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Marines, community partner for toy drive


By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez residents have nine spots where they can drop off toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program that tries to assure that no child wakes up Christmas morning without a gift to unwrap, Sgt. Andrew J. Harris ...

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The spiritual practice of trusting in God

Rick Hocker

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

Reverend Jeffrey Frost. (COURTESY / On File)

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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Real ice rink to open in downtown

Scaffolding begins taking shape and other pieces lie in the parking lot of Marina Vista Avenue and Ferry Street last week, where the DC Solar Downtown Holiday Ice Rinks has been under construction. The rink will open Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. (DONNA BETH WEILENMAN / Martinez Tribune)

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Scaffolding has been covering much of the parking lot on Marina Vista Avenue and Ferry Street, and last Friday, Nov. 13, a large, boxy transformer installed the day before was powered up by Pacific Gas and Electric. All of this has ...

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City Manager Rob Braulik announces resignation

City Manager Rob Braulik, during a meeting of the Martinez City Council. (Martinez Tribune)

UPDATED NOV. 18, 2015, 12:47 P.M. By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Rob Braulik, who was hired Feb. 4 as the latest Martinez city manager, has resigned, Mayor Rob Schroder said Tuesday, Nov. 17, in a public statement. Braulik’s last day is Dec. 31. Schroder said Braulik ...

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Veteran recounts wartime memories

Chuck Kohler is third from the right in this photograph taken at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. (COURTESY / On File)

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune When Earl J. Kohler describes the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he recalls the sounds of planes, bombs and breaking glass as vividly as if the attack had happened hours, not decades ago. Kohler, who goes by Chuck, is a Concord resident now, but ...

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Dogs grab commanding win for seniors

Alhambra’s Sienna Ballot serves for the Bulldogs in their 3-1 win over the Las Lomas Knights at home on Nov. 5, 2015. Ballot is one of six seniors who played their final regular season home game in Martinez on Thursday night for Coach Willie Marchesano. (GERARDO RECINOS / Martinez Tribune)

By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune The final game of the season is always a chance for the team to honor the seniors, and allow them to enjoy their final game. In recent memory, the varsity Bulldog volleyball team’s final game of the regular season was a day to reflect. There ...

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