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Catch the Cauliflower Craze at Martinez Farmers Market

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS Cauliflower has recently become the trendy, go-to vegetable since keto and other low-carb diets have taken over the diet-crazed world. Its low-carb versatility is what sets it apart from other cruciferous veggies because it can be turned into any number of dishes and prepared much as …

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New vinyl records and collectibles store open in Martinez

Although records are now the best selling medium for music, record stores are scarce in Contra Costa County. Records have surpassed CD’s and downloaded MP3’s and many are looking for new releases, but the major market is for vintage vinyl from the 1950’s to the 1980’s. Classic rock is especially …

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Obituary: William R. Sharkey III (1930-2022)

The passing of William “Bill” R. Sharkey III on June 25, 2022, marked the end of an era for the Sharkey family after Bill passed away at the age of 91 at his home in Martinez, California. Four generations have lived and been active in the Martinez community dating back …

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The Big Boys of Citrus – Pomelo vs. Grapefruit

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS The season for citrus is here, and in California, that means a chorus of quintessential, show-stopping fruit, from itty-bitty kumquats, tangy lemons, and red-fleshed blood oranges, to easy-peel mandarins, tart grapefruit, and giant pomelos. We grow it all! This month the spotlight is on the differences …

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Interpretive Pavilion Opens at Shadow Cliffs

The East Bay Regional Park District celebrated the opening of a 1,000-square-foot outdoor interpretive pavilion at Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area in Pleasanton today. The new interpretive pavilion will serve as an outdoor visitor center connecting visitors to Shadow Cliffs’ nature area comprised of 116 acres of cottonwood and willow-lined …

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