Senior Citizens Committee Will Hold First Meeting Next Week

Grace Campbell, longtime resident and former township clerk, is the group's chairwoman.


The township’s new senior citizens advisory committee will hold its first meeting next week and chairwoman Grace Campbell has high hopes for the group.

“I think we can address needs and see what we come up with,” said Campbell, a former Cinnaminson Township clerk. “We can provide important information to the township committee.”

The advisory committee—made up of seven township seniors—will focus on the needs of senior citizens in areas such as recreation, transportation, benefits and more.

“We will help find ways for people to get what they need or to go about trying to get what they need,” Campbell said.

Some examples, Campbell added, include seniors inquiring about benefits they are eligible for, transportation to medical treatment and if a senior is in need of a lawyer. Campbell also wants to reach out to the county’s office of aging to form a relationship there.

“The idea of this group is a two-way street,” said Committeeman Don Brauckmann, who serves as the director of parks and recreation and health and senior services. “They can tell us what they are looking for and bounce ideas off us.”

Currently, senior citizens’ programs include card playing, line dancing, exercising, bocce and more, mostly held at the community center.

Brauckmann said he wants to do a better job of letting township residents know of the activities. Campbell agreed.

“If you’re not in that group,” Brauckmann said, “you might not even know what goes on. We really want to bring those programs to light to let our community know what we offer. The group in turn can tell me.”

Brauckmann said the group expressed an interest in meeting bi-monthly. Campbell said after the first meeting, the group would have a better direction in where they want to go.

She encouraged any seniors with questions, ideas or topics of discussion to email township clerk Pam McCartney, who will relay the message to Campbell. Email McCartney at pmccartney@cinnaminsonnj.org or call the township building, 856-829-6000.

Ric January 24, 2013 at 10:31 PM
@John, I stopped reading Maury's post. As you pointed out he is always complaining about other people's attitude as if his attitude is something to be proud about. I do not know why he considers advocating property tax relief for seniors as a bad attitude. Nor do I care to know.
AnoninCinna January 24, 2013 at 11:27 PM
Ric - have you explored the idea of moving to a town with lower taxes? I hear taxes in Leisuretowne are less than $3,000. On the subject of the senior advisory committee - I think it is a good idea. Maybe they can centralize an office or some place where people can go to find out about services and activities for seniors.
John January 25, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Well, the new mayor wanted ideas to help improve cinnaminson and several people including me have given our oppinions but everyone has said we have a bad attitude. New schools, new fire trucks, fewer police and higher benefits are the answers to higher taxes....where do U draw the line, maybe moving is not an option but ideas to stop flooding from rain run off from shop rite seems to be a problem too. Some people like dajoepa75 have said that Mass has a program for seniors...This state is not a cream puff for doing things right...Our budgets are always wrong, Our estimates of incoming funds is wrong so how can we at the local level balance our budgets when the state has its problems....Saying we have a bad attitude is not going to resolve anything but cause people pain....have a good day
Bill O'Connor January 25, 2013 at 12:19 AM
This Committee will only work with realistic goals and objectives. Look at your undeveloped residential or even commercial sites and put them to work for the residents. Seniors who may want to stay in town, but need additional options other than our current three senior complexes. While not finish off the Siena site or even the Triboro site with small age restricted single family homes. A relative of ours lives in one in Deptford. 2 bedrooms 2 baths, living/dining area, single car garage and basement. Homes going in the development between 190K and 225K with $4,200 annual property taxes plus $75 a month for lawn and snow removal services. I personally don't find condos or apartments appealing and would prefer a single family home if we remain in the area. This would increase ratables, give people a housing options not only for Cinnaminson residents but from the surrounding towns Moorestown, Delran etc. It would provide a single family home option to the aging population in the area. Good luck Grace and Committee. Think outside the box.
Maury January 25, 2013 at 12:34 AM
You have never given your opinion to the mayor. Leaving a comment here is not giving your opinion to the mayor. This is an online newspaper. You can say whatever you want here but you cannot complain that no one listens to you. Leaving comments on an online newspaper means nothing to the mayor or the council.
AnoninCinna January 25, 2013 at 12:40 AM
Agreed Maury. Unfortunately, I do not foresee major tax relief anytime in the near future for NJ residents. Those that have a serious problem with the taxes here should explore relocating - taxes are much lower in Delaware. A friend of mine recently relocated to South Carolina - winters aren't as harsh and much lower taxes. While I would love to pay less in taxes, I also understand that is probably not going to happen any time soon. The chronic complainers do sound extremely negative, and I can only assume that they lead unhappy lives. If I was that unhappy, I would seek to make a change, whether it be relocating for tax relief or something else. John - you seem very concerned about the flooding. You mention it in just about every one of your posts. What does that have to do with the Senior Advisory Committee?
Lenore Layton January 25, 2013 at 12:49 AM
I would like to know how the senior citizen advisory committee was chosen? I responded to the Email that was sent out seeking volunteers and no one even had the curtsey to respond. It would have been nice to hear from someone. Who is on the committee and why isn't it open to more seniors who are interested? Lenore
Ric January 25, 2013 at 12:58 AM
@anon. No, I have no intent of moving but I would not object at all if you left town. Do you ever post anything more than complaints? By the way I have no objection to the senior advisory, I even pointed out this town might look into getting meals on wheels - that would be great for the elderly shut ins. I guess you want me to apologize for suggesting property tax relief for the elderly. Well have a good evening waiting by your computer for that apology.
Ric January 25, 2013 at 01:00 AM
@Lenore Are you a registered republican? Do you know a committee member?
John January 25, 2013 at 01:09 AM
@Anonin and Maury, apparently U missed the note that all ideas would be sent to the new Mayor b/c he wanted ideas on improving cinnaminson, according to the editor so if indeed it went to him thats great....No, I do not mention flooding everytime I make a comment.....Maybe U would like your house with water coming in....Some people have gone to the meetings and have tried to get action....Maybe there are a few seniors that live there or do U know the demographics there tooo....
AnoninCinna January 25, 2013 at 01:14 AM
Ric - You sound like a very angry and hostile individual. I was merely providing a suggestion that might help you. Delaware is very nice, and there is no sales tax either - it is the home of tax-free shopping. Everyone needs property tax relief, Ric, not just seniors or the "elderly" as you put it. Sadly that is just not going to happen in New Jersey. Perhaps it is time for you to consider relocating, if only for your own peace of mind.
AnoninCinna January 25, 2013 at 01:25 AM
John, I think we all know that is not what the mayor meant when forming this committee. If you read above, it states that the focus would be "recreation, transportation, and benefits". I think everyone feels sympathy for those affected by the flooding, but I am confused as to why you rant about it in all of your comments. It comes across like you are trying to hijack the comments away from the content of the actual news article. Surely the seniors in our community deserve to be heard and deserve the respect of legitimate comments to the article about this committee.
Ric January 25, 2013 at 01:37 AM
Annon, unlike you, I do not draw a salary from the township.
Just a Thought January 25, 2013 at 01:38 AM
Totally agree with AnoninCinn. That tax relief has to come from somewhere Ric. Do you honestly believe that the 30-50 something's that have school aged kids are in better financial shape than those 65+? It gets so old listening to people whine about how they deserve this or that based on age/gender/race/hair color/ waistline. We don't live in a perfect world and life isn't always fair. At some point the general theme of entitlements needs to reigned in.
Just a Thought January 25, 2013 at 01:57 AM
In agreement there. I just believe that relief should be spread out among all taxpayers, not just one group.
Ric January 25, 2013 at 02:04 AM
@Thought. Do you honestly think that many seniors are sending children to our township schools? Hmm, more residents without children in the schools mean lower school taxes for everyone. That makes it a more perfect world ;-) It also gets old listening to people who do not bother to read and think - especially when they go off on a wild illogical tangent. NOTE: For all the wannabe debaters/township employees, I am tired of your silliness. I am making no more comments to this story. You haven’t yet made any valid points. Good night.
Christina Paciolla (Editor) January 25, 2013 at 02:20 AM
John—not ENTIRELY true...Yes, I put out a story seeking input and I sent some of them to Mayor Young but he did NOT solicit the ideas nor did he even know I was writing that type of story until a few hours before I posted it and I emailed him. That's why I try to let people know as often as I can that Patch is in NO way affiliated with the township and if people want or need answers beyond my help, they need to contact the township directly. Hope that provides a little better picture.
John January 25, 2013 at 03:33 AM
@Christina, thanks for the clarification about the suggestion box, I thought he wanted it sent to him, my fault, sorry about the error....
AnoninCinna January 25, 2013 at 12:35 PM
As usual, Rick accuses anyone who disagrees with him as being a Township employee. By Rick's calculations, 90% of people who post on the Patch must be employed by the Township. His paranoia knows no bounds.
John January 25, 2013 at 04:51 PM
@dajoepa75, U have given alot of good comments about helping the seniors in this town but alot of people seem to think that its only one group's problem...We cannot stop people from making idiot comments about attitudes etc....As a whole, we are in alot of trouble with spending more than we are taking in so we get taxed more to make up for the problems we have, like spending 200,000 dollars to fight assessments that are wrong....Not knowing the break down of ratables in this town I keep on hearing that OUR houses are overassessed by any where from 30,000 to 50,000 over market value which makes us pay for something that not there in fact...So lets be fair its ALL OUR problem not just one group, thanks lets go flyers...
AnoninCinna January 25, 2013 at 05:35 PM
People have the option of appealing their assessments. I did. It is a simple process, really. Those that complain about their houses being over-assessed should do the same. All it takes is a little effort. If some people put half the time and energy they did actually DOING something rather than complaining and ranting here on the Patch, they may actually see some positive changes. Just a thought.
Lenore Layton January 25, 2013 at 05:50 PM
I just want to know how the seniors were chosen for the Advisory Committee? Anyone know? I volunteered but did not even get a response. AnoninCinna
John January 25, 2013 at 07:55 PM
U are really annoying, I went to the assessor's office to fight the assessment when my wife died and the assessment was adjusted but the point is if every house in this township is OVER ASSESSED than we have a problem with balanced budgets.....get a grip ok....
AnoninCinna January 25, 2013 at 08:34 PM
John - if you appealed your assessment and it was adjusted to a more appropriate amount, what more can the township do for you? Taxes are a part of life, John, and as I mentioned before, if you feel that your house is overassessed and that you are paying exhorbitant taxes, please feel free to relocate. No one is forcing you to live in Cinnaminson and pay taxes to Cinnaminson township. As for your claim that "every house in this township is overassessed", I don't think you can make that statement unless you have firsthand knowledge of each house's assessed value vs. actual value. If you have that information, then I apologize, but if not, you should stick with your own personal experience and not speak about something you do not know enough about. In my case, I was overassessed, but not by much. I had it adjusted and it really didn't have a significant impact on my taxes. I just do not see the point of ranting and raving on Patch day after day about how horrible the taxes are, or about the flooding. If you are this miserable, you should move. Plain and simple.
AnoninCinna January 25, 2013 at 08:41 PM
I wonder if the senior citizen's committee is involved with the old Cinnaminson Home on Riverton Road? I had heard that might be turned into a new community center for seniors, but then it was sold to the Lutheran Home? I don't know what happened there. Oh well, it is starting to snow. Stay safe and warm everyone!
Christina Paciolla (Editor) January 25, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Anon—The senior citizens committee just formed this year. Lutheran has been involved with the Cinnaminson Home for a few years now. We've written extensively about that project. Read the stories here: http://cinnaminson.patch.com/topics/lutheran-social-ministries-project
AnoninCinna January 25, 2013 at 09:42 PM
Thank you Christine - I remembered reading about it, I just hadn't seen anything recently, and there has been no construction there so far, and i wondered if the project had been abandoned by the Lutheran home. If that project is still a go, I wonder if they have an alternative site in mind for a new senior center? The center in Willingboro is quite nice. Maybe if they build new schools one of the old schools could be used as a senior center, like it is in Willingboro. Just a thought.
Christina Paciolla (Editor) January 25, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Hi Lenore, I called to ask about your question; I didn't go into that my first interview with the township or the committee. Several people contacted the township inquiring about the committee and Deputy Mayor Minniti, whose idea it was to start the group, said people were chosen based on their enthusiasm. He said there was no real methodology to it. And also, Grace Campbell, the chairwoman made a few recommendations. However, this does not preclude you or anyone else in sharing your ideas with the committee or even going to the meetings. Remember, they have no jurisdiction. So, if you would like to be involved, you definitely can. I would call the township clerk for meeting information.
Barb Rivera January 27, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Regarding John's comments on flooding...Why the uproar when this man is clearly showing concern about what many residents are going through? Why is it that when someone brings items to others attention it's automatically assumed to be Negative? We have been Irving through pure hell with flooding! The township officials are FULLY AWARE of the situation as they put us through miles of red tape in order to obtain permits! Would you be Happier if I called these men/women out by Name? People go to this page for ANSWERS & IDEAS! Stop questioning them and labeling them as being Negative! If you aren't living through it, you have no idea!
John January 27, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Hey anon, I see you made some comments also on the flooding problems too....have a good day


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