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Rotary Report: Work-based learning at Martinez Unified

By PAUL CRAIG Special to the Tribune Rona Zollinger and Lorena Castillo told Martinez Rotary about the exciting work they’re doing with the Martinez Unified School District finding jobs for students. In today’s competitive world this is super-important. Zollinger estimated that in 2018, only one-third of jobs will require a …

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Building for Contra Costa County’s future

The County Building at 651 Pine Street has been an eyesore for over a half century. It’s obsolete and a horrible place to work. It’s scheduled for demolition. Eric Angstadt is in charge of figuring out how to do the job, and of making recommendations to the County Supervisors as …

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Shell/MEF Run for Education raises $77,000

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The 14th Annual Shell/MEF 5k/10k Run for Education on Oct. 2, 2016, brought in $77,000 for the Martinez Education Foundation (MEF) and drew more than 700 people who registered for the 5k or 10k runs. Shell Martinez Refinery GM Tom Rizzo called the Sunday morning event a …

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Who’s that enjoying the George Miller Trail?

By PAUL CRAIG Special to Martinez Tribune Why, it’s George Miller of course! He loves the eponymously named trail. He loves the out-of-doors and loves Martinez. He seems to love retirement, though he’s keeping busy consulting. George is our Congressman Emeritus, having served in the U.S. Congress for 40 years. …

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Martinez Library got lucky!

By PAUL CRAIG Special to the Tribune Ruth Boyer is our head librarian! Ruth is a non-stop bundle of energy and ideas. She showed Rotary her “musical bananas” during a recent meeting of the Martinez Rotary. Real bananas. Touching them makes music. The educational “thing of it” is that her …

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Rotary Report: Vietnam memories …

By PAUL CRAIG Special to the Tribune About a third of Martinez Rotarians are vets. They’ve served in all services, and in many periods. Rotary speaker Steven Burchik asked for a show of hands as he started his talk at a recent meeting of the local Rotary club. Burchik served …

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Rotary Report: ‘What can be done about the mentally ill?’

By PAUL CRAIG Special to the Tribune Elizabeth Koehler-Pentakoff is one of Martinez’s best-known writers. Her latest book has lessons for all of us. “The Missing Kennedy” is the story of Rosemary Kennedy, brother of President John F. Kennedy. Rosemary was born in 1918, with intellectual disabilities. Despite the best …

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Rotary Report: Martinez Unified visits

By NANCY HOBERT Special to the Tribune Administrators from the Martinez Unified School District attended a recent meeting of the Martinez Rotary Club. Their presentation was “Alhambra High School of Today and the Future.” Superintendent Rami Muth made several introductory comments and then turned the meeting over to Audrey Lee, …

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Rotary Report: A partnership that works

In Martinez, people know each other. We have strong personal networks that work. There are lots of benefits. An important one is keeping us safe. Our new police Chief Manjit Sappal considers trust and working together with the community as his most important jobs. His office door is open. Martinez …

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Rotary Report: The good ol’ days of player pianos

By PAUL CRAIG Special to the Tribune Jim and Edie Porter welcomed Rotary into their home for a Christmas celebration and a player-piano concert. Back in the “good old days,” folks didn’t have mp3s or DVDs. Among much else, they entertained themselves with mechanical instruments. Inventors were incredibly clever. In …

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