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I hope that everyone had a peaceful and merry Christmas, and is looking forward to ringing in the new year in style. With the sad events that have plagued our nation lately, I thought it'd be nice to focus on some positive news from our local community.

The annual Streetsboro Community Christmas was held on Dec. 13. Many, many businesses and individuals contributed time, money and gifts to make this event a success. While it's impossible to name each and every person who helped, I can share a few of the stories.

Students from Streetsboro Middle School raised more than $600 this year, and used it to purchase gifts for the 10- to 11-year-old age group. Their contributions ensured that there were enough gifts for that age group. Not to be outdone, students from Streetsboro High School contributed gift cards to the cause, collected from the staff and students. A giving tree was set up to collect gifts. The International Cultures Club donated 95 personal care gift bags and the National Honor Society students donated stuffed animals.

More community members also stepped up to help this year, both with set-up and with the day when families came to pick out gifts. Pam Danner, director of Community Christmas, said that there were more than 100 helpers, exceeding the number of volunteers in the past. In a day and age when its easy to become cynical, it's great to see our community come together to help those in need.

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What's new in the social scene around town? It seems that Stringz-n-Wingz is fast becoming the new hotspot in Streetsboro. They've got two events back to back, if you're looking for something fun to do this week.

First up is the Boro Browns Backers and Stringz-n-Wingz Tailgate Pig Roast, for the final Browns game of the season on Sunday. This, of course, is the Browns-Steelers match-up.

It's going to be a tailgate-style party on the side of Stringz-n-Wingz in the Streetsboro Plaza. Bring canopies, folding tables, chairs, and your favorite tailgate food to cook for yourself or share. Extra grills will be on hand if needed. The Boro Browns Backers Club will have pulled pork sandwiches for everyone while they last, and kids are welcome. The full menu will also be available inside Stringz-n-Wingz.

A few buses with fans from Cleveland are coming in, so you'll really feel like you're at the stadium! The kickoff national anthem is being performed by Charita Franks and local band Sobeit will play for the halftime show. The party starts early … 6 a.m. If this sounds like fun, be sure to bundle up, and Go Browns!

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If you're still looking for something to do on New Year's Eve, you need not look any further than Stringz-n-Wingz. For the third year now they are hosting a private party at the restaurant. The ticket price of $75 per couple and $40 per single includes dinner, your choice of prime rib or pan seared breaded chicken cutlet with sun dried tomato cream sauce and sides; garlic mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, rolls and butter, and salad.

There will be a dessert table with a chocolate fountain with fresh fruit and sweets for dipping. Also included are party favors, a ride service within 15 miles, and a champagne toast at midnight. Entertainment for the evening is being provided by DJ & The Who Dat Band. Tickets are limited, and can be purchased at Stringz-n-Wingz or online at https://ticketriver.com/event/5334-new-years-eve-bash.

These days I'm lucky to stay awake until midnight, but if you're a little more ambitious than I am, this sounds like a fun night with a safe way to get home.

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A friend recently shared a great way to count your blessings over the course of the upcoming year. She suggested that you get an empty jar, and when something good happens in your life during the next year, take a moment to jot it down on a piece of paper and toss it in the jar. Then when New Year's Eve comes around at the end of 2013, you'll have a jarful of great moments to reflect upon. Moments that you may otherwise have forgotten. My hope is that your 2013 is as good or better than 2012, and that everyone has a happy and healthy new year!

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If you have new to share please contact Laura Lewis at 330-620-2943, or by email at lewzoo@aol.com.

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