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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. Revamped Ridgewood Restaurant Hiring 80 Staff For Reopening

    Revamped Ridgewood Restaurant Hiring 80 Staff For Reopening

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. – The Office Beer Bar & Grill in Ridgewood will be reopening this fall, and is looking to hire 80 workers, NorthJersey.com reports.The downtown restaurant closed in April to undergo extensive renovations. When the spot reopens it will have a new name – The Office Tavern Grill – and a revamped food and drink menu, featuring 40 rotating taps, and an extensive craft ...

  2. 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, ...

  3. REPORT: Mahwah Tops List Of Bergen Towns Where Property Taxes ‘Hurt Least’

    REPORT: Mahwah Tops List Of Bergen 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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. ...

  6. Mahwah, Ramsey Soccer Players Kick It For Teen Battling Cancer

    Mahwah, Ramsey Soccer Players Kick It For Teen Battling Cancer

    WYCKOFF, N.J. – Soccer teams from throughout Bergen and Passaic Counties are kicking the ball for a good cause this season: to raise funds for a Wyckoff player fighting cancer.Ben Landel, a multi-sport athlete at Ramapo High School in Wyckoff, was diagnosed with a rare and powerful cancer in May, and has since gone through five rounds of chemotherapy, and is showing progress.Last month, ...

  7. REPORT: 4 Bergen School Districts Among Those With Big Demographic Shifts

    REPORT: 4 Bergen School Districts Among Those With Big Demographic Shifts

    HALEDON, N.J. – Four Bergen and one Passaic County school district are among the 20 in the state that have experienced the greatest shift in demographics over the last two decades, according to a list released by NJ.com.Throughout New Jersey, changes in demographics were “led by a surge in Hispanic students, who went from 14 percent of the public school population in 1998 to more than a ...

  8. Beloved West Milford Dog Saved (Again)

    Beloved West Milford Dog Saved (Again)

    WEST MILFORD, N.J. – Kathleen Lota of West Milford adopted her dog Strutter after he was found starving at just 5 months old. Strutter, who was nursed back to health then, is once again being nursed back to health --- this time after being hit by a car outside his West Milford home last week.“He went out of sight and as I ran to the end of the driveway calling for him, I heard him being ...

  9. Song Co-Written By Ramapo College Grad Appears In Disney Musical

    Song Co-Written By Ramapo College Grad Appears In Disney Musical

    NORTH ARLINGTON, N.J. – A North Arlington native is the co-writer of a song on one of Disney’s newest musicals, NorthJersey.com reports.Stephen Conley, a 2015 graduate of Ramapo College in Mahwah, co-wrote “Space Between” which appears on Disney’s “Descendants 2,” released in July, the story says.Within days of the song’s release on Disney’s YouTube channel, the song received 3 million ...

  10. West Milford Rallies For Ballplayer, 18, Who Fell 'Ill Almost Overnight'

    West Milford Rallies For Ballplayer, 18, Who Fell 'Ill Almost Overnight'

    WEST MILFORD, N.J. – An 18-year-old West Milford baseball player is battling health problems and his community is rallying around him.In December, 2016, Matthew Rizza “became extremely ill almost overnight. He had difficulty breathing, horrible reflux, heartburn, and brainfog,” followed by extreme food sensitivities, according to a GoFundMe page his mother Jeannie created to raise money ...

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