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‘The perfected soul’

By RICK HOCKER Special to the Tribune EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an excerpt on the topic of “meditation on transformation,” one of the themes from Martinez resident Rick Hocker’s book, “Four in the Garden.” Why couldn’t all of us have been born perfect? Wouldn’t that solve all of the …

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‘Remember the babies’ this holiday season

MARTINEZ, Calif. – As organizations and individuals go about choosing their “holiday giving projects” this year, representatives from the Newborn Infant Project sponsored by the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, Martinez, Auxiliary, ask you to please consider the babies this season. Auxiliary Volunteers put together layettes containing crib blankets, receiving …

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Alleged kidnapping leads to two arrests

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune Two Walnut Creek men have been booked into the county jail in Martinez on drug charges after Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a caller who said three men were kidnapping a female victim, Jimmy Lee, the sheriff’s director of public affairs, …

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Bishop O’Dowd outlasts Alhambra in NCS playoff

Alhambra’s varsity football team left the field at Bishop O’Dowd exactly 364 days after their playoff loss last year with the same result, a second-round loss. That game however could not have been more different than the gritty 17-14 loss the Bulldogs suffered at the hands of the Dragons on …

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The spiritual practice of trusting in God

By RICK HOCKER Special to the Tribune EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a speech by Martinez resident Rick Hocker, on the topic of trusting in God, the main theme of his book, “Four in the Garden.” I remember the morning I ran out of food. I was a poor college …

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Grace Episcopal Church welcomes interim rector

By BOB BURMAN Special to the Tribune Recently, the Reverend Jeffrey Frost began an 18 month term at Grace Episcopal Church in Martinez as its Interim Rector. In this capacity he will care for the congregation and lead them in a process of discernment in preparing to call their next …

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Young artists excel at ARTU4iA studio

Dear Editor, I am so lucky to spend one day a week in downtown Martinez at ARTU4iA teaching Toddler Art Class – a class designed with young artists and their families in mind to promote creativity, exploration, and set the foundation needed to spark future innovation. Class takes place every …

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Mayor encourages residents to prepare for wet weather

By MAYOR ROB SCHRODER For the last 5 years that I have been writing this monthly mayor’s column, I have endeavored to concentrate on one topic with a goal to inform and try not to editorialize too much. This month I found myself having a hard time deciding what one …

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Parks & Rec considers beaver mural, dog park, pickleball

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – The family of beavers that made its home in Alhambra Creek may have left Martinez after the loss of this year’s kits and an older yearling brother. But a mural proposed for a bridge near their damsite near Marina Vista Avenue …

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Garbage rates to increase; council introduces ordinance amendments

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Starting next year, those large green receptacles residents use to dispose of grass clippings and trimmed tree limbs will be used to collect food scraps, fast-food wrappers and used pizza boxes. Martinez City Council has agreed to expand the types of …

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