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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. In Show Of Pansies, Ridgewood Nursery Announces It’s Spring

    In Show Of Pansies, Ridgewood Nursery Announces It’s Spring

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — As anyone who travels Goffle Road knows, it isn’t spring until Goffle Brook Farm in Ridgewood puts out its pansy display.That’s been the tradition since Richard and Dancy Osborne opened the place in 1968.On Friday, one week after a blizzard, Kurt Dorsey, plant manager and buyer, laid out the first flowery color riot of the season.“Pansies like it cold,” he said.“They ...

  2. Bergenfield Police Chief Honored As Female Trailblazer

    Bergenfield Police Chief Honored As Female Trailblazer

    BERGENFIELD, N.J. — Bergenfield Police Chief Cathy Madalone — the first woman to head a municipal police force in Bergen County — will be honored as a trailblazer Sunday.She and five other women will receive the Evangelina Menendez Trailblazer Award Sunday at the 7th Annual Women’s History Month event hosted by U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez.The public is invited to the 3 p.m. celebration at ...

  3. Drivers See Double Ladies Of Liberty In Hackensack

    Drivers See Double Ladies Of Liberty In Hackensack

    HACKENSACK, N.J. — Two men who dress up as the Statue of Liberty in downtown Hackensack changed shifts at 3 p.m. Thursday on Mercer and Main streets.Even more motorists than usual honked and waved at the sight of two.They hold a sign pointing passers-by to Liberty Tax on Main Street.“People probably honk because they’re thinking about their refunds,” said one Lady Liberty, who preferred ...

  4. New Free Healthcare Center Opens In Hackensack

    New Free Healthcare Center Opens In Hackensack

    HACKENSACK, N.J. — The Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative (BVMI) – which offers free health care – has opened its new, 5,000-square-foot center in Hackensack.The modern spacious center at Essex and State streets provides free primary care to certain populations.Its previous home in smaller space on Moore Street is slated for imminent demolition.“We’re super pleased to be here,” said ...

  5. Ridgewood Reverend Asks Council For Gay Pride Month

    Ridgewood Reverend Asks Council For Gay Pride Month

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — The Rev. Jan Philips of Ridgewood asked the Village Council Wednesday night to designate June as Gay Pride Month in the village.Philips, a Quaker, chairs the Community Relations Advisory Board (CRAB) of Ridgewood and Glen Rock. “On June 12, 2016 an Orlando, Florida gunman went on a shooting rampage, killing 50 in the gay night club, Pulse,” Philips said.Like so many ...

  6. Alaskan Crossing Guard Protects Against Intensified Rays In Allendale

    Alaskan Crossing Guard Protects Against Intensified Rays In Allendale

    ALLENDALE, N.J. — Allendale Crossing Guard Arthur Petersen found himself reminiscing about his native Alaska.He put up an umbrella on his chair on Park Avenue on Tuesday afternoon.“The sun is reflected off the snow and you get a double intensity of the sun,” said Petersen, an Athabaskan Indian who hails from Fort Yukon.“That’s why I’ve got the umbrella up.”Back home, he said, March and ...

  7. Mayors Pack Meals On Wheels In Ridgewood In Show Of Support

    Mayors Pack Meals On Wheels In Ridgewood In Show Of Support

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — In a show of support for Community Meals, Inc., four mayors on Wednesday morning packed up meals in Ridgewood to be delivered to homebound seniors.The annual event in the Christ Church kitchen is called “Mayors for Meals.”It highlights the community collaborations necessary to deliver nutritious, affordable meals to the homebound.Ridgewood Mayor Susan Knudsen, Midland ...

  8. Waldwick Pizzeria Bakes Pies With Hometown Love

    Waldwick Pizzeria Bakes Pies With Hometown Love

    WALDWICK, N.J. — After 37 years in business, you can bet Natale’s Pizzeria in Waldwick has definite ingredients for success.One is high-quality Wisconsin mozzarella.Another: yummy California tomatoes.“Our marinara sauce is homemade,” said Owner Gary Sernak of Westwood.For the past eight years, Natale’s (named after Sernak’s former partner) is known in the gluten-free world for its ...

  9. Emerson Drops More Properties From Redevelopment Plan

    Emerson Drops More Properties From Redevelopment Plan

    EMERSON, N.J. — Emerson continued reconfiguring its redevelopment area along the Kinderkamack Road corridor Tuesday night.The area comprises 14 blocks extending from the Westwood border south to the Oradell border. Some of the blocks already have been placed in the so-called redevelopment area. Others are designated for study to see if they should be.The Borough Council on Tuesday ...

  10. Park Ridge Architect: Wearing Pussy Hats Is Not The Answer

    Park Ridge Architect: Wearing Pussy Hats Is Not The Answer

    PARK RIDGE, N.J. — You’re not going to see Park Ridge architect Linda Del Nobile Menze marching in the streets wearing a pussy hat.And, no, she didn’t stay home from work during the Day Without a Woman.Indeed she finds these recent women’s rights activities both distressing and unnecessary.“Women are going on a bandwagon,” Del Nobile Menze said.“We are all being manipulated into doing ...

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