As another year comes to an end, I wanted to take a minute to thank you Monmouth and Ocean Counties for helping to make it a great year.

In 2013 you proved once again why this is the greatest place to live. We're not perfect here on the Jersey Shore, but we do make the best out of any situation, even the aftermath of Sandy. There has been tension and anger and heartbreak, but it also brought out the best in us as we once again rose to be their for our neighbors in need, as we always do.

When challenges arise, the Jersey Shore residents are always there with a helping hand and it was proven right before my eyes time and time again in 2013. You care, you give and you are sincere every step of the way.

This past year has had it's ups and downs, as all years do, but the one consistent thing is that we know we always have each other to lean on. That's what makes living here so special. So thank you, Jersey Shore, for a special 2013.

I wish you happiness, health and all the things you hope for in 2014. You deserve it!