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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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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