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The Perfect Pumpkin at First Generation Farmers of Brentwood

BY DEBBRA J. MORRIS Sitting side by side with the hefty pumpkins used for decorating, are the smaller, smoother sugar pie or pie pumpkins. This heirloom variety is thought to have originated here in the eastern United States, and is a smaller cultivar of the Connecticut field pumpkin, one of …

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Martinez Measure X – Quality of Life & Essential Services

On July 23, 2018, the Martinez City Council unanimously placed Measure X – a local half-cent sales tax measure – on the November 6, 2018 ballot. If approved by voters, Measure X provides local funds for Martinez’s quality of life and essential services, including 911 response times and public safety, …

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Obituary: Dorothy Masayko (1922-2018)

Dorothy Masayko, daughter of Pauline and Jacob Lorenz, passed away on August 5, 2018. Dorothy was born in Billings MT and attended the University of Montana. When the U.S. entered World War II, she volunteered for the Women’s Auxiliary Corps of the US Army. Near the end of the war …

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10 Local Groups Join Forces to End Unemployment in CC County

Even though the Bay Area job market may feel red-hot, nearly 16,000 Contra Costa residents remain unemployed and are looking for work. To help these individuals find a job or start a new career, ten organizations have partnered with Contra Costa County and its Workforce Development Board (WDBCCC) to create …

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Clippers sweep two from Napa after bench clearing brawl in opener

The Clippers completed a two-game sweep of the Napa Silverados Wednesday, scoring a total of 17 runs and defeating Napa by finals of 8-4 and 9-4. With this second sweep of the 2018 campaign, the Clippers improve to 7-7 in the second half and 6-2 at home in the same …

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Obituary: Marjorie Anne Ross (1938-2018)

In March of 1938, Marjorie Anne Ross, a resident of Martinez, was born into the world in St.Paul, Minnesota, being the youngest child and second daughter of Louis and Mable Herschler. The family would eventually move to Indiana, whereupon she would enter Elkhart High School, and was imbued with Midwestern …

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Animal Services Rolls Out Facial Recognition Tool, Free Adoptions

Contra Costa Animal Services (CCAS) will be offering free adoptions of all animals from Friday, June 29th, through Tuesday, July 3rd in an effort to clear kennel space in advance of a busy 4th of July holiday. Additionally, in an effort to better reunite lost pets with their owners, CCAS …

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4th of July Fireworks Celebration Plans Announced

Fireworks will light up the night at Radke Martinez Shoreline Park, Wednesday, July 4. Join the crowd at the Waterfront or head over to your special viewing spot before 9:15 p.m. Pyrotechnics begin around 9:30 p.m. and will last approximately twenty-five minutes. Waterfront Park will be closed to cars at …

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Obituary: William H. ‘Bill’ Wainwright (1942-2018)

Well-known Martinez resident William H. ‘Bill’ Wainwright passed away on May 19 at his home after a 15-month battle with brain cancer. He was 75 years-old. A memorial service will be held at Grace Episcopal Church on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Although Wainwright spent his earliest years away from Martinez, …

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Election Ballot Drop-Off Box Locations in Martinez Announced

The City of Martinez announced today that Contra Costa residents will find it easier to vote in the upcoming June 5th Primary Election, as the Contra Costa Elections Office and City Clerks countywide are providing convenient Vote By Mail drop-off locations, prior to and on Election Day. The election drop-off …

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