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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. Saddle River Mayor, Council Authorize Police To Shoot Coyotes

    Saddle River Mayor, Council Authorize Police To Shoot Coyotes

    SADDLE RIVER, N.J. – With the coyote population rising in Saddle River, the mayor and council have authorized police to shoot any coyote that poses a threat to the community.“The governing body approved a resolution allowing the police to use lethal force within the confines of the law to cull any and all aggressive coyote encounters,” Mayor Al Kurpis wrote in an email to ...

  2. Wyckoff Blood Drive To Help 8th Grader Fight Cancer

    Wyckoff Blood Drive To Help 8th Grader Fight Cancer

    WYCKOFF, N.J. – A blood drive in Wyckoff next week will benefit a local  8th grader battling cancer.Payton Sargenti, of Wyckoff, was recently diagnosed with lymphoma in her small intestines. It is a curable form of cancer, but Sargenti’s treatment plan includes six months of chemotherapy.“The blood we help collect will be reserved for Payton and her future needs during her procedures,” ...

  3. Thousands Pour In For Pompton Lakes Family After House Fire

    Thousands Pour In For Pompton Lakes Family After House Fire

    POMPTON LAKES, N.J. – Pompton Lakes is rallying around a local family who lost their home in a fire.“The Burwells have 3 children who lost all their belongings as well as their home,” states a GoFundMe page created to raise funds for the family.“This family is always willing to help out anyone in need so at this time we are looking for monetary donations to help this family get back on ...

  4. Nature Lovers Want Disc Golf Course Moved To Wayne

    Nature Lovers Want Disc Golf Course Moved To Wayne

    WOODLAND PARK, N.J. – Opponents of a plan to build a disc golf course at Rifle Camp Park in Woodland Park have come up with a counter proposal: Build the course at Preakness Valley Golf Course in Wayne instead.The Save Rifle Camp Park Coalition made its proposal public during a press conference Thursday.Preakness Valley Golf Course is the largest county park in lower Passaic County and ...

  5. Support Group Inspires Mahwah Widow To Pay It Forward

    Support Group Inspires Mahwah Widow To Pay It Forward

    MAHWAH, N.J. – Beth Wiesner of Mahwah knows she couldn’t have gotten to where she is today without her CancerCare support group.Wiesner, whose husband Michael died of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2015, said she has found solace in the group of 14 women and men who have lost their spouses to cancer.“We were seeking a way to deal with that immeasurable loss and grief and we found each other, ...

  6. Craving A Pretzel? New Clifton Shop Gives Them Away

    Craving A Pretzel? New Clifton Shop Gives Them Away

    CLIFTON, N.J. – A new Clifton pretzel shop is giving away the goods.Philly Pretzel Factory, which officially opened for business this week, is giving away a free pretzel to each person that comes in the shop through Sunday.The shop is located on 859 Clifton Ave.Dayo Kusamotu, who owns the franchise, recently spoke to Daily Voice about his dream to open a business, and all the shop will ...

  7. Passaic County Raises Funds For K-9 Vests, Honors Fallen Dogs

    Passaic County Raises Funds For K-9 Vests, Honors Fallen Dogs

    PATERSON, N.J. – A memorial in Paterson dedicated to K-9s who have served with the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office now contains 43 additional names of dogs who have retired or fallen in the line of duty.The memorial, at Lambert Castle, had fallen into disrepair. But funds raised from last year’s “Paws in the Park” event in Goffle Brook Park in Hawthorne made it possible to repair the ...

  8. REPORT: West Milford, Wanaque Among Towns Where Property Taxes 'Hurt Least'

    REPORT: West Milford, Wanaque Among Towns Where Property Taxes 'Hurt Least'

    MAHWAH, N.J. – New Jersey residents pay the highest property taxes in the U.S., but the burden may hurt less in some municipalities – such as Mahwah and West Milford -- than others, NJ.com reports.The publication compared property taxes to median household income to derive the municipalities in each county where property taxes “hurt the least.” “The smaller bite the property taxes take ...

  9. Mahwah Yoga Teacher Ilene Feldman Dies, 40

    Mahwah Yoga Teacher Ilene Feldman Dies, 40

    MAHWAH, N.J. -- Ilene Elizabeth Feldman of Mahwah died on Sept. 9. She was 40 years old.Feldman was a dedicated yoga instructor with a passion for music and life.She is survived by her husband Charles P. Gilbride; his children Carey, Charles and Caitlyn; her mother, Janis Ann Feldman; brother Theodore Charles Feldman; as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by ...

  10. Application For Controversial Ramsey Firing Range Withdrawn

    Application For Controversial Ramsey Firing Range Withdrawn

    RAMSEY, N.J. – An application to create an indoor firing range at the former Liberty Travel building in Ramsey has been withdrawn from the borough Planning Board, Ramsey Mayor Deirdre Dillon announced Monday.“Since our first meeting with the property owners several months ago, we have remained in touch through counsel in the hope that we would be able to resolve our differences. ...

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