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Rotary Report: The good ol’ days of player pianos

By PAUL CRAIG Special to the Tribune Jim and Edie Porter welcomed Rotary into their home for a Christmas celebration and a player-piano concert. Back in the “good old days,” folks didn’t have mp3s or DVDs. Among much else, they entertained themselves with mechanical instruments. Inventors were incredibly clever. In ...

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Tolliver named MPD Employee of Year

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Shelley Tolliver says she loves her job with Martinez Police Department, although the police assistant’s work doesn’t always make other people happy. Among her tasks is handing out tickets when motorists have failed to keep parking meters fed. She also oversees ...

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Martinez children pay visit to Santa

By DAVID SCHOLZ Martinez Tribune Each December for hundreds of years, the figure of Santa Claus – in all his forms – has been known for bestowing gifts to boys and girls around the world. In keeping with that tradition, children through quiet prayers and thoughts, a letter to the ...

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Officer Dirk Miller named Martinez’s Officer of the Year

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – A 14-year veteran of Martinez Police Department (MPD) has been named Officer of the Year by Police Chief Manjit Sappal. Officer Dirk Miller received his chief’s praise for his communication skills, among other abilities. “Officer Miller has been an asset to ...

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Police arrest armed robbery suspect

By DAVID SCHOLZ Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – A gun-toting parolee allegedly made off with a large sum of money from the Martinez Wal-Mart store Tuesday afternoon after forcing a clerk to remove cash from a store register. Michael Garcia, 24, who is currently on parole and suspected in another ...

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Martinez fans expected to line up for ‘Star Wars VII’

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune Star Wars fans have been camped out at Los Angeles theaters for nearly two weeks. Martinez fans may be more restrained, but the local movie theater and the nearby drive-in expected patrons in costume to arrive early for local screenings of the “The Force ...

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Bulldog grapplers fall short in DFAL opener

By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune The Bulldog wrestling team opened their Diablo Foothill Athletic League campaign with a shock loss to Acalanes on Thursday, Dec. 10. Coach Pep Roa said before the match that he and his athletes were still scouring the school to fill out their roster. The unfortunate ...

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Jakel declared interim city manager

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Jim Jakel will return as Martinez’s interim city manager after Rob Braulik leaves at the end of the month, the Martinez City Council decided Wednesday, Dec. 16. Braulik has been Martinez’s city manager since Feb. 4, but announced Nov. 17 he ...

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MUSD eyes declining reserves

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – While the Martinez Unified School District is fiscally sound at this time, it’s having to dip into reserves to cover some of its expenses, the district Board of Education learned at its Monday, Dec. 14, meeting. The district’s chief business officer, ...

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