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Archive By Author - Elizabeth Arakelian


Seasonal hiring opportunities already available

It may be the beginning of October but many stores are already preparing for the frenzy of holiday shopping.

October 02, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Applications available for annual Christmas parade

It may be the first day of October, but the City of Turlock is already gearing up for the 36th annual Turlock Downtown Christmas Parade.

September 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Fundraising philosophies: Candidates vary in campaigning efforts

As candidates settle into the final weeks of campaigning the way in which the seven local mayoral and council candidates are financing their efforts vary almost as much as their visions for Turlock.

September 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Election


Plastic bags officially banned in California

"Paper or plastic?" This commonly asked question at grocery stores across the country will soon be rendered obsolete as Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that will prohibit stores from offering single-use plastic bags at check out.

September 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Project update: Avena Bella provides safe housing for low-income families

It was less than one year ago that Nicole Esparza and her four daughters were living in a cramped one bedroom apartment when a man attempted to break into their home.

September 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Cars, coffee and charity

An annual event aimed at sharing a love of fine automobiles took a philanthropic turn this year as Winton, Ireland, Strom & Green Insurance, in collaboration with Hagerty Insurance, raised funds for pancreatic research in memory of late Turlock High aquatics coach Steve Feaver.

September 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Volunteers to help make Turlock shine

Spring may be the traditional season in which to clean-up, but locals will get a chance to come together and beautify the town on Saturday for the seventh annual Turlock Shines event.

September 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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


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Articles By Author - Elizabeth Arakelian


Opening up the table this holiday season

When I think of Thanksgiving I think of communion. Not the formal process of partaking in the bread and wine at a place of worship, but rather the more colloquial use of the term: sharing a meal, breaking bread, eating. Thanksgiving is a time to commune with our friends and family and I found myself thinking of food differently after spending the afternoon in the kitchen of local chef Dana Johnson while cooking up a Thanksgiving spread for our most recent episode of Studio 209.

November 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


City, Stanislaus Business Alliance formalize 20 year partnership

While the City of Turlock has been a member of the Stanislaus Business Alliance since 1994, on Tuesday the two entities entered into an official agreement with the sanctioning of the Turlock City Council.

November 20, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock kicks off holiday season with Turkey Trot

While individuals across town will be rushing to the grocery store in upcoming days to purchase a turkey in time for Thanksgiving, a few lucky locals won't need to stress as the winner of the City of Turlock's annual Turkey Trot fun run will be granted the festive bird as a victory prize.

November 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Council approves $249K visitors bureau budget — with conditions

The Turlock City Council approved the nearly quarter million dollar Turlock Convention and Visitors Bureau budget on Tuesday amidst questions about why the organization, tasked with bringing tourists to town, needs so much money.

November 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Turlock recycling company receives $1 million grant

Peninsula Plastics Recycling in Turlock was selected among more than 50 applicants to receive a $1 million grant which will bring new equipment and nine new positions to the company.

November 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


City proposes a brand new zoning code

As towns expand and evolve so do the rules that guide development.

November 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Turlock teacher wins local Innovation Challenge

When Elias Ruiz ventured to San Diego to present an invention at the "Shark Tank" audition, a reality competition that allows aspiring entrepreneurs to make business presentations to a panel of potential investors, he was disappointed that he did not hear back from the show. That was until his friend discovered that he could apply for a similar competition locally: the Stanislaus Innovation Challenge.

November 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Heckendorf’s closing its doors after 88 years

After 88 years of operation, Heckendorf's Auto Electric will be closing its doors for good.

November 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Cupcakes for Charity

How much is 99 dozen cupcakes worth? For the Bell Real Estate Cycling Team, $2,700 to purchase bicycles for kids in need this Christmas.

November 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock native finds the right stitch in knitting industry

Turlock Journal

November 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Iconic scale in Latif’s finds new downtown home

There are few places where individuals want to hop on a scale to check their weight in public, but Latif's Restaurant was one of them.

November 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Smoking ban headed to council

The Turlock Parks, Arts, and Recreation Commission approved a reaffirmation of a smoking ban dating back from 2003 Tuesday night in a 6-2 vote, with one new caveat: electronic and vapor related products will now be prohibited as well, pending the approval of the City Council.

November 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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