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Queens seniors resolve to be better people

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Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:23 am, Thu Jan 3, 2013.

The new year is often a time when people make a commitment to goals and projects or vow to reform a bad habit. We talked to Queens elders at the Howard Beach Senior Center and the Ridgewood Older Adult Center, to find what their New Year’s resolutions were. Most said they wanted to help others and be better people.

Marilyn Spoor, 85, Howard Beach

“I don’t make New Year’s resolutions because after a while you break them anyway. Just do what’s right and try to have fun in life, because you are on the last lap, or so we think. So, instead of complaining about aches and pains, do something and you will forget about what problems you have.”

Mary Santoni, 79, Howard Beach

“I haven’t really thought about my resolution. You believe that? I just take it a day at a time. At my age, you just take it one day at a time. I don’t smoke. I don’t drink. I don’t like to be heavy. I’m always walking.”

Josephine DeMarie, 88, Howard Beach

“I hope I have a good year, because last year wasn’t good at all. I resolve to repair my house after the storm, and just have a happy, healthy new year.”

Mary Corallo, 89, Howard Beach

“I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t have sex. What can I do? What resolutions can I have? I don’t do anything bad.”

Vinny La Regina, 79, Howard Beach

“I’ve always lived the same way, but what I would like to do is when I wake up in the morning, thank God for the gift of another precious day. I will ask myself what did I do yesterday that I shouldn’t have done, and what can I do today correctly — do something nice for somebody and share my experiences.”

Violet Tucci, 92, Howard Beach

“I try to be a good person. I try to eat good, because I live alone and I have to think of myself. I walk as much as I can and the senior center is a wonderful place and I come here most of the time, and I do the best I can.”

Olga Fusco, 90, Ridgewood

“I don’t make any resolutions. I just try to be a good girl and to be nice to everybody, to be helpful. What else can I say at this age?”

Juliet Viruet, 78, Ridgewood

“My new year’s resolution is to be more helpful in the community and to have peace in my heart and give love to everyone.”

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