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Cold weather shelter opens today

Homeless men will finally have a warm place to sleep away from the freezing temperatures, icy breezes and frosty mornings, as the We Care cold weather shelter is scheduled to open up today.

November 30, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Turlock woman makes slippers, afghans for local seniors

Donna Oppelt doesn't consider herself an angel among us. She just does what she feels is the right thing to do. The Kiwanis Club of Turlock, however, considers Oppelt an outstanding volunteer worthy of recognition.

November 30, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


County libraries look to do more with less as resources are cut and need increases

In these times of economic hardship, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors has had to pull the budget belt of various departments tighter and tighter and the county's library system has felt the heavy burden of serving a greater number of people while the financial support trickling in gets thinner.

November 30, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Emergency assistance funding opportunities for local agencies

The Stanislaus County Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) Local Board will begin the application process for anticipated funding through the National EFSP Board, a program chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support non-disaster related emergency shelter, rent/mortgage, utility assistance and food programs at the local level. During 2009-10, Stanislaus County emergency service providers were awarded $566,683 to provide for local emergency food, shelter and utility needs.

November 26, 2010 | | Local


Web site provides information on low and no-cost healthcare

As more and more people find themselves without a job - and the health insurance they were used to having - doctor's visits and general wellness care drop to the bottom of the priority list.

November 26, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Light it up

Does your house look like Santa's village came to town or does your tree give the one in Rockefeller Center a run for its money? If so, then we want to see it. Send us photos of your holiday displays and look for them in print and online after Dec. 11. E-mail photos to sstafford@turlockjournal.com. For more information, call 634-9141 ext. 2002.

November 26, 2010 | | Local


Turlock plays host to top dogs

Back in his youth, Jazzman, a 144-pound Newfoundland, took champion titles all over the country with his beautiful coat, lovable personality and his ability to ham it up for everyone around him.

November 26, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Start of the season

The holiday season officially began Friday with the Festival of Lights. Hundreds gathered in downtown Turlock to watch the lighting of the city's Christmas tree in Central Park, while enjoying free activities such as pictures with Santa Claus and horse-drawn carriage rides.

November 26, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Shoppers brave bitter cold for Black Friday deals

For most people, Thanksgiving is a time for family, food, and festive gatherings.

November 26, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Turlock family mixes cuisines to prepare the perfect Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving is a true American holiday. It is celebrated by everyone, regardless of religious affiliation or ethnic background. And many times it is the first American holiday embraced by emigrants. This is true for the Aydenian family.

November 23, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


More families than ever before need food assistance, finds USDA report

Across the nation there were 17.4 million families, or approximately 15 percent of the country's households that struggled to put food on the table during 2009, according to a report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

November 23, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Simple practices can keep holiday shopping a safe experience

After the turkey is settling in the tummy and long before the sun rises, shoppers will be making their way to the area's shopping malls and centers for all the deals they can handle. Joining this dedicated lot will be a criminal element looking to capitalize on the hustle and bustle of the shopping frenzy.

November 23, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Church, CSU Stanislaus feed homeless on Thanksgiving

While most experience the taste of a slowly roasted turkey every Thanksgiving, those without homes rarely get the privilege of partaking in a holiday feast.

November 23, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Art Briefs

Book signing

November 23, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


A family tradition

Practice makes perfect. Dave Hillenga and his 5-year-old grandson Braydon Johnson found that old adage to be true on Monday, when they won first place in the pumpkin pie contest that they took second place in last year.

November 23, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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Foster Farms donates thousands of turkeys for Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving approaches Foster Farms is taking steps to ensure that more families will enjoy the holiday by gathering around the table for a turkey dinner, by donating to food banks up and down the West Coast.

November 18, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Fair receives $250K donation from Associated Feed

The facilities and landscape of the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds will soon receive a much-needed makeover, made possible by a generous donation and new partnership.

November 18, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


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


What about desalination during the drought?

When discussing the current drought in California, there is often talk of desalination and its potential to increase our freshwater supply. Desalination, the process of removing salt and minerals from saline water, seems like an obvious solution to the drought and ongoing water scarcity concerns because it is a reliable, drought-proof water source. Indeed, many new desalination plants have been proposed along the California coast and a number of them are already in operation, such as in Monterey and Carlsbad. While desalination may be a reliable option, the answer is much more complicated.

November 14, 2014 | | Local


New day center in the works for gospel mission

The Turlock Gospel Mission is expected to close a deal today that will have them operating a new day center across from the year-round shelter under construction on Broadway.

November 14, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | 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


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