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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. Oakland Pub Pours Local Brews To Protect Local Water

    Oakland Pub Pours Local Brews To Protect Local Water

    OAKLAND, N.J. – Activists determined to intensify their fight against the proposed Pilgrim Pipelines are inviting people to gather at an Oakland pub to raise funds for their efforts – and drink locally brewed beer that they say relies on “clean water from the region’s reservoirs, rivers and streams.”The event is a fundraiser for Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline (CAPP), a grass roots ...

  2. Ramsey Trainer Seeks Treadmills For Gym Goers With Special Needs

    Ramsey Trainer Seeks Treadmills For Gym Goers With Special Needs

    RAMSEY, N.J. – Like all personal trainers, Ramsey trainer Russ Van Ness spends his days helping clients get the most from their workouts.But most of Van Ness’ clients aren’t able to use the typical gym equipment at the New Jersey Sports Academy in Ramsey where his business, Gifted Fitness, is based.Now the Fair Lawn native, who works with kids and adults with special needs like cerebral ...

  3. Books, Radio, Facebook Help Saddle Brook Pastor Reach Beyond Church Walls

    Books, Radio, Facebook Help Saddle Brook Pastor Reach Beyond Church Walls

    FAIR LAWN, N.J. – Christopher Wolf of Fair Lawn has written two books about faith. People from across the country call into his radio show to make prayer requests. And he regularly makes announcements on Facebook inviting anyone who wants to talk to call or visit with him.The pastor says it is all part of his effort to reach people who need help and encouragement. “At the heart of this ...

  4. Report: Ringwood, Wanaque Among 50 'Safest Cities In New Jersey'

    Report: Ringwood, Wanaque Among 50 'Safest Cities In New Jersey'

    Eleven municipalities in Bergen County and three is Passaic made the list of the 50 safest cities in New Jersey – with Saddle Brook coming in at number two -- according to a report from backroundchecks.org.The list called “The Safest Cities In New Jersey 2016” was compiled “based on FBI violent crime stats and proprietary BackgroundChecks.org research data,” the site says.Here are the ...

  5. Mahwah’s Professional Opera Singer Recalls Big Break

    Mahwah’s Professional Opera Singer Recalls Big Break

    MAHWAH, N.J. – Like so many Bergen County residents, Richard Bernstein of Mahwah makes the regular commute into New York City.But unlike many of his fellow commuters, Bernstein’s “office” doesn’t have a desk, or even a computer. Instead, his destination is the stage.Bernstein is a full-time singer with the famed Metropolitan Opera.“I love being on stage. I love becoming another ...

  6. Soldier Returns From Afghanistan Armed With Gift For Mahwah

    Soldier Returns From Afghanistan Armed With Gift For Mahwah

    MAHWAH, N.J. – Having U.S. Army soldier Danielle Ullman safely back on Mahwah soil would've been enough.The 25-year-old, however, brought back an American Flag that flew over  the Jalalabad District of Nangarhar Province in Afghanistan where Ullman served for 9 months.Ullman and her parents presented the flag to Mayor Bill Laforet and Council President Robert Hermansen on Thursday.“We ...

  7. Mahwah Harnesses 'Pioneer Spirit Of Yesteryear' To Dig Out Veteran

    Mahwah Harnesses 'Pioneer Spirit Of Yesteryear' To Dig Out Veteran

    MAHWAH, N.J. – As Bergen County dug out from snowstorm Stella, one Mahwah veteran needed help.Richard Levine reached out the Mahwah mayor’s office for assistance clearing his driveway. The senior citizen was soon put in touch with volunteers eager to help.“It was like the pioneering spirit of yesteryear,” Levine said.“When I needed help to clear the compacted snow at the front of my ...

  8. Here We Glow! Ringwood Client Revamps Area Tanning Salon

    Here We Glow! Ringwood Client Revamps Area Tanning Salon

    OAKLAND, N.J. – Tricia Bazzano spent years working as a personal trainer, an EMT and in the dermatology field.When she saw an opportunity to utilize her skill set while working for herself, she grabbed it.That's why she opened Here We Glow Tanning this year in Oakland.“I know the body. I know the skin. And it’s a good fit,” said Bazzano of Ringwood while sitting behind the front desk of ...

  9. Bloomingdale Ups Age To Buy Cigarettes

    Bloomingdale Ups Age To Buy Cigarettes

    BLOOMINGDALE, N.J. – The Bloomingdale Council voted to raise the legal age to buy cigarettes and other nicotine products in the borough to 21, NorthJersey.com reports.The change is set to take effect on Sept. 1, but if four of seven nearby towns don’t adopt similar measures within six months, it can be repealed, according to the story.Some business representatives spoke out against the ...

  10. Ramsey Trainer Featured On Pix11 For Work With Special Needs Kids

    Ramsey Trainer Featured On Pix11 For Work With Special Needs Kids

    RAMSEY – A Ramsey personal trainer who specializes in working with clients with special needs is slated to appear on WPIX Wednesday.Russ Van Ness – who owns Gifted Fitness in Ramsey – will appear on the 5 p.m. news broadcast on channel 11.The North Haledon resident and Fair Lawn native trains children and adults with cerebral palsy. He also has clients on the autism spectrum, he told ...

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