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Historical society’s Ghost Walk reveals downtown’s secrets

in Community/Environment

Turlock’s downtown buildings have a haunting history that I never would have known about if it weren’t for the Turlock Historical Society.

The society’s museum reopened to the public last weekend after a year and a half of COVID-19 closure, welcoming the community back in to learn all about the city’s past. As a lifelong Turlock resident, I thought I knew all there was to know about downtown Turlock — I’ve even educated myself on some of the scary ghost stories rumored to be true. 

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Turlock announces Christmas Parade plans. How are viewing areas a COVID-19 measure?

in Community/Events

Turlock plans to resume its Downtown Christmas Parade tradition on Dec. 3, the city announced Thursday, with more COVID-19 safety recommendations than requirements.

The city will not verify COVID-19 vaccination status or negative test results for attendees, which California public health recommends but does not require for such events, said Allison Van Guilder, director of the Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Department.

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Downtown Turlock prepares for holiday events

in Community/Entertainment/Events

The streets of downtown Turlock will soon be busy with holiday fun as business owners and the community prepare for tricks, treats and plenty of Christmas cheer thanks to the return of several beloved events. 

A sense of normalcy will return to Main Street in the coming weeks as the Christmas Parade and Festival of Lights make triumphant returns after being cancelled last year due to the pandemic. This year, however, both celebrations will look a bit different than community members are used to. 

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Children’s Home of Stockton opens transitional housing program to tackle youth homelessness

in Community/Housing

Youth homelessness continues to be a problem in Stockton, with about 150 youth self-identifying as homeless.

A new program has opened in Stockton to help tackle that problem.

The Children’s Home of Stockton has opened the Catalyst, a transitional housing program for transition-age youth providing services to unsheltered youth ages 18-24, helping them become independent through mentorship, guidance and support. 

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Harder Pushes For Focus On Wildfire Smoke

in Community/Environment

Earlier this month, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) asked the Biden administration to focus specifically on the health impacts of wildfire smoke as they launch a new whole-of-government initiative on climate and equity. The administration’s recent announcement highlighted new ways families in the Valley can access information on climate including up to the minute tracking of wildfires and the smoke they cause.

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Ordinance permitting downtown party bikes in the works

in Community/People/Transportation

Pedicabs could soon take to the streets of downtown Turlock following a split-vote decision by the City Council on Monday, who gave staff the go-ahead to create an ordinance for the popular party bikes. 

The pedal-operated vehicles serve as taxis in some countries, but in America and especially in California, pedicabs have been transformed into a source of entertainment for those celebrating birthdays, bachelor parties and more by offering a unique way to stop at a city’s best bars and restaurants. 

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Turlock looks to reduce waste and become more sustainable

in Community/Environment

October is Sustainability Month and many sectors of Turlock are trying to do their part to reduce waste. From local farms to education institutions, many Turlock residents are adopting new practices to be more sustainable.

Big Tree Organic Farms processes all their products with careful consideration of sustainability and environmental stewardship, stating they believe “that the most delicious products are the ones closest to nature.”

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Shelter seen as key to tackling Manteca issues with homeless

in Community/News/People

The most effective law enforcement tool the Manteca Police can be armed with to address quality of life crimes and low level misdemeanors committed by the homeless might just be a drop-in shelter.

That runs counter to the reasoning many of those in opposition to the concept espouse that “if you build it, they will come”.

At last week’s Manteca City Council meeting opponents to the city buying 8 acres On South Main Street with the intent of placing a homeless navigation center/drop in shelter and transitional housing on the eastbound most portion made that point.

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RxRelief: Helping families afford prescription medications

in Community/Health/People

With October upon us and as the weather slowly begins to turn, families continue to find it increasingly difficult to stretch their limited dollars.

According to a national survey conducted by the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF), nearly half of patients and caregivers (46 percent) say they or someone in their immediate household has not been able to afford out-of-pocket costs for medications in the past year. Six in 10 say they would have extreme difficulty paying for treatments and medications without assistance.

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Patterson becomes first Stanislaus County city to require this COVID safety measure

in Community/Health

Anyone attending a Patterson City Council meeting in person must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative test result starting Tuesday.

Patterson is the first Stanislaus County city to require such documentation and City Manager Ken Irwin said the council feels it is the safest way to physically open meetings.

All council members, city staff and the public must show identification plus vaccination or a negative test taken within three days to enter the chambers, Irwin said in an email. People can still participate remotely via teleconference on Zoom, per the meeting agenda. But Tuesday marks the first Patterson council meeting physically open to the public since February 2020, before the first California stay-at-home order for the coronavirus pandemic.

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