The scene in downtown Modesto on Saturday morning carried plenty of good humor – a crowd of men marching in women’s high-heeled shoes – but the event was geared to raise awareness and funds for a serious subject: domestic violence and sexual assault.
About 250 athletes, of junior high school age and older, competed Friday in the Special Education Track Meet at Johansen High. Organizers estimated 300 volunteers took part, including Kiwanis members and students.
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 Patterson Fire Department will team up with the American Red Cross on Saturday to canvass at-risk neighborhoods in the city, installing smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors, replacing detector batteries, providing home-safety checklists and helping educate the community on the importance of having an emergency plan.
Starbucks plans to sell wine and beer at at least one location in Modesto. ... Vintage Faire Mall has a couple of new stores and a couple of current shops in new locations. ... A job fair aimed at veterans is set early next month.
The abrupt firing in February 2013 of former Columbia College President Dennis Gervin brought forth an outpouring of community support for a man many described as kind and caring, and outrage at Yosemite Community College District leaders who refused to discuss the reasons for the termination.
Shell-shocked and sleeping in the streets, tens of thousands of Nepalese braced against terrifying aftershocks while digging for survivors in the devastation wrought a day earlier by a massive earthquake.