Former Oakdale attorney James Fonda, who was convicted of grand theft on Sept. 17, was sentenced to one year in county jail on Oct. 5 and will have to provide full restitution of $180,000 to his victim, a disabled San Jose man. Fonda will also have to complete five years of formal felony probation.
In a week that saw the Seniors beat the Juniors in Powder Puff action, new Homecoming Royalty crowned and an 'off-the-beaten-path' route for the Friday afternoon parade of floats, Oakdale capped its fall celebration with a big varsity football win over Lathrop on Friday night. (See story, photos in Sports, Page A10.)
Excitement in Valley Home ... This Saturday, October 17 our community will come together to celebrate another successful harvest season and raise much needed funds for our Valley Home School! The fun will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday. There will be a huge Pumpkin Patch with pumpkins available to purchase ... included in the pumpkin patch area will be face painting, fall photos, pumpkin decorating and best carved pumpkin (pumpkins should be decorated and/or carved at home and brought to the festival before 5:15 p.m.) Cheers and applause will welcome the costume contest entries as they parade ...
Birthday greetings for the month of October go out to: Jim Boyer, Carol Davis, Bev Noe, Dick Muniain, Lisa Dolling, Nathaniel Van Ryn, Mike Ohe, Lis Whalen, Alec Ray, Lisa Fogarty, Andrew Schlegel, Austin Page, Dusty Hobbs, Bailey Stepp, Merna Jergentz, Ivan Garcia, Sydney Turner, Nicholas Gonzalez, Jenna Dickens and Jonathan Wheat.
(Editor's Note: As the Nov. 3 date for elections draws closer, The Leader reminds readers of our guidelines regarding political letters. It is the longstanding practice of the newspaper to not run any political letters in the issue just prior to the election. That issue is Oct. 28; therefore, the final issue for letters regarding the Nov. 3 election will be the Oct. 21 issue. Letters deadline is Friday at 5 p.m.; also, letters must be signed and include a daytime phone number for clarification of any questions.)
Cooperative board games operate under the concept of all players banding together in order to beat the game. In Frontier Stations by Victory Point Games and designer Jeremy Lennert, players represent captains of space stations defending an area of outer space cooperatively from external threats such as killer robots, artillery fire and boarding parties. If a single threat goes unanswered, all players lose.
October 14, 2015|
Dana Suskind is a professor of surgery at the University of Chicago, whose speciality is cochlear implants that allow people who are born deaf to hear. She is also founder and director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative, also based at the University of Chicago. TMW researches programs that maximize the critical language development period of birth to 3 years old while helping to draw public attention to this critical phase of brain development.
October 14, 2015|
Legislation by Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, of Modesto, to allow the use of electrically-motorized personal transportation devices in California has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. The bill provides for key safety measures, while allowing local governments the flexibility to regulate their use for individual communities.
Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 0.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.62/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.31/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.