General News

MPD makes drug and gun arrest

MPD makes drug and gun arrest

On Thursday, Martinez Police Department detectives conducted a probation search in the 3900 block of Alhambra Avenue. As a result of the search, Andrew Lopez of Concord was arrested for felony warrants, as well as possession of controlled substances for sales and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Specifically, Lopez was located in […]

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BART gears up for pivotal project to strengthen the Transbay Tube

Never was BART’s role in the region as a lifeline made clearer than the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. BART was up and running on a 24-hour emergency schedule to serve the public less than 12 hours after the quake hit. It was a watershed event, showcasing infrastructure working for the greater good of the region […]

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Economic Development Action Plan (EDAP) work session tonight

A City Council Special Meeting will be held Wednesday, February 13, 2019 6 p.m. in Council Chambers. At the Work Session on February 13, 2019, staff will ask Council for input on which Core Services and which Economic Centers to prioritize during the next two-year budget cycle. With clear direction from the Work Session, staff […]

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U.S. Representatives address gun violence in town hall at AHS

U.S. Representatives address gun violence in town hall at AHS

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The U.S. House of Representatives likely would approve House Bill 8, which would strengthen background checks for gun sales, said its sponsor, Mike Thompson, who represents part of Martinez in the House. It has more cosigners than the minimum number of votes to pass, he said. Thompson (D-Napa) and U.S. Rep. Mark […]

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Martinez Police make two gun-related arrests

Martinez Police make two gun-related arrests

On Monday around 8:13 p.m. hours, Martinez Police Department officers was dispatched to the 400 block of Gilger Avenue for a welfare check. A neighbor in the area heard a gunshot come from a residence earlier in the day, and no activity had been noticed in the house since hearing the gunshot. Officers arrived and […]

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Community Focus

Ribbon-cutting in downtown Martinez

Ribbon-cutting in downtown Martinez

Maureen Frengs Bullotta cuts the ribbon of her Main Street eatery – Slow Hand BBQ. (KEVIN MURRAY/COURTESY)

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Martinez St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser for children’s cancer research

Martinez St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser for children’s cancer research

We ask all to join the Martinez community in a special event happening on Sunday, March 17th, 2019. Citrus Salon is hosting the 8th Annual St. Baldrick’s signature head shaving event. In the U.S, more children die of childhood cancer than any other disease-more than AIDS, asthma, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies, and diabetes combined. And […]

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Contra Costa Animal Services offering reduced cost adoptions during Big Love Valentine’s Day special

Promotion offered at CCAS’ Martinez & Pinole adoption centers to ensure everyone has a chance to find love this Valentine’s Day Martinez, CA – Contra Costa Animal Services (CCAS) is offering reduced cost adoptions of all animals between February 14th and February 28th in an effort to help Bay Area residents and families find love […]

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Health Fair at Senior Center

Health Fair at Senior Center

Emma Noble, CVS Pharmacy Hearing Specialist (left), visits with representatives of Senior Care Plus, Veronica Cruz, Nicolette Cruz and Arnold Apolinar. Emma Noble consults with June Vega of Martinez. (photos by Robert Perry/Martinez News-Gazette)

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At Home With Vivian: Lots of love

At Home With Vivian: Lots of love

Happy Valentine’s Day! “I love you a bushel and a peck, a kiss on the cheek and a hug around the neck” was written by Frank Loesser and sung by Doris Day. That song was sung loudly and off key by my mother to wake my kid sister and I up in the mornings. She […]

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History

The move to California: Aaron Rice (1819-1860)

The move to California: Aaron Rice (1819-1860)

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Martinez Gazette Contributors We apologize for not writing since last May, but circumstances arose that put our column on hold. In celebration of Black History Month, we wanted to complete Aaron Rice’s story. However due to the time gap, we thought it best to summarize his saga in a few […]

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New Year traditions vary around the world

The start of a new year, whether it’s celebrated Jan. 1 or on some other date, often is accompanied by some form of ceremony or tradition, no matter where in the world a person happens to be, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, a publication that dates to 1792. Many of these traditions resemble each […]

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Christmas, holiday imagery and customs from many sources

Christmas, holiday imagery and customs from many sources

The annual festival called Christmas has grown to be one of the world’s largest celebration. It’s observed by billions of people, not only by Christians who use it to remember the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, but by those who observe it on a secular, rather than religious, level. The name “Christmas” comes from the […]

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Accident starts era of Santa-tracking

A mistaken printing of a telephone number in a department store’s advertisement could have been a calamity. Instead, it launched an annual event through which children can track Santa Claus as he makes his worldwide Christmas Eve journey to deliver presents. In addition to watching the global excursion of a jolly elf and his team […]

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Our Town: A city without a city hall

Our Town: A city without a city hall

By CHARLENE PERRY Reprinted from January 1985 Editor’s Note: Due to the pressures of time, energy and upcoming knee surgery, this writer will return from time to time to reaching into the treasure chest of Charlene Perry’s well-researched columns from the 1980s and 90s. This piece, from 1985, will be the introduction to a forthcoming […]

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Sports

Alhambra vs College Park Baseball  Ends In 1-1 Tie

Alhambra vs College Park Baseball Ends In 1-1 Tie

Photos by Mark Fierner ( Martinez News-Gazette )

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Washington Capitals Skate Past Sharks.  5-1

Washington Capitals Skate Past Sharks. 5-1

Photos by Guri Dhaliwal  ( Martinez News-Gazette )

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Stanford Men’s Basketball beats USC 79-26.

Stanford Men’s Basketball beats USC 79-26.

Photos by Guri Dhaliwal  (Martinez News-Gazette) Bryce Wills scored four of his 11 points in the final 14 seconds and Stanford rallied to beat USC 79-76 on Wednesday night at Maples Pavilion.  

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Hamlin wins crash-filled Daytona 500

Hamlin wins crash-filled Daytona 500

Denny Hamlin won the Daytona 500 for the second time Sunday. This time, he had teammates Kyle Busch and Erik Jones in tow, giving owner Joe Gibbs Racing a 1-2-3 finish in NASCAR’s iconic race in its premiere series. The first time Hamlin won the legendary race was 2016, when he barely edged Martin Truex […]

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Sam Bass, 57, dies Saturday, NASCAR’s first officially licensed artist

Sam Bass, 57, dies Saturday, NASCAR’s first officially licensed artist

After a long battle with kidney disease, motorsport artist Sam Bass died Saturday at 57. His wife, Denise, made the announcement on his social media account. Bass was NASCAR’s first officially licensed artist who was asked to design a program cover for the 1985 Coca-Cola 600 in 1985, a year after he moved to Charlotte, […]

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Opinion

Coffee Talk: Youth movement?

Coffee Talk: Youth movement?

By JOHN FULLER Martinez Gazette Columnist Morning coffee thoughts at Barrellista this morning. It has been a while since I have been here, and I am glad to be back. I always enjoy the atmosphere and the coffee. A big shout to Alhambra High School, nice job to all the teams that qualified for NCS. […]

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Column 1: Water, water, everywhere

Column 1: Water, water, everywhere

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE, and plenty to drink. But it will cost you more per swallow in the Martinez Water System. Untreated water supplies flow through the canals and pipelines from the source up in the Delta, but it is not free. Thus, the City needs to increase some […]

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Column 1: Awesome

Column 1: Awesome

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist AWESOME is one term to express the efforts of the Martinez Education Foundation for the past three decades, since 1985, when it provided $1,000 for computer software/printer, the first grant by the MEF. This year’s grant program of $165,193 brings the total of aid to teachers and classrooms […]

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Coffee Talk: No replay in life

Coffee Talk: No replay in life

By JOHN FULLER News-Gazette Columnist Every now and then while I drink my coffee, I think what could have been. During my lifetime there has been several events that have directed my life one direction or another and I really had no choice in the matter. Life just happens. It happens to all of us. […]

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Column 1: Had a pay check??

Column 1: Had a pay check??

HAD A PAY CHECK?? If, no, you may be one of the 800,000 federal employees or contractors who are right now missing their second check!! It has been all over the news big time in the past two weeks. But, are you one who is missing a second check? Are you digging into any savings […]

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Arts & Entertainment

‘Noises Off’ on stage at beautiful California Theater

By CHARLIE JARRETT Martinez Gazette Contributor I have a treat for you as this week’s review allows me to introduce a production that I have always enjoyed. Although I have seen it a number of times, and I have always seen it done well, this production of Noises Off is no exception. In addition, this […]

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MAA shows student artwork

MAA shows student artwork

The Martinez Arts Association is proud to announce the Art Exhibit of student work in the Martinez Library for March and April. Each year, MAA offers grants to teachers in the Martinez Unified School District for art projects. The art work done by the students will be in the community room of the Library at […]

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Thought-provoking production at Campbell Theater

Thought-provoking production at Campbell Theater

By CHARLIE JARRETT Martinez Gazette Contributor MARTINEZ, Calif. – Over this past year I’ve deliberately been spending more time at the Campbell theater in Martinez for a very good reason; the quality of theatrical productions and the stories that are told there are valuable stories of humanity that resonate with me, bringing me enjoyment and […]

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‘White Guy On the Bus’ an often uncomfortable take on race

‘White Guy On the Bus’ an often uncomfortable take on race

By SCOTT BABA Art and Entertainment Editor “White Guy On the Bus,” the new play being produced by Women of Words Productions at the Campbell Theater, is probably best described as “complex.” Unabashedly racially and politically charged, the play is in turns thought-provoking, insightful, and infuriating, depending on your point of view and political leaning. […]

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‘Images In Black’ exhibit opens Sunday at Historical Museum

‘Images In Black’ exhibit opens Sunday at Historical Museum

MARTINEZ, Calif. – A new exhibit opens Sunday at the Martinez Historical Museum, ethnic dolls and other memorabilia from the collection of Martinez resident Rosalyne Miller-Boyd. It will be displayed alongside another exhibit, “Amen!” that illustrates the stories of seven of this city’s churches, and both will remain at the museum until the end of […]

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