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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: Bacteria Killed Norwood Boy, 11, At Sleep-Away Camp

    Report: Bacteria Killed Norwood Boy, 11, At Sleep-Away Camp

    NORWOOD, N.J. – A Norwood 11-year-old who died while at a sleep-away camp Monday tested positive for a bacteria that is a precursor to bacterial meningitis, NJ.com reports.Daniel Beer – who was away at Camp Nah-Jee-Wah in Milford, Pennsylvania -- had Neisseria meningitis, a bacteria that often leads to infections in the brain, spinal cord and bloodstream, the article says.NJ.com ...

  2. Bunkmates Of Norwood Boy Who Died At Camp Sent To Hospital

    Bunkmates Of Norwood Boy Who Died At Camp Sent To Hospital

    NORWOOD, N.J. – Three boys staying in the same summer camp cabin as a Norwood boy who died Monday were also taken to the hospital after showing signs of stomach illness, NJ.com reports.The three boys – who were bunking together at Camp Nah-Jee-Wah in Milford, Pennsylvania – were taken as a precautionary measure and released, the story says.Daniel Beer, 11, died Monday at Bon Secours ...

  3. Wayne Macaroni Grill Closes After 22 Years

    Wayne Macaroni Grill Closes After 22 Years

    WAYNE, N.J. – The Romano’s Macaroni Grill in Wayne has closed.The restaurant – located at 1958 Route 23 – had been in business for 22 years. The restaurant sent an e-mail to patrons thanking them for “all the good times.”“We are sorry to say our Wayne location has closed,” the e-mail states. “We have enjoyed serving this community for 22 years.”The Macaroni Grill on Route 17 in Ramsey ...

  4. Rapid Reemployment Initiative Launched For Laid-Off Bergen Police

    Rapid Reemployment Initiative Launched For Laid-Off Bergen Police

    HACKENSACK, N.J. – When national employment advocate John Fugazzie learned more than 20 officers with the Bergen County Police Services were being laid off in Hackensack last month, he started to do what he does best – network.Six years ago, Fugazzie founded the job search and networking organization Neighbors-helping-Neighbors-USA out of his River Edge home. The group holds ...

  5. Support Flows For Paramus Widow Fighting Cancer

    Support Flows For Paramus Widow Fighting Cancer

    PARAMUS, N.J. – Supporters are rallying around a Paramus family described as “the first to arrive when someone needs help.”Daniel “DJ” Sullivan, died on July 1. The 57-year-old avid outdoorsman is survived by his wife of 30 years, Nancy, and their children, Kaitlyn, Justin and Brandon.“There is nothing in the world that he loved more than his children and wife,” his niece Tracy Gough ...

  6. Google Camera Puts West Milford, Ringwood Trails On Virtual Map

    Google Camera Puts West Milford, Ringwood Trails On Virtual Map

    WEST MILFORD, N.J. – About 2,000 miles of trails in Passaic County parks spanning West Milford, Ringwood, Bloomingdale, Woodland Park, Clifton and Paterson will soon be viewable on Google Maps.The trails that make up the Passaic County Trail Network will be photographed using a 360-degree camera on loan from the Google Street View Loan Program, the Passaic County Board of Chosen ...

  7. Wayne Couple Seeks Wedding Footage After Videographers’ Violent Deaths

    Wayne Couple Seeks Wedding Footage After Videographers’ Violent Deaths

    WAYNE, N.J. – A Wayne couple is seeking the raw footage of their wedding video after the videographers died in a murder-suicide, NJ.com reports.Christopher and Peri Balala were married on April 30, 2016, and by January they still had not received their wedding video from Stix Productions, the story says. When the couple looked up the address for the company’s owner – Edward Aghahowa – ...

  8. Allendale Expat Launches Campaign To Help Employees Buy Ecuadorian Café

    Allendale Expat Launches Campaign To Help Employees Buy Ecuadorian Café

    ALLENDALE, N.J. – When she was commuting to New York, Allendale native Andra Carter felt like she was on a hamster wheel.She and her husband, Josh, were both working full-time and living in Darien, Conn.“We just felt like we never saw each other … and we hated it,” the 1999 Northern Highlands Regional High School graduate said.The couple decided to make a drastic change. They saved up ...

  9. Wayne Native Dennis Ragusa Dies, 40

    Wayne Native Dennis Ragusa Dies, 40

    WAYNE, N.J. – Wayne native Dennis Ragusa passed away. He was 40.The 1995 Wayne Hills High School graduate died suddenly on June 25, leaving behind his wife, Tara, and two children, Cameron and Julianna.“He had a big heart and could always make you laugh,” states a GoFundMe page created to help his family pay for a funeral and final arrangements.He was also “a loving caring husband, ...

  10. Franklin Lakes Preschoolers Send Message To Sick Kids With Capes: Be Brave

    Franklin Lakes Preschoolers Send Message To Sick Kids With Capes: Be Brave

    FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. – Preschoolers in Franklin Lakes and Englewood Cliffs are helping other children to feel a bit braver as they receive treatment at local hospitals.The kids – who attend The Learning Experience preschools – created superhero capes for pediatric patients at Hackensack University Medical Center and Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.“These superhero capes are made ...

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