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Martinez to pay homage to Veterans this week

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Contra Costa County veterans and others will be honored in Veterans Day ceremonies that begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday with the raising of the flag in front of the Contra Costa County Administration Building, 651 Pine St. Events will continue through …

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Japanese student experiencing local culture at DVC

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Konomi Murata intends to become a researcher, hoping one day to work in a laboratory to grow skin, possibly to repair eyes or grow organs to save or improve lives. But getting into college, such as the prestigious Kyoto Prefectural University …

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CHP offers safety tips for Halloween

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune The California Highway Patrol wants both children and adults to have fun Saturday for Halloween, Sgt. Brandie Dressel said. But that means choosing a designated driver for adults going to Halloween parties and preparing children so they are visible to motorists when they go …

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Family recalls life of resident Ray Raineri

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Ray Raineri, a Martinez history buff who helped spearhead the restoration of the Joltin Joe that formerly belonged to baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, has died at age 77. Raineri was chairperson of the Sons of Italy Diablo Valley Lodge 2167, fundraising …

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‘Outcast’ seeks pledges during drive

By JULIE LINFORD Special to the Tribune We meet a lot of people who care about and care for our community’s free-roaming cats. But this summer, a couple of caretakers really stood out from the crowd. Each of them have a decent sized group of cats that they care for …

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Oh my God, Joe DiMaggio!

By KRISTIN HENDERSON Special to the Tribune Vince Ferrante of Pittsburg writes: “In 1978 when I was 13 … Dad took me to Amato’s bar to visit his cousin Vince who was working. … Vince Amato asked me if I liked baseball … he then asked me if I would …

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Local artist to guide veterans through self-portrait exercise

By KERI LUIZ Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – John Kleber, artist and owner of ARTU4iA, recently received a grant from the Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County (AC5) for a veteran-focused painting workshop. The program is called “About Face: Building Veterans’ Self-Understanding through Self-Portraits.” Kleber’s idea is to …

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Outcast launches Caring campaign to save cats

By JULIE LINFORD Special to the Tribune How do you think your pet cat would react if they suddenly ended up in a noisy, cold, and scary animal shelter? For some pet cats, this experience is so foreign and frightening that they panic, act out and earn themselves a trip …

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