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Holidays Gifting is Easy at the Martinez Farmers Market

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS Start your holiday shopping at a place where you know quality and freshness come first. From baking ingredients to delicious gifts to meal planning, the farmers’ market is the place to come for the best ingredients. You’re making it easy on yourself while still helping your …

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Dog Rules Return to Normal Districtwide

Dog rules are returning to normal in Regional Parks on October 2, 2020, with dogs being allowed off-leash in designated areas once again. For the safety of all park visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic, starting in March the Park District requested that all dogs be kept on-leash to prevent crowding …

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Obituary: Jean Sonnikson Francis (1936 – 2020)

Jean Sonnikson Francis passed away on September 26, 2020 at her home in Martinez at the age 84. Jean was born in Healdsburg, CA to Emmet and Emma Sonnikson on April 8, 1936. She was raised in the Alexander Valley (just outside of Healdsburg) and was a farm girl who …

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C.C. County’s New COVID-19 Status Impact on School Reopening

Contra Costa County has moved into the Red (Substantial) Tier under the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which allows schools to consider reopening after two weeks if certain conditions are met. If Contra Costa County remains in the Red Tier for 14 consecutive days, schools in the county have …

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Meals on Wheels to prep Food for Seniors during Power Shutoff

Meals on Wheels Diablo Region is pleased to announce a partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to provide critical food support to individuals who experience food loss during natural disasters and Public Safety Power Shutoff events (PSPS). Under the agreement and new for 2020, PG&E will provide MOW …

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Fresh Pears highlight end of season treats at Farmers Market

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS Farmers and the farmers markets they attend have been quite resilient for the last six months, despite the restrictions that the coronavirus pandemic has forced upon them. But fall is here, winter is coming, and many farmers markets are beginning to close for the season. There …

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Historic Bank of Martinez building purchased by Credit Union

The City of Martinez is excited to announce the purchase of the historic Bank of Martinez building (a.k.a. Union Bank building) located in downtown at 634 Ferry Street. The building has been purchased by the Cooperative Center Federal Credit Union (“Cooperative Center FCU”) and will serve as the Credit Union’s …

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Developer sues East Bay Parks over Concord Hills park plans

A new lawsuit filed on behalf of Concord-based developer Albert Seeno, III & Discovery Builders could delay the East Bay Regional Park District’s ability to move forward with implementation of its plans to provide public access at a new regional park at the former Concord Naval Weapons Station. On July …

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Obituary: Mamie Hirasawa (1926-2020)

Mamie M. Hirasawa peacefully passed away on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. She was born on February 2, 1926 in Sebastopol, California to the late Katsuki and Shina (Miyamoto) Horita. She along with her family were interned at Amache, Colorado during World War II. Some years after the war Mamie moved …

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