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From the Archives: Martinez Volunteer Firefighters of old …

The Martinez Volunteer Fire Department, circa the 1920s, in front of their station at the old City Hall building in Martinez. From left: Chief John Briones, Guy Smith, Chris Koch, Ed Mc Donald, Harry Fierner, S. Sellick, Les Donnelly and Frank Larkin. (CONTRA COSTA COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY / Courtesy)

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Smoke but no fire – locally, at least

By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Residents and visitors in Martinez and surrounding areas may have noticed a grey curtain partially obscuring sunny skies this past week. After a weekend where daytime temperatures soared in the high 90s and even touched triple digits on more than one occasion, …

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Manjit Sappal selected as top candidate for Martinez Police Chief

At the Aug. 19 meeting of the Martinez City Council, the Council is set to approve an employment agreement with Manjit Sappal to be the next City of Martinez Police Chief. Sappal has over 20 years of law enforcement experience, starting his career with the Pittsburg Police Department as a …

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John Muir Land Trust to host star gazing event Tuesday

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The stars are aligned for another stellar Star Gazing event on Tuesday evening, Aug. 18, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at John Muir Land Trust’s Fernandez Ranch, a permanently protected 702-acre natural area. This popular event, sponsored by John Muir Land Trust (JMLT) in partnership with the Mt. Diablo …

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‘Let Me Hear You Smile’ to premier at Campbell Theater

MARTINEZ, Calif. – OnStage Theatre will soon perform their rendition of the spirited comedy, “Let Me Hear You Smile,” at downtown Martinez’s very own Campbell Theater. The play revolves around the difficulties of love and marriage through youth, menopause, and senility. Faced with these problems are “Hannah,” her husband “Neil” …

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City to promote CalFresh awareness

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The Martinez City Council recently adopted a resolution promoting CalFresh Awareness. For some families, hunger can be a year-round predicament. The CalFresh Program, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can add to food budgets and put healthy and nutritious food on the table. The …

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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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