General News

Education board to see John Muir Elementary design-build agreement, elect officers

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The Martinez Unified School District Board of Education will consider Monday authorizing Lathrop Construction Associates and HKIT Architects as the design-build team for the overhaul of John Muir Elementary School’s campus. According the resolution which will be decided Monday, the team was determined to have offered the best value for the project, […]

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Council sends proposed personal marijuana law back for rewrite

Council sends proposed personal marijuana law back for rewrite

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Worried that a proposed personal-use marijuana law might be too strict, Martinez City Council asked its staff Wednesday to modify it to allow residents to use backyard greenhouses up to six allowed plants. That means its introduction won’t take place until later this month. State law allows individuals to grow up to […]

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Farewell to City Manager Anne Cardwell

Farewell to City Manager Anne Cardwell

Assistant City Manager Anne Cardwell (middle), who is leaving Martinez for the same position in Vallejo, is honored Wednesday with a proclamation from Martinez City Council. A veteran of 22 years of public and private sector work, she has spent 13 years with the city of Benicia before working since September 2016 as Martinez’s assistant […]

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Martinez elections results certified, officials take oaths

Martinez elections results certified, officials take oaths

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez election results have been certified by County Clerk Joseph E Canciamilla,and the three returning incumbents have taken their oaths of office. District 1’s Council race was not in doubt since Lara DeLaney was unopposed and got all 3,090 of the votes cast. Mayor Rob Schroder, with 63.78 percent of the vote, […]

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Martinez Police blotter for Nov.16-30, 2018

On November 16th at 1:01 am, Officer Angoco arrested a man who was in the middle of the roadway at Pacheco Boulevard and Howe Road for being under the influence of a controlled substance and resisting a peace officer. Case# 18-2748. At 6:51 am officers responded to a structure fire in the 300 block of […]

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Community Focus

Column 1: “Papa Bush”

Column 1: “Papa Bush”

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist “PAPA BUSH”, was a world class statesman who made us all proud that he was OUR President, the admired ‘leader of the free world’ who was respected by all who knew him. A personality not seen enough in this world of tension and chaos and strife. He was […]

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At Home With Jeff: Good bugs & bad bugs

By JEFF ROUBAL I have always loved bugs. As a child, I would watch them and play with them for hours. My mother believed that children should be indoors only as long as they were occupied doing something useful, otherwise they should be outside. My brothers and I spent a lot of time outdoors, much […]

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Martinez Business Beat, Dec. 5, 2018

Holiday Boutique Continues Through Dec. 16 The Martinez Arts Association seventh annual Holiday Boutique will be selling arts items, jewelry and other handcrafted gifts through Dec. 16 in the former Southern Pacific Railroad Depot at the end of Ferry Street in the downtown shopping district. The Boutique is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. […]

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Park It by Ned MacKay: Butterfly programs at Ardenwood

As I’ve described in a previous column, large numbers of monarch butterflies usually spend the winter months in the eucalyptus groves at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont, as part of their multi-generational migratory life cycle. So far this season only a few butterflies have been spotted, but it’s possible that more are on their way. […]

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At Home With Vivian: A new season

At Home With Vivian: A new season

It feels wonderful to finally have a chill in the air. Winter is on the way. The seasons are changing once again. I love this time of year. The air is cleaner, the stars brighter. We don’t have to mow the lawn, and, if we’ve been good, we can look forward to Santa coming. Jeff […]

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History

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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Our Town: Celebrating Martinez’s movie fame

Our Town: Celebrating Martinez’s movie fame

By HARRIETT BURT Martinez News-Gazette Contributor CARTER WILSON Martinez Historical Society Photographer Last week this writer thought she’d written the last story about Tucker: The Man and His Dream but then Carter Wilson, photographer of homes on the annual Martinez Historical Society Home Tour, brought over a handful of images of the Saturday’s film party […]

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Our Town: Tucker movie true to creator’s past

Our Town: Tucker movie true to creator’s past

By HARRIETT BURT Martinez News-Gazette Contributor The special screening of the restored Francis Ford Coppola film, “Tucker: The Man and His Dream” will be held Saturday, August 11 at the Shell Club House. Doors open at 6 for hearty hors d’ oeuvres and a silent auction and the screening will begin at 8 p.m. James […]

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Our Town: Semple of Benicia, Smith of Martinez, Alike in many ways

Our Town: Semple of Benicia, Smith of Martinez, Alike in many ways

By HARRIETT BURT Martinez News-Gazette Contributor Editor’s Note: This is the second part of an article about Robert Semple of Kentucky, the founder of Benicia, who made it possible for another ambitious American from Georgia to found Martinez. Written some years ago for the MHS Newsletter by the late John Bonnell who, in retirement, used […]

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Our Town Special Event: “Tucker: The Man and the Automobile” returns to town 30 years later to benefit MHS

Our Town Special Event: “Tucker: The Man and the Automobile” returns to town 30 years later to benefit MHS

By HARRIETT BURT Martinez News-Gazette Contributor Editor’s note: A showing of the recently restored Francis Ford Coppola film “Tucker: The Man and His Dream” is scheduled for Saturday, August 11, 2018 at the Shell Club House. The benefit for the Martinez Historical Society will take place starting at 6 p.m. A small portion of the […]

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Sports

Alhambra Boy’s Soccer vs Berean Christian

Alhambra Boy’s Soccer vs Berean Christian

Photos by Mark Fierner ( Martinez News-Gazette ) Berean Christian beat Alhambra 2-1

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Bulldogs put away Gauchos 58-44

Bulldogs put away Gauchos 58-44

By MATT SIEGER Martinez News-Gazette Contributor MARTINEZ, Calif. – For Alhambra basketball coach Chris Petiti, it’s all about his team achieving its potential. He calls it chasing the unicorn. “They are this wonderful, magnificent animal that we haven’t quite yet found, but are still eager to see,” he explains. “Similarly, we have this vision of […]

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Alhambra Boy’s Basketball vs Casa Grande (photo gallery)

Alhambra Boy’s Basketball vs Casa Grande (photo gallery)

Photos by Mark Fierner (Martinez News-Gazette)  Alhambra boy’s basketball beat Casa Grande 58-44

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AHS Girls Basketball vs Napa Indians (photo gallery)

AHS Girls Basketball vs Napa Indians (photo gallery)

Photos By Mark Fierner  ( Martinez News-Gazette )

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‘Dogs rebound for Winter Tournament win

‘Dogs rebound for Winter Tournament win

The Alhambra Bulldogs basketball team took third place in the annual Alhambra Winter Tourna-ment on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Capuchino Mustangs (Millbrae) 58-52. The first quarter was a seesaw offensive battle. The Dogs (3-1) took a 16-14 lead on a three-point play by Brody Eglite, but the Mustangs (0-3) tied it at 16-all on a […]

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Opinion

Column 1: Thanks for what?

Column 1: Thanks for what?

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist THANKS FOR WHAT?!?! With the Thanksgiving holiday now behind us, we can imagine how many people near us in California, and those in the Southwest, Midwest and East Coast probably have had to ask the question, “Thanks for what?!?! Not hard to understand with the horrific storms ‘back […]

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Letter to the Editor: I did not retire, I was ‘forced out’

Letter to the Editor: I did not retire, I was ‘forced out’

I would like to correct the record as stated by Bill Sharkey III in the Sunday, Nov. 4 Martinez News-Gazette with regard to my leaving the Bay Area Crisis Nursery. I did not leave that entity voluntarily. I was forced out and terminated by the Board of Directors. It’s true as Mr. Sharkey says that […]

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Column 1: Veterans Day

Column 1: Veterans Day

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist VETERANS DAY (Armistice Day) was nicely observed in our community this past week. As was pointed out at services and in the press, this was Armistice Day, initially observing the end of World War One, “the war to end all wars”, on that November 11, 1918 day. How […]

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Column 1: While the nation scanned the results

Column 1: While the nation scanned the results

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist WHILE THE NATION scanned the results from Senate and House races, along with statewide races, our community was waking up to local results, the most surprising for many being the apparent upset of Councilmember Debbie McKillop by John Stevens, a political newcomer. The difference in the tally of […]

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Residents sound off on ice rink cancellation

Residents sound off on ice rink cancellation

Here are some selected readers comments regarding the news of the ice rink cancellation taken from Facebook. Mary Ewart: We wouldn’t be in shopping and eating around the Holidays in downtown Martinez if it weren’t for the rink! We got season passes and ate at the Starbucks, Thai food, the BBQ place, and so on […]

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Arts & Entertainment

Upcoming events at Main Street Arts

Upcoming events at Main Street Arts

For December at Main Street Arts, our “Small Wall” will be back, presenting affordable art for the holidays! We will be participating in two activities for the Holidays. First is Sparkle Sip & Shop event in Downtown Martinez presented by Main Street Martinez to promote small business Saturday. You can stroll the shops in Martinez […]

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Martinez author’s book recalls ‘The Railroad That Never Was’

Martinez author’s book recalls ‘The Railroad That Never Was’

MARTINEZ, Calif. – In an era when railroads throughout the United States were merging, two companies were so confident their merger request would be approved, they began painting locomotives and rolling stock in the bright, new logo pattern. After two years of consideration, the Interstate Commerce Commission denied the Southern Pacific and the Santa Fe […]

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Festival of Altars celebration honors Dia de Los Muertos

Festival of Altars celebration honors Dia de Los Muertos

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Sugar skulls, cigar-box nichos, large displays and a plaza filled with dancers turned Main Street into a Central American festival Saturday during the Dia de Los Muertos Festival of Altars. Under spreading black wings, which gained paper feathers decorated in colored chalk by children, residents set up small remembrances of lost loved […]

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Thornton Wilder’s classic comedy delights at  the Campbell

Thornton Wilder’s classic comedy delights at the Campbell

By SCOTT BABA Arts and Entertainment Editor Thornton Wilder’s “The Matchmaker,” now playing at the Campball Theater in Martinez, defies simple definition. It would be completely fair to label the play as a farce – it is, after all, extraordinarily farcical, with slapstick, confused identities, ridiculously unlikely coincidences and a brief moment of low-grade accidental […]

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Art passages gallery show illustrates importance of early child care

Art passages gallery show illustrates importance of early child care

MARTINEZ, Calif. ­­– A free exhibit of art by children and photographs of community-based child care centers is designed to show the availability of early child care programs in Contra Costa County. The show is the collaboration of the Arts & Culture Commission of Contra Costa County (ACS) and the Contra Costa County Community Services […]

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