Generally when I cover a story I'm rarely a participant in the subject matter but this time was a bit different. Though I am not from Oakdale or live in the city (and there have been a few disgruntled readers who have reminded me of this), I do feel part of this "community" and felt the need to volunteer for the Oakdale Children's Play Park Revitalization Project at Dorada Park when City Manager Bryan Whitemyer made the call for workers at a recent city council meeting.
More than one million children ride school buses in California every day. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) joins the observation of National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 19-23, to help recognize that school buses are the safest way for children to get to and from school.
The second annual Modesto Farm to Fork Event is set for Saturday, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Methodist Church Hall, 850 16th St., Modesto, next to the Downtown Certified Farmers Market.
The Oakdale community continues to be served and tended to through the efforts of the staff of its local Center for Human Services. Earlier this month CHS hosted its fifth annual Block Party with much success.
On Sunday, Oct. 11, Governor Jerry Brown rejected SB539 by Sen. Steve Glazer of Orinda, which would have banned naming schools, parks, buildings and other public property after Confederate leaders, saying it's an issue "quintessentially for local decision makers."
A Wednesday evening crash on Oct. 7 between a big rig and a pick-up truck on Albers Road between Warnerville Road and Oakdale-Waterford Highway resulted in a fatality and the big rig crashing into a residence on Albers Road.
With the appropriation of surrendered bail money coming their way from the courts, the Oakdale Police Department will be able to renovate its gun range in the city to make it safer as well as give it resilience for years to come.
On Saturday, Oct. 3 the Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance (OSPA) Strut Your Mutt Team leashed up, loaded dogs and headed west to strut for the homeless pets of Oakdale and Riverbank. OSPA took top honors for the second year in a row as the top fundraising team with a grand total of $20,719 along with earning a $1,000 bonus award from Best Friends Animal Society. The OSPA team and their dogs, many adopted from the Oakdale Animal Shelter, joined 400 others at McLaren Park in San Francisco for the third annual Strut Your Mutt event hosted by Best ...
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.)
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.