Resolutions for the new year

Physical fitness, improved relationships top list

While 2015 was good for Jonathan Perez, 30, of North Bergen in terms of health and work, he said 2016 would be even better if he achieves his New Year’s resolution: Starting a family.
While some residents who were interviewed offered the traditional resolutions, others resolved to interact better with others, improve longstanding relationships, or help those in need.
In Bayonne, Lisha Smerda wanted to get up earlier and get a jump on her day. Nicole Ammirato pledged to create more family time with cousins, both local and out of state. Dr. Mary Dunlap-Beales’s resolution is to work with others to improve the city.
In Weehawken, Davel Hamue, already busy with two jobs, resolved to work more at his chosen profession as an illustrator. Juan Pablo, a tango teacher who already exercises daily, pledged to get even fitter.
In West New York, James Grullon, 11, wanted to improve academically. Manny Valerio’s resolution was to help young people understand finance by teaching it to them for free.
In Union City, Barlond Acosta said he wanted to be more positive about life. Alexandra Mercado wants to better understand others and improve her interactions with them.

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