General News

PRMCC subcommittee meets today to address multiple park projects

Martinez Park, Recreation, Marina and Cultural Commission’s Parks and Waterfront Subcommittee will meet today to consider three parks projects. The first is the 2018-19 Park Improvement Project update. Next is a look at a priority list of future park improvements. Finally, the panel will discuss proposed new park signage at the DiMaggio Ballfields in Martinez […]

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Board of Education selects design-build team for John Muir Elementary’s campus rebuild

Board of Education selects design-build team for John Muir Elementary’s campus rebuild

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez Unified School District Board of Education chose the design-build team Monday that will rebuild the John Muir Elementary School campus. Lathrop Construction Associates and HKIT Architects were hired to the job for no more than $29,842,624 under the two-step design-build approach to construction. The Board decided in April to use that […]

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Fatal mushrooms sprouting in area parks

Fatal mushrooms sprouting in area parks

Two of the most toxic mushrooms are among those appearing in East Bay Regional Park District’s parks, and the agency has issued a warning about collecting wild mushrooms that can be fatal if consumed. Dave Mason, Public Information supervisor, issued the warning Wednesday. “Each year, mushrooms come out after the first fall rains,” he said. […]

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Flooding on ballfields should cause no harm

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Recent rains and a partially blocked storm drain may have made the Waterfront Park’s ballfields look like they were drowning in water. But those fields should be fine, according to Don Salts, deputy Public Works director. “City staff was advised water was ponding on the infield of the ball fields,” he said. […]

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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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Community Focus

MPD Officer of the Year …

MPD Officer of the Year …

Congratulations to Officer Tatiana Montano for being selected as the Martinez Police Department Officer of the Year. “You do a great job serving our community and this honor is well deserved,” police chief Manjit Sappal.

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Martinez police, Republic offer holiday tips

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez residents are joining the rest of the country in participating in the biggest shopping season of the year. And two agencies, Martinez Police Department and franchise operator Republic Services (Allied Waste) are offering some holiday tips, one addressing safety and the other speaking for sustainability. The police department has issued an […]

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Residents learn emergency preparedness in free special CERT class

MARTINEZ, Calif. – In the wake of back-to-back deadly fire seasons, Martinez’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be giving residents two opportunities to learn how to prepare for emergencies, said Brian Lindblom, Martinez CERT director. “As we saw with the recent Paradise Fire and last year’s Napa and Sonoma County fires, when the event […]

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At Home With Vivian: Marathon man

At Home With Vivian: Marathon man

Before dawn on a Sunday morning, two weeks ago, the Roubal family drove through the cool darkness to the old town of Folsom. As early as it was, no one slept; too much excitement and adrenaline filled the air. My husband Jeff and our son Eddy hopped out of the car when we reached the […]

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Martinez Business Beat, Dec. 12, 2018

Martinez Chamber Mixer In Pleasant Hill The December Business Mixer of the Martinez Chamber of Commerce will be at 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Carlton Senior Living, 2770 Pleasant Hill Road, Pleasant Hill. Admission is free, and the event gives business representatives a chance to meet new Chamber members and build new connections. […]

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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

Bulldogs wrestling vs  Miramonte Matadors (photo gallery)

Bulldogs wrestling vs Miramonte Matadors (photo gallery)

Photos by Mark Fierner  ( Martinez News-Gazette )

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Raiders hold on to upset Steelers 24-21 (photo gallery)

Raiders hold on to upset Steelers 24-21 (photo gallery)

Photos by Tod Fierner   (Martinez News-Gazette)

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Winter Jam drifting festival returns to Sonoma

Winter Jam drifting festival returns to Sonoma

Winter Jam, Northern California’s largest drifting festival, is returning to Sonoma Raceway for two days of action this weekend. The event and its host, Sonoma Drift, will take over six different locations around the raceway, including two courses in the main paddock and courses at Turns 2 through 4, Turn 7, through the Esses of […]

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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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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

MHS to host John Mercurio book and talk

MHS to host John Mercurio book and talk

What: Martinez Historical Society’s special presentation for the community with John Mercurio speaking about his book Highway 21: The Farm Road that Became an Interstate in the San Ramon and Amador Valleys When: Sunday, January 27, 2019; 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Where: Veterans Hall. 930 Ward Street. Martinez, CA. Event details: John Mercurio, past […]

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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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