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Ringing in the New Year in Huntington

Jan. 01, 2014 @ 09:05 AM

HUNTINGTON — Partygoers were looking forward to the future as they rang in the New Year at the Pullman Plaza Hotel.

The annual event has consistently attracted large crowds wanting to celebrate with friends, family and music.

Friends Tara Shleser, Marianna Kalinoski and Celeste Good were among those attending Tuesday night.

Kalinoski said it was her fourth year watching the ball drop at the Pullman Plaza.

"We were really excited to come back this year. We have an absolute blast," she said. "We know the DJ, he played my wedding so we knew it would be a good time."

The long-time friends wasted no time hitting the dance floor as DJ Brandon Woolum provided the soundtrack to the night.

The party was a great outlet for Kalinoski, who said she has experienced a roller coaster year.

"My mother had cancer, we had a couple health scares and some friends passed away this year. Every time we turned around it was something else," she said. "I don't like to make resolutions because we always break them, but since we have a lot going on personally, my thing is to keep a positive frame of mind no matter what happens. Just stay positive."

Kalinoski said the highlight of her year was her mother beating cancer and then being able to travel to Houston, Texas, and see her for Christmas.

Good, who attended the party for the second year, said she learned a lot about herself in 2013 and was looking forward to seeing the country in 2014.

"I have a lot of traveling planned," she said. "I'm hoping to go to Mardi Gras, climb Seneca Rocks with my sister, and I have a friend in California I'm wanting to visit and then who knows what else."

Shleser said the highlight of her year was meeting her boyfriend who she said she plans to get engaged to in 2014.

Whether you danced the night away, joined a group of friends for a late dinner at a restaurant, hosted a party at your home or simply let your little ones stay up late "just this one time" to watch the ball drop in Times Square, we'd love to see how you and yours welcomed 2014.

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