The holiday gift giving may be over for most Merced County families, but the shopping continued Friday, the day after Christmas – what is nationally considered the second biggest shopping day of the year. Black Friday is still the reigning champ when it comes to retail sales, but the day after Christmas has a number of other factors going for it. Many shoppers come ready to spend gift cards, exchange unwanted presents or take advantage of the discounts.
The sight of people swinging long wooden mallets to mash rice into a doughy mass in large granite bowls will be on display in Livingston on Saturday, as Livingston United Methodist Church holds its annual Mochi Tsuki rice-pounding event.
In a wrongful-termination lawsuit, the former chief medical officer of Golden Valley Health Centers said she was fired for opposing policies that would undermine care for low-income and indigent patients. Dr. Silvia Diego filed the lawsuit against her former employer in Stanislaus Superior Court.
Golden Valley Health Centers’ board of directors is reviewing recent allegations from staff members and will create an ombudsman program to build trust within the organization, according to a statement. It was the board’s first public response since staffers aired complaints about the new management of Golden Valley.
For the Ayala family, like many other Merced families, celebrating Christmas Mass is a long-standing tradition. Nancy and her husband, Frank, have attended Christmas Mass at Sacred Heart for as long as they can remember. On Thursday, they were accompanied by their three children, son-in-law and two grandsons.