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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. Saddle River Inn Named One Of '100 Best Restaurants in America'

    Saddle River Inn Named One Of '100 Best Restaurants in America'

    SADDLE RIVER, N.J. – One of the 100 best restaurants in the United States is in Saddle River, according to a new list released by OpenTable.com.The Saddle River Inn, which the website describes as serving “classic French cuisine with a contemporary flair … in a romantic, rustic, barn along the banks of the Saddle River,” is one of only two New Jersey restaurants to make the list.The ...

  2. Mahwah Comes Together To Spread Joy Through PBA Toy Drive

    Mahwah Comes Together To Spread Joy Through PBA Toy Drive

    MAHWAH, N.J. – Members of the Mahwah PBA have an ultimate goal when it comes to their annual toy drive.Each year, the PBA collects and transports donated toys, and every year, a larger vehicle is needed. “We would like to eventually get an 18-wheeler,” Mahwah Police Detective Michael Grassi said.They are getting close.The toys donated through this year’s drive will be transported using ...

  3. REPORT: These 5 Bergen Towns Are Among 10 ‘Smartest’ In NJ

    REPORT: These 5 Bergen Towns Are Among 10 ‘Smartest’ In NJ

    TENAFLY, N.J. – Half of the ten “Smartest Cities” in New Jersey are in Bergen County, including Tenafly which comes in at number two, according to a new list released by Zippia.com.The website, dedicated to providing career insights to recent college graduates, used Census data to determine the braniacs around New Jersey.Analysts came up with the rankings by looking at data for the ...

  4. Northvale Girl With ‘Bright Smile’ Passes Away

    Northvale Girl With ‘Bright Smile’ Passes Away

    NORTHVALE, N.J. – Vivienne Knopp of Northvale passed away Tuesday.In April, 7-year-old Vivienne was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) – an inoperable brain tumor found in the area of the brain stem responsible for controlling bodily functions such as heartbeat, breathing, swallowing, eyesight and balance.The Northvale community had rallied around Vivienne and her ...

  5. Record-Breaking Roller Coasters Coming To American Dream In East Rutherford

    Record-Breaking Roller Coasters Coming To American Dream In East Rutherford

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – A pair of record-breaking roller coasters are slated to be built at American Dream Meadowlands megamall in East Rutherford.The coasters will be part of the indoor Nickelodeon Universe theme park.One, an intertwined Launched Euro-Fighter will boast the world record for the steepest roller coaster drop, while the other, a Spinning Coaster, will hold titles for the ...

  6. Internship Brings Ramapo College Students Back ‘Home’ To Nature

    Internship Brings Ramapo College Students Back ‘Home’ To Nature

    MAHWAH, N.J. – A pair of students at Ramapo College of New Jersey in Mahwah have scored their ideal internships.But, Liam Hickey of Dumont and James O’Neill of Glen Rock aren’t wearing suits and ties, or even working in offices.Instead, they are spending their days in the woods in Ringwood – in jeans and hiking boots.“I love being in the forest. The element here really feels like home ...

  7. Bergen Team Headed To National Pop Warner Championships

    Bergen Team Headed To National Pop Warner Championships

    MONTVALE, N.J. – During their final season of Pop Warner football, a team of 14-year-olds that practices at St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale will compete at the National Championships in Orlando.“What is kind of special about them is that they are part of the first class to ever come through our organization. They made it in their last year before high school, which is really ...

  8. Look Inside: New Luxury Apartments Open In Waldwick

    Look Inside: New Luxury Apartments Open In Waldwick

    WALDWICK, N.J. – Residents are beginning to move into the new luxury apartments built next to the Waldwick train station.Following roughly a year of construction, officials recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Waldwick Station, which features 110 rental units ranging from studios to 2-bedroom apartments.“We are excited to open one of the rare, new apartment communities in ...

  9. Tis The Season: Train To Chug Through Bergen, Passaic For Good Cause

    Tis The Season: Train To Chug Through Bergen, Passaic For Good Cause

    ROCHELLE PARK, N.J. – A special toy collection train will make stops in Rochelle Park, Hawthorne, Midland Park, Wyckoff, Oakland and Pompton Lakes Saturday.The train, operated by volunteers from the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway, will chug through sections of Bergen, Passaic and Morris Counties, collecting thousands of donated toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for ...

  10. REPORT: These 3 Bergen County Districts Pay Teachers The Most

    REPORT: These 3 Bergen County Districts Pay Teachers The Most

    HACKENSACK, N.J. – The median salary for New Jersey teachers is on the rise, according to an NJ.com report listing the districts with the highest median salaries in each county.Statewide for 2016-2017 the median teacher salary was $66,117, up from $64,550 the year before, states the report that siting data from the New Jersey Department of Education.The Bergen and Passaic County ...

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