New Year's resolutions accentuate the positive

Published on Monday, 1 January 2018 22:58


A new year brings many the excitement of possible change or opportunity for continued progress.

New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart said she is hoping for both in her New Year’s resolution.

“My resolution for the city is to continue bringing about positive change and productive leadership,” Stewart said. “I hope everyone has a happy and healthy new year!”

Meanwhile, New Britain Police Chief James Wardwell is taking his resolution opportunity to recommit himself to treating others kindly.

“To never forget God’s Golden Rule in all that I do; to always treat and care for others as you would have them do to you or your loved ones,” Wardwell said.

Although his hope is not necessarily a resolution, Wardwell said he also plans on running in his 25th consecutive Boston Marathon come April.

Bristol Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu said she is also hoping to work toward a positive 2018 for her city.

“I hope that among the City Council and city departments, and our relationships with the public, that everyone can continue to collaborate and work together in a proactive fashion and position Bristol in a positive light,” Zoppo-Sassu.

While New Year’s resolutions are a popular tradition, some people don’t buy into them as much as others. Bristol Police Chief Brian Gould is one of them.

“I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions,” Gould said. “Typically, if I want to make a change or do something different, I make a plan and commit to taking action. I don’t wait for New Year’s. However, if I had to make one, it would simply be that I would do whatever I could to make the new year better than the one before.”

Like Gould, New Britain resident Ben Fearon said he doesn’t typically make a resolution.

“If I were to make one, it would be something serious,” Fearon said. “People all the time make them and don’t stick to it. If I made one I would want to make sure it was something I was serious about.”

“I don’t really make one, but I’m always looking forward to what’s coming.”

Staff writer Angie DeRosa contributed to this story.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Monday, 1 January 2018 22:58. Updated: Monday, 1 January 2018 23:01.