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Stanislaus State Continues Community Involvement

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With a variety of programs and services, Stanislaus State University in Turlock has plenty of news to share with the community. Here are a few of the items provided through the college ‘Daybook’ of events. A complete schedule of Stan State events and additional information can be found on the University website.

COVID Vaccines

Stanislaus County’s COVID-19 vaccine schedule at Stanislaus State continues this week. At Stanislaus State Fitzpatrick Arena, officials will be vaccinating Phase 1A and ages 65+ with a second dose only on Thursday, Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency’s COVID-19 vaccine website for more information.

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Damage From Kitchen Fire Temporarily Closes Beloved Turlock Restaurant

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TURLOCK (CBS13) — A beloved Turlock restaurant was damaged in a kitchen fire over the weekend.

Turlock City Fire crews responded to Latif’s By Pedretti late Sunday afternoon for a reported fire and found smoke coming from the HVAC units and vents on the roof. Firefighters also saw smoke down the floor level of the two-story restaurant.

Firefighters quickly went on the offensive and several other agencies soon responded to help.

It appears the fire started on a commercial cooktop in the kitchen of the restaurant. Thankfully, the automatic fire extinguishing system in the hood had been set off, somewhat containing the fire.

Still, firefighters say appliances on the wall and ceiling area around the stove were damaged. Further, smoke permeated through much of the building – requiring the use of high-powered fans to get it out.

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Record Breaking Apartment Sale in Turlock by The Mogharebi Group

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TURLOCK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Mogharebi Group, (“TMG”) has completed the sale of Arbor Manor Senior Cottage Homes, a 49-unit senior community located at 140 West Minnesota Avenue in Turlock, California. The property sold with multiple offers for a record-setting sales price of $7.2 million or $147,000 per unit.

“Due to strong in-place cash flow and desirable central location, Arbor Manor provided stable occupancy and collections with proven value-add upside,” says Bryan LaBar, Vice President of The Mogharebi Group. “As a result, there was a high level of interested buyers for this asset. Through our proprietary 1031 exchange platform that includes a robust network of private, high-net-worth and exchange buyers, we were able to drive the value and successfully close at a record price for Turlock.”

Bryan LaBar and Otto Ozen of The Mogharebi Group represented the seller, a northern California private investor. The buyer, a private investor based in the bay area was represented by Robin Kane, also of The Mogharebi Group.

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Turlock High grad honors late daughter through candle business

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Denair resident and Turlock High School alumna Kaylee Shipman is helping those stuck inside during the pandemic fill their homes with a little bit of warmth — and some sensational aromas — all while celebrating the memory of her late daughter. 

Shipman first started her business, MC Candles, in October 2019 and has since amassed thousands of followers on social media, providing homemade products to residents of not only her own town but Turlock, Modesto, Hughson, Chowchilla and even other states. She knows many people may not understand the name of her business, but that’s alright; it means something incredibly important to her.

“MC Candles is named after my daughter, Madalynn Corvello,” Shipman said.

Shipman’s daughter Madalynn was born in November 2017 but passed away shortly after her birth. She would have been almost two years old when Shipman first started her business, which coincidentally got its start during the same month as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. The day of remembrance is held annually on Oct. 15 and sees participants light a candle in memory of a lost little one. 

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Rental scams reported in Turlock

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The Turlock Police Department has issued a warning for residents about a rental scam that has been making the rounds online in January.

Over the course of the month the police department took five reports of rental fraud that were eventually linked by an investigator to one individual, who lives outside the United States.

The scammer was posting local properties on social media and other third-party rental websites as being for rent, but in reality, the properties were already occupied and/or not for rent, according to the police department.

At least with the five cases reported to the police department, the victims lost significant amounts of money to the scammer.

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Essential workers get lost in the vaccine scrum as states prioritize the elderly

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As a warehouse manager at a Food 4 Less in Los Angeles, Norma Leiva greets delivery drivers hauling in soda and chips and oversees staff stocking shelves and helping customers. At night, she returns to the home she shares with her elderly mother-in-law, praying the coronavirus isn’t traveling inside her.

A medical miracle at the end of last year seemed to answer her prayers: Leiva, 51, thought she was near the front of the line to receive a vaccine, right after medical workers and people in nursing homes. Now that California has expanded eligibility to millions of older residents — in a bid to accelerate the administration of the vaccines — she is mystified about when it will be her turn.

“The latest I’ve heard is that we’ve been pushed back. One day I hear June, another mid-February,” said Leiva, whose sister, also in the grocery business, was sickened last year with the virus, which has pummeled Los Angeles County — the first U.S. county to record 1 million cases. “I want the elderly to get it because I know they’re in need of it, but we also need to get it, because we’re out there serving them. If we’re not healthy, our community’s not healthy.”

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2021 Santa Barbara County Fair uncertain, but virtual livestock auction will proceed

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When Nipomo FFA chapter member and sheep breeder Emily Ward learned that the 2020 Santa Barbara County Fair was canceled due to COVID-19, she opted not to participate in the virtual auction that was held in June, but she plans to participate in a second one slated for this summer. 

It's still too early to determine if the 2021 County Fair, slated for July 14 to July 18, will happen, but a virtual auction already is in the works, according to Kevin Merrill, who sits on the fair's board of directors. 

"We're just putting it out there now, trying to get an idea of how many kids will participate," Merrill said. "We want to make sure that the kids who have an animal participate and there's some way of being able to sell those." 

Each year, local FFA and 4-H youths have the opportunity to sell livestock during a three-day event at the annual fair. FFA and 4-H members typically work to arrange potential buyers and processing well before the auction. On average, about 2,000 animals are sold during the auction. 

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Plans for gated community submitted to City

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First-time home buyers may have more options come next year as one local developer is once again looking to build homes in Turlock. 

Florsheim Homes has developed housing communities in towns like Oakdale, Hughson, Modesto and Turlock, where they most recently completed Rose Verde — a 107-home subdivision near Monte Vista Crossings which saw its final home sold in August 2020. The Turlock City Council first approved Rose Verde, called Monte Verde at the time, in April 2014, though construction on the homes didn’t begin until early 2018. 

Now, Florsheim is seeking approval from the Planning Commission for a 178-home gated community located at 1137, 1201 and 1233 5th St. in Turlock. According to Florsheim President Randy Bling, there is a need for housing as demand rises despite the pandemic.

“The housing market, even in spite of COVID, ended up doing well. People realized homes are a nice thing to have. If we’re going to be stuck with our families, we might as well have a nice place to live that fits your lifestyle,” Bling said. “A home has always been a great investment, not just something to live in, and it’s even more so during these times.”

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Volunteers Help Keep Stanislaus River Clean

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A day at one of Stanislaus County’s rivers or parks has become a popular way for Valley residents to escape the exhaustion of the virtual world, but with the large amount of new visitors, there are large amounts of new pollution being left behind. This trash often consists of old fishing gear and bait containers, empty alcohol containers, and strangely enough clothes either left behind or forgotten. 

Littering is harmful to the people who use the river, the wildlife inhabiting the river, and powerfully deters tourism, which companies like Sunshine Rafting rely on each year. Stanislaus County provides tools on how to limit your own waste, and provides useful information on some of the repercussions we are forced to deal with as a result of some people’s laziness. 

However, littering is still happening, and it won't be the squirrels who will end up having to clean up after people who can’t be helped to take their trash with them. Unbeknownst to most, there are individuals protecting these local getaways from the injustices of pollution caused by litterbugs.

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Stanislaus County reopens COVID vaccine clinics. When, where shots will be available

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Clinics for the coronavirus vaccine will reopen in Modesto and Turlock this week to members of the public in the first phase of allocation, and those over 65 years old. Phase 1A is mainly health care workers.

The clinics, located at Modesto Centre Plaza and California State University, Stanislaus, in Turlock, operated last week before being closed due to a short supply of the vaccine. They reopened on Thursday but were closed on Friday.

Friday evening, county officials announced on the StanEmergency Facebook page when the clinics will operate this week. Some days at the Modesto site are reserved for those who need the second dose of the two-shot vaccine.

Modesto Centre Plaza: Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Monday, first doses will be administered; Tuesday and Wednesday are for those needing second doses. Thursday and Friday, both first and second doses will be administered. 1000 L St, Modesto. Parking will be available at the Modesto Centre Plaza, and at city-operated garages on 10th Street and Ninth Street.

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