Local Turlock September 18, 2020: National Cheeseburger Day and Habit Burger Grill

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You’re listening to the Local Turlock Podcast for the week of September 18. I am bringing you fresh news and interesting stories that transpired this week. First story we have today, CUSD offers free meals to kids, teens 18 and under. Moving to sports, Former Merced College, Turlock High ace makes his major league debut for Pirates. Let’s shift our gears and as I share to you a restaurant business spotlight thriving amidst the COVID 19 pandemic. I’m pretty sure fans of The Habit Burger will be elated to know they will soon be able to get their fill of char-grilled burgers without having to drive to Turlock or Modesto. And while we are talking about burgers, we are celebrating the National Cheeseburger Day today, September 18! Yes, that’s today Folks! So find out where to get the best National Cheeseburger Day deals today! Also sharing the latest updates about COVID 19 in Stanislaus County. All that and more today in this week's Local Turlock podcast

Ceres Unified School District's Child Nutrition Department offers free meals to kids, teens 18 and under

Students in Ceres Unified School District are not on campus for online learning but can still receive free meals courtesy of the taxpayers. Ceres Unified School District's Child Nutrition Department is offering free meals to kids and teens aged 18 and under at elementary, junior high and high school locations. Breakfast and lunch can be picked up Monday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at all school sites excluding Argus, Whitmore Charter, La Rosa, Hidahl and Patricia K. Beaver. Students don't have to be enrolled in CUSD or be present during pickup to receive free meals.

Former Merced College, Turlock High ace makes his major league debut for Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Blake Cederlind throws during the sixth inning Tuesday against the Reds in Cincinnati. It was the major league debut for the former Merced College and Turlock High School star. He became the second Merced County product to make his major league debut in less than a week.The 24-year old right-hander pitched a perfect inning for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. Cederlind played for the Blue Devils in 2015 and 2016 after graduating from Turlock High School in 2014, where he played for Mark de la Motte. He joins an impressive list of recent Merced College players who have made it to the major leagues, including Doug FisterCurtis PartchBrian FuentesBradin Hagens and Dusty Ryan. And former Turlock players like Frank DuffyBrad LesleySteve SoderstromDan Reichert and Kevin Kramer, who is also in the Pirates organization.

This Modesto-based restaurant chain keeps growing despite the pandemic; new site opens

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has upended our expectations, both large and small. But if there’s one thing locally you can count on, it’s the continued expansion of Mango Crazy.  The Modesto-based chain of Mexican street-food inspired restaurants had opened four locations before the COVID-19 outbreak started in early March. And in the six months since, they’ve opened four more. They won’t let the continuing public health crisis stop them from their appointed expansion plans. The new Modesto location on McHenry Avenue will carry the full line of Mango Crazy’s drinks, snacks, sweets and meals. That includes a new custom-made line of paletas, fruit and other flavored ice cream pops that are popular Mexican treats. Mango Crazy is located at 2001 McHenry Ave. in Modesto and is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily for takeout delivery. For more information call 209-569-5295 or visit mangocrazy.com.

Hungry for a bargain? Here's where to find the best National Cheeseburger Day deals.

Whether you live in Sacramento, Stockton, or Modesto, you'll likely have a National Cheeseburger Day special near you. These deals range from heavy discounts to a free cheeseburger across California as Burger slingers are beefing up their deals for National Cheeseburger Day, today, September 18.

If you live in Lodi, Ceres, Modesto, Turlock, or Riverbank, you can head down to Farmer Boys today and get their Big Cheese burger for $2 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The offer is while supplies last. If you are a VIF member, you'll get another $2 Big Cheese on your account if you buy a Big Cheese on National Cheeseburger Day and scan your receipt.

Habit Burger wants to come to Ceres

Fans of The Habit Burger will be elated to know they will soon be able to get their fill of char-grilled burgers without having to drive to Turlock or Modesto. The chain is proposing a Ceres restaurant at the Whitmore Plaza (sometimes known as the Save Mart Shopping Center). The building plans to occupy a vacant pad directly north of Bob’s Coffee Shop and farthest west of the Taco Bell on Whitmore Avenue.The Habit Burger is a national burger chain that opened in recent years in Modesto and Turlock. It was named the “best tasting burger in America” in July 2014 and it is a fast-casual restaurant concept that specializes in preparing fresh, made-to-order chargrilled burgers and handcrafted sandwiches featuring tri-tip steak, grilled chicken and sushi-grade ahi tuna cooked over an open flame. In addition, it features fresh made-to-order salads and a selection of sides, shakes and malts.

Coronavirus update, Sept. 17: Stanislaus deaths at 321. Positive rate low once again

Stanislaus County on Wednesday had its lowest daily positive rate since mid-June while announcing four more deaths to the virus. Wednesday’s positive rate was 3.4%, the lowest since the 3.1% on June 13. The 25 new cases brought the total to 16,077.  A total of 321 residents have died of COVID-19 according to the county Health Services Agency. The number of reported new infections for Wednesday was the county’s lowest single-day total since mid-June. However, it comes in a month in which an average of 627 test results are reported each day, compared with more than 900 per day in July and August. Modesto has 5,794 positive cases, 2,125 are in Turlock, 1,966 are in Ceres, 789 are in Riverbank, 760 are in Patterson, 342 are in Oakdale, 321 are in Newman, 225 are in Waterford, and 142 are in Hughson. The county remained in the lowest purple tier, part of Gov. Newsom’s new grading system that will go toward measuring the ability to begin fully reopening businesses.

That’s all we have for this week. Thank you for listening to our local Turlock podcast. Make sure to visit our website, localturlock.com, to stay up to date on our local news. You can always email me at turlock@localturlock.com and visit our Facebook at Facebook.com/localturlock and leave us some comments! Stay tuned for next week’s exciting episode! Have a great weekend.