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Modesto synagogue thanks public-safety personnel with Christmas meal

Police officers, paramedics, EMTs and other emergency-service providers all responded to a call from Congregation Beth Shalom on Christmas Day, though there was no emergency. The Modesto synagogue put out the call – for the seventh year – inviting all first responders in Stanislaus County who work on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day to stop by for a meal.

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Shackelford family gets Christmas surprise from Modesto police

Modesto police Officer Benito Chavez has served as the liaison between the department and the Shackelford neighborhood in south Modesto, and has worked closely with staff at Shackelford Elementary School. But he wanted to do something special for Christmas, so he and other officers gave a single mother and her four children a holiday they’ll never forget.

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Fun things to do with kids in Stanislaus County or on day trips

If your family is like so many others, by the end of this weekend, the kids will have had plenty of play with their new toys and gadgets and may utter those dreaded words: “There’s nothing to do.” We at The Bee put our heads together to come up with some ideas to help fill your time in quality ways.

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Colin Kaepernick weighing his offseason approach

Colin Kaepernick is in the process of considering how he might go about his offseason regimen to bounce back from a disappointing year, and employing a mechanics coach or quarterback guru as Tom Brady and other stars have done is being discussed.

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