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Breakfast Saturday is on the dime of Jack & Barbara Snyder
This is the section of Woodward Avenue that children have to walk to reach Veritas School from neighborhoods along Airport Way south of the Highway 120 Bypass. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Jack and Barbara Snyder are picking up the tab for breakfast this Saturday at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane, at 9 a.m.

It’s free to anyone 50 years or older.

Police Chief Dave Bricker – who is getting to be a regular at Manteca breakfast tables these days thanks to his monthly coffee with the chief gatherings  in various Manteca restaurants – will be on hand to listen to concerns and answer questions.

Barbara – when asked what kind of a cook her husband is simply laughed for 10 seconds and then said, “Let me put it this way, before we got married all he ate was frozen dinners.”

The regular kitchen crew will be handling the cooking so there is no worry that Jack Snyder will be working the kitchen.

Actually, cooking runs in Jack’s family but simply skipped a generation as Jack noted his father was a good cook and plied his trade in the military during World War I.

Snyder’s son Scott has owned several restaurants in the Bay Area and has just signed on to run The Toast – a restaurant on Douglas Boulevard off Interstate 80 in the Granite Bay area  south of Roseville in Placer County.

Greeters as usual for the monthly senior breakfast will be Veronica DeBrum and Ruth Bricker.

Its 1.25 miles as the crow flies

Parents south of the Highway 120 Bypass are grumbling about what they believe was an arbitrary decision to simply draw a 1.25-mile radius around elementary campuses to decide what younger children got bussed.

Case in point is the neighborhoods saddling Airport Way south of the Highway 120 Bypass  where children go to Veritas School.

Atherton Drive is not completed which leaves Woodward Avenue with high speed traffic and no sidewalks within the narrow shoulder. It will get worse, of course, when the fog season arrives.

Manteca Unified School District scaled back bus servcie from home-to-school to save over $300,000 a year.

It meant many children who were in the 1.25-mie radius as the crow flies have to travel as much as 1.75 miles for the most direct walking route.

Manteca Transit is currently running a special bus servcie on a trial basis to help get kids to school.