General News

Arrest made in rock-throwing incident

Arrest made in rock-throwing incident

Martinez police have made an arrest of Martinez man after receiving calls Friday morning about a man who was trying to hit vehicles with rocks from Muir Station Road. According to information released by Captain Aaron Roth, the department received a report of a man jumping in and out of traffic while he was holding […]

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Marina Vista St. closure

Marina Vista St. closure

Contra Costa County Public Works to Close a Section of Marina Vista Street in Martinez Due to Construction of the New Administrative Building July 17, 2018, Martinez, CA – Contra Costa County Public Works will close a section of Marina Vista Street from July 18th to July 27th for the installation of a new sanitary sewer for the new County Administration […]

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Council considers JFA settlement, animal control amendments, general plan reports

Council considers JFA settlement, animal control amendments, general plan reports

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez City Council will decide tonight whether to borrow $4 million to pay for retroactive costs stemming from the dissolution of the Pleasant Hill-Martinez Joint Facilities Agency, ending a long-standing dispute whether its employees worked for the city, and whether the agency existed at all. In addition, the Council will take public […]

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Police blotter for June 16-30, 2018

On June 16th at 8:00 a.m., Sergeant Gaul located a reported stolen vehicle parked behind the post office on Alhambra Avenue. The victim said the suspect was her neighbor and the vehicle had been returned, but it had not been removed from SVS. Case# 18-1408. At 1:27 p.m. officers responded to Safeway for a shoplift […]

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Two arrested after disturbance in Waterfront Park

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Two Martinez residents were arrested late Tuesday afternoon after Martinez Police were told of a disturbance in a Martinez Waterfront park parking lot, according to Chief Manjit Sappal. A caller said one person was challenging another in the parking lot, and as officers arrived, one of the people tried to flee. The […]

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Community Focus

At Home With Vivian: Road Trip

At Home With Vivian: Road Trip

I met a father and his two daughters from Houston, Texas last weekend at the Golden Gate Recreation Area in Marin County. We were waiting together at Rodeo Beach, near the finish line of the trail runs. He waited for his daughters who were running the marathon (26.2 miles!) and I was waiting for my […]

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JMLT focuses on Almond Ranch property

JMLT focuses on Almond Ranch property

John Muir Land Trust wants Almond Ranch, calling it the “missing” 281 acres that would connect several other open-space pieces of land the organization has preserved. (COURTESY OF ADAM WEIDENBACH) MARTINEZ, Calif – John Muir Land Trust wants Almond Ranch, calling it the “missing” 281 acres that would connect several other open-space pieces of land […]

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Sea Scout Open House Saturday

Sea Scout Open House Saturday

The public can visit the 85-foot Sea Scout Ship Albatross and take tours of the museum inside the Sea Scouts’ base from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 225 N. Court St., when the Sea Scouts will have an open house, free food and demonstrations of such nautical skills as a rope climb, uses […]

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Martinez Business Beat, July 11, 2018

Martinez Firm Contra Costa County Small Business Of The Year Xtreme Scaffolding is Contra Costa County’s Small Business of the Year, California Senater Bill Dodd (D-Napa) has announced. A statement by the Senator released by Payl Payne said, “Mike and Lissa Slaney have done well since cashing in their retirement savings nine years ago to […]

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AHS senior earns national SkillsUSA title in early childhood education

AHS senior earns national SkillsUSA title in early childhood education

MARTINEZ, Calif. – When Julia Coyne was in Alhambra High School teacher Brian Wheeler’s auto shop class, he saw her potential and suggested she enter the SkillsUSA competition that highlights how education trains students to become workforce employees. Alhambra High School has been participating in the competition for the past six years, with students in […]

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History

Our Town: Reminiscences: One by John Sparacino in 1994, One of John Sparacino in 2018

Our Town: Reminiscences: One by John Sparacino in 1994, One of John Sparacino in 2018

By HARRIETT BURT Martinez News-Gazette Contributor Editor’s Note: Recently digging through Martinez Historical Society archives of newsletter articles, I found a 1994 column by then Society president John Sparacino, former Mayor of Martinez and one of the handful of local folks most responsible for the founding and success of the Society and its Museum. In […]

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Don Ignacio Martinez: Rancho Culture

Don Ignacio Martinez: Rancho Culture

By HARRIETT BURT Martinez Gazette Contributor In the little more than 25 years that Mexico ruled over the southern and central coast and neighboring inland area of California, the mission system was replaced by the land grant rancho system where over 600 grants of vast land holdings were made from San Diego to Petaluma and […]

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Our Town: Don Ignacio Martinez

Our Town: Don Ignacio Martinez

There’s a lot more to know about him than we realize By HARRIETT BURT Martinez News-Gazette Contributor Editor’s Note: There are so many interesting topics for a column like this. But just when this writer thinks she has a manageable list, a new idea pops up that can’t wait for a few months. Such is […]

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Underground Echoes: Found, hidden treasure update

Underground Echoes: Found, hidden treasure update

By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER Special to the Gazette Since we last wrote about the potential finding of the lost African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church of Napa from 1867 – 1892, a lot of new information has come to light creating a number of unresolved questions regarding the building, its exact location, and wither it […]

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Why Joe left town

Why Joe left town

By JAMIE JOBB Special to the Martinez Gazette Before he turned three years old, Joe DiMaggio and his family had left Martinez for good. Joe often returned to the town of his birth after he retired from baseball, but San Francisco gets to call itself Joe’s hometown. That’s where Joe and his brothers Vincent and […]

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Sports

Clippers end season’s first half with 7-6 loss to Stompers (photo gallery)

Clippers end season’s first half with 7-6 loss to Stompers (photo gallery)

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Jason Harper and Clippers shut out Vallejo

Jason Harper and Clippers shut out Vallejo

by Sam Weismann (Martinez Clippers) (photo by Mark Fierner- Martinez News-Gazette) MARTINEZ, Calif. — A phenomenal complete-game effort from Jason Harper gave the Clippers their first victory of the Dan Parker era, as the Clippers blanked Vallejo for their first win against the Admirals this season. Harper (W, 2-4) walked one but faced only two […]

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Clippers Shut Out Admirals 8-0 (photo gallery)

Clippers Shut Out Admirals 8-0 (photo gallery)

Photos by Mark Fierner ( Martinez News-Gazette )

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Posey lifts Giants with walk-off single in 13th inning

Posey lifts Giants with walk-off single in 13th inning

Photos by Tod Fierner  ( Martinez News-Gazette ) After playing through pain that’s zapped his power for several weeks, Posey still found enough strength to catch 13 innings and provide the closing salvo as the Giants secured their 30th win of the season at AT&T Park. “Catchers are a whole different breed,” reliever Dereck Rodríguez […]

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Dan Parker announced new field manager of Martinez Clippers

Dan Parker announced new field manager of Martinez Clippers

Effective July 10, 2018, Dan Parker has been named the new Field Manager of the Martinez Clippers. (Courtesy of Martinez Clippers) – Parker is currently Head Coach for the Napa Valley College Storm, who play in the Bay Valley division of the CCCBCA. The Storm finished sixth in 2018, going 15-24 overall and 9-12 in […]

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Opinion

Postmaster Column: Eyes and ears of the neighborhood

Postmaster Column: Eyes and ears of the neighborhood

By JANETTE DAVIS Postmaster Dear Neighbor and Postal Customer, Mail security and the sanctity of the mail are of the upmost importance to the United States Postal Service and to me as your Postmaster. A report of mail theft from residential mailboxes, postal collection boxes or postal vehicles is of great concern to me. To […]

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Column 1: Children

Column 1: Children

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist CHILDREN captured the headlines across the globe as two groups struggled to survive the past two weeks. One group in a seemingly impossible recovery in Thailand deep in a cave. The other children are in a ridiculous web of stupid political confusion brought about by the inept current […]

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Column 1: As our nation celebrated

Column 1: As our nation celebrated

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist AS OUR NATION celebrated its 242nd anniversary as a land of the free and home of the brave with traditional events like parades, fireworks, picnics and BBQs, memorial services and, of course, the annual Coney Island hot dog eating contest (returning champ ate 74!!) (ugh!!), hyped new car […]

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Column 1: Two obituaries

Column 1: Two obituaries

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist TWO OBITUARIES this past week told us of the passing of two men in our town who were well-known and admired as they had spent lifetimes serving the community in different endeavors. One, Allan DeFraga, an attorney and civic leader in a prominent law firm; the other, “Tuti” […]

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Letter to the Editor: Work not done

Letter to the Editor: Work not done

Dear Editor, Measure I—The Citizen Initiative won. Congratulations to all of us for this truly community-wide effort to protect all Martinez open space and parks, now and in the future. We stood up for what we felt was best for us all. Working together, we showed we can make a difference, we can change the […]

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Arts & Entertainment

Local band to play during Martinez’s Relay For Life

Local band to play during Martinez’s Relay For Life

MARTINEZ, Calif. – While volunteers and team members take laps at the Martinez Junior High School during the Relay for Life of Martinez, they’ll be serenaded by a local rock and roll band whose music will keep them energized. The band is Dorothy Lane, formed by two brothers-in-law, Nick Knoblock and Lorin Holmen discovered they […]

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Beaver Festival at Susana Park Saturday

Beaver Festival at Susana Park Saturday

The Martinez beavers are back, and so is the annual Martinez Beaver Festival that celebrates wildlife and their contributions to a healthy environment. Founded 11 years ago at a time a new beaver dam in Alhambra Creek might have exacerbated flooding in the city’s downtown business district, the first festival gave residents and ecology supporters […]

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Nathan Turner comes home for book signing

Nathan Turner comes home for book signing

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Nathan Turner, who has starred on a Bravo television show and has made a name for himself in interior design, returned to his roots Thursday for a book signing at the former Southern Pacific Railroad Depot. Turner, a Martinez native, happily autographed “I Love California,” but he frequently paused to hug friends, […]

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Nathan Turner’s book reception Thursday at old train depot

Nathan Turner’s book reception Thursday at old train depot

A reception for Nathan Turner, whose book “I Love California” has a section on Martinez, will take place Thursday in the old Southern Pacific Depot, where visitors can purchase the book and sample area beverages and foods. Turner is a Martinez native who has pursued a career as a decorator, but also emphasizes entertaining in […]

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BottleRock 2018

BottleRock 2018

Article by Steve Langsam ( Martinez News-Gazette ) Photos by Steve Langsam The Napa Valley Expo continues to provide a fantastic venue for BottleRock year over year. The constant improvements with larger grass areas, bigger viewing areas for the Jam Cellar Stage and Midway Samsung Stage allow more crowds to stay engaged. The William Sonoma […]

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