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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. Wayne Macaroni Grill Closes After 22 Years

    Wayne Macaroni Grill Closes After 22 Years

    WAYNE, N.J. – The Romano’s Macaroni Grill in Wayne has closed.The restaurant – located at 1958 Route 23 – had been in business for 22 years. The restaurant sent an e-mail to patrons thanking them for “all the good times.”“We are sorry to say our Wayne location has closed,” the e-mail states. “We have enjoyed serving this community for 22 years.”The Macaroni Grill on Route 17 in Ramsey ...

  2. Rapid Reemployment Initiative Launched For Laid-Off Bergen Police

    Rapid Reemployment Initiative Launched For Laid-Off Bergen Police

    HACKENSACK, N.J. – When national employment advocate John Fugazzie learned more than 20 officers with the Bergen County Police Services were being laid off in Hackensack last month, he started to do what he does best – network.Six years ago, Fugazzie founded the job search and networking organization Neighbors-helping-Neighbors-USA out of his River Edge home. The group holds ...

  3. Support Flows For Paramus Widow Fighting Cancer

    Support Flows For Paramus Widow Fighting Cancer

    PARAMUS, N.J. – Supporters are rallying around a Paramus family described as “the first to arrive when someone needs help.”Daniel “DJ” Sullivan, died on July 1. The 57-year-old avid outdoorsman is survived by his wife of 30 years, Nancy, and their children, Kaitlyn, Justin and Brandon.“There is nothing in the world that he loved more than his children and wife,” his niece Tracy Gough ...

  4. Google Camera Puts West Milford, Ringwood Trails On Virtual Map

    Google Camera Puts West Milford, Ringwood Trails On Virtual Map

    WEST MILFORD, N.J. – About 2,000 miles of trails in Passaic County parks spanning West Milford, Ringwood, Bloomingdale, Woodland Park, Clifton and Paterson will soon be viewable on Google Maps.The trails that make up the Passaic County Trail Network will be photographed using a 360-degree camera on loan from the Google Street View Loan Program, the Passaic County Board of Chosen ...

  5. Allendale Expat Launches Campaign To Help Employees Buy Ecuadorian Café

    Allendale Expat Launches Campaign To Help Employees Buy Ecuadorian Café

    ALLENDALE, N.J. – When she was commuting to New York, Allendale native Andra Carter felt like she was on a hamster wheel.She and her husband, Josh, were both working full-time and living in Darien, Conn.“We just felt like we never saw each other … and we hated it,” the 1999 Northern Highlands Regional High School graduate said.The couple decided to make a drastic change. They saved up ...

  6. Creativity Helps Hackensack Musician Thrive In Real Estate

    Creativity Helps Hackensack Musician Thrive In Real Estate

    HACKENSACK, N.J. – Randy Wine of Hackensack has always liked to perform.At 16, he toured Europe singing in a choir. His ability to sing and accompany himself on the piano helped him get accepted to college, where he double-majored in piano and vocal.Now in his 60’s, Wine no longer plays or sings on a stage – but he does practice piano on his circa 1908 handmade studio grand Steinway ...

  7. The Fine Grind Now Brews Coffee In Paramus

    The Fine Grind Now Brews Coffee In Paramus

    PARAMUS, N.J. – The Fine Grind Coffee Bar opened its newest location – at the Garden State Plaza in Paramus – this week.The kiosk is the coffee bar’s third spot. The company also serves coffee from its Little Falls and Wayne locations.“We have so many fun new treats for and drinks to try and we even have a fabulous seating area for you to rest your weary feet after a hectic day of ...

  8. Ho Hey! Famed Ramsey Band Fulfills Dream, Opens For U2 In MetLife Stadium

    Ho Hey! Famed Ramsey Band Fulfills Dream, Opens For U2 In MetLife Stadium

    RAMSEY, N.J. — The Lumineers, who were born in Ramsey and most well known for their hit "Ho Hey," opened for U2 at MetLife Stadium on Thursday evening.It wasn't just a dream come true for fans.Lead singer Wesley Schultz told the crowd that he's been going to Giants games his whole life, and even saw Bruce Springsteen from the top deck.So to be able to perform ahead of U2's ...

  9. Ridgewood 4th Of July Parade Fans Lay Early Claim To Prime Viewing Spots

    Ridgewood 4th Of July Parade Fans Lay Early Claim To Prime Viewing Spots

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. – Chairs are already starting to dot the route of Ridgewood’s 107th annual Fourth of July parade.The chairs -- some tied together, some folded down, some open and ready for people to sit in – were spotted in bundles on North Maple Avenue Wednesday.Ridgewood residents have a long tradition of staking out and claiming their spots early to watch the annual parade.This ...

  10. River Vale's Schepisi To Jobless Bergen County Police: I Can Help You

    River Vale's Schepisi To Jobless Bergen County Police: I Can Help You

    RIVER VALE, N.J.— Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi is vowing to help the former Bergen County Police Services officers that were laid off, and turned in their badges in Hackensack, Monday.“If you were part of today’s layoffs and are looking for work, please send your resume to my office. We are going to work to help place anyone who has been laid off,” the assemblywoman wrote in a Facebook ...

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