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John Muir Land Trust to host star gazing event Tuesday


MARTINEZ, Calif. – The stars are aligned for another stellar Star Gazing event on Tuesday evening, Aug. 18, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at John Muir Land Trust’s Fernandez Ranch, a permanently protected 702-acre natural area. This popular event, sponsored by John Muir Land Trust (JMLT) in partnership with the Mt. Diablo ...

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City to promote CalFresh awareness

variety of vegetables

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The Martinez City Council recently adopted a resolution promoting CalFresh Awareness. For some families, hunger can be a year-round predicament. The CalFresh Program, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can add to food budgets and put healthy and nutritious food on the table. The ...

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New shuttle service launches this week

County Connection introduces a new route to the Martinez Community Shuttle service this week.  (COURTESY / On File)

MARTINEZ, Calif. – County Connection has announced that beginning Monday, a new service will be available for residents and visitors of Martinez. Route 3 of the Martinez Community Shuttle will provide service between the downtown district and businesses along Arnold Drive, including the Village Oaks Shopping Center and Walmart. The ...

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Outcast Cat Help: More purr, less hiss!

Outcast Cat

By JULIE LINFORD Special to the Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Outcast Cat Help is a Martinez-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping our community humanely control and care for the free-roaming cat population. You may have heard the term TNR, which means Trap-Neuter-Return. TNR is the most humane and effective way ...

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UFO landing in West Pittsburg – yes, West Pittsburg

By OLAV PHILLIPS Special to the Tribune UFOs are something of myth and legend. Everyone seems to know someone who’s seen one, or has maybe seen something odd themselves. Their discussion seeps into our quiet dinner party conversation and they dominate our airwaves as we ask the eternal question: what ...

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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


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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