The 75th Anniv of The Golden Gate Bridge-NJ Photographer

Not many people realize just how important Roebling Steel was in the making of The Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransico, CA. The factory made the steel cables for the main sections for the famous and iconic suspension bridge. 
While there was a much larger celebration going on in California, we here in Roebling, NJ had our own. I was assigned to cover this for The Register News.
I encourage everyone to go to The Roebling Museum to walk through and talk to the many people who work there about the history of the town and the factory that John A. Roebling created.  Here is a great article by Roebling Museum celebrates 75th anniversary of Golden Gate Bridge
A special cake and lemonade and arts and crafts were available to visitors.


The original road to the Roebling Plant.



The Roebling Museum is housed in what used to be the main entrance for workers to go through to the Roebling Plant.


Roebling Family Descendants:L-R Renee Roeblingm Cecile Van Der Elst(Roebling Ferdinand branch of the family) Eudora Roebling, Gabby Roebling and Audrey Roebling. Renee and Gabby Roebling came up from Alabama.


Karl Darby, President and Board Of Directors of The Roebling Museum.


A crowd of people gathered in front of the Roebling Museum to hear certain dignitaries and Museum Board Members speak about the importance of Roebling and the Golden Gate Bridge.


Dr. Sharon Ann Holt, the Director of the NJ Council For The Humanities.


Democratic Assemblyman Troy Singleton presents Patricia Millen, the Director of the Roebling Museum with a Certificate of Dedication for the the Roebling Museum for preservation of a historic site.


Don Jones, the Vice Chairman of the Board at the Roebling Museum, whose father worked at The Roebling Steel Plant chats with 92 year old, Jack Nixon of Langhorne, PA.Jack’s father’s signature is on all of the cable drawing for the Golden Gate Bridge. Later on, Jack worked as an Assistant Chief Engineer for the Roebling Plant and later on was sent out to inspect the cables of the Golden Gate Bridge that his very own father helped to design.


Don Jones, the Vice Chairman of the Board at the Roebling Museum, talks to me about the Titanic connection that Roebling had, Washington Roebling went overseas to check out Fiat car company and was lost on the Titanic, but not without saving others to get onto lifeboats first.


92 year old, Jack Nixon of Langhorne, PA. poses next to a section of the Main Cable from the Golden Gate Bridge.  The cross section is 36 3/8″ that consists of 27,572 wires and 61 strands. Fabricated and erected from 1933-1937 by John A. Roebling’s Sons Company. Jack’s father’s signature is on all of the cable drawing for the Golden Gate Bridge.Later on, Jack worked as an Assistant Chief Engineer for the Roebling Plant and later on was sent out to inspect the cables of the Golden Gate Bridge that his very own father helped to design.



Standing together after many years is Leroy H. Patterson,(on the right) of Florence, NJ. He was a Draftsman at Roebling’s Company and Jack Nixon,(on the left) 92 was his boss.


Catherine Dougherty poses next to her picture from the 1950 Roebling Magazine September cover of her as a pitcher for the first Industrial League Championship Baseball Team.


Wainright “Rip” Roebling sits in front was used to be the Clock In Time Keeper’s Office.


Mansfield, NJ Elementary 6th Grade Science Fair-Deirdre Ryan Photography

When I was assigned to this for The Register News, I was really looking forward to seeing what these 6th graders could do. I was not disappointed! These kids worked very hard for months getting ready for this evening to show off what they learned.
Helping Oil Spill Birds project.


Does the position of the load affect the way a vehicle moves?


Baking soda or baking powder, which is the mightiest of them all?


Gear ratios, how does the amount of teeth on a sprocket system affect a gear system?


The Pulley Predicament. Is Bigger Better?
Lemon powered light bulbs. Does the size of the lemon make a difference?

Motorcycles Show In Allentown, NJ-Deirdre Ryan Photography

I love cars, trucks, boats, and motorcycles. I guess it’s in my blood somewhere. My Uncle Will does body work on cars and I grew up watching him work on cars in my grandfather’s garage.
This event was a fundraiser and it was held in Allentown, NJ. It was late in the afternoon quickly going to evening and you couldn’t ask for more perfect weather. This assignment was for The Messenger Press.




A 1950 Harley Davidson FL owned by Peter Esch of Cream Ridge, NJ. I personally fell in love with this bike.




A custom 2002 Harley Davidson Dyna Wide Glide owned by Charlie Miele of Cream Ridge, NJ.




A one of a kind 2007 Iron Horse Chopper Outlaw from Texas Choppers. It has a diamond edged Motor and is signed by the artist. Barbara Smith of New Egypt, NJ is the owner.





This 2004 Harley Ultra Classic has been fully customized and is called The American Patriot. It’s owned by al DeRosa, originally from Brooklyn, NY and now lives in Mill Stone Township, NJ. Mr. DeRosa is a Ret NYPD of the Midtown Precinct. This bike is dedicated to all of the wars that the US has been involved with.











Delicious Food At Under The Moon- Bordentown, NJ Photographer

I was called to photograph some delicious food for Under The Moon Cafe  located in Bordentown, NJ, shoot directed by Alirio Pirela. I’m not a food photographer, however I enjoyed the challenge and had a lot of fun with this.
Flowers were brought in by:
The food here is to die for delicious! The setting is eclectic and fun and the staff is friendly and wonderful!
Triple Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sauce and Creamy Frosting.
Coconut Cream Pie created by Under The Moon Cafe in Bordentown, NJ Photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
 Coconut Cream Pie
Peonies supplied by Chesterfield Floral Co. and photographed at Under The Moon Cafe in Bordentown, NJ Photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Chocolate Mousse created by Under The Moon Cafe in Bordentown, NJ Photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Chocolate Mousse
Carrot Cake
Fresh coffee and milk are perfect for after dinner deserts!
Warm wedge of Brie cheese served with dried fruits, walnuts, gourmet toast and honey balsamic glaze.
Empanadas with Chimichurri dipping sauce created by Under The Moon Cafe in Bordentown, NJ Photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Empanadas with Chimichurri.
Corn Brulee
Drunkin Irish Stew: Slow-cooked braised beef stew infused with dark beer and served with silky mashed potatoes.
Stuffed Acorn Squash, made with roasted squash stuffed with zucchini, eggplant, sweet potato, corn, carrot, onion and cheese.


The Hair of the Dog 5K Race at The Silver Decoy Winery in Hightstown, NJ-NJ Photographer

I covered the Hair of the Dog 5K Race at The Silver Decoy Winery back in May for The Messenger Press. This race helped to raise money for local pet rescues. Being a dog lover and former dog owner(R.I.P Canella!) I was in dog love heaven! Here’s a pic of our fur baby family member:

We adopted her when we were living in Los Angeles, this was one of the first times she’s seen snow. This picture is from January 2009. She was a Keeshond mix. She was about 14 when she passed away of complications of diabetes 🙁




A Newfoundland and a English Mastiff go nose to nose. By the way, that Mastiff is only a puppy still!




The First Place winner.


The first female winner.






Tom Eng with his 7 year old Husky, Daisy.


Angela Del Vecchio with her Husky, Zoe.



L-R Humans: Carole Scanzello, Charles Scanzello, Mike Gallagher and Shelia Gallagher.L-R Dogs: Chance(Weimaraner), Gracie(Irish Wolfhound), Niki(Weimaraner) and Jordan(Weimaraner).


The 35th Annual Bordentown Street Fair-NJ Photographer

I love that my town has a lot of family friendly and fun events. One of the largest is the Annual Street Fair. This is a full two day weekend event and I love walking through and meeting people who I know, and seeing the kids having fun making sand art, getting their faces painted and going on pony rides.

It’s held every year on the third weekend of May.

Kenny Stahley with Bacon and Vinny of the Obedient K9 Dog Training.


Jackie Lemesevski of Underground Graphics


Lindsay McClellan chatting with a customer at her Miche Bag booth.


Shelley Nelson at the Pampered Chef booth talking to Jay Dively and his wife Vanessa Bianco-Diveley.


Randy Now and Chelsea Conte help a customer at Randy Now’s Man Cave tent.


Andrew does his best to dunk Billy Markell of Consolidated Fire Association’s Fundraiser.


Sand Art tent in the Kid’s section on Walnut Street.


Itiel Figeroa and Pedro Gomez working The Beanwood Latin Bistro and Cafe booth.


Working  hard at The Beanwood Latin Bistro and Cafe booth.


Santiago Aristides owner of Under The Moon Cafe with Tiffany Kovacs.


Free air guitars were just some of the items on sale at the Bordentown Guitar Rescue shop.


Mike Virok owner of the Bordentown Guitar Rescue shop.


Local author, Christine Dougherty signs her books for customers. Her genre of books are genres of horror, paranormal, and psychological thrillers.


The War Memorial Committee members.L-R: Bill Collom, Bruce Throckmorton,SMSGT Chris Hofrichter and Jimmy Brimer.


Pamela Dahl of Bordentown Therapeutic Massage and Spa helps a customer at the Wellness Center of Bordentown’s tent.


Kris Byrnes of Winter’s Past Farms, demonstrates how she spins hand dyed sheep’s wool from her farm into fiber that can knitted or crocheted.



Mike Garibay of Phat Head Caricatures, finishes up Matthew’s, portrait. I really loved his work!


Doreen Hambro of Seahorse Designs, I love her stuff!
Beth Boyle and Dan Dwyer of Bristol, PA take a moment to rest and admire the Bordentown War Memorial.

Pride of Springfield-NJ Photographer

The Pride Of Springfield Day was a joint effort among the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts of the community to earn badges and learn about helping keeping their town clean.
Christina Drum giving instructions to Cub Scout & Girl Scout family members on safety while picking up litter along the sides of the road and about watching out for vehicles.








Daisy Girl Scout of Springfield Twp Elementary School.



Tractor Pull in Burlington County Fairgrounds-NJ Photographer

What is a tractor pull?
Truck and Tractor pulling, also known as power pulling, is a motorsport competition, popular in AmericaEurope (especially in the Netherlands), Australiaand Brazil, which requires modified tractors to pull a heavy sledge (sled) along a 35 ft wide and length of 100 meter or 300 ft+ track, with the winner being the tractor that pulls the sledge farthest. The sport is known as the world’s most powerful motorsport, due to the multi-engined modified tractor pullers.
All tractors, in their respective classes, pull a set weight in the sledge. When a tractor gets to the end of the 100 metre (300 feet) track this is known as a “full pull”. When more than one tractor completes the course, more weight is added to the sledge, and those competitors that went past 300 feet will have a pull-off; the winner is the one who can pull the sledge the farthest.
The sledge is known as a weight transfer sled. This means that as it is pulled down the track, the weight is transferred (linked with gears to the sledge’s wheels) from over the rear axles and towards the front of the sledge. In front of the rear wheels, there is a “pan”. This is essentially a metal plate and as the weight moves over this the resistance builds. The further the tractor pulls the sledge, the harder it gets.
The most powerful tractors, such as those in the 4.5 modified class in Europe, can produce over 10,000 bhp.”
This particular event was with the Central Jersey Tractor Pullers Association. At the Burlington County Fairgrounds in Springfield, NJ, there is a special area and track that was built just for these events.
I must say this event was AWESOME! I love cars and trucks and other mechanical things, so this was a lot of fun for me. I met a lot of really nice people and they took the time to explain what was going on and everything.








Edith Sprague of Borden Dairy who owned Elsie the Cow.




Princeton University Medical in Princeton Closes Down- NJ Photographer

I was asked by The Princeton Packet to cover the old University of Princeton’s Witherspoon St. location as the last of it’s patients were being transported to the new Plainsboro, NJ building.
The Packet’s staff photographer, Phil McAuliffe was at the new building photographing the patients coming in. The reporter that I was paired with was Charley Faulkenburg, while Phil was paired with reporter, Victoria Hurley-Schubert. Cal Killeen was the Editor.
This was a large 12-page spread insert for all of The Packet Publication papers and was a large project for us photographers, the reporters and editors. I was honored and am thankful for being a part of this assignment.
I have to say that this was no small plan and the organization of the staff and volunteers and the many EMT’s made this run very smoothly and effortlessly.
Craig Gronczeski, the Chairman of the Emergency Department.
The first patient to leave the old hospital was Nicole Williams.


Mike Sirignano of GDS Signs, covers up the main sign in front of Princeton Medical.





Mike Sirignano of GDS Signs, takes down the Emergency Department sign for the ER entrance.











Nurses having a bit of last minute fun with the statues, I bet that they’ve been wanting to do this for a long time!


3T MRI machine going through the 10 hour process to shutdown and be prepared to be moved to the new location.


X-ray room



The Admission Waiting area.


The Admission areas where patients fill out paperwork before their appointments and other hospital related procedures.


The Chaplain’s Office.


The Administration floor.




The Chapel.


The organ inside the Chapel.


The sign outside the Chapel.


Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) Unit.


Daisy Hubbard, the Senior Unit secretary, she has been with the Medical Center for almost 52 years!


Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) Unit



Transport wheelchairs in the Main Lobby.
Erica Markee sits in her maternity room with her husband, Sam and their newborn baby boy, Hayden. She was the last new mother and newborn to leave the hospital.




Erica Markee, her husband, Sam and their newborn baby boy, Hayden, are the very last to leave the old hospital and go to the new location.





Off they go!





Jerry Charrney, a Volunteer helps with the main entrance so that only ambulances and other authorized vehicles can come in and out.

Allentown High School’s Half and Half Acapella Choir- NJ Photographer

From The Messenger Press:
ALLENTOWN: Singers hoping for hometown support in TV talent show
DATE POSTED: Thursday, May 3, 2012 1:05 AM EDT
By Rachel Lavery, Special Writer
ALLENTOWN — The lush sounds of unaccompanied harmonies fill the choir room as Half and Half, Allentown High School’s a cappella group, sings its version of the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic.
   Led by vocal music teacher Mark Megill, the group, so named because it is made up of 10 boys and 10 girls, will be competing on MSG Varsity’s Talent Show. The group’s first performance will air 8 p.m. Sunday, May 6 on Cablevision. It can also be viewed on the show’s website:
   Half and Half’s talent show journey began when Superintendent Richard Fitzpatrick heard about the contest and encouraged Mr. Megill to enter. Eight schools from New Jersey, New York and Connecticut are competing in the Vocal Ensemble division in this elimination-style talent show that is now in its second season.
   If the Allentown High students receive enough votes after their first performance Sunday, they will get the opportunity to move to the next round and another performance will be aired.
   Dr. Fitzpatrick said the students were counting on the community to support them by watching the show and voting online.
   ”We know we have the talent, now we need to get the votes as well,” Dr. Fitzpatrick said at the April 18 Board of Education meeting.
   After three rounds, contest winners in each of the show’s categories — Solo Vocalists, Vocal Ensembles and Dance Ensembles — will be announced June 3. The winner of the Vocal Ensemble category will travel to New York City for a theater workshop with actors from the Broadway show “Memphis” and then see a performance of “Memphis.”
   Half and Half filmed their performances for the competition in March at SUNY Westbrook on Long Island. The entire process was professional from the recording and the stage to the make-up artists provided, Mr. Megill said. “Sweet Home Alabama,” Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” and N’Sync’s “Bye, Bye, Bye” made up the group’s set list, but only one of those songs will air Sunday.
   Half and Half is an a cappella group, but for this competition, they have been working with musical accompaniment tracks and have even added dance to their performances. Two AHS students who are dancers assisted with choreography.
   The singers meet weekly throughout the year to rehearse, but had to add extra rehearsals to prepare for the show. They begin each rehearsal with a variety of vocal warm-ups and then continue to work on the songs in their repertoire. The students are focused in rehearsal and obviously have an excellent rapport with each other and their affable director. With Mr. Megill’s assistance, the students, create their own arrangements, adding harmonies and riffs they create together.
   ”This was really a lot of fun for the group,” Mr. Megill said. The students chose the songs they would use for the competition, and if the reaction of the other kids at the taping is any indication, their choices will be very well received, he said.
   Most importantly, this group of talented singers needs their fellow students and community to watch them Sunday and to participate in the voting process, Mr. Megill said.
 Viewers can vote after the performance by going online to
The members of Half and Half are: Ariana Albarella, Brianna Chin, Hannah Cuffari, Ligia DePompo, Jason Diaz, Jordan Fisher, Angelisa Hinton, Amanda Kilcher, Westin Lohne, Morgan Lubbe, Michael Massey, Eric Mendelsohn, Dylan Myers, Emily Nalbone, Will Olexsak, Michael Olio, Jay Scott, Mary Toth, Kaitlyn Wilhalme and Dave Zarish.