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Lorraine Ash

Community Reporter lash@dailyvoice.com

Lorraine Ash has been a reporter/editor in her native New Jersey since 1982, the year she earned her master’s degree in Public Communications from Fordham University. Her articles have gained global, national, state, and regional attention and awards and have appeared in a number of newspapers, including USA Today. She has worked for publications such as Family Circle Magazine, The Ridgewood News, and the Daily Record. Lorraine also has penned two memoirs and teaches memoir writing. Experience has taught her that everyone has a compelling story to tell. Have a story the community needs to hear? Email her. She’d love to hear from you.

Lorraine Ash's Contributions

  1. ‘LesleyPalooza’ Helps Single Ridgewood Mom With MS

    ‘LesleyPalooza’ Helps Single Ridgewood Mom With MS

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — Ridgewood is pushing this month to help Lesley Linker, a single mom with multiple sclerosis (MS), keep her modest house and around-the-clock aides.The goal for the effort, dubbed LesleyPalooza, is $150,000.So far, $24,000 has been raised.“The people in this town are unbelievable,” Linker said. “I could cry because everyone is so sweet.”The community has been rallying ...

  2. Monk Coming To Ridgewood: Only Your Mind Can Make You Happy

    Monk Coming To Ridgewood: Only Your Mind Can Make You Happy

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — Feeling overwhelmed, stressed, anxious? A revered Buddhist monk – Bhante Sujatha – is coming to Ridgewood Thursday evening to provide some spiritual advice.The Namaste Organic Spa on Franklin Avenue will host his two-hour workshop, “How to Empower Your Mind.”“The ancient texts of the Buddha tell us that no external condition can be the cause of our happiness,” said ...

  3. NJ Puppy Mill Ban Heads To Governor Christie's Desk

    NJ Puppy Mill Ban Heads To Governor Christie's Desk

    The New Jersey Assembly on Thursday passed a bill that would ban puppy mills from operating in the state, sponsor and Senator Raymond Lesniak announced.Bill S3041 would prohibit the sale of puppies from puppy mills and establish new requirements for pet dealers and shops in New Jersey.The issue was brought to light last year with Emerson puppy store owner Vincent LoSacco, who has since ...

  4. Head Of Ridgewood Nonprofit Champions Bergen’s Homeless Families

    Head Of Ridgewood Nonprofit Champions Bergen’s Homeless Families

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — When she shows up at work in Ridgewood every day, Kate Duggan runs a massive effort to lift homeless working families into a different life.The executive director of Family Promise of Bergen County on Dayton Street points to statistics to tell the story:More than 5,000 volunteers. More than 1 million free meals served at the Bergen County Housing, Health and Human ...

  5. Bergen Blood Drives To Make Up Shortfall Due To Storm

    Bergen Blood Drives To Make Up Shortfall Due To Storm

    MONTVALE, N.J. — Winter Storm Stella canceled six blood drives, leaving the Montvale-based Community Blood Services scrambling to make up the shortfall.The nonprofit is urging people to donate blood or platelets at eight drives to take place in Bergen and Passaic counties Thursday through Sunday.“We need 200 units a day because we supply 18 hospitals,” said Patricia Casino, CBS ...

  6. Saddle River School Drinking Fountains Shut For High Lead Levels In Water

    Saddle River School Drinking Fountains Shut For High Lead Levels In Water

    SADDLE RIVER, N.J. — Seven drinking water fountains at Wandell School in Saddle River have been shut down after samples were shown to exceed acceptable lead levels, northjersey.com reports.A total of 21 water outlets were tested at the school, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has established a safety level of 15 parts per ...

  7. Rain, Snow, Sleet, Hail: Nothing Closes Allendale Bar & Grill

    Rain, Snow, Sleet, Hail: Nothing Closes Allendale Bar & Grill

    ALLENDALE, N.J. — The rest of West Allendale Avenue in Allendale may have looked like a ghost town Tuesday, but the food, beer and laughter were flowing at the Allendale Bar & Grill.The beloved eatery makes it a point to stay open in all weather, said Owner Chris Kunisch.“When Sandy hit, we had to close because we had no power, but other than that, we’ve always stayed open,” he ...

  8. Allendale Skier Needs Wine For Dinner

    Allendale Skier Needs Wine For Dinner

    ALLENDALE, N.J. — John Ferebee of Allendale donned his cross-country skis and headed to the Allendale Wine Shoppe, one of two places open on West Allendale Avenue Tuesday afternoon.What was he after?Two bottles of pinot noir.“I need them for dinner,” Ferebee said. “I’ve had a pork roast in the slow cooker all day.”

  9. Pascack Duo’s Garlic Knot Sliders Go Gangbusters

    Pascack Duo’s Garlic Knot Sliders Go Gangbusters

    RIVER VALE, N.J. — Shayna Minuto of River Vale and James Awad of Woodcliff Lake literally can’t leave their Hold My Knots food stand at the Gansevoort Market in New York’s Meatpacking District.The lines for their Original Garlic Knot Sliders – hot sandwiches served on garlic knots instead of bread – never end.“We’re in the city seven days a week,” Minuto said.“We don’t take any days ...

  10. Leonia, Fort Lee Schools To Remain Closed Wednesday

    Leonia, Fort Lee Schools To Remain Closed Wednesday

    BOGOTA, N.J. — Some Bergen County students will have one more day to enjoy the snow.The following districts will be closed Wednesday, March 15:BogotaBergen CatholicCarlstadtEdgewaterElmwood ParkEmersonEnglewood CliffsFort LeeFranklin LakesHillsdaleLeoniaLyndhurstMahwahMidland ParkMontvaleOaklandPalisades ParkPark RidgePascack Hills High SchoolPascack Valley Regional High SchoolRiver ...

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