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Lauren Kidd Ferguson

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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. REPORT: These Bergen County Towns Among Poorest In New Jersey

    REPORT: These Bergen County Towns Among Poorest In New Jersey

    PASSAIC, N.J. – Three towns in Bergen County and two in Passaic are among the 35 poorest in New Jersey, according to a list released by NJ.com.The rankings are based on data on median household income from the U.S. Census Bureau, as well as poverty rates, the story says. Here are the Bergen and Passaic County spots that made the list, along with their rankings, median household incomes ...

  2. Wayne Toys ‘R’ Us, Paramus Babies 'R' Us Among 182 Closing Nationwide

    Wayne Toys ‘R’ Us, Paramus Babies 'R' Us Among 182 Closing Nationwide

    WAYNE, N.J. – Wayne-based Toys ‘R’ Us is planning to close 12 stores in New Jersey, including its store in Wayne and its Babies ‘R’ Us in Paramus, according to multiple media reports.The store closings in the Garden State are part of up to 182 the retail giant is planning nationwide -- roughly one-fifth of its total, reports say."The reinvention of our brands requires that we make ...

  3. Joy McCracken Of Wyckoff Dies At 62

    Joy McCracken Of Wyckoff Dies At 62

    WYCKOFF, N.J. – Joy McCracken of Wyckoff died on Thursday, January 18, surrounded by family. She was 62.Joy was born in Paterson and lived in Midland Park before moving to Wyckoff 32 years ago.She was a member of the Wyckoff Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary for 25 years and had served as secretary. She was also a member of the Cornerstone Christian Church in Wyckoff.Joy is survived by ...

  4. Ramapo To Offer Special Housing, Supports To Students In Addiction Recovery

    Ramapo To Offer Special Housing, Supports To Students In Addiction Recovery

    MAHWAH, N.J. – Students recovering from drug or alcohol addiction will soon have a safe place to turn at Ramapo College of New Jersey in Mahwah.The college received a nearly $1 million state grant to fund a new program that will include recovery housing for up to 10 students and resources such as screening and intervention services, access to confidential psychological and addiction ...

  5. Bed Bath & Beyond Recalls Thousands Of UGG Comforters Over Mold Risk

    Bed Bath & Beyond Recalls Thousands Of UGG Comforters Over Mold Risk

    Bed Bath & Beyond is recalling roughly 175,000 comforters due to the risk of mold exposure, the U.S. Consumer Safety Commission announced.The recall specifically involves Hudson comforters by UGG, which were sold in four solid colors and three sizes.Bed Bath & Beyond has locations in Paramus, Edgewater and Clifton.“Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled comforters ...

  6. Oakland Shelter Dogs To Appear On Animal Planet's ‘Dog Bowl’

    Oakland Shelter Dogs To Appear On Animal Planet's ‘Dog Bowl’

    OAKLAND, N.J. – A pair of Oakland dogs are about to make their television debut.Kody and Lexi, who are being taken care of by the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, will appear on Animal Planet’s first-ever Dog Bowl.Animal Planet decided to hold the televised bowl featuring older, adoptable dogs this year after more than a decade of airing its Puppy Bowl to help younger canines find homes.The ...

  7. Greek Family's Delicious Traditions Carry On At New Paramus Bakery

    Greek Family's Delicious Traditions Carry On At New Paramus Bakery

    WAYNE, N.J. – Greek food lovers have new authentic spots in Wayne and Paramus to pick up savory treats such as spanakopita, cheese pies and baklava.Greek from Greece is now open at the Willowbrook Mall and the Garden State Plaza.The Greek bakery also has locations in Hoboken, Manhattan and West Nyack.The menu features an extensive variety of traditional Greek pies, cookies, cereal bars, ...

  8. Oradell Native Elisabeth Rozgonyi Dies At 52

    Oradell Native Elisabeth Rozgonyi Dies At 52

    ORADELL, N.J. – Elisabeth “Beth” Rozgonyi of Pequannock died at home in the loving care of her family on January 10. She was 52.Beth was born in Oradell and raised in Pompton Plains, and was a graduate of Pequannock Township High School. She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Glen, her children Brian and his fiancé Stephanie Tedeschi, John, and Jessica, her mother, Lois, and her ...

  9. Glen Rock Barbershop Owner Is Living His Dream At 24

    Glen Rock Barbershop Owner Is Living His Dream At 24

    WEST MILFORD, N.J. – At 15, Casey Terramoccia started to give haircuts out of his West Milford home to a few of his soccer teammates.“From there, it was someone else asked me for a cut and somebody else … all of the sudden it was a snowball effect,” Terramoccia said. He even gave cuts to some West Milford High School teachers.“I just started running appointments out of my house,” ...

  10. New Contractor Focuses On Ending Months-Long Mahwah Detour

    New Contractor Focuses On Ending Months-Long Mahwah Detour

    MAHWAH, N.J. – An end may be in sight for frustrated motorists forced to deal with a roughly 5-mile detour in Mahwah since last summer.County Executive James Tedesco recently gave the go ahead to swap the low-bid contractor hired to replace a culvert along the Route 202 corridor with Sanzari Construction, Mahwah Mayor William Laforet said.“I am absolutely convinced that Sanzari is the ...

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