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Riverbank city council discusses new tattoo shop zoning


Tattoo shops are the target of a new ordinance in Riverbank, as council members seek to regulate how and where these shops can do business.

This was a first reading of the zoning regulations. Next month, the city council will read over the ordinance again, and if there are no changes made, council members will vote on the ordinance.

The new zoning regulations for tattoo parlors would mandate shops be in commercial zones; however, they cannot be within 100 feet of residences or within 500 feet of schools, parks or businesses selling alcohol.

"If tattoo shops are ran properly and by the proper people, there are no problems," Tattoo You owner Ray Hoote said.

Hoote is one of two tattoo shops in Riverbank. He said it wasn't easy getting started.

"When I first went to get my business license, they said we will not allow a tattoo shop in our town," Hoote explained.

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Casa de Modesto celebrates 50 years

Casa de Modesto celebrates 50 years

MODESTO — Casa de Modesto, a retirement center on Modesto’s northeast side will mark its 50th anniversary in May and is planning a year’s worth of activities to celebrate the milestone.

The not-for-profit retirement center was founded by three men from the Church of the Brethren in May 1965 to provide a home for seniors.

“Casa isn’t affiliated with any church, but it was some gentlemen from the Church of the Brethren that got the project going. So we kind of have a rich history with that church,” said Admissions Director Kathy Lewis.

That relationship with Church of the Brethren is what led resident John Heisel to move to an independent living apartment in 2003.

“Being a Brethren, this came out of our church, and my folks were here and all my cousins that were all Brethren, this is the first place they come,” Heisel said.

Heisel still takes advantage of Casa’s activities program at the age of 83... Read More

'Breakfast in My Neighborhood' - and the Winner is?

'Breakfast in My Neighborhood' - and the Winner is?

With 'Breakfast in My Neighborhood' News10 viewers get a chance to decide where News10 Mornings Anchor Dan Elliott will be broadcasting live from 5-7 a.m. this Friday, February 13.

Voting began on-air Friday morning February 6 and ended Tuesday, February 10, at 6 p.m.

The winner was announced Wednesday, February 11, on News10 Mornings.

This week's picks were in Tracy and they were:

Banta Inn

Town and Country Cafe

Viewers chimed in and OVER 56,000 votes were cast.

We want to thank the viewers, Banta Inn and Town and Country Cafe for participating in our poll.

And the winner is Town and Country Cafe!

Stanislaus Community Foundation provides philanthropic tools

Stanislaus Community Foundation provides philanthropic tools

Foundation CEO Marian Kaanon with Doris Daniel, Ruhi Sheikh and Amanda Hughes.

MODESTO — When Modesto businessman Carl Boyett was looking for a way to organize his fundraising efforts, he turned to the Stanislaus Community Foundation.

“It’s a very interesting concept,” Boyett said. “It’s just an easier way to handle [charitable efforts].”

As CEO of Boyett Petroleum, he created a corporate-advised donor fund with the Stanislaus Community Foundation (SCF).  The fund streamlines the philanthropic efforts of his company’s sponsored golf tournament, which allows him to underwrite the event so all the proceeds benefit the fund... Read More

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Turlock college frat under investigation over hazing allegations


ID=23173975A college fraternity in Turlock is under investigation over allegations of hazing.

Omega Delta Phi at California State University, Stanislaus could face sanctions if the allegations turn out to be true.

The purported hazing began last fall when Julian Alvarez was trying to join a fraternity on the CSU Stanislaus campus.

"I felt degraded, dehumanized, disrespected," said junior student, Julian Alvarez.

Alvarez was pledging to Omega Delta Phi, a multicultural, social fraternity.

Apothic Wines offers new wine, love letter generator

Apothic Wines offers new wine, love letter generator

MODESTO — Apothic Wines has launched Apothic Crush, just in time for Valentine’s Day, the winery announced Feb. 4.

The winemaker describes Apothic Crush as a “limited release red wine blends luscious red fruit flavors with notes of caramel and chocolate for a velvety, smooth mouthfeel.”

To boost the Valentine’s Day potential, Apothic Wines is partnering with  lifestyle experts at UrbanDaddy to offer a Crush Letter Generator.  ... Read More

How high-speed rail could affect housing in the Central Valley

How high-speed rail could affect housing in the Central Valley

CALIFORNIA HIGH-SPEED RAIL AUTHORITY

With the Jan. 6 groundbreaking  in Fresno for California’s high-speed rail project and the success of the Altamont Corridor Express, it seems rail systems are taking center stage in the Central Valley, albeit with cheers and jeers from both sides.

The debate rages around concerns over noise as well as business and traffic disruption from construction. Proponents point to positive environmental impact and economic growth through job opportunities and increased visitors in cities with rail stations.

What all can agree on is that the $68 billion high-speed rail project will impact numerous areas, including a direct – as well as a peripheral – effect on the real estate market... Read More