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Love in Cinnaminson: Two Proud "Townies"

Cinnaminson "lifer" Kathryn Conda introduces herself and asks... do you love Cinnaminson as much as she does?

My handsome fiancé Pete and I have just about 50 collective years of experience living in our friendly, fabulous little town. I'd say that makes us consummate experts on all things Cinnaminson.

We've attended township public schools (him), coached township sports teams (me), and raised funds at the St. Charles Borromeo Carnival (together). We run the loop at Memorial Park, relax on Fridays with a pie from "Di-Venz," anticipate Cinnaminson Day with a bizarre amount of pride and excitement and NEVER, EVER wear the colors gold and brown together, despite their flattering, complimentary nature. Red and black, baby! Red and black... :)

After nearly five years together, we're finally (!!) engaged and planning a total Cinnaminson-centric ceremony at Sacred Heart in Riverton and The Merion (duh) come November 2013. The countdown is on, and I'm so excited to share our planning experience and learn your helpful feedback along the way!

Not into weddings? Not to worry ... I have lots of (non-nuptial) townie tips to share and questions to ask. Example ... are you a true Pirate if you live on the border? Moorestown, Palmyra and Delran lie awfully close. I like to consider my address (nestled between Branch, Pomona and Riverton Rds.) "Midtown" and therefore, myself, Ultra-Cinnaminson. :) What do you think?

Did you marry at Sacred Heart or The Merion? I'd love to hear your tips and shared experiences! Are you a Cinnaminson "lifer" like us? What do you love most about our town? Share below... and if you see us at Memorial Park, say hello! xo

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FbS October 27, 2012 at 12:59 PM
We moved here almost 4 years and and have accumulated such pride in our town over that short time. It feels like we were born here his town has something neither my wife or I have ever experienced in a community. The pride here is deep in our hearts. We love Cinnaminson!
Christine Smith Hanus October 27, 2012 at 02:03 PM
My husband grew up in Cinnaminson a generation ago, I came from Gloucester County. We married, had kids and lived in a small house in Cinnaminson. When we realized we needed to find something bigger I knew in my heart i wanted to stay. When my son started kindergarten I started to realize the sense of community this town has. We looked in other townships but thankfully found a larger home in the same area, midtown. My sons are now a junior and senior at CHS and we pretty much bleed red and black. I can't imagine living anywhere else. Go Pirates!
Kathryn Conda October 27, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Hi Christine -- Midtown rules!! We never have to worry about parking for the Carnival, Cinnaminson Day, etc. As Pete and I begin our own house-hunt, I'm a little sad to move away from my parents' neighborhood. We're definitely hoping to stay in-town though! Happy to know another proud Midtown-er! :)
Kathryn Conda October 27, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Hi Frank -- I hear ya! There's just *something* about our little town... great sense of community pride! We love it, too and hope to stay... we're proud "townies!" :)
JS October 27, 2012 at 10:56 PM
My husband and I are "lifers" as well. He moved here in 1962 at the age of 1 and I came along 3 years later in 1965 when I was 3. Collectively we have lived in 5 neighborhoods: Ravenswood, Fountain Farms, Park Place, Rolling Greens and, currently, Meadowview. Each time we wanted/needed a bigger home to accommodate our growing family, we contemplated moving to another town, but found ourselves right here in Cinnaminson. Due to the fact that we bought our first house from my parents, I am happy to say that I still have the same phone number since 1965! (For that reason alone, I can't bear to give up our landline.) We both graduated from CHS and all four of our children have gone through the school system, with one remaining at CHS. Since Cinnaminson was farmland for many years, when the developments were built in the 1950's and 60's, mostly everyone who moved in was from somewhere else. I remember us as kids asking each other the question, "Where is your mom/dad from?" It's so nice now that the town has roots with people raised here and sticking around.
Ric October 28, 2012 at 02:00 PM
It amazes me how many homes, like mine, are now owned by the 2nd generation - children of the original owners. You can tell just by driving around and seeing the well maintained homes.
Kathryn Conda October 28, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Hi JS -- it's so nice you've been able to stay, and how funny about your phone number!! I suppose our little town is still *relatively* new... although second-gen'ers are becoming more common! And my mom (who grew up on Arleigh Rd. and attended St. Charles Borromeo in the 1960s) still remembers when OUR neighborhood (St. Charles Place) was nothing but orchards! :)
Kathryn Conda October 28, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Hi Ric -- I agree. My best friend and her husband now own her grandparents' Cinnaminson home, with no plans to move. Why should they? It's a GREAT town with top-notch schools and all our family is close by! :)
Ric October 28, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Kathryn, you ask why they should. I love Cinnaminson but unfortunately property taxes are way too high. Because of those taxes my father was about to put his home on the market and move south when he died. I know too many people who now live in nearby towns because of taxes. Cinnaminson needs to reduce the school, fire, county and municipal taxes to keep its good people of Cinnaminson – the quality that separates us form the neighboring towns.
Janet Tumelty October 28, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Hi Kathryn, my husband and I are both lifers as well. I grew up in Park Place and my husband grew up in Fountain Farms. We both went to St. Charles, he's a graduate of CHS and I went to Holy Cross. My sister in law, whom I went to school with, married a Cinnaminson lifer as well. I work at Rush School and see so many children of people I went to school with. I run into old classmates at Dunkin Donuts, Shop Rite, and of course, the St. Charles carnival. Yes, Cinnaminson, like all towns has it's issues but it is still a great place to live and raise a family. There are so many of us who choose to do just that so there's something holding us here. Congrats on your engagement and good luck with all the plans - it's such a fun time in your life to be planning a wedding - Enjoy!
Kathryn Conda October 29, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Hi Janet -- thanks for your sweet response! Pete is a CHS grad, while I went to Holy Cross, too! Seems to be a popular pairing! :) I agree, there's just something about our town... I'm proud to be a second-generation Cinnaminson native! Do you teach at Rush? I'm a communication/PR professional, but would love to eventually work with the school district in some capacity!

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