Modesto’s Fremont students write to save shade trees

A rumor that shade trees at Fremont Elementary School would be axed over spring break prompted heated discussions, with students starting a letter writing campaign to protect the campus canopy. The trees are safe for now, Modesto City Schools officials said Tuesday, and parents and students will get to have their say at a meeting being planned for later in April.


Modesto farmers market opens Thursday

The Modesto Certified Farmers Market will launch its 37th year Thursday with cool-season crops and other food and fun. The market will run Thursdays and Saturdays on a closed-off block of 16th Street.

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City committees by other names? Not so sweet

The City Council adopted Modesto’s latest strategic plan this week. The plan covers important issues, but offers unintentional comedic relief in renaming three of the council’s four subcommittees. The new names are vague, a mouthful to say, and raise the wrong kinds of questions for the city.


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