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Stockton residents remember Sargent Shriver

STOCKTON, CA - Two Stockton residents warmly recalled their time in the Peace Corps Tuesday after learning of the death of Sargent Shriver.

Shriver was the brother-in-law of President John F. Kennedy when he was credited for creating the Peace Corps.  Judy Craig headed off to Venuzela to teach swimming and English.

"There were ideas out there, three or four groups, doing that kind of thing," said Craig.  "Sargent was the one who put it together and made it a viable organization."

Craig was so pleased with her Peace Corps experience, she joined again, more than 30 years later, after retiring from teaching.  Her second assignment took her to the Dominican Republic.

Jerry Hildebrand, who works at the University of the Pacific in its Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship, was also touched by Shriver's dedication.

Congressman Cardoza closes, relocates Stockton office

Congressman Cardoza closes, relocates Stockton office


STOCKTON - Congressman Dennis Cardoza, CA-18, announced Monday he will be moving his Stockton District office, currently located at 137 East Weber Avenue, into a government-owned building in order to better provide better service and a higher level of security to constituents. The Stockton office will temporarily close during the transition.

Cardoza didn't disclose the address of the new location just yet.

Constituents who need assistance from the congressman can still call the Stockton office at (209) 946-0361 or visit his Modesto office located at 1010 10th Street, Suite 5800, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

"Relocating to a government building will provide better security for Central Valley residents visiting my office of assistance," said Cardoza. "Over the past few years, I have moved both my Merced and Modesto offices to government buildings.

UOP students to attend U.S. Naval Academy conference

STOCKTON - Three University of the Pacific students have been selected to atetnd the U.S. Naval Academy Leadership Conference, an event held every year to bring together undergraduate student and military personnel from across the country.

Students Sarah George, Silvia Guzman and Caelan Urquhart will represent UOP at the conference because of their leadership qualities, including George who is an Iraqi war veteran. She is a senior at the university and is one of the few women veterans at the school. Guzman is a junior majoring in History and plans to join the Navy. Urquhart is a sophomore majoring in Business Administration.

The conference will be held from Jan. 30 - Feb. 2 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. CEO of General Motors, Daniel Akerson, will speak on theme "Leader Development: The Cycle of Success."

After the conference, the UOP representatives will speak at an alumni reception at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C.

Stockton awarded $568,000 for March Lane improvements

STOCKTON - The City of Stockton was awarded over $568,000 in grant funds for landscaping improvements for a 3-acre bike and pedestrian trail along March Lane from Pershing Avenue to Precissi Lane, south of Delta College.

Improvements will include street trees, turf, shrubs and an educational garden with information for city residents about plants that thrive in the valley climate.

"I am proud of this project," said Councilwoman Diana Lowery, who was apart of the planning process for improving the March Lane corridor. "It is an excellent example of the city, community partners and the state working in concert."

The funds, awarded in December, were made available by Proposition 84 and are administered by the state's Strategic Growth Council.

AAA offers free 'Tipsy Tow' service on New Year's Eve


NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - AAA says there no excuse for drinking and driving this holiday weekend. The company will offer free "Tipsy Tow" service for revelers on New Year's Eve.

From 6 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. on New Year's Day, in Northern California, anyone who has been drinking, can call (800) 222-4357 and a tow service will take you and your car home for free, up to ten miles. Just tell the AAA operator you need a Tipsy Tow and a truck will be dispatched to your location, whether your a AAA member or not.

The service will provide a one-way ride for the driver and vehicle to the driver's home. If there are additional passengers who need a ride, they will be taken to the driver's home as long as there is sufficient room for them to be transported safely in the tow truck.

City of Stockton offices closed for holidays

STOCKTON - City offices will be closed for furlough days and holidays starting Dec. 23 through Dec. 31. Furlough days, which are unpaid days for employees, are Dec. 23 and Dec. 27.

Offices will be open for extended hours Monday through Thursday and closed every other Friday, with Dec. 31 being a closed Friday. City offices will reopen on Monday, Jan. 3 in the new year.

Hours of service to the public are posted on the City of Stockton website along with a schedule calendar listing future closed Fridays, furlough dates and city meetings. For additional information, call (209) 937-8827.

California ReLeaf announces student poster contest

SACRAMENTO -- California ReLeaf announced today the release of a statewide Arbor Week poster contest for students in third to fifth grades. Students are asked to create original artwork based on the theme “Trees Are Worth It”. Submissions are due to California ReLeaf by February 1, 2011.

In addition to the poster contest rules, educators can download a packet that includes three lesson plans that focus on the value of trees, community benefits of trees, and  jobs in the urban and community forestry field. The full packet including lesson plans and poster contest rules can be downloaded at www.californiareleaf.org/programs/arborweek.