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This Week in History: Feb. 5-11

By DANNY YOEONO Martinez Tribune Dead body found in barn Alhambra Valley 1865: An 8-10 day old dead body was found in a barn. The body was first seen by a boy driving cows who casually looked into the barn and thought a man was sleeping. Out of curiosity, he …

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This Week in History: Jan. 29 – Feb. 4

By DANNY YOEONO Martinez Tribune ‘Slippery’ nudist takes morning jog through downtown Martinez 1973: Forty-three years ago this week in Martinez, police were led on a wild chase through the downtown streets as a young man in his 20s was completely nude and “expressing” himself to the public. The one-man …

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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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You say Amato’s, I say Amato’s!

By KRISTIN HENDERSON Special to the Tribune EDITOR’S NOTE: This is Part Two of Mary Goodman’s (b. 1949) remembrance of her Sicilian Family. See last week’s edition of the Martinez Tribune for Part One. Everyone still remembers Amato’s Restaurant. Even I, Kristin, do – especially the tongues hanging out of …

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The Celtic Spaghetti Knot of Martinez

By KRISTIN HENDERSON Special to the Tribune The Celtic Spaghetti Knot of Martinez. I call it that because the intertwining of time in Martinez is not linear. Time operates on a calculus of dimensions beyond the three we perceive and it often has delightful social consequences. I am forever resting …

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Italians in Martinez: Bologna feeds into America!

By KRISTIN HENDERSON Special to the Tribune We are not talking cheap meat here In the development of Martinez, the Northern Italian immigrants that came before the Fisher people were farmers and wine makers and were also major contributors to the town we know of today. Martinez’s climate is much …

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From the Archives: Martinez Volunteer Firefighters of old …

The Martinez Volunteer Fire Department, circa the 1920s, in front of their station at the old City Hall building in Martinez. From left: Chief John Briones, Guy Smith, Chris Koch, Ed Mc Donald, Harry Fierner, S. Sellick, Les Donnelly and Frank Larkin. (CONTRA COSTA COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY / Courtesy)

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