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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. REPORT: Fort Lee, Hackensack Apartment Buildings Fail Federal Inspections

    REPORT: Fort Lee, Hackensack Apartment Buildings Fail Federal Inspections

    HACKENSACK, N.J. – Properties in Fort Lee, Hackensack and Paterson are among 23 in New Jersey that failed their last inspections from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), NJ.com reports.Thousands of low-income and elderly residents live in the nearly 2,500 units in the 23 HUD-subsidized properties, the story says.Buildings can fail the inspections for reasons such ...

  2. Family Seeks Handicapped Van For Moonachie Woman Left Homebound By Hit-Run

    Family Seeks Handicapped Van For Moonachie Woman Left Homebound By Hit-Run

    MOONACHIE, N.J. – The family of a Moonachie woman who was critically injured when she was struck by a pickup truck in Clifton is raising money for a handicapped vehicle.Annie Semioli was struck while crossing Route 46 in October 2015, and now only leaves the house when she has a doctor’s appointment and can be transported via ambulance, her sister, Gina, wrote on a GoFundMe page.The ...

  3. Bergen County Zoo In Paramus Welcomes Brother Mountain Lion Cubs

    Bergen County Zoo In Paramus Welcomes Brother Mountain Lion Cubs

    PARAMUS, N.J. – The Bergen County Zoo in Paramus has two new inhabitants.A pair of brother mountain lion cubs were welcomed to the zoo Friday.The cubs -- attained from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife – will not be on display for public viewing until spring when they are old enough to safely climb.“We are so excited to welcome these two brother mountain lion cubs to the ...

  4. Saddle Brook Goes Stigma-Free

    Saddle Brook Goes Stigma-Free

    SADDLE BROOK, N.J. – Saddle Brook is the latest Bergen County municipality to go “Stigma-Free.”The initiative “is a county-wide program which aims to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness,” said Saddle Brook Mayor Robert White. “We will now be dedicated to raising awareness of the disease of mental illness and creating a culture wherein residents who have the disease feel ...

  5. Bisexual Miss Bergen County Uses Crown To Spread LGBTQ Awareness

    Bisexual Miss Bergen County Uses Crown To Spread LGBTQ Awareness

    NEW MILFORD, N.J. – Growing up, Disha Dass of New Milford experienced bullying first-hand.“Experiencing bullying and experiencing discrimination because of my identity as bisexual, it really shaped my perception of the world,” the newly-crowned Miss Bergen County told Daily Voice.But it also taught her a valuable lesson.“What I learned is that the more people got to know me and the more ...

  6. Bergen County Responds To Demand To Change Paramus Hospital's New Name

    Bergen County Responds To Demand To Change Paramus Hospital's New Name

    PARAMUS, N.J. – In response to a demand for Bergen County to change the new name of the former Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus, county officials maintain the new name is perfectly suitable.“The County chose the name based on the historical significance of the location in Bergen County. The county is confident with the choice of name," County Spokeswoman Alicia ...

  7. Nonprofit Demands Bergen County Change New Name Of Paramus Hospital

    Nonprofit Demands Bergen County Change New Name Of Paramus Hospital

    PARAMUS, N.J. – Just days after Bergen County officials unveiled a new name for the former Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus, a 54-year old non-profit is demanding the county reverse the selection.On Monday, county officials held a ceremony to rename the hospital New Bridge Medical Center. On Thursday, attorneys representing Pequannock-based NewBridge Services, Inc. sent a cease ...

  8. Get Picking: Drivers Discount Fall Rides To Bergen, Passaic Orchards

    Get Picking: Drivers Discount Fall Rides To Bergen, Passaic Orchards

    WYCKOFF, N.J. – As pumpkin and apple picking season gets into full swing, a rideshare company is offering discounts for trips to farms in Bergen and Passaic Counties.This weekend, orchards are likely to experience even more visitors for the holiday which means that they’ll be busier – and that parking could become a concern for visitors, according to Lyft.Lyft is offering 50 percent off ...

  9. New Name Unveiled For Former Bergen Regional Medical Center In Paramus

    New Name Unveiled For Former Bergen Regional Medical Center In Paramus

    PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen County officials unveiled the new name of the former Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus Monday.The center is now New Bridge Medical Center, a clinical affiliate of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.At a ceremony Monday morning, county officials also welcomed Care Plus Bergen, Inc. as the new not-for profit operator of the publicly-owned hospital. The ...

  10. Support Pours In For Lodi Native Battling Cancer

    Support Pours In For Lodi Native Battling Cancer

    SADDLE BROOK, N.J. – The community is rallying around a Saddle Brook mother battling colon cancer.Maria Mack, a Lodi native, was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer in 2013. Her condition has recently “taken a drastic turn,” and chemotherapy has stopped working, according to a GoFundMe page created to raise funds for treatment at an alternative cancer research center.“They are making ...

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