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What Do You Want to Say Good Bye To?

What Do You Want to Say Good Bye To?
Donald Trump,Good Riddance Day,  Tim Tompkins

Allison Hagendorf, left, host of Good Riddance Day, laughs as Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance, shreds a photo of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump

As workers built stages more than 100 Times Square visitors deposited bad memories in a portable shredder today to prepare for 2016. The ninth annual “Good Riddance Day” enabled people to symbolically toss away their worst fears, with the shredded paper to be used as confetti when ringing in the New Year. The event is aimed to get rid of negativity from the past year, as well as give the new year a fresh start.

Good Riddance Day also included a contest where the winner, Maureen Dexter of Wenatchee, Washington, became the first to shred her memory and kick off the event.

She shredded pictures of herself before she lost 75 pounds.

Good Riddance Day

While some people got rid of documents, others smashed such items as a laptop and a pill bottle.

Additionally, people were encouraged to write wishes for the new year on confetti to be dropped over crowds at midnight.

Here at T2C we want to get rid of

The lies being told to us (must see the film The Big Short).

Refusing to see what is in front of our face.

Wars we have no right being in.

The breeding of hate.




Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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