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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. Oakland Shelter Dogs To Appear On Animal Planet's ‘Dog Bowl’

    Oakland Shelter Dogs To Appear On Animal Planet's ‘Dog Bowl’

    OAKLAND, N.J. – A pair of Oakland dogs are about to make their television debut.Kody and Lexi, who are being taken care of by the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, will appear on Animal Planet’s first-ever Dog Bowl.Animal Planet decided to hold the televised bowl featuring older, adoptable dogs this year after more than a decade of airing its Puppy Bowl to help younger canines find homes.The ...

  2. Young Paterson Couple Fighting Cancer Encourages Others To ‘Live Deeply’

    Young Paterson Couple Fighting Cancer Encourages Others To ‘Live Deeply’

    PATERSON, N.J. – A 28-year-old Paterson man fighting stage 4 stomach cancer and his wife are reminding people to live every day to the fullest.“On the dawn of this new year please remember to live! Not just live but live deeply and fully!” Joelicet Lausell wrote on a GoFundMe page she created to raise stomach cancer awareness and support for her husband Anyelo.“If you experience any ...

  3. West Milford Diner Owner George ‘Kenezo’ Smirgadis Dies At 67

    West Milford Diner Owner George ‘Kenezo’ Smirgadis Dies At 67

    WEST MILFORD, N.J. – West Milford Diner owner George “Kenezo” Smirgadis passed away on January 13. He was 67.Smirgadis was born in Greece and built a wonderful life in America.He will be remembered for preparing meals that brought people together, giving people special nicknames, handing out candy to all the children who came into his diner and singing classic rock music in his Greek ...

  4. DeAnna Pasciuto Of Wayne Dies At 38

    DeAnna Pasciuto Of Wayne Dies At 38

    WAYNE, N.J. – DeAnna Lee Pasciuto of Wayne passed away on Monday, January 15, following a courageous battle with cancer. She was 38.DeAnna, whose maiden name was Stark, was raised in Ledgewood and lived in Morris Plains, before she and her husband Mike settled in Packanack Lake in Wayne in 2010, where their children Anthony and Ava were born.“DeAnna was extremely active in the Packanack ...

  5. Mahwah Rallies For ‘Amazing Coach’ On Ventilator

    Mahwah Rallies For ‘Amazing Coach’ On Ventilator

    MAHWAH, N.J. – Mahwah is rallying for a local coach and his family.On Jan. 7, Kevin Pierro went into the hospital with pancreatitis and pneumonia, which led to Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, a lung condition that can create low blood oxygen levels and kidney damage, according to a GoFundMe page created to support him and his family.“Kevin is on a ventilator and has suffered some ...

  6. Wayne Athlete To Pilot Jamaica’s First-Ever Women’s Olympic Bobsled Team

    Wayne Athlete To Pilot Jamaica’s First-Ever Women’s Olympic Bobsled Team

    WAYNE, N.J. – The Jamaican women’s bobsled team is heading to the Olympics for the first time ever – and the sled will be piloted by a Wayne Valley High School graduate.Wayne native Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and her teammates Carrie Russell and Audra Segree made history by qualifying of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.The feat comes exactly 30 years after ...

  7. Greek Family's Delicious Traditions Carry On At New Wayne Bakery

    Greek Family's Delicious Traditions Carry On At New Wayne Bakery

    WAYNE, N.J. – Greek food lovers have new authentic spots in Wayne and Paramus to pick up savory treats such as spanakopita, cheese pies and baklava.Greek from Greece is now open at the Willowbrook Mall and the Garden State Plaza.The Greek bakery also has locations in Hoboken, Manhattan and West Nyack.The menu features an extensive variety of traditional Greek pies, cookies, cereal bars, ...

  8. Glen Rock Barbershop Owner Is Living His Dream At 24

    Glen Rock Barbershop Owner Is Living His Dream At 24

    WEST MILFORD, N.J. – At 15, Casey Terramoccia started to give haircuts out of his West Milford home to a few of his soccer teammates.“From there, it was someone else asked me for a cut and somebody else … all of the sudden it was a snowball effect,” Terramoccia said. He even gave cuts to some West Milford High School teachers.“I just started running appointments out of my house,” ...

  9. New Contractor Focuses On Ending Months-Long Mahwah Detour

    New Contractor Focuses On Ending Months-Long Mahwah Detour

    MAHWAH, N.J. – An end may be in sight for frustrated motorists forced to deal with a roughly 5-mile detour in Mahwah since last summer.County Executive James Tedesco recently gave the go ahead to swap the low-bid contractor hired to replace a culvert along the Route 202 corridor with Sanzari Construction, Mahwah Mayor William Laforet said.“I am absolutely convinced that Sanzari is the ...

  10. 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 ...

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