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Martinez Citizen of the Year Awards Dinner
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On Saturday, April 26, we will be honoring citizens from the community for their contributions to the betterment of Martinez. The event will take place at the Martinez Event Center, 524 Main Street...

Lion's Club Egg Hunt in Martinez
LION’S CLUB EASTER EGG HUNT is this Saturday, April 19 at 10:00am at the Waterfront Park Grass Area. Event is for  ages 2 - 9 yars old. Enjoy face painting and bring your own camera to take picture...
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Egg Hunt and Boutique in Pleasant Hill
The "Egg"-Citing Egg Hunt in Pleasant Hill is on Saturday, April 19th at Pleasant Hill Park! Start times vary by age group! Sign up early for this spring-time tradition in beautiful Pleasant Hill P...
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PHBA'sParent Appreciation Luau!
The Pleasant Hill Baseball's Parent Appreciation Luau is Saturday, May 3 at the Pleasant Hill Community Center. Doors open at 6:00pm and dinner is at 7:30pm. This is a fun filled evening with dinne...
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KTVU has learned that BART will be cited by Cal/OSHA for three willful and serious violations in the deaths of two BART workers on tracks in Walnut Creek last October.

The two Bay Area Rapid Transit workers -- 58-year-old Christopher Sheppard and 66-year-old Laurence Daniels -- were killed in the October 19 track accident while inspecting a dip in the tracks between the Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill BART stations.

The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff-Coroner said the two men both died from multiple blunt force injuries in the accident.

At the time of their deaths, BART was using a controversial safety procedure known as "simple approval," in which track employees were responsible for their own safety and required workers to clear the track in 15 seconds if a train approached.

BART has since eliminated the practice.

Following that revelation, in December the NTSB urged "redundant" safety measures for rail workers, such as implementing a safety monitoring system known as positive train control, secondary warning devices or the use of a shunt that workers attach to rails to send a stop signal to approaching trains, according to a statement from the safety board.

The NTSB also urged Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff to require transit agencies to review safety procedures and eliminate practices that rely solely on the track worker to protect themselves from an oncoming train.

"Having redundant protection measures in place for track workers is not only a best practice but common sense," NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman said. "A positive safety culture is not a solo act -- everyone needs to look out for each other."

2014-04-17 10:49:02 -0700

Batkid took over San Franciso, now Iron Max is protecting Colorado.

Max Vertin has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which causes progressively worse muscular degneration. 

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His dream with Make-A-Wish Foundation was to fly like his favorite superhero, Iron Man. 

Huffington Post reported Max turned into his alter ego Iron Max as he put on the costume and flew, or rather floated, in an indoor skydiving facility in Colorado.  He floated in 100 mph winds.

Vertin's brothers also have the condition.  The Muscular Dystrophy Association said until recently, the condition was fatal by the teenaged years in most cases.  Health advances now push survival into the 30s, while some patients have lived into their 40s and 50s. 

According to the New York Daily News, doctors said Max will be in a wheelchair by the time he turns 9.  He is 8 years old and has been measured for his first wheelchair. 

2014-04-17 10:05:29 -0700

Police in San Jose are investigating the death of a nine-month-old baby boy whose father apparently forgot the infant in his car seat and found him unconscious in his parked car Wednesday evening, according to authorities.

At approximately 7:14 p.m., the San Jose Police Department received a report of an unresponsive infant in a vehicle in the 3700 block of Payne Avenue. Upon arrival officers located the infant who was pronounced deceased a short time later.

Police determined the father and the infant arrived at his workplace earlier in the day. He was supposed to drop off the infant at the babysitter's house before he went to work, but forgot.

He parked his vehicle on the street with the infant strapped in his car seat and went to his workplace. The father found the baby unconscious in the vehicle after finishing his work day.

The San Jose Police Department Homicide Unit responded to the scene to conduct the investigation.  No arrests have been made pending review by Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

2014-04-17 10:03:05 -0700

A late surge of sign-ups pushed California's health insurance exchange about 1 million enrollees beyond the original projections of the Obama administration, the agency that runs the marketplace announced Thursday.

Nearly 1.4 million Californians selected a policy through the state's online marketplace through Tuesday's end of open enrollment.

Still unknown is how many of those who signed up for insurance plans have paid their first month's premium, which will allow them to begin receiving health coverage, and whether the mix of enrollees will be sufficient to satisfy insurance companies that are participating in the exchange.

Insurers said they needed strong sign-ups from younger and healthier people to balance out the older and sicker consumers who sign up for coverage under the expanded benefits of the federal Affordable Care Act. Older people generally need more health care services and are more costly to insure.

"We are proud of what California has achieved, but recognize this is only the beginning of a long road of expanding affordable coverage to all Californians," Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee said in a statement.

The agency released the numbers during a news conference in Sacramento.

Covered California extended open enrollment for two weeks beyond the original March 31 deadline because its computer system and call centers could not handle the crush of people rushing to sign up for health coverage at the last minute.

During that two-week extension, more than 205,000 Californians signed up for coverage.

An additional 1.9 million gained coverage through Medi-Cal, California's version of Medicaid. The state opted to accept the expansion of the low-income health insurance program that was offered under the federal health reform law.

2014-04-17 10:00:51 -0700

A remodeling project that turned into a rediscovery — an Indiana couple found love letters dating back to World War I tucked away in their attic.

"While renovating their house in Jasper, the couple found the letters in their attic insulation. The letters were written by a soldier preparing to fight in World War I." (Via WISH)

The contractor Phil Mathies, hired to begin work upstairs, had pulled the letters out of the couple's attic while he rewired the room. WFIE reports the letters peeked Phil, his wife, and his sister's interest and, of course, they started reading them.

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​"​Clement Berger he had a sweetheart, Mary Borho, and he was writing her letters ... how he felt about her and he wanted to be with her." 

Phil and his sister Barbara decided they had to find Clements' relatives. Since he was from Jasper, there was a small chance some of his family could still be living there.

The couple published some of the letters in their local paper. One read, "... you are closer than ever to me, for every day, I long for you more and more. Well darling it’s no use to write you of this for this is what I want and it’s you and you only and that thought will remain with me till the last." (Via The Herald)

And that small chance soon became a reality. Sisters Mary McCune and Nancy Teder are the soldier's nieces. They still live in Jasper and were extremely surprised to see the letters published in the paper.

"It was just an amazing find ... Those letters really convey what he lived in his life and how he felt about our aunt Mary." (Via WFIE)

No one knows how the letters wound up in the attic in the first place. McCune and Teder plan on passing them down to their grandchildren.

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