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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. REPORT: Garfield, Lodi Among Poorest Spots In New Jersey

    REPORT: Garfield, Lodi Among Poorest Spots In New Jersey

    PASSAIC, N.J. – Three towns in Bergen County and two in Passaic are among the 35 poorest in New Jersey, according to a list released by NJ.com.The rankings are based on data on median household income from the U.S. Census Bureau, as well as poverty rates, the story says. Here are the Bergen and Passaic County spots that made the list, along with their rankings, median household incomes ...

  2. Wayne Toys ‘R’ Us, Paramus Babies 'R' Us Among 182 Closing Nationwide

    Wayne Toys ‘R’ Us, Paramus Babies 'R' Us Among 182 Closing Nationwide

    WAYNE, N.J. – Wayne-based Toys ‘R’ Us is planning to close 12 stores in New Jersey, including its store in Wayne and its Babies ‘R’ Us in Paramus, according to multiple media reports.The store closings in the Garden State are part of up to 182 the retail giant is planning nationwide -- roughly one-fifth of its total, reports say."The reinvention of our brands requires that we make ...

  3. Safety Fixes Coming To ‘High Crash’ Roadways In Clifton, Paterson

    Safety Fixes Coming To ‘High Crash’ Roadways In Clifton, Paterson

    PATERSON, N.J. – A trio of roadways in Clifton and Paterson are about to get safer for pedestrians and motorists. The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) is awarding $6.2 million in federal grants to Passaic County to improve Market St. in Paterson and both Allwood Rd. and Clifton Ave. in Clifton, Passaic County announced Tuesday.“These grants will help us make these ...

  4. Luxury Dine-In Theater Planned For East Rutherford’s American Dream

    Luxury Dine-In Theater Planned For East Rutherford’s American Dream

    CLOSTER, N.J. – A new upscale dine-in movie theater is open for business in Closter.The CMX Cinemas theater in the Closter Plaza on Vervalen St. is the company’s first to open in the Northeast.The Closter theater has five screens, over-sized reclining seats and is currently offering a limited menu until its official grand opening.CLICK HERE for showtimes.

  5. Bed Bath & Beyond Recalls Thousands Of UGG Comforters Over Mold Risk

    Bed Bath & Beyond Recalls Thousands Of UGG Comforters Over Mold Risk

    Bed Bath & Beyond is recalling roughly 175,000 comforters due to the risk of mold exposure, the U.S. Consumer Safety Commission announced.The recall specifically involves Hudson comforters by UGG, which were sold in four solid colors and three sizes.Bed Bath & Beyond has locations in Paramus, Edgewater and Clifton.“Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled comforters ...

  6. Future Uncertain For Incoming Maywood High Schoolers

    Future Uncertain For Incoming Maywood High Schoolers

    MAYWOOD, N.J. — Maywood school officials “must seek alternative remedies,” after rejecting the terms of a contract that would have allowed them to continue sending students to Hackensack High School, Schools Supt. Michael Jordan wrote in an email to parents.Those remedies “are yet to be determined,” Jordan wrote in the letter dated Jan. 16, and obtained by Daily Voice. He blamed soaring ...

  7. Lodi Pet Store Takes In Python Reported As Dropped In Parkway Toll Basket

    Lodi Pet Store Takes In Python Reported As Dropped In Parkway Toll Basket

    LODI, N.J. – A Lodi pet store is caring for a python rescued from the side of the Garden State Parkway by a New Jersey State Trooper Friday.“NJ Exotic Pets in Lodi provided a home for this abandoned girl … Thanks for the folks there for giving us a safe place to house this animal,” the New Jersey State Police announced in a Facebook post.According to the post, on Friday morning a call ...

  8. Lodi Teacher Rushed To Hospital During Newborn Photoshoot

    Lodi Teacher Rushed To Hospital During Newborn Photoshoot

    WOOD-RIDGE, N.J. – Less than two weeks after her daughter was born, Danielle Guido of Wood-Ridge suffered a thunderclap headache during a family photoshoot and was rushed to the hospital.“Danielle went into emergency surgery with bleeding on the brain and then was put into a medically induced coma,” states a GoFundMe page created to raise funds for the Lodi elementary school teacher and ...

  9. Couple Says ‘I Do’ At Valley Hospital Before Major Surgery

    Couple Says ‘I Do’ At Valley Hospital Before Major Surgery

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. – The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood was recently transformed into a special wedding venue for one patient and his partner.“Mark DeBenedectis expressed to Cheel 4 Neuro Charge Nurse Michelle Bower, RN, his wish to marry his partner, Greg, before he was scheduled to have major surgery,” Valley Health System shared in a Facebook post.With DeBenedictis’ surgery just two days ...

  10. Saddle Brook's Joe Di Bella Dies, 37, Remembered As Passionate Hairstylist

    Saddle Brook's Joe Di Bella Dies, 37, Remembered As Passionate Hairstylist

    SADDLE BROOK, N.J. – Lifelong Saddle Brook resident Joseph R. Di Bella died on Jan. 4. He was 37.Di Bella, who was born in Ridgewood, is survived by his parents, Raymond and Betina “Tina” (née Nevoso) Di Bella, brother Daniel, sister Dawn Canestrino and her husband Arthur, niece Juliana, nephew Artie, as well as aunts, uncles and cousins.Di Bella followed in his great grandfather’s ...

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