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Reporter’s Notebook – Not Any ‘Ol Saturday

Dreams do come true. Four simple words, with such big meaning.

October 15, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Student Expulsions Approved

Oakdale Joint Unified School District's Monday night meeting began with a closed session, and Superintendent Marc Malone addressed those on hand for the public portion of the meeting, confirming the expulsion of two OJUSD students had been approved by the board at that closed session.

October 14, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


The Black And White Of Cyber Bullying

In a day and age of social media, smart phones, cell phones and instant accessibility, students and parents alike may need to be more aware of the messages and words they choose to share.

October 08, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Mommy Musings – Together Everyone Achieves More

Oakdale Elementary Schools are once again at the ready for their annual Jog-a-Thon events this Friday, October 10. It is 'the' quintessential fundraiser for the Parent Teacher Clubs of each elementary school. I borrowed the theme from this year's event to title this column. I like it. Together Everyone Achieves More or TEAM is the slogan which will appear on the ever popular jog shirts this year.

October 08, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - The Magazine Business

We're in the magazine business.

October 01, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Chalk One Up - Playground Project Needs Volunteers

For the artist at heart or a community group looking for a way to leave their mark, Cloverland Elementary School may have just the project to fit that need. This Friday, Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. work will begin on the Holistic Playground project.

October 01, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Mommy Musings - Fall, Water And Wonderment

According to my desk calendar we are officially two days in to the Autumnal Calendar. In other words … it's Fall.

September 24, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Ready Set … Stretch - New Pilates Studio Opens Downtown

Monica Harris is no stranger to physical fitness and the effects everyday life, as well as activity has on the body. Now in her 15th as a practitioner of Pilates, Harris is poised and ready to share her knowledge and teachings with the community of Oakdale and the surrounding areas.

September 24, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Chromebooks Reach Oakdale Classrooms

The word 'lab' is taking on a new definition this 2014-15 school year in Oakdale schools.

September 24, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Ready To Roll - Bus Drivers Focus On Safety First

The saying goes, "there is no rest for the weary" and that just might be the case in the 'Land of the Bus Yard' at the east end of Oakdale.

September 24, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


OHS Welcomes Newest Vice Principal

The 2014-15 school year has gotten off to a quick start for newly appointed Oakdale High School Vice-Principal of Supervision and Attendance, Jim Lake. The recently appointed VP has just a little over three weeks under his Administrator belt with Oakdale Joint Unified School District but he has found settling in anything but difficult.

September 17, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Multi-Year Plan - Board Reviews School Strategy

Oakdale City Council Chambers held more residents than usual on Monday night, as the Oakdale Joint Unified School District conducted its second board meeting for the 2014-15 school year.

September 10, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Making The Big Moments

The Mustangs are going to the Stadium.

September 10, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


What’s Old Is New Again - Treasure Hunt Offers A Gem Of Opportunity

From the outside looking in, Cindi Baca's North Third Treasure Hunt shop doesn't appear much different than any other of the businesses it shares the street with in downtown Oakdale. Showcased antiques in the windows, interesting and unique trinkets throughout the shop … and then there are paint cans.

September 10, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Student Representative Pabalan Prepared For Transition

Next Monday, Sept. 8 Oakdale High School senior Rachelle Pabalan will settle into yet one more seat of responsibility. Pabalan will be in attendance at her second Oakdale Joint Unified School Board meeting. The 2014-15 Student School Board Representative (sworn in at the Aug. 11 session) is ready to add one more feather to her ever-flourishing cap.

September 03, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


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Junior High Efforts Receive County Recognition

Oakdale Junior High was recognized earlier this month by Stanislaus County Office of Education and the Board of Supervisors for its Red Ribbon Week decorating efforts. The school was awarded First Place in the Middle School/Junior High Division. A total of 30 schools from the varying grade level categories participated.

December 17, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Eaton Receives Naval Academy Nomination

Oakdale High School senior Logan Eaton was called to the office last week to take a phone call he will not soon forget. Eaton was one of 16 Central Valley high school seniors to receive a phone call from U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock). The nature of the phone call was to inform the senior he was one of the nominees named for the United States Naval Academy.

December 17, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Mommy Musings-The Beauty In Believe

My mother hails from a large family. Twelve children large to be precise. A five boys and seven girls journey which began for my grandparents in their teens with the last being born when my grandmother was in her early forties. My mother is the youngest of the girls and second youngest of the 12.

December 17, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Live Fearless

This has been coming for a while. I saw it coming in the not so far off future last year when my youngest began reading sentences and realized 'my mommy's picture is in the paper.'

December 10, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Troop Support - Blue Star Moms Send Bits Of Home

Troops both abroad and stateside will be treated to a touch of home this holiday season.

December 10, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Local Businesses Host Downtown Jingle Event

Doors will be open and treats aplenty, as some downtown businesses keep their doors open a bit longer on Friday, Dec. 12 to participate in a special holiday Jingle All the Way event. Over half a dozen boutiques and shops in the North Third vicinity will extend their business hours to 8 p.m. Friday, welcoming the community to do some night time shopping.

December 10, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Career Test Program Offers Bright Future

In the day and age of SMART boards, Chromebooks and web surfing a group of Oakdale Junior High seventh graders are spending a bit of their school year Career Cruising.

December 03, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Downtown Shop Targets Specific Clientele

Kristine Fallentine, owner and key name behind Kristine's Designer Clothing, has something unique to offer the Oakdale shopper. The recently opened 145 N. Second Ave., Oakdale location is just in time for the holiday season and their sought after unique customer.

December 03, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Alive In Spirit

On Wednesday evening, the night before Thanksgiving, Vickie Thompson spent her time similar to many, as she prepared for a holiday feast. Her kitchen, however, was somewhat different and the number of turkeys being prepped indicated something larger than a 'typical' family meal.

December 03, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Mommy Musings - Not A Bad View

Oh how I wish I had the knowledge to pen the piece I truly want to write. A few weeks ago some families in our town experienced yet another epic weekend in the area of high school sports.

November 26, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Pleasantly ‘Greeted’

What would you do if everything you knew and believed to be true were suddenly challenged?

November 19, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Oooooo LaLa - Parisian Inspired Boutique Has Just The Right Magic

Be it a party dress or hostess gift, I Love Paris is the ideal place for one stop shopping this holiday season. One need not look further than the quaint shop located in the center of Oakdale. The mother/daughter boutique owned and operated by Eleanor Colombo and Jill Haney is a refreshing change from what one might find in shopping malls or at big box stores.

November 19, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Women’s Boutique Brings Something New To North Third

Life has presented London Fox boutique owner and Oakdale native Tammy Golding with somewhat of a full circle moment this holiday season. Late last week, Golding opened her doors and greeted the community from her new location at 116 N. Third Ave., in the heart of downtown Oakdale.

November 19, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Community Spirit - Preparations Made For Thanksgiving Feast

In just barely one week, the kitchen area of the Gene Bianchi Community Center will once again be clanking and moving. Twenty one years later, the Spirit of Oakdale community meal is more than an institution; it is a fine oiled machine. On Thursday, Nov. 27 the small army and committee will once again open the doors at 11 a.m. and serve up a free Thanksgiving meal to anyone who stops by.

November 19, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Field Of Dreams - Board Approves School Farm Project

It was a full house and a packed agenda as the Oakdale Joint Unified School Board convened at the OJUSD Technology Center Monday night, due to a conflicting schedule with Oakdale City Council.

November 19, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


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