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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. Park Ridge Music Studio Teaching Third Generation To Play

    Park Ridge Music Studio Teaching Third Generation To Play

    PARK RIDGE, N.J. — Gus Baxter of Mahwah has been teaching guitar at Woodside Music Studio in Park Ridge since 1971.At this point, the shop has become the “Cheers” of the Pascack Valley: you go in and everybody knows your name.“We’re now into teaching the third generation of the same families,” Baxter said. “It’s pretty freaky.” When he gave his first lesson at Woodside 46 years ago, he ...

  2. No Time To Make Dinner? Learn Batch Cooking In Haworth

    No Time To Make Dinner? Learn Batch Cooking In Haworth

    HAWORTH, N.J. — Northern Valley mom Tracee Yablon Brenner has a better way to make dinner — batch cooking — and she’ll be teaching her methods Jan. 26 in Haworth.“If you plan out your menu and your week, you can cook more than one meal at a time,” said Brenner, a dietitian/nutritionist and owner of Triad to Wellness.It’s a consulting firm that provides a number of services for small ...

  3. Old Tappan Medium To Channel 'The Chin,' Her Mafia Don Father

    Old Tappan Medium To Channel 'The Chin,' Her Mafia Don Father

    OLD TAPPAN, N.J. — Old Tappan native Rita Gigante came to being a spiritual healer/medium in a unique way: she is the daughter of infamous mafia boss Vincent “The Chin” Gigante.For the record, her upbringing in the Northern Valley was not easy.She chronicled it all in her 2013 book, “The Godfather’s Daughter: An Unlikely Story of Love, Healing, and Redemption.”Now she’s moving into ...

  4. Citizen Group: We Have Our Own Dream For Destiny Of Emerson

    Citizen Group: We Have Our Own Dream For Destiny Of Emerson

    EMERSON, N.J. — Nine members from Emersonians, a Facebook page, stepped off the screen and into real life to talk through the transformations their borough is undergoing.Council President Chris Knoller joined them this week to offer guidance on some issues. But, above all, to listen.“My vision is of a community coming together,” said Ed Bueti, page administrator and forum ...

  5. Stoked To Smoke: Upper Saddle River Man Enjoys Third Career In Barbecue

    Stoked To Smoke: Upper Saddle River Man Enjoys Third Career In Barbecue

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — When cooking barbecue, Robert Feuerstein of Upper Saddle River respects the meat.That’s foremost for the owner of the 1-year-old SMOKED on Godwin Avenue in Ridgewood.“We try to offer clean, healthy food without extra sauces and goops and sugars and salts,” said Feuerstein. “We keep that to a minimum.”His wife and business partner, Deidra, puts it this way: the meat ...

  6. This Hackensack Cleaning Lady Is Also A Pharmacist

    This Hackensack Cleaning Lady Is Also A Pharmacist

    HACKENSACK, N.J. — Clara Sofia Ochoa of Hackensack cleans a BMW dealership in Maywood at night.It’s a far cry from her old job: she was a pharmacist at a national penitentiary in her native Colombia.The 32-year-old loved working there. She has loved pharmacies since her girlhood when she watched her father help people in his pharmacy. “I always admired what my father did,” Ochoa told ...

  7. Emerson’s Historic Borough Hall: Will It Stay Or Will It Go?

    Emerson’s Historic Borough Hall: Will It Stay Or Will It Go?

    EMERSON, N.J. — An Emerson woman has started a campaign to preserve the borough’s historic town hall building, even as Mayor Lou Lamatina says the building is not in jeopardy.The town hall was built under the Works Progress Administration, one of FDR’s New Deal programs, according to a plaque on the building.It was officially dedicated to much fanfare, including a parade, on Sept. 23, ...

  8. Upper Saddle River Pastor Resurrects Historic ‘Slave Cemetery’

    Upper Saddle River Pastor Resurrects Historic ‘Slave Cemetery’

    UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J. — The Rev. Robert Fretz wants the Saddle River Valley to remember some of those who helped build its prosperity.Particularly, African Americans buried in Upper Saddle River.What’s called the Hopper African American Cemetery, situated on land now owned by the Upper Saddle River Historical Society, previously was on private land.It was deeded from one owner to ...

  9. Wegmans Now Hiring Full-Timers For Montvale Store

    Wegmans Now Hiring Full-Timers For Montvale Store

    MONTVALE, N.J. — Wegmans Food Markets is planning to open in Montvale in the fall, but it’s hiring and training for full-time positions right now.The new store will hire 500 people overall — 450 of them locally, according to Valerie Fox, company spokeswoman. Two hundred positions, some in entry-level management, will be full time, she added.“We’re hiring and training now because our ...

  10. Tenafly Business Mentor Steers Women To Success

    Tenafly Business Mentor Steers Women To Success

    TENAFLY, N.J. — Sarah Walton of Tenafly, a business mentor for women, knows all about not getting support for her hope and dreams.Sure, she writes for Huffington Post. Yes, Kelly Wallace has called her for a sitdown on CBS.And, absolutely, she’s helped hundreds of women, one-on-one, achieve the work lives they really want.But it hasn’t always been this way.Walton grew up in Sandy, Utah ...

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