General News

Fourth conspirator pleads guilty in DC Solar Ponzi scheme

Fourth conspirator pleads guilty in DC Solar Ponzi scheme

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Ryan Guidry, 43, of Pleasant Hill, pleaded guilty today to participating in a massive fraud scheme involving a solar energy company in Benicia that defrauded investors of approximately $1 billion, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced. Those losses resulted from investment transactions in solar energy hardware valued at approximately $2.5 billion. Guidry […]

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School district issues opposition statement regarding cannabis store location

School district issues opposition statement regarding cannabis store location

Ahead of Wednesday’s final vote approving a marijuana retail store at 3501 Alhambra Avenue the Martinez Unified School District has released a statement opposing the locations. “The District is not in opposition to the City of Martinez opening a retail cannabis store, however, the proposed location, just feet from our Adult School and in such […]

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Retail cannabis storefront on Council agenda for final vote

Retail cannabis storefront on Council agenda for final vote

The Martinez City Council is set to give final approval for a conditional certificate to a cannabis retail storefront at a controversial location. On Nov. 20 the Council awarded Embarc the second of two permits allowed inside the city of Martinez. The proposed location of the dispensary is 3501 Alhambra Ave., just over two blocks […]

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Martinez News-Gazette Jan. 12, 2020

Martinez News-Gazette Jan. 12, 2020

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Anonymous gift gives AHS marching band a new look

Anonymous gift gives AHS marching band a new look

Sarah Stafford, Director of Music at Alhambra High School, knew she had a challenge. Raising over $30,000 is not easy goal. Her marching band’s uniforms, meant to last ten years were over 12 years old, bought when most of her students were in kindergarten, needed to be replaced. “When I began the fundraising a friend […]

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Community Focus

New website and catalog for Contra Costa County Library

The Contra Costa County Library has a brand new website and catalog. The platform offers an updated look and feel and is mobile responsive allowing for an improved user experience whether on a computer, tablet or phone. Some of the new features include: · modern design · simple navigation · new events layout · improved […]

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At Home With Jeff: The importance of maintenance

At Home With Jeff: The importance of maintenance

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist A recent visitor commented on our kitchen coffee pot and I was proud to point out the details. Our Coffeematic Universal 10 Cup Coffee Percolator was manufactured in the 1950s by Landers, Frary & Clark Company at their factory in New Britain, Connecticut and still makes a great cup […]

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MUSD community garden

MUSD community garden

By WENDY KE Contributor You may have noticed a school garden revitalization effort underway at Martinez Unified School District property next to the Martinez Junior High School ball fields. Since the 2019-20 school year began, volunteers from the MJHS community have devoted time and energy at 3 work days weeding tenacious Bermuda grass, pruning, tending […]

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Donation made for students in need

Donation made for students in need

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Eve Cameron, founder of Passion to the Streets, presented the Martinez Unified School District (MUSD) with $10,000 worth of gift cards at the school board meeting Dec. 9. “They are a gift from the whole community,” she said. “They (district) know the homeless families, and can give them out, not just at […]

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At Home With Vivian: It’s raining

At Home With Vivian: It’s raining

It’s raining, it’s pouring, The old man is snoring, He went to bed and he bumped his head So, he couldn’t get up in the morning! I can still hear my mother singing this ditty whenever it rained hard. As a teenager, I sang it with my swimming students to encourage them to splash and […]

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History

 Down ‘Memory Sidewalk’ on Court, Estudillo, and Alhambra

 Down ‘Memory Sidewalk’ on Court, Estudillo, and Alhambra

Courtesy Martinez Historical Society Contra Costa Gazette paper boys are shown in 1933. They covered Martinez, Pittsburg, Concord, Pleasant Hill among other communities receiving $10 a month salary and 10 percent of what they collected from subscribers who paid 50 cents a month for the subscription. Bill Sharkey III, who had a route from Alhambra […]

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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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Sports

Dallas Mavericks Beat up On Golden State Warriors 124-97.

Dallas Mavericks Beat up On Golden State Warriors 124-97.

Photos by Guri Dhaliwal    (Martinez News-Gazette)

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Bucks Take Down Warriors 107-98. Photo Gallery

Bucks Take Down Warriors 107-98. Photo Gallery

Photos By Guri Dhaliwal   (Martinez News-Gazette)

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San Jose Sharks Beats Dallas Stars 2-1.

San Jose Sharks Beats Dallas Stars 2-1.

Photos by Guri Dhaliwal   (Martinez News-Gazette)   Patrick Marleau felt reaching a milestone gave him a little extra energy, and he put it to good use. Marleau scored a key goal in his 1,700th NHL game, Brent Burns had a goal and an assist, and the San Jose Sharks spoiled the return of former […]

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49ers Defense Dominated The Minnesota Vikings 27-10

49ers Defense Dominated The Minnesota Vikings 27-10

Photos by Tod Fierner   (Martinez News-Gazette) The 49ers held serve at home, beating the Minnesota Vikings 27-10 at Levi’s Stadium on Saturday in the NFC Divisional Round playoff. The 49ers are in the NFC Championship Game for the first time since 2013, the last of their three straight trips to the conference title round. Minnesota’s […]

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Clemson University To Host Inaugural First Tee National Championship

Courtesy of Stephen Langsam   (Martinez News-Gazette) ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (Jan. 9, 2020) – First Tee announces the first-ever First Tee National Championship will be held June 21-26, 2020 at Clemson University. The event will bring together First Tee’s elite players for an opportunity to showcase how the program has helped build the strength of character needed to play […]

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Opinion

The Insidious Nature of Good Enough

The Insidious Nature of Good Enough

In my professional life I am finding myself spending more and more time in West County and as a result I had the pleasure of being present for the official ribbon cutting ceremonies for an exciting new project in the city of Richmond, CoBiz. The space was designed as a co-working, business incubator space and […]

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Martinez needs a new voice on the Board of Supervisors

Martinez needs a new voice on the Board of Supervisors

I’m running to be your Contra Costa County Supervisor, show up every day, and tackle our challenges head-on. I was born and raised in Martinez. My mother is a nurse and my father delivered chips for Frito Lay in Richmond and Martinez. From them, I learned the importance of showing up every day and standing […]

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Column 1: Educators

Column 1: Educators

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist EDUCATORS more than have their hands full these days trying to stay in business. There always was a time when school boards had more than enough to do to maintain their school buildings. The grounds, a full staff of teachers, other personnel, and appropriate curriculum to meet state […]

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Message from the Mayor: Exciting happenings in Martinez

By ROB SCHRODER Mayor of Martinez As I have mentioned in several of my columns, downtown Martinez is experiencing a renaissance, with new businesses opening up and others reinventing themselves with new owners. Jim Blair has sold Creek Monkey Tap House, and the new owners, Sal & Michelle Strong, have rebranded the restaurant to Firehouse […]

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Column 1: Say what?!

Column 1: Say what?!

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist SAY WHAT?! Now we are somewhere back to square one with the Traditions at the Meadow development (old Pine Meadow Golf Course) on Vine Hill Way with a suit against the City of Martinez over a delay in grading for the sewer and drainage system for the 65-homes […]

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Arts & Entertainment

2020 BottleRock Announces Lineup

2020 BottleRock Announces Lineup

Courtesy of Stephen Langsam    (Martinez News-Gazette) Jan 6 at 10:27 AM January 6, 2020 Napa, CA — BottleRock Napa Valley 2020, presented by JaM Cellars, announces its eighth annual festival lineup today, featuring over 75 musical acts including headline artists Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Nicks, Miley Cyrus, Khalid and Anderson […]

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Two unique takes on Christmas Carol

By CHARLIE JARRETT Martinez News-Gazette Columnist This time of the year often delivers fond memories for us of stories that we have read and plays that we have seen that bring us messages of love, compassion, redemption and goodwill. This year we have two unique and considerably different takes on Charles Dickens’ 1843 story, A […]

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Top-notch Bay Area holiday productions

Top-notch Bay Area holiday productions

By CHARLIE JARRETT Martinez News-Gazette Columnist Once again, I’m excited to share with you my reviews of two totally different but completely satisfying theater productions for your entertainment over the holidays. First, the Town Hall Theater in Lafayette has delivered an engaging spoof of a classic Brothers Grimm fairytale, entitled Cinderella: A Fairytale. The second […]

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Harry Potter is a must-see production

Harry Potter is a must-see production

By CHARLIE JARETT Martinez News-Gazette Columnist Today, I am indeed fortunate to be able to share with you the incredible West Coast official world premiere opening of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, her eighth story, written and envisioned as a theatrical production by Jack Thorne, and subsequently directed by John Tiffany, as […]

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Two great shows this week; one for the kids, and one for the grown-ups

By CHARLIE JARRETT Martinez News-Gazette Columnist Two great shows this week; one primarily for children or the young at heart the California theater in Pittsburgh, and the other entirely for adults located at the Strand theater on Market St. in San Francisco, directly across the street from Civic Center Bart station. In Pittsburg, universal hope […]

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