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Homeless cross homeowners in Modesto neighborhood

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The La Loma neighborhood can't find a balance between its homes and the homeless. On April 5, the Modesto City Council may consider the La Loma Neighborhood's appeal to block a new building permit for the Modesto Gospel Mission, a non-profit homeless rehab and recovery center. The Mission wants to build a 5,000 sqft. facility for a 12 month residential recovery program.

Since 1993, homeowners off Yosemite Boulevard have both applauded the Modesto Gospel Mission for its effectiveness in getting rehab and educational help for the homeless individuals who want it, and fought the Mission's policies and lack of control over the homeless who don't.

"We in La Loma love the Mission.

Fresh & Easy Market to open in Modesto March 23

Fresh & Easy Market to open in Modesto March 23

MODESTO - Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market will open its doors in Modesto at 1717 Oakdale Road (at Lancey) on Wednesday, March 23. The market brings fresh, wholesome food at affordable prices to the area.

Community leaders and members are expected to attend the grand opening ceremony at 10 a.m. A $1,000 check will also be awarded to a local charity nominated by the community to receive the donation.

At roughly 10,000 square feet, Fresh & Easy markets are smaller than the typical supermarket to give customers a faster, easier shopping experience. In addition to fresh, prepared meals and produce, Fresh & East offers everyone's favorite national brand products and household items, at low prices.

For more information visit www.freshandeasy.com.

Gallo Center releases 'eBartender' iPhone app

Gallo Center releases 'eBartender' iPhone app

MODESTO - The Gallo Center for the Arts has announced the release of a new, free application for the Apple iPhone and other smart phones operating on Google’s Android operating system. Dubbed “eBartender,” the app allows patrons to go online to pre-order and pay for food and beverages, allowing for fast pickup either prior to a show or at intermission.

Patrons of the Gallo Center are encouraged to visit the iTunes App Store or Android Market and conduct a search for eBartender. Customers who download the free app and opt-in for text messages and e-mail will then be able to select and purchase beverages and snacks offered at Gallo Center concession stands. There is a 99-cent transaction fee per transaction for placing orders.

EBartender users can place their orders hours in advance on the day of a performance, and then pick them up simply by presenting their phone or picture ID at the eBartender concession line at the center.

McHenry Mansion to hold Valentine's Day Tea

McHenry Mansion to hold Valentine's Day Tea

MODESTO - The McHenry Mansion, located at 906 15th Street, will host its annual Valentine's Day Tea on Saturday, Feb. 12.

The cost for the event is $25 for adults and $15 for children 10 years old and under. Seating will take place at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

To make your reservation, calll (209) 578-1524.

Yelp.com ranks top 5 places to eat in Modesto

Yelp.com ranks top 5 places to eat in Modesto

MODESTO - Yelp.com ranked the top five "Best of Yelp" places to eat in Modesto based on customer reviews. Do you agree?

Coming in at number one was Taqueria Modesto, 3501 McHenry Avenue, dubbed "best Mexican food around," by patron Kristen P. of Manteca. "This place is awesome," said Elk Grove resident Caleb G. "I was skeptical about how quick it would be at first, as the line was quite large and pretty sure it was a two-man team taking orders and putting up the food, but the line went quick and the food came even quicker."

Taking second place was In-N-Out Burger at 3900 Pelandale Avenue. Victoria N., of Modesto, said "Why do I even bother writing a review? Everyone knows its great, consistent, has good customer service, and is cheap."

Third place was awarded to La Parrilla Mexican Restaurant located at 950 Oakdale Road.