Calling on citizens for input, members of the Oakdale City Council asked residents to attend two important meetings that will shape the city's budget and strategic plan for the next few years.
Oakdale city officials are asking the city council to borrow up to $450,000 from the Bridle Ridge South Trail fund to pay for completion of the update for the city's General Plan.
For Samantha Carr, a young mother struggling to put food on the table, the toy giveaway spearheaded by Anne Farmer, Community Service Officer with the Oakdale Police Department, made Christmas possible for her 2-year-old son Johnny.
After being on a combat tour in Afghanistan for more than six months, U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Vince Havelaar recently arrived home in Oakdale with his new wife Shelby (Hamilton) on Dec. 23, in time to celebrate Christmas with his family.
As the year comes to an end with its cold weather, community leaders are showing an interest in the welfare of Oakdale's homeless population.
An estimated dozen residents attended an incident review at Oakdale's Fire Station 1 on Dec. 15 regarding a California Avenue house fire and the delayed response in late October that allowed the fire to gain a stronghold before crews arrived on the scene.
In a meeting where transferring Bridle Ridge funds and the health of the city budget were discussed, newly-elected Oakdale City Council member Jason Howard was chastised and reprimanded by fellow council members for his taking of confidential documents from city hall.
There's a new police officer on the streets, his name is Lobo - and he's not going to cost the City of Oakdale a dime.
"Thank you for making my Christmas special."
New developments have evolved in the fatal shooting that occurred Friday, Dec. 10 on the Oakdale Waterford Highway, near Milnes Road, following what was originally believed to be a botched home invasion in Hickman, causing investigators to suspect the attack was motivated by drugs.
A Valley Home School kindergartner had a close call recently as he boarded the bus for school one morning at the stop in front of his home on Valley Home Road.
A state law that requires students currently in sixth through eleventh grades must have their whooping cough (pertussis) booster shots prior to starting school next year has the Oakdale Joint Unified School District urging parents to take care of it now. If students don't have shot records showing proof, they won't be allowed to enroll in school.
All that's missing is the roasting chestnuts over an open fire but even so, the third annual Old Fashioned Christmas on Third Avenue, scheduled for Friday, Dec. 10 is bringing the holiday cheer with Christmas carolers, twinkling lights, hot cocoa and cider, more than 40 vendors, wagon rides through downtown and even pictures with Santa.
In an attempt to educate the citizens of the county, the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office Deputy Sheriff's Association is airing a message warning the public about the effects of county "budget restrictions," especially to public safety.
Patients of Oakdale Pharmacy, an independent pharmacy owned by John Dayton, were given a shock when they received a letter in the mail - after the fact - that the pharmacy had closed its doors and their pharmaceutical needs would be handled by Walgreens, the newest pharmacy chain to open in Oakdale.
Oakdale Chamber of Commerce will host its 69th Annual Awards on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., staged at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave., Oakdale.
The Bacigalupi family is well known throughout the Oakdale area. Not only for the infamous H-B Saloon on F Street, but also for their philanthropy including sponsoring the Cowboy Golf Tournament, the annual AFC-NFC Championship Tailgate Party to benefit local causes, donations to Spirit of Oakdale, Community Sharing, the Lions Club Children's Christmas Shopping Tour and several contributions to Oakdale High School sports.
Crab season is alive and well and Oakdale Junior High School's Parent Teacher Club is ready to get cracking.
Life is not being wasted on Bill and Joanne Parker. At the ages of 85 (Bill) and 84 (Joanne), this couple did not wait for New Year's Day to make a resolution or begin a new health plan. On Jan. 2, 2015 the couple could be found in the same place they were on Dec. 31, 2014 … putting in some time at Fitness Plus in Oakdale.
The adage 'one man's trash is another man's treasure' was well portrayed in a recent Stanislaus River homeless camp clean up on Wednesday, Dec 31.
Like many families do, the 'family' of kids, parents and teachers at The Learning Tree Preschool in Oakdale recently completed their holiday 'Gingerbread House' craft making activity, with the children able to take home their sweet treats to display (or eat) over the holidays. Following are some photos from the special craft day.
Law enforcement fatalities in the U.S. rose 24 percent in 2014, reversing what had been two years of dramatic declines in line of duty deaths, based on preliminary data compiled and released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).
Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, (R-Modesto), issued a statement following Governor Jerry Brown's inaugural address on Monday, Jan. 5:
Major construction activities associated with the State Route 99/State Route 219 Kiernan Avenue Interchange Reconstruction Project are now under way.
The California Highway Patrol reported that units responded to a single vehicle collision on Camanche Parkway South, just south of Campo Seco Road in Calaveras County on Saturday morning, Dec. 27, just after 6:45 a.m.
As the summer hit full force, there was talk of drought, and the city continued to deal with budget issues. School resumed in August, locals brought home honors from the county and state fairs and eventually we hit the holiday season – kicking off with Halloween and continuing through the Christmas shopping season.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is urging motorists to start the New Year on the right path by celebrating responsibly. If the night's events include alcohol, make the smart choice and designate a driver before the celebrating begins. The CHP will be ringing in the New Year on the roadway with motorists as part of a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP), which begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, and continues through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015.
One lane of eastbound F Street traffic near South Fourth Avenue was closed down for about 90 minutes on Wednesday, Dec. 24 while Oakdale Police, the city's Public Works department and Reliable Tow of Oakdale worked on clearing the roadway after a solo vehicle rollover accident.