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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. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. ‘Junk Chick’ Works Design Magic At Wayne Restaurant

    ‘Junk Chick’ Works Design Magic At Wayne Restaurant

    WYCKOFF, N.J. — It isn’t by accident that Cheryl Demartini of Ramsey, otherwise known as the “Junk Chick,” finds, restores, and transforms old wood furniture and vintage pieces. Woodworking is in her genes.In 1938, her great-grandfather founded Demartini Coal and Lumber, which was an institution on West Prospect Street in Waldwick through three generations of the family.“I grew up ...

  4. Ramsey College President Honored For Social Legacy

    Ramsey College President Honored For Social Legacy

    RAMSEY, N.J. — Thomas Eastwick, founder of Eastwick College in Ramsey, Hackensack and Nutley, usually is the man behind the curtain on campus.But next month the Pearl River resident will emerge to accept two awards.On Oct. 20, the Meadowlands Regional Chamber will honor the 64-year-old college president with a legacy award.The next night, Eastwick will be feted at the fall gala of ...

  5. Lodi Mother Looks To ‘Mentoring Mom’ For Support

    Lodi Mother Looks To ‘Mentoring Mom’ For Support

    LODI, N.J. — Buffie Galifi of Lodi has a great mom, but she needed and found another motherly influence in her life: Sharyn Bauer of Hackensack.The two were linked by Mentoring Moms, a program of the Hackensack-based Bergen Volunteer Center.It makes 45-55 such matches a year.“I’m an only child. My husband is an only child,” said Galifi, 45, a mother of three boys. “My mother doesn’t ...

  6. Ho-Ho-Kus Charity Shopping Night Benefits Paterson Home

    Ho-Ho-Kus Charity Shopping Night Benefits Paterson Home

    HO-HO-KUS, N.J. —The 4th Annual Jersey Women Strong Charity Shopping Night and Tricky Tray, which will benefit a variety of local people in need, is set for Aug. 24 at St. Luke’s Church in Ho-Ho-Kus.The event, to take place 6-9 p.m., will feature 40 vendors. Participants also are urged to try their luck at the tricky tray.Jersey Women Strong, LLC, a health and fitness team, once again ...

  7. Lyndhurst Woman's Boost Mobile Store Sees Transformation

    Lyndhurst Woman's Boost Mobile Store Sees Transformation

    BERGENFIELD, N.J. — A newly designed Boost Mobile will open its doors in Bergenfield Saturday as the company’s first “store of the future.”The North Washington Avenue store, the first in the nation to undergo the transformation, will celebrate with promotions 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.“At noon we’re holding a grand reopening event with a money machine,” said Zachary Hoover, manager of ...

  8. Pens To Pillows: Creativity Drives Ho-Ho-Kus Craft Show

    Pens To Pillows: Creativity Drives Ho-Ho-Kus Craft Show

    HO-HO-KUS, N.J. — The 12th Annual Outdoor Craft Show at the historic Hermitage Museum in Ho-Ho-Kus on Saturday, Aug.13, introduces browsers and buyers to crafts that enhance their daily lives.On the tree-shaded front lawn of the historic landmark, more than 75 artist exhibitors will display their wares.Their handiwork ranges from gourmet pet treats to natural car fresheners, wooden pens ...

  9. PHOTOS: Waldwick Lions Carnival Draws 1,500 Tuesday

    PHOTOS: Waldwick Lions Carnival Draws 1,500 Tuesday

    WALDWICK, N.J. — Some 1,500 people strolled through the Waldwick Lions Club Annual Family Days Carnival Tuesday night as they enjoyed rides, ate Zeppole and other treats, and played games.The event, taking place on the grounds of the Forum School on Wyckoff Avenue, runs six days and ends Saturday night.The carnival is open 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Saturday. On those nights, a $25 ...

  10. Love Records? Where To Find Vinyl In Wayne

    Love Records? Where To Find Vinyl In Wayne

    WYCKOFF, N.J. — The vinyl revolution has hit Bergen big time, just as analog guru Michael Fremer of Wyckoff has predicted for 30 years.This year, he said, an estimated 80 million records will be pressed worldwide.Why the comeback?There are lots of good reasons, said Fremer, noted sound expert and editor of Analog Planet.He will discuss the subject at 2 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Barnes and ...

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