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Residential development rules 2021, will carry into 2022

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Turlock saw plenty of new development in 2021, from new coffee shops to additional housing. As the City’s Planning Division looks ahead to 2022, construction set to take place in the new year will provide a boost to the economy through more people and goods.

The community kicked off this year by welcoming a new building in the Turlock Town Center, which currently houses Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and Impact Nutrition. Dutch Bros Coffee constructed and opened its second Turlock location in the center this year as well. Just across the roadway on the corner of North Golden State Boulevard and East Canal Drive, the city’s eighth standalone Starbucks was also constructed and opened in 2021.

The new developments on the south end of town in 2021 were a change from the usual north end development seen around Monte Vista Crossings in recent years — a result of new ownership in the Turlock Town Center which has revitalized the space and attracted plenty of new businesses. 

“That new owner has really taken a proactive approach in trying to move tenants, find new tenants and really revitalize that center,” Deputy Director of Development Services and Planning Manager Katie Quintero said. “I think that really has spurred some development interest in that area.”

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‘Leave No Person Hungry;’ High Schoolers In Turlock Learn To Cook For Afghan Refugees

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TURLOCK (CBS13) — “Leave no person hungry,” is the mission of a group of teens in Turlock who set out to end hunger in their city.

A successful kitchen moves smoothly, like a dance, and that’s exactly what this group has created at their kitchen in Turlock.

A community of high schoolers and chefs alike, all worked together to create an environment that focuses on giving back.

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City seeking applicants for Parks, Planning seats

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The City of Turlock is seeking local residents interested in serving on either of its two public commissions, for which a total of five seats are currently vacant. 

Following former Parks, Arts & Recreation Commissioner Randy Icelow’s announcement that Wednesday’s meeting would be his last, there are now three open seats on the commission which is typically comprised of seven Mayor-appointed individuals. The seven-member Planning Commission is also in need of applications with two vacancies of its own.

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Family, community mourn loss of CHS grad Austin Stiles

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Former Ceres High School multi-sport athlete Austin Stiles died in a car accident on Dec. 1 in Acampo.

He was just 24 years old.

Family members shared the devastating news on social media.

"This is probably the hardest post I will have to make, but with heavy hearts I do want to confirm that it is true that our wonderful kind big hearted boy Austin has left us," mother Meliesa Branson-Stiles wrote on Instagram. "I am so sorry to share this news this way but it is so hard for us to notify all of the people who he loved and cared about."

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Wish Book: Santa Cruz farm provides jobs to the homeless, food for the community

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Brenda Deckman had lots of jobs in her life. Nurse’s aide. Manager of a Subway sandwich shop. Home health care aide. Laundromat worker.

But after a turbulent marriage that ended with her losing custody of her 5-year-old son, she fell into a deep depression, spiraled downward and ended up homeless, living in a tent in the Pogonip Open Space Preserve, a 640-acre wooded park on the northern edge of Santa Cruz.

She had no car. No bike. Not even one photo of her son. Adrift, aimless and lacking self-worth, she survived on food stamps, panhandled and bathed in a creek.

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The Turlock Downtown Christmas Parade returned to Main Street on Friday night with scenes from “Christmas in Toyland,” the parade theme for the night. After being cancelled last year due to COVID, hundreds lined Turlock’s downtown streets to take in the spectacle of lights, with appearances from Santa Claus, the Grinch and even a dancing horse or two.

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Turlock non-profits to benefit from county COVID aid

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Several Turlock charities which have suffered monetarily throughout the pandemic are set to receive tens of thousands of dollars in relief funding through Stanislaus County’s Non-Profit Support Grant Program. 

The program was approved by the Board of supervisors late last year and first doled out $2.4 million to non-profits providing services for youth or community-centered arts and culture. In August of this year, Supervisors approved an additional $1 million for the program in light of an ongoing, widespread need, and Turlock charities like the Salvation Army, United Samaritans Foundation, Aspiranet and Haven’s Women Center of Stanislaus were included in the second round of funding. 

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Stanislaus State launches fundraiser for library

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A dedicated group of Stanislaus State alumni, community leaders and supporters have come together to launch a fundraising campaign in support of the newly renovated J. Burton Vasché Library.

Turlock residents John and Jeani Ferrari and Stan State alumna Marlene Stante are co-chairing the fundraising initiative, which is called “The Next Chapter.” The fundraising campaign, which officially launched on National Philanthropy Day, continues through May 1, 2022.

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Turlock High student looks to give back during the cold months

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Nihal Gill, a junior at Turlock High, and was inspired to give back to those in need one day when he was on his way to school and saw a man outside in need of a coat.

“My mind started to think about how many people were probably trying to survive through these winter months without a coat. I wanted to do something to help people stay warm during the dead, cold winters,” said Gill.

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TUSD reviewing emergency protocols after violent incident

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Turlock Unified School District is currently working with an outside firm to review and update its district-wide emergency operations plan. After an incident involving a stabbing between two students, which Superintendent Dana Trevethan called “the recent unprecedented violence at Turlock High School,” TUSD wants the community to know they have protocols in place to keep students safe and are constantly reviewing to make sure they are effective.

Some of the safety measures that have already been instituted since the passage of bond Measures N and O include adding perimeter fences to control entry onto campuses; visitors must pass through the front office of each campus, and be approved before entering a campus.  They have also installed security cameras to investigate and understand when issues develop.

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