For a second year, many schools in Stanislaus County are participating in the "Every Day Counts" campaign to focus attention on the importance of student attendance and to raise attendance rates. Did you know? ... If a student has a doctor's appointment during the day, parents are asked to have their children attend the rest of the day. School districts receive funding if students attend even part of the day, and it reinforces the importance of going to school.
Tenet workers ratify tentative contract
Health care workers at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, Doctors Hospital of Manteca and a dozen other hospitals in California ratified a tentative contract with Tenet Healthcare Corp., their union said Monday. The contract through March 2011 includes, on average, a 28 percent wage increase for the 6,000 hospital employees who are represented by the Service Employees International Union. Tenet also would create an education and training fund for employees. The contract is contingent on Tenet completing agreements with the SEIU in Florida and with the union's international organization, a Tenet spokesman said.
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Flu shots available in Modesto today
The Parish Health Ministry, in conjunction with Stanislaus County Public Health nurses, will offer flu shots at St. Stanislaus Church Hall, 709 J St., from 9 to 10 a.m. There is a $20 administration fee, which must be paid in cash or check. For those on Medicare Part B, the fee is waived. Officials said no one older than 60 and at high risk for influenza-related complications and severe disease will be denied a flu shot because of inability to pay.
'Weird Chemistry' presentation tonight
The Stanislaus County Office of Education, together with Modesto Area Partners in Science, will offer "Weird Chemistry: A Halloween Eve Science Presentation" today from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Martin Petersen Event Center, 720 12th St. This free event is open to the public and will showcase chemical experiments, including some related to Halloween. A $3 donation per person will help support MAPS and future programs. For more information, contact Rick Bartkowski at 238-1304.
50 YEARS AGO: The week's outstanding back in the district went to Patterson's Eddie Richardson, a 150-pound, 5-foot 9-inch senior. Richardson led the Tigers to a 27-7 Trans Valley League victory over the Sonora Wildcats with his four touchdowns.