You Are Definitely From A Burlington County "Rivertown" If You Can Relate To These 10 Things

You Are Definitely From A Burlington County "Rivertown" If You Can Relate To These 10 Things

You are if you know the term "Boost."

In the heart of South Jersey, there's a portion of Burlington County that is typically referred to as the "Rivertowns". Between its small towns, walks on the Delaware River and Rancocas Creek, and this thing called "Boost", this section of Burlington County is very unique to the rest of the state. It's a lifestyle with lots of different components you cannot get anywhere else.

1. Route 130

This road is nearly unavoidable. It’s a major route that connects our towns! It’s lined up on both sides by jug handles, traffic lights, fast food places, diners, WaWas, and bus stops. You know it’s a good day when you hit green lights while driving down this long road.

2. "Boost"

"Boost" is a very special delicacy close to those who know about it. Some drink it every day in the morning like it’s a cup of coffee. Its base is a sweet syrup that many compare to a cola flavor. The syrup can then be mixed with water and ice to create "Boost". Knowing about "Boost" is what typically sets you apart from other Burlington County residents.

3. Cheesesteaks

Many people across the country know that Philly has good cheesesteaks. However, if you want a GREAT cheesesteak, you go to your local deli, hoagie place, or pizzeria in Burlington County. My personal favorite is from Gaetano’s in Willingboro.

4. The Riverline

Another popular means of transportation is the Riverline. It makes travel SO much more convenient. Want to get into Philly without worrying about traffic? Take the Riverline to Camden and walk onto a second train to Philly. Want to get to Trenton and connect to a train that takes you to New York? Take the Riverline.

The ticket prices are super cheap and the train comes around very often. Tons of different people take the Riverline from people that work in Philadelphia, Rutgers Camden students, families, and even kids just getting around.

5. Trips to Philly

Because of the Riverline, it’s extremely easy to get into Philly. Philly trips are a regular thing. I was explaining to my roommate, “It’s like New York City, but smaller and cheaper.” It’s super rich in history, and many local schools take field trips to its museums and sites.

6. Fishing

Especially in the summer, kids in my area love to go fishing. Sitting on the docks in the summer is absolute bliss. You don’t need to take a trip anywhere or even drive more than five minutes to find somewhere to fish.

7. Boats

Being near the water, lots of families have boats. Many people have their boating license and take their families out on the water just to relax and spend time together. Specifically near me, many people take their boat out to Hawk Island where the Delaware River and Rancocas Creek meet. I’ve even taken a boat out to Dave and Buster’s in Philly a few times.

8. Marinas

In Burlington County, the Rancocas Creek is lined up with different marinas with plenty of things to do. Many of them actually have restaurants and diners on the water. My family normally goes to eat breakfast at a marina on Sundays during the summer.

9. Hanging out

Most of the towns that line up along the river are smaller. For example, my hometown is so small, we don’t have a high school. My 8th-grade class was only about 30 kids. However, this means we all hang out together. You can always see a group of kids riding bikes, going to their local deli, or just sitting along the Delaware River.

10. The views

What’s that land across the river? It’s Pennsylvania. I always joke with people that I could swim to Philadelphia if I wanted to, which I actually could. However, the green land and big houses on the other side are always awesome to look at. Not to mention the sunsets. Those are my favorite.

I’ve been living on the river for almost two decades, and the views do not get any less beautiful. When the weather is nice, you can always find me walking along the Delaware.

I honestly don’t know how some kids grow up without living on the water. This setting has been a HUGE part of my childhood. It would’ve looked a lot different without the Delaware River.

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As we embark on the semester, we are put on the spot in order to share interesting details about ourselves. This article discloses possible fun facts to tell others!

After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!

1. My favorite hobby is...

What do you do in your free time? Personally, I love to stay active! I am a competitive Latin dancer and enjoy teaching and taking Zumba classes, going to the gym, and hiking.

2. I love...

Is there something, someone, or somewhere that you love? What makes your heart ache? What do you miss when it's gone? I can say that I love my friends because I feel my most confident when I'm surrounded by those who love and support me.

3. I look up to...

Is there someone you adore? Who mesmerizes you? Who do you wish to learn from? After watching "A Ballerina's Tale," I discovered Misty Copeland. In 2015 she became the first African American ballet dancer to become the Female Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Her passion, grace, and strength continuously motivate me to better myself as an athlete and an individual.

4. This art speaks to me because...

Coco Chanel said, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." This encourages me to always follow my heart no matter what. I will never follow society's standards and norms because they do not define me. Chanel's saying definitely influences my character and lifestyle.

5. A funny and/or embarrassing memory of me is...

When you make others laugh they want to spend time and make memories with you! Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. You will come off as down to earth, easy-going, and loyal.

6. My siblings or lack thereof influenced me by...

I can go on and on about my brother, who is 10 years older than I. We have opposite personalities and despite the age gap, we're quite close.

7. My pet(s) are my life because...

Only sad people don't like hearing about furry creatures, even if your pets are slimy and slithering creatures all human beings enjoy hearing pet tales!

8. I'm afraid of...

Your personality can be revealed by your likes and dislikes, including the things that you fear. I am terrified of change and the unknown, hence, the future is an anxiety-inducing topic to discuss for me.

9. I am the way I am because...

What have you gone through in life that has shaped you into who you are today? Remember to be open minded and allow yourself to open up to your peers. You may be surprised by how others respond and/or what others have endured as well.

10. The most unusual item that can be found in your dorm...

This is a fun fact about yourself that can easily liven up an awkward conversation. Think about your quirks and differences! One item I have in my dorm is my teddy bear, Peter, whom I like to joke is my boyfriend.

11. My dream job is...

In college, "What's your major?" is a widespread question. Nonetheless, skip the boring statement of "I'm majoring in..." and go in depth on what your dream job is (hopefully your major factors in to this dream of yours).

12. My hidden talents are...

Angelina Jolie is a knife thrower. Kendall Jenner can produce bird noises. Amanda Seyfried can crochet and knit. Is there anything special you can do? Some people have rare and unique talents, maybe you can think of some hidden talents of your own!

13. My guilty pleasure is...

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14. Some activities on my bucket list are...

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15. Talk about your best friend...

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16. Talk about an accomplishment of yours...

You are incredible and have achieved so much! Reveal something that you are proud of — show off a little!

17. This one time at my job...

Bosses breathing down your neck. Curious coworkers asking personal questions. Cursing customers who never leave you alone. Your job can be filled with tons of hilarious situations that can easily entertain a crowd.

18. During the summer...

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19. I volunteer at...

Do you do any community service? Share a funny moment while you were volunteering. What did you learn while there? Would you continue?

20. [blank] is meaningful to me because...

What do you appreciate in life? What brightens your day? What makes you fall in love? What does someone have to do to make you smile?

Finally, remember to be outgoing! Reveal that three-mile smile and open your arms to learning about others. Spread smiles, love, and happiness.

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Dear teacher that I used to love,

I used to love going to your classes in elementary school.

I used to love the after school activities that you would have.

I used to love coming over spending the night (since I became friends with your daughter).

I loved all the new things everyone introduced me to.

I loved how you would let me stay for a week because the snow wouldn't stop.

But somehow that all began to change...due to one little incident.

It was a misunderstanding, but how it was dealt with at the beginning was not right.

Calling out a high schooler when your the adult also is not the right way

Calling them out on social media is never the right way to deal with things, no matter the situation.

It hurt me that you felt that way about me, and the things that were said on that post hurt.

So when you apologized to me one day about it, and then asking me to come and join an activity like nothing ever happened.

At that time I couldn't forgive because I was still hurt and angry by everything that happened.

From that post it told me how you felt about me, over something that was miscommunicated. But because we had slightly different views on things that worsened things in my opinion.

Sure did I comment on somethings saying my opinion on things? Yes. But it was just to bring in information that most people didn't fully understand, not to bring you down.

Now today if I see you in public sometimes we say hi, but not so much anymore.

I see on social media that you comment on other students accomplishments in school or in life.

But whenever I post something about my life, or an article I get nothing. And honestly, it hurts a lot.

I would think I would at least get a like, but honestly I feel that anything I post doesn't even get looked at.

I have moved passed that post. The hurt is still there though.


Your former elementary school student

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