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Recalling ‘storyback’ writers & Broadway flops

By JAMIE JOBB Special to the Tribune “Oh very young, what will you leave us this time You’re only dancin’ on this Earth for a short while And though your dreams may toss and turn you now They will vanish away like your dad’s best jeans Denim blue, faded up ...

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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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Alleged serial burglar arrested for third time this month

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The third try isn’t the charm for one Martinez resident. Nineteen-year-old Antonio Neely of Martinez was arrested for the third time this month, on auto theft and burglary charges. According to a release by the Martinez Police Department (MPD), a resident in the 4900 block of Alhambra ...

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City says sixteen buildings still unreinforced

Two demolition permit applications turned into city thus far MARTINEZ, Calif. – The deadline to retrofit unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings in Martinez has come and gone, and according to City officials, 16 properties stand in non-compliance of the Seismic Hazard Retrofit Ordinance. The ordinance, passed in 2009, gave owners of ...

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Smoke but no fire – locally, at least

By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Residents and visitors in Martinez and surrounding areas may have noticed a grey curtain partially obscuring sunny skies this past week. After a weekend where daytime temperatures soared in the high 90s and even touched triple digits on more than one occasion, ...

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Logan visits Wizard World Comic Con

By LOGAN W. Special to the Tribune Let’s talk about Wizard World Comic Con in Sacramento, California – the most exciting event I have ever witnessed. There were so many characters all around me. These people spend so many hours on their costumes and do an awesome job of making ...

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‘Ricki and The Flash’ one bipolar picture

By JAMIE JOBB Special to the Martinez Tribune Those of us who knew Jonathan Demme in high school recall his undaunted enthusiasm, his fierce concentration, his persistent predisposition toward compelling sounds and sights – traits that over the next half century would fuel his development as one of the world’s ...

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The mysterious giants and the wall of Contra Costa County

By OLAV PHILLIPS Special to the Martinez Tribune Many people in our area may not know this, but there is an ancient enigmatic structure which haunts our East Bay halls.  It’s a rock wall which stands three feet high and extends at least another three feet into the ground, and ...

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