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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. Tax Assessor Sues Bergenfield, Resists Monday Night Office Hours

    Tax Assessor Sues Bergenfield, Resists Monday Night Office Hours

    BERGENFIELD, N.J. — Tax Assessor George Reggo, a part-time tax assessor in 10 towns, including Bergenfield, has sued the borough for breach of contract, northjersey.com reports.In a complaint filed in Superior Court, he alleges Bergenfield violated the law by setting hours for his office on Monday evenings, according to the article.Reggo says the hours are above and beyond what he is ...

  2. Rise In Violence Prompts Action From Bergenfield Detective, Kung Fu Master

    Rise In Violence Prompts Action From Bergenfield Detective, Kung Fu Master

    BERGENFIELD, N.J. — What do you get when you pair a Bergenfield police detective with a martial arts pro?The most mindful, kick-ass self-defense seminar going.Shifu Raymond Ahles and Bergenfield Police Detective David Tortora are offering “Women’s Self-Defense” April 8 at the Blue Dragon School of Martial Arts on South Washington Avenue.“Self-defense is not about fighting,” said Ahles, ...

  3. Hundreds Dance In Ho-Ho-Kus For Mom Paralyzed In Freak Accident

    Hundreds Dance In Ho-Ho-Kus For Mom Paralyzed In Freak Accident

    HO-HO-KUS, N.J. — Some 250 people wearing pink “I Shimmy for Christine” T-shirts turned out for “Dance for Danza” at the Community Church of Ho-Ho-Kus Sunday.The energy was electrifying as participants of all ages did their best to Zumba for 90 minutes.Their goal: to have fun and raise money for Christine Danza, a Ho-Ho-Kus mom of twins.She was paralyzed last December in a freak ...

  4. Sons Of Slain Midland Park Teacher Sue, Allege Police At Fault

    Sons Of Slain Midland Park Teacher Sue, Allege Police At Fault

    MIDLAND PARK, N.J. — The sons of a Midland Park special education teacher killed in the driveway of her home in 2015 are saying in a lawsuit that borough police are in part to blame, nj.com reports.On Oct. 22, 2015, Suzanne Bardzell was attacked and killed as she drove her car into her driveway.Her former boyfriend, Arthur J. Lomando, a former police officer, was charged in the death.A ...

  5. In Show Of Pansies, Ridgewood Nursery Announces It’s Spring

    In Show Of Pansies, Ridgewood Nursery Announces It’s Spring

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — As anyone who travels Goffle Road knows, it isn’t spring until Goffle Brook Farm in Ridgewood puts out its pansy display.That’s been the tradition since Richard and Dancy Osborne opened the place in 1968.On Friday, one week after a blizzard, Kurt Dorsey, plant manager and buyer, laid out the first flowery color riot of the season.“Pansies like it cold,” he said.“They ...

  6. Bergenfield Police Chief Honored As Female Trailblazer

    Bergenfield Police Chief Honored As Female Trailblazer

    BERGENFIELD, N.J. — Bergenfield Police Chief Cathy Madalone — the first woman to head a municipal police force in Bergen County — will be honored as a trailblazer Sunday.She and five other women will receive the Evangelina Menendez Trailblazer Award Sunday at the 7th Annual Women’s History Month event hosted by U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez.The public is invited to the 3 p.m. celebration at ...

  7. Drivers See Double Ladies Of Liberty In Hackensack

    Drivers See Double Ladies Of Liberty In Hackensack

    HACKENSACK, N.J. — Two men who dress up as the Statue of Liberty in downtown Hackensack changed shifts at 3 p.m. Thursday on Mercer and Main streets.Even more motorists than usual honked and waved at the sight of two.They hold a sign pointing passers-by to Liberty Tax on Main Street.“People probably honk because they’re thinking about their refunds,” said one Lady Liberty, who preferred ...

  8. New Free Healthcare Center Opens In Hackensack

    New Free Healthcare Center Opens In Hackensack

    HACKENSACK, N.J. — The Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative (BVMI) – which offers free health care – has opened its new, 5,000-square-foot center in Hackensack.The modern spacious center at Essex and State streets provides free primary care to certain populations.Its previous home in smaller space on Moore Street is slated for imminent demolition.“We’re super pleased to be here,” said ...

  9. Ridgewood Reverend Asks Council For Gay Pride Month

    Ridgewood Reverend Asks Council For Gay Pride Month

    RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — The Rev. Jan Philips of Ridgewood asked the Village Council Wednesday night to designate June as Gay Pride Month in the village.Philips, a Quaker, chairs the Community Relations Advisory Board (CRAB) of Ridgewood and Glen Rock. “On June 12, 2016 an Orlando, Florida gunman went on a shooting rampage, killing 50 in the gay night club, Pulse,” Philips said.Like so many ...

  10. Alaskan Crossing Guard Protects Against Intensified Rays In Allendale

    Alaskan Crossing Guard Protects Against Intensified Rays In Allendale

    ALLENDALE, N.J. — Allendale Crossing Guard Arthur Petersen found himself reminiscing about his native Alaska.He put up an umbrella on his chair on Park Avenue on Tuesday afternoon.“The sun is reflected off the snow and you get a double intensity of the sun,” said Petersen, an Athabaskan Indian who hails from Fort Yukon.“That’s why I’ve got the umbrella up.”Back home, he said, March and ...

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