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Local mom starts support group for hydrocephalus

Local mom starts support group for hydrocephalus

TRACY - Since Joey Chavez’s diagnosis with hydrocephalus, the 8-year-old has had nine brain surgeries, starting at age 2. The most recent was Dec. 9, when he had a shunt replaced at Children’s Hospital and Research Center in Oakland.

His mother, Kim Ruiz, impressed with her son’s fortitude, has turned their shared experience into motivation to help others with the same condition.

Joey has had three shunts, a procedure in which a doctor skillfully guides a catheter through the brain matter, Ruiz explained, to combat the fluid that builds up inside his brain cavities.

Stanislaus police mounted division put out to pasture after budget cuts

MANTECA, CA - Police horses across the country are, literally, being put out to pasture.

Budget cuts and other economic woes are forcing many law enforcement agencies to disband their mounted divisions.

In San Joaquin Valley, only the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department and Manteca Police Department maintain active mounted officers. In the last several years, however, both agencies saw severe cuts in their staffing.

"We've had two layoffs and several others dropped out of the unit because they couldn't afford it," said Deputy Donny Schwandt with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, which had its mounted division drop from 16 officers to 11.

Both agencies are able to maintain their mounted division only because officers burden the cost of keeping their own horse.

Get spring cleaning tips from an expert March 26

Get spring cleaning tips from an expert March 26

RIPON - On Saturday, March 26, at 2:00 p.m., the Ripon Memorial Branch Library presents Serious Spring Cleaning: Clear That Clutter for Good. Have your spring cleaning efforts become an exercise in futility? Are you ready to get serious about clearing clutter and getting organized?

This free program will provide expert assistance. Sharon Testo, a Professional Organizer, based in San Joaquin County, is the owner of "Organizing with Aloha". She's an active member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), Sacramento Chapter. Her business name combines her passion (organizing) and the Aloha spirit (friendly, caring, and down-to-earth). She believes a well-organized life reduces the stress and anxiety of modern living. She truly enjoys teaching others about organizing and finding solutions that will help them in their life, home and business.

The library is located at 333 West Main Street.

Local sex assault survivor, 15, aims to increase awareness of violence

Local sex assault survivor, 15, aims to increase awareness of violence

RIPON - The SavingStephanie organization will work with the Ripon Police Department to increase sexual assault awareness in our community. SavingStephanie is a sexual assault awareness organization that was founded by sexual assault survivor, Stephanie Braithwaite, 15, to increase community awareness and provide support and referrals to sexual assault victims.

The organization, lead by this courageous young woman, intends to work with the Ripon Police Department and Police Chief Ed Ormonde, to carry this message to the community by tying teal colored ribbons to the antennas of all the police departments’ patrol cars, community service vehicles, and volunteer vehicles. The ribbon recognizes every person affected by sexual assault and offers a symbol of hope to every Survivor on the path to healing. These ribbons will stand as a reminder that sexual violence is everyone’s issue, and that there is hope and support for those affected by it.

Register now for 13th Annual Tracy Women's Conference March 25

Register now for 13th Annual Tracy Women's Conference March 25

TRACY - Register now for the 13th Annual Tracy Women's Conference entitled, "Building a Better You," will take place on Friday, March 25 from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m at the Tracy Community Center, 950 East 10th Street.

The Tracy Women's Forum Association is proud to present Mary Foley as the event's keynote speaker this year. Foley is the author of three books including "Live Like Your Nail Color," and an international speaker and co-host of the "Girl We Gotta Talk" radio show. Foley will offer women practical, fresh and fun advice to empower their lives, thrive on change and live bodaciously.

The conference will also feature an interactive panel discussion with experts on finance, health and fitness, as well as a continental breakfast, networking sessions, exhibitor booths and a catered lunch.

The event brings together the many diverse and dynamic women in Tracy and surrounding communities.

The Ripon Historical Society & Museum is getting ready for a move

The Ripon Historical Society & Museum is getting ready for a move

RIPON - The Ripon Historical Society & Museum is getting ready to move to a new site at 430 West Main Street. The building is getting a new energy efficient ceiling with high efficient lighting. The heating and air is also getting an upgrade to make it efficient and cost effective.

The building is a most appropriate spot for the Historical Society and Museum when one looks at its history. The building was originally built to be the Ripon Memorial Library. In 1938, a committee of Ripon citizens was organized to raise funds for a new library in Ripon. This effort got a real boost when it was announced in 1939 that the Swedish Mission Church (today know as Heartland Community Church) would donate the lot for the new library. It was an arduous task raising the money for the new building.

After nine years of effort with a war and other concerns the Ripon Lions Club revived the interest.

Fog in Ripon

Fog in Ripon

Anna Barber sent in this photo of the fog in Ripon.