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The holiday season is coming to an end and we’re about to ring in a new year! I don’t know about you, but this is unbelievable to me. Where did the year go?

It’s time to set our resolutions as we bring out the new calendars and put those workout clothes we got for Christmas to use (if you’re me). No matter your resolution, you’re sure to find just want you want in the new year, in one form or another.

I have a good feeling about 2018, and I think that’s half the battle of going into a new year and setting everything up for success. It’s all about your attitude! This is possibly one of the hardest yet beneficial resolutions you could set —be more positive.

This year, try to look at everything in a positive light and approach everything with a great attitude. You’ll be amazed just how much easier things can be if you just change your mindset!

To ring in the new year, we have a few meetings kicking things off in the borough. Read on to learn more!

Crime Watch news

The next Hughestown Crime Watch meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, at the Hughestown Hose Company.

The public is invited and new members are always welcome to attend Crime Watch meetings. We hope to see you there!

January council meeting

The next council meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3. This will be the only meeting for January.

At this meeting, Magistrate Kokura Kravitz will swear in the Hughestown mayor and council for another four years.

Members to be sworn in include Mayor Wayne Quick, Councilwoman Marie Griglock, Councilwoman Barbara Gatto, Councilman Bob Gable, Auditor Vince O’Hop to serve 6 years, and tax collector John Poli.

Recycling announcement

Recycling will be delayed one day during the week of New Year’s.

The collection for the week will be as follows: paper/cardboard will be Tuesday, co-mingles will be Wednesday and ashes on Thursday.

Garbage collection

An ordinance has been filed to have one garbage collector in Hughestown.

J.P. Mascaro and Sons has been selected as the borough’s trash collector and has sent information to all residents about the trash pickup services they are providing.

The cost will be $155 per year for regular garbage collection. There will be no stickers issued for the regular garbage collection. One sticker will be provided per month for one bulk item to be picked up each month free of charge.

The new refuse collection day will be Monday. However, it will start this week on Tuesday, Jan. 2, due to the holiday.

Call the borough building at 570-654-2061 for a sticker for your one monthly bulk item collection.

Council news

A copy of the new 2018 budget will be on wall of the borough building. Please stop by if you would like to learn more about the budget.

The issue with sewer water running onto both Rock and Grandview streets has finally been repaired. Progress is being made on Rock Street and phase one of the sewer replacement will begin in the spring. The borough will put the work out for bids in early 2018.

Police report

The Hughestown Police Department released its November report. There were 5 motor vehicle accidents, 0 domestic disputes, 2 DUIs, 0 drug incidents, 1 alarm, 13 citations, 3 arrests, 3 criminal mischiefs and a total of 30 calls.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Kayleigh DeMace writes about Hughestown every week. To include an item in her column, email kdemace@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-821-2004 by 5 p.m. Monday.