Stockton Black Family Day celebrated its 50th anniversary on Labor with food, song and words at Weber Point Events Center.

Tommie Muhammad, one of the event’s founders, was surprised with a legacy award for his work with the group. Others also were recognized for their work in the community. But, mostly, it was an opportunity for people to spend time together listening to speakers such as Stockton’s Poet Laureate Tama Brisbane, hearing good music, learning at one of a number of vendor booths, eating good food and enjoying each other’s company.

Get ready for No. 51 next year.


Cheers: People on the go

Out with the old, in with the new as the saying goes. Construction is underway at the former Greyhound depot at Center and Washington streets in downtown Stockton. Planned for the location are a 7-Eleven convenience store/gas station and a Dutch Bros. coffee shop. A spokesman for the company developing the site said two more businesses are being sought for the location.

The location is being tailored for fast food users and commuters because it is near the Crosstown on-ramp.

This can be viewed as another step, big or small, in Stockton’s continued development.


Cheers: Faster than a locomotive, stronger than a …..

Congratulations to Jordan Lee, Galadriel Mellion and Sereana Raura, all of whom won their respective events at junior national track championships.

Lee won the 12U 1,500-meter race and Raura won the the 8U girls javelin throw at the AAU Junior Olympic Games in Des Moines, Iowa. Mellion won the 13-to 14- year old discus throw at the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships, at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, North Carolina.

It takes hard work, commitment and courage to excel at a sport. Good job by them all.