A student's academic performance is influenced by a host of factors, including the learning environment both inside the classroom and at home. While students may have only limited control over the environment in their classrooms, they and their parents can do much to create home study environments that are conducive to learning.
Local newspapers play vital roles in communities across the globe. The Information Age has changed the way many people get their news, but local newspapers continue to serve as valuable resources for readers interested in learning more about and becoming more involved in their communities.
California Fire Safe Council (CFSC) officials on Monday announced the council has awarded over $2.1 million in federal grant funds to 20 at-risk California communities in 20 counties to conduct wildfire risk reduction projects.
The once healthy population of rainbow trout living in the Stanislaus River declined precipitously during the California drought, according to survey results released Monday, Aug. 15 by the fisheries consulting firm FISHBIO.
Nearly his entire adult life, Brian Shimmel has worn a uniform. This month he becomes a civilian for the first time in over 30 years as he is retiring from the Oakdale Police Department at the rank of sergeant.
With school back in session the Valley Air District is asking the public to reduce vehicle emissions by carpooling or walking their children to school and to refrain from vehicle idling during school pick-ups and drop-offs. Triple-digit temperatures and multiple wildfires are impacting Valley air quality, and the public's help is crucial in reducing the risk of spikes in ground-level ozone and exceeding federal air quality standards.
The Human Services Program at Modesto Junior College is sponsoring a Fall 2016 Orientation on Thursday, Aug. 25 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Room 218 of the Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT) Building on East Campus, 435 College Ave., Modesto. The public is invited to participate in this free event.
The opportunity for the public to thank a veteran and first responders occurred this past Saturday at the Grand Opening celebration of Veterans First on Patterson Road in Riverbank. The festivities began at 9 a.m. with an opening prayer. With approximately 80 to 100 people that stopped by throughout the day, the Veterans First building buzzed with positive energy, kindness, and support.
The Save Mart Companies has begun a major modernization and expansion project at its Oakdale store. This is the third location under the Save Mart banner incorporating the brand's fresh, updated look and the new features geared toward convenience and service.
The Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) is hosting a Technology Night for Parents: Digital Citizenship on Tuesday, Aug. 23. The event is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at SCOE's Petersen Event Center at 720 12th St., Modesto. The free hour-long session, offered concurrently in both English and Spanish, is the first in a series of technology sessions geared toward parents. Walk-ins are welcome but registration is encouraged online at www.stancoe.org.
Oakdale's downtown weekly Farmer's Market, each Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on North Third Avenue, offers plenty of fun, farm fresh produce, entertainment and more. With a handful of weeks remaining, now is the time to take advantage of the outdoor market. Members of the Singles Skirts 'n Flirts square dance club entertained at the Aug. 10 market while, at side, Glen Earl of Cap 'n Coops Kettle Corn takes a moment to greet Andy, the St. Bernard and, below, Jana Ciccarelli of the Oakdale Library gets animated during a story time session. Fruits ...
Over the last few years, Oakdale residents have seen their elected city officials set service rates, determine the fate of city property sales, decide on growth developments, and propose sales tax initiatives. Some of those times saw individuals in the community up in arms over those decisions, criticizing leaders for the actions that shaped the city.