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The Architecture Around Us: Who cares about an old jail?

By KRISTIN HENDERSON Special to the Tribune Historic architecture does more than indicate time passed. Downtown Martinez’s identity springs from its buildings and the dialogue between them that creates a skyline like the scales of a George Gershwin tune. Obliterate the Old Jail, and Contra Costa’s best governmental historic resource ...

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Martinez displayed in new book

Think Northern California’s I-5 is a boring drive? Think again. Travel writing verges on pointillism in Kristin Henderson’s latest e-book: “Black Butte Buckhorn: The Sacramento Valley and Other Places of Grace” – currently ranking No. 3 on Amazon’s “Hot New Releases in California Travel Guides.” The journey inward and outward ...

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Henderson responds to Fish letter

Response to Hamilton Fish (see the Dec. 25, 2015, edition of the Martinez Tribune): Your outlook that includes a historic Martinez is refreshing. As one who remembers and fought three present members of council a decade ago who were bent on an RDA and destroying the current built environment, and ...

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Life on the Shoreline: Mary Carone Nicholson

Giovanni Billecci with his wife, Gracia Cardinalli, who was also from Isola delle Femmine. The two were married at St. Catherine’s in Martinez on May 31, 1903. (MARY CARONE NICHOLSON / Courtesy)

By KRISTIN HENDERSON Special to the Tribune The Sacramento Italian Culture Society (see: has asked me to talk about my book “Capito!” Italians and the Development of Martinez” this Sunday, 1:30 p.m., at their Carmichael facility. All Italian voices will be heard that day, so please join us! I ...

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You say Amato’s, I say Amato’s!

Pete Amato at Amato’s restaurant, 407 Ferry St., Martinez, circa 1940. (MARY GOODWIN COLLECTION / Courtesy)

By KRISTIN HENDERSON Special to the Tribune EDITOR’S NOTE: This is Part Two of Mary Goodman’s (b. 1949) remembrance of her Sicilian Family. See last week’s edition of the Martinez Tribune for Part One. Everyone still remembers Amato’s Restaurant. Even I, Kristin, do – especially the tongues hanging out of ...

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The Celtic Spaghetti Knot of Martinez

Katarina Billecci DiMaggio (at left) who died of the Spanish Flu in 1918. Her husband, Vincenzo, is also pictured. It appears Katarina was pregnant at the time this photo was taken, circa 1910. (MARY GOODMAN COLLECTION / Courtesy)

By KRISTIN HENDERSON Special to the Tribune The Celtic Spaghetti Knot of Martinez. I call it that because the intertwining of time in Martinez is not linear. Time operates on a calculus of dimensions beyond the three we perceive and it often has delightful social consequences. I am forever resting ...

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