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Martinez Farmers Market still a godsend during the pandemic

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS With Thanksgiving just around the corner, you’ll be thinking of picking up some fresh produce from the farmers market. It will be a different kind of holiday this year with fewer and smaller gatherings, but the meaning is still there. We are thankful for fresh California …

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New Shoreline Park Opening at East Touchdown of Bay Bridge

After decades of regional cooperation and planning, the Bay Area has a new shoreline destination opening for the public to enjoy. The new shoreline park is located at the eastern touchdown of the Bay Bridge and provides spectacular views of the entire bay and new eastern span of the Bay …

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Dog Rules Return to Normal Districtwide

Dog rules are returning to normal in Regional Parks on October 2, 2020, with dogs being allowed off-leash in designated areas once again. For the safety of all park visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic, starting in March the Park District requested that all dogs be kept on-leash to prevent crowding …

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Obituary: Jean Sonnikson Francis (1936 – 2020)

Jean Sonnikson Francis passed away on September 26, 2020 at her home in Martinez at the age 84. Jean was born in Healdsburg, CA to Emmet and Emma Sonnikson on April 8, 1936. She was raised in the Alexander Valley (just outside of Healdsburg) and was a farm girl who …

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Oakland vanquishes playoff demons, ousts White Sox 6-4

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER The Oakland A’s finally exorcised the ghosts of playoff failure Thursday afternoon, coming back from an early 3-0 deficit to record a wild card series clinching 6-4 win over the Chicago White Sox at the Coliseum. It wasn’t easy, as the four-hour plus game in 90° weather …

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Bassitt’s clutch performance sends A’s to decisive Game 3

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER The A’s finally got the playoff monkey off their backs Wednesday afternoon, jumping out to an early lead and riding seven strong innings from Chris Bassitt before holding on to force a deciding game in their wild card series against the White Sox with a 5-3 victory. …

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C.C. County’s New COVID-19 Status Impact on School Reopening

Contra Costa County has moved into the Red (Substantial) Tier under the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which allows schools to consider reopening after two weeks if certain conditions are met. If Contra Costa County remains in the Red Tier for 14 consecutive days, schools in the county have …

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Giolito’s gem silences A’s bats as Luzardo fails in WC opener

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER The A’s stretch of postseason futility continued Tuesday afternoon, falling 4-1 to the Chicago White Sox at the Coliseum in the opening game of the best-of-three AL wild card series. White Sox starter Lucas Giolito was masterful in his playoff debut, retiring the first 18 batters he …

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NL playoffs shaping up as a race to topple the Dodgers

BY J.A SCHWARTZ The National League playoffs will kick off tomorrow and will do so without the reigning World Series Champion Washington Nationals, who will not have the opportunity to defend their title. Baseball has not seen a repeat champion since the 1998-2000 New York Yankee dynasty won three straight. …

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AL playoffs to kick off with an extra round starting Tuesday

BY J.A. SCHWARTZ The 2020 baseball season has arrived at a destination that many felt would never be reached: the successful end of the regular season. Due to the legitimate concerns of staging baseball games amid a pandemic, many skeptics predicted that it was no better than a coin flip …

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