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Grace Episcopal Church welcomes new organist

Organist and choirmaster Alfred Gary Evans playing the organ at Grace Episcopal Church in Martinez. Hear Evans and the Grace Choir during Sunday morning services, 10 a.m., Grace Episcopal Church, 130 Muir  Station Road, Martinez. (BOB BURMAN / Courtesy)

By BOB BURMAN Special to the Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Grace Episcopal Church in Martinez recently hired a new organist and choirmaster. Alfred Gary Evans comes to the church from Bantam, Connecticut. Evans studied at the Hartt School of Music, West Hartford, Connecticut, where he won awards for music theory ...

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Sappal sworn in as Chief of Police

Manjit Sappal, formerly of the Richmond Police Department, is sworn in as Martinez Chief of Police, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. Sappal will receive his badge in a public ceremony at 6 p.m. Sept. 16, at Martinez City Hall, 525 Henrietta St., Martinez. (MARTINEZ POLICE DEPARTMENT)

Community outreach, building on strong foundation part of new chief’s vision By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Manjit Sappal spent his first week as Martinez Police Chief attending plenty of meetings. But as those meetings subside, he’ll be making his face known around town. Sappal, whose first ...

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Muñoz carries on Connolly & Taylor tradition

Richard Muñoz at his desk at Connolly & Taylor in Martinez. (E. CLARK / Martinez Tribune)

MARTINEZ, Calif. – When people who know Richard Muñoz think of him, they may think of his humor, his affability, and his dedication to community. What they may not think of, however, is that Muñoz spends his days – and oftentimes nights – as a mortician. The sports car driving, ...

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Scouts to host Empowerment Workshop

From left: Girl Scouts Lily Skinner, Mayra Hernandez and Isabella Marazzani, from Troop 30365. The three have worked for the past two years to put together a Girl Empowerment Workshop to bring girls together with women that work in traditionally male-dominant jobs. (NICKI MARAZZANI / Courtesy)

By E. CLARK Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – A group of local girls are on their way to earning one of the most prestigious awards in Girl Scouting, while at the same time helping to motivate Martinez’s next generation of young ladies. Lily Skinner, Mayra Hernandez and Isabella Marazzani, all ...

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Area landscapers honored at 2015 Beautification Awards

Past the Gate, a Martinez-based landscaping company, was recently awarded the Judges Award at the California Landscape Contractors Association 2015 Beautification Awards. Past the Gate won with this entry (shown above) that was completed for the Lammle family in Pleasanton. (COURTESY / On File)

The East Bay chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA), which spans all of Alameda and Contra Costa counties, recently held the 2015 Beautification Awards honoring 12 local landscape contractors for excellence in landscape installation and maintenance, and demonstrating the best quality, construction, originality and attention to detail on projects completed within the last ...

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