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New website and catalog for Contra Costa County Library

| December 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

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

| December 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

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

| December 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

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

| December 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

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

| December 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

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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Park It by Ned Mackay: Whitney Dotson Celebration

| December 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Retiring regional park district director Whitney Dotson will be honored during a celebration from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, rain or shine, at Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline in Richmond. The event also celebrates the district’s efforts to protect public access to shoreline at Miller/Knox. Director Dotson has served on the park district board […]

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At Home with Jeff: What are you up to?

At Home with Jeff: What are you up to?

| December 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist “What are you up to?” my wife inquired as I headed out the front door after breakfast. “I am going to put the garbage cans away,” I replied. My wife often asks what I am up to. She sometimes complains that I disappear for hours then return without explanation. […]

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Goal reached: Almond Ranch is saved

Goal reached: Almond Ranch is saved

| December 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

$4 Million is raised by John Muir Land Trust for purchase of 281 acres in Martinez, CA John Muir Land Trust (JMLT, jmlt.org) announces that it has raised the $4 million needed to acquire Almond Ranch and permanently preserve these 281 acres as public open space. Donations large and small from individuals across the region […]

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The giant pumpkin snowman

The giant pumpkin snowman

| December 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – “I think I am the inventor of the Giant Pumpkin Snowman,” Jordan stated. “The way it happened is the real story.” Holiday decorations at his home near the corner of Arreba Street and Berrellesa Avenue have been a tradition since he, his wife Miranda and son Dylan moved in seven years ago. […]

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Park It by Ned MacKay: Holiday season in the regional parks

| December 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

By NED MACKAY East Bay Regional Parks District There are always lots of holiday season programs in the East Bay Regional Parks, especially at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont, where Victorian-era Christmas celebrations are recreated. First on the calendar is a Christmas Evening Open House at the park’s historic Patterson mansion. It’s from 5:30 to […]

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