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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. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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.”

  6. 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 ...

  7. Bergen Catholic To Remain Closed Wednesday

    Bergen Catholic 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 ...

  8. Nice To Knit: Hillsdale's ‘Yarn Diva’ Shares Her Passion

    Nice To Knit: Hillsdale's ‘Yarn Diva’ Shares Her Passion

    HILLSDALE, N.J. — Retirement didn’t sit well with Ann Marie Santarelli of Montvale, so she opened a shop that indulges her passion for knitting.This year the Yarn Diva on Hillsdale Avenue in Hillsdale celebrates its 10th anniversary.In all that time, Santarelli, a former school aide, has learned a thing or two about her selling her hobby.“The first year was a little haphazard. I was ...

  9. Ramsey Stocking Up To Hunker Down For Snowstorm

    Ramsey Stocking Up To Hunker Down For Snowstorm

    RAMSEY, N.J. — Shelves were looking sparse Sunday night at ShopRite at the Interstate Shopping Center in Ramsey with Winter Storm Stella on the horizon.A blizzard watch has been issued for Bergen and Passaic counties as well as several other regions across the tri-state area. It's in effect from late Monday night through Tuesday evening, AccuWeather.com reports.CLICK HERE FOR A COMPLETE ...

  10. Cold Can't Keep St. Patrick's Day Parade From Marching Through Bergenfield

    Cold Can't Keep St. Patrick's Day Parade From Marching Through Bergenfield

    BERGENFIELD, N.J. — There weren’t enough sweaters in all of Ireland to warm the crowd that showed up in Bergenfield Sunday to watch the 36th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.Freezing temperatures meant a smaller crowd than usual lining Washington Avenue.“It’s crazy to be out here but it’s been a tradition for many years,” said Charles Yates of Washington Township.“You have to come— ...

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