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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. Hawthorne Artist Creates Space For Budding Artists To Bloom

    Hawthorne Artist Creates Space For Budding Artists To Bloom

    WALDWICK, N.J. — Painter Sal Caldarone of Hawthorne walks among the students in his Waldwick art studio, offering a word here and suggestion there.On a Wednesday morning, Caterina Grambone of Hawthorne paints fierce orange persimmons into life on the canvas.They are from a family garden, she says.Next to her, an intent Irma Cummings of Park Ridge quietly recreates “Maternal Kiss,” an ...

  2. Park Ridge TV Journalist: A DNA Test Changed My Life

    Park Ridge TV Journalist: A DNA Test Changed My Life

    PARK RIDGE, N.J. — Bill Griffeth of Park Ridge, co-anchor of CNBC’s “Closing Bell,” shares a startling family story in his new book, "The Stranger in My Genes." After taking two DNA tests four years ago, he learned the dad he loved — Charles Griffeth — was not his biological father.That meant his colonial New England Protestant ancestors, chronicled in his third book, “By ...

  3. Allendale School, Homes Evacuated After Major Gas Leak

    Allendale School, Homes Evacuated After Major Gas Leak

    ALLENDALE, N.J. — A 16-inch gas main at West Crescent and West Maple avenues in Allendale broke Thursday afternoon, evacuating Brookside School, some homes and shutting West Crescent Avenue, police said.Police Chief George Scherb said no injuries were reported.Traffic around the scene was still being rerouted at 7 p.m., when many roads on the west side of town were still gridlocked.West ...

  4. Women’s Political Group Grows To 900, Gathers In Ridgewood

    Women’s Political Group Grows To 900, Gathers In Ridgewood

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — Erin Chung of Wyckoff – once a Trump employee, now the leader of Women for Progress – charged up an overflow crowd of more than 250 women at the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood Wednesday night.“Don’t be shy about talking about your beliefs,” she told those gathered. “It’s really worked out well for me.”And so it has. The membership for the Bergen-based group started ...

  5. Bergen Community College Adds Airplane To Aviation Fleet

    Bergen Community College Adds Airplane To Aviation Fleet

    PARAMUS, N.J. – From flight simulators to drones and high-altitude balloons, in recent years, Bergen Community College in Paramus has distinguished itself as a hub for aviation-related study.And now, thanks to donor Woody Saland, its fleet includes an airplane.Saland personally constructed the “Onex,” a 16-foot, single-seat plane, from a kit produced by Sonex Aircraft. Completion took ...

  6. Story Of Baby Who Died Inspires River Vale Students To Help

    Story Of Baby Who Died Inspires River Vale Students To Help

    RIVER VALE, N.J. — Sixth-graders at Holdrum Middle School in River Vale listened in awe Monday as Lisa Oliveri Vreeland of Closter, founder of Robby’s Rabbits, told them the story of her stillborn son.How he lived to four days old.How she spent every moment she could with him.The difference he made.The love she still feels.For the second year in a row, the students at Holdrum are ...

  7. Report: Teaneck Coach Pretended To Fly Before Fatal Fall From WTC Escalator

    Report: Teaneck Coach Pretended To Fly Before Fatal Fall From WTC Escalator

    TEANECK, N.J. — Jenny Santos, the Teaneck rowing coach who fell to her death from an escalator at Oculus, was pretending to be a superhero before the tragedy, the Daily News reported Monday.It was originally reported that she was reaching for her sister’s hat before the fall at the Manhattan transit hub Saturday.According to the Daily News, a video shows Santos was laying prone on the ...

  8. Paterson Congressman: Law Gives Access To Trump’s Tax Records

    Paterson Congressman: Law Gives Access To Trump’s Tax Records

    Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-Dist.9) — with offices in Englewood, Lyndhurst, Passaic and Paterson — said a 1924 law could be used to examine President Donald Trump’s tax returns, USA Today reports.The rarely used law gives Congressional committees that create tax policy the power to see and study tax returns.Pascrell, a native son of Paterson who serves on the Ways and Means Committee, ...

  9. Parking Fee Waved At Wayne Transit Center

    Parking Fee Waved At Wayne Transit Center

    NJ Transit is experiencing a 15-minute rail delay and 30-minute bus delay, but is cross-honoring systemwide, including private carriers, due to winter weather.Here are current updates:All 196 and 197 lines of bus service will originate and terminate at the West Milford Park and Ride. Pascack Valley Line train #1630 — the 2:45 p.m. from Spring Valley — is cancelled due to operational ...

  10. Valley Hospital Relocates Main Campus From Ridgewood To Paramus For $735M

    Valley Hospital Relocates Main Campus From Ridgewood To Paramus For $735M

    PARAMUS, N.J. — The Valley Hospital will relocate its main campus to Paramus and will repurpose its Ridgewood facility to offer urgent care, labs and other medical services, officials announced Friday.The hospital, part of Valley Health System, will build a new campus on Winters Avenue in Paramus, 2.5 miles from the current hospital in Ridgewood.The new hospital is a $735 million ...

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