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Osborn students find the right beat in ballet folklorico

Michelle Carillo began traditional Mexican dancing, or ballet folklorico, at five years old when her grandmother took her to the Santa Clara County Fair and signed her up to dance with a group. She continued dancing until she was 16 and while she enjoyed expressing herself through dance, she did not imagine that one day she would help other children enjoy the same cultural experience she did as a child.

April 22, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Dutcher geometry students have formula for success

Dutcher Middle School students Joven Hundal, Erika Gonzalez and Neema Arishida have many things in common: they have all performed perfectly on the mathematics portion of the California Standards Test, they all have 4.0 grade point averages and they all placed in the annual Mathematics Superbowl competition through the Stanislaus Math Council.

April 22, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Volunteers ready to 'Love Turlock'

Many locals have probably seen large signs around town with two ambiguous words and a date: Love Turlock, May 3. While these signs have piqued the interest of some in the community, they serve as a reminder to many others who have participated in the Love Turlock event before, a volunteer based workday to give back to the community.

April 22, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


TUSD bans sugary treats in schools

The days of parents swinging by their child's classroom with a large pink box of cupcakes on their little one's birthday are gone as the Turlock Unified School District recently updated its Wellness Policy to prohibit sugary treats in the classroom.

April 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Spring break math camp available for local students

Professor Viji Sundar of California State University, Stanislaus claims that doing math is more fun than eating ice cream and aims to teach children this approach at her annual math camp.

April 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Expo offers junior high students look into future choices

Lunchtime at Turlock Junior High School on Thursday was more than a reprieve from the classroom for a quick bite to eat, as it was also a chance for students to consider their future in a fun and interactive environment at the Gifted and Talented Education Club College and Career Expo.

April 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Every 15 Minutes a harrowing experience

When Officer Joey Cardenas delivered mock death notifications to parents of Delhi High School students on Tuesday as part of the anti-drunk driving Every 15 Minutes program, it was a very real experience for him personally, the parent of a former participant.

April 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Students blend science, arts in Walnut ‘SMart Fair’

While elementary students are used to receiving instruction, the tables turned for some sixth graders at Walnut Elementary on Wednesday as they delivered lesson plans to fellow students as part of the school's inaugural "SMart Fair."

April 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Final LCAP review open to TUSD parents and community

The Turlock Unified School District has been undergoing a lot of change lately, from the structure of how funds are received to the curriculum being taught. The transitional state is bound to raise questions for parents who can fortunately be a part of the conversation through the Local Control and Accountability Plan.

April 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Local student meets TPD police chief

KCody Rogers has faced several challenges in his 10 short years including attending seven different schools across two states. However, he has recently reached a stable level of excellence at Julien Elementary School where he was treated to an inspiring experience on Thursday: meeting the Turlock Police Department Police Chief Robert Jackson and receiving an inspirational achievement award plaque.

April 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Dutcher students bring Civil War history to life

History is not just what is written in books; it is lived everyday and for local middle school students, sometimes relived. Dutcher Middle School eighth grade students dove head first into an interactive approach to the Civil War period on Wednesday by dressing in period clothing and reenacting daily activities of late 19th century America.

April 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Local sorority aims for equality for disabled

The sisters of the Alpha Pi Sigma sorority at California State University, Stanislaus are working to increase awareness and equality for disabled individuals through their newfound partnership with The Society for Disabilities.

April 15, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Spring into the Easter holiday with family themed events

Spring is in the air and jelly beans are on the shelves of grocery stores across the country which means Easter is fast approaching.

April 15, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Merced County honors local volunteers

Last week may have been National Volunteer Week but the efforts made by local individuals and organizations in Merced County are lasting contributions that will boost the local community all year long.

April 15, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Cyrus Elia finds the right note for success in music

Cyrus Elia is a 16-year-old sophomore at Pitman High School with a knack, or rather a gift, for music. Recently named one of 16 cellists in California to make the All State Orchestra, Elia attributes his success to his musical family's encouragement and the supportive Turlock Unified School District programs. Referred to as "easily in the top 1 percent of all the students I've had the pleasure to work with in my 14 year career" by Pitman High School director of bands Ruben Modesto, Elia spent time reflecting upon his musical experience and discussing his plans for the ...

April 15, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


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Articles By Author - Elizabeth Arakelian


Dancing with the Turlock Stars: Preview Edition

For the past two months local participants of the first annual Dancing with the Turlock Stars event to benefit the Salvation Army could be found in dance studios, gyms, classrooms, and cafeterias across Turlock honing their dance skills and practicing routines for their big showcase tonight. As I peeked my head into several practices to interview participants for our Studio 209 video episode I was given a sneak preview of the dancers' routines. After witnessing a cha-cha, a rock and roll performance, and a western medley, it's clear that the array of dances is as diverse as the participants ...

September 19, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Dick’s Sporting Goods looking to hire for new Turlock location

While the southern extension of Monte Vista Crossings has yet to be completed, Dick's Sporting Goods is wasting no time looking for local individuals to employ at its new Turlock location, just one of 574 stores across the country.

September 19, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Young Eagles Day lets local kids fly high for free

The Young Eagles Day at the Turlock Airport is approaching meaning children can abandon their toy planes for the day in order to tour real aircrafts at the City of Turlock's municipal airport.

September 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


League of Women Voters hosts Turlock election forum

As election season comes into full swing the League of Women Voters of Stanislaus County is offering voters a chance to formally engage with city council and mayoral candidates at their annual forum.

September 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Election


Ten Pin Fun Center no longer a reality for Turlock

Locals dreaming of bowling a strike at a Turlock bowling alley won't have the opportunity to do so as the Ten Pin Fun Center project is officially, well, a gutterball.

September 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Grant money still available for local well repairs

Applications for the Emergency Domestic Water Well Financial Assistance Pilot Program became available on Friday and while the County has yet to receive a formal application for access to the $200,000 available in funds, the public is showing interest.

September 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Chamber PAC releases candidate endorsements

The Turlock Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee Chairman Andrew Wigglesworth announced the official endorsements of candidates in the upcoming November election with unanimous support for Mike Brem for mayor, Bill DeHart for City Council, Forrest White for City Council, Congressman Jeff Denham, State Senator Tom Berryhill, State Senator Anthony Cannella, and Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen.

September 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Election


County budget still building towards pre-recession status

The economic recession that economically fragmented families, businesses, and local governments across the nation may have happened nearly a decade ago, but Stanislaus County is still in the process of building towards a healthier economic future as evidenced by the release of their finalized 2014-2015 Recommended Budget.

September 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Locals find mental, physical strength at Combat Zone Fitness

Name of Business: Combat Zone Fitness

September 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


PET PARADE PLANNED

Local dog owners will have an opportunity to wag and walk their way from Pet Extreme to the newest dog park in Turlock - Swanson Centennial Dog Park - on Sept. 20. The City will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new facility as well as stage several vendors through which locals can browse prior to playing with their pups at the new park. This event is open to the public and no registration is necessary.

September 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Local fumes over potential smoking ban

Every morning Larry Clinton walks his dogs to the park and lights up his morning cigarette. A smoker since 1956, Clinton's morning ritual is one of the few habits that he enjoys but the Turlock Girl Scouts of Troop 3289 are threatening to take that away.

September 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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