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Helping Hands

by Steve Wright


One of the things I make sure I do is keep up with as much of the legislation that has some kind of impact on children and the family. It is interesting to see that no matter what piece of legislation comes out, there is a polarizing political effect. One side says it’s good, the other side says its bad, and each has a bucket load of evidence to substantiate their claim. This is usually because from the inception the issue is partisan.

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by Wasan Abu-Baker


I was born and raised in Palestine. I was brought up in a highly educated household with a father who was politically active and outspoken for the civil rights of Palestinians through non-violent action. This upbringing, faith, family, and friends have instilled in me a desire to motivate others to do well and to advance their opportunities.

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by Steve Wright


I am sure your face looks like mine did the first time I was asked this question, which was just a few days ago. As much as I try to keep up with the laws in California and across the nation, I am sometimes surprised when I am asked about certain laws being passed that I am not aware of. So, of course when I was asked a question to which I did not know the answer (and thought I was being pranked), I set out to find the truth. Once

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by Vanessa McCracken


What could be better than a bike ride along the Pacific Coast Highway, with ocean views, rest stops, and support vehicles the whole way?
How about a huuuge party at Hearst Castle, after getting a post-ride hot shower and free massage on the beach! And a free up-close-and-personal concert by performers like the Beach Boys or the Black Eye Peas!

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Redeemer’s Church in Reedley got a new pastor the end of this summer. His name is Nick Jones, and we took a moment to sit down and chat with him recently to learn more about his background and his plans for Redeemer’s. Nick has been involved with some wonderful ministries in Fresno and has an inspiring story to tell.

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by Sarah Peterson


The holiday spirit is alive and well at Clovis’s Woods Elementary School, which has been sponsoring a Giving Tree charity drive every December for over a decade. Woods parent Heather Devany gave Kings River Life the scoop on what the program is all about, and the Giving Tree’s impact on Woods Elementary and its surrounding community.

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Prose and Cons Giveback

IN THE November 26 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andHelping Hands,
andMysteryrat's Maze
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by Amanda Flower



Prose and Cons will be my twentieth published book, and I knew that I wanted to do something special with its release to celebrate that accomplishment. There are giveaways, promotions, and parties that I could throw to celebrate. I’m doing all of those, but I wanted to do more. I’ve been given my greatest dream come true to be a published mystery author.

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by Steve Wright


I thought hard for several days as to what to write about this week without being political. Politics consumed the American public for much too long during this election cycle, and it seemed it would never end. It still seems to be the focus of the media no matter who you watch.

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Care Fresno – It’s All About Relationships

IN THE November 19 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andHelping Hands,
andTom Sims
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by Tom Sims



Care Fresno has been making a difference in Fresno for over 20 years. From the early days, when Gordon Donoho first introduced the ministry to me, through the leadership of Nick Jones, and now under Randy Mewhirter, there have been many changes, but also much consistency. Care Fresno’s Mission is central to its work: “Training People and Churches to Address Poverty by Investing in Under-Resourced Communities and Mentoring At-Risk Youth and Families!”

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by Steve Wright


Last month I spoke about the epidemic of child abuse and sexual assault in our society. I hope the information was valuable and made sense to you. I know statistics can be a little boring to look at and read, and I know there are those who do not really put much trust in statistical information. I also realize there are probably those who may not believe this conduct really occurs.

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Sunnyside Bicycles: Staying Warm

IN THE October 15 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andCommunity,
andGoing Green
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by Vanessa McCracken


It’s fall, and you know what that means: pretty much overnight, we go from complaining about the relentless Central Valley summer heat to complaining that we’re cold. This is especially true if you’re out riding bikes! One day, you’re wondering if this is the year that 100-degree days just stick around forever, the next, you’re shivering and complaining to your riding partners that you’re freezing. I am not making this up. It happened last weekend.

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Family Healing Center: Did you Know?

IN THE September 24 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andHelping Hands
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by Steve Wright


Our children today are suffering from a tremendous, but hidden epidemic. That epidemic is child abuse, neglect, and sexual assault. Throughout my law enforcement career I have seen and heard many things that I once believed came only from the darkest depths of our society. Those things that no one wanted to talk about, think about, or believe, was going on right under our noses.

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by Tom Sims


We so often stagger through life encumbered with the pressures of everyday problems and phantom concerns. We are sensitive to slightest slight and the subtlest gesture. We are quick to take offense and slow to receive healing when offended, much less to extend forgiveness. We step gingerly into new experiences and tremble at the very suggestion of risk or danger. We take our cues about our self-concepts from other people’s words and evaluations. We speak our minds and hearts with question marks. We timidly go where many have gone before and wouldn’t think of venturing where none have trod.

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Sunnyside Bicycles: Staying Visible

IN THE September 10 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andCommunity,
andGoing Green
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by Vanessa McCracken


Mention to people that you ride bikes and undoubtedly someone will respond with, “There’s no way I’d ride my bike in the street with all those crazy drivers!” It would be irresponsible for me to pretend like distracted drivers aren’t a cause for concern. Of course they are—whether you’re on a bike or in a car, I might add! I’m just not willing to live my life in a protective bubble paralyzed by the fear of what if. As with most things in life, riding is a calculated risk. I take very intentional precautions, and then I confidently go out and enjoy the freedom that only riding brings me. I want to share some of the safety measures I take that give me peace of mind while I’m out on the road.

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Breaking the Silence to Heal Family Violence

IN THE August 27 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andHelping Hands
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by Steve Wright


Founder Dr. Margie Jessen DNP and Co-founder Steven H. Wright, retired Chief of Police for the city of Reedley, created the Family Healing Center (FHC) in 2007 with the purpose of providing a holistic abuse center for victims of violent crimes focusing on sexual and physical abuse as well as assisting women and children who witness abuse. In the past, victims of rape, child abuse, and sexual assault endured being interviewed by multiple organizations and agencies, throughout the investigative process.

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Sunnyside Bicycles: Live Local! Live Better!

IN THE August 13 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andCommunity,
andGoing Green
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by Vanessa McCracken


—Your staff is amazing! Thanks for the great service!
—We had so much fun on the bike ride you organized! We can’t wait to go on another one!
We love hearing comments like these from our customers, and we consider ourselves pretty lucky that we get to hear them pretty regularly. Since opening our first bike shop in 2002, we have worked hard to do and be our best. We are constantly evolving, continuously educating ourselves, and improving our business.

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by Diana Bulls



There’s a new store in downtown Reedley that caters just to kids, and moms looking for a bargain. All parents know how hard it is to provide clothes and shoes for growing kids, not to mention how hard that is on the family budget. Streetlight Kids, located at 960 10th Street, is offering good, used clothes and lots of other things kids need at a good, bargain price.

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by Kristine Acopian


The Kaweah Oaks Preserve is located in our sweet home of Tulare County, just east of Visalia, and not far from the Kaweah River. According to the Sequoia Riverlands Trust website, the Kaweah Oaks Preserve spreads across 344 acres and is one of the few remaining valley oak riparian forests in the San Joaquin Valley.

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