LATHROP – Ron Dell'Osso always wanted his own train set as a child.
That impish signature twinkle lit up her eyes.
Roger Meadows just didn't sit around the house after retiring from his 27-year career with Lockheed as a project planner.
Guss Schmiedt literally helped create one of Manteca's earliest football fields.
The professor was indignant.
You can own your own home in Manteca for less than $550 a month and not have to sink a lot of money into the foreclosure you're buying.
Dropping wages due to high employment and more young people entering the labor market ultimately could go a long way to curing what ails Manteca's general fund – high employee salaries.
It's an early fall Sunday afternoon as it was meant to be in Manteca.
Catch and release.
Surface treated water, the installation of park irrigation wells, and reduced pipeline construction costs could bring about a rarity these days – lower water rates.
Here are some Ripley's Believe It Or Not amazing facts from the streets of Manteca.
In Shape City a few years back wanted to convert a racquetball court into open space to make additional room for their existing exercise equipment.
Farming continues to be San Joaquin County's $2 billion baby.
We weren't the Brady Bunch nor were we the Waltons.
The Highway 120 Bypass and Union Road interchange will soon become ground zero for retail in the South County.
Manteca's elected leaders are letting developers off the hook for $6.9 million they agreed to pay in exchange for the privilege of building more homes.
Talk is cheap, especially when the drill is to blame Sacramento.
Target Bass Pro Shops. Twenty more parks including Big League Dreams, Woodward Park and the Spreckels Park BMX track. Del Webb at Woodbridge. Dryers Ice Cream. Ford Motor Company parts depot. The Yosemite Avenue/Highway 99 interchange. The Central Valley Cancer Center
Four tire planters have popped up along the Van Ryn Avenue bike path segment between the city's landscaping just south of Industrial Park Drive.
Just about the time the Highway 99 widening project through Manteca wraps up another improvement project will start along the freeway.
Should Manteca have blocked the Hampton Inn that has created dozens of jobs and so far brought more than $200,000 into city coffers in the form of room taxes because the general public isn't allowed to use the hotel's pool without booking a room?
Unlicensed drivers whose vehicles have been towed, impounded and releases since 2009 are helping pay to make the Manteca Police Department's traffic enforcement efforts more efficient.
The sacrifices made during the Vietnam War will not be forgotten.
Morenzone Field - created originally for adult softball - is being converted to accommodate 13- to 15-year-old Little League baseball play.
New residents are helping pay for upgrades to aging playground equipment in Manteca's older neighborhood parks.
Mayoral hopeful Ben Cantu believes the city went off half baked by proposing to put the envisioned community center/veterans hall "off the beaten track" on the southeast corner of Moffat Boulevard and Industrial Park Drive.
Stockton has warts and so does Modesto.
The appeal of Del Webb at Woodbridge goes beyond the obvious.
Why is River Islands important to Manteca Unified?
Bad debt write-offs for non-payment of municipal utilities have inched up slightly after dropping for two straight years.