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New Year traditions vary around the world

| December 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

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

| December 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

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

| December 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

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

| September 2, 2018 | 1 Comment

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

| August 19, 2018 | 1 Comment

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

| August 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

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

| August 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

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

| July 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

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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Our Town: Benicia’s Robert Semple set the stage for William Smith’s Martinez

Our Town: Benicia’s Robert Semple set the stage for William Smith’s Martinez

| July 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

By HARRIETT BURT Martinez News-Gazette Contributor Editor’s Note: Martinez residents and businesses tend to identify with Contra Costa County in many ways and have especially for the past 6o years since ferry service is no longer needed for us to reach Northern California and beyond. But Benicia is actually Martinez’s “big sister city” as our […]

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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

| July 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

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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