Our Town

Obituary: Dennis Kerns (1965-2022)

Dennis Kerns passed away peacefully at home in Martinez at the age of 56 on January 1, 2022. Dennis was born in San Jose, CA to Michael Kerns and Karen Kruse. He graduated in 1983 from Branham High School in San Jose and attended West Valley College. He met the …

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New Citrus Varieties Capturing Attention at the Farmers Market

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS California is synonymous with citrus and has a long history of developing new varieties for continuing customer needs. With a strong market for oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit, farmers are continually working to create new and delicious hybrids for your table. Older varieties are still deeply rooted …

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Holiday Giving Tree staging Fundraiser for local cat hospital

Contra Costa residents can be good Samaritans by providing life-saving medical care for homeless and abandoned cats in their neighborhoods through the 7th annual “Holiday Giving Tree” fundraiser sponsored by Community Concern for Cats, a local 35-year-old-cat rescue organization. All funds raised will support CC4C’s cat hospital in Clayton which …

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CC County Redistricting Process Final Supervisorial Map Adopted

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Contra Costa County’s Redistricting effort is a once-a-decade process of redrawing the boundaries for Supervisorial districts after the U.S. Census. As part of that process, the County’s fifth Public Hearing on Redistricting was held on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. At the November 23, 2021 Public Hearing, the Board of Supervisors …

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Park District Turning Black Friday Green with FREE Park Day

For the past seven years, the East Bay Regional Park District has celebrated Green Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, as a healthy outdoor alternative to Black Friday holiday shopping. To encourage time in nature, the Park District is again making Green Friday a FREE Park Day, meaning all District fees …

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Five ways to enjoy oranges during the holiday season

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS Oranges are coming into season this month at your Martinez Farmers Market. This delicious and healthy fruit can be prepared in a myriad of ways, from tangy sweet marinades and sauces to salads and desserts. Oranges are also perfect for decorating your home for the holidays. …

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Obituary: Nina Louise Sparacino (1918-2021)

On the rainy morning of October 21, 2021, our beloved “Auntie Nina” went to join her family in heaven. She lived through more history than any of us could ever imagine. She experienced WWI and WWII, not to mention the Korean, Vietnam, Desert Storm and Gulf Wars. She lost her …

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Underground Echoes: Who Actually Saved Abraham Lincoln?

BY JUDIE & JOSEPH PALMER This column is different than our previous submissions for instead of an Alhambra Pioneer Cemetery decedent’s bio or focusing on its history, we will be addressing the folklore contributed to one of its residents – Eliza Nottingham. She is alleged to have saved “Abe” when …

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