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Decades Reunion to bring together Alhambra alumni

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Calling all Alhambra graduates to the fifth triennial “Decades Reunion.” The popular event is scheduled for Aug. 14-16, 2015. Coordinator Mary Breshears Perez and her committee are expecting over 1,000 Alhambra alumni and their spouses to flock to Martinez to renew old friendships and celebrate their memories. ...

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Martinez’s first movie theater undergoes reconstruction

The inside of 714, 716 and 718 Main Street as it undergoes reconstruction. The arches on the building’s eastern-most wall (seen at left) are part of the original construction and will be utilized in the remodel. (E. CLARK / Martinez Tribune)

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The building that once housed Martinez’s first movie theater is now under construction and will be reborn this fall as retail and residential space. The Martinez Tribune recently caught up with the new owner of 714-718 Main Street, Brandon Varise, who told us of his plans for ...

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Joltin’ Joe project more than just a boat restoration

The fully restored Joltin’ Joe on display at the South Tahoe ‘50s & Fins Wooden Boat Classic. (COURTESY / On File)

MARTINEZ, Calif. – A once-in-a-lifetime project years in the making is now complete and helping to keep memories of Martinez’s favorite native son, Joe DiMaggio, alive and well. A 22 foot Chris Craft pleasure boat called the “Joltin’ Joe,” was gifted to the New York Yankees baseball great during a ...

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Deadline to retrofit just days away

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MARTINEZ, Calif. – Recent visitors of the downtown will have noticed several storefronts advertising final sales and upcoming closures, most in response to a looming deadline – that of the earthquake retrofitting ordinance. A city ordinance adopted in July 2009 mandated owners of unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings in Martinez to ...

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Beaver slaps spotlight on Martinez

Billy the Beaver (also known as National Wildlife Federation volunteer Mike Bergstrom) shows off his tail to a curious patron at the 8th annual Beaver Festival, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. Bergstrom entertained attendees of the festival as both Billy the Beaver and Ranger Rick Raccoon at “Beaver Park” (intersection of Castro and Marina Vista streets) in downtown Martinez. (E. CLARK / Martinez Tribune)

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Nature enthusiasts, conservationists and wildlife rescue organizations were out in spades last Saturday to celebrate a species that once faced extermination in Martinez. The 8th annual Beaver Festival drew more participants and visitors than ever, growing from just eight booths in 2008 to over 40 booths at ...

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There’s no excuse for these moms

The "No Excuse Moms" group at Martinez Athletic Club. (COURTESY / On File)

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Everyone knows that being a mom is tough. Finding time to balance kids, a household and work is difficult. Often times, moms end up making their health the lowest of their priorities. Some moms are too busy to eat healthy. Other moms struggle with finding a gym ...

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Michael L. Alford

Mike Alford

Michael L. Alford July 6, 1943 – May 22, 2015 Resident of Martinez­­­­ Michael L. Alford, 71, of Martinez, passed away on Friday, May 22, 2015. He was born July 6, 1943, in Martinez, the only son of Budd and Mary Alford. Mike attended Saint Catherine of Siena School before ...

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In Motion Dance Center celebrates anniversary

Members of In Motion Dance Center’s Musical Theater II Team perform “Juicy,” from the musical “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Saturday, June 13, 2015, at Martinez Junior High School. The number, one of many performed by IMDC as part of their 2015 Recital, garnered lots of laughs as the Oompa Loompas danced farewell to character Violet Beauregarde (center). (E. CLARK / Martinez Tribune)

By E. CLARK Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Hundreds of local dancers took to the stage last month to tap, glide and flip their way to lifelong memories, and for one local couple the performances marked a business milestone. David and Deena Roming of In Motion Dance Center (IMDC) are ...

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Vintage Fashion Show and Luncheon to benefit Hospice

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A vintage show and luncheon will be held next month to benefit the Bruns House, an inpatient hospice care home for patients who require acute symptom management. The theme of the luncheon is “Pretty in Pink” with a vintage glamour dress code. Music will be provided by Eddie Toganon. The ...

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Greg Schwem: ‘To my child, I bequeath the blade’

Standup comedian, author and technically challenged family guy Greg Schwem (pictured) thinks everything is funny. Whether he’s writing about the Pope’s first tweet, smartphones that make him feel dumb or any of the many ways that modern society can drive a person nuts, Schwem plucks chords of hysteria that resonate. (ON FILE)

By GREG SCHWEM Tribune Media Services Humor Hotel I am a nervous wreck as I write this column. Several hours ago, I heard the garage door open and the engine start. My teenage daughter rolled down the driveway piloting a piece of machinery that I warned could cause serious injury ...

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