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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. Scott Taglia, 44, Of Franklin Lakes Dies

    Scott Taglia, 44, Of Franklin Lakes Dies

    FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. – Scott D. Taglia of Franklin Lakes Died Sunday. He was 44.Taglia was a “devoted husband and father” and a “beloved” member of the community, according to a GoFundMe page created to help his family with medical bills and funeral costs.He is survived by his wife Michele, daughter Madison, father Donald, mother Joan, his brother Eric and his fiancé Kathleen, as well ...

  2. Students Plant Thousands Of American Flags In Wayne

    Students Plant Thousands Of American Flags In Wayne

    WAYNE, N.J. – More than 5,000 American flags were recently planted on the campus of William Paterson University in Wayne.The flags were planted in Zanfino Plaza last week in memory of fallen United States soldiers who died in Operation Iraqui Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.Members of the university’s Student Veterans Organization, as well as fraternities and sororities, aided in ...

  3. ‘Intelligent, Compassionate’ Jean-Marc Norat of Saddle Brook Dies At 24

    ‘Intelligent, Compassionate’ Jean-Marc Norat of Saddle Brook Dies At 24

    SADDLE BROOK, N.J. – Jean-Marc Norat of Saddle Brook passed away on Oct. 28. He was 24.Norat, “was a profound, intelligent, compassionate, honorable and loving young man,” according to a GoFundMe page set up to help his family pay for medical bills and student loans he left behind.Norat was a graduate of Rutgers University and was about to embark on a career in law and law enforcement. ...

  4. New Book Grants Inside-Look At Ringwood’s Historic Estates

    New Book Grants Inside-Look At Ringwood’s Historic Estates

    RINGWOOD, N.J. – An award-winning photographer and a local historian have teamed together to grant readers an inside-look at the grand manors of Ringwood.Photographer and philanthropist Ken Carroll and former Ringwood historian Elbertus Prol have released a 140-page coffee table book entitled, Great Estates of Ringwood.The book delves into the history of four stately homes – Skylands ...

  5. Paterson Mom Wins Legal Victory For Child With Autism

    Paterson Mom Wins Legal Victory For Child With Autism

    PATERSON, N.J. – Paterson school officials will pay $15,000 in legal fees for a parent of a student with autism who successfully challenged the district’s plan for educating her child, NorthJersey.com reports.Hilda Barrientos fought for her child to be sent to a private program, outside the district, that uses applied behavior analysis to teach children with autism, the story ...

  6. Police: 'Broken Skull' Fight Leads To Complaints For 2 Ridgewood Teens

    Police: 'Broken Skull' Fight Leads To Complaints For 2 Ridgewood Teens

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. – An intensive investigation into a brawl that sent a Ridgewood boy to the hospital with what loved ones said was a broken skull has produced juvenile complaints against two teens.Upset parents had been trying to get to the bottom of the Oct. 28 incident at Brookside fields -- which police dubbed a "mutual fight" --- since rumors about the brawl and ...

  7. Clifton Steakhouse Accused Of Sex Harassment Ordered To Pay Workers $80K

    Clifton Steakhouse Accused Of Sex Harassment Ordered To Pay Workers $80K

    CLIFTON, N.J. – A Clifton steakhouse accused of fostering a climate of sexual harassment and racism has been ordered to pay $80,000 to employees and ex-employees, authorities announced Thursday.The settlement, reached to resolve the allegations, stipulates that Alexus Steakhouse & Tavern must pay $50,000 to a female employee who the state found to be a victim of sexual harassment ...

  8. Wayne Mayor Wins Re-Election

    Wayne Mayor Wins Re-Election

    WAYNE, N.J. -- Wayne Mayor Christopher P. Vergano was re-elected Tuesday.Vergano, a Republican, garnered 60 percent of votes, to best Democratic challenger Raymond Egatz, who earned about 40 percent of votes, according to unofficial results from the Passaic County Clerk's Office.Three republicans also won seats on the township council. Incumbent Joseph Schweighardt, as well as Jill ...

  9. Hawthorne Mayor Wins Re-Election

    Hawthorne Mayor Wins Re-Election

    HAWTHORNE, N.J. -- Republican Mayor Richard S. Goldberg was re-elected to lead Hawthorne Tuesday.The incumbent earned 2,597 votes to beat Naomi B. Collier (1,885 votes) and Philip Speulda (256 votes), according to unofficial results from the Passaic County Clerk's Office.Republicans also held onto three council seats. Republican Incumbents Dominic Mele, Bruce A. Bennet and John V. Lane ...

  10. Family’s Moving Venture Ends With Mahwah ‘Vacation Home’

    Family’s Moving Venture Ends With Mahwah ‘Vacation Home’

    MAHWAH, N.J. – Nancy Smith and her family searched for a new home for two years before settling in Mahwah.Their long search ended quickly once they visited a house in Rio Vista Estates in the township.“When we were looking at the area, my kids said to me, ‘Is this a vacation home?’” Smith recalled. Now, about a year and a half after closing on their home, Smith said: “It is just a ...

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