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What Would You Improve in Cinnaminson in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Cinnaminson, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Cinnaminson to make it an even better place to live?

Would you focus on business development? Do you want any changes to township parks? New rec programs for kids? Something else?

Tell us in the comment section below what's on your Cinnaminson wish list for 2013.

Richard January 02, 2013 at 11:43 AM
Vote Minitti out of office
Liz Matt January 02, 2013 at 11:53 AM
I would ask the business community to help the town refresh the Welcome signs. I was part of the initial committee ---at least 12 years ago, maybe 15 --- when we added signs to mark the township borders. Before that, nothing indicated when an out of town shopper had arrived in Cinnaminson. By combing many smll donations from the businesses, rather than trying to find deep-pocketed individual sponsors, we marked all the major entrances. Now the signs are very tired and I'd love to see our WELCOME refreshed. Perhaps we can raise the funds the same way again, a bit at a time. While I'm at it, thanks to Haines Garden Center for ALWAYS making the northbound Rt130 sign look GREAT with their landscaping. What a civic contribution! Because of their work, I'm convinced we have a great front door to both our town and to the first BurlCo community on the old northbound pike.
FbS January 02, 2013 at 12:35 PM
great ideas Liz. That's one thing that always seems to be overlooked.. Entrance signs to a town.. What I would like to see is the slow but steady ft 130 business rejuvenation to keep going in the right direction.
Maria January 02, 2013 at 01:30 PM
First of all, I would not vote Minitti out of office. He's doing a great job in Cinnaminson. I would improve two things in Cinnaminson. The first is to fix the section of Route 130 near the Pep Boys Plaza where the lanes aren't marked properly and are confusing to drivers. The second thing is to continue to remove the motels. Motels along Rt. 130 were once needed when Rt. 130 was the main travel route, but now they are not needed and have become eyesores.
Laurie January 02, 2013 at 02:09 PM
I would suggest providing a free rec night for teens; a safe place to hangout, listen to music and play games. I had one as a teen. It was a great way to encourage us to stay off of the streets. Roaming bands of teens does not welcome consumers.
Andrew B. January 02, 2013 at 02:23 PM
How bout a tow-lift for the sledding hill? I'm sure there is some money laying around burning a hole in the Mayor's pocket again.
amd January 02, 2013 at 02:30 PM
I would suggest totally redoing or building a new community center similar to what they have done in Palmyra. Ours lacks in many many ways. Also, more gym space for community sports that need indoor space. Not everyone can use the gym at the middle school while the high school gyms sit empty.
wendy wilson January 02, 2013 at 02:51 PM
Wendy I would force people to keep their grounds in good condition, make necessary repairs on their homes- there are so many properities that are not maintained. I would also work at bringing tenants into commercial areas which are unoccupied and last but not least stop the speeders on Willow Drive, and people who do not stop for stop signs at Andover. There are many other things
Bobby January 02, 2013 at 04:33 PM
How about a snow-making machine so that people could actually sled.
Pat January 02, 2013 at 06:17 PM
Below is a public safety issue on one of our Cinnaminson roads that has been ignored for many years. Plus there are inexpensive solutions that could be implemented quickly. The hazardous location is South Forklanding Road at the very sharp bend near Memorial Park. It is the bend in the road around the former farmers market location on the way to the one lane bridge to Route 73. Lack of lane lines, poor surface conditions and weak lighting encourage people to drive in the center increasing the chances of a serious head on collision at this very sharp curve in the road. First, a quick, inexpensive and effective solution is to paint a solid yellow line in the middle of the road around the curve Clearly identifying the left and right lanes for drivers (especially when it is raining) could prevent a serious accident. Second, a related issue is the potholes and surface conditions in that area especially on the sides. They shrink the usable width of the roadway causing drivers to cheat towards the center increasing the chance of accidents. Fill in any potholes and have our Public Works department keep an eye on the surface conditions around that curve as new issues develop. Third, check the street lighting in that area to make sure that it is up to snuff to prevent night time accidents. There might be a simple fix like changing our dim bulbs for new. If more expensive improvements are needed they should be added to a future road works budget.
agent itchy January 02, 2013 at 06:46 PM
- stop developing the "open space" along Rt 73 across from Jug Handle. Install a solar farm on it or hand it over to mother nature. no more athletic fields. - fix and maintain Memorial Park. it's a beautiful space but lacks maintenance. please maintain what we have before building new space. - i'd love a good farmers market. when i visit out-of-town farmers markets, i see an array of organic and pasture centered animal proteins for sale. if the vacant Acme doesn't go to a Whole Foods than maybe using their parking lot one Sat each month would be possible. - enforce dog waste laws. i'm tired of stepping in animal waste on my lawn when i have no pets. - crack down on vandalism and litter in the parks. offer more recycling cans in the parks. - all my other comments have to do with consolidation. after studying local govt services at the graduate level, i can tell you that NJ has way too many local bodies of govt. if we were PA, VA or MD, than Palmyra, Riverton, Cinnaminson, Delran, Riverside, Moorestown and Maple Shade would all be under one Mayor, police chief and school superintendent. Our town would be about 70,000 in population with "fewer chiefs and more indians" performing the necessary work. happy new year everybody
Deanna January 02, 2013 at 07:22 PM
I would like to see a community calendar or message board somewhere in town so we know what’s going on. I would also require people using the comment section on Patch to sign in using their facebook accounts. This would make comments more respectable and would stop 99% of the cowardly bashing that takes place to the town and the people mentioned in the articles. It is really disparaging to our town. Happy New Year!
Pat January 02, 2013 at 07:32 PM
I agree with you that more gym space is needed in our town. When you visit other towns in our area it becomes obvious that Cinnaminson's gym facilities are substandard and inadequate for the needs of the community. I disagree with you on your comment about some of our gyms sitting empty. Be assured that this far from the case. The school gyms are used for a variety of school sports and after school activities. Any remaining gym time is scheduled as carefully as possible. In fact parents often complain that their children are forced to practice as late as 10pm on school nights or that there is no gym time to create teams in certain age groups. There just isn't enough gym time for all the demand in our town. It isn't just the kids who use our gyms. A volleyball league for (about 100) Cinnaminson adult women has played on Wednesday nights in the middle school gym for about 50 years. Recently a generous donor enabled St Charles to make a small court out of their meeting hall but they still have to rent gym space outside our town for their older CYO basketball teams. Our gyms were designed in the 60's and have significant limitations. For example the Rush School gym is small, has no spectator area and has a slippery tile floor. It is limited to young kids who apply hair spray to the bottoms of their sneakers to try to avoid falling down when they play basketball at Rush.
John January 02, 2013 at 08:07 PM
@Wendy, yes, I agree with U about the problems with Willow Drive and the Stop sign at Andover which is a JOKE no one stops.....Bank owned properties are really the pits when THEY do not keep up with the stuff thats wrong....I have one next door and its been VACANT for over 3 years and its a real mess.....I also am not a pet owner and when I walk out side my front yard is full of dog crap, guess its the in thing to let it go.....I think we have to do a better job with our finances and keep our taxes at the correct market value.....Hope the new year goes better....thanks
Pat January 02, 2013 at 08:07 PM
more on the subject of the township gyms...... The old main high school gym has one of the smallest spectator areas in the county. The low ceiling prevents playing volleyball there so the women's league and the high school boys and girls volleyball teams are forced to practice and play at the middle school. The small practice gym at the high school has no spectator area and isn't suitable for all activities. The 35+ year old middle school has the most flexible gym in town so it is difficult to schedule time there. The school district does a great job with limited funds of trying to maintain these old facilities that get constant use. A recent Patch article detailed a school district plan that includes building an additional gym at the high school on the empty patch of grass in front of the existing gyms. This is a fantastic solution. The article discusses the long process which includes voter bond approval. Hopefully the public will approve this important project. In attracting people to want to stay and move to Cinnaminson (and maintain and increase our property values), focus is mostly on revitalizing business and of course on the quality of our schools. But another very important issue that is attractive to families is the quality and availability of a town's parks and recreation facilities. A new gym at the high school would be great for our town.
FbS January 02, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Amen Deanna. This would eliminate the keyboard cowards from posting disparaging things to others
Christina Paciolla (Editor) January 02, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Ooh, a Patch improvement in 2013? We definitely welcome those. Your concern is a top concern with the folks who run Patch and AOL. The powers that be are working on it. Thanks for the suggestion.
Clark, T January 03, 2013 at 01:16 AM
Thankyou for bringing this up Pat. I take this road regularly to and from work everyday. People who drive it regularly know to hug tight to the right side when making the right and swing way out wide to the right when making the left around that bend... but when you encounter someone who hasn't traveled it, it can be a very harrowing experience. I've had to make some pretty sudden extreme reactions more than once to drivers who tried to blindly take the turn in the middle of the road. Definitely agree on some clearly marked lanes. They still haven't repainted the lines where they did the repaving on Forklanding approaching Lenola either. Guess the painting union is different than the paving union? ha.
Margie Madigan January 03, 2013 at 02:16 AM
Clean up old Cinnaminson Home whoever owns it Clean up common areas Keep up with landscaping in parking lots etc Stricter dog leash / clean up enforcement. Lose dogs at Rush school and football field. Yes I have a dog but am a responsible pet owner Clean curbs better and more frequently Enforce brush and trash rules. Embrassing how tacky many of our neighborhoods are. Encourage new businesses of Quality!!!! Thanks for adking
Bull Pitt January 03, 2013 at 03:52 AM
That's it, let's force all squirrels, raccoons, rabbits, turtles and all bird species to carry "pooper scoopers" with them. I'm tired of seeing animal poop, and I don't even own a squirrel or a rabbit!….. seriously…. is that what you are really worried about?? It's your neighbor, man up, and tell him to stop allowing his dog to crap in your yard!!!! Ok… in the parks it's a small problem, but most people do clean up after their pets. Don't let the jerks ruin it for everyone.
Christina Paciolla (Editor) January 03, 2013 at 06:21 AM
Margie—good suggestions. Do a search in the upper right corner of Patch for "Cinnaminson Home" and see all the stories we've written about the new project there. Also, do a search for "brush citations" and see what we've written about that too.
agent itchy January 03, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Bull Pitt, none of my neighbors owns a pet. People walk their dogs while many of us are working. THAT'S THE PROBLEM. When you walk into your front yard and tack disgusting feces into your home than you'll understand why many of us are angry.
John January 03, 2013 at 05:52 PM
U have to be kidding me, make snow, this is not a ski resort....
John January 03, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Oh boy, keyboard cowards, is that what U call people that ask questions...Do u really think we want to know that the snow blower was out or that U went to the new Speed Way for entertainment....I am more concerned with the new schools and the over assessed taxes on the houses that are not at market prices....I think for the New Year the township should focus on Financial Responsibility how is that, hope this does not get deleted....thanks have a good year
Bull Pitt January 03, 2013 at 06:22 PM
They do that while people walk them on a leash. They are your neighbors, maybe not next door, but obviously right in your area. There already are ordinances or laws in place. So, you and your neighbors who live right there but no one sees who is leaving the presents for you? And you expect stricter enforcement? So, are we going to park police cars on streets watching people walk their dogs now? They don't even have enough officers to watch the schools.
John January 03, 2013 at 08:10 PM
U must be kidding me, U expect people to turn other people in.....We cannot even stop with people putting out the leaves and branches 3 weeks ahead of schecule and U want the police to give out tickets...Enforcement of the scofflaws they say are coming but what are they and who will enforce the laws.....The New Year started off with a bang, people using firecrackers and other fireworks, surprised there were no guns going off in the air....Good luck...
Bill O'Connor January 04, 2013 at 12:05 AM
Liz I agree with your goal for the signs. Maybe we should re-think the colors if we go new. Your are right it was about 1999 or 2000 when we rolled out the signs. Also, you are correct Haines has done a great job since the sign was installed by them.
agent itchy January 04, 2013 at 12:49 AM
thank you john. Bull, what's the point of having an ordinance if you're not going to enforce it? but you're right, i really don't expect the town to do anything about rude dog walkers. your point is taken. maybe somebody reads this thread and walks their dog and thinks twice about leaving doggie presents on people's lawns. i can only hope.
John January 04, 2013 at 01:25 AM
guys we can only hope that the doggie owners pick up after there dog.....for the new year....
Dave January 10, 2013 at 12:11 AM
AGREED! Oh, and can someone tell me how many gyms/auditoriums in our schools we have?

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