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Have Dresser, Will Travel

Mom said she can’t keep the dresser. That’s what mom thinks.

For a couple of weeks, Elena Pendino told her daughter the dresser wasn’t going.

But, Cassie had other plans.

So, Elena did what any modern mom would do. She made a deal.

If Cassie could get the 100-pound dresser to their newly purchased home in Moorestown, Elena would pay the movers to hoist it up the staircase into Cassie’s new bedroom.

“I didn’t think she’d actually get it there,” said Elena.

The Pendinos recently sold their home, , on Riverton Road in Cinnaminson.

Needing to downsize, Elena said she wanted to discard the piece, which wouldn’t fit in the new house.

“It’s falling apart,” Elena said. “It was left behind 17 years ago when I moved into the house. I couldn’t even give it away when I had my estate sale.”

Cassie said she always liked the eight-drawer chest, doesn’t think anything is wrong with it and wants to put it in her new bedroom.

“I refinished it a little, and it looks better,” Cassie said tenderly, pointing to the walnut dresser, which is still missing a knob and two ring pulls.

And so, last Sunday, Cassie did what any steely headed 14-year-old girl would do. She recruited the support of friends—Gigi Cherubini, 14, Corrinne DeBellis 13, and Emily Pazienza, 14—to help do the deed.

Cassie and her trio of similarly indomitable teens lifted the vintage dresser onto a Speedway Express wagon for a bumpy four-mile ride to new quarters.

They pulled it atop the sidewalks of Cinnaminson, over the rutted roadway beyond Meadowview Estates, across the rough railroad tracks near 7-Eleven, and past the countrified grounds of Moorestown Friends School.

During their journey, the girls snacked on SunChips, Doritos Cool Ranch chips, Gatorade, and listened to Bruno Mars on an iPod with portable speakers.

“My mom was dropping me off,” said Debellis. “And, they (the girls) told me to get ready to push.”

Pazienza chimed in, “Cassie told me I had to help her get this chest to her new house.”

“I just did what she wanted me to do,” said Cherubini.

The girls left the Pendino’s Cinnaminson home a little after noon and arrived just before 2 at the Pendino’s new residence on Main Street near Zelley Avenue.

“I can’t believe they got it here,” laughed Elena. “Just what I need—rmore furniture.”

Nadine September 28, 2011 at 10:51 AM
Great story, great friends.
Mary S. September 28, 2011 at 11:01 AM
Way to go girls! Now the dresser has even more history and you have a story to tell.
FbS September 28, 2011 at 11:52 AM
very cool story!!!!! Thats dedication, guys!!Way to go!
Andrew September 28, 2011 at 11:54 AM
Wonderful story about what is sure to be a lasting memory.
Kris P September 28, 2011 at 12:00 PM
I LOVE that they pulled it on the wagon ALL the way to the new house - really fun story!!!
Arch Fisher September 28, 2011 at 02:06 PM
You go girls!!!
Anna Kurzeja September 28, 2011 at 03:28 PM
Love the dedication-welcome to the neighborhood!
eileen mcmahon September 28, 2011 at 08:10 PM
It doenst surprise me at all. Cassie is her father's daughter and see's value in everyone and everything. He is looking down at his beautiful daughter and loves what he sees!
Ray Budden September 29, 2011 at 01:37 PM
Fantastic "feel good" article Catherine. I loved reading it and can visualize the trek those young ladies made, very "Stand By Me"-ish. Thank you for posting the article and my compliments to the young ladies.
Peter Price September 29, 2011 at 02:08 PM
Mature beyond her years indeed and what wonderful friends -- may the memories and friendships last a lifetime.
Catherine Laughlin September 29, 2011 at 04:13 PM
Thanks, Ray. It was my pleasure!
Nancy VanTwistern October 02, 2011 at 01:48 PM
Such sticktoitness............hopefully this determined young woman will use the same determination in all things in her life!!!!!

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