General News

City panels touring Vallejo cannabis businesses Wednesday

City panels touring Vallejo cannabis businesses Wednesday

Martinez City Council and the Planning Commission will tour two Vallejo cannabis businesses today. Afterwards, the Council will consider its final vote on personal cultivation, then turn its attention to the end of year audit report. The Council and Commission will meet at 3 p.m. at Martinez City Hall, 525 Henrietta St., then travel to […]

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Sal’s Family Kitchen moving to Main Street

Sal’s Family Kitchen moving to Main Street

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Sal’s Family Kitchen, one of downtown Martinez’s landmark breakfast and lunch spots, is moving to Main Street. The city of Martinez his buying the restaurant’s current home, 825 Escobar St., and intends to level the building to add more parking to the downtown area. To accomplish this, the city had to help […]

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Old rail car, cannabis and postal problems made headlines in 2018

Part 2 of the Gazette’s 2018 Year in Review, recapping Martinez’s news from the previous year. MARTINEZ, Calif. – The Martinez Unified School District’s capital improvement ballot measure passed in 2016 has been accumulating revenues, and before the end of 2018, the Board of Education awarded a contract for the complete overhaul of John Muir […]

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Pinole burglary suspects crash car in Martinez, three in custody

Pinole burglary suspects crash car in Martinez, three in custody

A car containing four people suspected of burglary crashed Thursday afternoon on California Highway 4 and Alhambra Avenue Thursday afternoon, authorities said. Three of the four in the vehicle have been apprehended, but police are still seeking the fourth person, they said. On Thursday, January 3, at 1:58 p.m., an alert citizen contacted the Pinole […]

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Elections, fires, FBI raid among 2018’s top stories

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez had plenty of news in 2018. Elections dominated much of the year, from the switch to by-district voting to the push for a half-cent general sales tax with the intent to use much of it to bolster police and water system budgets and an extended and expanded parcel tax for Martinez […]

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Community Focus

World Book

World Book

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist Last summer, we sailed on a Mediterranean cruise to celebrate our 40th anniversary. It was a glorious three week vacation spent visiting exotic ports from Barcelona in the west to Athens in the east. Our favorite city on the cruise was Florence, Italy.  Vivian and I had visited once […]

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At Home With Vivian: Hello Kitty

At Home With Vivian: Hello Kitty

“Meow!” my chocolate-striped grandcat Tina complained when I opened the door to the guest room this evening. It was five minutes after her usual dinner time and she was not happy that I was late. “It’s only five minutes late!” I said with exasperation. She stared me down with her big green eyes until I […]

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Park It by Ned MacKay: Monarch butterfly programs

Although monarch butterflies have not arrived in great numbers this year to spend the winter at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont, park naturalists are still offering programs highlighting the amazing insects, with emphasis on how their numbers can be preserved and increased. Monarch spotting programs are scheduled from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays through […]

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Special drop-off recycling collections return after the holidays

Ever notice you have accumulated way too much cardboard, Styrofoam, and plastic film packaging during the holidays? Good news, you’re not alone, and if you are a Martinez resident, Republic Services and the City of Martinez are again partnering on a free drop-off recycling collection program after the holidays to give you multiple opportunities to […]

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Martinez Business Beat, Jan. 2, 2019

Martinez Business Beat, Jan. 2, 2019

States Coffee Expands Responding to its growing popularity, States Coffee and Mercantile its seating from from its original 609 Ward St. address into the space next door that once was a local post office. Martinez, Hispanic Chambers Slate Mixer The Martinez Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will team up for a […]

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History

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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Christmas, holiday imagery and customs from many sources

Christmas, holiday imagery and customs from many sources

The annual festival called Christmas has grown to be one of the world’s largest celebration. It’s observed by billions of people, not only by Christians who use it to remember the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, but by those who observe it on a secular, rather than religious, level. The name “Christmas” comes from the […]

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Accident starts era of Santa-tracking

A mistaken printing of a telephone number in a department store’s advertisement could have been a calamity. Instead, it launched an annual event through which children can track Santa Claus as he makes his worldwide Christmas Eve journey to deliver presents. In addition to watching the global excursion of a jolly elf and his team […]

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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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Sports

Sharks 5-2 Over Penguins. Photo Gallery.

Sharks 5-2 Over Penguins. Photo Gallery.

Photos by Guri  Dhaliwal   (Martinez News-Gazette) The Sharks are still undefeated in 2019 after a strong 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Golden State Warriors Beat New Orleans Pelicans.

Golden State Warriors Beat New Orleans Pelicans.

Photos by Gerome Wright   (Martinez News-Gazette) There have been a lot of high scores this NBA season, and on Wednesday night the Warriors and Pelicans did their best to keep up with the trend. The Warriors came back from a 17-point down to beat the Pelicans, 147-140. Steph Curry made history, becoming the first […]

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Alhambra girls fall to Clayton Valley (photo gallery)

Alhambra girls fall to Clayton Valley (photo gallery)

Photos by Mark Fierner   (Martinez News-Gazette) Alhambra Girls Basketball lost to Clayton Valley Eagles 54-33.

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Alhambra beats Campo 56-51 (photo gallery)

Alhambra beats Campo 56-51 (photo gallery)

Photos by Mark Fierner  (Martinez News-Gazette) Alhambra girls Basketball beat Campolindo Cougars 56-51.  

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Alhambra vs. College Park ends in draw

Alhambra vs. College Park ends in draw

Photos by Mark Fierner   (Martinez News-Gazette) Alhambra girls soccers vs College Park Falcons ends in 0-0 tie  

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Opinion

Column 1: So it’s 2019!

Column 1: So it’s 2019!

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist SO, IT’S 2019! Yippeeee! Now, what’s going to happen next? We’ve hooted and hollered, blown horns, fired off some fireworks, tilted the champagne glasses, toasted each other, grabbed someone nearby for a kiss, and sang the song associated with New Year’s Eve. Auld Lang Syne, I think, although […]

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Column 1: Today is it!!!

Column 1: Today is it!!!

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist TODAY IS IT!!! If the shopping is not done for all those family, relatives or friends, and Fido, the crunch is really on. Tomorrow, the 24th, will be available for those ‘last minute items’ (which people really don’t need, but we must get them SOMETHING!). But the pick’ins […]

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Column 1: Oh boy!!

Column 1: Oh boy!!

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist OH BOY!! Noticed the weather is getting cooler? Each morning there now appears to be some ‘dampness’ on the decks and walkways at our place. We’ve noticed it, but have not mentioned it to anyone. Why? Because, if we should slip, use the wrong words and find ourselves in […]

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Letter to the Editor: The facts about Clippers baseball

Letter to the Editor: The facts about Clippers baseball

Clippers Baseball, You’re Entitled To Your Opinion But Not Your Own Facts So, we had a little excitement this month, even made the bigs with stories being picked up by major online pubs (mostly because of the NASCAR connection) and some people have decided they need to try and capitalize on this unfortunate set of […]

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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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Arts & Entertainment

New Main Street Arts show illustrates ‘Heroes Around Me’

MARTINEZ, Calif. – A new art exhibit opening this month at Main Street Arts lets students illustrate “Heroes Around me.” The show is a partnership with the Martinez Council of PTAs, whose PTA Reflections chairperson is Colleen Gianatiempo. She is organizing the show’s Jan. 12 opening reception. Gianatiempo is a Martinez fine artists, graphic and […]

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Martinez artist creating since childhood

Martinez artist creating since childhood

Maggie Servantes knew her son, Richie, had talent when, at 4, he used a pad of paper to create scene-by-scene animation in a flip book. That’s how the classic animators who worked at Walt Disney, Warner Brothers and other studios painstakingly created cartoons before the days of computer-generated cartoons: One sketch at a time, with […]

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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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