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Life on the Shoreline: Mary Carone Nicholson

Giovanni Billecci with his wife, Gracia Cardinalli, who was also from Isola delle Femmine. The two were married at St. Catherine’s in Martinez on May 31, 1903. (MARY CARONE NICHOLSON / Courtesy)

By KRISTIN HENDERSON Special to the Tribune The Sacramento Italian Culture Society (see: http://www.italiancenter.net) has asked me to talk about my book “Capito!” Italians and the Development of Martinez” this Sunday, 1:30 p.m., at their Carmichael facility. All Italian voices will be heard that day, so please join us! I ...

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Bocce: Of Italian Import

The Martinez Bocce Federation clubhouse and courts are located at Waterfront Park in historic downtown Martinez. (MARTINEZ BOCCE FEDERATION / Courtesy)

By KRISTIN HENDERSON Special to the Tribune I have only played bocce once and that was at Burning Man. My teacher was wearing Spider-Man underwear. A few days later the ephemeral Black Rock City disappeared, as it does every year, and I never found bocce camp again. The Martinez Bocce ...

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Delicious grapes, but a sour creek …

By E. CLARK Martinez Tribune RAIN AT LAST! Here’s hoping we’ll receive regular rain this winter, without the deluge forecasters are predicting due to El Niño. I’m looking forward to the rains moving water through the creek. As of late, it’s been quite a tepid stew of garbage and other ...

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