As hundreds of thousands watched the ball drop in New York City's Times Square last night, many South Jersey residents spent the night at local bars throughout the region.
Brian Hartley, a manager at Charlie's bar in Somers Point, said, "We had a great crowd, we had a nice DJ. We also had a lot of people dancing, acting very positive and upbeat looking to bring in the New Year." Hariann Bernstein explained her night by saying, "When you have good company, good food, and good music…that's it. What else does it take?"
A number of people out celebrating revealed their New Year's resolutions, and what they plan on changing in the upcoming year.
A local student, Jenna Tibbitts, told NBC40, "This year coming up, I want to maybe get some better grades in school. Hopefully get into medical school." Chris Fontannaz said, "I'm going to change. I'm going to try to quit smoking during the New Year."
We also caught up with the stars of Lifetime TV's reality show, Dance Moms: Miami, whose New Year's resolutions were a little out of the box. The lead choreographer and star of the show joked, "I actually need to gain more weight because I think I'm very thin, so my New Year's resolution is to gain a lot of weight." Co-star Victor Smalley said his resolution for 2013 was, "to be more fabulous…if that's even possible."
South Jersey residents out celebrating New Year's Eve at local bars weren't the only ones with resolutions for 2013. Many business owners also tell us they have big plans for 2013.
Charlie's Bar managers said, "We're looking to shake the menu up a little bit and have some more live bands. We've been doing that the last couple of months and it seems to be working well."
Stephanie Troiano, an owner at Maynard's in Margate, said, "We want to continue to keep our specials. Daily specials are great for our customers and keep people coming in. A lot of people here are doing business in the area and reconstructing areas so we want to keep the specials coming for them."
Whatever your plans are for 2013, NBC40 wants to wish all of our viewers a happy and healthy New Year.