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Turlock resident makes impact with healthy drinks

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Just over a year ago, Turlock resident Jessica Lozano opened Impact Nutrition 91 with a goal of sharing her passion for health and fitness with the rest of the community. Today, that hope has grown into a loyal customer base whose bodies — and taste buds — benefit from the shop’s variety of healthy treats and drinks on the daily.

Impact Nutrition 91 opened its doors last June and was inspired by Lozano’s commitment to her own wellbeing, which saw her lose 30 pounds by swapping out milkshakes for protein shakes. She wanted to add to Turlock’s list of healthy options and give others the opportunity to change their lives as well, she said.

“I’ve gained so much more energy by staying active and healthy, and I wanted our community to have more choices. Instead of a smoothie that contains a lot of sugar, they can maybe replace that with something healthier with more protein, more calcium and more things that their body actually needs instead of what it craves,” Lozano said.

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Modesto among Top 10 rising housing markets nationally, new analysis finds

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Modesto is one of the Top 10 rising housing markets in the country, according to a new analysis by a New York-based financial technology company.

The assessment, released by SmartAsset, ranks Modesto sixth in the nation for rising housing markets. Modesto’s ranking is based on its performance in three metrics: income growth, housing demand and home value growth.

SmartAsset found that between 2014 and 2018, Modesto’s population grew by about 2.7% more than the number of housing units in the city. In that same period, Modesto experienced a home value growth of 54.9%, and a median household income increase of over 20%. SmartAsset also ranks Stanislaus County as the county with the highest home value growth in the state, at 57.55%.

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Grant program to provide relief for local businesses

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After distributing over $3 million in federal aid and community contributions to nearly 350 businesses in the spring, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors recently approved another opportunity for business owners to receive financial help as the coronavirus pandemic wears on.

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the establishment of a Business Grant Program during their July 14 meeting, which will utilize a total of $10 million in business revitalization and economic support funding thanks to CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds.

Stanislaus County received $96.1 million of the $150 billion in relief funding included in the CARES Act. In June the Board voted to allocate $15 million of that funding for business revitalization and economic support — $10 million of which has been set aside for the new grant program, $4 million that will be directed to nonprofit organizations in the community and another $1 million which is being considered for a touchless gift card program.

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Coin shortage solution? Newman Taco Bell offering a free taco to customers who pay with coin rolls

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NEWMAN, Calif. — The Taco Bell in Newman, a small town in the southwestern part of Stanislaus County, has been a long time coming, but their big debut is leaving them a little short on change amid a national coin shortage.

The national coin shortage is pushing the new Taco Bell to find some creative solutions.  The restaurant, which opened earlier this month, is temporarily offering a free taco to anyone who pays for their meal in coin rolls.

“It’s definitely surreal to me,” said General Manager Christopher Beason, referring to the coin shortage. “I was definitely blindsided when I was told by my bank, ‘Sorry, we’re limiting the amount of coin that you’re able to get.”
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Dollar Tree won’t require shoppers to wear masks

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Saving money? Sure. Lives? No so much.

Dollar Tree, Inc., whose properties include Dollar Tree and Family Tree, has changed course on its face mask policy, by requesting that customers wear facial coverings to protect each other and store employees, but making it optional.

The discount chain’s recent reversal to store policy was noticed by USA Today, which recently cited a July 8 update to the company’s coronavirus updates page. Employees will still wear masks to protect customers.

Dollar Tree’s more highfalutin competitors, which include Walmart, Aldi and Target, are among the many retailers who require shoppers to wear face masks. The CDC and WHO maintain prevent the spread of the deadly virus that has killed 140,000 Americans.

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New mobile business offers two sweet treats

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Most people with a sweet tooth love edible cookie dough and shaved ice, but what if they were both available at one convenient location? Thanks to one Turlock family, that fantasy is now a reality through their new mobile business Snow and Dough.

Billy Foley, his wife Marissa and their daughters, Madison and Lexi, were constantly traveling the country before the coronavirus pandemic hit as the two girls participated in beauty pageants. This gave them the chance to experience a variety of different treats in various states, but it was the edible cookie dough in Nashville and authentic shaved ice in Maui that left a lasting impression on the group.

After a year of ups and downs – and a novel virus that stopped the world — Snow and Dough opened up shop about a month ago, with the Foleys serving up soft cookie dough and refreshing shaved ice from a portable trailer.
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Governor orders Stanislaus County gyms, mall, churches to close as COVID-19 cases spike

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Numerous California shopping malls, gyms, indoor church worship and salons will shut down again, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Monday in a new round of measures aimed at curtailing the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak.

The closures will take place in counties that have been on the state’s monitoring list for three or more day. That’s a total of 30 counties, which includes Stanislaus, Merced and San Joaquin. In total, the closure will impact 80 percent of Californians, the Democratic governor said.

In addition, all counties in the state of California are now required to close restaurants for indoor dining, wineries, theaters, zoos, museums, card rooms, bars and family entertainment centers.

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Sonoma County bars, indoor dining and museums ordered to close Monday

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State public health officials on Sunday ordered Sonoma County bars without food service to close and put a halt to indoor dining service as well as visits to museums and entertainment centers, marking the latest and most significant regression for the county into pandemic prohibitions with the coronavirus resurgent in the community and deepening its toll on livelihoods.

The highly anticipated health order from the state Department of Public Health goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday and adds Sonoma County to a list of at least 29 other California counties facing reinstated restrictions driven by a wave of summertime coronavirus infections and hospitalizations.

The number of known cases in the county reached 1,819 Sunday night, a tally that has increased sharply since Memorial Day and contributed to the state’s decision to add Sonoma County to the growing list of counties being ordered to dial back indoor business activity.

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Bankrupt JCPenney said it would have to close about 30% of its stores. Here are all the closures it announced so far.

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After it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May, JCPenney warned it would have to close about 30% of its 846 stores.

Since then, the department store chain has made several announcements about which stores it plans to close. Liquidation sales have begun at most of these stores, and for the most part, all sales are final at those locations. Items purchased before June 12 can be returned or exchanged at most locations.

Stores are operating at reduced hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

A note on JCPenney’s website says that some previously announced closures are pending further review.

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‘We’re getting destroyed’: San Diego restaurants and bars react to a looming shutdown

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As Mike Georgopoulos was prepping this week to finally open his swanky $10-million steakhouse in the Gaslamp Quarter, he stared down from his perch on the mezzanine with a mixture of delight — and dread. The floor-to-ceiling wine display and marble bar top were dazzling, and the wait staff, nattily attired in black pants, pressed white shirts, gray vests and green ties, meticulously polished the glassware for the Friday opening.

But why bother opening at all, he wondered.

Just hours earlier, county officials had warned of the looming threat this week of a ban on all indoor dining and drinking, which 19 California counties, including Los Angeles and Orange, have already been ordered to implement for the next three weeks. With an alarming surge in coronavirus cases, San Diego could be next, the county said.

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