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New shuttle service launches this week

MARTINEZ, Calif. – County Connection has announced that beginning Monday, a new service will be available for residents and visitors of Martinez. Route 3 of the Martinez Community Shuttle will provide service between the downtown district and businesses along Arnold Drive, including the Village Oaks Shopping Center and Walmart. The …

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Joltin’ Joe project more than just a boat restoration

MARTINEZ, Calif. – A once-in-a-lifetime project years in the making is now complete and helping to keep memories of Martinez’s favorite native son, Joe DiMaggio, alive and well. A 22 foot Chris Craft pleasure boat called the “Joltin’ Joe,” was gifted to the New York Yankees baseball great during a …

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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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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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Vintage Fashion Show and Luncheon to benefit Hospice

A vintage show and luncheon will be held next month to benefit the Bruns House, an inpatient hospice care home for patients who require acute symptom management. The theme of the luncheon is “Pretty in Pink” with a vintage glamour dress code. Music will be provided by Eddie Toganon. The …

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City to host free Water Conservation Essentials workshop

The great California drought is here. In response to the serious water shortage, the State of California has mandated a 25 percent reduction in overall water consumption. The city of Martinez is following suit and asking residents to practice water conservation. To help residents do their best at saving water, the …

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Area landscapers honored at 2015 Beautification Awards

The East Bay chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA), which spans all of Alameda and Contra Costa counties, recently held the 2015 Beautification Awards honoring 12 local landscape contractors for excellence in landscape installation and maintenance, and demonstrating the best quality, construction, originality and attention to detail on projects completed within the last …

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