With an active month on the world news front – Paris, Lebanon, Syrian refugees, and even red Starbucks cups – the entitlement generation has once again shown its true colors after the devastating and tragic events in Paris on Nov. 13.
In an effort to help facilitate a virtual Neighborhood Watch program and foster neighbor-to-neighbor communications, the Oakdale Police Department's Neighborhood Watch groups have partnered with Nextdoor, the private social network for neighborhoods.
Veterans Appreciation Day ceremonies were held at the Veterans Monument in William A. Fish Veterans Park on Wednesday, Nov 11 by the local VFW Post 2922. The day of remembrance and appreciation of veterans included speakers, quilt presentations, an official Flag Retirement ceremony by the Boy Scouts and an 'open mic' session.
Once again community interests of Oakdale's homeless and its associated problems were brought up to the city council resulting in the majority of the Monday, Nov. 16 meeting spent discussing the issues and the city's response. Included in the talk were some surprising figures on the amount of time officers spend with a select group of individuals.
Now that it's November, the view from the Knights Ferry Bridge is sure to include Chinook salmon during the peak of their migration. To celebrate the salmon, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District, FISHBIO, and other local partners come together to put on the annual Stanislaus River Salmon Festival. The sixth annual event will be held in Knights Ferry at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Stanislaus River Park on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
It's that time of year again and the Spirit of Oakdale Committee is once again gearing up for its annual Oakdale Thanksgiving Dinner so no one in the city can go hungry that day. This will be the 22nd year for the event.
Environmental concerns by a state agency over the safety of a former dump site has caused the City of Oakdale to spend an unexpected $80,000 from its General Fund for environmental cleanup efforts before it can proceed with a grant-financed river trail.
With city administrative staff cut and the elimination of a once human resources department, the City of Oakdale plans to enter into an agreement with the Municipal Resource Group (MRG) of Danville to conduct some personnel investigations.
Just a few short years ago budget reviews meant doom and gloom for a city that had to cut emergency services, street lighting and sweeping, and threatened closure of its senior center. The 2015-2016 budget review this year by Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer to the city council at its meeting on Monday, Nov. 2 indicated stability and optimism as the city attempts to recover from the economic downturn at the beginning of the decade.
I've been a longtime baseball fan and October baseball has always been one of my pleasures – especially the playoffs leading to the World Series where you can still see some good 'ol daytime baseball with the stands casting those autumn shadows onto the field.
Regardless of California being in its fourth year of a severe drought, water is always a precious commodity to farmers. When that water is sold to others during a drought while theirs is reduced, farmers are bound to protest.