General News

Martinez not in expected shutoff zone as county prepares for confirmed PG&E shutoff

Martinez not in expected shutoff zone as county prepares for confirmed PG&E shutoff

(Contra Costa County, CA) – Contra Costa County is preparing to respond to the impacts of a confirmed PG&E power shutoff event affecting parts of the County. PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) is expected to start 9:00 am on Wednesday, November 20th, through Thursday, November 21st at 8:00 am. According to PG&E, complete power […]

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Martinez News-Gazette printing final edition December 29

Martinez News-Gazette printing final edition December 29

Late last week it was relayed to the staff of the Gazette that the newspaper would cease printed publication at the end of the year. Gibson Publishing offered no other details. The Gazette began printing in September 1858, making it the oldest continuous publication in Contra Costa County. The staff of the Gazette wishes to […]

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Five Things to Know about PG&E Billing and a Public Safety Power Shutoff

Five Things to Know about PG&E Billing and a Public Safety Power Shutoff

Customers are not and will not be billed for usage when their power was off for public safety because no energy was being consumed. Customers can go to their online accounts and click on a specific day to see when power was being delivered and when power was out. Because SmartMeters are not able to […]

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Martinez Police Department welcomes new graduates

Martinez Police Department welcomes new graduates

(from Martinez Police Department) Please join us in congratulating our newest officers. Ofcs. Murray and Molina graduated today from the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Academy as part of Class 188. Also hired was Ofc. Green, who graduated from a prior class. We are excited about your new careers and know that you are working for such […]

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Firefighters quickly douse brush fire near Alhambra Creek

Firefighters quickly douse brush fire near Alhambra Creek

A small brush fire was extinguished Wednesday morning near the Martinez train station. Firefighters put out the fire between the two railroad bridges crossing Alhambra Creek. The site is believed to be a homeless encampment. (photos by Robert Perry/Martinez News-Gazette)    

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Community Focus

AAUW program features Carlyn Obringer, Mayor of Concord

AAUW program features Carlyn Obringer, Mayor of Concord

The public is invited to a Pleasant Hill / Martinez AAUW (American Association of University Women) program featuring Carlyn Obringer, Mayor of Concord. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 20th at 7 PM at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 1601 Mary Drive in Pleasant Hill.  Carlyn is the youngest female Mayor in Concord history. […]

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At Home With Vivian: Pick one!

At Home With Vivian: Pick one!

My older sister Brenda was visiting last weekend from Washington State. We shopped on Main Street, rode the Vallejo Ferry to San Francisco, and enjoyed the Harvest Festival Craft Fair in Pleasanton. Brenda had never heard of “Trunk or Treat” so, on Sunday after church, we walked through the Farmer’s Market and checked out the […]

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The Hometown Herbalist: Herbal support during fire season

The Hometown Herbalist: Herbal support during fire season

By ANNA MARIE BEAUCHEMIN Martinez News-Gazette Columnist In light of the smoke-filled skies we’ve been experiencing in many parts of California, I decided to put this month’s column out a few days early to offer some herbal info related to the fires. These past few weeks have been a challenge: refinery fires, wildfires, evacuations, power […]

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Park It by Ned Mackay: Monarch butterflies

Park It by Ned Mackay: Monarch butterflies

The season is approaching when monarch butterflies congregate at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont and several other Bay Area locations, where they overwinter as part of their multi-generational migratory life cycle. Ardenwood schedules a series of programs from late November through February during which visitors can search for the clusters of butterflies in the park’s […]

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Homelessness Forum: A discussion on impacts of homelessness in our community

Homelessness Forum: A discussion on impacts of homelessness in our community

By CITY OF MARTINEZ Press Release MARTINEZ – Have you ever wondered about the issue of homelessness? Do you want to learn more about the problem regionally and in Martinez? Do you want to learn more about what the City is doing to address the issue and do you have any thoughts or ideas? Would […]

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History

Martinez Historical Society cookbook includes family favorites

Mary Goodmann said, “We started this endeavor in the spring of 2018 when we realized that foods we grew up eating and memory’s associated with them were being lost. We tried to capture everything from an all day affair of making ravioli to a quick meal put together by a single working mother with two […]

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Underground Echoes: Meet the cemeterians

Underground Echoes: Meet the cemeterians

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Special to the Gazette Our column this week is different, however fear not, new biographies are in the works. The huge interest in genealogy has inspired nationwide cemetery restoration to become a large growing movement. Today as we have chosen to focus on conversations with three remarkable individuals. They are […]

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Underground Echoes: Where is Velda Dunn?

Underground Echoes: Where is Velda Dunn?

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Special to the Gazette Velda Lillian Dunn-Acker, 20, gave birth to her only son Donald Jay Acker, February 27, 1934 in Los Angeles but died during the delivery. Her siblings retrieved her body for burial in Martinez and broke off all contact with her husband and son. This past July, […]

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Underground Echoes: Bricks and sticks

Underground Echoes: Bricks and sticks

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Special to the Gazette MARTINEZ, Calif. – City of Martinez’s Annual Spring Cemetery Cleanup. Due to the numerous winter storms, there was quite the renaissance of those pesky annoying plants we all call “weeds” and the accumulation of numerous fallen branches. Although much was accomplished, more still needs to be […]

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Underground Echoes: In our outdoor museum, past lives matter

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Special to the Gazette There is something very serene and introspective about working in the Alhambra Pioneer Cemetery, both as the oldest known cemetery in Contra Costa County and as a wonderful outdoor museum. For one thing, the residents are very quiet. The other reasons include the beautiful views of […]

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Sports

Cal Golden Bears Beat Washington St. 33-20

Cal Golden Bears Beat Washington St. 33-20

Photos by Guri Dhaliwal

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Alhambra Girls Volleyball vs Miramonte

Alhambra Girls Volleyball vs Miramonte

Photos by Mark Fierner   (Martinez News-Gazette) Miramonte beat the Bulldogs 3 games to 1  

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MJHS volleyball

MJHS volleyball

Lady Bullpups took King in straight sets, making history with Grayson Muraoka serving a perfect set 25-0 to start the match. Team roster Sydnie DeMartini #2 Aiyana Filippi #7 Maelin Funk #8 Schelby James #13 Indie Johnson #9 Jaiden Johnson #12 Kylie Long #3 Grayson Muraoka #11 Jordan Parrish #14 Jenna Payne #5 Isabela Porché […]

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Pac 12 Men’s Basketball Media Day. Photo Gallery

Pac 12 Men’s Basketball Media Day. Photo Gallery

Photos by Gerome Wright   (Martinez News-Gazette)

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Oakland Raiders vs Chicago Bears Photo Gallery

Oakland Raiders vs Chicago Bears Photo Gallery

Photos by Neville Guard  ( Martinez News-Gazette ) Oakland Raiders beat the Bears in London  20-21

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Opinion

St. Catherine of Siena School a separate entity

St. Catherine of Siena School a separate entity

Until everyone’s voice is heard, recorded, and acted upon correctly, I plan to keep you updated through the Martinez News-Gazette. It is the best way for me to communicate with everyone, although we are in the process of creating a Facebook page and collecting emails at stcatherinesvoices@gmail.com to make sure we reach as many people […]

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In defense of Father Anthony and St. Catherine’s

In defense of Father Anthony and St. Catherine’s

More letters to the editor: St. Catherine School a separate entity Building project started on wrong foot St. Catherine’s and Father Anthony have been honest —- Dear Martinez Gazette Editor, former and current Parishioners of St. Catherine’s and Mr. Fuller, I write this in response to the recent letter to the editor submitted by Mr. […]

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St. Catherine building project started on wrong foot

St. Catherine building project started on wrong foot

Mr. Fuller,  In your recent letter to the editor (last paragraph) you say, “I am truly sorry that I was not able to get this project done.” John, that project was never yours. It was never your job to get the project done. It was our job! That’s how the Catholic Church is supposed to […]

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St. Catherine’s and Father Anthony have been honest in fundraising

St. Catherine’s and Father Anthony have been honest in fundraising

John Fuller’s letter to the editor published on November 13, 2019, misrepresents the history and current situation, and Fr. Anthony’s involvement, of the Capital Building Project, originally meant to raise funds for the construction of a gym  for St. Catherine’s parish. Twenty years ago a laity driven project was initiated with the goal to raise […]

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Fuller: Questions surround St. Catherine’s

Fuller: Questions surround St. Catherine’s

I am sending out an SOS to all St. Catherine of Siena parishioners, especially those who have been part of the church for the last 20 years or more. For those are the parishioners who have donated to build a gym at St. Catherine’s church. The gym was an idea that was put together by […]

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Arts & Entertainment

Curtain call for Danville theater; road trip to Oregon

By CHARLIE JARRETT Martinez News-Gazette Columnist This week’s reviews are unique indeed in that you only have to drive 9.7 miles to the first show reviewed (in Danville) or 300 miles and spend one or two nights in Ashland, Oregon to see them. You might ask, why is this guy suggesting that we travel to […]

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National Park Service hosts free campfire program

“My fire was in all its glory about midnight…I had nothing to do but look and listen and join the trees in their hymns and prayers.” – John Muir, Travels in Alaska Join the National Park Service for a free campfire program on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in […]

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‘Insignificance’ at the Campbell Theater is an  elegant, thoughtful piece of historical fiction

‘Insignificance’ at the Campbell Theater is an elegant, thoughtful piece of historical fiction

By SCOTT BABA Art and Entertainment Editor It’s always an interesting thought experiment to consider what it would have been like if historical figures from different spheres of influence met each other. What would they think of each other? What would they have to say? That’s the premise of “Insignificance,” the new play currently running […]

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Witty and thought-provoking production shines at Campbell

Witty and thought-provoking production shines at Campbell

By CHARLIE JARRETT Martinez News-Gazette Columnist This week’s promise of double billed theatrical events has turned out to be two excellent productions being reviewed. However, only one will be available over the next two weekends. The Eugene O’Neill foundation’s premier production of Eugene O’Neill’s Nobel prize-winning play, Long Day’s Journey into Night, opened this past […]

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‘Camping With Henry and Tom’ a tightly crafted character study at the Campbell Theater

‘Camping With Henry and Tom’ a tightly crafted character study at the Campbell Theater

By SCOTT BABA Art and Entertainment Editor In television there is a narrative device called the “bottle episode.” Originally conceived of as a way to cut costs, a bottle episode usually involves finding a way to keep the characters in a single location and giving them little to do besides bounce off of one another. […]

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