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My Hometown: Cranford, New Jersey

When Doreen Schindler and her husband left city living behind for the suburbs, they chose a town with historic museums, an old-fashioned downtown area, and a river that runs through it.

By Caren Oppenheim

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Cranford, NJ
Joel Holland
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We live near Hanson Park, which has a trail lined with native trees and plants, an outdoor theater, a butterfly meadow, and a canoe club. Movies are shown on summer evenings and everyone brings lawn chairs and blankets. We've seen Cheaper by the Dozen and Night at the Museum. While we wait for the film to start, kids run around on the grass and get popcorn or cotton candy as we catch up with our neighbors—a fun, relaxing night for the whole community.

Originally published in the April 1, 2011, issue of Family Circle magazine.

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