News & Notes

Gallo Center for the Arts

Ticket orders continue to pour in for the new state-of-the-art Modesto venue. So far, the Gallo center has sold 36,960 tickets, totaling $1.5 million, according to customer service director John Turchon.

The Gallo Center for the Arts, at 10th and I streets in Modesto, will have its grand opening gala Sept. 27. The center has two theaters: the 1,252-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater and the 444-seat Foster Family Theater. www.galloarts.org, 338-2100.

Women suing city still awaiting trial

Three women who filed a lawsuit two years ago claiming they were underpaid by Modesto's Finance Department must keep waiting for a trial. Their twice-delayed trial was postponed a third time this week because of a conflict with another case before Judge William Mayhew in Stanislaus County Superior Court. Jo Ann Bertolotti, Leslie Curtin and Lori Martinez could begin their trial in October or in early 2008, said their attorney, Gary Goyette. Modesto had spent more than $311,000 fighting the lawsuit by mid-July, when the trial most recently was expected to begin.


25 YEARS AGO: The dressing room of the Modesto A's bubbled over with champagne and tears as the team celebrated winning its first California League title in a decade. The A's had come from behind to beat the Visalia Oaks 8-4, as a standing crowd of fans barked "We're No. 1." - Karen Aiello