General News

Council meets tonight with full agenda

MARTINEZ, Calif. – A public Study Session on Downtown Density is scheduled from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. tonight before the regular city council meeting. The purpose is to gain additional detail and clarification on Priority Items from Council Goal Setting Session relating to the following topics: Downtown height and density, code enforcement, parking, types of […]

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Thieves can’t stop the music at MJHS

MARTINEZ, Calif. – It has been more than a week since thieves broke into the Martinez Junior High School music room to steal an alto sax, a baritone saxophone and a cello with a case. Police say they got in through a window and set off an alarm. According to Instrumental Music Teacher Julianne George, […]

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Theater as a business

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Tonight at the Martinez City Council meeting, OnStage Repertory Theater Company will give the council a business update. Even if it is a non-profit entity, because of circumstances surrounding the Campbell Theater, OnStage must operate like a business. More importantly, the City of Martinez is indirectly a stakeholder in the business success […]

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County cracking down on illegal dumping

County cracking down on illegal dumping

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The County Board of Supervisors ad hoc subcommittee met to review progress on a list of 50 strategies designed to curtail illegal dumping. The Sept. 16, meeting in Martinez centered on a list created by an Illegal Dumping Think Tank, that the Supervisors approved in June. Illegal dumping and debris left behind […]

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Power outage Wednesday in Martinez

MARTINEZ, Calif. – There was a power outage to 6,736 customers at its peak in the Martinez/Pleasant Hill area. It began at 7:00 p.m., and according to PG&E spokesperson Tamar Sarkissian, the company was able to restore service to 1,623 customers within 20 minutes. However, most of the outage, which was located in a triangular […]

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Community Focus

At Home With Vivian: I love a parade

At Home With Vivian: I love a parade

Homecoming parade in the mid 1990s. We had a little rain and a dip in temperature this week. Autumn is starting to show its colors -blue and gold. Go Bulldogs! I was talking to my young neighbor, Leah, the other day. She informed me that she’s been having fun after school helping to build the […]

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Martinez remembers 9/11

Martinez remembers 9/11

MARTINEZ, Calif. – In a simple, but eloquent ceremony Martinez honored those who sacrificed their own lives to save the lives of others on that crisp, clear autumn day, Sept. 11, 2001. Almost 3,000 people were killed and 6,000 injured when 19 members of the Islamic terrorist group called al-Qaeda, hijacked four commercial airliners to […]

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Park It by Ned MacKay: Coastal cleanup

By NED MACKAY East Bay Regional Parks District Coastal Cleanup, a statewide volunteer program to pick up trash and recyclables from shoreline parks, lakes and creeks, celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. Volunteers will work from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 21. In the regional parks, Coastal Cleanup work is planned at Big […]

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Community Calendar, Sept. 15, 2019: Truck Day in the Plaza

Community Calendar, Sept. 15, 2019: Truck Day in the Plaza

Truck Day in the Plaza What: Truck Day in the Plaza Where: Ignacio Plaza, 525 Henrietta St. Martinez Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm Cost: Free Ages: All Info: The Martinez Recreation Division invites children of all ages for an afternoon of fun exploring a variety of trucks. Trucks from Martinez Police Department, Martinez […]

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13th Annual Martinez Home Tour 2019: 50 Years of Homes

13th Annual Martinez Home Tour 2019: 50 Years of Homes

By MARIA BANUELOS CONNELL Director of Marketing, Martinez Historical Society The Martinez Historic Society presents the 13th Annual Home Tour on October 12, 2019, from 10am to 4pm. This year’s tour features 50 Years of Homes in the area where the former Christian Brothers De La Salle Institute and vineyard was located. The Tour begins […]

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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

Alhambra Girls Volleyball Beat Pinole Valley In Three Sets

Alhambra Girls Volleyball Beat Pinole Valley In Three Sets

Photos by Mark Fierner (Martinez News-Gazette) Alhambra girls volleyball dominated Pinole Valley in three sets. 25-6, 25-10 & 25-10

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Alhambra Bulldogs beat Pinole Valley 39-26

Alhambra Bulldogs beat Pinole Valley 39-26

Photos by Mark Fierner (Martinez News-Gazette)

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Alhambra Bulldogs dominate College Park 60-19 in season opener

Alhambra Bulldogs dominate College Park 60-19 in season opener

Photos by Tod Fierner (Martinez News-Gazette)

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Oakland Raiders beat L.A. Rams 14-3 in preseason action

Oakland Raiders beat L.A. Rams 14-3 in preseason action

Photos by Tod Fierner (Martinez News-Gazette) Oakland quarterback Mike Glennon looked good early and threw three straight completions that gained 56 yards on Oakland’s opening drive. DeAndre Washington scored on a 7-yard run. The Raiders were in the red zone in the second quarter when Glennon threw an interception near the goal line. “I was […]

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Martinez Youth Football welcoming new coaches and new culture

Martinez Youth Football welcoming new coaches and new culture

MARTINEZ, Calif. – New coaches, new staff and a new approach to football is restoring and strengthening the Martinez Youth Football (MYF) and Cheers program this year. On Aug. 8, new MYF Board President Lina Taylor announced the program is still accepting students sign-ups for football and cheerleading. “They’re learning and having fun!” Christy Sherman, […]

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Opinion

Letter to the Editor: Dog park urged at new parcel

Letter to the Editor: Dog park urged at new parcel

Dear Council Members, As residents of Martinez since February 18, 1966, and always having resided south of Highway 4, we are pleased that the resolution of the fate of the Coward property has taken place and there can be needed use for the property in the form of much needed new housing. We are also […]

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Letter to the Editor: Martinez redistricting: It’s like deja vu all over again

Letter to the Editor: Martinez redistricting: It’s like deja vu all over again

With a hat tip to Yogi Berra Sunday mornings after a city council meeting I like to sit with my coffee, sometimes not so quietly, at my computer and watch the video recording. I want to thank Mr. Verrilli for speaking on behalf of the many Martinez voters who have had their votes suppressed – […]

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Column 1: Now is the time

Column 1: Now is the time

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist NOW IS THE TIME for all good Americans to come to the aid (rescue?) of their nation, a paraphrase of an old typing test. Now is the time to overcome the divisiveness which seems to have developed. Now is the time to come together to quell the violence […]

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Letter to the Editor: Denial of conditional use permit

Letter to the Editor: Denial of conditional use permit

On Tuesday evening, August 27 I sat in the front row of the Planning Commission meeting for no other reason than to bear witness. I heard one woman seated behind me comment on how wonderful it was to see the many “decent” young families in attendance. That comment begs the question, as opposed to whom? […]

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Letter to the Editor: Martinez needs an independent redistricting commission

Letter to the Editor: Martinez needs an independent redistricting commission

Our grassroots group, Martinez Residents for an Independent Redistricting Commission, has been active in asking the City Council to establish an Independent Redistricting Commission to redraw the currently gerrymandered voting districts in Martinez. While some may argue that we don’t need districts in the first place and that our previous at-large voting system worked fine, […]

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Arts & Entertainment

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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Two top-notch community theater productions

Two top-notch community theater productions

By CHARLIE JARRETT Martinez News-Gazette Columnist First this week, the very intriguing murder mystery play in Orinda, “The Woman in White”, extracted from the 500-page book written by Wilkie Collins in 1859, and recently adapted into a theatrical play by local author Malcolm Cowler. Next, in Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh community Theater presents the upbeat musical […]

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Two productions take on classic plays

Two productions take on classic plays

By CHARLIE JARRETT Martinez News-Gazette Columnist In his first hit play, The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams wrote a heartfelt story based on his own life and that of his domineering mother, still living her colorful life as a southern belle, and created a fragile-as-glass sister, reflecting the emotions imprisoned in her painfully shy, somewhat erratic […]

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Production tackles political climate

By CHARLIEJARRETT Martinez News-Gazette Columnist In The Great American Sh*T Show, Brian Copeland and Charlie Varon are now engaging audiences through meaningful monologues revealing their own deeply disturbing concerns about where America is morally and materially heading today, by combining wisdom and witticism in making Americans Think Again! Their new show, of which I saw […]

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