Buckhead residents, and those who work in the community, offered some personal resolutions for their lifestyles for 2008 when interviewed at the Peach shopping center on Peachtree Road. Meanwhile, those who are more involved in the politics and molding of the community voiced more public sentiments in their New Year’s resolutions presented to the Reporter.

Here are a sampling of both views:

Jonathan Ahlers, mortgage broker, Buckhead

Resolution: “I lost weight before the New Year and I’d like to keep it off. Another goal would be to make more money and help as many people as possible get their first house.”

Victor Reeves, future janitor, Buckhead streets

Resolution: “I’m gonna try to get off the streets and find a job as a janitor. It won’t be too long.”

Trina Kelly, hair stylist, S. Atlanta

Resolution: “(My resolution) would be to build up in my faith. I’m already Christian and going to church, but I want to get out more and get more involved at church.”

Nikki Anderson, banker, S. Atlanta

Resolution: I’ve never really had one. I’ve always felt like you should live your life the way you want to – not necessarily making a specific goal for every year but just a goal in life. That’s always been important to me. I’ve never really made a New Year’s resolution and maybe I should, but I don’t think it makes a big difference.”

Alex Hanna, customer service representative, Marietta

Resolution: “I hope (this year) will be better than last year. I’d like to stop smoking, get healthier and be financially better off.”

Joyce Richardson,

retired, Buckhead

Resolution: “I don’t really have any resolutions, I just live every day the way the Lord leads me.”

Jason Mooney, grocer, Buckhead

Resolution: “As a resolution I’m planning on possibly taking a mission trip to Romania. They’re recently out from under Communism and (have recently been allowed religious freedom). They’re really hungry for God. I’ve seen the glory of God and so I’d like to help encourage others to believe in God. I’d also like to go back to school to get my undergraduate degree and maybe go to seminary school.”

Gordon Certain, president of the North Buckhead Civic Association

Resolution: “In 2008 the North Buckhead Civic Association resolves to work to take advantage of our parks/greenspace opportunities and to improve our public services. In 2007 the City bought a five-acre site on Peachtree-Dunwoody Road at Winall Down Road for use as a park. Today it is wooded land, mostly in a floodplain. It is bordered by a road full of speeding cars. There are no crosswalks or sidewalks to get there. There is no “there” once you get there. Our resolution is to develop a first-class park master plan for this land. This will involve working with residents in and outside our neighborhood and with the City Parks Department and the non-profit Park Pride organization. So our immediate goal is to create our park master plan with plenty of community input.

“In 2007, the city also invested in expanding the Blue Heron Nature Preserve, which now includes 25 acres in the area on the east side of Roswell Road near Pike’s Nursery. This space along Nancy Creek is a precious wildlife refuge in an otherwise bustling area. While Blue Heron is a nature preserve, the latest land acquisition includes a 10,000 square foot building that our association feels very strongly should be preserved and made available to meet the needs of residential neighbors and non-profit users. Our resolution is to go all out to protect these neighborhood assets: the wilderness and the wonderful building.”

Sam Massell, president of the Buckhead Coalition

Resolution: “My New Year’s resolution is to be a calming voice for Buckhead newcomers and residents, for businesses and investors, in relation to the nation’s economic concerns. I’ve only lived in Buckhead 55 years, but throughout this time there has been positive growth and prosperity. As a result, I recommend: Buy a bit of Buckhead and take care of it now, and it will take care of you later.”