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Turlocker’s artistic side shines through new charcuterie business

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Turlock resident Madeline Keesey has always had a flair for all things visual, so it’s no surprise that she now creates art that you can eat. 

The Turlock High School alumna is now head of her own business, Cheesey Keesey Charcuterie, where she designs colorful boxes, boards and tables filled with eye-catching cheese, meats, fruits and veggies for a variety of events. Whether it’s a grand grazing table at a wedding or a personal cone filled with goodies to go, Keesey has utilized her unique set of skills to create food almost too pretty to eat. 

“It’s been pretty exciting to see it all fall into place because it kind of happened by accident,” Keesey said. 

In less than a year, Keesey has already amassed nearly 1,500 followers on Instagram — an account she made just to post her charcuterie at first. As more and more followers began to inquire about services, Keesey decided to turn it into a full-fledged business. 

Charcuterie features food thoughtfully placed on surfaces in an artistic way, and Keesey credits her talents to several factors. It’s in her blood, as her dad is an architect and her mother was an art major, and Keesey went to school for interior design where she studied subjects like color theory. 

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Meet Bridgette Dean who is coordinating Sacramento’s efforts to fix the homeless crisis

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SACRAMENTO, Calif — Homeless issues continue to be a major problem facing Sacramento. Sacramento County's Point and Time homeless count indicates more than 5,000 people experience homelessness on any given night. 

In July 2020, Sacramento created the Department of Community Response to reduce reliance on police in responding to many situations including homelessness and mental health situations.

Bridgette Dean spearheads the department as its director. 

Dean is a licensed clinical social worker. Before joining DCR she created the first social services unit in law enforcement in the Sacramento area. Dean previously oversaw the Sacramento Police Department’s Mental Health, Impact Team, and Hospital units.

"I'm in my position to respond differently to homelessness and a lot of the issues that are around that. All of that social work experience for me has -- really paid off [because] we have to have a system change to how we respond to the needs of our community," Dean told ABC10. 

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It arguably has been the most trying time in the 59-year history of Manteca’s original modern-day hospital.

Doctors Hospital of Manteca’s 500 plus workers from housekeeping and engineering to nurses, doctors, pharmacists, and therapists have faithfully and without failure manned the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

That is the lesson Dr. Murali Naidu will take with him when he departs the chief executive officer post on Jan. 3 he assumed a month before the pandemic started in March 2020 to take on a similar job at Turlock’s Emmanuel Medical Center.

“It’s really the commitment and resilience people have,” Naidu said of the hospital staff. “In the hospital community we’re all together in our desire to help people . . . They dealt with physical and emotional fatigue in the face of the unknown at great risks to themselves.”

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The Turlock Sikh Temple is hoping to make this winter a little warmer and more comfortable for the city’s less fortunate. Members of the temple delivered almost 200 new blankets, along with hygiene supplies for women and babies, to the Salvation Army Corps on Friday. The blankets and supplies were handed out to those in need during the Salvation Army’s weekly free breakfast on Sunday. This is the second year that the Sikh Temple has donated blankets during the holiday season.

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Wanted: Medical professionals in Sonoma Valley

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A growing general population, insurance expansion and an aging populace are all factors in the projections for the need for more primary care physicians. But graduating doctors are not choosing the primary care field, and those who are move to areas where the cost of living is more affordable than Sonoma Valley, where the anticipated physician shortage is expected to grow.

The United States will have a shortfall of primary care physicians by 2033 anywhere between 21,400 to 55,200, according to a report from the Association of American Medical Colleges. A number of factors contributes to the supply and demand shortfall, experts said.

Currently, two health-care providers in Sonoma Valley don’t see a shortage of primary care physicians. Based on the ratio of the number of physicians to the population, “Sonoma pencils out,” said John Hennelly, CEO of Sonoma Valley Hospital.

But while Sonoma’s ratio of doctors to population works on paper for a typical population, Hennelly noted, “In Sonoma, we don’t have a typical population.”

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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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The holidays can be difficult for those dealing with mental illness

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The holidays are meant to be filled with joy, but they can also be stressful and challenging for those battling mental illness.

A study conducted by the National Alliance of Mental Illness found that 64 percent of people with mental illness report holidays make their conditions worse.

“For many people the holiday season is not always the most wonderful time of the year,” said NAMI medical director Ken Duckworth.

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Supervisors won’t require COVID vaccine passports for local services

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The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors last week took a stand against requiring proof of COVID vaccination to use county facilities or services, unanimously approving a resolution against what have become known as “vaccine passports.”

Supervisors resolved that residents “must have the opportunity to conduct everyday business and obtain local government services for their health, safety and wellbeing” and be able to do so “without revealing their vaccine status.”

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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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