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Life on the Shoreline: Mary Carone Nicholson

By KRISTIN HENDERSON Special to the Tribune The Sacramento Italian Culture Society (see: http://www.italiancenter.net) has asked me to talk about my book “Capito!” Italians and the Development of Martinez” this Sunday, 1:30 p.m., at their Carmichael facility. All Italian voices will be heard that day, so please join us! I …

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Lady Dogs stun Mats in tiebreaker

By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune Twice this season the Bulldogs collapsed in tiebreaker sets in Diablo Foothill Athletic League (DFAL) play. Tuesday night against Miramonte looked like deja vu all over again. The Bulldogs had late leads in both tiebreakers against Dublin and Campolindo earlier this month, but squandered those …

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Family recalls life of resident Ray Raineri

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Ray Raineri, a Martinez history buff who helped spearhead the restoration of the Joltin Joe that formerly belonged to baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, has died at age 77. Raineri was chairperson of the Sons of Italy Diablo Valley Lodge 2167, fundraising …

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Loaves & Fishes continues altruistic work in new home

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – When neighbors of the former Martinez Odd Fellows Temple building learned that Loaves & Fishes would be moving its operation there from First Baptist Church at 1802 Alhambra Ave., they became worried. The Martinez dining room of Loaves & Fishes is …

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PRMCC hears mural proposal, dog park supporters

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez Parks, Recreation, Marina and Cultural Commission has seen how the grieving family of a 14-year-old girl killed last year when she was struck by a train wants to thank their community for its support during their darkest hours. At the …

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City works to remove Alhambra Creek silt, improve flow during rains; ‘beaver deceiver’ also removed

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez Public Works employees have been working up Alhambra Creek in hopes that anticipated El Niño rains won’t cause flooding in the downtown business district. Meanwhile, employees are keeping an eye open for any sign that the Martinez beavers still live …

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Alhambra grinds out win over Dublin

 On a night when everything was dressed in a blanket of blue and gold, and everyone looked their best, the product on the field was anything but attractive. When you look at Alhambra’s 14-13 win over Dublin on Friday night, it’ll be a game that you cringe at when you …

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‘Ride to Remember’ bike ride to honor fallen responders

Contra Costa District Attorney Mark Peterson and former MPD Chief Dave Cutaia (now of ESPN) organize ride By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune The current Contra Costa County District Attorney and a former Martinez police chief who now works for ESPN have teamed to organize the inaugural “Ride to Remember” …

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Bocce: Of Italian Import

By KRISTIN HENDERSON Special to the Tribune I have only played bocce once and that was at Burning Man. My teacher was wearing Spider-Man underwear. A few days later the ephemeral Black Rock City disappeared, as it does every year, and I never found bocce camp again. The Martinez Bocce …

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Mayor returns from ‘investment trip’ to China

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune Like a gardener who plants seeds, Martinez Mayor Rob Schroder won’t know right away if his 10 days in China will produce a harvest. However, past trips by San Francisco Bay Area mayors have been productive and Schroder is hoping one day the Silicon …

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