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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. Glen Rock Gives Hometown Love To Woman Allegedly Groped By Trump

    Glen Rock Gives Hometown Love To Woman Allegedly Groped By Trump

    GLEN ROCK, N.J. — When Glen Rock's Karena Virginia came forward with claims that Donald Trump had groped her at the U.S. Open in 1998, some of her old pals from GRHS were rooting for her from afar.“She discussed the idea of going public with her Facebook friends a couple of weeks before she did,” said Felix Svider, who graduated Glen Rock High School in 1988. Virginia graduated in 1989 ...

  2. Instagram's FoodCoupleNJ Captures Paterson's Al Basha

    Instagram's FoodCoupleNJ Captures Paterson's Al Basha

    MIDLAND PARK, N.J. — Karli Damiano of Midland Park and Michael Burns of Allendale – known on Instagram as thefoodcouplenj – got the idea to start an account on Super Bowl Day 2015.They were buying tons of food to bring back to her house.There Damiano was, choosing dozens of donuts, when it struck her: “We have to share.”“We thought it would be so funny if we posted what we ate,” she ...

  3. Demarest Woman Joins Fight To Save Mental Health Funding

    Demarest Woman Joins Fight To Save Mental Health Funding

    WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Cynthia Chazen of Demarest knows from mental health.Her postpartum depression was easily put into remission with medication.She wishes she could say the same for 14 other members of her family. “They suffer much more from obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, treatment-resistant depression, addiction, alcoholism, death by drunk driving, ...

  4. Want Fresh Milk, South Passaic? Company Delivers To Doorsteps

    Want Fresh Milk, South Passaic? Company Delivers To Doorsteps

    HILLSDALE, N.J. — Every little thing Organic Milk Corp of Hillsdale does around the clock revolves around a single goal: bringing farm-fresh milk and other products to the doorsteps of Bergen and Passaic county customers.Sometimes within hours of being bottled.Rosemarie Romano bought the business — then a simple milk delivery service — 15 years ago.Back then, the trend toward fresh, ...

  5. South Passaic Siblings Juiced Up Over Healthful Foods

    South Passaic Siblings Juiced Up Over Healthful Foods

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — Siblings and Ridgewood business owners Jeff Wozniak and Amy Ratleff felt helpless as they watched both their parents die from cancer.“We had endured the whole process – the chemotherapy, back and forth to the doctors, surgeries,” Wozniak of North Haledon said. “And we did it times-two because both of our parents were sick at the same time.”Back in 2008 and 2009, ...

  6. Hawthorne Widow Leads 'Hoff's Hearts' In Cancer Walk

    Hawthorne Widow Leads 'Hoff's Hearts' In Cancer Walk

    HAWTHORNE, N.J. — When Daniel Hoffman of Hawthorne died of colon cancer last July at age 44, his widow, Trish, was left to carry on.She found great support in a place she didn’t even know existed: CancerCare®.This weekend, the tables are turned: she’s supporting it.As captain of Hoff’s Hearts and Soles, Hoffman is leading a team of 24 walkers Sunday in the CancerCare® 2016 Paramus ...

  7. Totowa Man Embraces Clean Cooking For Better Living

    Totowa Man Embraces Clean Cooking For Better Living

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — Wyckoff Chef Carrie Weiss starts her “Zen and the Art of Clean Cooking” classes with a guided meditation.“When you live life mindfully, your body is more relaxed, leading to improved digestion,” Weiss told her Tuesday class at the Valley Medical Group’s Center for Integrative Medicine in Ridgewood."When we're mindful," she added, "we increase our ...

  8. Clifton Beekeeper Places Second In Annual Honey Contest

    Clifton Beekeeper Places Second In Annual Honey Contest

    MAHWAH, N.J. — Ed and Heather Mika of Wood-Ridge won this year’s coveted annual Honey Cup competition at Ramapo College in Mahwah Friday night.The couple, who run Mika’s Backyard Beehive, beat out some 30 other beekeepers in the event to win best of show.Brian Eromenok of Clifton placed second and Richard DeKoyer of Emerson, third.More than 100 taste testers turned out to sample and ...

  9. Nonprofit Modified Homes For Four Clifton Veterans

    Nonprofit Modified Homes For Four Clifton Veterans

    HARRINGTON PARK, N.J. — When Kyle Chappell, the so-called “Miracle Marine,” needed help modifying his home to maneuver his wheelchair, Doug DiPaola of Harrington Park was happy to help.DiPaola, 57, founded Homes for Veterans, a nonprofit, precisely for people like Chappell.“I learned there are a lot of injured veterans who need help with things that do not meet the requirements of any ...

  10. VIDEO: Oakland Woman Honors Brother Killed On 9/11

    VIDEO: Oakland Woman Honors Brother Killed On 9/11

    FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. — When Jean Schlag Nebbia of Oakland talks about her brother, Steven Schlag, killed on 9/11, many emotions cross her face.There is joy as she remembers how protective he was, laughter at how he teased her, and pain that he was taken from his family too soon.Schlag, who lived in Franklin Lakes, was 41 and a partner at Cantor Fitzgerald when he reported to work that ...

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