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Low-income families to get help paying water bill

Central Coast Energy Services, Inc. (CCES), in partnership with the Community Action Partnership of Monterey County, will provide drought-affected, low-income households in Monterey County with a one-time payment assistance benefit on residential water bills.

The Drought Water Assistance Program, a $600,000 Community Services Block Grant, was distributed to 10 California counties where the unemployment rate is higher than the 2013 statewide average, the share of agricultural workers is higher than the state as a whole, and which are experiencing "exceptional" drought conditions according to the U.S. Drought Monitor Classification System. The 10 counties include Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz.

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Man to push large fake testicle across country

Here's a headline that's hard to miss: "A giant inflatable testicle will roll across Monterey County."

But behind the mock human body part, that will certainly create lots of puns along the way, is a cancer survivor trying to raise awareness.

Thomas Cantley, 31, survived testicular cancer. He is pushing the six-foot testicle across the country to generate awareness and support for young men's health issues. Cantley, who won't detach the inflated testicle from his waist during the entire trip, will begin his trek in Santa Monica on September 4 and end in New York City in early October.

Cantley is encouraging people to come and find the giant testicle as it rolls through Monterey, Salinas, and Carmel through September 9 and tell him how they have been BALLSY (there's your first pun).

Dear Jon: Strawberries smaller this year?

Dear Jon: Strawberries smaller this year?

DEAR JON - The Central Coast produces 88 percent of the Strawberries in the United States and the Salinas/Watsonville region is roughly 50 percent of the California production. Miguel was concerned and asked me, “Dear Jon, why have the strawberries been small and not ripe lately?" 

The California Strawberry Commission's Carolyn O’Donnell and I met up a Central Coast strawberry field to provide Miguel an answer. I noticed in the field we entered that there were berries of all sizes, but not the huge berries you see in peak season in the spring.

Getting licenses for local undocumented immigrants

Assemblymember Luis Alejo will be hosting a Town Hall meeting Thursday at Saint Mary's Church in Salinas to prepare Californians for the implementation of a bill that provides undocumented immigrants the opportunity to apply for a driver's license.

At the meeting, representatives from the DMV, California Highway Patrol, local officials and more will review requirements for interested applicants and the things that can be done to prepare for the application process.

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'CIG Insurance Community Safety Saturday'

A special day of free activities and events to help you keep your family safe. This Saturday is "CIG Insurance Community Safety Saturday". A free, family and community event that offers information and education about how to improve the safety and security of children, teens, families, and communities.

Some of the activities include; a free child car seat safety inspection, info on the CHP's Start Smart teen drivers education and an opportunity to regiester for class, free document shredding, and facepainting.

The event takes place this Saturday, September 6, from 10a.m. to 2p.m. at the Capital Insurance Group, 2300 Garden Road, Monterey, CA.

Salinas police searching for man who tried to lure boy into bathroom stall at mall

Salinas police searching for man who tried to lure boy into bathroom stall at mall

Salinas police say a man tried to lure an 8-year-old boy into a bathroom stall at Northridge Mall Monday night.

The child told police he entered the bathroom at the mall just before 8 p.m. and was contacted by a man who was standing in one of the stalls with the door open. The man asked the child his age, and then attempted to get him to come into the stall with him.

The boy ran out of the bathroom and told his mother what happened. The mother, who was waiting outside the bathroom, confronted the suspect but he fled before security could be notified.

Security camera footage showed the man crossing North Main in an easterly direction. The boy was not injured.

$8.7 million in grants awarded by TAMC; infrastructure improvements planned

$8.7 million in grants awarded by TAMC; infrastructure improvements planned

SALINAS, Calif. Several infrastructure projects in Monterey County will move forward with the awarding of $8.7 million. Included in this funding are downtown Salinas’ street improvements and the new roundabout on the Holman Highway at Highway 1.

The Transportation Agency for Monterey County Board of Directors recently approved the competitive grant funding to transportation improvement projects throughout Monterey County.

Each project submitted by local cities and the County of Monterey is designed to improve safety, reduce congestion & provide access and direct links to communities & business; and in some cases, enhance alternative modes of transportation or stimulate redevelopment.

Some the projects included in this grant funding include the Seaside West Broadway urban village infrastructure improvements project and the King City First Street bicycle and pedestrian improvements south of First Street bridge.