Ocean City, NJ Part 1

We had just visited my grandfather at Vet’s Memorial Home in Vineland, NJ and driving to Ocean City, NJ to start our family vacation for the week. My friend Veronica, a professional photographer, was coming down the next day to take family portraits of us, Tuesday was my parent’s wedding anniversary, and most of all…we wanted to have fun.

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I saw the message on Facebook’s private messaging app…something like if this was a sick joke..but sadly it wasn’t. Our dear friend Patrick Cashin died suddenly in his home. http://www.clownlink.com/2016/07/rip-pat-cashin/

He was only 47 years old, married to the love of his life, with 2 boys and was a professional clown. His memorial will be this Monday.

We got unpacked at our motel, The Coral Sands, got our daughter settled, and then my husband and I broke down and cried. Pat was his childhood friend, and his sister Lillian’s best friend, so they grew up together. My friend here in Bordentown just so happens to be married to his best guy adult friend, John.

Pat would’ve wanted us to have a great time in spite of what happened. Regardless it was very hard to do, neither of us wanted to be online with Facebook unless it was to interact with our friends about our friend.

So here I will now continue, to post….
I rented the Panasonic Lumix LX 100 and my husband rented a GoPro from www.borrowlenses.com. I didn’t want to walk around with my large DSLR and lenses for this trip.
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So we went to go eat dinner at Ike’s Seafood and then had a gelato at Shriver’s. We stayed up pretty late, but that’s what you do when you’re on vacation down the shore 🙂OCNJDeirdre Ryan Photography252 OCNJDeirdre Ryan Photography254 OCNJDeirdre Ryan Photography256 OCNJDeirdre Ryan Photography258 The next morning I woke up wicked early, got my coffee from Ocean City Coffee Company(they were handing out free coffee samples that morning) on the boardwalk, read my book on the beach. Then I met my husband and daughter, and we rode our bike to Ovie’s for breakfast. OCNJDeirdre Ryan Photography200.jpgVacationSelfieOceanCityNJiPhoneSEwwwDeirdreRyanPhotography.comOceanCityCoffeeNJbyDeirdreRyanPhotographyiPhoneSE At 8:30AM they raise the flag every morning on top of Maui Wowi’s.
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Later we really just hung out inside our room, getting ready for our photoshoot. It was REALLY humid, so since my mother and I have naturally curly hair, we stayed inside until it was time. We met my friend in front of Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy and Fudge, while we waited I took a few photos. OCNJDeirdre Ryan Photography284.jpg OCNJDeirdre Ryan Photography287.jpg OCNJDeirdre Ryan Photography316.jpg OCNJDeirdre Ryan Photography318.jpg

We brought our $5 kite to use as a prop and I took a few photos of our daughter flying it while my friend took pictures of her as well. OCNJDeirdre Ryan Photography324.jpg OCNJDeirdre Ryan Photography330.jpg OCNJDeirdre Ryan Photography336.jpg OCNJDeirdre Ryan Photography354.jpg

She brought an assistant and she had fun flying the kite too 🙂 My husband helped with the reflector a little, he is my assistant as well, so he knows what to do! Here Veronica is posing my dad and our daughter. OCNJDeirdre Ryan Photography358.jpg

Afterwards, there was a major storm coming, so we went to dinner at Ocean Cafe on the boardwalk. Here you can see the clouds forming…it was coming and it did, although not as bad as it hit the rest of the state that day and night! OCNJDeirdre Ryan Photography366.jpg OCNJDeirdre Ryan Photography368.jpgOCNJDeirdre Ryan Photography370.jpg

 I’m going to continue posting about our vacation, but please remember this:

Laugh at your mistakes and at yourself, say I love you and hug your loved ones every single day.

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

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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.

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 Florence High School Class of 2014

Florence High School, in Florence, NJ held their graduation ceremony for the Class of 2014 on Friday, June 20th, 2014. I have photographed this event before for The Register News and so far each time, the weather has been gorgeous. It’s always held outside on their football field.

Each time I am assigned to a graduation ceremony, I’m reminded of mine from 1991. How could you not be thinking about this? Sure I was thinking of the correct exposures for shooting into the sun with my camera and flash. But I see how these young adults are going out into the real world and wonder about their future. Some had scholarships to college, while others were entering the military, or starting to work right away before they decided what they wanted to do next. Their world is their oyster and they have a lifetime to make something of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Principal John M. Corgan gives his Welcome speech to everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 5th Annual Green Fair in Bordentown, NJ

The 5th Annual Green Fair was held on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the Carslake Community Center in Bordentown City. Many vendors were there to show off their eco-friendly items and products that they make or sell from companies. There were demonstrations, activities for children, food, and much more.

Cynthia assists Kinsey with drilling a bottle cap into a large mural that empowers the next generation of environmentally conscious and creative citizens. This project is by MAD Splatter, a local non profit organization that exposes children to the world through the eyes of others and help them draw a connection between community service and self-enrichment. They create parties for children to teens to celebrate the art of Making A Difference. 

 

 

Dan Weekes of Pollination Station, holds Nellie, a rescued possum. The Green Fair was her first public appearance. She developed Metabolic Bone Disease, due to an improper diet. Nellie was brought to a local wildlife rescue and then was transferred to Pollination Station to be used as a wildlife ambassador. Due to her Metabolic Bone Disease, she cannot be released back into the wild.


The Clara Barton Elementary PTO Committee, Friends of The Ecological Schoolyard at Clara Barton, showcased their plans to transform the blacktop at Clara Barton School to an Ecological Schoolyard. Phase One has already been approved.

 

Jaime of Bordentown City, participated in a dance routine by the Tehani Mid-East and Polynesian Dance Company.

The Circus Came To Town

Our friend John wanted to become a professional clown. Back in the fall of 2012 he started a crowdfunding campaign to help him achieve his dream.  Send John to Clown School! No, Really… 

John was asking for $1600, and in just one month raised $1750! We donated $5 and for that we got a very generous hug 🙂

Now John and his wife, the lovely, Clara work for the Kelly Miller Circus, a one ring, big top travelling circus. We went after our daughter got out of school on June 12th, drove down to Browns Mills, NJ and had ringside seats, courtesy of John and Clara. Unfortunately we missed the tiger and a couple of other acts. Our daughter had never been to a big top circus before and this was truly a wonderful treat! I only brought my Canon 7D with just one lens, the Canon EF-S 17-55 f2.8, no flash and a tiny Canon S100 point and shoot cameras. 

John is now the main clown act for them, his clown name is J.P. Ballyhoo and his routines were wonderful and really funny! Everyone was laughing and having a good time. 

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

Red, White and Blue Mixed Animal Revue

Carolyn Rice’s – Llamas, dogs and goats.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

Silly Strongman Shenanigans

J.P. Ballyhoo 

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

Balancing Beyond Belief

From Lima, Peru – Fridman Torales

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

Come to the Carousel

     A kaleidoscopic display of aerial artistry. Featuring – Rebecca Ostroff. Devised and developed by Danny and Tavana Brown.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

During intermission, my husband, David, went on his very first elephant ride with our daughter.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

 

Ballistic Bouncing

From Ethiopia – Abrham Gebre. 

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

Queen of the Air

The Legendary Rebecca Ostroff.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

 

 

 

Amazing African Amalgamation

Liberty Camels and Zebras. Trained and presented by Mike Rice.

 

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

Fishing Foolishness

J.P. Ballyhoo

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

Ponderous Performing Pachyderms

Presented by Armando Loyal.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

Spectacular Pyrotechnics

The Human Volcano – Lamount.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

From where I was positioned(our daughter was right next to me) you could feel the heat like an inferno coming from his mouth! She loved it!

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

 

Here we are meeting up with John, Claire with us and my dad. This and the next two images were shot using my Canon S100 camera.

 

Here’s that “hug”!

 

Jayden got to meet Lamount A.K.A. The Human Volcano, she was really excited to chat with him!

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

David and Jayden joined other children for a camera ride with The Human Volcano.

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

Bouncy House Badness!

An evening at the Kelly Miller Circus in Browns Mills, NJ by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

Spotted this young couple as they waited for their food to be ready.

Thank you John and Claire for the tickets! We cannot wait for you all to come back to our area again!

Bordentown City’s Annual Street Fair

Bordentown City, NJ is a town rich in history and offers a lot of events that happen every year. It’s where I was born and raised. After living in MA for college, Philadelphia for work and then Los Angeles for 10+ years, I’ve been back home since October 2008. It’s a little town that has a good quality of life to raise a family, great schools, and centrally located to NYC and Philadelphia and just a 3 hour drive(give or take) to Washington, DC.

Every year we have our Annual Street Fair in May and thousands of people come to my town to stroll down the main street that is closed off to buy handmade goods, eat from our local restaurants and listen to music, and have fun with the kids.

The Bordentown Street Fair photographed by Deirdre Ryan for The Register News.

 

L-R: Guy DeRosa on harmonica and Phil McAuliffe sings original songs performed in front of Randy Now’s Man Cave on Sunday, May 18th, 2014 during the annual Bordentown City Street Fair.

The Bordentown Street Fair photographed by Deirdre Ryan for The Register News.

 

The Foundation for Bordentown Traditions is a non-profit started by members of the community. They were organized to plan, develop, organize and fund community events in Bordentown. It is their goal that these events will raise funds to bring back the Fireworks. I volunteered a couple of hours at this booth getting donations and people to purchase 50/50s. It was a lot of fun talking to people and catching up with friends.

Above, Foundation for Bordentown Traditions members L-R Christopher Nunn, Suzanne Wheelock and Katy McGowen discuss the fundraising board in front of their booth. Below Suzanne “models” with the board, Vanna White style, she is so cute isn’t she?

The Bordentown Street Fair photographed by Deirdre Ryan for The Register News.

 

The Bordentown Street Fair photographed by Deirdre Ryan for The Register News.

 

Jenn holds her pet named Buddy that is a Sun Conure parakeet with her mother, Patty.  Jen is a member of the Bordentown Regional High School Marching Band and was volunteering at their booth to raise money for the band.

The Bordentown Street Fair photographed by Deirdre Ryan for The Register News.

 

Children blowing bubbles through a bubble wand that they created at the Mad Splatter Booth. Mad Splatter is a non profit organization in Bordentown that creates parties for children to help make a difference for charitable causes.

The Bordentown Street Fair photographed by Deirdre Ryan for The Register News.

 

The Bordentown Elks Raise The Honor and Remember Flag

The Honor and Remember Flag was raised on Saturday, April 27, at 2PM, at The Bordentown Elks, 2085 on 11 Amboy Road Bordentown, NJ. The Honor and Remember Flag was raised on Saturday, April 27, at 2PM, at The Bordentown Elks, 2085 on 11 Amboy Road Bordentown, NJ. This flag recognizes the sacrifices of our military who have been killed and their families.

Patrick and Amy Moore’s son, Army Spc. Benjamin G. Moore, age 23, of Robbinsville, N.J.was killed in action on January 12, 2011 in Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 7th Engineer Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. The Mores belong to a group called Rolling Thunder, a group of people who educate and help others to never forget our POW, MIA and Deceased military men and women.

Bordentown Elks Honor and Remember Flag Raising Ceremony photographed for The Register News by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

Bordentown Elks Honor and Remember Flag Raising Ceremony photographed for The Register News by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

Bordentown Elks Honor and Remember Flag Raising Ceremony photographed for The Register News by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

Bordentown Elks Honor and Remember Flag Raising Ceremony photographed for The Register News by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

Bordentown Elks Honor and Remember Flag Raising Ceremony photographed for The Register News by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

Bordentown Elks Honor and Remember Flag Raising Ceremony photographed for The Register News by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

Past Exalted Ruler, Jeff Becker, assists Patrick and Amy Moore with raising the Honor and Remember flag. 

 

Bordentown Elks Honor and Remember Flag Raising Ceremony photographed for The Register News by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

Bordentown Elks Honor and Remember Flag Raising Ceremony photographed for The Register News by Deirdre Ryan Photography.

 

Patrick and Amy Moore saying a few words of thanks after the Honor and Remember flag has been raised. 

Clara Barton PTO Mini Golf Event Raises Money For Local HS Student

On Thursday, February 27, 2013, the Clara Barton PTO held a Mini-Golf FORE a Great Cause. The CBS PTO, raised $400 to contribute to the Wheels for Dawud Campaign. Dawud Hamdan is a young man at Bordentown Regional High School has the disorder called Transverse Myelitis, which is the inflammation of the spinal cord. This autoimmune disorder made him an incomplete quadriplegic, meaning that he has some body functions, but very limited. After one of his many surgeries, his legs have become very spastic and while in physical therapy, he noticed that while in a standing position, his became more relaxed. No other medications have worked as much as him being in that position. He needs a power chair that can position him to a standing position, but the insurance company has denied the request many times This chair that can help his quality of life cost $53,000. The community of Bordentown has been spreading the word about Dawud's fundraising campaign. https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/4nz3/dawudswheels Please spread the word and the above link and let's help Dawud get the wheelchair that he needs, thanks!