“We were seeking a way to deal with that immeasurable loss and grief and we found each other, ...

  3. Soul Food Café Opens In Hackensack

    Soul Food Café Opens In Hackensack

    HACKENSACK, N.J. – A new soul food restaurant opened in Hackensack this week.Paula’s Soul Food Café, which officially opened Monday, is the first soul food restaurant to open in the city in five years, according to the city."It's always great to see new businesses opening in our city as each one provides more jobs and opportunities for our residents and more commercial tax ...

  4. REPORT: Property Taxes ‘Hurt Least’ In These Bergen, Passaic Towns

    REPORT: Property Taxes ‘Hurt Least’ In These Bergen, Passaic Towns

    MAHWAH, N.J. – New Jersey residents pay the highest property taxes in the U.S., but the burden may hurt less in some municipalities – such as Mahwah and West Milford -- than others, NJ.com reports.The publication compared property taxes to median household income to derive the municipalities in each county where property taxes “hurt the least.” “The smaller bite the property taxes take ...

  5. Paramus Army Veteran Richard Martin Dies

    Paramus Army Veteran Richard Martin Dies

    PARAMUS, N.J. – U.S. Army veteran Richard O. Martin, of Paramus, died Sunday. He was 74.Martin was born in Teaneck and raised in Ridgewood. In 1967 he was drafted into the U.S. Army and deployed to South Vietnam. He was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division and volunteered to be assigned to the Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol Company attached to the division. Martin was wounded by ...

  6. Washington Township Grieves After 2 Girls Die Of Cancer, 1 Week Apart

    Washington Township Grieves After 2 Girls Die Of Cancer, 1 Week Apart

    WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Washington Township came together Sunday evening to remember two little girls who recently lost their battles with cancer just a week apart from each other.The candlelight vigil was held in honor of Grace Skuches and Natalie Lopac.The event, organized by members of the Washington Township Moms Facebook Group, featured a live rendition of Amazing Grace.To ...

  7. Bergen, Passaic Soccer Players Kick It For Wyckoff Teen Battling Cancer

    Bergen, Passaic Soccer Players Kick It For Wyckoff Teen Battling Cancer

    WYCKOFF, N.J. – Soccer teams from throughout Bergen and Passaic Counties are kicking the ball for a good cause this season: to raise funds for a Wyckoff player fighting cancer.Ben Landel, a multi-sport athlete at Ramapo High School in Wyckoff, was diagnosed with a rare and powerful cancer in May, and has since gone through five rounds of chemotherapy, and is showing progress.Last month, ...

  8. REPORT: 4 Bergen School Districts Among Those With Big Demographic Shifts

    REPORT: 4 Bergen School Districts Among Those With Big Demographic Shifts

    HALEDON, N.J. – Four Bergen and one Passaic County school district are among the 20 in the state that have experienced the greatest shift in demographics over the last two decades, according to a list released by NJ.com.Throughout New Jersey, changes in demographics were “led by a surge in Hispanic students, who went from 14 percent of the public school population in 1998 to more than a ...

  9. Bergen Police Chiefs Commemorate 9/11 In Paramus

    Bergen Police Chiefs Commemorate 9/11 In Paramus

    PARAMUS, N.J. – On the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, police chiefs from throughout Bergen County gathered at the Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus Monday afternoon.“We’re remembering the people that passed and remembering how it brought our country together,” Oakland Police Chief Edward J. Kasper, president of the Bergen County Police Chiefs Association, ...

  10. Ramsey Farmers’ Market Makes List Of Top 9 In US

    Ramsey Farmers’ Market Makes List Of Top 9 In US

    RAMSEY, N.J. – The Ramsey Farmers’ Market just made a list of the best nine farmers’ markets in the country.The Bergen County market – held in downtown Ramsey at the Main Street Train Station – is the only in New Jersey to make the list. Others on the list include Portland, Oregon, Madison, Wisconsin and Des Moines, Iowa.Here is what the list had to say about the Ramsey market: “Brought ...

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