By Alex Catatore It’s easy to conjure up images of “reefer madness,” of aging hippies trapped in the ‘60s, of rappers stumbling out of the club in a cloud of smoke. But what about a child whose body is wracked with seizures? Or a middle-aged man suffering from a debilitating nervous system disorder? Or an army
By Alex Cantatore Four years ago, Hilary Zwahlen knew nothing about the fashion business. And sure as heck didn’t know anything about the internet. Yet, for some reason, Zwahlen decided to open an online clothing business. Today Zwahlen’s business, White Plum, is one of the hottest up-and-coming clothing brands on the internet. White
But after chance landed Brenda Goates in the NICU as a patient, she did everything she could to come back — as a nurse. And now, more than 20 years later, her twin daughters hope to soon work alongside their mother in the same unit that saved their lives.
BY JUSTIN SOUZA Even here, in the United States’ most productive agricultural region, most schoolchildren don’t really understand where their food comes from. And they certainly don’t know about the high-tech, cutting edge science jobs that drive modern agriculture. Enter the National Ag Science Center, based in Modesto. The Center
BY ALEX CANTATORE For the past 20-plus years, two local men have been engaged in an ongoing feud. It’s not about politics, or religion, or women, or any of the usual topics. No, this feud is about who gets to be the first man to jump into a freezing cold lake
When the financial market melted down in 2008, Jason Gordo and Jeff Burrow were on the front lines. At the time, the two longtime friends and Certified Financial Planners had recently founded Valley Wealth, Inc., a financial planning company in Modesto which handled retirement savings, investments and a myriad of other financial services for a wide range of local investors.
by Anne Marie Bergthold At first it may seem intimidating to enter a room and have the doors lock behind you. That was the experience of Marian Martino, one of the Mentoring Youth Project’s volunteer mentors at Juvenile Hall. For Martino, the rewards soon overshadowed the initial anxiety. Martino was
by Justin Souza As the summer heats up in the Valley, more and more residents are paying attention to the big concern of the summer: water. Or, more specifically, the lack of it. Reducing water consumption is something that every California citizen should be striving for. For some valley residents,
I owe a lot to music. Many of my school experiences centered around my musical education. Throughout elementary, middle and high school, I participated heavily in my New York public school’s music educational programs. Whether it was orchestra, violin lessons, chorus, band or musical theater, I was constantly involved with
by Dana Koster A year and a half ago, United Way of Stanislaus County decided to shake things up. In the past, the charitable organization had focused on funding as many deserving nonprofits as possible, but kept running up against the same questions: what kind of change does United Way