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Development continues to thrive in Turlock

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While the pandemic may have put many things on halt over the past 19 months, one thing that didn’t stop in Turlock is the development and opening of new businesses in town.

Some businesses were lost in 2020, like Hometown Buffet, the downtown Dust Bowl taproom and In Shape on Geer Road, but the construction of new establishments has occurred on the regular since last March. Turlock celebrated the development of a brand-new Dutch Bros. Coffee shop, Sourdough & Co. and Domino’s Pizza near Stanislaus State, and the other side of town welcomed a Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen to the Turlock Town Center. 

Those are just a few of the businesses that now call Turlock home — a sign of the city’s desirability despite the nationwide economic downturn, according to Deputy Director of Development Services and Planning Manager Katie Quintero.

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The free program for the homeless, halted by the pandemic, resumes in Turlock

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The We Care Program this month resumed serving weekly lunches and holding resource sharing meetings after a hiatus earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Staff hold the Monday lunches and community participation meetings right before a peer support group in an effort to reach Turlock residents in need, shelter manager Debbie Gutierrez said.

We Care began the free weekly lunches and community meetings in 2008 when it moved to 213 S. Broadway, executive director Maris Sturtevant said. California State University, Stanislaus, ran the Cares Resource Center at the location previously, so the nonprofit took over running the meetings. We Care decided to serve lunch on Mondays because there are fewer meal services in the area over the weekend, Gutierrez said.

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Health officials advise COVID-19 booster shot for some people

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The increase of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in California has prompted health officials to recommend a vaccine booster shot for those individuals with compromised immune systems.

The Stanislaus County Health Services Agency is advising immunocompromised individuals get a third dose of the vaccine, especially as the more transmissible Delta variant continues to spread in the region.

The California Department of Public Health also is recommended a third shot for some individuals.

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Weekend clinic aims to vaccinate Turlock’s Westside

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In an effort to expand vaccination access to Turlock’s underserved communities, Westside Ministries is hosting a vaccine clinic this weekend with thousands of dollars in raffle prizes as incentive for those who receive their first dose.

Westside Ministries founder JoLynn DiGrazia said that while the nonprofit organization has held flu vaccine clinics before in the past, this will be their first COVID vaccine clinic in collaboration with Livingston Community Health. Participants will receive their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, which is available for people age 12 and older. 

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Beloved Horse Killed, Teen Fighting To Stay Alive After Being Hit By Distracted Driver Near Turlock

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STANISLAUS COUNTY (CBS13) — Gina Vigil-Gardner says all she can do is pray as her vivacious, kind and loving daughter Summer keeps fighting for her life after being hit by a distracted driver while riding her horse Riggs near Turlock.

The 19-year-old was taken to the hospital with major injuries.

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It’s official: Turlock Amazon fulfillment center to open in 2022, company announces

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Amazon has made official what has been public knowledge for the past several months: It will be opening a million-square-foot fulfillment center in Turlock that will employ 1,000 workers.

The e-commerce retailer confirmed Wednesday some of the details of the fulfillment center, including that it expects to open in mid-2022.

“We are excited to launch this new fulfillment center in the Modesto-Turlock area,” Amazon operations public relations manager Natalie Wolfrom said in an email. “We hope to contribute to this period of recovery and growth in the area with the creation of over 1,000 new jobs.”

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Turlock Unified won’t ask California public health for local control over masks in schools

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The trustees of Turlock Unified School District won’t send a letter they had drafted to state officials asking to lift statewide COVID-19 mandates for K-12 schools.

The letter did not receive enough support from the board to bring it to a vote, though it was the only item on the agenda for the special meeting held Monday evening.

The letter draft, addressed to Gov. Gavin Newsom and top California Department of Public Health officials, asked for the ability to work with Stanislaus County public health officials to devise safety measures that reflect local COVID-19 data.

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Sweet dreams are made of this: Conchitas Food Truck opens in Turlock

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TURLOCK, Calif. — There's a new way to escape the heat in Turlock courtesy of Conchitas Food Truck and their delicate blend of Mexican sweet treats and ice cream.

With a background in communication and marketing, Anne Di Grazia and Martha Jauregui chose to pursue their own side hustle in their hometown of Turlock.

The duo originally thought about a brick and mortar building but the plan fell through due to COVID-19.

"Originally, the guy who made our trailer had the date set for December but because of COVID, it was pushed back to June," Di Grazia said.

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Trump told California to sweep the forest floors. What’s Biden’s plan to combat wildfires?

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Gov. Gavin Newsom stood side by side, in a forest that burned badly a year ago, pledging to work together against California’s raging wildfires.

Vilsack, acknowledging criticisms that the U.S. Forest Service hasn’t done enough to fight fires, said the Biden administration was ready to spend billions beefing up the agency.

“We’re partners,” Newsom said during an appearance last week with Vilsack at the Mendocino National Forest.

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Take a sneak peak: Expanded Turlock Library set to open with these new features

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The public can check out the expanded Turlock Library, including a new community room and enclosed courtyards, when it opens Tuesday.

With 60% more space after about a year of construction, the library on 550 Minaret Ave. features larger children and teen areas, a quiet reading room and a maker space equipped with a 3D-printer and sewing machines.

The renovation reconfigured the layout but kept the building’s cross-shaped structure and added about 6,000 square feet, said Bryan Sontag, operations manager for Stanislaus County libraries. The first difference visitors may notice is the removal of the second entrance on Minaret Avenue, Sontag said. New areas include the community room, two courtyards and the children’s library, the last of which used to be where a reading room is now.

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