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Holiday in the parks, & more newts! Alhambra junior Carly Agostino scored a goal and assisted another in the Bulldogs’ 9-0 win over De Anza on Nov. 28, 2016.

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Beware Baby delivered early after Martinez poisonous mom involved in near-fatal collision By E. CLARK mushrooms Martinez Tribune in area parks A local family is in need of assistance after being involved in a near-fatal vehicle collision in Vallejo last week. The day before Thanksgiving, 31-year-old Amber Grimi, who was seven months pregnant at the time, was returning home after taking her husband to work around 6:30 a.m. She was driving near Mare Island Way and Kentucky Street in Vallejo when a motorist driving a 1996 Ford Explorer crossed a center median, rolled, and landed on top of Grimi’s 2000 Ford F-150.

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It may look tasty, but don’t be fooled. This mushroom – nicknamed “The Western Destroying Angel” – is one of the most toxic mushrooms in the world, and it’s growing right here in Martinez.

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Due to the recent rains, the East Bay Regional Park District is seeing a surge in poisonous mushrooms growing in our parks. They’re reminding visitors that it’s illegal to collect mushrooms – or any plants – found in our parks, and pet owners especially should keep their dogs away from mushrooms. The Bay Area is home to two of the world’s most toxic mushrooms – Amanita phalloides (the Death Cap) and Amanita ocreata (the Western Destroying Angel). Both are robust, handsome mushrooms that grow near oak trees, MUSHROOMS: Page 3

Both Grimi and the other driver, a 52-year-old Vallejo man, were hospitalized with significant injuries. Grimi suffered a broken femur, broken wrist, head injuries, and had to undergo an emergency cesarean section due to an umbilical cord prolapse that cut off blood and oxygen flow to her baby. The baby, a boy named Jameson, is now in stable condition and is expected to survive, but will be in the hospital approximately 10 weeks. Police are trying to determine whether drugs, alcohol, vehicle speed or other conditions were factors in the crash. Vallejo Police Lt. Michael COLLISION: Page 12

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What’s left of the Ford F-150 expecting mother Amber Grimi was driving when another motorist landed on top of it.

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Las Posadas set for Saturday MARTINEZ, Calif. – Join the National Park Service and the Spanish Choir of St. Catherine of Siena Church this Saturday for a bilingual program of music, history, and holiday traditions. The event will take place at the Martinez Adobe on the grounds of John Muir National Historic Site. Las Posadas is a holiday tradition throughout the Americas with origins in New Spain. In the 16th century Spanish missionaries noticed the indigenous people had a ceremony that fell during Christmastime. Las Posadas was developed to convert the native tradition to the Catholic faith. This program includes some religious elements for educational and cultural purposes and to share the story of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. People of all faiths are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Come discover how the faith and traditions introduced by the Spanish continue to shape our community. The Martinez Adobe is home to a bilingual exhibit about the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail which commemorates the Spanish colonial settlement of the Bay Area in 1776. This free event is on Saturday, Dec. 3, 1:30-4 p.m. LAS POSADAS: Page 3

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Martinez Tribune | Dec. 2-8, 2016 The Crime Blotter is compiled by Tribune staffer Danny Yoeono. For questions, email dyoeono@martineztribune.com.

Police Blotter By DANNY YOEONO Martinez Tribune The crime blotter is compiled from public record and is not confirmed by Martinez Police or any other party unless otherwise stated. Some accounts may be unfounded.

Wednesday, Nov. 23

At 12:22 a.m., a van ran into a home on Pacheco Boulevard. A possible baby python was sighted at the Lotus Apartment complex on Alhambra Avenue at 9:25 a.m. What kind of parent just leaves their baby to hang around like that? A single beer was stolen from the Marina Market on

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Escobar Street just before noon by a man in a 49ers jacket. He probably needed a drink after seeing how well the Raiders have been doing this season. A Brown Street resident reported electrical smells from within their home around 4 p.m. What does electricity smell like? Is that a synthesia thing? At 9:23 p.m., a man in a brown jacket was attempting to direct traffic at Alhambra Avenue and Escobar Street for an unknown reason. When vehicles wouldn’t obey his instructions, he got aggressive. He is my hero.

that needed to be removed due to behavior linked to drinking too much alcohol. The passenger was a woman said to be identifiable by the cream smeared all over her face.

Friday, Nov. 25 A Shasta Drive resident reported that his neighbor had thrown a log at his car, causing damage, and that currently the same neighbor was flooding his backyard with water. That is some old testament type neighbor dispute.

Sunday, Nov. 27 Thursday, Nov. 24 Around 1 p.m., an older woman in a pink shirt was throwing items around Safeway, causing a disturbance, all the while carrying a broom like a literal witch. This is the weirdest year on record. A train arriving in Martinez around 3 p.m. had a passenger

A woman in her 20s was ranting about evil spirits, numbers and things of the like on Morello Avenue at 1:07 p.m. Give that woman a podcast. A Wayne Street resident reported that their neighbor was running a tractor next door at 10:21 p.m.

Arrest Log Those appearing in the following listings have only been arrested on suspicion of the crimes indicated and are presumed innocent. Arrests listed may not necessarily have taken place in Martinez. n Robert Pacheco, 30, was arrested Nov. 27 for alleged possession of controlled substance. n Noelle Rusca, 51, was arrested Nov. 27 for allegedly being intoxicated in public. n Rallo Valintino, 28, was arrested Nov. 27 on DUI alcohol/ drugs charges. n Leandrenic Green, 26, was arrested Nov. 27 for alleged possession of burglar’s tools and conspiracy charges. n Jana White, 59, was arrested Nov. 26 on revocation of probation. n Kathleen Rollins, 53, was arrested Nov. 26 on DUI alcohol/drugs charges. n James Costanza Jr, 37, was arrested Nov. 25 for alleged use/under influence of controlled substance. n David Biasotti, 32, was arrested Nov. 24 for alleged possession of narcotic controlled substance, possession of control substance paraphernalia, under influence of controlled substance. n Ryan Pritchett, 24, was arrested Nov. 24 for allegedly receiving or concealing stolen property. n Kerry Lauth, 54, was arrested Nov. 24 for allegedly being intoxicated in public. n Kevin Farrell, 42, was arrested for alleged possession of controlled substance. n Brett Bortel, 22, was arrested Nov. 22 on warrants or holds only. n Andrew Lopez, 29, was arrested Nov. 21 for allegedly being intoxicated in public. n Robert Florez, 31, was arrested Nov. 20 for allegedly being intoxicated in public. u ARRESTS: Page 3

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and both contain lethal toxins. Amanita phalloides (the Death Cap) is a medium to large mushroom that typically has a greenish-gray cap, white gills, a white ring around the stem, and a large white sac at the base of the stem. It fruits early in the fall, usually right after the first rains. Though the Death Cap is mainly associated with oak trees, it has been found growing with other hardwoods. It was accidentally introduced to North America on the roots of European cork oaks, and is now slowly colonizing the West Coast. Amanita ocreata (the Western Destroying Angel) is a medium to large mushroom that usually has a creamy white cap, white gills, a white ring around the stem that disappears with age, and a thin white sac at the base. It fruits from late winter into spring, and is associated

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exclusively with oaks. Unlike the Death Cap, it is a native California mushroom. Both of these species contain ama-

toxins, a group of molecules that inhibit cellular metabolism in many animals. In mammals, the liver and kidneys are typi-

cally the first organs affected after ingestion. Symptoms don’t usually appear until up to 12 hours after consumption, begin-

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Reservations are not required. Please call the John Muir NHS visitor center at (925) 228-8860, extension 0 if you have questions. Visitors should meet at John Muir NHS. If it rains, the program will be a sing-along inside the John Muir National Historic Site Visitor Center.

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From left: A sprouting Amanita phalloides; the same type of mushroom in a later growth stage, and Aalerina marginata. All of these mushrooms are highly toxic – particularly Amanita phalloides, which is also known as “The Death Cap.” All these mushrooms are currently growing in the area and, if ingested, can be lethal to both humans and pets.

ning as severe gastrointestinal distress and progressing to liver and renal failure if treatment is not sought immediately. While these two species are responsible for most cases of mushroom poisonings in California, deadly amatoxins can be found in Galerina and Lepiota species as well, both of which occur in the Bay Area. Park visitors should remember that mushroom collecting is not allowed anywhere in the East Bay Regional Park District. If you are legally harvesting mushrooms elsewhere, learn these two species before any others and do not let them end up on your dinner table. Pet owners are encouraged to keep their animals under close watch during the winter months, and contact a veterinarian immediately if you suspect your pet has eaten a toxic mushroom.

Created in 1964, John Muir NHS preserves the home, landscapes, and gravesite of conservationist and national park advocate John Muir. Muir spent his entire life exploring, studying, and writing about his experiences in the American wilderness, most notably the Sierra Nevada

Mountains. His writing set the stage for a conservation movement that would spur the protection of nature nationwide and ultimately earn Muir the title “Father of the National Parks.” The John Muir NHS, lo-

cated at 4202 Alhambra Ave., Martinez, is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the site is always free of charge. For more information, please call (925) 2288860 or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/jomu.

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n Christopher Bizicki, 54, was arrested Nov. 20 for alleged possession of controlled substance. n Patricia Maloy, 49, was arrested Nov. 20 on possession of controlled substance charges. n Elimelec Luna, 29, was arrested Nov. 18 for allegedly driving with a suspended license. n Jacob Whatley, 26, was arrested Nov. 18 on charges of Grant Theft.

Weather, Astronomical & Tides Friday, Dec. 2

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62º / 38º Brilliant sunshine

60º / 40º Sunny

62º / 38º Some sun, then clouds

56º / 38º Mostly sunny

55º / 33º Morning rain, then shower

54º / 31º Mostly cloudy

57º / 42º Rain & drizzle possible

Sunrise / Sunset 7:07 a.m. / 4:49 p.m.

Sunrise / Sunset 7:08 a.m. / 4:49 p.m.

Sunrise / Sunset 7:09 a.m. / 4:49 p.m.

Sunrise / Sunset 7:10 a.m. / 4:49 p.m.

Sunrise / Sunset 7:11 a.m. / 4:49 p.m.

Sunrise / Sunset 7:12 a.m. / 4:49 p.m.

Sunrise / Sunset 7:12 a.m. / 4:49 p.m.

Moonrise / Moonset 9:32 a.m. / 7:51 p.m.

Moonrise / Moonset 10:16 a.m. / 8:46 p.m.

Moonrise / Moonset 10:58 a.m. / 9:44 p.m.

Moonrise / Moonset 11:36 a.m. / 10:45 p.m.

Moonrise / Moonset 12:13 p.m. / 11:47 p.m.

High Tides 4:13 a.m. (4.20 ft) 2:17 p.m. (5.41 ft)

High Tides 4.56 a.m. (4.17 ft) 3:01 p.m. (5.18 ft)

High Tides 5:39 a.m. (4.13 ft) 3:51 p.m. (4.89 ft)

High Tides 6:24 a.m. (4.17 ft) 4:48 p.m. (4.49 ft)

High Tides 7:10 a.m. (4.27 ft) 5:58 p.m. (4:13 ft)

High Tides 7:55 a.m. (4.46 ft) 7:23 p.m. (3.84 ft)

High Tides 8:38 a.m. (4.76 ft) 8:50 p.m. (3.81 ft)

Low Tides 8:52 a.m. (2.36 ft) 9:57 p.m. (-0.30 ft)

Low Tides 9:39 a.m. (2.30 ft) 10:31 p.m. (-0.30 ft)

Low Tides 10:31 a.m. (2.17 ft) 11:10 p.m. (-0.23 ft)

Low Tides 11:31 a.m. (2.03 ft) 11:56 p.m. (-0.13 ft)

Low Tides 12:40 p.m. (1.80 ft)

Low Tides 12:47 a.m. (.07 ft) 1:53 p.m. (1.44 ft)

Low Tides 1:42 a.m. (.30 ft) 3:04 p.m. (.95 ft)

Moonrise / Moonset Moonrise / Moonset 12:48 p.m. / 12:51 a.m. (FD) 1:24 p.m. / 1:58 a.m. (FD)

Temperatures from AccuWeather. Astronomical information by U.S. Naval Observatory Astronomical Applications Department. Water levels measured from Martinez-Amorco Pier. (FD is Following Day; PD is Preceding Day.)


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Datebook Ongoing Pleine Aire Exhibit When: Month of December (through Jan. 7, 2017) Where: Martinez Library, 740 Court St., Martinez. Details: Exhibit features local artists and local locations. Cost: Free DC Solar Downtown Holiday Ice When: Nov. 19-Jan. 8, open 7 days a week Where: Downtown Martinez (near intersection of Ferry and Marina Vista Avenue). Details: Skating school, private and corporate parties, birthday parties, non-profit fundraisers, themed skate nights and more. Info: http://mainstreetmartinez.org

Friday, Dec. 2 Holiday Boutique When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday (closed Mondays and Tuesdays), Dec. 2-18. Where: Old Train Depot, north end of Ferry Street by train tracks. Details: Annual holiday boutique to feature over 20 local artisans. Visitors will

find a wide range of unique art, crafts and other goodies that also make great gifts. Participating vendors are Martinez Arts Association members, and many return year after year, which creates a waiting list for a booth. All items at the boutique are hand-made and include everything from fine art to crafts to delicious short bread cookies. Cost: Free to peruse; cost of goods varies. Holiday Frolic: Candy Cane Lane When: 3-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 Where: Martinez Library, 740 Court St., Martinez. Details: Candy Cane Lane comes to life at the Martinez Library! Come frolic among the lollipops, and whip up some fun crafts to deck your halls. In partnership with Martinez Recreation. Cost: Free Info: http://ccclib.org Holiday Improv Fundraiser When: 7:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 Where: George & Sonja Vukasin Theatre, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. Details: Enjoy Holiday Improv and help the Trantham

family, a Martinez family with both parents having been stricken by brain hemorrhages while trying to raise their two schoolage boys (https://martineztribune.com/2016/08/12/ martinez-family-stays-positive-despite-unimaginable-tragedy/). Cost: $15 Info: https://lesherartscenter.showare.com “Christmas Pudding” Concert When: 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 Where: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 66 St. Stephen’s Drive, Orinda. Details: Diablo Choral Artists presents a concert of traditional English songs featuring works by Rutter, Tavener, Vaughan Williams, Byrd, Holst, and more. Music Director, Mark Tuning. Includes a Christmas carol sing-along. Cost: Adults $25, seniors 60-plus $18, students $5. Early discount (before Nov. 29), adults $22, seniors $15. Info: www.dcachorus.org

Saturday, Dec. 3 Cobra Experience – Trantham Family Fundraiser When: 7-11 p.m. Saturday,

Dec. 3 Where: Cobra Experience, 777 Arnold Drive, Suite 200, Martinez. Details: See unique exhibits, nosh on appetizers donated by Wilma Lott Catering, and leave a donation for the Trantham family (cash or checks only). The Trantham parents, raising school-age boys, were both struck with brain hemorrhages (https://martineztribune.com/2016/08/12/ martinez-family-stays-positive-despite-unimaginable-tragedy/). Info: www.cobraexperience.org Las Posadas When: 1:30-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 Where: John Muir National Historic Site, 4202 Alhambra Ave., Martinez. Details: Join the National Park Service and the Spanish Choir of St. Catherine of Siena Church for a bilingual program of music, history, and holiday traditions at the Martinez Adobe. Las Posadas is a holiday tradition throughout the Americas with origins in New Spain. Cost: Free Info: (925) 228-8860 or

www.nps.gov/jomu Contra Costa County Historical Society Annual Membership Meeting & Holiday Luncheon When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 Where: Diablo Country Club, 1700 Clubhouse Road, Diablo. Details: This year’s program, “Mount Diablo,” will feature guest speakers known for their extensive research and knowledge about the Mount Diablo region and its significance to our County. David Mackesey and Seth Adams will talk about the first families that were inspired by, and resided near, our County’s beautiful mountain. The creation of the State Park, the Diablo communities role in it, and today’s efforts of preservation will conclude the program. There will be a welcome reception and silent auction, the CCCHS Annual Review, and lunch and beverages will be served. Attendance and participation will help support the Society’s preservation work of the County’s archives and the history that lies within. Cost: $35 per person. RSVPs are requested by Nov. 23. Reserve early. Info: (925) 229-1042 or http://cocohistory.ecrater. com/p/23286301/annual-meeting-fee

Sunday, Dec. 4 Christmas Concert When: 3 p.m. Sunday,

Dec. 4 Where: Grace Episcopal Church, 130 Muir Station Road, Martinez. Details: Christmas Concert by the Diablo Regional Concert Band. Various Christmas tunes and your favorite sing-along songs will be performed. Cost: Free Community Holiday Fair When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 Where: Morello Park Elementary, 1200 Morello Park Drive, Martinez. Details: Local vendors, arts & crafts, custom gift baskets, household goods, cosmetics, fine costume jewelry to high quality clothing and more. Photos with Santa Claus and local heroes. Girl Scout bake sale. Gift wrapping services. Proceeds to help children dealing with loss participate in local grief camp. Info: www.hersmile.org

Tuesday, Dec. 6 St. Christopher’s Guild Holiday Luncheon & Bazaar When: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 Where: Grace Episcopal Church, 130 Muir Station Road, Martinez (just west of the Muir Station shopping center). Details: The Country Kitchen will be full of homemade goodies, the White Elephant table loaded with treasures, and then there’s a great luncheon as well! Doors open at 11 a.m. for browsing as St.

Magazines & soft-back books needed! Magazines and soft back books (no older than 6 months) are needed at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, 2500 Alhambra Ave., Martinez. The Auxiliary Volunteers deliver some 150 magazines each week to the 14 waiting rooms around the hospital and clinics. The magazines help make the long waits bearable. Bring magazines to the hospital lobby information desk or the Gift Shop. All personal labels are removed by the Auxiliary Volunteers before they are delivered. For more information please call the Gift Shop at (925) 370-5818, or email Rhonda. Smith@hsd.cccounty.us.


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Regional Park District to host holiday programs By NED MacKAY Special to the Tribune A couple of always-popular special programs mark the holiday season in the East Bay Regional Parks. One is Christmas at the Carousel, at the historic merry-go-round in Tilden Regional Park near Berkeley. Built in 1911 by the Herschell-Spillman Company, and located at Tilden since 1948, the carousel has beautifully painted hand-carved wooden animals. Besides the rides, the Christmas celebration features unique ornaments, hot chocolate and cookies for sale, Christmas trees, and occasional visits from Santa and his elves. Hours are from 4-8:30 p.m. weekdays, noon to 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from now through Dec. 23.

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The carousel is located on Tilden’s Central Park Drive, just down the hill from the intersection with Wildcat Canyon Road. For information, email tildencarousel@ gmail.com or call (510) 559-1004. The other special event is Christmas at the Patterson House at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont. The house is a beautifully restored Queen Anne mansion, decorated in Victorian splendor for the holiday. Festivities include live music, refreshments, more than 20 Christmas trees, and Victorian-style holiday ornaments. Tours are scheduled on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10, 11, 17 and 18. Tours are included with Ardenwood admission and tickets are available at the door. Also there’s a Holiday Open House from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Dec. 9. For the open house, tickets are $8 at the door;

ages 12 and under get in for free. Ardenwood is on Ardenwood Boulevard just north of Highway 84 in Fremont. For information about Christmas at the Patterson House, call (510) 791-4196 or email azambrano@fremont.gov. *** Back at Tilden Nature Area, there’s a butter-making program from 2-3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Little Farm classroom. Interpretive student aides Sharona Kleinman and Nic Hoffman will show how to make butter by churning heavy whipping cream. Join in, have a snack, teach your friends and take some butter home. The Little Farm is at the north end of Central Park Drive. For information, call u PARK IT: Page 12

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Christopher’s Guild presents its 45th holiday luncheon and bazaar. Cost: Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door or by reserving by phone: (925) 682-0660. Mother Goose Time When: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 Where: Martinez Library, 740 Court St., Martinez. Details: A lighthearted early literacy story time for the youngest crowd! Reading is accompanied with singing and play. Stories are followed by a simple craft for older children and Stay & Play for the younger set. Best for ages 6 months to 3 years old. Cost: Free Info: http://ccclib.org LaDiDa When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 Where: Martinez Library, 740 Court St., Martinez. Details: Back by popular demand! Celebrate summertime with a vocal performance by LaDiDa, Bay Area locals specializing in close harmony and the smooth sounds of jazz, standards and classics of the 20th Century. Contra Costa County’s own a Capella group, LaDiDa, will perform at the Martinez Library. Cost: Free Info: http://ccclib.org

TAG: Teen Advisory Group When: 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 Where: Martinez Library, 740 Court St., Martinez. Details: Be part of the TAG forming at the Martinez Library. Be involved in planning programing for the branch, volunteer hours, job related skills, snacks and more. Cost: Free Info: http://ccclib.org

Wednesday, Dec. 7 Drop in Wednesdays When: 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7 Where: Martinez Library, 740 Court St., Martinez. Details: Drop in at the Martinez Library on Wednesdays for activities, events and snacks for tweens and teens. Check it out! This Wednesday? Buttons. Cost: Free Info: http://ccclib.org Pearl Harbor Remembrance Dinner When: 6 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. dinner, Wednesday, Dec. 7 Where: Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Details: Guest Speaker will be Rear Admiral Winston Copeland, USN (ret.), on the topic, “The Day of Infamy.” Dinner choice of

prime rib, salmon or chicken toscana. RSVP by Dec. 2. Cost: $45 per person Info: Jeanne Sharkey, (925) 228-1375.

Saturday, Dec. 10 Santa Beer Crawl When: 2:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 Where: Downtown Martinez Details: Get those ugly sweaters ready because it’s time for the Downtown Martinez Santa Beer Crawl. Sample delicious craft beer in 20-plus locations. Tickets are available now! Cost: $25 earlybird tickets until Dec. 2. $30 pre-event tickets until Dec. 9. $35 at the door if not sold out. Info: http://mainstreetmartinez.org POP! Goes the Season When: 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 Where: Hillside Covenant Church, 2060 Magnolia Way, Walnut Creek Details: Get in the holiday spirit with a mashup of old and new holiday songs and pop favorites. Directed by Steve Mullins, with accompanist Carolyn Wolf, the spirited Diablo Women’s Chorale, and a live band. This concert will delight the whole family! Info: Advance tickets available, 1-800-838-3006 or

www.DiabloWomensChorale.org.

Tuesday, Dec. 13 Special Origami Holiday Gift Wrap When: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 Where: Martinez Library, 740 Court St., Martinez. Details: Have a special gift to give this year? Why not present it in a one-of-akind origami paper cover? Join the origami master, Charles Esseltine, to walk you through the step by step process for original wrapping. All wrapping materials provided; you will need to bring a gift to wrap. Cost: Free Info: http://ccclib.org

Saturday, Dec. 17 Needle Arts with Marilyn When: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 Where: Martinez Library, 740 Court St., Martinez. Details: Get hands-on instruction from Marilyn, dedicated and talented volunteer, who works with adults and teens of all skill levels. Work on current projects or be inspired to learn a new hobby. All instruction is free and no registration is required. Please bring your own materials. Cost: Free Info: http://ccclib.org


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Alhambra sophomore Wyatt Hammer had a team-high 10 points in the Bulldogs’ 56-48 loss to South San Francisco on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)

Alhambra’s D’Atri places 11th at State Meet By JOEL TIMBRELL Martinez Tribune Alhambra high school junior Marissa D’Atri and Coach Angela Paradise made the three-hour trip to Fresno this past Friday, Nov. 25, for the 2016 California State Cross Country Championships just a few miles away at Woodward Park. For California runners, the most prestigious meet of the year is State. Since the introduction of the first State meet in 1987, only five individual Alhambra girls and two teams (2001 and 2002) have made the cut. It is notoriously difficult to qualify as an individual from the North Coast Section. Woodward Park features a hilly 5-kilometer course that starts from the center of the park. Runners go a half mile out towards the freeway before making a 180 degree turn to continue to the opposite side of the park. After climbing “Killer Hill” about 1.5 miles in, the runners return on the same path from which they started and end at the finish line right next to the start. The Division IV boys kicked off the day at 8:30 a.m., and the Division V boys were next shortly after at 9 a.m. When the clock hit 9:30 a.m. it was finally time for D’Atri to race in the Division IV girls section. Using her experience from 2015, D’Atri bolted to the front of the race along with a group of twelve other opponents, which included Miramonte sophomore and rival Cassidy Haskell. As they neared the first mile, Claudia Lane from Malibu High School of the Southern Section had opened up a huge lead on the field to pass mile one in a breathtaking 5:07, but the rest of the pack was still tight. Haskell led the chase group, passing through the mile in 5:28, while D’Atri followed closely just ten places back to split a 5:35 first mile.

Such a fast first mile took its toll on the vast majority of the runners, and the pace slowed down considerably. The group reached “Killer Hill” and made the steep ascent. Many runners struggled to keep up. D’Atri took advantage of this and moved up a few places to hit the 2-mile mark in seventh place at 12 minutes, 30 seconds. At this point Haskell was 22 seconds ahead in 12:08. With 1.1 miles to go D’Atri slowly but surely made up ground on Haskell through the lesser “Roller Coaster Hills”, while battling with runners from Notre Dame and Bret Harte for a coveted top-10 spot and medal. Rounding the corner, it was within reach. D’Atri sprinted to the finish with Marymount’s Lindsey McAllister. The two battled the last hundred yards to the finish line, but it was D’Atri who would narrowly edge out McAllister for 11th place in 18 minutes, 35 seconds. While just short of making the podium, the time cemented her as one of the North Coast Section’s finest runners and a serious contender. D’Atri was the 2nd-fastest runner out of every NCS runner in the Division IV race, only surpassed by Haskell, who took eighth in 18:22. In addition to this, she was 14th out of all NCS runners across Divisions I through IV, and posted the 105th fastest time with a total of 985 girls who raced during the day. Lane won easily with the fastest time of the day for the girls across all divisions in a blazing time of 16:45, the third-fastest time ever at the CIF State Meet. Mari Friedman of Santa Cruz High School took second in 17:41.9. Foothill Tech High School won the team title with a score of 88 points. Only two Bulldogs have ever made the State podium. Alhambra distance running legends Amy Loper-Riley (3rd place, 18:57) and Jes-

One-man team South SF takes down Bulldogs on opening night By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune

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Alhambra junior runner Marissa D’Atri finished in 11th place in the State CIF Division IV race in a time of 18 minutes and 35 seconds.

sica Neu (10th place, 19:21) both medaled in the 1998 CIF State Championships. 3200 meter school record holder Eric Roberts nearly medaled as well in the 2001 State Championships, but finished just three seconds short at 16:24 and 11th place. Current St. Mary’s College distance runner and former Bulldog Allie Timbrell was also just a few spots away from the podium in 2014, where she crossed the line in 14th place at 18:30. Upon completion of a fantastic 2016 cross country season, D’Atri and her Bulldog teammates look ahead to the 2017 track season for their next athletic achievements. For pictures and results, please visit www.alhambratrack.org.

Opening night at Alhambra was spoiled by the one-man wrecking crew named Amir Boddie. The senior captain of the South San Francisco Warriors dropped a 37-point effort on the Bulldogs, making the Bulldogs’ new coaches first night at the helm less than perfect. Alhambra’s 56-48 loss in Chris Petiti’s first game saw the Bulldogs hang with the Warriors for 40 minutes in spite of Boddie’s hot-hand. But at no point did they make a run that would allow them to take a lead in the game. In the first quarter the Bulldogs went down by as many as eight points. But a 6-0 run at the very end of the opening period cut the lead down the two due to some pesky defense. Steals from Tyler Clemons and Luke Brown turned into points on the other end. However they did struggle keeping Boddie off the free-throw line. The senior shot 10 free throws in the first quarter alone. Cold shooting plagued them u DOGS: Page 7


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Lady Dogs romp De Anza in shutout victory By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune A mass substitution of 11 players doesn’t usually happen unless something has gone terribly wrong. Or in the case of Alhambra, terribly right. For the second year in a row the Alhambra girls soccer team has put up a nine-goal outburst against De Anza. This year however the also managed to cling to the clean sheet in their 9-0 home opener win. With only two games played this season, the Bulldog girls have already scored 15 goals, and it could easily have been more. In the first 20 minutes De Anza hardly had a sniff of possession. If they did the back line of Alhambra lead by senior captain Sarah Emigh would win the ball back and turn a brief defensive spell back into possession. Play ran almost exclusively through the right side of the field early on. Junior Marisa D’Atri, fresh from a State Meet appearance in cross country, caused havoc. She opened scoring on a mistake by the De Anza keeper, but her highlight of the night was the

pass she played into the box only two minutes later. D’Atri swung a brilliant cross to the back post that was turned in by a bullet header by senior Lindsey Alford at the back post. Despite the opponent’s best efforts, the Bulldogs scored three more times before Ed Marinelli called off the Dogs. Julia Perez slipped in Carly Agostino for the third, before the junior midfielder returned the favor two minutes later. Perez also had a hand in the fifth goal, playing a key pass to Alford on the left-hand flank before some nifty passing lead to a smart strike by Emigh. The Chico State commits willingness to get forward truly highlighted her ability in the middle of the park despite playing in defense. The Bulldogs scored once more before the half with a team full of substitutes trying to make their mark in a roster that currently sits at 23 girls. That same team came out and controlled the second half, but did absorb some pressure from the Dons. Junior goalkeeper Becca Longeran was forced into a kick save in the 53rd minute, the

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Alhambra senior and captain Lindsey Alford glides past her defender in the Bulldogs’ 9-0 win over the De Anza Dons on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. Alford had a goal and an assist in the first half of the victory.

only shot on target of the evening by De Anza. Sophomore Jadyn London was credit with a goal after the half-chance from the Bulldogs, although the shot was turned in by a De Anza defender.

As soon as the starters returned to the pitch, the Bulldogs scored two more times to tie last seasons scoring record. Jaycee Armosino’s smooth left-footed finish across goal put the finishing touches on an

already perfect performance. Alhambra’s girls will go on the road twice next week to Alameda and Northgate before hosting Novato at home on Dec. 5 in their next home game.

Swett hangs on in tight contest against Bulldogs By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune Some nights everything you touch turns to gold, and some nights you can’t buy a basket. In their 58-53 loss to John Swett, Alhambra’s girls couldn’t buy a basket. The Lady Bulldog basketball took their first loss of the season against John Swett on Wednesday evening in a battle of unbeaten teams. Both the Warriors and the Bulldogs were short an injured player, and it showed for both teams. For three quarters the two teams battled through a defensive contest brought on more by their turnovers on offense, but nevertheless a low-scoring affair. Then in the fourth quarter the two teams tired, and scoring came in bunches. For much of the contest Alhambra hung with the Swett Warriors, but could not piece together a run at the right time. It wasn’t for lack of effort though. The Bulldogs came within a single possession of the lead six different times in the second half. Senior Saelym Schmidt led the way for the Bulldogs with 24 points on the night, with a 14-point effort from freshman Kaylee Pond, and a 10-point night from diminutive sophomore Bri Waters. But again the Bulldogs couldn’t get ahead. In the paint especially the Warriors had their way, really highlighting how much the Bulldogs miss center Karissa Wiebalk, who has been out of action since February when she tore her ACL in a game at Dougherty Valley. Schmidt and the 5-foot-8 freshman Pond filled in well to make up for the senior Wiebalk.

Boddie drops 37 points in Dogs’ 56-48 loss to South SF Warriors

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Alhambra freshman Kaylee Pond had 14 points in the Bulldogs’ 58-53 loss to the John Swett-Crockett Warriors on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. The loss was the Bulldogs’ first of the season.

Entering the fourth quarter there was still a shot for the Bulldogs despite a cold shooting night. But what started bad got worse. Alhambra went nearly four minutes without converting a field goal. But the Warriors couldn’t full make them pay just yet. Again the Bulldogs pulled it within a single possession when Abby Brown’s slick pass found the

running Schmidt in motion. But Swett’s freshman guard Veronica McGee scored five important points, including a crucial and one to build the lead to 10, the largest margin of the night. Swett knocked down their free throws when it mattered, converting seven of 10 shots from the charity stripe with less than two minutes to go to, and dooming Alhambra to its first loss this season.

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throughout the rest of the second half, but a big three-pointer in the closing minutes of the half by junior Vincent Bruno to build a bit of momentum. With senior Thomas McDonald coming into the game in the second half, the Bulldogs had a bit more punch in attack, and his nine points in the second half bolstered the efforts of sophomore Wyatt Hammer, who lead the team with 10 points on the night. Defensively both teams rebounded with some strength but it looked like the two teams had yet to find a rhythm. That’s understandable, early in the season team’s have their athletes who compete in other sports come in after training on a different team. McDonald nailed a couple of free throws in the first minute of the fourth quarter to cut the lead down to four points, but could not do any better than that. Sloppy play from both teams ramped up the pace of the game, with both teams missing open layups and playing poor passes. Despite being in the bonus due to foul trouble by the Warriors, the Bulldogs shot only 10 free throws in 7:37. Of those ten they only converted half. The loss is the third time in the last four years that the Bulldogs have opened their season in defeat. The last win came in 2014-2015 when the Bulldogs broke their playoff drought. Petiti will however work with a new slate in the Diablo Athletic League. The new league will allow the Bulldogs to avoid match ups with Miramonte, Campolindo and Acalanes, each of whom have participated in the North Coast Section Division III playoff semi-finals. Alhambra goes on the road to Kennedy-Richmond on Dec. 1, the first of a fivegame road trip that includes a trip to Vacaville four a tournament. They’ll take on Kennedy on Thursday, after Tribune deadline.


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Crossword ACROSS 1 Meg, to Jo 4 Lighter 8 Fashion first name 12 Cathedral feature 14 “Fr re Jacques,” e.g. 15 Heartfelt class? 16 Dismiss, in a way 17 Adopted 18 Daughter of Oceanus 19 Monopoly acquisition 20 Installments 22 Run using water, as a plant 24 Unsettled items 25 Gets absorbed 26 Lightweight boxer? 27 Redcap’s workplace: Abbr. 28 “__ Down In Darkness”: Styron novel 29 Little projectiles 32 Hardly keeps cool 34 Rock __ 35 Greeting words 37 Like some pasta 38 Full of vitality 39 Filing aid 40 Call before a head-to-head contest 43 Reacted to a sock 44 Fruit sometimes fried 45 City on the Rhone 46 Like some fancy stationery 47 Forest coat 48 “Walkabout” director Nicolas 49 Many boomers: Abbr. DOWN 1 Plastic surgeon’s concern 2 “Roger that” 3 Reduced to ashes 4 Drive in the bedroom? 5 Words with throw or have 6 One of an elite eatery trio 7 Spots for private shoppers?: Abbr.

8 Gave 9 “Almost ready!” 10 Covers 11 More than not sure about 13 Quails 14 Nutritionist’s unit 16 Lincoln Center locale 18 Subject of a 1996 holiday craze 21 Sword’s superior? 22 Not square 23 Venerable 27 Forms a new state 29 Aquatic plant that reduces erosion 30 More rare, in a way 31 __ Redman, Gary Sinise’s role in Stephen King’s “The Stand” 32 Like expressions? 33 Fuel __: reactor component 34 Rabbit predators 35 They have plots 36 Traditional beverage

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PARK IT: Continued from Page 5

(510) 544-2233. By the way, I put out some wrong information in a previous column about the dog regulations on Tilden’s South Park Drive, which is closed to vehicle traffic during the rainy season to protect newts crossing the road. Pedestrian and bicycle traffic is allowed, but I said that dogs have to be on leash. Not so. Your canine friends can be off-leash, though they must be under the owner’s control, which means Fido will return to you if called. Try to keep the dogs away from the newts; the newts have a toxic substance on their skin. Also please pick up your dog’s waste, and dispose of it in a trashcan. *** Amazing amphibians – frogs and salamanders – will be the stars of Family Nature Fun Hour from 2-3 p.m. on

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Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3-4, at Crab Cove Visitor Center in Alameda. After that it’s fish feeding time from 3-3:30 p.m. at the center’s aquarium. Crab Cove also plans two chocolate seminars: one from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and the other from 4-5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17. It’s a chance to learn about chocolate’s history, find out how it’s made, and sample some fine local varieties. Registration is required, and there’s a fee of $15 per person ($17 for non-district residents). For information and registration, call 888327-2757. Select option 2: refer to program 15224 for Dec. 3, 15227 for Dec. 17. Crab Cove is at the end of McKay Avenue off Central Avenue in Alameda. For information, call (510) 544-3187.

For a bit of post-Thanksgiving exercise, there are a couple of good choices. The Wednesday Walkers, an informal hiking group welcome to all, will explore Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve in the Oakland hills on a moderate, 3¾-mile hike from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 7. Along the way you’ll see a hidden pond, volcanic rocks, and a mysterious old car. Meet at the Old Tunnel Road staging area. It’s off Highway 24 on the east side of the Caldecott Tunnel. For information, call (510) 544-3282. Or you can take a 3½-mile Sunday Stroll from 10 a.m. to noon on Dec. 4 at Leona Canyon in Oakland. The stroll includes one strenuous climb. Meet at the trailhead on Canyon Oaks Drive off Keller Avenue. For information, call (510) 544-3187.

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the same page. To view and purchase, visit www.amazon.com/Black-Butte-Buckhorn-Sacramento-Valley-ebook/dp/B01NAAHSPO/ ref=zg_bsnr_17281_3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=5YS8YEEV7TD42022BABN

With its clear water, tall trees and lots of fish, Contra Loma Regional Park in Antioch is a bird paradise. Join naturalist Kevin Dixon for a bird-watching stroll there from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. Meet in the main parking lot at the end of Frederickson Lane. For information, call 888-3272757, ext. 2750.

BOOK: Continued from Page 1

The journey inward and outward is framed in poems, poetic essays, and 80 percent photographs. Martinez is one of the entries. The book is available by e-book only and downloadable on any device using apps offered by Amazon on

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Nichelini told Kron4 News that gross negligence is not suspected in the crash, but that the driver of the Ford Explorer “appears to be at fault.” That driver was also uninsured, according to a social media post by Grimi’s family. Now, the Grimi’s are in need of well wishes and financial assistance too, as they recover from the accident. “If there was ever a family that needed help, this is it,” Martinez resident and Grimi family member David Nebout wrote on the Nextdoor website. “Amber grew up in Martinez and her sons attend John Muir Elementary. We, her family, are long time residents. Please keep Amber and her family in your thoughts and prayers.” A GoFundMe account has been set up for Amber and

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Baby Jameson in the Natal Intensive Care Unit after being delivered via emergency cesarean section Nov. 23, 2016. Jameson arrived a couple months early after he and his mother were involved in a vehicle collission that resulted in an umbilical cord prolapse, cutting off blood and oxygen flow to the infant.

Jameson, with a $55,000 goal to help the young family gain access to another vehicle, and help curb growing healthcare bills. About $4,285 had been

raised as of Tribune deadline, and every donation counts. To donate, visit www.gofundme.com and search “Help Amber and Jameson.”


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