New format for Gustine leaf collection

Annual leaf collection is under way in Gustine - with one major change to the program.

Rather than picking up leaves in immediate response to resident request or through random collection, workers will be going through designated areas of the city on specified days to gather up the leaves with a vacuum truck.

The city is being split into four quadrants, with West Avenue and South Avenue/Carnation Road as the dividing lines. Leaf collection will occur Mondays in the northeast quadrant; Tuesdays in the southeast quadrant, Wednesdays in the southwest quadrant and Thursdays in the northwest quadrant.

Residents are reminded that the program is for leaf collection only and does not include brush pick-up. Residents with brush to dispose of may call Gustine City Hall, 854-6471, to make arrangements to self-haul brush to a designated disposal site.

Residents are encouraged to not pile leaves curbside too far in advance of their designated collection day (the prior day is ideal), and to pile the leaves on the edge of the asphalt as opposed to in the gutter.

Newman fire report

Personnel from the Newman Volunteer Fire Department/West Stanislaus Fire Protection District Newman station responded to 25 calls for service from Oct. 29 to Nov. 4.

Fire Chief Keith Bowen said calls for service included 12 medical aid responses, one vehicle fire, three alarms, two vegetation fires, four motor vehicle accidents, one hazardous materials incident and two public assists.

Bowen said the responses included:

• A Nov. 3 collision on northbound Interstate 5 north of Stuhr Road involving five passenger cars and a big rig. One individual sustained injuries described by Bowen as moderate in that accident, which occurred shortly before 11:30 p.m.

• An Oct. 31 report of a hazardous materials spill from a jack-knifed big rig on Interstate 5 south of Shiells Road. The accident resulted in a fuel cell tearing, spilling diesel fuel into the roadway. One occupant was transported by ambulance with injuries described by Bowen as minor.

• An Oct. 31 accident involving an overturned truck near the Hatfield State Recreation Area. Bowen reported that one occupant was flown to a regional hospital with injuries he described as moderate.

West Side weather

Newman resident Marge Carvalho, an observer for the National Weather Service, reported the following high/low temperatures for the past week. Readings for the previous 24-hour period are recorded at 5 p.m. daily.

Monday, Oct. 29: 80/49

Tuesday, Oct. 30: 78/46

Wednesday, Oct. 31: 80/43

Thursday, Nov. 1: 86/42

Friday, Nov. 2: 88/45

Saturday, Nov. 3: 84/48

Sunday, Nov. 4: 78/48