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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.

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  1. Park Ridge Folk Pop Legend Maggie Roche Dies

    Park Ridge Folk Pop Legend Maggie Roche Dies

    PARK RIDGE, N.J. — Maggie Roche, the Park Ridge native who formed the folk pop trio The Roches along with her two sisters, has died, reports NJArts.net. She was 65.She and her sisters, Terre and Suzzy, performed in New York City clubs and broke through to a national audience in 1979, the arts site reports.They performed on Paul Simon’s 1973 album, “There Goes Rhymin’ Simon."Maggie ...

  2. Rosie O’Donnell Lowers Price On Saddle River Estate

    Rosie O’Donnell Lowers Price On Saddle River Estate

    SADDLE RIVER, N.J. — Comedienne Rosie O’Donnell dropped the asking price on her six-acre Saddle River estate again, nj.com reports.The former talk show host, who has made headlines of late for her tweeting wars with President Donald Trump, now wants $5.9 million, according to the report.RELATED NEWS: Another famed Saddle River resident, Mary J. Blige, also has had problems selling her ...

  3. Park Ridge Music Studio Teaching Third Generation To Play

    Park Ridge Music Studio Teaching Third Generation To Play

    PARK RIDGE, N.J. — Gus Baxter of Mahwah has been teaching guitar at Woodside Music Studio in Park Ridge since 1971.At this point, the shop has become the “Cheers” of the Pascack Valley: you go in and everybody knows your name.“We’re now into teaching the third generation of the same families,” Baxter said. “It’s pretty freaky.” When he gave his first lesson at Woodside 46 years ago, he ...

  4. Emerson Looks To Replace Historic Preservation Commission

    Emerson Looks To Replace Historic Preservation Commission

    EMERSON, N.J. — The Emerson Council introduced an ordinance Tuesday that would change the nature of the board charged with helping to preserve borough history.It will vote Feb. 7 on whether to abolish its Historic Preservation Commission, chaired by Bill Wassmann.Simultaneously, the law would create an Historic Preservation Committee.What’s the difference?“There will be the same number ...

  5. Ridgewood Forbids Short-Term House Rentals

    Ridgewood Forbids Short-Term House Rentals

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — It’s illegal to rent out a residential property in Ridgewood for 30 days or less, per an ordinance that went into effect Jan. 13.Only a handful of homes were affected, but it was surprising for the governing body to see the trend start in a community comprised mostly of single-family homes, Deputy Mayor Michael Sedon said.“We hear that in other towns, and some bigger ...

  6. No Time To Make Dinner? Learn Batch Cooking In Haworth

    No Time To Make Dinner? Learn Batch Cooking In Haworth

    HAWORTH, N.J. — Northern Valley mom Tracee Yablon Brenner has a better way to make dinner — batch cooking — and she’ll be teaching her methods Jan. 26 in Haworth.“If you plan out your menu and your week, you can cook more than one meal at a time,” said Brenner, a dietitian/nutritionist and owner of Triad to Wellness.It’s a consulting firm that provides a number of services for small ...

  7. Emerson Allows Condemnation Zone; Suit Threatened

    Emerson Allows Condemnation Zone; Suit Threatened

    EMERSON, N.J. — If Emerson needs to condemn buildings on 11 lots downtown to build anew, it now can.But it also could face a lawsuit.The Borough Council voted 4-1 Tuesday night to redesignate the lots – all in Block 419 – a condemnation redevelopment zone.Councilwoman Danielle DiPaola voted against the measure. Councilman Richard Worthington was absent.Borough Redevelopment Attorney ...

  8. Old Tappan Medium To Channel 'The Chin,' Her Mafia Don Father

    Old Tappan Medium To Channel 'The Chin,' Her Mafia Don Father

    OLD TAPPAN, N.J. — Old Tappan native Rita Gigante came to being a spiritual healer/medium in a unique way: she is the daughter of infamous mafia boss Vincent “The Chin” Gigante.For the record, her upbringing in the Northern Valley was not easy.She chronicled it all in her 2013 book, “The Godfather’s Daughter: An Unlikely Story of Love, Healing, and Redemption.”Now she’s moving into ...

  9. Ridgewood Women Rally To Prepare For Washington March

    Ridgewood Women Rally To Prepare For Washington March

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — Going to the Women’s March on Washington Saturday? You’re invited to get ready at a Monday night rally in Ridgewood.The Get Ready Rally! is gathering at The Unitarian Society of Ridgewood at 7:30 p.m. Monday.Participants will make connections and posters, according to Gwenn Hauck, event organizer and former village councilwoman. They'll also learn about the logistics ...

  10. Citizen Group: We Have Our Own Dream For Destiny Of Emerson

    Citizen Group: We Have Our Own Dream For Destiny Of Emerson

    EMERSON, N.J. — Nine members from Emersonians, a Facebook page, stepped off the screen and into real life to talk through the transformations their borough is undergoing.Council President Chris Knoller joined them this week to offer guidance on some issues. But, above all, to listen.“My vision is of a community coming together,” said Ed Bueti, page administrator and forum ...

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