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Breaking Bread, Breaking Ground

At a ceremony on July 15, Oakdale Joint Unified School District officials broke ground for the new 5000-square foot steel structure that will be the Central Kitchen. This will be the first of a handful of projects spearheaded by the Facilities Committee.

July 23, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Mommy Musings - Fair Fun

The timing of returning to the Newsroom could not have come at a better time … Fair week!

July 23, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – Getting Reacquainted

Today marks my first day back in a place I left a decade ago. Just looking at that sentence causes me to pause in both amazement and disbelief.

July 16, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – Bird’s Eye View

There is very little I don't love about this job.

May 07, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - He Moved Up

Parenting brings with it many milestones: first steps, first day of school, sleepovers, losing teeth, dates, driver's license, college choices, the list goes on.

March 26, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – Try, Try Again

When our children learn to ride a bike, shoot a basket or kick a goal they often fail – many times. Yet, as their parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents or loved ones we encourage them to try again. In some cases we require them to. Simply put we discourage them from giving up. We want them to succeed, to stick with it, quite simply to continue to try.

March 19, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Live Random

I often wonder how different the world would be if more people deferred from their 'calendar' long enough to change a life. Not just any life. Not a specific life with intended purpose, but someone random.

March 12, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Simplicity

The title for this week's column is just about as basic as a writer can get. What I've come to learn more and more however is how one seemingly 'small' thing can be so much bigger once the dirt is unearthed.

February 05, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommmy Musing's - Pen Pal's and Private Messages

Remember the Pen Pal? I believe it's back. The craziest part is that it has reappeared in the form many disregard as 'Facebook silliness.'

January 22, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Healthy Versus Balance

Somebody pinch me, 2014 has found us and to make matters even more crazy … it's the middle of January.

January 15, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Magic As I See It

I love the magic of the Holiday season.

December 18, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – The Spirit Is Alive

I believe stores should be closed on Thanksgiving.

December 04, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


The Joy Of Ticketing

I have a confession, which may make me less than popular with a few readers. My hope of course is that those affected or bothered don't take this out on my children and remember this is a 'grown-up' problem.

November 20, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – Unintentional Modeling

In the role of parent we are never void of the knowledge that eyes are always watching. Be it the eyes of our children, our peers, family or society at large. No parent is perfect and we all have our moments. 'Slips' happen, but if we are truly fortunate the 'eyes' bring it to our attention.

November 13, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Less Than Perfect

I'm a firm believer in the old adage of 'older and wiser.'

November 06, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


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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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