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06/17/2014 6:50 PM

06/17/2014 6:52 PM


In July, the city of Modesto will expand its curbside used motor oil program to include used oil filters. Modesto residents with black and green toters for garbage and recycling service can recycle used motor oil through the Motor Oil and Filter Collection Program. The oil and filter will be collected on garbage pickup day when residents follow these simple steps:

• Call your garbage company to schedule an oil collection appointment: Gilton Solid Waste, (209) 527-3781; Bertolotti Disposal, (209) 537-8000.
• Pour the oil into a plastic container with a screw-top lid. Do not mix oil with other materials such as antifreeze, brake fluid or gasoline. The collection limit is 4 gallons of oil and three filters per week.
• Drain the oil filter into the plastic container and place the filter in a plastic zip-seal bag.
• On appointment day, place oil and filters out no later than 6 a.m. Set them on the driveway near the house, not at the curb.

The city of Modesto has a limited supply of oil drain containers and plastic bags for the oil filter collection program (limited to one drainage container per household). Call (209) 577-5493 for more details. This program is not available to residents who have metal Dumpster garbage bins. Those residents should refer to certified oil collection centers for recycling.


The French Camp Road offramp from northbound Highway 99 will close June 23 for a minimum of six months as part of the State Route 99 Manteca 6-Lane Widening Project, according to the San Joaquin Council of Governments. Detour signs will be in place. The temporary closure is part of phase 2 of the widening project; this phase will reconstruct the existing interchange at French Camp Road.



The Latino Community Roundtable is having a special event today from 5 to 7 p.m. at La Perla Tapatia Market, 1601 Crows Landing Road in south Modesto. For sale will be $2 tickets to a Modesto Nuts game. With each ticket, the buyer will get a backpack, and LCR will have school supplies to fill it. The idea is that the buyer then will donate the backpack and supplies to LCR’s annual drive for children. Nuts mascots Al the Almond and Wally the Walnut will be on hand, too. To learn more, contact LCR President Maggie Mejia at (209) 303-2664 or


With temperatures forecast to near the mid-90s Thursday, the Empire branch of the Stanislaus County Library has the right idea. It’s offering a cool-water program for the whole family. Children and families can choose from three team water games: water balloon toss, race to fill the bucket using a water-soaked sponge, and wet basketball toss. The event will run from 3:30 to 5 p.m., just when folks need to cool down most. The library is at 18 S. Abbie St. For more information, call the Empire library at (209) 524-5505.

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