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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. Mahwah's 'Crocker Mansion' Is Most Expensive Property In State

    Mahwah's 'Crocker Mansion' Is Most Expensive Property In State

    MAHWAH, N.J. – A Mahwah mansion just hit the market, and its asking price of $48 million makes it the priciest listing in the state, NJ.com reports.The historic 55,000-square-foot home that sits on 12.5 acres in the Ramapo Mountains comes with a property tax bill of more than $232,000 a year, the report says.The home is known as the Crocker Mansion, because it was built by George ...

  2. Franklin Lakes Reality TV Son Gets Own Show

    Franklin Lakes Reality TV Son Gets Own Show

    FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. – Franklin Lakes native Chris Manzo -- who has appeared on Bravo TV’s “Real Housewives of New Jersey” and “Manzo’d with Children” – has landed his own show.Manzo is now hosting FNTSY Sports Network’s new series “Foul Territory.”“Its beyond fun, and an actual dream come true for me. Thank you to FNTSY for being cool/crazy enough to hear me out and let me roll with ...

  3. Ramapoughs’ Resistance To Pipelines Puts National Spotlight On Mahwah

    Ramapoughs’ Resistance To Pipelines Puts National Spotlight On Mahwah

    MAHWAH, N.J. – The Ramapough Lunape Nation’s resistance against proposed oil pipelines that would cut through Bergen and Passaic County communities such as Mahwah, Oakland and Wanaque is gaining national attention.The New York Times recently reported on the Ramapoughs' demonstrations against the proposed Pilgrim Pipelines.RELATED: RAMAPOUGH LUNAAPE AND OTHERS GATHER IN MAHWAH TO STAND ...

  4. Hundreds Sign Petition Against Proposed Woodland Park Disc Golf Course

    Hundreds Sign Petition Against Proposed Woodland Park Disc Golf Course

    WOODLAND PARK, N.J. – Nearly 300 people have signed an online petition against a disc golf course proposed for Rifle Camp Park in Woodland Park. “The County has a plan to locate a disc golf course here, which will change the entire nature of this treasured place,” states the petition, created by Friends of Garret Mountain Reservation.Disc golf is similar to regular golf, but players ...

  5. Body Of Franklin Lakes College Student Found Behind Florida Restaurant

    Body Of Franklin Lakes College Student Found Behind Florida Restaurant

    FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. – The body of an 18-year-old college student from Franklin Lakes was found behind a Florida restaurant, according to multiple media reports.Shayan Mortazavi was a freshman at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, who expressed an interest in film and multimedia journalism, according to the university.“Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends and loved ...

  6. West Milford To Honor Late Firefighter For More Than 50 Years Of Service

    West Milford To Honor Late Firefighter For More Than 50 Years Of Service

    WEST MILFORD, N.J. – A late West Milford man who served as a volunteer firefighter in the township for more than 50 years will be posthumously honored with a lifetime volunteer award, NorthJersey.com reports.Alfred “Fred” Stewart, a former deputy fire commissioner and chief of West Milford Volunteer Fire Company 6, was selected by a committee of former mayors for the 2016 Mary B. Haase ...

  7. West Milford Rallies For Single Father Recovering From Stroke

    West Milford Rallies For Single Father Recovering From Stroke

    WEST MILFORD, N.J. – As West Milford’s Richard Lauretta begins to recover from a stroke, the community is rallying to raise funds to help in his time of need.Lauretta, a single father of two girls and local business owner, suffered a stroke on April 14, according to a GoFundMe campaign page set up by Matt Blake.The campaign garnered nearly $1,000 by Monday afternoon.“Mr. Lauretta is ...

  8. West Milford Family Carries On Late Teacher’s Dream To ‘Help The Next Guy’

    West Milford Family Carries On Late Teacher’s Dream To ‘Help The Next Guy’

    WEST MILFORD, N.J. – When Danny Kane of West Milford was fighting mantel cell lymphoma, he underwent experimental treatments and took part in clinical trials.The longtime teacher and coach at West Milford’s Macopin Middle School hoped doctors and researchers would learn from his case, make advances, and ultimately be able to help the next person diagnosed with the disease, explained his ...

  9. Passaic Church Seeks Prayers, Donations After Ceiling Collapse

    Passaic Church Seeks Prayers, Donations After Ceiling Collapse

    PASSAIC – Just days before Easter, the ceiling collapsed at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Passaic.“Please keep our Parish in your prayers during this difficult moments,” a post on the church’s Facebook page states.Nobody was hurt in the incident, and the church is now seeking donations to help repair the damage.“All together we can rebuilt Saint Anthony Church,” the post goes on. CLICK ...

  10. Grants Help Gardens Sprout In Ringwood, West Milford

    Grants Help Gardens Sprout In Ringwood, West Milford

    PATERSON, N.J. – Organizations and municipalities throughout Passaic County were recently awarded grants to support community gardens in places such as Paterson, Passaic, Ringwood and West Milford.The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders awarded a $165,000 grant to City Green, Inc., a non-profit that facilitates the “Dig In!” Community Garden Program. The program “aims to support ...

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