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Catch the Cauliflower Craze at Martinez Farmers Market

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS Cauliflower has recently become the trendy, go-to vegetable since keto and other low-carb diets have taken over the diet-crazed world. Its low-carb versatility is what sets it apart from other cruciferous veggies because it can be turned into any number of dishes and prepared much as …

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New vinyl records and collectibles store open in Martinez

Although records are now the best selling medium for music, record stores are scarce in Contra Costa County. Records have surpassed CD’s and downloaded MP3’s and many are looking for new releases, but the major market is for vintage vinyl from the 1950’s to the 1980’s. Classic rock is especially …

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Obituary: William R. Sharkey III (1930-2022)

The passing of William “Bill” R. Sharkey III on June 25, 2022, marked the end of an era for the Sharkey family after Bill passed away at the age of 91 at his home in Martinez, California. Four generations have lived and been active in the Martinez community dating back …

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Interpretive Pavilion Opens at Shadow Cliffs

The East Bay Regional Park District celebrated the opening of a 1,000-square-foot outdoor interpretive pavilion at Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area in Pleasanton today. The new interpretive pavilion will serve as an outdoor visitor center connecting visitors to Shadow Cliffs’ nature area comprised of 116 acres of cottonwood and willow-lined …

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Cooking with Winter Greens from your Farmers Market

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS When you’re craving a big green salad, look no further than the leafy robust flavor of winter greens. These are green leafy vegetables that are seasonably available in winter and early spring. Common vegetables described as winter greens are chard, collards, spinach, rapini, mustard, beet, and …

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Obituary: Raymond Ulmer (1928-2022)

Raymond Ulmer, 94, of Martinez, California passed away Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022. Celebration of Life services will be held at Colonial Chapels in Vallejo, CA, Saturday, Oct. 15 at 3:00 pm (viewing 2:00 pm) followed by a reception. Burial will take place Monday, Oct. 17, 12:30 pm at Sacramento Valley …

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Five Ways to Enjoy Persimmons this fall season

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS When the seasons change from summer to fall, persimmon trees begin to burst with gorgeous, bright orange fruit. Their autumn colors just shout “fall is here!” Your farmers market booths will begin to fill with this beautiful and delicious fruit this month. Stroll through the market …

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Obituary: Deborah Ann Marangoni (1946-2022)

Debbie Marangoni suffered a stroke, and passed away peacefully in Concord on July 18th, eight days after celebrating a delightful 76th birthday with family at her home in Martinez. Debbie was born in Concord on July 10th 1946, the daughter of Patricia (Reardon) and Elvino “Al” Marangoni. She attended school …

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