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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. Emerson Looks To Replace Historic Preservation Commission

    Emerson Looks To Replace Historic Preservation Commission

    EMERSON, N.J. — The Emerson Council introduced an ordinance Tuesday that would change the nature of the board charged with helping to preserve borough history.It will vote Feb. 7 on whether to abolish its Historic Preservation Commission, chaired by Bill Wassmann.Simultaneously, the law would create an Historic Preservation Committee.What’s the difference?“There will be the same number ...

  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. Emerson Allows Condemnation Zone; Suit Threatened

    Emerson Allows Condemnation Zone; Suit Threatened

    EMERSON, N.J. — If Emerson needs to condemn buildings on 11 lots downtown to build anew, it now can.But it also could face a lawsuit.The Borough Council voted 4-1 Tuesday night to redesignate the lots – all in Block 419 – a condemnation redevelopment zone.Councilwoman Danielle DiPaola voted against the measure. Councilman Richard Worthington was absent.Borough Redevelopment Attorney ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Bergenfield Library Helped Colombian Pharmacist Learn English

    Bergenfield Library Helped Colombian Pharmacist Learn English

    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 ...

  8. 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, ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Bergenfield Barbershop Specializes In Dominican Styles

    Bergenfield Barbershop Specializes In Dominican Styles

    BERGENFIELD, N.J. — The seven barbers at Cache Latino Barbershop in Bergenfield do everything Dominican style.“We do a lot of designs with a razor and the outlines we do are more sharp,” said Manager Mike Hogan, 26, a lifelong borough resident.“We also use different kinds of gels and pomades.”The shop, celebrating its grand opening, has attracted both Latino and non-Latino ...

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