Patty Guerra Blog

  • Breaking Things: Are you ready for 'Gray Thursday'?

    Posted by Patty Guerra on October 15, 2013

    Macy's announced Monday it will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, joining a growing number of retailers who have been looking for business on what's traditionally been a holiday.


  • Beard Park's makeover a big volunteer effort

    Posted by Patty Guerra on August 6, 2013

    A lot of times in my job, I find myself writing about awful things happening to people: assaults, homicides, accidents. But I also get to regularly meet people who are doing good things, big and small. Brett Dixon is one of those people.


  • Breaking Things: Big Business at the Fair

    Posted by Patty Guerra on July 16, 2013

    It's no secret that the Stanislaus County Fair is an economic engine for the area. The amount spent each year on corndogs alone must be staggering. But outside the food and the community groups, there's also booming business at the annual 10-day event.


  • Breaking Things: New ways to make you hungry

    Posted by Patty Guerra on June 25, 2013

    Restaurants are making great use of social media and other technology these days to deliver information, deals and more. Personally, I get emails from Cotta's Kitchen in Turlock with the weekly menu. Rockin' B's, a new burger place in Modesto, has a lively Facebook presence, as does Earl's Barbecue in Modesto.


  • Breaking Things: New ways of gathering, sharing news

    Posted on May 1, 2013

    On Saturday, we learned of the homicide in Calaveras County when the sheriff’s office posted a notice on Nixle. This week, the Boston Police Department released the latest developments in the marathon bombing investigation on Twitter. And the latest crime statistics in Newman can be found at the department’s Facebook page.


  • Best of Modesto?

    Posted on October 4, 2012

    Readers choice

    What's the best restaurant in Modesto? Favorite car dealer? The best of the best in Modesto? Take our Readers Choice poll.


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