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Las Juntas considers sistering with school in Benxi, China

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune Las Juntas Elementary School could use a “sister,” two educators have suggested to the Martinez Unified School District (MUSD) Board of Education. It would be the first time the MUSD will participate in the sister school program. The sister would be a bilingual school …

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Alhambra High students experience ‘Arrive Alive’

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – A two-day program at Alhambra High School is endeavoring to prevent its students from becoming part of a tragic set of statistics. The program is called “Arrive Alive,” and that’s its goal – helping young motorists reach their destination instead of …

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Marines, community partner for toy drive

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez residents have nine spots where they can drop off toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program that tries to assure that no child wakes up Christmas morning without a gift to unwrap, Sgt. Andrew J. Harris …

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‘Remember the babies’ this holiday season

MARTINEZ, Calif. – As organizations and individuals go about choosing their “holiday giving projects” this year, representatives from the Newborn Infant Project sponsored by the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, Martinez, Auxiliary, ask you to please consider the babies this season. Auxiliary Volunteers put together layettes containing crib blankets, receiving …

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Bishop O’Dowd outlasts Alhambra in NCS playoff

Alhambra’s varsity football team left the field at Bishop O’Dowd exactly 364 days after their playoff loss last year with the same result, a second-round loss. That game however could not have been more different than the gritty 17-14 loss the Bulldogs suffered at the hands of the Dragons on …

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Parks & Rec considers beaver mural, dog park, pickleball

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – The family of beavers that made its home in Alhambra Creek may have left Martinez after the loss of this year’s kits and an older yearling brother. But a mural proposed for a bridge near their damsite near Marina Vista Avenue …

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Garbage rates to increase; council introduces ordinance amendments

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Starting next year, those large green receptacles residents use to dispose of grass clippings and trimmed tree limbs will be used to collect food scraps, fast-food wrappers and used pizza boxes. Martinez City Council has agreed to expand the types of …

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Real ice rink to open in downtown

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Scaffolding has been covering much of the parking lot on Marina Vista Avenue and Ferry Street, and last Friday, Nov. 13, a large, boxy transformer installed the day before was powered up by Pacific Gas and Electric. All of this has …

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‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ premieres at Martinez’s Campbell Theatre

By DAVID SCHOLZ Special to the Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Theater goers on Saturday night were transported back in time to a simpler and yet complex time during a spirited version of Harper Lee’s timeless American classic “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Presented by the Vallejo-based Bay Area Stage Productions (BAS) …

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