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Outdoor Cooling Center to be offered at Graceda Park

Outdoor Cooling Center to be offered at Graceda Park

Due to the extreme heat we will be experiencing this week the City of Modesto’s Water Division will be opening an outdoor cooling center offering shade, free water and water bottles at Graceda Park and the 9th street Transit Center from Noon to 6pm on the following days; July 1st-3rd and July 5th.

Modesto Salvation Army opens cooling shelter

Modesto Salvation Army opens cooling shelter

The Salvation Army of Modesto announces the availability of a cooling shelter for those vulnerable adults

The Salvation Army, in keeping with its commitment to serve the underprivileged of Modesto, will be opening its cooling shelter because of triple digit temperatures.

Additionally, when the forecast calls for 100 plus degree weather, the shelter will be available.  This is a change in policy from previous years.

The hours of operation are from 12:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Berberian Homeless Shelter located at 9th and D streets.  This “cool zone” designated area will operate Monday through Sunday until the 26th of September.

This service is being provided as a shelter from the soaring temperatures.  Services include a reading room, entertainment through television, water, but above all shelter.

Source: The Salvation Army

Did you see the ring around the sun?

Did you see the ring around the sun?

If you were outside today, you may have noticed a giant ring around the sun. That ring is actually the reflection of ice crystals from high cirrus clouds, according to EarthSky.org

The ring was seen all over the area by News10 viewers, including Roseville and Stockton. Did you get a chance to see it?

Gusty winds prompt health caution

Gusty winds prompt health caution

Blowing dust in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Tulare, Kings, Fresno, and the valley portion of Kern counties poses potential health concern

Local air pollution officials are issuing a health cautionary statement effective through Wednesday night, May 22, 2013, because of blowing dust resulting from gusty winds. The health caution is in effect for San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Tulare, Kings, Fresno, and the valley portion of Kern counties.

Winds may produce areas of localized dust, which can result in unhealthy concentrations of particulate matter 10 microns and smaller (PM10). Exposure to particulate pollution can cause serious health problems, aggravate lung disease, trigger asthma attacks and bronchitis, and increase risk of respiratory infections.

Free backyard composting class

Free backyard composting class

 

The City of Modesto, in partnership with Modesto Junior College Community Education, is sponsoring FREE backyard composting classes for residents of Modesto. Non-Modesto residents are also welcome to attend but there will be a $35.00 tuition cost for those living outside the city. The two spring classes will be held on:

• Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 10:00am-12:00pm
• Tuesday, May 21, 2013 from 6:30pm-8:30pm

City of Modesto Business Recycling Award Winners

City of Modesto Business Recycling Award Winners

Each year the City of Modesto recognizes local businesses and organizations for their outstanding waste reduction and recycling efforts. The winners selected for their strong environmental efforts in 2011 are:

·         Boyett Petroleum
·         Center for Human Services
·         Community Business College
·         Community Hospice - Hope Chest Thrift Stores
·         Memorial Medical Center
·         Modesto Junk Company

Significant Storm Heads to Modesto

Significant Storm Heads to Modesto

Forecasts from the National Weather Service are calling for notable changes in the weather for Northern California this week.  This first significant storm of the season is expected to bring moderate to heavy rain, as well as significant winds beginning Wednesday and continuing through the weekend.  The safety and well-being of our residents is our number one priority and, as a result, when storm events like the one forecasted occur, several City departments work in tandem to prepare and respond.

Below is helpful information regarding City services during storm events:

For life-threatening situations or structural damage, dial 9-1-1.

City Trees: Crews continue to work normal service and maintenance programs and will be on-call throughout the week.  To report downed City trees or broken limbs, call the Forestry Division at (209) 342-2253.