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DeSaulnier condemns Trump for revoking CA’s Auto Standards

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) joined Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) in condemning the Trump Administration’s reported intention to formally rescind California’s ability to set its own automobile emissions standards today. In response to the Trump Administration’s announcement of its intent to roll back current fuel standards in 2018, Congressman DeSaulnier …

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Heirloom apple varieties making a comeback at Farmers Market

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS After almost disappearing, apple varieties that were popular 30 to 40 years ago have been making a comeback. Discerning farmers’ market customers have learned to discriminate between a delightfully sweet or tart heirloom and those that are available in the supermarkets. People have grown weary of …

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Obituary: Frankie James Patrick Bologna (1992-2019)

Martinez native Frankie Bologna, age 26, died Monday, July 8, 2019 at his home in Mankato, Minnesota. Funeral services will be 11:00am, Friday, July 19, 2019 at St. James Catholic Church with Father Timothy Hall officiating. Visitation will be at the church Friday beginning at 10:00am.   On Monday, July …

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Congress Exonerates Port Chicago Fifty, 75 Years After Disaster

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) successfully passed a measure today that directs the Secretary of the United States Navy to publicly exonerate the Port Chicago 50. The effort was included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), H.R. 2500, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 220-to-197. The …

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Martinez author releases new book prior to Concord appearance

BY LELIA FIGUEROA David Hagerty, a Martinez-based crime writer, recently released the fourth novel to his series of political murder mysteries, all of which are based on true events. Titled “They Tell Me You Are Cunning,” his newest effort just hit the shelves this week. Continuing on the storyline of …

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Obituary: Jerry “Coach” Phillips (1934-2019)

Jerry Phillips, beloved father, loving husband, brother, teacher, mentor and “Coach” passed away on Sunday, June 23rd at the age of 85. Jerry was a longtime resident of Walnut Creek. Jerry was a legendary basketball coach at Sacred Heart High School and a member of both the Sacred Heart Cathedral …

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Martinez Farmers Market has you covered for great tomatoes

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS Tomatoes are the poster child of vegetables for locally-grown and seasonal eating. Finding tomatoes that taste like tomatoes are one of the biggest draws to local farmers’ markets in the summer. They are also one of the home gardener’s most common vegetables to plant. Who doesn’t …

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Summer Fruits & Veggies for Grilling at Martinez Farmers Market

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS Ah, the wonderful smell of freshly-mowed grass, the sound of children running through the sprinklers, the garden awash in color with summer flowers, and the mouth-watering smell of food grilling on the barbecue. Yes, summer is here with warm evenings spent outside, and friends coming over …

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