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GreetingsView – The Month of Love

Greetings Friends
February is the month of Love. Well heck, every month should be the month of love right? But this is a really special month at our house. Not only is this the month of love, it is Heart Health month and that means a lot to me. It is also special as both of our girls, Madison and Abigail were born in February, there is Valentine’s Day of course, but it is also about loving our community, our history, and even more important, loving the diversity that is Modesto as we celebrate Black History Month. The more you learn the more you want to know, about the places, the people and the events that shape our community and that is what I love about Modesto.

We continue to celebrate the Modesto 150th. This month we are looking at the time of 1900-1920 when things really started to happen for Modesto. It was nearly a complete rebuild and so many of our monuments that we have to today were built during this time. I hope you find this as interesting as I do. Look for many new events and activities as we navigate this year to celebrate the origins of Modesto USA. Great cities celebrate their history and build on it. Authenticity is the key, and Modesto has it.

Another really special thing about February is the FotoModesto program. This year it features one of my favorite people, Adrian Mendoza, long time Modesto Bee photographer who has one of the most sharp and creative eyes out there. I really hope you will check out his exhibit of photojournalism, photo art and even his tweaked images at the Mistlin Gallery. He will be doing a special presentation on the 13th. We have so much artistic talent in our community, it really gives us a lot to be excited about and you know, creative cities win.

And finally, this is a leap year! For those with February 29th birthdays, you get to celebrate and we hope everyone makes the best of this extra day. Take some time to check out all the cool businesses that advertise in ModestoView. These are the companies that give back, make a difference and build our local economy and create local jobs. Please support them as they make it possible for us to design, print and distribute ModestoView. ModestoView reinvests all profits back into our local events and no income is taken so we can be true to our mission of “Serving Civic Pride Daily”

Thank you for reading and telling your friends about ModestoView. Make sure you follow us on line at @modestoview on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We are up to date 24/7 at

I hope to see you out and about, enjoying our community.

Chris Murphy
Publisher & Founder – ModestoView

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On the Cover
One thing is for sure, pets give unconditional love and they can be one of our best partners. Sure we celebrate our significant others this month, but we also need to celebrate our pets. On the cover this month is Lucy the Lab and rescued stray Norfolk Terrier Truman. They are there for each other, dining on pasta in Modesto’s art alley surrounded by murals. Make sure you check out our Puppy Love article and see about rescuing a dog that really needs you this month. Thank you MJ Mangano for bringing this iconic scene to life with our own Modesto twist.



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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.