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Marlene Bergstrom nabs Teacher of the Year award

Fourth grade teacher Marlene Bergstrom of Medeiros Elementary School was named the 2014 Teacher of the Year by the Modesto Rotary Club and Stanislaus County Office of Education for the fourth through sixth grade division.

May 08, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


TUSD honors retiring teachers, employees

When Linda Murphy-Lopes began kindergarten she was an illiterate, second-language learning student without dreams or aspirations. Turn the page and several years later she is one of the most powerful educators and catalysts for positive change in students in the Turlock Unified School District. This is her last year in the District as she is retiring after 25 years in Turlock and 30 years in education overall.

May 06, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Turlock Christian High welcomes new principal

Steve Doerksen has a passion for sports and an enthusiasm for teaching, two interests which he will bring with him to his new job as principal of Turlock Christian High School this upcoming school year.

May 06, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Turlock Relay for Life raises over $160,000

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 4 million people across 20 countries gather each year to participate in Relay for Life to raise funds for cancer research and awareness. The Turlock community was no exception this past weekend as more than 700 participants gathered at Pitman High School to walk for a cause in the traditional Relay format: At least one member from the 55 teams was walking at each moment in honor of the chronic fight cancer patients endure. The teamwork and collaboration in the community during the fundraising period and actual event amounted to a significant ...

May 06, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


THS' Jonas Trevethan speaks his mind

When Turlock High School oratory standout Jonas Trevethan first enrolled in a speech course, he was not entirely sure what he was getting into.

May 06, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Volunteers spread the love in community event

Hundreds of locals could be found Saturday painting the town – literally. Gold-shirted volunteers were dispersed over the city to paint, trim, whack, clean and spruce up buildings, yards, homes and businesses as part of the annual Love Turlock event.

May 06, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Stanislaus top 10 in U.S. ag sales

Agriculture is a cornerstone of daily life in the Central Valley, and the products that are harvested locally make a national impact as Stanislaus County was the seventh highest county in terms of national agricultural sales in 2012.

May 02, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Farmers Market opens for 2014 season

Despite the heat, downtown Turlock was bustling with shoppers on Friday morning as locals congregated to check out the first Turlock Certified Farmers Market of the 2014 season.

May 02, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock’s ‘favorite son’ Colin Kaepernick receives key to the city at Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast

Hundreds of Turlockers sat down for breakfast on Friday morning to commune together at the annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast, but attendees were more focused on the stage before them at Larsa Hall than their plates as they tuned in to the words of Turlock native turned professional football player Colin Kaepernick.

May 02, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Denair Charter Science Fair brings community together

While Denair Charter Academy may provide alternative off-campus educational opportunities that include online and home school learning, students and families made their way onto campus Thursday evening to take part in the Go Green Science Fair.

May 01, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body B

When I heard that Cameron Diaz was publishing a book, I was skeptical. "Another celebrity, another book deal," I thought. However, after witnessing her intrepid publicity campaign for the book, from social media to guest appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Network, she piqued my interest.

May 01, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | ARTS/LEISURE


Summer camps boost student creativity

When Mackenzie Alameda began teaching art classes to children at the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock, she witnessed an opportunity to not only teach students but to help them develop their own artistic vision.

May 01, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Marlene Bergstrom named Teacher of the Year finalist

Anyone entering Marlene Bergstrom's classroom at Medeiros Elementary on Tuesday afternoon witnessed an uncommon scene: some students were wearing bonnets, others were writing with quills, there were slates on each desk and Bergstrom was instructing students about the importance of penmanship on a mock chalkboard. What looked like a 'blast from the past' to an outsider was actually a typical day in Bergstrom's fourth grade class.

April 29, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Harmony Tinley talks the talk and walks the walk

Harmony Tinley likes to talk, but she does it with a purpose. In fact, she competes with other students through the 4-H Communications program that allows her to travel and practice her craft of public speaking at various competitions.

April 29, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Hilmar Relay for Life raises over $130,000

Hilmar may be a small town, but through an enormous community wide effort, the town raised funds worth six figures for cancer research: $130,361.11 to be exact.

April 29, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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Articles By Author - Elizabeth Arakelian


Denham addresses potential impact of health insurance tax on small businesses

The 3.4 million small businesses in California that employ more than half the state's workforce could be facing a health insurance tax per the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. On Tuesday Congressman Jeff Denham left Washington to make a local appearance and address small business owners' concerns regarding the tax at the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, an event hosted by the Stop the HIT coalition.

October 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Planning approves new hotel on Lander Avenue

Visitors to Turlock will soon have another place in which to lay their heads after a request to modify and extend the construction of an 85 room Hampton Inn hotel on property adjacent to the Highway 99 Lander exit received anonymous approval from the Turlock Planning Commission on Thursday.

October 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Jobs return to Turlock with new developments

City Hall was teeming with people recently but there wasn't a contentious public meeting or protest, rather hundreds of Turlockers seeking employment were attending a hiring fair.

October 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Future of Larsa Hall hangs in the balance; nearby residents sued for $500,000

The longstanding tension between representatives of the Larsa Banquet Hall and neighboring Amethyst Way residents over the noise emanating from events at the hall is far from over as the next step to decide if the county planning commission will revoke the event center's license won't be taken for three to six more months.

October 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


20-30 Club’s annual wine tasting event to help keep kids warm this winter

While the local chapter of the 20-30 Club is devoted to raising funds for children in need that doesn't mean they don't have fun doing it.

October 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Several Turlock roads slated for speed limit changes

Drivers may want to pay extra attention to the speedometers on their vehicles in upcoming weeks as the posted speed limits may be changing on several streets in Turlock.

October 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


European company establishes first American site in Central Valley

The United Kingdom based company Botanics & Organics, Inc. will lay roots for its first American venture in the Central Valley through a partnership between the Stanislaus Business Alliance and the City of Modesto.

October 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Prime Shine offers local clean and kind experience

Name of Business: Prime Shine Car Wash

October 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Developer seeks amendment to east Turlock master plan

City of Turlock Planning Commissioners will consider amending the East Tuolumne Master Plan on Thursday which would increase the number of units built on what is currently farm land near the city's eastern border.

October 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Monte Vista Crossings update: Kirkland’s, Maurice’s announce grand openings

Residents long awaiting to explore the southern expansion of Monte Vista Crossings will finally be able to step inside the first of the stores to open this month, including Kirkland's home décor store and Maurice's, which offers women's fashion.

October 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Task force approves final economic strategy for Turlock

It took a bending of the rules, but the Mayor's Economic Taskforce finally approved the final draft of its Economic Development Strategic Plan at a second meeting Tuesday that was called after a meeting was cancelled last week due to lack of quorum.

October 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Council candidate appears in music video against major record labels

A music video surfaced of city council candidate Donald Babadalir as an extra in the local hip hop band Underground Parliament's video "Outta the Frame."

October 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Council to consider COPS grant, new police vehicles

The Turlock City Council will decide on Tuesday if the Turlock Police Department will receive four new officers and six new vehicles in separate items on their agenda.

October 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Council candidates focus on voter connection in final weeks

During each election there are two races: the pursuit of votes and the quest for campaign donations. While local voters cannot yet know who will prove triumphant on Nov. 4, the recent release of local candidates' preelection statements are indicative of their support within the community.

October 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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