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Monte Vista Plaza signs get upsize approval

Tenants of the Monte Vista Plaza, which plays host to shops such as Amazing Nails and Spa and Dean's Pizza, will soon be receiving a facelift as their signs will be several inches bigger to increase visibility from the road.

August 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Mike Lynch honored by Cal Chamber

Turlocker Mike Lynch has long been involved in the political and government sphere, but this year marks the first time he is being recognized by the California Chamber of Commerce as a Small Business Advocate of the Year - just one of four individuals selected from among the 480 chambers that comprise Cal Chamber.

August 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


City continues to cutback water use

As local students trickle back into the classrooms for another year of school, the water in the City of Turlock aquatic playgrounds will also dribble to a stop as the City makes efforts to conserve during the state's ongoing drought.

August 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Larsa likely to keep permit despite neighbor complaints

Larsa Banquet Hall is three substantiated noise complaints away from having their Conditional Use Permit revoked pending an upcoming hearing at the Stanislaus County Planning Commission in October.

August 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Grewal takes town hall online in interactive campaign

The days of election candidates posting signs in yards may not be entirely gone but social media is gaining more traction in the political sphere as it offers candidates a way to connect with local voters. Just ask State Assembly candidate Harinder Grewal who hosted the first of two online town hall forums on Facebook Thursday evening.

August 08, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Election


Governor proposes $6 billion dollar water bond

The ongoing drought in California that is the third worst in the state's history shows no signs of letting up and has prompted Gov. Jerry Brown to propose a $6 billion water bond as part of the state's Water Action Plan.

August 08, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Local road projects aim to wrap up before school

Locals driving around Turlock have likely noticed the extensive roadwork being conducted across town as the City aims to near completion on several ongoing projects prior to the first day of school this month. On Tuesday Director of Development Services Mike Pitcock will provide the Turlock City Council a full rundown on four projects that are currently being completed or soon to begin across town.

August 08, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Assyrians remember martyrs

Just after hundreds of local Assyrians made their way to San Francisco on Saturday to join the ranks of 2,000 others in protest of the ongoing persecution of Christians in Iraq, local Assyrians gathered again Thursday evening to commemorate the loss of all Assyrians during Assyrian Martyr Day.

August 07, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlocker turned celebrity hair stylist ‘charms’ with new product

Turlock native Kiara Bailey has come full circle.

August 07, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


80-foot Verizon cellular tower will be added to industrial park

Local Verizon Wireless network phone users will be experiencing better reception in upcoming months as the City of Turlock Planning Commission has granted the telecommunications company a conditional use permit to install an 80-foot tower in the Turlock Industrial Regional Park.

August 07, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Goodwill industry moves to new, nearby location

Name: Goodwill

August 07, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Denham talks water crisis at Chamber event

Just hours before hopping on a plane to sign a bill alongside President Barack Obama, Congressman Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) spoke before his constituents and local dignitaries at the Turlock Country Club as part of the annual Turlock Chamber of Commerce's Eggs and Issues breakfast.

August 07, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Alliance equips local businesses with ADA compliance primer

After a rash of American Disabilities Act lawsuits stung San Joaquin business owners with hefty fines and even caused some businesses to close their doors in recent months, the Stanislaus Business Alliance is taking proactive measures to ensure local businesses can protect themselves from unwanted lawsuits.

August 05, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Mixer to help nonprofits with social media

Stanislaus County nonprofits looking for ways to begin or boost a social media campaign will now have an opportunity to attend a complimentary course on all things media marketing courtesy of Ali Cox and Company marketing agency.

August 05, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Neighbors step out for national event

Turlock neighborhoods joined communities across the country to celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday with block parties and visits from local law enforcement.

August 05, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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Articles By Author - Elizabeth Arakelian


The final chapter: Candidates’ stories take shape as Election Day approaches

Elections are largely about the narratives candidates tell according to Stephen Routh, professor and chair of the Politics Department at California State University, Stanislaus.

October 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Former SF Giants manager to make an appearance at Dick’s in Turlock

Dick's Sporting Goods may have nearly 600 stores in the country but there is only one Dusty Baker who will be appearing at the grand opening of Turlock's newest athletic store during Halloween weekend.

October 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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


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