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Occidental Oriented - January 2016 - MacKenzie Nekton


Occidental Oriented - January 2016 - MacKenzie Nekton

With the holidays safely behind us, we embark upon a new year. A fresh start with which to change for the better, the New Year often inspires people to make drastic pronouncements of good intentions. They are more commonly called New Year’s Resolutions, and I thought I’d share a few of my family and I’s. I am going to try to drink more water, even if it is in the form of tea, attempt to get some muscle tone in any part of my body, and be a supportive and not clingy girlfriend when my boyfriend of quite some time leaves for college this fall. He, Devin, is going to Tufts University in the greater Boston area, and he’s super excited, and so am I. Mostly. Minus the whole continent between us bit. But I am, nonetheless, very excited for him to go to his top choice school in a city he’s always wanted to live in.

Other resolutions of my family and I’s this year include eating out somewhere new at least once a week. It is a rather expensive, but well worth it resolution, in my opinion. Given that this is an Occidental column, it would now be a good time to list some yummy restaurants in Occidental, but my family and I have eaten at every single one of them many times. So for those of you who aren’t intimately familiar with the culinary options in Occidental, let me tell you about them.

There is, of course, the Union Hotel Pizzeria, which is well known for its family friendly atmosphere and finger-licking good food. Negri’s, across the street, is another Italian food place, with a reputation for being delicious and well-staffed. El Mariachi, the Mexican food joint on the edge of town, offers affordable, fast, and tasty options for carry out or dine in. Howard’s, the much loved breakfast place, is always a big hit—stop here for delightful food and the friendly staff. Hazel, the new Mediterranean food place, is gaining a loyal following of diners, and has gotten great review from everyone. The lovely owners of Hazel also hooked me up with a new babysitting client whose house I am at as I write this, sitting in the living room as the kiddo sleeps. If you are in need of a babysitter, let me know. Hanging out with littles is one of my favorite things to do.

On that note, here’s a quick shout out to Denny and Kelly Rosatti, for their very sweet letter to the editor. You guys are too sweet, and it’s been a pleasure getting to spend time with your darling daughters.

In a more community minded space, there is a meeting on January 10th about the future of the Occidental Community Center, which will take place in the Occidental Center for the Arts Auditorium at one in the afternoon. This meeting will cover the information found in the survey done by the Advisory Council, as well as new programs and four possible design concepts for the space.

A second meeting, to be held on January 24th, from one to three in the afternoon at the Community Center, will be workshop style, designed for public comment on both the programs and possible designs. On February 7th, a third and final meeting will take place at the Community Center. At this meeting, you can see the revised design, and receive information about how you can participate in the new programs and how to raise money for the revitalization.

Have a happy new year, and I’ll talk to you next month!