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.
A 24-year-old Oakdale man has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, rape, oral copulation on a victim under 14 years of age and penetration with a foreign object. Bail for David Garcia Jr. was set at $500,000.
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 – just a few hunger pangs, perhaps. 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 of homemade lasagna, a salad bar, bread, beverages and desserts.
Officers from the Modesto Police Department’s DUI Enforcement Team will deploy this weekend and on New Years Eve to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.
Golden Valley Health Centers’ board of directors is reviewing recent allegations from staff and will create an ombudsman program to build trust within the organization, according to a statement released Wednesday. It was the board’s first public response since staff aired complaints in recent weeks about the new management of Golden Valley.
In a wrongful termination lawsuit, the former chief medical officer of Golden Valley Health Centers said she was fired for opposing policies that would undermine care for low-income and indigent patients. Dr. Silvia Diego filed the lawsuit against her former employer in Stanislaus County Superior Court.
An effort by California State University, Stanislaus, student Aneesa Smith to collect teddy bears and assorted stuffed animals as Christmas gifts to needy children has gathered 302 toys. The Parent Resource Center and the Modesto Gospel Mission each received half of the stuffed animals to distribute. “I loved my stuffed animals as a child, and I know these children will, too,” Smith said at the start of the drive. “At Christmas, every child deserves someone to love.” For more information on the PRC, go to www.prcfamilies.org or call (209) 549-8193. For more on the Modesto Gospel Mission, 1400 Yosemite Blvd., go to www.modestogospelmission.org or call (209) 529-8259.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Alan K. Cassidy and defense attorney and Modesto City Schools board member Rubén Villalobos will be entering court from the judge’s chambers, taking gavels in Stanislaus Superior Court.
The decision last week to pull the Christmas Day opening of the movie “The Interview” doesn’t sit well with a military veteran who served to protect, among other things, our rights to free speech and expression.
I suspect for many of you that this time of year is a bit hectic. I know for me that is indeed the case. It seems there is so much to do during the holidays: decorating the house (I’m still not done), shopping (I need to start!), planning for gatherings, cooking, and the list goes on.