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Tracy housing boom continues with new development

 

An artist’s rendering depicts the two-story floor plan available to build in the Barcelona housing development being planned for Tracy.

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Modesto Money Mavens at the Keyes Library

Modesto Money Mavens at the Keyes Library

Learn how to save money on your next family gathering! Adults are invited to the Keyes Library on Thursday, March 26 at 6 p.m. for a couponing class. During this program, the Modesto Money Mavens will show participants all they need to know about couponing and saving money on grocery bills and much more!

This program is free and open to the community. The Keyes Library is located on 4420 Maud Ave. For more information, please call 664-8006.

2014 rankings: University of the Pacific is diverse, smart and cool

2014 rankings: University of the Pacific is diverse, smart and cool

University of the Pacific awards more doctoral degrees to Asian American students than any other college in the country. Pacific alumni have the sixth-highest salaries among recent graduates who earned diplomas at West Coast colleges. And the university counts among the 15 most popular, 50 most beautiful, 50 smartest and 100 “coolest” campuses in the nation.

Those are just some of the rankings Pacific chalked up this year in assessments from popular magazines and websites, including Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Payscale.com, PolicyMic.com, Lumosity, Sierra Magazine and more.

“It’s wonderful when these rankings emphasize what we already know about Pacific,” said Provost Maria Pallavicini. “Pacific is a special place that prepares students for success through rigorous academics and superior teaching. While no ranking should be taken too seriously, we appreciate being recognized in so many areas.”

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Fall home tips from Haggerty Construction

Fall home tips from Haggerty Construction

Fall is here and winter is just around the corner. It's time to decorate in beautiful warm colors, bring out your favorite 'comfort food' recipes, and throw your cozy afghan quilt over the sofa. It's also time to prepare your home, office and properties for the upcoming weather. All of us in California are hoping for a wet year to help us with our ever-looming drought - yet we also know with wet and stormy weather comes potential water damage and drafty rooms.

We've provided a few tips that can be used for your home, business and commercial properties.

1. Window and doors: Check for cracks, leaks and air coming through the sills and doorframes. A tight seal is one of the easiest ways to save on your energy bill & maintain a comfortable interior.

2. Heating Units: Have your heating units cleaned & serviced, which will keep your environment healthy and extend the life of your heating system.

Micke Grove Zoo growing its conservation efforts with sustainable edible garden

Micke Grove Zoo growing its conservation efforts with sustainable edible garden

San Joaquin County, CA – As part of its efforts to conserve and protect earth’s resources, Micke Grove Zoo follows the action program of “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.” The Zoo’s Animal Care Specialists created a soil bed that is used to compost kitchen waste and two separate beds for growing produce. The kitchen waste includes leftover or unusable portions of animal diets created in the animal kitchen. The animal kitchen is where diets are prepared for all of the captive wildlife housed at the Micke Grove Zoo.

With Dry Weather Expect More Pests

With Dry Weather Expect More Pests

California’s current drought brings concerns about our water supply and the prices we may end up paying for that precious commodity.  But humans aren’t the only creatures affected by lack of water.  Pest organisms such as insects and rodents that typically are able to survive off of natural food and water supplies in open non-irrigated portions […]

Why Should I Use Primer?

Why Should I Use Primer?

 

Using primer may seem like an extra, unnecessary step in the process of painting, however, there are many benefits to using primer. Here are a few of the benefits.

  • Using primer results in a smooth, even finish. Primer masks surface flaws and creates a nice smooth surface.
  • Primer serves as a binding agent so that paint adheres flawlessly to the surface.
  • Primer results in a longer-lasting finish. Not only does using primer make a paint surface look better, but it increases the durability of the finish.
  • Can reduce paint cost. Primer typically costs less than paint, so if you’re making a drastic color change from a dark to a light color, you can paint a few coats of a tinted primer and reduce the number of paint coats you need.

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