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October Greetings Modesto Friends

Greetings Modesto Friends:
By Chris Murphy

I love fall.
The feeling of harvest season and most of all Halloween is just different. It is just wonderful this time of year. The café patios are nicer, the food tastes better, the flavors are stronger, it is a little cooler and the evenings get darker and it is still dark when I get my newspapers in the morning. Tomato season has wrapped up and my amazing crew at Sierra Pacific can breathe a little bit after cranking it so hard. This is the time for celebrating the incredible local music scene and honoring those who have made it better. This is the season for our fall festivals, school sports and sprinkles of rain. It is getting really busy so you need to check our calendar before you leave the house.

I love to walk.
Walking in downtown, or to a coffee shop, or wherever. When I travel I walk, leave the hotels, find fun local places, ask around to see where people like to eat, pick up a copy of each city’s ModestoView type magazine and just try to explore. That is what we are doing here in Modesto. We like to walk from place to place, restaurant to restaurant, dinner to music to final cocktails. We need to continue to encourage new business downtown and welcome Rancho Fresco, Commonwealth and the expansion of Greens. If you haven’t tried these places out, you better git goin’. Make sure you walk from place to place.

Education is everything.
You never stop learning. Every new ModestoView is a learning experience. We learn more bout our city, our people, or friends and who is really committed to teamwork and making our city a better place to live. We need to support our schools and the school programs. CSU Stanislaus s is our University for our entire region and is really important. Raise your hand if you are an alumni….. OK me too, so lets do a better job of connecting with our university and show the world this is a first class education available and show employers that there are talented people here in Modesto, waiting to make a difference. For those that raised your hands, I will be hitting you up to contribute to the One Purpose Scholarship Program. Let’s invest in higher education and keeping our talent pool here in Modesto.

Living Local is Amazing.
I make a point to eat, drink, shop, listen and volunteer local. This is how we do it. This is how we make our city great. ModestoView connects with the best businesses in town that want to make a difference. If we focus on the positive, positive people read ModestoView and they find our great team of business and that makes our community stronger. We all do business with our friends and that is ModestoView. We are all friends making our city better, supporting each other and celebrating the good thinks happening. Just like James Taylor and Carole King sang “Winter Spring, Summer or Fall, all you have to do call, and I’ll be there” ModestoView is happy that you are reading and are our friends. It just works better that way.

Family is the best.
I love my new role as Father of the Bride. Becky and I are so excited for Madison’s wedding next year and we are so happy Abigail is recovering from West Nile and things are spinning right again. So from my family to you and our amazing ViewCrew to you, we wish you a Happy Haunted Harvest Fall and enjoy all the interesting things that will cross your path, on the road, trail or on your computer or phone.

We are all in this together and thank you. Please send me your comments about what you like and wish we did better. Happy Hallowe’en Chris Murphy Founder & Publisher – ModestoView<>



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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.