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Furloughs means City Hall closed for 7 days in row
Odds & Ends
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If you have business at city hall that’s pressing, you’d better take care of it by this Wednesday.

That’s because the non-paid furloughs combined with Christmas and the New Year’s holiday means the offices will be closed from Wednesday, Dec. 24, to the morning of Monday, Jan. 4.

No services can be stopped or started during that time period. The Manteca Police Department’s front desk will keep its normal hours except on Christmas and New Year’s. Both days are holidays.

Five of the days of next week are part of the non-paid furlough days that municipal workers agreed to in a bid to save the financially strapped city money. Employees opted to take furlough days during the holiday reason but have their pay adjusted monthly so there would be a minimal impact on services.

The city switched to alternating Fridays off at the start of 2009 to increase hours the rest of the week to accommodate citizens needing to access city hall. A city study showed Friday is the lightest day for citizens to access city offices.

All essential services will still operate – police fire, refuse collection, and the wastewater treatment plant.

Holiday delaying
garbage collection

Manteca municipal garbage will not be picked up on Friday which is Christmas Day.

Instead, those who usually have their garbage collected on Fridays will have it picked up on Saturday instead.

The same schedule is in place for the New Year’s Day holiday.

Free breakfast
Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24, Manteca Ford-Mercury in partnership with The Place of Refuge Church will be offering a free Christmas Eve breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. continuing until 11 a.m.

The location of Manteca Ford-Mercury is 555 N. Main Street. Phil Waterford, the owner of Manteca Ford-Mercury will be clearing out the show room to make room for beautifully set tables, decorations, and a warm, friendly environment to host the event.

There will be toys for the children on a first-come-first-served basis. Santa will be present to welcome all who attend.

Pastor Mike Dillman from The Place of Refuge would like to invite the community to come to the free event, especially families who are in need of help in providing gifts for their children.

For more information you can call the church office at (209) 239-1371.

FESM New Year’s
Eve Party tickets

The FESM New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance takes place Thursday, Dec. 31, at the FESM Hall, 230 N. Main St.

Dinner includes New York Steak & shrimp, baked potato, salad, bread & butter, and cheesecake.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with dinner being served at 7:30 p.m.

Dance Music by Manuel Jacinto is from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. There is an open bar all night.

Tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for children 6 to 12.

For tickets call Carlos or Melissa  at 825-5089 or either Danny or Melanie  at 824-0151.