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Teachers College of San Joaquin to graduate 36 educators May 15

Teachers College of San Joaquin to graduate 36 educators May 15

STOCKTON - The Teachers College of San Joaquin (TCSJ) Friday announced it will be graduating its inaugural class of 36 educators, including school administrators and teachers from across Northern California, who have earned their masters degree focused on education reform.  Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 15 at the San Joaquin County Office of Education (2901 Arch Airport Road).

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Laura McIntosh's recipe of the week: BBQ Pork Ribs

Laura McIntosh's recipe of the week: BBQ Pork Ribs

This week, "Bringing It Home" TV show host Laura McIntosh tells us how to make BBQ Pork Ribs:

Ingredients:
1/2 Cup Dried Parsley
1/2 Cup Cumin
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Tbs Red Pepper
2 Cloves Garlic, chopped

Preparation:
Combine all ingredients and rub them on the Master Cut Ribs. Heat the propane grill to high. Place the rub on the ribs adjust the temp as needed. Place on the grill. Cook 30 minutes, 15 minutes on each side or to desired doneness. Cut into pieces and serve.

Delta College SkillsUSA students excel at San Diego regional competition

Delta College SkillsUSA students excel at San Diego regional competition

STOCKTON - After a hiatus of about seven years, San Joaquin Delta College students have returned to the SkillsUSA trade proficiency competition as winners! At the recent regional event in San Diego (April 28 - May 1) Delta students and advisor Alex Taddei, brought home a host of honors, including five gold medals. The gold medal winners will compete at the SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City, Mo., June 18-24.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization that partners with students, teachers and industry to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The goal is to help prepare students for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.

Stockton volunteers step up to save summer fun

Stockton volunteers step up to save summer fun

STOCKTON, CA - Stockton's Community Services Department got much needed outside help to save summer programs and other services as it looks to shed more costs in the new budget proposal.

"It's never been this bad," department's deputy director Alfonso Cruz said.

Cruz said the department is in its fifth year of budget cuts.

"We've had to think outside of the box, be strategic about how we look to operate the centers," Cruz said.

According to city librarian Chris Freeman, the libraries had a two-thirds reduction in hours and lost more than half of their staffs.

"Five years ago, we had 109 employees," Freeman said. "Today, we have fewer than 50."

But the libraries and community services have a growing group of volunteers stepping up to help keep programs on the schedule.

High School senior Laura Costello volunteered to organize a new community library after the Fair Oaks branch closed last year.

"It makes me

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'Foster grandparents' to be honored by state officials May 13

STOCKTON - On Friday, May 13, the California Division of Juvenile Justice will honor foster grandparents who mentor and counsel juvenile offenders at the state's Stockton Complex.

The ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. at N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility, located at 7650 South Newcastle Road.

Foster grandparents have mentored youthful offenders in Stockton for 43 years. They provide guidance, advice, tutoring and emotional support for youth 40 hours a week. As volunteers, they are a daily presence in the lives of offenders, helping them learn in the classrooms and influencing their behavior in the living units of the N.A. Chaderjian and O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facilities.

Offenders and teachers alike credit the presence and influence of foster grandparents with providing a calming, trusting and learning atmosphere.

Mobile medical training to visit Stockton May 16-20

Mobile medical training to visit Stockton May 16-20

STOCKTON - The week of May 16-20, Dameron Hospital in Stockton will host a mobile medical training center with lifelike mannequins that talk, produce tears and have heart/lung/organ sounds. The training center is for emergency room physicians and nurses to learn the lifesaving techniques for Sepsis, a deadly blood infection that if detected early on can save lives.

The mobile medical center will stop at Dameron Hospital (525 West Acacia Street) on Wednesday, May 18 from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. and travel throughout the Stockton area during the week.

Sepsis is an infection that is one of the leading causes of hospital deaths. In an effort to reverse this national trend, Dameron Hospital is hosting a portable Sepsis education and training facility: The Medical Simulation Corporation (MSC) SimSuite Simulation Lab.

Graffiti to be removed up 9 stories of Stockton's tallest building May 14

Graffiti to be removed up 9 stories of Stockton's tallest building May 14

STOCKTON - Graffiti Abatement Society will take on the task of eradicating graffiti all the way up nine stories of a building! Volunteers from the company will tackle this feat on Saturday, May 14 beginning at 10 a.m. at Stockton's tallest building -- the 12-story Medico/Dental Building at Sutter Avenue and Miner Avenue in downtown.

The society's executive director Dennis Cochran said last year, the back of the building was scaled by vandals who put graffiti by each fire escape up nine stories. The graffiti is still there today on the historic building, that was designed by Frank Mayo.

Cochran said the society is taking on this unique cleanup project to demonstrate the need for a working relationship including City of Stockton, Downtown Stockton Alliance and Graffiti Abatement Society, claiming "we all share a common goal of graffiti removal."