Build a gym, do it right. The Ripon Unified school board is hoping for just that for the Weston Elementary School reconstruction project. Trustees, at Monday's meeting, heard the current design of this voter-approved Measure G plan still didn't adequately address the student safety issue. "The simplest solution is to expand the building," said Khushroo Gheyara, CEO of Program Management Integration. The initial plan had the available space at each end of the basketball court ...
Tony Mistlin is doing his part to help with the City of Ripon's fireworks display. At Tuesday's Ripon City Council meeting, the local businessman and philanthropist offered to match donations for the Fourth of July event, up to $10,000. Fireworks will return to Mistlin Sports Park in 2014 due in part to changes in public safety regulations – specifically, the fallout zone, once calculated at 70-feet for every inch in diameter of the largest shell, ...
A public workshop on the proposed changes to the Blossom Express transit service's routes will be held today in Ripon City Hall, 259 N. Wilma Ave.
RIPON – They are fish out of water, forced to find relief at high school swimming pools not their own.
The best appears yet to come for the Mistlin Sports Park based on a recent report. For the first time, a financial analysis on the complex was provided by Kye Stevens at Tuesday's Ripon City Council meeting. "The numbers (consisting of expenses, revenue and projections) were conservative," said the recreation director. The financial picture may not appear rosy at first glance. Take this year, for example. Expenses consisted of the fountain ($15,000), soccer fields ($200,391) ...
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. At tonight's Ripon City Council session, elected leaders are scheduled to meet with Raman Dhindsa from the Women's Center of San Joaquin County. She's the FOCUS program manager for the center's Youth and Family Services. During the 7 p.m. open session inside the Council Chambers – Ripon City Hall, 259 N. Wilma Ave. – Mayor Dean Uecker will present a proclamation to the Women's Center representative. Part of it ...
A possible burglary in progress in a neighborhood near Ripon's Weston Elementary School in the southwest section of the city Thursday saw officers quickly alert staff members to move the children to another play area for their safety.
The Blossom Express transit service in Ripon currently operates on a regular Tuesday and Thursday schedule.
It will soon cost residents a little bit more to get their missing cat or dog out of the pound.
A single line of police officers in uniform on bicycles drew the attention of Ripon motorists who reacted with honks and waves as the trio followed their instructor from Southern California down Main Street into the city's central business section.
Ripon Unified is still trying to fill positions. At Tuesday's school board meeting, Michelle Ryan, who is the district's human resource manager, mentioned just that during the announcement of the new hires. "They're all replacement positions," she said. "We will have much more in October." Scrambling to fill positions, Ryan noted, may be a problem. "But it's been a good problem to have (for RUSD)," she said. Among the new hires are: • Ripona Elementary ...
Two police officers and two firemen downed large pastrami sandwiches in less than two minutes as a small crowd cheered them on to the finish Saturday.
It's all about 50 Faces/50 stories in a four by nine inch, full-color hard bound edition commemorating the 50-year celebration of the Bethany Home Society that will celebrate its half century with a Grand Gala at the Ripon Community Center on Friday, Sept. 13.
There's plenty going on in Ripon in the coming days. Events this week in Ripon will range from the opening and ribbon cutting of the new Togo's Restaurant on Colony Road adjacent to the Save Mart Shopping Center on Thursday, Sept. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Magpie Antiques will host a Ripon Chamber of commerce coffee this coming Friday at their corner location on First Street west of the Ripon Fire Department headquarters from ...
Marlon Gayle has a goal of learning the names of each student at Colony Oak School. The first-year principal is doing so by visiting the classrooms. He also produced a power-point presentation of each kindergarten-through- eighth-grade student at the Ripon Unified site in which each provided their first and last names. Gayle showed that video at Thursday's Back to School Night. This was the whittled down version of the taping that took place during the ...
The annual Taste of Ripon wine stroll saw crowds going from shop to shop sampling wines and enjoying the finger foods that were included in the frigid evening. The attendance was more than twice of that recorded last year.
The City of Ripon now has clear-cut definition of the "Central Traffic District."
A two-night Christian-based ballet dance production on stage at the Ripon Christian High School Performing Arts Center is expected to draw thousands on Friday and Saturday nights.
Chuck Winn is the new mayor of Ripon. For the third time, he was named to the post. But this was time he slotted for the top position as specified by an ordinance based on the rotation by the Ripon City Council seating. At the organization session on Tuesday, Winn, who previously served as vice mayor under Dean Uecker, advanced to the top spot, with Elden "Red" Nutt moving up one to vice mayor.
The City of Ripon can now look to lease the baseball fields along with the recently completed softball complex at the Mistlin Sports Park to an outside organization.
It's as much fun bouncing around on the new rubber playground base for Colony Oak students as it is climbing on the playground equipment.
Anna Fassler took time out from her studies Monday for civic duty.
November is National Runaway Prevention Month.
It was something of a history lesson for kindergarten children at Park View Elementary School when they hosted newcomers in the form of "Indians" from other Ripon schools to a Thanksgiving feast in their classroom on Tuesday.
Since September, the Youth Police Advisory Committee along with Ripon Police Chief Ed Ormonde reviewed various municipal codes.
The Ripon Christian "Knights of the Roundtable" competitive civics challenge team took first out of 14 teams from as far away as the Bay Area at the annual regional contest.
After two months in session, Ripon Unified saw attendance figures take a slight dip.
Ripon Unified recently filled several positions and is still looking at yet another hiring. Included is a secretary at Weston School. This temporary position is necessary in assisting duties associated with the site. The person picked will be called on to help out at Weston, from Jan. 7 to June 30 or the end of this school year. Duties will consist of performing "a wide variety of responsible clerical work involving staff and pupil record ...
The City of Ripon Christmas Tree has a new home.
When Bill Draa was at the Banta Elementary School District, he encountered his fair share of hair-lice infestation among children.