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It's New Year's Eve: What Are You Doing?

The New Year is almost here, and for some, a big celebration is in order. But not for Bob Withington, a dog trainer who works in Westport. To him, New Year's Eve isn't any more special than any other day on the calendar.

"You want to know what I'm doing on New Year's Eve? I'm doing nothing," Bob said with a smile as he walked Duncan, a black Lab puppy along Main Street on Thursday. "But I have a great attitude: In my book, every day is special."

Bob, who described himself as a spiritual person, said that rather than putting all his energy into expectations, he "lives in the now."

"Why put all these concepts into another day? I don't say I'm going to do this, this or that because then I have all these expectations," said Bob, 44, adding that when you people have expectations of how something should be, they set themselves up for disappointment.

Falling more in line with tradition, Fairfield newlyweds Christian and Loren Bartolocci said they are hosting a small New Year's Eve bash at their home with family and friends.

Married in August, the couple said they moved into their home about three weeks ago and never had the chance to invite company.

"We're finally settled in, so we said, 'Why not?'" said Loren, 27. "What better way to christen your house than with a New Year's Eve get-together?"

And part of the shopping they did on Main Street was for a bottle of champagne for the party.

Unlike the Bartoloccis, Staples High School junior Sami Schwaeber and her out-of-state friends Ashley Mauro and Kaila Sabia said they don't have any elaborate plans.

"We'll probably just hang out, watch the ball drop and eat lots of food," the girls said.

How are you ringing in 2011? Share your plans below or on our Facebook page.

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