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Obituary: Celeste Marques (1927-2019)

Celeste Marques passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of December 15, 2019. She was born on March 27, 1927 in Lowell, Massachusetts where her parents settled after emigrating to the United States from Madeira, Portugal. As a young girl, Celeste moved to Paul Do Mar, a small Portuguese …

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Deadly Wild Mushrooms reappear at Regional Parks

Each year, mushrooms come out after the first rains of the season, which began on November 26. Mushrooms are ecologically important and can look beautiful – but some of them contain dangerous toxins. The death cap (Amanita phalloides) and Western destroying angel (Amanita ocreata) are two of the world’s most …

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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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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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