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.

 

A Weekend of Art, Irises and Dogs

Local artist, Al Barker of Bordentown City, paints the Clara Barton Schoolhouse.

 

Local artist, Al Barker of Bordentown City, paints the Clara Barton Schoolhouse in during “Paint the Town En Plein Air” on Saturday May 10th, 2014. Many artists came together throughout the town to paint that day. After the artists finished their pieces, they were displayed at Farnsworth Gallery located in the Bonaparte Antiques building, 375 Farnsworth Avenue and for sale at the end of the day. 


The Annual Iris Festival in Bordentown, NJ

Franklin Carr was an international prize winning Iris hybridizer, and he was a lifelong resident of Bordentown, NJ. This is why we have an Iris Festival. 


The Annual Iris Festival in Bordentown, NJ

Betty Ann owner of Betty Ann’s Beauty Salon on Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown City, won 2nd place for her Iris Arrangement during the Iris Festival in Bordentown City on May 10th, 2014.


Dog Park in Northern Community Park in Bordentown Township  grand opening.

On May 10th, 2014, the new Dog Park in Northern Community Park in Bordentown Township had it’s grand opening. Above: Gregg Wexler of Bordentown Township with one of his dogs, Autumn, enjoying the the new park.


Dog Park in Northern Community Park in Bordentown Township  grand opening.

 

It was a gorgeous day for all of the events that happened in one day!

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. 

Grand Opening of Bordentown City, NJ’s Shock It Fitness

Shock It Fitness had it's Grand Opening on Saturday March 8th, 2014 at 3379 U.S. 206, Bordentown, New Jersey 08505. It's owned and operated by local Fitness Professional Carrie Ward.

The offer group classes: Strength and Metabolic Training, Kick Boxing, Fusion Pilates, and Freestyle Yoga. They also do personal training, nutrition and more.

 

Here you see L-R: Carrie Ward, Nicole Siegel of Bordentown City in Catherine Fuego LeBron's Kickboxing class.

 

Roseanne Jones of Bordentown City is seen lifting weights after teaching a pilates class at Shock It Fitness.

                     

Students At MacFarland Intermediate School In Bordentown, NJ Come Together For Rare Disease Day

Article by by Amy Batista, Special Writer Published on Thursday, March 6, 2014 
The Register News
Students at MacFarland Intermediate School wore red and purple to honor a fellow student on Rare Disease Awareness Day last Friday.
Fifth grader Daniel Applegate, of Bordentown Township, was diagnosed with Evans Syndrome on Dec. 19, 2011 and is in remission.
Evans syndrome is a rare autoimmune disorder in which the body makes antibodies that destroy the red blood cells, platelets and white blood cells, according to www.evanssyndrome.org.
During the awareness day, students wore red and purple to symbolize red blood cells and platelets, respectively, said Dawn Applegate, Daniel’s mother.
Late in 2011, the first indication that something was not quite right with Daniel was the yellow coloring of his eyes and skin, which was noticed by his teacher. ”We (then) called his primary doctor and they said take him straight to the hospital,” Ms. Applegate said. Daniel was transferred to the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick where he underwent rounds of testing and was ultimately diagnosed.
Toward the end of the awareness day students met in the gym for a group photo . ”I am so proud of all of you (for) supporting your classmate in this endeavor,” Principal Megan Geibel told the students, and explained to them the importance of what they were supporting through the awareness day.Also, announcements were made throughout the week by the student council explaining what the day was about and rare diseases.
Student Council President Christie Diaz took a few minutes to address the students as well and thanked her classmates for joining them.
”Rare Disease Awareness Day is held on the last day in February to raise awareness for rare diseases and to improve access to treatment for individuals with rare diseases,” said Christie.
Daniel a was joined by Ms. Applegate, his father Chris and sister Jessica, 8, for the special gathering.
Ms. Applegate said the challenges the condition presents Daniel varies.
”If his white blood cells are down, he can’t fight off infections,” she said. “If his platelets are down he can hemorrhage.”To help him fight infections, Daniel has to wear a surgical mask whenever his white blood cell counts are low. Daniel has gone through nine blood transfusions and several platelet transfusions, resulting in a lot of missed school, she said.
However, things are looking up since his remission last September.”He has been doing really good,” she said. “Remission is (that) his counts are normal now because of his transfusions. We are hoping his counts stay up.”
The family has been doing fundraisers for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to help raise money to find a cure. The next fundraiser the family is helping is scheduled for the Green Day Fair on April 25 at Joseph Lawrence Park.
Principal Geibel thanked Daniel and his mom for sharing his story with the students.
”It’s not always easy to share when you are going through such an emotional roller coaster,” she said. “You're a real trooper, Daniel. We're real happy to support your cause.” She again praised his classmates for their support.
”This just shows the compassion that our students have for whole student body as soon as they know it is someone close to home they will jump in and be part of it,” she said.Denise Stachura, Daniel’s teacher, helped organized the event over the past few weeks. ”We talked many days about Evans syndrome,” said Ms. Stachura, recalling how in a show of solidarity, everyone in the class would also wear masks. She further noted they also worked to keep the classroom “as sanitary as possible.””He’s a great kid and a trooper,” she said. “It’s great to see that it’s in remission right now.”
”You just have to keep an eye on him,” Ms. Applegate said, adding that she is watching for his skin to see if it gets that jaundice appearance.
Both the school and the community has been very supportive, she said.”In the beginning it was really hard for us and now it doesn't make it any easier,” said Chris, who explained that prior to remission Daniel would experience pain in his bone and the “pressure” would often to him to wake up in the middle of the night leaving him “rocking back and forth.” They would try to massage the pain in hopes that it would bring Daniel some relief. ”It’s real hard to watch him suffer,” Mr. Applegate said.Ms. Applegate agreed. ”It’s hard when you can’t take the pain away,” Ms. Applegate said.
Mr. Applegate noted for people to realize that there are people many people “silently suffering” out there and not to be quick to judge people and assume they are just in a “bad mood.”
”The main thing that we would like people to know in my opinion is there are lot of people silently suffering and not everyone who seems like they are in a bad mood are in a bad mood,” Mr. Applegate said.
”There are less than a 1,000 children in the world with this,” Ms. Evans said, adding that Daniel has lost three of his friends in the past two years to Evans syndrome.
For more information on how you can join Daniel’s fight, visit his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ChrisNDawn
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Amy Batista helped me while I was on the tall ladder and also took pictures of me :) Thanks Amy!
 

Valentine’s Day Wedding in Bordentown, NJ

I was on my way home from volunteering at my daughter's school for her class's Valentine's Day party when I saw the balloons in front of the Friends Meeting House. So I found a place to park, and saw my friend Heather Cheesman and she explained to me what was happening. Burlington County Clerk, Tim Tyler, was offered his services free of charge on February 14th, 2014, Valentine's Day. That afternoon's ceremonies were held at the historic Friends Meeting House on Farnsworth Avenue in Bordentown City. So I took some shots for The Register News, which was perfect because we needed something to highlight this holiday.
After each couple was married a local Bordentown photographer who has his own instant photo booth and printing setup took a quick portrait and gave them a free 5x7.

On Location Business Portrait Shoot In Bordentown, NJ

I was referred to Dr. N by a mutual friend of ours, and his office was literally around the corner from where I live in Bordentown, NJ. I always go prepared for anything, so I pack a basic set of lights, reflectors, and then we get to his office and it's literally so tiny, that when I try a single strobe light, it takes up half of the space(it's one of my smaller ones too!). Luckily there was a nice large window, so we do a little rearranging and I have him sit on the couch with me on on the other end. I use my reflector, we're giggling throughout because it's all so funny and I get the shot he and I were both looking for.
  

Snow, Snow and More Snow! – Deirdre Ryan Photography

It’s no joke the amount of snow and crazy weather we have been getting in New Jersey and elsewhere in the US. But I can’t help but love the beauty and quiet of it as it falls and how everything looks afterwards.

Downtown Bordentown City’s Christmas Tree covered in snow the morning of Friday January 3rd, 2014. The first major snowstorm of the year.

 

Matthew McElmoyl, owner of Oliver A Bistro restaurant in Bordentown City, cleans off his SUV.
Sledding fun on a snow day from school!

 

 

 

Blacks Creek, a tidal tributary to the Delaware River in Bordentown City.

 

 

 

The Delaware River and Crosswicks Creek in Bordentown City was full of ice last week on January 9th, 2014 following the Polar Vortex of snow and extremely low temperatures.

 

 

Clara Barton Elementary School Winter Concert – NJ Photographer

Who doesn’t love hearing children singing holiday songs? My daughter’s school does this every year and I can’t get enough of them 🙂
Matt Pringle and his daughter Riley of Bordentown City, wait for the Clara Barton Elementary School Winter Holiday Concert to begin that was held on Wed. Dec. 11th, 2013. The 1rst and 2nd grade classes sang holiday songs.
The Clara Barton Elementary School Winter Holiday Concert that was held on Wed. Dec. 11th, 2013. The 1rst and 2nd grade classes sang holiday songs.
Mia and Campbell, ages 7 of Bordentown City introduces songs.

Railroad Days Celebrated 182nd Anniversary of NJ’s First Railroad In Bordentown, NJ

Bordentown held Railroad Days to celebrate the 182nd anniversary of NJ’s first railroad, and the start of Bordentown’s railroad heritage. Saturday November 9 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday November 10th 12 pm to 4 pm.Here you see “G” Scale model trains on display at the First Presbyterian Church on 420 Farnsworth Ave. Bordentown City, NJ. Suzanne Catanese of Browns Mills, NJ a member of the South Eastern PA Garden Railway Society keeps an eye on the rails while Cole Schleper of Roebling, NJ, a member of the Delaware Creek Railroad cleans the rails.

 

Suzanne Catanese of Browns Mills, NJ a member of the South Eastern PA Garden Railway Society tries to couple a steam engine to the other cars.

 

Michael Skelly of Bordentown City, NJ makes an adjustment to a diesel engine.

 

Here you see Erik Seidelmann of Mapleshade, NJ, and member of the New Jersey Southern N-Trak Model Railroad Club, add “N” Scale trains to a track at Christ Church on 130 Prince St., Bordentown, NJ.

 

 Ken Richter of Egg Harbor Township, NJ, and Erik Seidelmann of Mapleshade, NJ, and member of the New Jersey Southern N-Trak Model Railroad Club, add “N” Scale trains to a track at Christ Church on 130 Prince St., Bordentown, NJ, while Frank Amermen of East Hampton, NJ looks on.

 

Bill Kidd of Mapleshade, NJ, and member of the New Jersey Southern N-Trak Model Railroad Club, make adjustments to the track.
Christian Davis of Egg Harbor Township, NJ, and member of the New Jersey Southern N-Trak Model Railroad Club, adding tiny freight containers to the “N” scale trains.