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Locals Hope for Fun and Safe New Year's Eve Celebration

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<div style="color: #000000; font-family: helvetica;">People in the Valley are making last minute preparation for the New Year. Some are stocking up on last minute goodies for parties, while local bars are prepping for a fun and safe night.</div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: helvetica;"><br /></div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: helvetica;">Clovis residents Jack and Rike Glover went to Party City in Clovis on Wednesday morning to grab festive hat for New Years. The couple will be heading to multiple parties to ring in 2015.</div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: helvetica;"><br /></div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: helvetica;">“We had to pick up some stuff to wear!” said Jack.</div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: helvetica;"><br /></div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: helvetica;">The glover’s weren’t the only ones at Party City in search for that perfect party accessory. Cashier Maria Robles said they’ve been swamped all day, even two hours before they opened their doors. She said one of the biggest tasks will filling balloon orders for customers to pick up.</div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: helvetica;"><br /></div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: helvetica;">Robles said, “New Year’s is definitely one of the busiest times of the year with balloons, decorations.”</div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: helvetica;"><br /></div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: helvetica;">Angela Johnson is the general manger at Peeves Public House in Downtown Fresno. She said she hopes people will bring those party supplies and their New Year’s Eve excitement to the bar.</div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: helvetica;"><br /></div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: helvetica;">Johnson said, “We’re really excited about it. We have two bands coming and a deejay. We’re going to be doing a toast at midnight.”</div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: helvetica;"><br /></div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: helvetica;">Johnson said Peeve’s throws one of the biggest New Year’s Eve parties in town. Last year, this day boosted business for them. But what is perhaps more important than the revenue, said Johnson, is the safety of their customers.</div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: helvetica;"><br /></div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: helvetica;">“We’re encouraging all of customers to utilize Uber and Lyft tonight. We also have a few customers that have volunteered to be designated driver for us, which I think is incredible,” said Johnson.</div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: helvetica;"><br /></div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: helvetica;">Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said they want people to ring in the new year responsibly. He said on Wednesday night, there will be 160 patrol officers, DUI checkpoints, and they’ll even be monitoring parties on social media. Dyer said the department has a &quot;vacation freeze” on New Year’s Eve night, which means no police officers will be off.</div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: helvetica;"><br /></div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: helvetica;">Dyer said, “We want people, if they have been drinking, to make arrangements in advanced for transportation.”</div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: helvetica;"><br /></div><div style="color: #000000; font-family: helvetica;">“No driving. We’ll walk to the neighbor, have dinner, celebrate there, walk to the other neighbor, have some dessert,” said Jack.</div></div>

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