The Pink Mile

UPDATE: The dear sweet woman for whom this glorious event this was for, has passed away this evening, November 21, 2015. As you read this post and view these images, please think of her, her family,  friends and the community.  I met Kelly for a brief moment, and seeing how much she was loved, the photos on her Facebook profile, made me smile. Say a prayer, or a special thought for them all. From what I understand, these photos brought much comfort and joy to them, and I say to, that the honor was all mine. Please leave a lovely comment for the her family and her friends. Thank you everyone. 

Our community does a lot of wonderful things for people. A woman, a daughter, a sibling, a wife, and a mother, has cancer, and is fighting hard. She just came home from the hospital. Battling cancer for 7+ years is hard. I don’t know her, but I want to now. My friend contacted me, because she put together a last minute fundraiser to help the family with meals and money to get through these days.

We met at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Bordentown Township, NJ. They walked a half mile to their home, and then another half mile back to the starting point, this included members of her family, including her mother. What transpired was amazing.   ThePinkMile_TeamKelly_DeirdreRyanCommercialandEditorialPhotography1 ThePinkMile_TeamKelly_DeirdreRyanCommercialandEditorialPhotography2 ThePinkMile_TeamKelly_DeirdreRyanCommercialandEditorialPhotography3 ThePinkMile_TeamKelly_DeirdreRyanCommercialandEditorialPhotography4

I got up on a very tall ladder and with the help of others, arranged all of these people and children into one large group photo.
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The balloons were placed on their front lawn.

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I was more towards the back of the walkers, but as you can see, the love of people towards the family was true.ThePinkMile_TeamKelly_DeirdreRyanCommercialandEditorialPhotography13ThePinkMile_TeamKelly_DeirdreRyanCommercialandEditorialPhotography12 ThePinkMile_TeamKelly_DeirdreRyanCommercialandEditorialPhotography14 ThePinkMile_TeamKelly_DeirdreRyanCommercialandEditorialPhotography15 ThePinkMile_TeamKelly_DeirdreRyanCommercialandEditorialPhotography16

That’s her daughter in the middle with her besties.ThePinkMile_TeamKelly_DeirdreRyanCommercialandEditorialPhotography17 ThePinkMile_TeamKelly_DeirdreRyanCommercialandEditorialPhotography18

Family photo back at Holy Cross Lutheran Church where we all met and ended. ThePinkMile_TeamKelly_DeirdreRyanCommercialandEditorialPhotography19

Our adult choir lost a dear friend, a fierce, fun loving, full of life woman last week. Today is her viewing, and tomorrow, we are going to sing her funeral Mass. It’s going to be so hard. So, I needed this event, and I know my friend was looking down on me yesterday, I can’t explain it, I just know it. Thank you everyone for letting me be a part of something truly wonderful.

Graceful Beauty

I had a former ballerina model for me in Los Angeles and what you can’t see is the fun we had with a hair and makeup artist.  Laughing between takes, she was a natural, with a few directions from me. What transpired is what you see below, beautiful, black and white photographs.

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I asked to let her hair down, shake it out, she looked like a diva, and reminds me of a singer from Motown Records in the 60’s.  African American Woman2

Grace and beauty.

Costumes, Drill Teams and The Joker

Halloween is a big deal in my town, so big that we have a lot of events. Halloween decorating contests, we have a Ghost Walk, a parade, and a street shuts down just for that one night. Our local schools even have big Halloween events as fundraisers.

Our daughter is a Junior Girl Scout, she’s dressed up as Rumpleteazer from the musical Cats. My husband who sews, made the costume, wig, tail and did her makeup. She and her troop walked in the parade, threw candy to people along the route and had a good time. I got to walk and sit in the back on the pick up truck in front of us from the Daisy Troop in front of us. My husband’s costume was The Joker that he created from items he had already.
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That’s our friend and my husband who dressed as The Joker. HalloweenParade_DeirdreRyanCommercialEditorialPhotography HalloweenParade_DeirdreRyanCommercialEditorialPhotography HalloweenParade_DeirdreRyanCommercialEditorialPhotography HalloweenParade_DeirdreRyanCommercialEditorialPhotography

Just a little ways in front of us was the Camden Sophisticated Sisters Drill Team, and not too far behind us was   The Baltimore Westsiders Marching Band.

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Along the parade route both teams stop and perform their routines, and then at the very end there’s a contest. HalloweenParade_DeirdreRyanCommercialEditorialPhotography

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Yeah he loves having his photo taken.

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I see a lot of friends along the route who I love seeing 🙂 HalloweenParade_DeirdreRyanCommercialEditorialPhotographyHere are the judges, the lady on the far left waving to me is the Grand Marshal this year, Mrs. Trout, my neighbor and who was my bus driver back in high school. HalloweenParade_DeirdreRyanCommercialEditorialPhotography HalloweenParade_DeirdreRyanCommercialEditorialPhotography

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And The Baltimore Westsiders Marching Band wins! HalloweenParade_DeirdreRyanCommercialEditorialPhotography

Third Annual Restaurant Week In Bordentown, NJ

The very last issue of The Register News that covers the Bordentown, NJ area featured Restaurant Week during March 29th. 2015-April 3rd 2015.

Below are the photos of what I shot during that Restaurant Week at Tuscano’s The Farnsworth House, The H.O.B., Marcello’s, Under The Moon, Jester’s Cafe, The Vault, and Oliver’s. What that week is was a Prix Fixe Menu price to sample all of the restaurants in town.RestarauntWeekDeirdreRyanPhotographywww.deirdreryanphotography.com_0203 April Sette and Dave Worth of Bordentown City enjoy dinner at Toscano’s on Sunday evening, and diners enjoy their meal at Toscano’s on Sunday evening, Sunday, March 29, 2015, the first day of Third Annual Restaurant Week that ran to April 3rd along Farnsworth Ave. in Bordentown City.RestarauntWeekDeirdreRyanPhotographywww.deirdreryanphotography.com_0204

Colleen Gore of Bordentown City, Todd Radison of Middletown, NJ and Caryssa Horodysky of Philadelphia, PA enjoy their drinks while diners enjoy their meal at The Farnsworth House.RestarauntWeekDeirdreRyanPhotographywww.deirdreryanphotography.com_0205L-R: Jim Tobik, Dean Buhrer, Mary Barnes, Samantha Barnes, Lane Hirschfeld, Jordan Schmidt, Walt Klauder and Karoline Heimbach, all of Bordentown City, are down at The HOB in the dining area in the back.RestarauntWeekDeirdreRyanPhotographywww.deirdreryanphotography.com_0206 Mario Acevedo of Trenton, NJ gets a tomato pie ready for take out at Marcello’s Restaurant & Tomato Pies, while diners enjoy their meal.RestarauntWeekDeirdreRyanPhotographywww.deirdreryanphotography.com_0207Diners enjoy their meal at Under The Moon during the Third Annual Restaurant Week.RestarauntWeekDeirdreRyanPhotographywww.deirdreryanphotography.com_0208 A large group of happy diners at Jester’s Cafe.RestarauntWeekDeirdreRyanPhotographywww.deirdreryanphotography.com_0209 Lisa McGrady serves up dessert to L-R: Lisa Markhoff, Bruce Markhoff, Katie Kelly and Lucas Kelly(not shown) at The Vault Sunday evening.RestarauntWeekDeirdreRyanPhotographywww.deirdreryanphotography.com_0210Suzanne Wheelock of Bordentown City enjoys an early lunch at Oliver’s Bistro March 31, 2015, during the Third Annual Restaurant Week.

It was sad for me because Bordentown has MANY great events that need to be covered and not just once a month. There are many reasons why I’m sure that The Register and The Messenger Press was shut down.  It’s not my place or my business to speculate.

Below tells a little bit of the history of what many of us remember when it was called The Bordentown Register. This is from the link http://www.bcls.lib.nj.us/newspapers/bordentown/ which is part of The Bordentown Library:

“The “Bordentown Palladium” was founded in 1845 as a weekly community paper serving the Bordentown region of Burlington County, New Jersey, an area six miles south of Trenton. The newspaper was renamed “Bordentown Register” in 1851 and renamed again in 1966 to“Register-News”. Over its 160 years of publication, the newspaper has chronicled the history of the Bordentown region, including local news for surrounding towns of Fieldsboro, Florence, Roebling, Columbus, Chesterfield, Mansfield, and Yardville, marriages and death notices, legislative news, judicial announcements, business and social concerns of the area. Of special note is the news of hometown soldiers in the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korean, and Vietnam Wars and subsequent.

However as of this year, 2015, The Register News would’ve been 170 years old.

I started with The Register News when I got out of college, using my Nikon FM film camera. My best friend, Vanessa was one of the many editors working for The Packet and it’s various papers back then. I was sent out to cover everything from grand openings to high school sports. Manual focussing, manual flash, manual everything 🙂  I was a part time photographer who used to cover what couldn’t be covered by their full time photographers including my friend, Phil McAuliffe.

I’m still with The Packet Press, but I haven’t been called in to photograph anything in a loong time. I miss this type of work because I got to go out, the crazy deadlines, getting all of the names(first and last), where they are from of everyone in the photos, meeting new people, and going to different places(sometimes I would shoot for different papers under The Packet Press). A lot of times, people got to know me, which was really nice.

The printed paper and magazine industry has changed a lot over the years. I know a lot of good men and women who have had to change with the times, re-invent themselves. I’m one of them.

Kids Got A Snow Day For Sledding In Bordentown City

On Tuesday, January 27th, 2015, the children in Bordentown had a snow day due to the year’s first blizzard. The best place to have an outdoor activity is the sledding hill is Lime Kiln Alley, that goes toward the nature preserve alongside Black’s Creek. Children of all ages and their parents love to get on their sleds and race down the hill. The snow was perfect! 

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Children sledding down a hill on a snow day from school. Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Homeowners open doors for house tour In Bordentown City during the Holiday Season

On December 13th, 2014 the Bordentown Historical Society sponsored the Annual Holiday House Tour. Local residents in Bordentown City opened their private homes fully decorated for the holidays so that visitors could walk through them. About 250 tickets were sold for the self guided and guided tour. The homes were open from 3:30 to 8:30PM. These were photographed for The Register News. 

 Annual Holiday House Tour in Bordentown, Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

The home of Chris and Karen Hofrichter’s home was built in 1841 and had a gorgeous real 12 foot tree in their front parlor.

 Annual Holiday House Tour in Bordentown, Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

 Annual Holiday House Tour in Bordentown, Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

The home of Chuck and Judy Pesce decorated just about every room in their home that was built in 1901.

 Annual Holiday House Tour in Bordentown, Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

 Annual Holiday House Tour in Bordentown, Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

 Annual Holiday House Tour in Bordentown, Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

 Annual Holiday House Tour in Bordentown, Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

 Annual Holiday House Tour in Bordentown, Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

 Annual Holiday House Tour in Bordentown, Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography

MacFarland Intermediate School Honored Military Vets

On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, Bordentown, NJ held it’s Honor Veterans Ceremony and to never forget why the men and women in our country fight for us. Children from Clara Barton Elementary and MacFarland Intermediate School invited parents, grandparents, friends or other family members who are retired or active military to be a part of the ceremony. 

Tom Shea Retired Navy, of Bordentown City, enters the MacFarland Intermediate School on Tuesday, November 11, 2014,

Robert Pecht Retired Navy, of Bordentown City, enters the MacFarland Intermediate School on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, Bordentown, NJ held it's Honor Veterans Ceremony and to never forget why the men and women in our country fight for us.

Here each Vet is introducing themselves. 

The principal of Macfarland Intermediate School.

This is my daughter and her grandfather, my dad, he is a retired Lt. Col Army, Vietnam Vet. I love them both dearly!

National Night Out Photographed By Local Editorial Photographer For The Register News

National Night Out was celebrated in Bordentown Township at Joseph Lawrence Park on August 5th, 2014. The entire event was free, including face painting, police demonstrations, demonstrations, music, food and drinks. This awareness-raising event in the United States, is held the first Tuesday of August.

As found on Wikipedia:

The event has been held annually since 1984 and is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in the United States and Canada.

The event is meant to increase awareness about police programs in communities, such as drug preventiontown watchneighborhood watch, and other anti-crime efforts.

The events are typically organized by block watches, non-for-profit organizations, companies, and police departments. These events can be as simple as backyard cookouts to full-blown festivals like the one on the west side of Columbus, Ohio. The Ogden Block Watch in Columbus organizes one of the largest of this type of National Night Out festival which includes live music, food, and entertainment.

National Night Out by Deirdre Ryan for The Register News.

National Night Out by Deirdre Ryan for The Register News.

National Night Out by Deirdre Ryan for The Register News.

National Night Out by Deirdre Ryan for The Register News.

National Night OUt by Deirdre Ryan for The Register News.

National Night OUt by Deirdre Ryan for The Register News.

Bordentown Township Police Patrolman Kevin Guire demonstrates how their 3 year old, 100 lb German Shepherd, Boston, attacks a “criminal” Bordentown Township Police Detective Joshua Pavlov. Boston was purchased with seized drug money.

National NIght Out by Deirdre Ryan for The Register News.

National Night Out by Deirdre Ryan for The Register News.

National Night Out by Deirdre Ryan for The Register News.

National Night Out by Deirdre Ryan for The Register News.

 

2nd Annual Bordentown, NJ 4th of July Fireworks Display

On Saturday, July 5, 2014, at the Joseph Lawrence Park in Bordentown Township, hosted by The Foundation for Bordentown Traditions, held the 2nd Annual Independence Day Firework Celebration. The Foundation for Bordentown Traditions has spent the last 12 months fundraising to bring back the fireworks.

I volunteer for this wonderful organization. That day I was stationed at the 50/50 tent at the entrance of the park, welcoming everyone and encouraging them to help raise money for next year’s fireworks with a 50/50 ticket. This year’s winner bought theirs during The Street Of Dreams Car Show in June and won $1107.50! I love being a part of this group of volunteers, it’s one of the ways that I can help to give back to my community.

That night they had a local celebrity Dunk Tank; the money to dunk your favorite Bordentown Resident into the Dunk Tank. All money raised from the Dunk Tank went directly back to the Foundation. 50/50 tickets were sold and the winner was announced that evening around 8PM. This is one of the only ways the Foundation was raising money the night of the fireworks. There were free face painting, inflatables, live music, and local restaurants in the food area.

 

 

 

 

 

The Annual Bordentown Township Fish Derby

On July 4th, 2014 at Northern Community park in Bordentown Township, the Annual Fish Derby began at 9Am for Registration and fishing started at 10AM-12PM. Trophies were awarded at noon for the “Largest Fish Caught”. The pond was stocked by the NJ State Fish and Wildlife.

For a while the fish were not biting because the barometric pressure was too low. This meant to the fish that it was going to rain or storm, so they stayed closer to the bottom. Then suddenly towards the near end of the event, the fish started to bite as the afternoon weather became clearer and warmer.

 

 

 

A young girl gets some help from her father with casting her line out into the pond.

 


This 13 year old boy found a quiet spot away from everyone hoping to catch something.

 

Amberlyn, age 8, holds up her 11.5″ catfish with her dad.

 

Ryan, age 9, holds up his 10.5″ catfish.