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Local artist to guide veterans through self-portrait exercise

By KERI LUIZ Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – John Kleber, artist and owner of ARTU4iA, recently received a grant from the Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County (AC5) for a veteran-focused painting workshop. The program is called “About Face: Building Veterans’ Self-Understanding through Self-Portraits.” Kleber’s idea is to …

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Sex, drugs & the CIA – sordid tale of Operation Midnight Climax

By OLAV PHILLIPS Special to the Tribune In the annals of the strange and weird, the darkened streets of San Francisco possess some of the oddest stories out there. At one time or another, San Francisco has been the home to some true weirdness. From cults like Jim Jones’ People’s …

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Outcast launches Caring campaign to save cats

By JULIE LINFORD Special to the Tribune How do you think your pet cat would react if they suddenly ended up in a noisy, cold, and scary animal shelter? For some pet cats, this experience is so foreign and frightening that they panic, act out and earn themselves a trip …

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You say Amato’s, I say Amato’s!

By KRISTIN HENDERSON Special to the Tribune EDITOR’S NOTE: This is Part Two of Mary Goodman’s (b. 1949) remembrance of her Sicilian Family. See last week’s edition of the Martinez Tribune for Part One. Everyone still remembers Amato’s Restaurant. Even I, Kristin, do – especially the tongues hanging out of …

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Delicious grapes, but a sour creek …

By E. CLARK Martinez Tribune RAIN AT LAST! Here’s hoping we’ll receive regular rain this winter, without the deluge forecasters are predicting due to El Niño. I’m looking forward to the rains moving water through the creek. As of late, it’s been quite a tepid stew of garbage and other …

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Cpl. Mike Estanol receives downtown assignment

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Cpl. Mike Estanol, newly assigned to the city downtown beat by Martinez Police Chief Manjit Sappal, already is a familiar face to local merchants and shoppers. He’s on a first-name basis with most of them. He’s also active on pertinent social …

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Alhambra senior spearheads donation drive to fire victims

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – When Alicia Marazzani heard that Middletown High School students would have to postpone their homecoming because of the devastating fire that’s now considered the third worst in California history, she was touched. Her feelings deepened when she learned that students were …

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School board approves Project Pathways, reviews xeriscape

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – At one time, school districts had an overarching goal, to prepare every student for college. But the Martinez Unified School District (MUSD) Board of Education heard Monday night that has led to a mismatch. Graduates were prepared for jobs that weren’t …

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