From Parks to Restaurants, There's So Much Good in Cinnaminson

Negativity is contagious, focus on the positive.

Sometimes, I find all of the bad stuff I hear overwhelming. It’s so easy to get swept up in negativity. It is contagious. People love to complain about other people, their jobs, the country, the government, etc. The list goes on and on. It is draining and makes life and the people who complain difficult to deal with.

So, why not focus on the good things? Accentuate the positive. It’s the positive things that often get overlooked. Here’s a list of some good things happening in our little corner of the world.

Philanthropy is well and alive in our town. Our community is a giving one. The is one great example of how our community comes together to help each other. This organization supported by employees, students, parents, residents and local groups provides Thanksgiving turkeys, , school supplies and gift cards to the needy families in town.

This summer, is helping out with the back pack project. Fashion Bug will be collecting back packs and school supplies during their “Fill the Bus” campaign which will run from July 1 through July 28. Those who donate will receive $10 bonus coupons. 

In addition to organized groups, many residents volunteer their time in various ways to benefit the people of Cinnaminson. took place this year and last year. Moms and dads volunteer as coaches and leaders for various sports and social groups. There is a strong sense of community in Cinnaminson if you look for it.

Cinnaminson has several long standing local businesses run by people who make a difference and give us that small town feel. has been around since I was in grade school. We used to ride our bikes to Brothers for pizza and a game of Ms. Pac Man. The same family is still there baking and serving up one of the best pizzas in town.

has been around for close to 20 years and I know this because my husband and I used to meet there every Wednesday for lunch before we got married. Wednesday was pay day so we would go to and deposit our checks and talk to Dottie at the bank and then visit Maurice for a slice of pizza, a soda and a chat.

is another place where the owner, Ali, personally welcomes his customers and will sit down and share a joke. We may not have a Main Street but we’ve got some nostalgia and personality here in Cinnaminson.

is a another local business that gets especially when it comes to young children. My friend Jacquie, a Cinnaminson mother of two, recently told me a story about how the pharmacist went out of his way to help her daughter take medicine she was refusing to take.

has been a staple in Cinnaminson since the '70s. I went there as a kid and many of the same people still work there. It makes me feel comfortable to bring my kids to the same practice I went to as a child.

Besides local restaurants and businesses, our schools are not too shabby. Regardless of what anyone says, they are getting the job done. Our test scores are competitive; we have a high percentage of students moving on to college. This year, we have a and many students plan to study at . Someone is doing something right.

For those who want to argue this point, I acknowledge that our schools are not flawless, but are any schools for that matter? The important thing is that they are proactive and constantly changing and rearranging to make the district better for the varying needs of our students. One thing I love about our district is that it is big enough to provide diversity yet small enough to provide that private school kind of feeling.

Our parks are pleasant and they’ve all just had some great updates. All residents may not agree on the upgrades but there are many who are enjoying the new snack bar, play equipment, the gazebo and the sledding hill.

is busy and it’s incredible to see all that is . I was just there for my girls’ field hockey practice and Cinnaminson’s outdoor basketball league had games going on, the softball fields were busy with parent/child games, and the swings and play equipment were being used.  

The are great family functions which help families and friends bond as a community. Activities for children abound and most recently, field hockey and lacrosse leagues have been added to our repertoire of sports for Cinnaminson’s younger set. 

Cinnaminson may not be perfect but I can attest that many who grew up here come back to raise their families. Something positive is pulling them back. Yes, many complain that it isn’t like it used to be but are there any towns that are? I imagine people are complaining in every town, in every city of every state. But, complaining doesn’t change things. It just creates unhappiness.

Cure the epidemic of negativity by focusing on the positive. Constructive changes make a difference. Stop looking at the glass as half empty, flip it around, find the positive, change your outlook and fill that glass back up with positive experiences, thoughts and feelings.

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” Winston Churchill

JS July 02, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Amen, Janet, to focusing on the positive! But focusing on the positive doesn't necessarily mean ignoring the negative. There are aspects of this town - any town - that need to be addressed and should be discussed by people who would like to see improvements. Without discussion, complacency reigns. And with complacency comes stagnation. So while I disagree with blatent negativity and complaining without solutions and/or results, I also feel that voices speaking up for the greater good cannot be wrong.
Barb July 02, 2012 at 01:08 PM
And don't forget Footlighters! They provide excellent entertainment by and for people of all ages, and have summer programs to introduce kids and teens to theatre. All 3 of my kids have benefited greatly from their involvement there.
Mike July 02, 2012 at 01:43 PM
There is something special about Cinn City. The sun shines differently, here. That's why I chose to return to raise my kids.
Sam July 02, 2012 at 02:01 PM
I couldn't agree more positivety is what need! Although I have to disagree with a few of your statements. People might enjoy the snack bar/toilet at Wood Park..but over $300,000 seems to me we could have gotten more Bang for OUR BuckS! The sledding Hill...seriously, when we have a bridge (Devon Rd) that was is in GREAT need of major repairs or replacement and has been for years. That is something that should take precedence over a sledding hill. I too enjoy many other aspects of Cinnaminson, like the wonderful people, seeing generation after generation to choose this great town as home once again!
Janet Tumelty July 02, 2012 at 02:07 PM
JS - I agree we shouldn't ignore the negative but move forward and try to make positive changes. That's what's great about our country, we have the right to complain and criticize and try and change what we don't like. Sometimes, all the negativity just gets to me and brings me down, it cheers me up to look on the bright side!! Thanks for reading. Janet
Janet Tumelty July 02, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I hear you Sam, I'm not a big fan of how the money was spent either just commenting on the fact that some people in town are enjoying it. Thanks for reading! Janet
Dorothy Harris July 02, 2012 at 02:23 PM
great article Janet. I agree, focus on the positive because our little town of cinnaminson truly is a nice place to live and raise a family.
Erin Go Bragh July 02, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I’ve lived here my whole life and Cinnaminson just keeps getting better each and every year. Our township services, schools, parks, business, everything is top notch and I couldn’t imagine anywhere else I would want to live. I LOVE CINNAMINSON
Brian Scalise July 02, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Janet, you forgot one more great Cinnaminson business....Family Carpets. Alright, you caught me. I'm the owner of Family Carpets....but I was born and raised in Cinnaminson and loved every minute of it......except when Holy Cross beat us by one point and stopped us from winning the league title. Damn, that Leo Latonick!!! (coincidentally, another Cinnaminson guy)
Christine T July 02, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Janet!!! I am tired of reading all of the negativity. I don't hear much but I sure read alot. We have great concerts in the parks. We currently have the Wood Park Summer basketball league running Mon-Thurs nights at Wood Park. We had the biggest turnout in 10+ years. Over 250 children. Come on out and watch the children have a great time playing and the parents are coaching, running the clock and having a good time watching. Come join us!
FbS July 02, 2012 at 07:44 PM
excellent article! I always focus on the positive.. Best way to live.
Christina Paciolla (Editor) July 03, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Love the shout-out to Paula's—I worked there from ages 18 to 23 so all you Cinnaminson people who say "I know you from somewhere else besides Patch...," that's probably it!
Ric July 03, 2012 at 02:28 PM
I have not been to that location since it was a Perkins and had great pancakes. Paula’s is only a 5 minute drive for me but for me the exterior makes the place look uninviting. They should invest a few bucks sprucing up their front.
Mark C July 03, 2012 at 06:43 PM
I LOVE CINNAMINSON. Just like you, Janet, my wife and I are very happy and proud to live in this great town - which keeps getting better. Thank you Janet for writing what so many folks are feeling. Have a great day.


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