The annual Thanks-For-Giving holiday dinner at Modesto Centre Plaza drew a huge crowd Thursday. Volunteers dished up plates of turkey and all the trimmings for attendees. Modesto entrepreneur Dan Costa and his family have hosted the event each Thanksgiving, when they and a team of volunteers serve hundreds of dinners. The dinner is intended to be a formal sit-down meal, served on china dishes to the needy or anyone who doesn’t have someplace to be for Thanksgiving.
Riverbank teens slipped a little advice into the cigarette packs of friends and loved ones, hoping to start a conversation about how to kick the habit. Adelante High leadership students came up with the slightly sneaky plan as their take on the Great American Smokeout.
City staff and volunteers working together to clean up alleys in Turlock collected 17,280 pounds of debris and 11 abandoned shopping carts, the Turlock Fire Department said in a news release. Also, the Turlock Unified School District has made an honor roll of its own.
As millions of immigrants across the country seek federal protection from deportation, community advocates in Stanislaus County and the state attorney general are warning residents to be wary of scammers and opportunists looking for a big payday.
There are many ways to say thanks this Thanksgiving. Homeless most of his life, 23-year-old Demetrius Stigar says it by giving back to the community by feeding the homeless this week. Others responded to a Bee invitation to post their blessings on Facebook.
Electricity customers in the Turlock Irrigation District face a possible rate increase. The district staff in September had proposed a 5 percent increase for 2015. Under the revised proposal, rates would go up 2 percent with the new year, with two smaller adjustments later. A public hearing is set for Tuesday.
A just-completed computerized hydrologic model of Stanislaus County’s groundwater resources will be explained by its U.S. Geological Survey creator during a Dec. 5 presentation at Modesto Junior College.
Ceres is “sprucing” up as it “pines” for the arrival of the Christmas season. Residents – and fans throughout the area – don’t have long to wait because the grand opening of Christmas Tree Lane is set for Dec. 6. The magical nightly display of lights and decorations throughout a neighborhood in the city kicks off with the Ceres Christmas Festival at Smyrna Park on Moffet Road at 5:30 p.m. Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, refreshments, live entertainment and trolley rides through Christmas Tree Lane will be offered. The ribbon-cutting for Christmas Tree Lane will be at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. To learn more, call the Ceres Recreation Department at (209) 538-5682.
Attorneys defending Stanislaus County in a wrongful death lawsuit hope to prove that a slain locksmith preferred the company of his mother and his computer to his wife. Locksmith Glendon Engert was gunned down with Deputy Bob Paris on Modesto’s Chrysler Drive in 2012.
As protesters across the country expressed their anger regarding the decision Monday by a Missouri grand jury not to indict a white police officer in the killing of a black, unarmed 18-year-old, teenagers watched violence unfold on Twitter and gave their opinions – an example of how powerful the social media tool can be.