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Contra Costa Regional Medical Center awaits arrival of New Year Baby

By DAVID SCHOLZ Martinez Tribune In recent memory, Contra Costa Regional Medical Center (CCRMC) has not been in the headlines on New Year’s Day for having the distinction of being involved in helping to bring the county’s first baby of the year into the world. But for Cita Richeson, the …

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Reunion volunteers give back to Boys & Girls Club, police

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – During a lunch in 2002, Mary Perez told her friends Char Youngman and then-Martinez City Manager June Catalano that Mount Diablo High School in Concord was celebrating its 100th year. The Martinez trio thought Alhambra High School deserved a similar celebration. …

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Air District tightens refinery regulations

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Two Martinez oil refineries and the others in the San Francisco Bay Area will have to operate under new and stricter regulations designed to improve air quality, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District governing body decided Wednesday, Dec. 16. “The …

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Alhambra wrestlers get back to winning ways

By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune The Bulldogs made up for their late collapse in their first league dual meet on Thursday, Dec. 17, by sealing a victory against Campolindo in the final match of the night. The varsity wrestlers lost to Acalanes by one point in the team scores despite …

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Highway 4 ramp lights project continues

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune The second phase of a Metropolitan Transportation Commission project to install metered ramp lights on California State Route 4 has begun, Martinez Police Lt. Aaron Roth said Thursday, Dec. 17. “The first phase was completed in 2013,” he said. That portion of the project …

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Rotary Report: The good ol’ days of player pianos

By PAUL CRAIG Special to the Tribune Jim and Edie Porter welcomed Rotary into their home for a Christmas celebration and a player-piano concert. Back in the “good old days,” folks didn’t have mp3s or DVDs. Among much else, they entertained themselves with mechanical instruments. Inventors were incredibly clever. In …

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Tolliver named MPD Employee of Year

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Shelley Tolliver says she loves her job with Martinez Police Department, although the police assistant’s work doesn’t always make other people happy. Among her tasks is handing out tickets when motorists have failed to keep parking meters fed. She also oversees …

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Martinez children pay visit to Santa

By DAVID SCHOLZ Martinez Tribune Each December for hundreds of years, the figure of Santa Claus – in all his forms – has been known for bestowing gifts to boys and girls around the world. In keeping with that tradition, children through quiet prayers and thoughts, a letter to the …

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Officer Dirk Miller named Martinez’s Officer of the Year

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – A 14-year veteran of Martinez Police Department (MPD) has been named Officer of the Year by Police Chief Manjit Sappal. Officer Dirk Miller received his chief’s praise for his communication skills, among other abilities. “Officer Miller has been an asset to …

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