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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. Ridgewood’s Fish Urban Dining Closes For Summer

    Ridgewood’s Fish Urban Dining Closes For Summer

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. – Fish Urban Dining has closed for the summer, according to a sign posted in the glass door of the downtown Ridgewood restaurant.“Fish Restaurant will be spending the summer upgrading our catering venues!!” the sign reads. “We will see you in,” it goes on, without stating a reopening date.“Have a wonderful summer!” the sign concludes.The restaurant review app Yelp also ...

  2. Mahwah, Ramsey Make List Of 100 Best Places In NJ To Buy House

    Mahwah, Ramsey Make List Of 100 Best Places In NJ To Buy House

    GLEN ROCK, N.J. – Nine Bergen County towns are among the 100 best places to buy a house in New Jersey, including Glen Rock which ranks number 17, according to a niche.com report.The website -- that analyzes public data and reviews to produce ratings – took into account “key factors of a location's housing market, including home values, taxes, crime rates, and quality of local schools, ...

  3. Oakland Mom, Art Therapist Dies, 51

    Oakland Mom, Art Therapist Dies, 51

    OAKLAND, N.J. – Art therapist Rita O’Connor Kennelly of Oakland passed away on May 31. She was 51 years old.The Englewood native “worked for many years as an art therapist sharing her love and selfless compassion through the arts in helping many people in need including substance abuse users, children without families, and Alzheimer's disease patients,” her obituary states. But her ...

  4. Pro Pitcher Turned Mahwah Coach Makes University Hall Of Fame

    Pro Pitcher Turned Mahwah Coach Makes University Hall Of Fame

    MAHWAH, N.J. – Former Minor League pitcher Doug Cinnella of Mahwah will be inducted into the Seton Hall Athletics Hall of Fame Thursday evening.Cinnella, who coaches baseball at Mahwah High School and is the founder of Upper Saddle River-based Professional Baseball Instruction (PBI), was a four-year starting pitcher for the Seton Hall Pirates.“I am sure you’ve heard the saying, ‘Do ...

  5. Route 17 In Ramsey Dedicated To Hometown Hero

    Route 17 In Ramsey Dedicated To Hometown Hero

    RAMSEY, N.J. – In 2013, Timothy McGill of Ramsey was tragically killed in action in Afghanistan.The Army Staff Sergeant, and 2001 Ramsey High School graduate, was just 30 when he was killed by enemy fire in an attack near the border of Pakistan.Four years later, McGill is being honored and remembered by having a portion of Route 17 that runs through his hometown designated in his ...

  6. Bergen Activists Plan Wyckoff Vigil To Raise Awareness About Gun Violence

    Bergen Activists Plan Wyckoff Vigil To Raise Awareness About Gun Violence

    WYCKOFF, N.J. – In honor of National Gun Violence Awareness Day, activist groups from throughout Northern Bergen County will participate in a candlelight vigil in front of Wyckoff Town Hall on Friday evening.The vigil, which starts at 7:45 p.m., will include speeches from Charlene Hoverter of Ocean County who lost her sister to gun violence, as well as Bergen County Freeholder ...

  7. REPORT: These Bergen Towns Rank Among State’s Hottest Real Estate Markets

    REPORT: These Bergen Towns Rank Among State’s Hottest Real Estate Markets

    MOONACHIE, N.J. – Of the 19 New Jersey municipalities that have seen their real estate values soar highest over the last year, six are in Bergen County – including Moonachie, which came in at seven, according to an analysis by NJ.com.“Each of these towns stand a head and shoulders above New Jersey's statewide price growth during the last year and some have seen home values soar to ...

  8. Passionate Teachers Bring Music Back To Ridgewood’s Original Playhouse

    Passionate Teachers Bring Music Back To Ridgewood’s Original Playhouse

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. – The building that once housed the original playhouse in Ridgewood is filling with music once again.“We are bringing music back to the playhouse,” said Sonia Kiernan, a Paramus native who along with her husband John recently opened the Piano Workshop at Bergen County. “This is where many plays were performed as well as musicals and a lot of musical events happened ...

  9. Westwood Butcher Works Hard At What He Likes

    Westwood Butcher Works Hard At What He Likes

    WESTWOOD, N.J. – Before the owner of Prime Meats in downtown Westwood went into business for himself, he learned a lot from his boss.“I had a great boss … He believed in giving people good service, and the highest quality at the best price,” said Sal Petruso, who for years has owned and operated a popular butcher shop in downtown Westwood.Petruso, who was born in Italy, came to the ...

  10. Mahwah BBQ Helps Disabled Residents Feel Part Of Community

    Mahwah BBQ Helps Disabled Residents Feel Part Of Community

    MAHWAH, N.J. – About 60 people recently gathered to help make the residents of a housing complex for people with developmental disabilities feel at home in Mahwah.Some residents moved into Mahwah Commons late last year, but a few more are slated to move in soon, said Jennifer Whalen-Gares, chair of Mahwah’s Access For All Commission.The Commission – that has a goal to enhance the ...

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