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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. Sushi Hot Spot Set To Open In Ridgewood

    Sushi Hot Spot Set To Open In Ridgewood

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. – A popular Somerville sushi restaurant -- that Zagat describes as serving “Tokyo-quality” sushi -- is opening a second location in Ridgewood.Shumi will open at 70 East Ridgewood Avenue on June 29, Chris De Young, of Ridgewood, a friend of the chefs, told Daily Voice.De Young said he had lunch at the Somerville restaurant last year and was “awed by the freshness and ...

  2. Vandalized Wyckoff Headstones Restored By Expert Sculptor

    Vandalized Wyckoff Headstones Restored By Expert Sculptor

    WYCKOFF, N.J. – For the past two-and-a-half months, Robert Neal Carpenter has been spending his days at the Wyckoff Reformed Church cemetery.The renowned sculptor and carver – who has done work for St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, and the Verizon building at the World Trade Center site – has been using his skills to restore and repair ...

  3. Ringwood Democrats Kick Off Council Campaign

    Ringwood Democrats Kick Off Council Campaign

    RINGWOOD, N.J. – Three Ringwood Democrats have announced the official kick-off of their campaign for borough council.The candidates – Kathleen O’Keefe, Ryan Bolton and Rob Ferretti – are challenging Republican incumbents Linda Schaefer, William Marsala and Jaime Matteo Landis for three open seats on the council. Both the Democrats and Republicans ran unopposed in the primary election. ...

  4. West Milford Pie Shop Owner And Cancer Survivor: Kitchen Is My Comfort Zone

    West Milford Pie Shop Owner And Cancer Survivor: Kitchen Is My Comfort Zone

    WEST MILFORD, N.J. – Before Shannon Cheevers opened her pie shop in the Hewitt section of West Milford, she wanted to test the market.The Culinary Institute of America graduate brought three pot pies and three quiches to a man at a local farmers' market to see if they would sell.“They sold right away. He called me back, said, ‘Give me ten more of each.’ Called me back again, ‘Give me ...

  5. Montvale Wegmans Hiring 500 Workers

    Montvale Wegmans Hiring 500 Workers

    MONTVALE, N.J. – Wegmans Food Markets is in the process of hiring 500 employees for its new Montvale store.Full-time openings range from customer service and entry-level management to culinary positions such as line cooks, according to the supermarket’s website.The 108,000 square-foot store is set to open at West Grand Avenue and Mercedes Drive on September 24.CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

  6. REPORT: Wanaque Reservoir Could Be Threatened By Dangerous Chemical

    REPORT: Wanaque Reservoir Could Be Threatened By Dangerous Chemical

    RINGWOOD, N.J. – A dangerous chemical at the Ringwood Superfund site -- where Ford Motor Co. dumped toxic paint sludge 50 years ago -- could threaten the Wanaque Reservoir, NorthJersey.com reports.The probable carcinogen – called 1,4-dioxane – has not been found in the reservoir, but high levels have been detected in groundwater and brooks feeding the body of water that provides ...

  7. Police ID Man Who Drowned In West Milford Lake, Support Pours In

    Police ID Man Who Drowned In West Milford Lake, Support Pours In

    WEST MILFORD, N.J. – Support is pouring in for the family of a 20-year-old Paterson man who drowned in a remote West Milford lake Sunday.On a GoFundMe page created to raise funds for Memfy Deleon’s funeral, he was remembered as a humble young man, great son, caring brother, and talented baseball player who attended Bergen Community College in Paramus.On Sunday, Deleon “left the house ...

  8. Paterson's Pascrell Coaching Dems When Shots Fired At GOP Baseball Practice

    Paterson's Pascrell Coaching Dems When Shots Fired At GOP Baseball Practice

    PATERSON, N.J. – New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell of Paterson was on a baseball field in Washington, D.C. when he learned shots broke out during a practice for the GOP congressional baseball team in Alexandria, Virginia.Pascrell, a coach for the Democratic congressional baseball team, sent out Tweets and a Facebook message Wednesday morning following the shooting.“I was on the field ...

  9. Amazon Books’ First NJ Store Opens In Paramus

    Amazon Books’ First NJ Store Opens In Paramus

    PARAMUS, N.J. – Amazon will officially open its first New Jersey bookstore Wednesday -- and it is in Paramus.Amazon Books, located in The Garden State Plaza, will open its doors at 10 a.m.The 3,500 square-foot store will carry books “based on Amazon.com customer ratings, pre-orders, sales, popularity on Goodreads, and our curators’ assessments,” states a press release from the ...

  10. ‘Kind And Loving’ West Milford Resident, 33, Dies

    ‘Kind And Loving’ West Milford Resident, 33, Dies

    WEST MILFORD, N.J. – MaryAnn McKinnon, 33, of West Milford passed away on June 2.She was “beautiful, sweet, spirited, funny, hard-working, good-hearted, kind and loving,” her cousin Kim O’Mara Cristo wrote on a GoFundMe page she created to raise funds for funeral.“MaryAnn left a lot of friends and family members who truly loved her,” she wrote.McKinnon was born on Christmas day in 1983, ...

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