Expressions Community Youth Choir – accepting new singers for the spring semester – is made up of talent from all over Stanislaus County. Their touching performances and inspiring message have moved hundreds of audiences over the past 35 years.
Whether you love sunshine or are praying for rain, a sunny to mostly sunny sky is what you’ll see in the days ahead in the Modesto area. Not until Thursday night does the National Weather Service forecast call for a slight chance of rain. Until then, there’s expected to be patchy fog between 10 p.m. and 10 a.m., but otherwise clear with highs ranging from 67 degrees Saturday to 61 Sunday and Monday, then highs just above and below 60 for a few days.
Blue Shield of California and Sacramento-based Sutter Health announced Friday they signed a new two-year agreement giving covered patients access to Sutter Health hospitals and medical groups. The contract takes effect Sunday and runs until Dec. 31, 2016. The previous contract expired Dec. 31, causing affected Blue Shield members to fear they may be assigned to other doctors.
Somerset Middle School teacher Susan Romero discovered that 15 of her students in 2013 had lost loved ones and were dealing with the emotions of those losses. So she persuaded 13 of them to write about their experience and assembled it into a book intended to help other teens face the same dilemmas.
Behavioral health specialists at Golden Valley Health Centers have voted to join other unionized workers. The vote was 12-0 for the mental health therapists and counselors to join Service Employees International Union Local 521, which represents about 450 medical assistants and office personnel who work for Golden Valley in Merced and Stanislaus counties.
Traffic problems by two Ceres schools have prompted the city of Ceres to seek a grant for street improvements along East Whitmore Avenue. A community forum Feb. 3 at Cesar Chavez Junior High will gather neighborhood input and ideas, as required for the Safe Routes to School grant application. Ceres Partnership for Healthy Children will host the forum.
The City Council’s Economic Development Committee will review on Monday how much land Modesto has for homes, stores and industry. The short answer: an awful lot. The city’s urban growth review identifies 1,680 acres within the city for development.
Dr. Pankaj Patel, administrator David Thompson and their Turlock attorney, Mike Warda, spoke Wednesday to the 11-member commission that governs Health Plan of San Joaquin. They advocated for dental surgery centers and the low-income children who receive badly needed treatment at the centers.
A new Vatican outreach initiative to listen to women hit a sour note before it even got off the ground: The sexy blonde on its Internet promo video came under such ridicule that it was quickly taken down.