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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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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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