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Prodigal Sons and Daughters moves addiction counseling to new facility

The Prodigal Sons and Daughters may have moved to their new facility just three short months ago but for more than a decade the faith-based nonprofit has been changing the lives of locals by helping them 'get clean' through drug and alcohol counseling and prevention services.

August 15, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


California receives poor marks in small business friendliness

As students prepare to return to school it appears that the state of California is getting its report card early and the outlook is bleak.

August 15, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Alegria Ballroom Dance Academy ‘swings’ into full force

Name of Business: Alegria Ballroom Dance Academy

August 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Celebrating the Spirit of ‘45

This year marks the 69th anniversary of the end of World War II and with the individuals representing the Greatest Generation growing sparse, Paramount Court Senior Living chose to honor 12 World War II veterans at their annual Spirit of '45 event.

August 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Bipartisan water bond to appear on November ballot

Water has long been an agricultural and political issue in California but this week state Republicans and Democrats came together to craft a bipartisan water bond that will allocate $7.545 billion to protecting and conserving state water resources.

August 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Monte Vista Crossing prepares to be up and running for holiday shopping

Just six months after ground was broken on the 19-acre Monte Vista Crossings expansion project locals will likely notice the final touches being added to several buildings in the upcoming weeks as multiple shops are slated to open to consumers in early October.

August 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Cigarettes may be banned in Turlock parks

Turlock smokers may need to find new locations to puff on their cigarettes and cigars other than city parks if local Girl Scouts have anything to do with it.

August 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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


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Articles By Author - Elizabeth Arakelian


Taco Bell one step closer to opening

A third Taco Bell will soon be calling Turlock home as the Turlock City Council on Tuesday denied local citizens' appeal to reject the fast food franchise's minor discretionary permit location.

August 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


County approves $200,000 for well repairs in unincorporated communities

While Stanislaus County has developed multiple strategies to resourcefully combat issues caused by the ongoing drought in the state of California, the Board of Supervisors took one step further on Tuesday by unanimously voting to adopt a financial assistance pilot program for a select group of local water well users.

August 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Denham hosts telephone-townhall to talk VA reform

Congressman Jeff Denham spoke with locals about veterans affairs on Monday, but he didn't attend an event or host a public meeting - he led a telephone-townhall.

August 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Café La Mo opens for business

After much anticipation, locals visiting downtown Turlock can now get their coffee fix as Wednesday marks La Mo Café's first official day in business.

August 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Shredded paper, plastic bags no longer recyclable in Turlock

Turlock residents may now need to take additional steps to sort their trash as locals will no longer be able to recycle shredded paper or plastic bags according to the City of Turlock.

August 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Council considers Taco Bell project

Locals protesting the establishment of a new Taco Bell in Turlock will meet before the City Council on Tuesday as the members will determine if the process to establish the fast food chain near Pitman High School will continue.

August 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


City parks boost local neighborhoods, economy

With California in the midst of a drought and an ongoing statewide fight over water garnering national attention, much consideration has been focused on the landscape around Turlock - and City parks is no exception.

August 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Edith’s Taxi offers a ride with the ‘soulful taxi lady’

Name: Edith's Taxi

August 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Fit Body Boot Camp to come to Turlock Industrial Park

Turlock's 2,600 acre Industrial Park will soon play host to more than just food processing facilities as the City of Turlock recently approved a staff level minor discretionary use permit for a fitness facility to be built just east of Highway 99.

August 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock Young Professionals ‘bridge the gap’ in local business community

The younger generation of Turlock professionals looking to make a difference in the local business community now has the opportunity to formally convene through the new organization, Turlock Young Professionals, which aims to bring up and coming leaders in the community into the fold of the Chamber of Commerce.

August 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


County shows support for Turlock road tax initiative

At the behest of Stanislaus Council of Governments Board Chairman Vito Chiesa the regional transportation agency opted to support Turlock's initiative to approve a half-cent city wide road tax on the November ballot despite previous tension leading Turlock to consider abandoning support of the county's own future road tax initiative.

August 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Local veteran prepares for annual Red, White, and Blue 9-11 Run

While Turlocker and United States Army veteran Cory Smith may have returned home several years ago after witnessing the affects of war first hand, his patriotism has not waned evident by his decision to take to the streets of Turlock - literally - to increase locals' understanding of the sacrifice of soldiers.

August 19, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Sweet River Bar and Grill gives way to new restaurant Table 26

Although franchise-owned Sweet River Bar and Grill on Geer Road has closed its doors, locals will soon have a new restaurant at which to dine in town as Table 26 is slated to open at Sweet River's former location in as soon as two months time.

August 19, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


City fosters outreach to cycling food vendors for safety, regulation concerns

Students used to walking to the park after school and purchasing an ice cream from vendors on bikes - affectionately referred to as the "palatero men" in Latin culture - may have to either walk further or find a new place to buy their sweet treat as the City of Turlock is taking steps to enforce its municipal code as it relates to vendors.

August 19, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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