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.











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).


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.





Author Joyce Carol Oates At Allentown High School-NJ Photographer

I had the utmost pleasure and honor to meet and photograph Pulitzer Prize for Literature winner,  author, winner Joyce Carol Oates.
Joyce Carol Oates was there for the Enthusiastic Reader Reception in Allentown High School. She read excerpts from one of her books and then did a Q and A with the audience.
It has been such a long time since I have been to anything like this. After I got the photos that I needed for The Messenger Press, I had some time and I sat down and enjoyed the rest of the event.
Thank you to everyone at the Allentown HS in Allentown, NJ and Ms. Oates!












Eagles 5K Run in Allentown, NJ-Deirdre Ryan Editorial Photography

Some of these images were published in The Messenger Press, one of the many papers published by


Allentown Boy Scout Troop 180


The start of the race.


And they’re off!
1rst PlaceTime:17:55.6 #0576 ANDRE DUPUIS age 19


FIRST Female to complete the race!5th Place

Time: 19:57.1 #551 GIZETTE PEREZ age 10