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The new year is right around the corner, and it’s time to get your New Year’s Resolution settled! This new year, I’m going to try new things.

The thing I like about this resolution is that it opens a world of things. I can try a new fitness class, shop at a new locally-owned store, take an online class, or even try a new cuisine.

Doing something new is incredibly good for you, in a number of ways. My favorite being that it challenges your mind and boosts your creativity. When you put yourself in a new environment, it shifts your way of thinking. This is how we grow. This is how I want to go about my new year!

No matter your resolution, I wish you the happiest and healthiest New Year, filled with joy, love, and loads of new things.

Council news

Council thanks everyone involved in making the Hughestown Hose Company Breakfast with Santa a great success! The food was delicious and Mr. and Mrs. Claus did a great job. Santa’s tour around the borough for canned good items to be donated to Meals on Wheels in Pittston also was a great success!

Residents who attended a recent borough meeting noted water run off on Center and Parsonage streets. Hedges that were too high were also discussed, and an issue with a Parsonage Street property is being looked into. More information is to come.

A second year of bulk item and trash service with Mascaro will start 2019. Council reported residents have said they are happy with their services. More information is to come on garbage, recycling, garden debris, and ashes to be picked up weekly.

Holiday trash collection

The following changes to trash and recycling collection will take place New Year’s week: Tuesday recyclables will be collected Wednesday and the Wednesday collection of ashes will be collected Thursday. No collections will be made New Year’s Day.

Crime Watch

If you’d like to get involved with the Hughestown Crime Watch, the group meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of every month in the Hughestown Borough Building. The next meeting will be held Feb. 4. No meeting will be held in January because of the holiday. All residents are encouraged to attend.

Kayleigh DeMace writes about Hughestown every week. To include a community announcement in her column, email or call 570-821-2004 by 5 p.m. Monday.