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Residents Reflect on New Year

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. – With the 2012 upon us, many residents in the area are taking a pledge to change their lives with New Year’s resolutions.

“Every year it’s to try and lose weight,” said Valhalla resident Jean Cervone.  “My daughter is getting married this year so that should be a little added incentive,”

Each year, millions of Americans make a resolution to keep as soon as the ball drops at midnight.  However, a 2009 poll conducted by Marist College showed that although 48 percent of Americans make a new year’s resolution, 65 percent of them kept the promise for only a portion of the year and 35 percent failed to keep the promise at all.

For that reason, some people such as Valhalla resident Bud Nicoletti do not believe in setting resolutions.

‘Most of the time you forget about it by the time February comes around,” Nicoletti said.  “If there’s something that I feel I need to change during the year, I’ll just do it then,”

Linton Suttner, a resident of Ossining who works at a local shop in Pleasantville, echoed Nicoletti’s thoughts.

“I just don’t believe in it,” Suttner said.  “It’s not like you wake up on the first and your life is going to be completely different.”

Two local residents are pledging to take a much more serious resolution in this upcoming year.  Joseph Maher, 72 of Thornwood, said there are many things in this world he still wants to witness.

“I just want to stay alive,” Maher said.  “I want to see my grandkids grow up and maybe even my great grandchildren one day,”

Jackie Questo, of Hastings, is turning an unfortunate tragedy in her life into a resolution that she will be sure to keep.  In early December, Jackie’s daughter Florence Jane Questo, passed away suddenly at the age of 37.

“My resolution would be to bring her back but I know that’s not possible,” a teary eyed Questo said.  “So my resolution is just to keep her memories in my mind and my heart,”

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