Joe Pellegrino was thinking small.
Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is a daily ritual before classes begin in all of Manteca Unified School District classrooms. That patriotic mandate holds true for all grade levels, from kindergarten to high school.
As citizens who have forsaken their safety to protect and serve the United State of America, veterans known first hand the importance that the American flag bears as it waves from flagpoles and home fronts on national holidays.
As President's Day weekend approaches many will locate their American flag and fly it from their home front to recognize the national holiday and remember the sacrifices and courage of our founding presidents. However, for the Turlock Fire Department the American flag plays a role in everyday life.
The Tarr family is never too busy to step up to the plate to demonstrate their patriotism for their country by helping place and later retrieveing nearly 200 American Flags along Manteca streets.
Oh, from the mouths of babes.
What does the American flag mean to students and teachers?
LATHROP – Hearts are on fire at Amici Sushi.
Nothing says I love you more than Chicken-N-Waffles?
While love is certainly in the air on Valentine's Day, local Latin bistro La Mo in downtown Turlock prides itself on offering a caring atmosphere all-year round.
Manteca may not be San Francisco or New York but it does offer a smorgasbord of culinary pleasures that its 70,000+ residents can go to for a romantic dining destination.
As a staple of the downtown Modesto restaurant scene for years, Trisetti's has played host to many locals' Valentine's Day experiences.
Imagine a real live Cupid having dinner with you and your love at a special Valentine's Dinner Thursday night at a Ripon restaurant.
Contrary to popular belief, there are some in the Central Valley that don't bow at the fleet feet of Colin Kaepernick or Terrelle Pryor.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Record-setting offense versus relentlessly stingy defense.
RIPON – What do you think of when you picture a garden?
Gardening is a popular hobby in the Central Valley where the ideal California climate is conducive to growing. The Greenery Nursery and Garden Shop in Turlock is largely responsible for cultivating many locals' "green thumbs."
MODESTO – For more than 30 years Westurf Nursery has been a mainstay in the Modesto gardening landscape, and with 10 acres of trees, shrubs, roses and more, it's hard to miss.
When was the last time a nursery was called "Super Awesome?"
ISLETON – People get territorial when you talk about steak.
Locals looking to satisfy their cravings for a quality steak dinner won't need to look far as The Fruit Yard Restaurant & Country Market is well versed in providing not only quality beef but quality service.
DELHI – A porterhouse or a rib eye. Sautéed or broiled over an open fire. With French fries or a baked potato. The Elegant Bull in Delhi offers its customers the ultimate dining experience when it comes to steak.
OAKDALE – Nestled deep in the Cowboy Capital of the World, House of Beef ropes in its guests near and far with a tantalizing steak selection.
Nobody does steak better than the El Rancho Inn in Stockton.
Manteca marked the home stretch for Cesar Chavez.
In celebration of the upcoming Cesar Chavez holiday, California State University, Stanislaus students had the opportunity to witness and learn from one of Chavez's right hand men and a significant leader in Chicano culture: Luis Valdez.
The regular school year in Manteca Unified runs from August to May. That's the norm for the majority of the 23,000-plus elementary and high school students in the district. That holds true for other public schools in San Joaquin County as well.
Agriculture is the dominant industry in the Central Valley, where the legacy of Cesar Chavez still hangs in the air for families of migrant workers across the state.
Students at Cesar Chavez High in Stockton are learning more about their school namesake.
DELANO (AP) - In California's fertile Central Valley, immigrant workers pick produce sold worldwide. They're mostly Spanish speakers who work long hours in the dirt and sun - not your typical crowd for a Hollywood movie premiere.