112015Sep

Joint Use Between Schools and Families Creates Safer and Healthier Communities

Highlights Zumba classes launched at Crookham Elementary through joint-use  Efforts to increase physical activity among residents Program can prove beneficial in area with high obesity rate BY ANA B. IBARRA, aibarra@mercedsunstar.com Four years ago, Viridiana Cardenas was not happy with herself. The Merced resident was overweight, her self-esteem was low and she was constantly tired. “I…

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12015Sep

Merced Districting Committee Makes Recommendation

Highlight The committee kept four halves of maps for City Council to piece together The discussion will move to the council later this month Residents said they prize neighborhood representation over economic drivers Shane Smith, left, and Miguel Lopez, both members of Merced’s Independent Districting Advisory Committee, listen to residents during the public hearing portion…

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92015Jun

BHC Rewards Grants to New Community Grantees

BHC Community Grantees for summer 2015. Twice a year BHC awards up to $1,000 to grass-roots and individuals who present projects and events that will improve community involvement, encourage healthy youth leadership or offer opportunities for participants to gain skills and promote a healthier, safer and more vibrant community. Building Healthy Communities  would like to…

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242015Mar

Books on wheels: Expanding Merced County library services

#NationalReadingMonth  Books are a person’s entry point into a world of imagination and knowledge. That is why librarians believe every child and adult should have access to a library near their homes, and Merced County’s new Bookmobile is an effort to make that happen. With nearly 2,500 books, three laptops and Wi-Fi access, the Bookmobile…

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