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Park It by Ned MacKay: Night hikes at Black Diamond Mines

Park It by Ned MacKay: Night hikes at Black Diamond Mines

| August 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

During the heat of summer, early evening is a good time to explore the East Bay Regional Parks. With that in mind, the naturalists at Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve in Antioch are offering two twilight programs in coming days. The first is “Twilight on the Trail,” from 7:15 to 10:15 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. […]

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At Home With Jeff: Walnuts

At Home With Jeff: Walnuts

| August 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist Life is always exciting for us retirees. Yesterday morning after breakfast I went to the garage to put the pliers away and got sucked into a project that took up most of my morning. I cracked walnuts! Vivian bought them in Galt last week and left them in the […]

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Business Spotlight: Passion for beauty a path to local business

| August 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Born in Taiwan, Frank Kubler’s family moved to Iowa when he was a boy. Then he moved to San Francisco where he graduated from SF State University with honors in Art. All of these settings impacted his awareness of the natural environment and made him a fan of John Muir’s writings. That […]

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Summer vacation not for everyone at MUSD

Summer vacation not for everyone at MUSD

| August 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – It is the opposite of summer vacation at Martinez Unified School District school sites. Cleaning, construction, and maintenance crews have worked up a sweat getting schools in top shape for incoming students by Aug. 14. There is a huge construction job working at John Muir Elementary School on Vista Way, and the […]

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Business Spotlight: Patent attorneys on Main

Business Spotlight: Patent attorneys on Main

| August 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Local entrepreneurs and inventors may be surprised to find experienced patent attorneys on Main Street. Other than its location, what makes the six-month-old CrossPond Law firm unique, is the technical and international business experience the attorneys bring to town. “Our competitive advantage is that we are experienced and licensed in America and […]

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At Home With Jeff: A moving experience

At Home With Jeff: A moving experience

| August 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist I was walking around my neighborhood yesterday and noticed three different families moving. One house had a Pods container in the driveway. People were carrying boxes from the house to the container like ants carrying food to their nest. Four doors down I saw a house with a 26 […]

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Find your ancestors and more at the library

| August 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – There is more than books and quiet at Martinez Library this summer. We just added ancestry.com to our electronic resources so people can come in and research their family tree,” Serenity Dean, reference librarian remarked. “…Have you heard that there are no library fines for late returned books at Contra Costa County […]

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Annual National Night Out on Tuesday

| August 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – National Night Out is a free, annual gathering of friends and neighbors to share food, fun and conversation with police officers in neighborhoods of Martinez, Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at five locations. The idea is to have a personal conversation with local officers and establish neighborhood camaraderie to […]

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The Hometown Herbalist: Fresh Herb Vinaigrette

The Hometown Herbalist: Fresh Herb Vinaigrette

| August 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

By ANNA MARIE BEAUCHEMIN Special to the Gazette Summer is in full swing and with it comes that sweet East Bay heat. While I love cooking in the kitchen I generally take the hotter months to give my oven a break, focusing my culinary pursuits on salads, grilling, and quick stove-top meals. With the garden […]

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Park It by Ned MacKay: Free concert at Crab Cove

| August 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Among the many pleasures that are offered during summertime in the East Bay Regional Parks are the free concerts, and there’s one on Friday, Aug. 9 at Crab Cove Visitor Center in Alameda, featuring the band “Jazz Mafia.”. The center stays open until 8 p.m. with activities on the deck starting at 4:30. The concert […]

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