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Part 5: Happy 100th Birthday City Hall Building!

By KRISTIN HENDERSON Special to the Tribune Gentle Reader:  You have inspired me in this, the 100th year of 525 Henrietta Street to nominate, and hopefully list on the National Register of Historic Places, the City of Martinez Grammar School/City Hall. Is that not a nice birthday present?  In 1992, Page …

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Part 4: Happy Birthday Martinez City Hall!

By KRISTIN HENDERSON Special to the Tribune NOTE: The following is Part 4 of several installments on Martinez City Hall. Many thanks to retired Deputy City Clerk Mercy Cabral for setting me up with these records and lazerfiche. In 1950, the City of Martinez sold its 1912 City Hall that …

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Happy 100th birthday Martinez City Hall!

By KRISTIN HENDERSON Special to the Tribune NOTE: The following is Part 1 of several installments on Martinez City Hall. The building where we visit the police department, pay our water bills, submit our building plans, and attend public meetings began its life in 1917 as a Grammar School. I …

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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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Henderson responds to Craig’s Rotary Report

Dear Paul Craig: The part of you that I know is one of the highest quality persons to ever walk the open hallways of Main Street. However, you often hand down Zues-like edicts that are woefully uninformed. “Criminal Justice” is the only oxymoron that is also a junior college degree. …

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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

By KRISTIN HENDERSON Special to the Tribune The Sacramento Italian Culture Society (see: http://www.italiancenter.net) 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!

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

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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