A few dozen families turned out Saturday for a barbecue celebrating the reopening of the Lakewood Park playground in east Modesto after volunteers from the neighborhood worked with the city to replace worn-out equipment.
The city of Turlock has a tentative agreement to resume sending garbage to the Stanislaus County landfill and waste-to-energy plant. It had switched to a Merced County dump because Stanislaus fees were too high.
The Manteca, Tracy and Calaveras school districts have joined a campaign that highlights California-grown food in cafeterias. Turlock last year was one of the first in the program, where a different food is featured every Thursday.
Stanislaus County public health officials responded this week to a case of meningitis involving a student at Fair Oaks Elementary School in Oakdale. Dr. John Walker, county public health officer, said the 8-year-old boy was hospitalized and returned home Friday.