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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. Weather Watchers Keep Eye On Weekend Snow For Passaic

    Weather Watchers Keep Eye On Weekend Snow For Passaic

    BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. — A social-media based forecasting page predicts that the first potential snowstorm to hit Bergen County this season is only a threat.The Jan. 8 storm could bring the first significant snowfall along the I-95 corridor, covering Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston, according to amateur Northeast Weather meteorologist Sam Ebby."It is still too ...

  2. West Milford Baker Plies His Trade At German Bakery

    West Milford Baker Plies His Trade At German Bakery

    WALDWICK, N.J. — Glenn Gramsch of Reinhold’s Quality Bakery in Waldwick is a third-generation baker. He’s in at 6 every morning to join the other master bakers.“We’re making the stollen today,” said Gramsch, who lives in Allendale. “It’s a big job but very popular.”The buttery, fruit-filled loaf harks back to the family legacy. Glenn’s grandfather, Eric, owned a bakery in Hagen, ...

  3. Englewood Woman Joins 1,600 ‘Happy Givers’ On New App

    Englewood Woman Joins 1,600 ‘Happy Givers’ On New App

    ENGLEWOOD, N.J. — Evelyn Lugo of Englewood works with nonprofits, but as of Jan. 1, she’ll have another job, too: happy giver.The 31-year-old is one of 1,600 people who will deliver emotional support over the phone to individuals feeling depressed, stressed or overwhelmed.How will the two find each other? Through Happy, an app to launch next month.“I feel that before Happy, there was a ...

  4. West Milford Tae Kwon Do Master: ‘It’s A Family Here’

    West Milford Tae Kwon Do Master: ‘It’s A Family Here’

    NORWOOD, N.J. — Master Charles DiGirolamo has a motto for his students at Northern Valley Martial Arts in Norwood: “A black belt is a white belt who never quit.”That thought and his example have kept students coming to his school for years.Sure, kids come. And they come back too — even after college.Sometimes their parents sign up, too. Katie McDermott of Closter is a case in point.“My ...

  5. Ridgewood’s Doghöuse Loved As Band With Bite

    Ridgewood’s Doghöuse Loved As Band With Bite

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — Doghöuse, a popular Ridgewood rock cover band, is sending a message with its name.For one thing, it fits.“I have a wife and two daughters. There’s no way I’m not in trouble all the time,” said Jim Marussich of Ridgewood, the one remaining founding member.But why the umlaut over the second "o"?Marussich says his wife’s favorite band is Mötley Crüe.“Plus, we ...

  6. Passaic County Clinton Miscount Called ‘False Alarm’

    Passaic County Clinton Miscount Called ‘False Alarm’

    PASSAIC COUNTY, N.J. — Hillary Clinton was not shortchanged 50,000 votes in Passaic County, as previously tweeted by election analysts.“It was a false alarm,” said David Wasserman, political analyst for The Cook Political Report. “The county was right and the state was wrong.”After the election, New Jersey reported that Clinton had tallied 2,198,278 votes in the Garden State.She ...

  7. Ringwood Man Co-Chairs Popular Depression Glass Show

    Ringwood Man Co-Chairs Popular Depression Glass Show

    ALLENDALE, N.J. — The popular annual Depression Glass, Pottery, China Show and Sale opens 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Church of the Guardian Angel in Allendale.The show, now in its 42nd year, is run by The North Jersey Depression Glass Club.The two-day event will be open 6:30-10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Twenty vendors are selling Depression and antique glassware from the ...

  8. West Milford Woman Bakes Up A Storm For Orthodox Fest

    West Milford Woman Bakes Up A Storm For Orthodox Fest

    BERGENFIELD, N.J. — The baking committee for the 39th Annual International Festival at St. Anthony’s Orthodox Church in Bergenfield knows exactly how many layers go into a baklava —39.More than a dozen of these citizen bakers met at the church recently to make 11 pans of the filo dough pastry.Each pan is sliced into 80 pieces. So that’s 880 slices.They’ll all be served to the 2,000 ...

  9. Wanaque Wildlife Pro: Three-Legged Deer Live Just Fine

    Wanaque Wildlife Pro: Three-Legged Deer Live Just Fine

    PARAMUS, N.J. — If you see a deer in the wild with a broken leg, just let it be, a Wanaque wildlife rehabilitator told a crowd of animal lovers at Bergen Community College (BCC) in Paramus on Monday.“Don’t call anybody because they can survive wonderfully on three legs,” said Dee Garbowski, president and founder of Wildlife Freedom, Inc.“I had a buck who lived near my property for nine ...

  10. 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, ...

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