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Good hygiene key in keeping flu away

The flu season typically lasts from October through March or April; so theoretically, the time for people to start getting the flu is already here. The 2011-12 flu season occurred during an unusually mild winter, which may be why it was not as bad as the previous three flu seasons. As for this present one, the disease forecasters appear to be somewhat undecided about the flu threats facing us. However, the medical community is steadfastly urging the population to get flu shots without delay.

November 06, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Winter presents challenges for drivers of vehicles

The recent rainfall should serve as a reminder to exercise extra safe driving practices during the next several months as we start experiencing weather elements like rain, fog and wind. The number of daylight hours will also be fewer, so morning and evening commutes will involve more hours of darkness.

October 30, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Halloween can be a dangerous times for costumed kids

Halloween is next Wednesday, a fun night for kids and adults alike.

October 23, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

According to national statistics, a woman is assaulted or beaten every nine seconds, and every day, a woman is murdered by a husband or boyfriend.

October 16, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

October is 'Breast Cancer Awareness Month' in Ceres

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it is for good reason. Breast cancer statistics indicate that one in eight women will have breast cancer during the course of their lifetime. Men can also get breast cancer - I personally know one male breast cancer survivor who had to go through all the medical treatments, including a mastectomy. When taking all forms of cancer into consideration, one in three people will experience some form of cancer in their lifetime. Skin cancer and breast cancer are among the most prevalent forms of cancer for women.

October 09, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Dropout rates have bearing on crime in any city

The beginning of a new school year is a good time to reflect on how we help youngsters develop into productive contributors to our community.

October 02, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Police to collect unwanted, unused prescription drugs

Much attention is paid to illegal drugs, such as crack cocaine, meth, PCP, bath salts, and others for their destructive qualities. Even over-the-counter drugs, when abused, pose serious health threats. Not as much is said about prescription drugs, for which their use and abuse is probably more widespread than all other illegal drugs combined.

September 26, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Arsonists driven by different motives

Everyone loves to sit around a camp fire during a cool night in the great outdoors. Who is not comforted by its warmth and the calming effects of the flames as they dance around in the fire pit? Fire is perhaps one of the most potentially destructive forces on earth. et, since the existence of mankind, fire has also been a life-sustaining element, critical to humans for both survival and comfort. How people use fire is another issue entirely. And when it comes to the misuse of fire, we think of arson, which is a very serious crime.

September 19, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Large marijuana grows, conflicting laws create problems

Both the federal and state governments have given mixed signals about the legality of marijuana and the enforcement of laws related to it. When Barack Obama first entered the presidency almost four years ago, he declared that marijuna enforcement would be low priority. Yet, according to federal law, marijuana was then, and still is, a prohibited substance. It is listed as a "Schedule 1" drug, which means that it has not been proven safe and effective, and that there are no legal circumstances for its use. After several years of essentially leaving the marijuana growers alone, the federal government has ...

September 12, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Remembering the September 11 attack victims

Next Tuesday, Sept. 11, marks the eleventh year since terrorists attacked the World Trade Center, killing thousands of innocent people. The Pentagon was also struck during these attacks, resulting in many casualties. Our nation has changed a lot since then, having fought wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for more than a decade. During this time, thousands of U.S. military personnel have been killed or have suffered crippling injuries in those foreign lands, and at the same time, innumerable civilians in both countries have experienced similar fates. That awful event of Sept. 11, 2001 has left an indelible memory on ...

September 05, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign starts

August 17 marked the start date of the 2012 "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. Agencies throughout Stanislaus County and elsewhere in California will be participating in this federally-sponsored anti-DUI initiative. As I was researching this issue, I saw a surprising but sad statistic: approximately 1.2 million people get arrested every year for DUI. Another scary statistic is that so-called first-time offenders have driven intoxicated at least 80 times before getting arrested. The Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) website lists some other daunting facts related to intoxicated driving, including the fact that 28 people each day die in ...

August 28, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Hit & run suspect arrested thanks to help of many

Last week, a 14-year-old girl walking from school was struck and seriously injured by an errant motorist. The girl was hit so hard that her body left damage on the front-end of the vehicle and her head broke the windshield. The girl, while injured, was extraordinarily lucky and will be okay over the course of time. I am sure, however, that she will be suffering both physically and mentally. The driver fled the scene, leaving the injured girl on the street and in doing so, committed a felony crime and, perhaps more obvious, totally disregarded his moral duty to stop ...

August 22, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

As expected, thefts are rising

Many communities throughout California - Ceres included - are experiencing dramatic, double-digit increases in property crime as revealed in statistics comparing January through June of 2012 to the same period in 2011. In Stanislaus County, the number of auto thefts has made a quantum leap, residential and business burglaries are happening in significantly higher numbers and so it seems, just about anything that is not "bolted down" is likely to get stolen. This should be no surprise to anyone in light of the passage and implementation of Assembly Bill 109, which is also known as "realignment." In effect, AB 109 pushes or ...

August 15, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Drivers must use extreme caution around schools

Now that the summer break is over, public schools locally will be opening during mid-August. With these school openings, our communities will have to adjust to the traffic congestion and increased safety risks for students as they travel to and from school. Traffic safety around school facilities while schools are in session is also an important consideration.

August 08, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Crime analysis unit, 'Coplink,' aid police in being more effective in Ceres

Earlier this year, the Ceres Police Department took another step into the future of law enforcement by instituting a crime analysis unit. The analyst that was hired is highly trained in data "harvesting," computer usage and building relationships with representatives of other law enforcement agencies for the purpose of sharing suspect and crime trend information. Our analyst has regularly provided analyzed data to help patrol officers and detectives solves crimes and has given officers information that allowed them to deter crime by saturating areas where crimes were forecasted as likely to happen.

August 01, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

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Working together to keep Ceres’ 13 parks as gems

Summer does not officially arrive until June 21. Regardless, we are already having periods of very nice weather, such that people are starting to have ...

March 27, 2013 | By Art deWerk Ceres Police Chief/Interim City Manager | Editorial

System of electing council not broken so don’t fix it

Split Ceres up into five City Council districts or else – you will be sued.

March 20, 2013 | Jeff Benziger | Editorial

Aiding fraud: It’s what Uncle Sam seems to do well

DeletIt's only $1.18 a month.

March 20, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt Guest Columnist | Editorial

Working toward fewer crashes on Ceres streets

Special traffic enforcement initiatives in Stanislaus County have been made possible by a state grant which has a goal of reducing traffic collisions through high-profile ...

March 20, 2013 | Art deWerk Ceres Police Chief/Acting City Manager | Editorial

What would you like to see during Concerts in Park?

The Ceres Concerts in the Park have featured a variety of special events throughout the years, such as car shows with vintage hot rods. One ...

March 13, 2013 | Art deWerk Ceres Police Chief/Acting City Manager | Editorial

Lack of discipline now, heart attack & diabetes later

I didn't give a hoot about diet and health in my 20's and 30's.

March 13, 2013 | Jeff Benziger | Editorial

Ready to start the path to unisex school restrooms?

Ready to get confused?

March 13, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt Guest Columnist | Editorial

What would you do if you knew a stranger was being raped?

You're a single female and you live in an apartment unit tucked away in the back corner of the complex. You hear a commotion ...

March 07, 2013 | Jeff Benziger | Editorial

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