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Raving about Roots as a side for your Thanksgiving meal

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS The backbone of a really delicious Thanksgiving meal should include root vegetables. Roasted root vegetables, mashed parsnips or turnips, creamy potato gratins, pies, and other dishes make an amazing flavorful addition to your meal. Whether roots are behind the scenes as additions to stuffing or the …

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Winter squash nearing its peak season at Farmers Market

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS Winter squash is nearing its peak season and can be a tasty addition to your fall dinners. The state of California is the second largest producer of winter squash. Many heirloom varieties are coming back, varieties you won’t find anywhere else.   Hard-shelled, or “winter” squash, …

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Obituary: Rita Theresa Martin (1935-2019)

Rita Martin passed away peacefully on September 17, 2019 at her home in Martinez at the age of 83, surrounded by her family after a brief fight with cancer. Rita was born in San Francisco and was a graduate of Immaculate Conception Academy. Shortly after graduation Rita began her career …

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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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New “Virtual Office” website for Contra Costa County debuts

A new website for Contra Costa County has launched to provide an inviting, mobile-friendly “virtual office” for the public. The website at www.contracosta.ca.gov offers a fresh look with more ways to find information quickly. The website features new icons that can be clicked on to access information, a “How Do …

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Prog rocker Robert Berry to perform at Firehouse Arts Center

Robert Berry is promising a wicked time for all on Friday the 13th at Night of the Living Prog with 3.2 at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton as part of his first ever national tour. With his 30 year history of playing side by side with many of Prog and Rock music’s …

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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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