General News

Traffic fatality on Alhambra Avenue

Traffic fatality on Alhambra Avenue

On Friday, April 19 at 2:38 p.m., Martinez Police Department Officers responded to a report of a head-on traffic collision on Alhambra Ave. at Alhambra Valley Rd. Officers arrived and located two involved vehicles. Both vehicles were occupied by a single driver. One 60-year-old male was found unresponsive behind the wheel. Officers attempted life saving […]

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Contra Costa’s health inspection signs coming to mobile food vendors

Contra Costa’s health inspection signs coming to mobile food vendors

Food trucks and other mobile food businesses operating in Contra Costa will now post the same color-coded signs as the county’s stationary restaurants to inform the public of any recent, major health code violations. Contra Costa Environmental Health (CCEH) rolled out its placarding program today for some mobile food facilities, including those that cook or […]

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Martinez City Council may offer cannabis waivers to Firefly

Martinez City Council may offer cannabis waivers to Firefly

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Firefly, the company that has been attempting to open a marijuana dispensary in Martinez since 2017, could get some waivers from the city’s new commercial cannabis ordinance requirements, according to a resolution under consideration today by the City Council. An amendment to the new ordinance could be introduced at tonight’s meeting, and […]

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MUSD accepting applications for provisional appointment

MUSD accepting applications for provisional appointment

The Board of Education of the Martinez Unified School District invites applications for the position of Board member – Area 5 The board intends to fill a vacancy by appointment to serve until November of 2020. This provisional appointment will complete the term of the position vacated by Bobbi Horack, Trustee Area 5. Persons who […]

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Day care’s stolen van recovered in Martinez Walmart parking lot

MARTINEZ, Calif. – A van stolen from a Concord day care center was recovered from the Martinez Walmart shopping center parking lot, Martinez Police Chief Manjit Sappal said. Concord Police said it still is searching for suspects in the theft. The van belongs to Dianne Adair at Westwood Enrichment Center, at Westwood Elementary School. This […]

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Community Focus

Park It by Ned MacKay: Earth Day activities

Park It by Ned MacKay: Earth Day activities

Earth Day, celebrated annually since the first one in 1970, has become a global event of rededication to protection and preservation of our planet’s environment. Several events will herald Earth Day in the East Bay Regional Parks. One is at Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont, where “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” is the theme of […]

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AAUW hosts Molly Murphy MacGregor to speak about women’s voting rights

The Pleasant Hill-Martinez Branch of the AAUW (American Association of University Women) is very fortunate to have Molly Murphy MacGregor, co-founder and Executive Director of the National Women’s History Alliance (NWHA), as the featured speaker for the April 17 meeting. For 38 years, she and other women have been working with NWHA to ensure that […]

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Shell/MEF Run for Education seeking design submissions

The 17th Annual Shell/MEF Run for Education will be Sunday September 29, 2019. The 5k/10k Fun Run/Walk is a fundraising event that benefits all Martinez Unified School District Schools. The Martinez Education Foundation is seeking student designs for the T-shirts and ads used to promote this event. The design should be in color (4 color […]

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Martinez Business Beat, April 17, 2019

Martinez Adult Education Celebrates 100th Anniversary Today The Martinez Adult Education will celebrate its 100th anniversary at noon today at the school, 600 F St. Since 1919, the school began teaching adults, and has grown to become an influence of thousands of students. Today’s celebration includes an open house that will showcase the school’s past […]

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At Home With Jeff: Electoral  college

At Home With Jeff: Electoral college

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist Government has always interested me. I worked as a public servant for forty years at the local and federal levels so have a good understanding of the nuts and bolts that go into providing various services but had never seriously thought about the Electoral College. As I was listening […]

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History

Underground Echoes: Aaron Rice: The final chapter (1880-1906)

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Martinez Gazette Contributors From our last column, we discovered Aaron had siblings. Although his sister Judy Schlesher (58) was never found, (nor could we find any record of her) his older brother William (62) and family, were located living in McKinney, Collin County, Texas. We additionally found them enumerated in […]

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Underground Echoes: Family: Love, loss & found

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Special to the Gazette When we last left Aaron and his family, they were living blissfully. They had become in a relative short period: property owners, industrious entrepreneurs, founders of Napa’s AME Church, ardent voters and proud US citizens. As proof of their accomplishments an announcement published in the Napa […]

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Underground Echoes: Life on the family farm: Aaron Rice (1860-1871)

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Special to the Gazette Picking up Aaron’s story from where we left off, William Rice still had custody of Nathaniel while the rest of his family was free. They finally get to celebrate the holidays without following someone else’s rules. This included their first ever Thanksgiving as it was not […]

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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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Sports

Sharks Take Game Five From Golden Knights

Sharks Take Game Five From Golden Knights

Photos by Guri Dhaliwal  (Martinez News-Gazette) Sharks evaded elimination Thursday night at SAP Center, and reinvigorated the fanbase with a convincing performance in their 5-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series. This series has shown two sides of San Jose — Games 1 and 5, […]

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Oakland A’s End Astros Winning Streak

Oakland A’s End Astros Winning Streak

Photos by Guri Dhaliwal  (Martinez News-Gazette) The A’s went 7-12 against Houston last year and opened this season 0-4, but Pitcher Frankie Montas arrived Wednesday night and turned the momentum in favor of the A’s, who finally beat the Astros 2-1 before 11,323 at the Coliseum.

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GS Warriors Drops Game Two 135-131

GS Warriors Drops Game Two 135-131

Photos by Tod Fierner  (Martinez News-Gazette)

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Golden State Warrior Beat L.A.Clippers 121-104

Golden State Warrior Beat L.A.Clippers 121-104

Photos by Gerome Wright (Martinez News-Gazette) Golden State Warriors Guard Steph Curry is now the NBA’s all-time leader in postseason 3-pointers. The sharp-shooting point guard passed Ray Allen on that list on Saturday during the Warriors’ 121-104 Game 1 win over the LA Clippers at Oracle Arena.

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Alhambra Girls Lacrosse vs Campolindo

Alhambra Girls Lacrosse vs Campolindo

Photos by Mark Fierner (Martinez News-Gazette) Campo beat Alhambra 17-1

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Opinion

Column 1: Say what??

Column 1: Say what??

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist SAY WHAT?? Letter from Republic Services, the folks with the big blue trucks which dart about our streets daily, was dated April 2019, so not an April Fool’s Day letter, probably. However, the message it brought to our home, as one of their customers, certainly could have been […]

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Letter to the Editor: Brickyard Run a success

Letter to the Editor: Brickyard Run a success

Kudos to Kevin Searls and the whole Searls family for producing a wonderful Brickyard Run again this year. Together with a small, dedicated band of loyal volunteers, Kevin has continued the proud Martinez tradition that celebrated a 50th anniversary last Sunday. Events like these make Martinez a great place to live. – Jeff Roubal, Martinez […]

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Column 1: We are Martinez

Column 1: We are Martinez

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist WE ARE MARTINEZ, and ‘we’ know how to do crab feeds. Just like the fundraiser for the Martinez Historical Society Saturday, March 30 at the Shell Clubhouse. Nearly 200 hungry attendees (donors) sat elbow to elbow chatting and eating as Boy Scouts provided the ‘server’ function. It was […]

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Letter to the Editor: We’ve lost that loving feeling

Letter to the Editor: We’ve lost that loving feeling

Dear old and new friends, it is with deep disappointment that I have to share I am not participating in this year’s Beer Fest and as things are headed probably not the 4th of July Parade. As many of you know, since my time working at the Martinez News-Gazette and even back to my beaver […]

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Column 1: Incredible!

Column 1: Incredible!

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist INCREDIBLE!!! The so-called leader of this nation who received some two million votes less than his opponent, but won the electoral college, can lead ‘us’, his constituents, down the road to so much chaos and uncertainty. More disarray with our organizations of government and much more consternation for […]

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Arts & Entertainment

Poison Apple troupe, director honored at prestigious festival

Poison Apple troupe, director honored at prestigious festival

Earlier this year a theater troupe from Poison Apple Productions attended the international Junior Theater Festival West with over 2,000 youth who performed and were adjudicated by Broadway professionals and Theater specialists. Poison Apple Teens were honored with the title of Outstanding Production alongside just five other companies out of the 42 competing. Poison Apple […]

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‘Stellar’ production of Matilda at Lesher

By CHARLIE JARRETT Special to the Gazette This past week, the Contra Costa Musical Theater Company (CCMT) presented the five-time Tony award winning musical, “Matilda, The Musical”, based on the 1988 children’s novel of the same name, written by world-renowned Welsh born/British author Roald Dahl. This show was first commissioned and produced by the Royal […]

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‘Delightful’ Bye Bye Birdie at AHS

‘Delightful’ Bye Bye Birdie at AHS

By CHARLIE JARRETT Special to the Gazette This week I will be featuring a theatrical production right in the heart of Martinez, with a delightful Bye-Bye Birdie student musical production at Alhambra High School. First of all, let me congratulate the Alhambra high school drama director, Gerry Wiener, and musical director Julianne George for providing […]

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Prepare to be spellbound by ‘Bell, Book and Candle”

Prepare to be spellbound by ‘Bell, Book and Candle”

By SCOTT BABA Art and Entertainment Editor There’s magic on the stage at the Campbell Theater with Plotline Theater Company’s newest play, the enchanting comedic drama “Bell, Book and Candle.” Originally penned in 1950 by John Van Druten, the play was later adapted into the well-known Academy Award nominated film of the same name, featuring […]

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Diablo Vista Chorus concert April 27

Diablo Vista Chorus concert April 27

Diablo Vista Chorus will perform a concert of pop, jazz and barbershop a cappella music on April 27th at St. Matthew’s Church, 399 Wiget Lane in Walnut Creek. There will be two performances: 2PM and 7PM. Special guest performance will be by 2014 International Champion Quartet, LoveNotes. Their sound and style will leave you breathless. […]

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