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Modesto police recognized for National Night Out event

MODESTO — The Modesto Police Department Crime Prevention Unit was recognized for its National Night Out participation in 2016.

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Zapien joins community partnership for families of San Joaquin Board


STOCKTON — Former County Board of Supervisors chair Moses Zapien has joined the Community Partnership for Families of San Joaquin’s Board of Directors, the organization announced Thursday.

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Firehouse Subs supports area firefighters

STOCKTON — If you like eating sub sandwiches and helping the community, Firehouse Subs may be the place for you.

The national franchise opened a Stockton location on June 11, and it’s already paying dividends for the local community. Firehouse Subs recently granted $22,000 from its general fund to the Waterloo Morada Fire District to purchase Jaws of Life, a hydraulic rescue tool that helps emergency personnel remove crash victims from their vehicles.

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Salvation Army serves community all year

MODESTO — Red kettle bell ringers stationed at storefronts during the holidays are a trademark Salvation Army tradition, but the nonprofit organization runs a multi-faceted church-centered operation aimed at helping struggling families throughout the year.

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Foundation set up in Deputy Wallace’s honor

MODESTO — The family of slain Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputy, Dennis Wallace, has established a charitable fund in his honor.

The Deputy Dennis Wallace Kids Soccer Fund was established at Stanislaus Community Foundation to help raise money for young children involved in local soccer associations.

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Honoring self-sacrificing heroes

Finally, it’s snowing in the mountains! It’s starting to feel a bit like Christmas.

Lots of needed rain poured on the Valley around Thanksgiving. It was a great time to read a book, make your holiday shopping list (I’m big on lists), watch the Fox special “Killing Kennedy,” visit your local merchants and knock out some of those gifts on your lists, organize a closet and decorate your tree.

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7 local “Blue Star Museums” offer free admission to military personnel and heir families this summer

7 local “Blue Star Museums” offer free admission to military personnel and heir families this summer

Seven Sacramento-area museums will participate in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day (May 30) through Labor Day (September 5), 2016. The seven local museums participating in Blue Star Museums include the following:  Aerospace Museum of California, California Agriculture Museum, California Automobile Museum, California Museum, Crocker Art Museum, Fairytale Town and the Sacramento History Museum.