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New pet store in the works; dog park brick sale
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Carter’s Pet Mart — voted Stockton’s best pet store for the past 15 consecutive years — is expanding to Manteca.
The family owned and operated concern is planning to open their second store on the northeast corner of North Main Street and Alameda Street in the former Blockbuster Video store space.
The store at 909 West March Lane in Stockton features 15,000 square feet of pet supplies for dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, birds, small animals and more. They also have an in-store groomer.
The new Manteca location is right across the street from where Tandoori Grill that opened at 551 N. Main St. The Indian cuisine restaurant is in the former DeVega Brothers Italian restaurant location next door to Manteca Ford. Reader Al Barth reports “the food is wonderful” and notes there is a big vegetarian selection on the menu.

Bricks for sale for
Manteca dog park
You can immortalize your favorite pet and help provide amenities for the Manteca dog park now under construction at the Civic Center complex just north of the Parks and Recreation office.
The Friends of Manteca Parks and Recreation Foundation is now accepting orders for personalized bricks to be installed in the new dog park
All proceeds from brick sales will go towards amenities for the dog park. One brick is $100 and each additional brick is $80. Payment is by cash or checks only (checks made payable to Friends of Manteca Parks and Recreation Foundation) and is accepted in the Parks and Recreation office. A limited number of bricks are available and they will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. 

5 of 6 Manteca
council hopefuls at
Thursday forum
You will have a chance to hear what five of the six Manteca City Council candidates have to say about the issues on Thursday, Oct. 13, when the Manteca Patriots host a candidate’s night at Angelano’s Restaurant, 1020 N. Main St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the forum starting at 7:30 p.m. You are free to order dinner from the restaurant but will be responsible for your own payment.
Candidates will have a short time to speak. They will also take questions from those in attendance.
Council hopefuls who will attend are Ben Cantu, David Cushman, Eric Hayes, Gary Singh, and Jeff Zellner.
Debby Moorhead — the only incumbent— has opted not to attend. It is the second organized candidates forum she has skipped this election cycle.

Council hopeful Zellner
meet & greet Wednesday
Manteca City Council candidate Jeff Zellner is conducting a free meet and greet on Wednesday, Oct, 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Studio 150 at 150 W. Yosemite Ave., in downtown Manteca,
Zellner is one of six candidates seeking election to two council seats up for grabs in the Nov. 8 election.
The businessman is on the Manteca Planning Commission and serves as chairman of the HOPE Family Shelters  board among other service positions.
To contact Dennis Wyatt, email