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Holidays Gifting is Easy at the Martinez Farmers Market

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS Start your holiday shopping at a place where you know quality and freshness come first. From baking ingredients to delicious gifts to meal planning, the farmers’ market is the place to come for the best ingredients. You’re making it easy on yourself while still helping your …

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Supervisors Approve $4.3M for Emergency Rental Assistance

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an amendment to the County’s Fiscal Year 2019/2020 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Action Plan to allocate an additional $4,292,960 in CDBG-Coronavirus or CV3 funds under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020 to provide emergency rental …

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Marlins break new ground with hiring of first female GM

BY J.A. SCHWARTZ The New York Yankees are arguably the most storied franchise in all of sports. They have won 27 World Series championships, more than twice as many as any of their competitors. They have been led, at various points in their storied history, by some of the most …

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Amtrak Preps for Holiday w/ Safety Measures & Early Bookings

Amtrak San Joaquins continues to provide safe and reliable rail service to passengers and is taking extra steps to prepare for an expected increase in ridership around the Thanksgiving holiday. Travelers will experience enhanced safety, cleaning and physical distancing measures that have been put in place to promote public health. …

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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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