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PEDAL TO THE METTLE

The English Coonhound settles in the Central Valley sun, sprawling out across a lane in the Best Western parking lot.

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Manteca’s war on the homeless

So how goes Manteca’s war on the homeless?

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About those ‘evil’ free range parents

There is a fine line between being cautious and paranoia.

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Snakes, Paragon 3, Love Manteca & more

The Manteca High School Band Boosters is hosting an All-You-Can-Eat-Spaghetti Dinner at the Manteca Transit Center (220 Moffat Blvd.) on Saturday, April 18, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. There will be a no-host bar, spaghetti, salad, rolls, and silent dessert auction. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Please call 209.610.4025 for tickets or more information about the event. 

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Posted: apr. 16, 2015 1:11 a.m. | | Snakes, Paragon 3, Love Manteca & more Comments 0 Comments

How I learned not to trust tax collectors

It’s nice to know I’m not the only one that doesn’t trust the Internal Revenue Service or the Franchise Tax Board.

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Moffat Blvd. monument to moving on

The steel framework of the 3,600-square-foot building going up on Moffat Boulevard is more than just the future home of the Manteca Veterans Center.

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Try eating apples grown in Cupertino

Salinity levels at Vernalis south of Manteca would not be so high if the Hypocrites-by-the Bay in the Green Environmental Perfection movement did their fair share to protect fish.

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Rewarding state $300M for helping kill 8 people

PG&E is paying $300 million too much for the 2,425 violations of federal and state safety rules in connection with an investigation following the 2010 gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno that killed eight people and destroyed more than three dozen homes.

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Two angels at Manteca High save life of teen

Amanda Buhay could have died in mid-December in a Manteca High classroom.

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Kidney stones, hammertoes & smartphones

I miss the good old days.

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LITTLE FREE LIBRARY

I love books. I taught myself to read at the age of 5 and haven’t put a book down ever since. As a child I won several “Queen of Children’s Readers” contests held at the local library, where they kept track of every book I borrowed, and several years in a row I came close to the number 300. 

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Poker benefits foster families

It’s time to gamble – for a great cause. Agape Villages presents a Poker Tournament at the Manteca Senior Center (295 Cherry Lane) on Friday, April 10, from 7 to 11 p.m. to support foster children.  The entry fee is $40 per player. For more information, please call Nina at 209.992.8346 or email npayne@agapevillages.org.

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Manteca’s next round of water use reductions

As strange as it might sound, Manteca is ahead of the curve when it comes to stepping up its game to conserve water.

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Making life difficult for bottom rung workers

Once upon a time in a quaint little place called California a young person between 16 and 17 years of age could get an entry level job with ease.

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Lawn wars: The battle to survive the drought

I have gone without lawns for six years.

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$2.3 million decision needs careful thought

Manteca’s elected leaders are about to spend the last $2.3 million they’re  likely to have for a long, long time— if not for ever — to help leverage affordable housing for the very low income and the low income.

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GREG LEMOND

I do not view athletes as heroes.

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MANTECA IS A GREAT TOWN

My name is Captain Scott Souza, United States Air Force (retired), born and raised in our small town of Manteca. 

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It’s time to stop destructive turf warfare between the blues & the reds

Turf warfare waged by those sporting blue and red are tearing this country apart.

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Little water savings can add up to big water savings

If we continue to use water like there is no tomorrow there will be no tomorrow. It’s as simple as that.

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DEFYING ALL ODDS

It’s easy to take a sports story, give it the Disney treatment and get an entire theater full of people clapping at the end. 

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Manteca’s heart needs to be healthy

Nico Tejeda is worried about Manteca’s long-term health.

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THE COACH

Jim White walked into the theatre unannounced, starting a quiet corner conversation with Sierra High athletic director Anthony Chapman.

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The Manteca tax that make more homeless

The Inn by the Station is not the Rose Motel of yesteryear or even of five years ago.

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He’s ‘Proud to be MUSD’

Manteca Unified School District Superintendent Jason Messer and the Board of Education have been investing time and money in pushing the slogan, Proud to be MUSD, which is aimed at focusing on all things positive about the district — from students’ accomplishments and teachers’ innovative instructional approaches, to a slew of progressive-thinking educational programs such as the $30 million Going Digital and the be.tech vocational charter school that has shown phenomenal growth in the mere three years it has been open.

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Assassins: Why teens like game

I get it now. 

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Three examples of why education today is effective

Need a custom clock made from aluminum as a wedding gift?

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Trustees squander $120,298

What can $298.50 buy for the classroom to support your child’s education?

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Bob Piccinini: Strong work ethic built grocery empire

Once in a great while, someone crosses your path and leaves such an impression that enriches your view of life and makes you appreciate even more the values that should be held near and dear.

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Posted: mar. 26, 2015 1:28 a.m. | | Bob Piccinini: Strong work ethic built grocery empire Comments 0 Comments

THE REVOLUTION

They have taken out the lawn in their back yard and replaced it with brick and sand as well as a water fountain that sits bone dry.

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Fluffy in Stockton, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party & more!

McParland School’s Pancake/Omelet Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, March 28, at 1601 Northgate Dr. from 7 to 11 a.m. More than 30 baskets and a handmade quilt will be available for raffle, and proceeds from the event will benefit the eighth grade class. Tickets are $6 at the door. For more info, please call 209.858.7290.

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Train crews harbor horror of taking a life on the rails

Suicide by train has occurred all too often in Manteca.

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Uncle Sam allows us to be ripped off $124B a year

It’s tough to support one’s self on $8,000 a year.

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The case for electing Manteca council members by district

All four of Manteca’s City Council members live in neighborhoods built in the last 15 years. Two reside in the Woodward Park neighborhood, one along the Airport Way corridor and the other in Union Ranch. All three neighborhoods are in the outer ring of the city.

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Dancing on razor’s edge in Lathrop

Politicians – or elected officials as they like to call themselves – tend to grow thicker skin as time goes on. 

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Manteca City Council needs to show water use leadership

Less than two blocks from my home Saturday there was a man washing his three cars with an open hose in his driveway. The water run-off ran the length of the block, turned a corner and was flowing down into the storm drain at a nice steady rate.

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Squeezing Manteca’s vulnerable young moms

The young mom was elated.

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Obama’s vision for America: $20 fine for not voting

College professors often think out loud.

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Corned beef & cabbage plus Mardi Gras fun

American Legion Post 249 is staging a corned beef and cabbage dinner on Saturday, March 21, at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane. Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6. Tickets are $13 per person. For tickets, call Penny at 209.470.8691.

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Fearing the clown: Why it is bizarre

McDonald’s isn’t my kind of place.

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The cancer eating away at downtown

Here we go again.

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Is mankind’s de-evolution an app away?

We are de-evolving.

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Enhancing truck safety & fighting state blight

Want to see what $250,000 plus in government waste looks like?

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Making 18- to 21-year-olds provisional legal adults

California State Sen. Ed Hernandez wants to take rights away from legal adults.

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That’s life: Ol’ Blue Eyes had it right

That’s life, that’s what all the people say

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Jason, ever so slowly, is changing

It was a beautiful Saturday morning and my wife and I were going to be heading to San Francisco with her aunt and uncle to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city. 

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Tragedy on 120 Bypass no accident

Driving eastbound on the 120 Bypass is akin to riding into the Valley of Death.

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Manteca USD’s big flop as public Internet service provider

Netflix — the primary whiner behind the successful campaign to get the Federal Communications Commission to regulate the Internet by pushing the concept of net neutrality — is having second thoughts.

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Life is good. If you doubt that, then go take a hike.

I had just finished a way-too-short visit meandering around Mono Pass.

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Do not put dog park by VFW Hall

Let’s cut to the chase.

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