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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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Mommy Musings –Quality and Quantity

A few weeks back I had the unique opportunity of attending a school board meeting for a standing room only night.

January 28, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


OHS Senior Marks Fourth Generation Graduate

This June will mark 100 years since the first of four generations walked across the stage and earned an Oakdale High School diploma.

January 28, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Local Barbershop Adds Third Generation To The Floor

There's been a noticeable change to Norm's Barbershop at its West F Street location in Oakdale.

January 28, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Fitness Studio Looks To Revitalize Community Health

There's a small secret in the way of fitness a handful of community members have caught wind of: Revitalize Fitness is looking to reshape not only how people perceive weight loss, but overall health.

January 21, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Show Them The Money - Teachers Pack Board Meeting

It was an emotion packed, standing room only setting as Oakdale Joint Unified School Board called to session its first meeting of the New Year. The meeting was hosted Monday evening in City Council Chambers. The agenda listed routine consent items as well as some procedure/policy modifications. But the issue that brought the crowd was not on the agenda as an action item.

January 14, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


The Gift Of True Love

Some days our newspaper space just doesn't provide enough room for the cast of characters which occupy our zip code.

January 14, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Junior High Jeans And Jerseys Ready To Roll

Crab season is alive and well and Oakdale Junior High School's Parent Teacher Club is ready to get cracking.

January 12, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Zest For Life - Rocking The 80’s At The Gym

Life is not being wasted on Bill and Joanne Parker. At the ages of 85 (Bill) and 84 (Joanne), this couple did not wait for New Year's Day to make a resolution or begin a new health plan. On Jan. 2, 2015 the couple could be found in the same place they were on Dec. 31, 2014 … putting in some time at Fitness Plus in Oakdale.

January 07, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Mommy Musings – Friends, Family, Fresh Starts

Happy 2015!

January 07, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Find Joy

Earlier this month, I shared a bit about my personal journey with the word 'believe' and what it offers to life and living on a day in day out basis.

December 31, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


New Location, Same Care - Veterinarians Seek More Space For Better Service

It has been over two decades since Mel Tanner, DVM, opened the doors of his South First Avenue Vet Hospital. The quaint and cozy Oakdale's Olde Towne Vet Hospital situated in amongst unassuming little residences has become a refuge and comfort for many local pet owners.

December 31, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


O’Neill Continues Mission Of Hope

When Storm Watch 2014 (aka Pineapple Express) was reported, Jonyce O'Neill was not thinking of a flooded landscape or a potential leaking roof … she thought instead of her friends, her 'peeps.' As many sat at a computer screen staring at predictions of how bad the storm would be, O'Neill put a plea on Social Media for trash bags, coats and blankets for her friends who would endure the elements ... outdoors.

December 24, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


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


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