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Martini Happy Hour, graffiti & prayers …

Martini Happy Hour at the Martinez Tribune, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. (ERIN CLARK / Martinez Tribune)
Martini Happy Hour at the Martinez Tribune, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. (ERIN CLARK / Martinez Tribune)

MANY THANKS go out to the Martinez Chamber of Commerce for allowing the Martinez Tribune to host this year’s Martini Happy Hour, held last Friday evening in our soon-to-be lobby at 725 Ward St., Suite G. Lots of Martizians stopped by for hors d’oeuvres, drinks and good company. Thank you to all those who stopped by.

Particular thanks go out to Rachel Unpingco and Joyce Deaver, both of the Chamber, for all their hard work putting together plans for the evening, and to B Jaxon and Cathy Riggs of “I’ve Been Framed” for providing martini art at the event. Jaxon also provided music for the event, which really set the tone to kick off Martinez Martini Month.

If you haven’t yet purchased tickets for the Martini Gala, what are you waiting for? Information and tickets for the fun, formal gala are available at www.martinezmartini.com. Proceeds help the Chamber host other community-centered events.

SAD NEWS came last week with the passing of former Martinez Police Department Interim Chief Ed Duncan.

Duncan stopped by the Tribune just a week before he passed away. He picked up a paper and chatted with staff about the new police chief, and how pleased he was about the selection, having worked with Chief Manjit Sappal in the past.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Duncan’s family and friends.

GRAFFITI has long been a problem in the Bay Area, and particularly problematic to downtown property owners. The Tribune fell victim to it on Sept. 11, and unfortunately, the “artist’s” canvas was inside a property, on newly sanded brick and timber.

The Tribune’s CEO is on a mission to fix up several properties downtown, and had just paid many thousands of dollars to restore the inside of a building on Ferry Street when the tagger (or taggers) trespassed. One of the people coming to work on the building that evening spotted a white or Hispanic male, approximately 5 feet, 9 inches, running from the building with camera in hand. Apparently, this person thought his work worth documenting. I disagree.

Meantime, Martinez police are extending extra patrols around the building, and we have staff keeping watch. We appreciate any information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the costly damage.

THANK YOU for reading the Tribune. We are growing rapidly, and will soon expand the number of pages we publish. If you like what we’re doing and want to support our efforts, please subscribe and advertise. Call or come in, or visit https://martineztribune.com/subscribe.

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