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Statewide Effort Focuses On Teen Driving Safety

For the past four years, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has partnered with Impact Teen Drivers (ITD) in a combined effort to decrease the number of teen distracted driver fatalities across the state. Through engaging presentations in schools, the ITD program reaches thousands of teens and parents each year to show how using a cellular telephone, texting, and other distractions while driving can have fatal consequences. Teenagers are considered at most risk for distracted driving, and the CHP and ITD are dedicated to reversing what is a completely preventable crisis.

December 16, 2015 | | Local News


SOUNDS OF THE SEASON

Members of the Orange Blossom 4-H group had a great time recently, bringing cheer to downtown holiday shoppers in Oakdale, singing Christmas carols outside stores and in one case, going inside and singing to Santa, who was on hand at the business. The kids split their forces with some singing, some members making scarves for the elderly, and others gathering items for their adopt-a-family project, helping two families to have a happy holiday season

December 16, 2015 | | Local News


Family Support Network Hosts Coats And Cookies

There was plenty of warmth, good tidings and smiles going around the Family Support Network facilities on West F Street recently, as the organization hosted its annual Coats and Cookies festivities on Dec. 9 and 10.

December 16, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Driver Sentenced In Fatal Accident

The driver that caused the death of a 64-year-old Oakdale pedestrian in February and then fled the scene has been sentenced to seven years in state prison.

December 16, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Chanukah Menorah Lighting Hosted In Downtown Oakdale

Congregation Beth Shalom, The Center for Jewish Life in greater Stanislaus County and the Central Valley based in Modesto, hosted a public lighting ceremony of the Chanukah Menorah in downtown Oakdale on Sunday night, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Bianchi Community Center Plaza. The event featured the lighting of a five-foot tall Menorah, holiday songs and distributing holiday treats.

December 09, 2015 | | Local News


Crowd Flocks To Downtown Celebration

There was a definite chill in the air on Friday night, as vendors set up on the street, stores stayed open late, the clip-clop of horses' hooves could be heard … and Santa made an appearance.

December 09, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Community Efforts Make Season Bright

Oak Summit Masonic Lodge #112 of Knights Ferry is supporting the annual 2015 Toys for Tots holiday toy drive. A number of collection barrels and boxes have been placed in Oakdale. They include Ace Hardware, SaveMart, Oak Valley Jewelry, Steves Chevrolet, Haidlen Ford, Suzy Belens, Pizza Hut, Saras Dry Cleaner, Kmart, Tractor Supply and Wells Fargo Bank. Donations of new, unwrapped toys will help the Toys for Tots campaign get holiday gifts to those in need.

December 09, 2015 | | Local News


Sheriff Christianson Travels For Counter Terrorism Training

With the awareness and threat of global terrorism on the forefront, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson has just returned from a best practices counter-terrorism program in Israel. As part of the course which ran from Nov. 15-24, he met with his Israeli counterparts on how to make Stanislaus County and America safer. With the rise of ISIS and other fanatic organizations – as was most recently seen in Paris – this type of program is more important than ever, according to sheriff's department officials.

December 09, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Veronica’s Care Closet Aims To Feed Families

This year marks the sixth Holiday season that the halls of Oakdale High School will not be brightened by the smile of Veronica Patron.

December 09, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Code-Water Enforcer Approved By Council

With code enforcement in the city basically dormant over the past few years, and the State of California requiring cities to enforce water conservation rules, the Oakdale City Council approved a combined code enforcement/water conservation officer position at its meeting on Monday, Dec. 7.

December 09, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Local Firefighter Seeking Marrow Match

After 11 years on the job, Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Battalion Chief Kevin Wise has battled countless fires and done his part to save lives. Now, after being diagnosed with leukemia in September, the decorated fire veteran and two-time City of Oakdale Firefighter of the Year is looking for his own hero to match him for a bone marrow donation as he contends with his biggest battle yet.

December 04, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


First Ever Chanukah Menorah Lighting In Downtown Oakdale!

Congregation Beth Shalom, The Center for Jewish Life in greater Stanislaus County and the Central Valley based in Modesto, has announced that they will host a public lighting ceremony of the Chanukah Menorah in downtown Oakdale on Sunday night, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Bianchi Community Center Plaza. The event is free, for all ages, rain or shine, and will feature the lighting of a five-foot tall Menorah, holiday songs and distributing holiday treats.

December 04, 2015 | | Local News


Wet Winter Weather Forecasts Prompt Red Cross Warnings

The forecast for a strong El Niño is making news with an El Niño weather pattern that could be one of the strongest on record. While there are no guarantees, there is the potential for a significant wet winter. As a result, American Red Cross is encouraging residents to prepare their homes and property for the coming wet weather and to arm themselves with safety tips – before significant storms arrive.

December 02, 2015 | | Local News


Community Holiday Activities Scheduled

Oakdale's Family Support Network (FSN) will host its Third Annual Coats and Cookies Event on Wednesday, Dec. 9 and Thursday, Dec. 10 between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. FSN is located at 1405 West F St., Suite A, Oakdale.

December 02, 2015 | | Local News


Annual Lamplight Tours This Weekend In Columbia

Columbia State Historic Park and Friends of Columbia are proud to present this year's Lamplight Tour, "The Surprise That Saved Columbia." Tours will run Friday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 5 beginning at 5:30 p.m. and leaving every 15 minutes.

December 02, 2015 | | Local News


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Age Well, Drive Smart Program

California Highway Patrol's Senior Driving Course, Age Well, Drive Smart will be offered on Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 1 p.m. to 3 p ...

October 11, 2017 | | Local News


Fire Prevention Week

The second week in October (8-14) marks Fire Prevention Week and this year's theme is "Every Second Counts – Plan 2 Ways Out!" Take time ...

October 11, 2017 | | Local News


COLOR FUN RUN

Students at Oakdale Junior High School suited up for the second annual Color Run on Friday, raising money for the school and getting doused with ...

October 11, 2017 | | Local News


Oakdale Junior High School Adds New Computer Science Elective

Farming and football aren't the only areas of interest for the decision makers of Oakdale Joint Unified School District. The start of the 2017-18 ...

October 11, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Chamber Hosts Inaugural Downtown Pour In Stores

The Oakdale Chamber of Commerce will host a sip and shop event in Downtown Oakdale on Thursday, Oct. 12 from 5 p.m. to 9 ...

October 11, 2017 | | Local News


School Board Talks Test Scores, Bullying

Oakdale Joint Unified School District continues to hold its own in Stanislaus County by way of SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) test results.

October 11, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


DOWNTOWN ARTISTS

In keeping with homecoming tradition, Oakdale High School students filled the downtown area this past weekend painting windows. The Junior Class painted windows of Oak ...

October 11, 2017 | | Local News


Community Briefs

Accordion Club Meet

October 11, 2017 | | Local News


League Of Women Voters Hosts Candidate Forum

Learn more about the candidates for the Oakdale Irrigation District at a forum scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m., staged in the ...

October 11, 2017 | | Local News


Wildfires Prompt Health Caution

Smoke from the Northern California wildfires have the potential to affect air quality throughout the entire San Joaquin Valley, prompting local air pollution officials to ...

October 11, 2017 | | Local News


AAUW Slates Fall Fundraiser

Soar like an eagle to raise funds for the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Oakdale-Riverbank-Escalon Branch's Tech Trek, Speech Trek, Scholarships and fund ...

October 11, 2017 | | Local News


Small Farm Conference Celebrating 30 Years

All members of the California small farm community are invited to register for the 30th California Small Farm Conference, the state's premier gathering for ...

October 11, 2017 | | Local News


Western Days Attendees Enjoy Entertainment, Grub

Oakdale's Cowboy Capital lived up to its name on Saturday, Oct. 7 as the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau hosted their second annual Western ...

October 11, 2017 | | Local News


Crash Impacts Traffic

Oakdale Police have issued an advisory that, due to a traffic accident involving a power pole, traffic at East G Street and South Fifth Avenue ...

October 06, 2017 | | Local News


Harvest Festival Kicks Off Fall For The Community

Pies will be baked, cider pressed, pumpkins stacked and activities set as Bloomingcamp Ranch hosts the Annual Bloomingcamp Ranch Harvest Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Oct ...

October 04, 2017 | By TERESA HAMMOND thammond@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


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