New Year, new you?

Published 2:48 pm Wednesday, December 31, 2014

As 2014 drew to a close, folks out and about in North Suffolk on Tuesday discussed a range of New Year’s resolutions.

At Harbour View East shopping center on a rainy morning, Raynell Hargrave, 65, cited a resolution that seems pretty open-ended.

“Basically, don’t repeat the same things I did last year,” Hargrave said.

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Asked to elaborate, she said she plans to stick to her diet in 2015.

“I’m a shopaholic, so (also) stay out of the stores,” she added.

Sharon Thompson, 60, said she plans to “be a little more nicer to people.”

But Thompson also did not come across as the kind of person with a tendency to mistreat others. The retiree said she does a lot of volunteer work at a senior center. She would like to do even more of that next year.

Though not cited by any interviewees Tuesday, kicking the smoking habit is arguably the classic New Year’s resolution.

Suffolk’s Mac Scott, 59, kicked his 40-year habit about two months ago after taking classes sponsored by the Suffolk Partnership for a Healthy Community.

He said he had previously tried patches, but they irritated his skin. He tried nicotine gum, but the taste repulsed him.

“I tried going cold-turkey, but that didn’t work, because I would find excuses to go back to smoking,” Scott said.

He said the classes gave him the necessary tools to finally quit. “Even if I fell off the horse, I got back on the horse and used the tools to keep myself straight,” he said.

Scott said he quit, because he wants to live longer. “I have grandkids and I’m married,” he said. “I would hate for (smoking) to be the reason for my death.”

More money in his pocket, easier breathing and better-tasting food are among the benefits Scott reports after stopping smoking.

“By my stopping, it has encouraged one of my friends to stop, too,” he added.

To help more people like Scott and his friend quit, at least two free smoking cessation classes in Suffolk get under way in the new year.

The Suffolk Partnership for a Healthy Community is sponsoring classes by certified American Lung Association facilitator Sandra Sullivan.

Sessions at the East Suffolk Recreation Center, 138 S. Sixth St., are between 6 and 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 13, 20 and 27; and Feb. 3, 5, 10, 17 and 24.

Classes are limited to 10 participants. For more information or to reserve a spot, email

The Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority will host classes in partnership with The Obici Healthcare Foundation.

Facilitating that program will be Phyllis M. Harrison, also certified by the American Lung Association.

Classes at Chorey Park, 804 W. Constance Road, will run between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Jan. 20 and 27; Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24; and March 3.

For more information or to reserve a spot, Marshell Cutler can be reached at 539-2100, ext. 129.

Back at East Harbour View on Tuesday, 31-year-old Courtney Newby said she wants to become more financially stable in 2015 by paying off some student loans.

Newby said it’s the first time she’s ever set a specific resolution. “I’m determined to be successful,” she said.

Tabor Kittredge, 27, said he has never really gone in for New Year’s resolutions. But then he added, “I guess eat healthy and go to the gym more.”

“I don’t really worry about it,” Kittredge said. “It’s just another year.”

A ponderous look then came across Kittredge’s face, and he added again: “Make more money — that’s a good one.”

Joe Love, 58, said he had no resolutions. “I don’t do them,” he said. “I don’t want to make a commitment I won’t stick to.”