Our Town

Grace Episcopal Church welcomes new organist

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

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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Martinez police remember fallen sergeant

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – The Martinez Police Department remembered the life of Sgt. Paul Starzyk Sunday morning with the raising of the American and California flags, a ceremony it has observed annually since Starzyk lost his life in the line of duty. This year, however, …

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Labor Day a ‘sacred day’ to local unions

Central Labor Council of Contra Costa to host fundraising barbecue By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Labor Day is a time to honor “the people who, with their own hands, built those empires,” the companies that made names like Carnegie, Roosevelt, Gould, Bell and Edison household names. …

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Outcast rescues kitten at Amtrak

By JULIE LINFORD Special to the Tribune What do businesses do if they have a free-roaming kitten bouncing off the windows and jumping from the balcony because it’s so freaked out from being trapped inside the building (after walking in on its own accord)? Well, in the case of Amtrak-Martinez …

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Vaudevilles: Open Call for local talent

By JAMIE JOBB Special to the Tribune Singers, songwriters, storytellers, soothsayers, poets, magicians, ventriloquists, comedians, jugglers, mind-readers, plate-spinners, impersonators, hypnotists, parent-and-child acts, stage-trained animals, Eastern Middle dancers, Lindy Hoppers, piano players, jive cats, chamber musicians, bluegrass and acoustic groups, dancers of tap-jazz-or-soft shoe … Martinez Campbell Theater has made an …

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Haunted Windchimes to bring Rocky Mountain high harmonics

By JAMIE JOBB Special to the Tribune “Haunted Windchimes” is one bent handle for the fantastic Colorado string quintet that returns to Armando’s for another live afternoon show a week from Sunday. Their name may imply breezy new-age chamber music, but the band won’t play that stuff in Martinez. They …

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