Oakdale Police officials anticipate a program for officers to wear body cameras to be in effect within three to four months, according to Interim Police Chief Mike Harden. On Monday, June 6, the city council unanimously approved the purchase of the $43,000 program.
Oakdale and surrounding area seniors were once again treated to a complimentary lunch and a wealth of information during the 15th Annual Oakdale Senior Information Day hosted on Friday, June 10. The annual event is presented and sponsored by the City of Oakdale and Oak Valley Hospital District and is free to the community. It is hosted each year at the Gene Bianchi Community Center.
Oakdale Family Resource and Counseling Center (OFRC) will host Inside Out for the first Movie Under the Stars event in Cottles Woods Park at dusk on Saturday, June 18. This is the first of three Movie Under the Stars events, the next two taking place July 16 and Aug. 20. The July movie will be a showing of Minions and the August feature will be a showing of Norm of the North. All three events will be in Cottles Woods Park with the show beginning at dusk.
The Stanislaus County Superior Court announced that the 2016-2017 Civil Grand Jury will be sworn in and seated later this month, naming four Oakdale residents that will be part of those names up for selection.
Provisions from the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act, authored by Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Denham (R-Turlock), was adopted June 8 in the U.S. House of Representatives through the passage of an amendment to S. 2276, the SAFE PIPES Act. The House amendment strikes the text of the Senate bill and replaces it with an amendment that includes text from the PIPES Act of 2016 (H.R. 4937). This will be the final House action on the bill and is expected to be cleared by the President and signed into law.
Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 4.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.74/gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.38/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
A young Catahoula mix, about two years old, had been at the Oakdale Animal Shelter for a few weeks waiting to be adopted. He arrived at the shelter as a stray and after several attempts to find his owner, the dog was placed with the other shelter pets and made available for adoption.
Residents who want to improve their public speaking skills are encouraged to join with the REO Speechtrain Toastmasters Club for regular meetings every Wednesday morning, 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., at Perko's Cafe, Patterson and Oakdale roads, Riverbank. This is a fun way to learn the self-confidence and skills needed for public speaking. All are invited to come and check out the group. The next meeting will be Wednesday, June 22. For more information, call (209) 614-8462.
Stanislaus County Office of Education's YES (Youth Entertainment Stage) Company is producing the classic musical "Les Miserables, School Edition" to be performed at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto. Tickets are now on sale at the Gallo Center for the Arts box office and online at www.galloarts.org. Performances are slated for 7:30 p.m. on Fridays, July 22 and 29 as well as Thursday, July 28; with 3 p.m. shows on Saturdays, July 23 and 30; Sundays, July 24 and 31.
Members of the OHS SEAL team traveled to Coronado, CA recently for the sixth annual Navy Seal Challenge. The Oakdale team had been training since November, so expectations were high this year. The Navy Seal Challenge is a competition between high schools from all over California and is a test of strength, endurance, and mental toughness, patterned after actual SEAL training exercises. This year the Oakdale team had several financial sponsors including Allcare IPA and SaveMart, which helped defray the cost of training and traveling to So Cal.
Community Hospice, the oldest nonprofit hospice organization serving the Central Valley, was awarded re-accreditation with deemed status on June 9 from the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP). CHAP is the leading national accrediting agency for hospice and home health organizations.