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Martinez Library got lucky!

Martinez Library’s Branch Manager, Ruth Boyer, during a recent meeting of the Martinez Rotary Club. (PAUL CRAIG / Courtesy)

By PAUL CRAIG Special to the Tribune Ruth Boyer is our head librarian! Ruth is a non-stop bundle of energy and ideas. She showed Rotary her “musical bananas” during a recent meeting of the Martinez Rotary. Real bananas. Touching them makes music. The educational “thing of it” is that her ...

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Kiwanis Club of Martinez turns 90

From left: Justin Gomez of States Coffee; April program chair Emmett Schumer; and Kiwanis president Lorena Castillo. (GAY GERLACK / Courtesy)

Kiwanis Club of Martinez members shared cake and champagne in celebration of receiving its Kiwanis International Charter on April 15, 1926, making the local chapter 90 years old. Speaker for the occasion was Justin Gomez of States Coffee & Mercantile, which roasts its own coffee beans and offers a selection ...

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Soroptimist inductees …

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Newly inducted members of Soroptimist International of Martinez include (from left): Bev Gomer, District II Director; new members Monica Sanders, Sara Lawson, Linda Shahade and Lynn Enea. The members were recently inducted by Soroptimist Governor Bobbi Enderlin (far right). (GAY GERLACK / Courtesy)

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Rotary Report: Vietnam memories …

Weapons hidden in the mud by North Vietnam troops. The guns were pulled from the mud when needed. Steven Burchik’s group came upon them by accident. The American soldiers – kids in the photo – are in their 70s today. Burchik wondered what became of the Vietnam kids he photographed ... an unanswerable question. (STEVEN BURCHIK / Courtesy)

By PAUL CRAIG Special to the Tribune About a third of Martinez Rotarians are vets. They’ve served in all services, and in many periods. Rotary speaker Steven Burchik asked for a show of hands as he started his talk at a recent meeting of the local Rotary club. Burchik served ...

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Rotary Report: New Kid (newspaper) on the Block!

Tribune staffers (from left): Danny Yoeono, Hannah Hatch and Gerardo Recinos at the Wednesday, March 9, 2016, meeting of Martinez Rotary. (PAUL CRAIG / Courtesy)

By PAUL CRAIG Special to the Tribune Martinez has a new newspaper – the Martinez Tribune. The paper has by now been around long enough that most of us know it and read it. It’s the brainchild of three people: local businessman Nader Eghtesad, co-publisher Erin Clark, and Mike Alford ...

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Rotary Report: Martinez Unified visits

From left: Rotary President Tom Abercrombie welcomes Martinez Unified School District administrators, including Superintendent Rami Muth, Director of Education Services Audrey Lee, Assistant Superintendent CJ Cammack, and Alhambra High School Principal Tom Doppe. (NANCY HOBERT / Courtesy)

By NANCY HOBERT Special to the Tribune Administrators from the Martinez Unified School District attended a recent meeting of the Martinez Rotary Club. Their presentation was “Alhambra High School of Today and the Future.” Superintendent Rami Muth made several introductory comments and then turned the meeting over to Audrey Lee, ...

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Rotary Report: A partnership that works

Chief Manjit Sappal (at right), with Martinez Police Department Captain Eric Ghisletta during a recent meeting of the Martinez Rotary Club. (PAUL CRAIG / Courtesy)

In Martinez, people know each other. We have strong personal networks that work. There are lots of benefits. An important one is keeping us safe. Our new police Chief Manjit Sappal considers trust and working together with the community as his most important jobs. His office door is open. Martinez ...

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