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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. 'Profound Lack Of Leadership': Mahwah Residents Want To Recall Mayor Again

    'Profound Lack Of Leadership': Mahwah Residents Want To Recall Mayor Again

    MAHWAH, N.J. – A group of Mahwah voters is set on petitioning for the recall of Mayor William Laforet for the second time in his seven-year tenure."Our committee represents a large group of Mahwah residents that believe Mayor William Laforet should not be allowed to remain in office. We are confident that this recall effort will succeed," said Vincent Maiello, chairperson of ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. West Milford Diner Owner George ‘Kenezo’ Smirgadis Dies At 67

    West Milford Diner Owner George ‘Kenezo’ Smirgadis Dies At 67

    WEST MILFORD, N.J. – West Milford Diner owner George “Kenezo” Smirgadis passed away on January 13. He was 67.Smirgadis was born in Greece and built a wonderful life in America.He will be remembered for preparing meals that brought people together, giving people special nicknames, handing out candy to all the children who came into his diner and singing classic rock music in his Greek ...

  4. Mahwah Rallies For ‘Amazing Coach’ On Ventilator

    Mahwah Rallies For ‘Amazing Coach’ On Ventilator

    MAHWAH, N.J. – Mahwah is rallying for a local coach and his family.On Jan. 7, Kevin Pierro went into the hospital with pancreatitis and pneumonia, which led to Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, a lung condition that can create low blood oxygen levels and kidney damage, according to a GoFundMe page created to support him and his family.“Kevin is on a ventilator and has suffered some ...

  5. 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,” ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Couple Says ‘I Do’ At Valley Hospital Before Major Surgery

    Couple Says ‘I Do’ At Valley Hospital Before Major Surgery

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. – The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood was recently transformed into a special wedding venue for one patient and his partner.“Mark DeBenedectis expressed to Cheel 4 Neuro Charge Nurse Michelle Bower, RN, his wish to marry his partner, Greg, before he was scheduled to have major surgery,” Valley Health System shared in a Facebook post.With DeBenedictis’ surgery just two days ...

  8. Oakland Shelter Takes In 12 Severely Neglected Dogs Abandoned In Paterson

    Oakland Shelter Takes In 12 Severely Neglected Dogs Abandoned In Paterson

    OAKLAND, N.J. – The Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge in Oakland is caring for 12 dogs that were found abandoned and caged in an empty Paterson house on Tuesday.The dogs are “the most seriously matted and neglected dogs we have ever seen,” RBARI shared in a Facebook.“All twelve dogs are in need of medical care and extensive grooming, as some of them are unable to even see or walk due to their ...

  9. Powerball Tickets Worth $1M, $50K Sold In Bergen County

    Powerball Tickets Worth $1M, $50K Sold In Bergen County

    BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. – A Hackensack 7-Eleven sold a winning Powerball ticket worth $1 million, and stores in Hillsdale and Paramus sold tickets worth $50,000.The million-dollar ticket -- sold at the 7-Eleven at 469 Passaic St. in Hackensack -- was one of two second prize winning tickets sold in New Jersey for the $559.7 million Powerball jackpot. The other was sold in Brick.The winning ...

  10. Powerball Tickets Worth $1M, $50K Sold In Bergen County

    Powerball Tickets Worth $1M, $50K Sold In Bergen County

    BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. – A Hackensack 7-Eleven sold a winning Powerball ticket worth $1 million, and stores in Hillsdale and Paramus sold tickets worth $50,000.The million-dollar ticket -- sold at the 7-Eleven at 469 Passaic St. in Hackensack -- was one of two second prize winning tickets sold in New Jersey for the $559.7 million Powerball jackpot. The other was sold in Brick.The winning ...

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