Looking ahead, hoping for a prosperous new year

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Sharon Alley Calone

Happy New Year!

Here we go … a new year, a new president and we’re all going to be (God willing) another year older.  I’m praying for better days ahead.

As we make our New Year’s resolutions, my priority will be “get healthy” — eat better, walk more and think positive thoughts!

The adage “you are what you eat” couldn’t be more true. That said, I’m looking forward to preparing some recipes from my new subscription to Bon Appetit magazine. Thank you, Shirley and dad for the wonderful Christmas present.

We had the pleasure of sharing Christmas dinner with my youngest son, his girlfriend, my new salesman from England, Peter, and my brother. Thankfully, my brother can cook, so he volunteered to prepare our prime rib meal. “Over the top” are the words that describe that feast.

As I grow older the holidays are more precious, and the gifts take a back seat to the joy of spending quality time with my family. Our eldest son, Blake, traveled from Honolulu to celebrate the New Year festivities here in Northern California. He is thrilled that this year we will be skiing in Tahoe.

For the past three years, we haven’t had much snow in December. That is not the case this year. All I can say is lose the flip flops because it’s cold in Northern California! I can’t remember the last time Tahoe saw -6 degrees at South Shore. I hope our pipes at the cabin are still intact.

As for the coming year, I’m very optimistic. With all the positive buzz from the business community it appears we are going to experience growth in all directions. We certainly welcome more business, growth, investing and above all, hope for a brighter future for our children, our businesses and America.

I’m looking forward to all of us making America great again!

The mainstream media has been warning of disaster, inflation and decline. I’m predicting growth, prosperity and great times ahead! If the stock market is any indication of what is in our future, I can’t wait to see what the next four years bring.

On Jan. 20, we will swear in our 45th president of the United States, Donald J Trump.

We’ve got new leadership in Stockton as well with Mayor Michael Tubbs and a new City Council. With the bankruptcy behind us and exciting development happening in our city’s core, I think we can look forward to Stockton really getting traction as we move into the future.

For a look at what’s happening downtown, check out our real estate section. The Medico-Dental Building, which has been under-utilized for years has received some important funding. Part of that building will be developed into affordable housing for writers and artists. How cool is that?

Amazon.com, which has provided thousands of jobs for our region with its three fulfillment centers in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties, sent us some amazing holiday statistics:

  •         Associates at Amazon’s Tracy fulfillment center fulfilled nearly one million items in a single day during the holiday shopping season.
  •         Amazon fulfillment centers in Northern California hired more than 3,500 seasonal associates this year.
  •         Amazon fulfillment associates donated $15,000 in toys and essential needs items to the Center for Human Services in Modesto.

God bless America,
Happy New Year
Sharon Alley Calone


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