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Deadline to retrofit just days away

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Recent visitors of the downtown will have noticed several storefronts advertising final sales and upcoming closures, most in response to a looming deadline – that of the earthquake retrofitting ordinance. A city ordinance adopted in July 2009 mandated owners of unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings in Martinez to ...

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Beaver slaps spotlight on Martinez

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Nature enthusiasts, conservationists and wildlife rescue organizations were out in spades last Saturday to celebrate a species that once faced extermination in Martinez. The 8th annual Beaver Festival drew more participants and visitors than ever, growing from just eight booths in 2008 to over 40 booths at ...

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There’s no excuse for these moms

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Everyone knows that being a mom is tough. Finding time to balance kids, a household and work is difficult. Often times, moms end up making their health the lowest of their priorities. Some moms are too busy to eat healthy. Other moms struggle with finding a gym ...

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Michael L. Alford

Michael L. Alford July 6, 1943 – May 22, 2015 Resident of Martinez­­­­ Michael L. Alford, 71, of Martinez, passed away on Friday, May 22, 2015. He was born July 6, 1943, in Martinez, the only son of Budd and Mary Alford. Mike attended Saint Catherine of Siena School before ...

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Wolfgang Puck’s Kitchen: An easy, elegant summertime dessert

By WOLFGANG PUCK, Tribune Content Agency Wolfgang Puck’s Kitchen Mention summertime desserts, and the first thing people usually think of is ice cream. You’d have to travel far and wide to find anyone who doesn’t love a scoop or two of their favorite vanilla, chocolate, mint chip or cookies-and-cream, sitting ...

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My son’s initiation

By MARK BAZER Tribune Content Agency The Boston Red Sox have always been the only team, in any sport, that really mattered to me. My dad put a Carlton Fisk poster up on my wall before I knew who Carlton Fisk was, or what a wall was, and, well, that ...

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