2013-01-02 / Community

The Best Laid Plans: Resolutions Abound

By Tim Greco


Shown on vacation in Denver, Colorado at Toby Keith’s Bar & Grill, Reporter Tim Greco said his resolution is “Stop procrastinating ... (I think I just might start next month),” Shown on vacation in Denver, Colorado at Toby Keith’s Bar & Grill, Reporter Tim Greco said his resolution is “Stop procrastinating ... (I think I just might start next month),” A New Year’s resolution is a commitment that a person makes to one or more personal goals, projects, or the reforming of a habit.

A key element to a New Year’s Resolution that sets it apart from other resolutions is that it is made in anticipation of the New Year and the hope for new beginnings and a fresh start. For most people resolutions come and go but for others it is about setting personal goals for the immediate future.

What is your New Year’s Resolution this year? For some it will be to lose weight, for others it will be to put some life issues into perspective.

With that in mind, we polled our staff and other notable Philipstown residents on what New Year Resolutions they will make for the year 2013.


While climbing the Great Wall of China, Associate Editor Annie Chesnut takes a break to check on hometown news. “My New Year’s Resolution is to revive and refresh my home and myself, and see even more of the world.” While climbing the Great Wall of China, Associate Editor Annie Chesnut takes a break to check on hometown news. “My New Year’s Resolution is to revive and refresh my home and myself, and see even more of the world.” Philipstown Councilwoman

Betty Budney: “To have peace, happiness and good health.”

Former Legislator Vinny Tamagna: “To be kinder and gentler and to connect to people more, not to take life so seriously.”

Cold Spring Mayor Seth Gallagher: “To appreciate more of the present moment and to remember how lucky I am.”

Former Trustee Airinhos Serradas: “To learn another language, I have long wanted to expand my language skills. I have decided to learn sign language.”

Village of Cold Spring Clerk, Mary Saari: “Focus on the important things.”


Publisher Elizabeth Ailes: “To teach my dog new tricks.” Publisher Elizabeth Ailes: “To teach my dog new tricks.” Sheriff Donald Smith: “To lose weight, and to work with school officials in making sure that all Putnam County schools remain the safest in New York state.”

At the PCN&R, Editor Doug Cunningham: “Be organized. Be thoughtful but quick. And get in better shape.”

Graphics Assistant Chris Layton: “Stop drinking soda.”

Ad Manager Lynn Duffy: “Make myself a priority and not sweating the small stuff.”

Reporter Catherine Garnsey: “To love more, laugh more and pray more...”

Sportswriter Stephen Schweikhart: “To get out from behind the computer a bit more and get back to being more active.”

The staff at the PCN&R wishes all of our readers a Happy and Healthy New Year.



The Balducci boys and Kenny Doxey on vacation in the Outer Banks, North Carolina. Business Manager Carol Balducci said her resolution is to “Be more patient.” The Balducci boys and Kenny Doxey on vacation in the Outer Banks, North Carolina. Business Manager Carol Balducci said her resolution is to “Be more patient.”

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