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ROTA Makes Route Adjustments

While the ROTA (Riverbank-Oakdale Transit Authority) trolley may no longer be in operation, the Dial-A-Ride bus is still tooling around Oakdale and Riverbank, making adjustments that reflect a sign of the current economic times.

August 25, 2010 | | Local Business


Porter Furniture Offers Aesthetic Living On A Budget

When you first walk into Porter, the new furniture store on North Third Avenue in Oakdale, the first thought when your gaze lights on mango hardwood trays and big, colorful pillows hand-crafted from India might be, "this place looks filled with beautiful stuff I can't afford" but owner Jordan Plumb is ready to assure shoppers that even in a tight economy, affordable and chic don't have to be enemies of one another.Plumb, formerly a Modesto resident, made Oakdale her home four years ago along with her grandparents and mother. Today, at 24, she's realizing her dream ...

July 16, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


Sales Tax Revenue Vital To City

In a tight economy, everyone is looking for better value for money spent. As of July 1, a new fiscal year began, and in the wake of devastating budget cuts that slashed programs, killed jobs, and reduced services, due to dwindling funds funneling into the city's General Fund, it's more imperative than ever that residents find ways to spend their hard-earned dollars in the community where they live.The current sales tax rate in Oakdale is 8.375 percent yet only .95 percent of that tax is returned to the community. However, the city's share of sales ...

July 15, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


Irrigation District Earns Engineering Award

The North Side Regulating Reservoir is a project that was initiated in 1997 when the Oakdale Irrigation District acquired the first piece of land for the project. There were delays due to funding issues and then taking time to implement the Water Resources Plan to better plan for the reservoir, but the project began picking up steam in 2007 and is now very near completion - only about two weeks or less of work left as soon as the weather cooperates.

February 10, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Business


Woman Offers Creepy Crawly Care

Even mention the word "lice" and people start scratching their heads and shuddering at the thought of the creepy crawly nuisances doing the mambo in their children's hair but for Oakdale resident Melanie Steele, the critters don't bother her at all - which is a good thing seeing as people pay Steele for her delousing skills.

February 10, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


Real Estate Snapshot For 2010

In the absence of a crystal ball to gaze into to discern the health of the real estate market, industry analysts are busy deciphering hard numbers to determine how 2010 is shaping up in terms of economic recovery, and the status of the real estate market.

February 03, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


Fabulous Nails Going Green

Elizabeth "Liz" Vo and her husband, Cach Vo, are bringing Fabulous Nails into the green era by transforming the 7-year-old local business into one that uses natural botanical blends imported from Oregon and Canada that are paraban-free for their facials.

December 30, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


Shipping Christmas

Punctual people who wanted to avoid the Christmas shipping rush that typically happens each season actually started sending their packages out Dec. 7 but the real crush didn't get into full swing until the following week - and even then it wasn't as crazy as it has been in previous years, said Myrna Nordstrom, owner of the local UPS store.

December 23, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


Landscape Architect Lends Grace, Function To Projects

Monica Perrone, a local, licensed landscape architect with more than 20 years experience, is one of those lucky people whose creative talent is balanced by an analytical mind, which comes in handy when she's approaching a project because she can immediately envision beauty without losing the details.

December 02, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


Spa Owner Offers Positive Pampering

Kara Crose, owner of Kara's Skincare Studio, wants to reach out to those in need and offer them a little R&R in the way of her new Positive Pampering program.

November 18, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


Local Stores Push Early Deals

According to economists the recession is over but local and big box retailers may disagree as the shopping climate remains cool, prompting bigger and earlier holiday sales meant to draw those reluctant consumers into tackling those gift lists now instead of later.

November 18, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


Kona’s Chips Offers Gourmet Pet Treats

Tom and Cynthia Darmstandler, owners of the gourmet pet treat company Kona's Chips, never imagined that when they started a very personal journey to create healthy treats for their beloved Pomeranian puppy Kona, they'd stumble upon a need within the pet-owning community.

October 28, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


Oakdale Pet Station Adding Cat Condo For Shelter

It's no secret that Ron Panelli, owner of the Oakdale Pet Station and sponsor of Pet of the Week in the newspaper for the past 20 years, loves animals but what people may not be aware is that, once again, he's going that extra mile for his furry friends.

October 21, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


Local Vet Earns UC Davis Fellowship

Wendi Dudley, DVM, is one of a handful of veterinarians granted a fellowship through the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the California Veterinary Medical Association, which will entail 20 days of study on a specific discipline at the UC Davis campus.

September 30, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


SIGN ME UP

Chrissy Warner, above, a lab scientist at Oak Valley Hospital, signs a steel beam at the new hospital's 'topping out ceremony' on Sept. 15. In the ceremony, people sign the final steel beam used to complete the frame construction of a building, which is then raised with a tree sitting on top. At side, Oak Valley Hospital District board members, employees, construction personnel, and others were present for the ceremony. John Friel, CEO of OVHD, spoke briefly before a large crane raised the beam and workers bolted it into place.

September 23, 2009 | | Local Business


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