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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. Former Wayne Hills Pitcher Injured By Line Drive To Face

    Former Wayne Hills Pitcher Injured By Line Drive To Face

    WAYNE, N.J. – A former starting pitcher at Wayne Hills High School is recovering after being struck in the face by a line drive while pitching for his college’s club team.Erik Moskal, 22, now a student at Florida Gulf Coast University, was on the mound during the semifinals of the Division II Club Baseball World Series in Kansas on May 22, when the accident occurred, according to a ...

  2. Soda Deliveryman: Paramus ATM Gulped Nearly $6K In Cash

    Soda Deliveryman: Paramus ATM Gulped Nearly $6K In Cash

    PARAMUS, N.J. – A soda deliveryman attempted to deposit thousands of dollars of cash into a Paramus ATM, only to see the machine gobble it up with no proof of deposit, WABC reports.Carlos Alcantara tried to deposit $5,900 into the machine at Citibank in Paramus, but “one of the bills, it was getting jammed in the machine. I was trying to return the bill, but then it was sucking it back ...

  3. Kids Of Ringwood Mom Fighting Cancer Seek Support

    Kids Of Ringwood Mom Fighting Cancer Seek Support

    RINGWOOD, N.J. – The children of a Ringwood mother fighting leukemia are appealing to the community for support.“My mom, Michele, was recently diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia,” Sarah Yeldham wrote on a GoFundMe page she created with her brother, Steven.“It was truly a heartbreak to my family, especially because she is such a strong woman,” she wrote.Sarah wrote that Michelle is ...

  4. Oakland Mom, Art Therapist Dies, 51

    Oakland Mom, Art Therapist Dies, 51

    OAKLAND, N.J. – Art therapist Rita O’Connor Kennelly of Oakland passed away on May 31. She was 51 years old.The Englewood native “worked for many years as an art therapist sharing her love and selfless compassion through the arts in helping many people in need including substance abuse users, children without families, and Alzheimer's disease patients,” her obituary states. But her ...

  5. Westwood Butcher Works Hard At What He Likes

    Westwood Butcher Works Hard At What He Likes

    WESTWOOD, N.J. – Before the owner of Prime Meats in downtown Westwood went into business for himself, he learned a lot from his boss.“I had a great boss … He believed in giving people good service, and the highest quality at the best price,” said Sal Petruso, who for years has owned and operated a popular butcher shop in downtown Westwood.Petruso, who was born in Italy, came to the ...

  6. Ramsey Students Plant Field Of Flags To Honor Fallen Soldiers

    Ramsey Students Plant Field Of Flags To Honor Fallen Soldiers

    RAMSEY, N.J. – A group of Ramsey eighth graders are reminding people what Memorial Day is all about.The students at Eric S. Smith Middle School planted nearly 7,000 flags, one for each American killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, CBS reports.The students decided to plant their field of flags after taking a trip to Washington, D.C. and learning about other students honoring fallen service ...

  7. Mahwah Post Offices May Consolidate

    Mahwah Post Offices May Consolidate

    MAHWAH, N.J. – Mahwah may soon have one less post office in town.The U.S. Postal Service is proposing to relocate the existing post office retail location at 12 E. Ramapo Ave. to its location at 46 Industrial Ave.Postal representatives will provide an overview of the proposal, answer questions and solicit written input at the Mahwah Council meeting on June 8 at 7:30 p.m., at the Mahwah ...

  8. Paterson Group Changes Lives One Hot Meal At A Time

    Paterson Group Changes Lives One Hot Meal At A Time

    PATERSON, N.J. – Each week a team gathers in the kitchen of the Islamic Center of Passaic County in Paterson to prepare hot, nutritious three-course meals for about 450 people.“People feel worthy when they eat this well,” said Akbar McEntyre, a congregant of the center and the founder and executive director of Humble Beginnings, a non-profit organization that engages people in the areas ...

  9. Did You Catch A Glimpse Of The Biebs In Clifton This Week?

    Did You Catch A Glimpse Of The Biebs In Clifton This Week?

    CLIFTON, N.J. – Pop sensation Justin Bieber was spotted shopping at Target in Clifton Wednesday.He also was seen at a local Panera Bread, where Facebook users said he refused to take pictures with his fans.Daily Voice sources are speculating that the teen heartthrob could've been visiting his pastor Carl Lentz.GOT NEWS TIPS? EMAIL LAUREN KIDD FERGUSON AT LKFERGUSON@DAILYVOICE.COM.

  10. Paterson Diner Closing After More Than 70 Years

    Paterson Diner Closing After More Than 70 Years

    PATERSON, N.J. – The Egg Platter Diner in Paterson will be closing after more than 70 years in business, the popular restaurant announced on its Facebook page.“With great sadness I have to inform our wonderful customers that the Egg Platter Diner will be closing on May 31st officially,” the post states.According to the post, the owners have plans to rebuild within the area, and they ...

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