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Modesto artist creates success for self, others with Craft Grab


Stephanie Burtch in front of the Tri-Chromatic Gallery in Modesto, where First Friday Craft Grab is held.

By Nora Heston Tarte
Business Journal Writer

MODESTO — Stephanie Foster Burtch started out as a jewelry maker, an artist selling her wares through an Etsy shop online called Wow Era Jewel. But her online presence left her longing for customer interaction; watching buyers experience the artistry firsthand, and engaging with them in a more intimate environment.

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Family Day to focus on literacy and imagination


Students dressed as superheroes will read to children at the upcoming Family Day event on September 16.

The Record’s Family Day will be celebrating its 20th anniversary on September 16 at University Park in Stockton.

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StackTek changing how consumers enjoy, keep wine


Operations Manager Jim Duty shows a four-pack of Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi wines packaged by StackTek’s facility in Modesto.

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Edible Extravaganza enters 31st year, continues to ‘do good’


Maria Apodaca, owner of Frost Bakery and Fine Foods in Modesto, is one of this year’s vendors serving up tasty dishes at Edible Extravaganza.

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MODESTO — Get ready to get your grub on … and do some good while you’re gobbling.

The annual Edible Extravaganza is being held for the 31st year, showcasing more than 50 food and beverage vendors in Stanislaus County, while raising funds for the Center for Human Services.

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Foletta-Morales named COO of RTD

The San Joaquin Regional Transit District recently named Jean Foletta-Morales as its new chief operating officer.

Foletta-Morales will oversee transportation, maintenance and paratransit operations for the county transportation agency.


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Public hearing for new state rail plan to be held

The Assembly Select Committee will hold a public hearing on the new California State Rail Plan.

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Dealing with the IRS: You do have rights

Dealing with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can be a daunting and intimidating task for any person or business. The unfortunate reality is that the IRS has the power to completely disrupt an individual’s life or business operations.

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Businesses could be responsible for violations of outsourced work

A new ruling by the California Division of Labor Standards has given expanded reach to a 2015 amendment to the Labor Code. This expansion now has serious implications for the construction industry. Before getting into the details of the ruling issued by the Labor Commissioner, let’s take a brief look back at Assembly Bill 1897 for some context:

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Amazon to open distribution facility in South Stockton

STOCKTON–The City Council announced that online retail giant Amazon will be opening a 600,000-square-foot facility.

About 1,000 jobs will be created because of the new facility in an area some say has been neglected in the jobs sector.

No opening date has been set as of yet, but city officials will keep updating the public as much as possible.

“This is game changer for us,” said Councilmember Jesus Andrade, who represents District 6 where the facility will reside.

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Scheduling ordinances: The next big employment challenge?


The new administration in Washington, DC came in with a promise to “deregulate,” that is to reduce the amount of government regulations. At the same time, at the state and local level, there is no sign that regulation is slowing down.

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