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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. 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 ...

  2. Westwood Rallies Saturday To Help Teen With Cancer

    Westwood Rallies Saturday To Help Teen With Cancer

    WESTWOOD, N.J. — At noon Saturday Westwood will gather at its annual Cardinals vs. Cancer event to raise money for local teen Natalie Lopack.The Westwood Regional High School freshman is suffering with osteosarcoma, a cancer that starts in the bones, according to her mother. It has metastasized to her lungs.Doors for the basketball fundraiser open at noon Saturday for a 1 p.m. game ...

  3. Stoked To Smoke: Upper Saddle River Man Enjoys Third Career In Barbecue

    Stoked To Smoke: Upper Saddle River Man Enjoys Third Career In Barbecue

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — When cooking barbecue, Robert Feuerstein of Upper Saddle River respects the meat.That’s foremost for the owner of the 1-year-old SMOKED on Godwin Avenue in Ridgewood.“We try to offer clean, healthy food without extra sauces and goops and sugars and salts,” said Feuerstein. “We keep that to a minimum.”His wife and business partner, Deidra, puts it this way: the meat ...

  4. This Hackensack Cleaning Lady Is Also A Pharmacist

    This Hackensack Cleaning Lady Is Also A Pharmacist

    HACKENSACK, N.J. — Clara Sofia Ochoa of Hackensack cleans a BMW dealership in Maywood at night.It’s a far cry from her old job: she was a pharmacist at a national penitentiary in her native Colombia.The 32-year-old loved working there. She has loved pharmacies since her girlhood when she watched her father help people in his pharmacy. “I always admired what my father did,” Ochoa told ...

  5. Emerson’s Historic Borough Hall: Will It Stay Or Will It Go?

    Emerson’s Historic Borough Hall: Will It Stay Or Will It Go?

    EMERSON, N.J. — An Emerson woman has started a campaign to preserve the borough’s historic town hall building, even as Mayor Lou Lamatina says the building is not in jeopardy.The town hall was built under the Works Progress Administration, one of FDR’s New Deal programs, according to a plaque on the building.It was officially dedicated to much fanfare, including a parade, on Sept. 23, ...

  6. Emerson Deli Aids Customer In Crisis With Wednesday Special

    Emerson Deli Aids Customer In Crisis With Wednesday Special

    EMERSON, N.J. — You can eat at Shortrounds Deli in Emerson Wednesday for a cause.Ten percent of the day’s proceeds on breakfast, lunch, and dinner will benefit longtime Emerson residents Christa and Gerry Farrell.The deli is running a Gerry Special just for the day, too: Chicken Parm Hero with Fries.In June of last year, Farrell, a young husband and father of two, suffered a ruptured ...

  7. Montvale Millennial Opens Hip New Park Ridge Juice Bar

    Montvale Millennial Opens Hip New Park Ridge Juice Bar

    PARK RIDGE, N.J. — Ever since Jessica Piatt opened Beets Juice Bar last month, Park Ridge High School students have a healthy place to hang out at lunchtime and 3:15 p.m.“I always wanted something like this in my hometown,” said Piatt, 23, of Montvale.“We never had it when I was growing up.”Piatt, who used to work as a certified personal trainer, has been interested in health her whole ...

  8. Upper Saddle River Pastor Resurrects Historic ‘Slave Cemetery’

    Upper Saddle River Pastor Resurrects Historic ‘Slave Cemetery’

    UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J. — The Rev. Robert Fretz wants the Saddle River Valley to remember some of those who helped build its prosperity.Particularly, African Americans buried in Upper Saddle River.What’s called the Hopper African American Cemetery, situated on land now owned by the Upper Saddle River Historical Society, previously was on private land.It was deeded from one owner to ...

  9. Wegmans Now Hiring Full-Timers For Montvale Store

    Wegmans Now Hiring Full-Timers For Montvale Store

    MONTVALE, N.J. — Wegmans Food Markets is planning to open in Montvale in the fall, but it’s hiring and training for full-time positions right now.The new store will hire 500 people overall — 450 of them locally, according to Valerie Fox, company spokeswoman. Two hundred positions, some in entry-level management, will be full time, she added.“We’re hiring and training now because our ...

  10. For River Edge Photographer, Camera Is ‘Truth Machine’

    For River Edge Photographer, Camera Is ‘Truth Machine’

    RIVER EDGE, N.J. — Wayne Ross of River Edge, the “go to guy” at Liberty Subaru in Emerson, has an off-hours passion — photography.The public can share in it during a month-long exhibit of his work at the River Edge Public Library.The January collection features birding and travel images as well as portraiture.Landscapes include a moonrise over 42nd Street, a salt marsh in Maine, and ...

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