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Two top-notch community theater productions

Two top-notch community theater productions

| September 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

By CHARLIE JARRETT Martinez News-Gazette Columnist First this week, the very intriguing murder mystery play in Orinda, “The Woman in White”, extracted from the 500-page book written by Wilkie Collins in 1859, and recently adapted into a theatrical play by local author Malcolm Cowler. Next, in Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh community Theater presents the upbeat musical […]

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Residents call for independent redistricting at Council meeting

Residents call for independent redistricting at Council meeting

| September 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – More than a dozen people, including representatives of the Women’s League of Voters, Common Cause and 1000 Friends of Martinez urged the city council to adopt an ordinance establishing an independent redistricting commission at a Sept. 4 meeting Speaking for a new group, Martinez Residents for an Independent Redistricting Commission, Mike Flemming […]

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Martinez Rotary sponsors Tech Trek

Martinez Rotary sponsors Tech Trek

| September 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Martinez Rotary presented a check to Emilia Costa and Bianca Lewis for Tech Trek, the program they participated in this summer. Pleasant Hill/Martinez Branch of American Association of University women sponsored six junior high girls at the STEM camp which was held on the Sonoma State campus. The local branch of AAUW has been sending […]

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Two productions take on classic plays

Two productions take on classic plays

| September 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

By CHARLIE JARRETT Martinez News-Gazette Columnist In his first hit play, The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams wrote a heartfelt story based on his own life and that of his domineering mother, still living her colorful life as a southern belle, and created a fragile-as-glass sister, reflecting the emotions imprisoned in her painfully shy, somewhat erratic […]

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City Council returns tonight from summer break with full agenda

City Council returns tonight from summer break with full agenda

| September 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – City Manager Eric Figueroa is recommending that some of the key provisions of new labor agreements be incorporated into the City’s Management Compensation Plan. The estimated cost of the proposed adjustments for Fiscal Year 2019-20 is approximately $87,000 in the current fiscal year and $174,000 when fully implemented in the fiscal year […]

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SB 223 allows medical cannabis  on K-12 campuses

SB 223 allows medical cannabis on K-12 campuses

| September 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

If Governor Gavin Newsom signs SB-223, California students will be allowed to take medical marijuana at K-12 schools, but only under certain conditions and only in districts that decide not to opt-out. In other words, it is not mandated by the state. This means the Martinez Unified School District will likely be discussing the merits […]

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Planning commissioners nix shooting galleries, OK park and Measure I

Planning commissioners nix shooting galleries, OK park and Measure I

| September 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – If Brandon Varise proceeds with the Flexsquare LLC application for Off Trail Outfitters, a flagship sporting goods store at 604 Ferry Street, there will be no enclosed shooting galleries with it. The audience burst into applause when four members of the City Planning Commission unanimously passed a resolution recommending the city council […]

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Non-profit Hall Closet burglarized

Non-profit Hall Closet burglarized

| August 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Burglars broke a window to enter the Hall Closet Auxiliary store and stole an estimated $3,000 in cash, the cash register, special donations jar, and merchandise. The Hall Closet is a thrift shop run by the 60-year old non-profit that helps kids who are at Contra Costa County’s John A. Davis Juvenile […]

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CASE Team arrests suspects following investigation

CASE Team arrests suspects following investigation

| August 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Earlier this month, the Contra Costa County Anti-Violence Support Effort (CASE) Team started an investigation into a person who allegedly possessed a handgun through an illegal transfer. The CASE Team later obtained a search warrant for the suspect and his home. On August 16, 2019, the CASE Team executed the search warrant at a residence […]

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Business Spotlight: Conrad Viano Vineyards, a blend of old and new

Business Spotlight: Conrad Viano Vineyards, a blend of old and new

| August 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – This is not a new business, it is a new generation of Viano’s fresh from college with degrees in viticulture, enology, and business are preparing themselves to blend the best of the traditional ways with the energy and ideas of the future. “We’ve been talking about a wine club,” John Viano commented. […]

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