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Brainwashed_In_Church May 29, 2014 at 06:08 pm
Computers and virtual machines can write poetry (and play chess) better than humans can anyway.Read More Poets are obsolete.
Jim B. May 29, 2014 at 06:10 pm
Andy, you are a troll and an ahole.
SA May 30, 2014 at 12:20 pm
Power to the People! @ Jim you should get a handle on your anger issues.
Grilli was a bookstore owner in Martinez.
Cheryll September 5, 2013 at 06:47 am
What a saddness for Martinez. Sheila will be long remembered for all her love of Martinez and theRead More people she came in contact to. She is one of the "greats" in this town.
Laura Dudnick September 5, 2013 at 07:50 am
What a sweet comment, Cheryll. That's what I heard from someone else about her too -- she was aRead More well-known and much-loved person in Martinez.
Marlene Lerner-Bigley September 5, 2013 at 11:29 am
I am very saddened to hear this news. Sheila was simply a great person. She lived across the streetRead More from her very active mother, Dolly Boyer, for many years. Dolly lived well into her nineties. The two of them were quite a team! My sincere thoughts are with her family.
DONALD E. BARKLEY March 31, 2013 at 10:04 am
May God be With Tish and ALL her Family and those that Loved her! I Know her brother Robert the bestRead More Please pass on my Sincerest Thoughts and prayers! the Loss of this always Lovely and Kind Lady Diminishes us ALL! Tish Thank You for always a little " Friendly kiss on the cheek and kind words"! Oh and that Wondrous smile and Laugh!! God Bless and Rest Well
Patrick J. McNamara March 18, 2013 at 01:58 pm
He was also an archaeologist as I remember, having played at the family house on Grandview Avenue asRead More a little kid. Condolences to Pat, as well as Kathy, Don, Judy, Bev, Mary Jane and Heidi.
Patricia Perryman March 18, 2013 at 11:43 pm
Aw, thanks Pat! Loved our dear old wonderful neighborhood.
Heidi Perryman March 19, 2013 at 10:56 am
Thanks Anne.
Bill Wainwright February 26, 2013 at 11:23 pm
It was a shock to learn of "Miss Harris's" passing. She stood out at Alhambra in her earlyRead More teaching years for her vivacity, friendliness, warm, open smile, gentle warmth, willingness to help, and smiling sense of humor. In our eyes she was a thoroughly good person and also a damn good typing teacher. Those early morning sessions brought benefit to many. We are fortunate to have had her in our lives. It is sad to learn she is gone. Sincere condolences to her family.
Doreen Bagno February 27, 2013 at 12:37 am
I will always remember Mrs Harris as a Very Kind and Caring Teacher who really loved Her students.Read More She had a Great way to always make Us laugh all while Teaching With Heart Felt Sympathy Doreen Huie-Bagno
Cheryll May 21, 2012 at 10:26 am
I am so sorry to hear about Gail's recent passing. She was very responsive to issues related toRead More Mt.View (an area of unicorporated Martinez) and public health & safety and quality of life here. I was privlaged to serve as her delegate on the Economic Opportunity Council for 9 years. I wish I could have had a chance to say good bye. My prayers and well wishes go out to her family and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to know her.
Kathi McLaughlin May 21, 2012 at 07:14 pm
Gayle was a wonderful person, a dedicated public servant, and a great friend to Martinez Unified,Read More especially to Las Juntas Elementary. She appointed me to several terms on the Contra Costa Mental Health Commission and was always interested in helping and representing those with mental health issues and their families. As someone said to me today, "She was a classy lady". I couldn't agree more. We will miss her.
Dick Duncan May 22, 2012 at 02:16 pm
Gayle will be missed as a great lady and a dedicated public servant. She was the epitome of what anRead More elected official should be in representing her constituency. Always willing to listen, giving unselfishly of her time and talent and demonstrating an uncanny ability to find answers. A very classy lady of the utmost integrity who will be sorely missed by all with whom she came in contact.
Walter Orion May 1, 2012 at 01:19 am
Ron was my supervisor last winter/spring when I worked at Richmond TBS. He was the mentor I hadRead More hoped to find but never did while studying at JFK years before. I was ready to give up on pursuing my counseling license until I was re-inspired by Doctor Ron. He profoundly affected my entire outlook on healing and mental health with his generously hopeful and optimistic perspective of the human condition. I will always cherish the time I spent with him listening, discussing, laughing and learning and be forever be in his debt. Thank You Doc Walter Orion MFTi
Cathy Bennett May 1, 2012 at 08:10 pm
I have known Ron Levinson for about 30 years. He was the Dean of Psychology at JFKU when I wasRead More there in the 1980's. Our paths intertwined & crossed time & again over the decades. Ron has been a piller and an inspriation to thousands in his long and fruitful career. His presence filled a room, with smiling eyes, & compassionate intelligence. My heart goes out to his family, and friends~ as the loss of someone so impactful, and so dearly beloved is profound. Rest in peace, Ron. You will be remembered and missed by us all.... And thank you, for the many ways you touched my Life. Cathy Bennett, MFT
Ken Bradford May 6, 2012 at 08:11 pm
I had the good fortune to have Ron as my supervisor both at the Phoenix Programs, in Concord, whereRead More we both worked throughout the 1980's, and then as his Psychological Assistant in private practice. I benefitted from Ron's steadfast support and encouragement of me finding my own voice and style of practicing therapy. His passion for assisting others find their own, heartfelt way and do their own thing was simply unparalleled in my experience. That is no exaggeration. And not just in word, but in action. One of the big reasons the JFK School of Professional Psychology was so successful under his leadership - it financially carried the University during the 1980's & '90's - was that he gave creative folks the opportunity to try out the innovative programs that where their passion. Pulled by "Grad Psych", the University prospered. At times, I guess he had a temper and could be cantankerous. I say "I guess" because over the decade we worked closely together, meeting once or twice weekly in both individual and group settings, he was only facilitative, kind, and thoroughly fits what we call "a true mensch". So, I was surprised when JFK staff would occasionally speak of him with fear and a sense of intimidation. For those of us who knew him in the community mental health setting of the Phoenix Programs, he was consistently sweet, wise, and supportive "Ron", who many of us turned to for support and guidance. I mark his passing with sadness, gratitude and love. Ken Bradford, PhD
Harriett Burt January 3, 2012 at 02:37 pm
I am very sorry to hear about Jim. I realize now I hadn't seen him and his 3 pals around town forRead More awhile but had no idea he was ill. He was a very positive person -- always had nice things to say about others and about the town he had adopted.
Angel Vetrano January 3, 2012 at 04:02 pm
blessings of love, and light... to help his loved ones with their grief now... just know he willRead More still be around... just not in a physical form, but that his energy will be resonated in each one of whom he has touched in some way... what a brilliant man that has survived so much, he just needs his rest now... but whenever you hear a story, or hear laughter... know that he is here....please understand he had to go he stayed way longer than anticipated, but that he had a ball..remember his words .... (“Be kinder than necessary. Everyone is fighting some kind of battle..) Many Blessings ( miss angel)
Carol Rose Bender January 3, 2012 at 11:41 pm
Jim was a " regular" in the candy store. Marty and I always made sure we were stocked upRead More on peanut brittle and orange slices ( his favorites that he would come by for on Saturdays after the dogs had their grooming appointments) We both thoroughly enjoyed our conversations, and Jim's quick wit. We were very sad to find out he was ill, and now to hear of his passing...We will miss those Saturday visits very much. Sending our love and sincere condolence to all of his family and community of friends. Carol Rose and Marty Bender (Main Street Sweets)
Douglas Stewart June 26, 2011 at 04:29 pm
My Prayers go out to his Family and his Fellow Officers God Bless you all
Anne Mobley June 26, 2011 at 04:51 pm
How sad for the family of this young man and how sad for our Police Department in losing one of itsRead More "family" members. My prayers go out to this family now and for their courageous fight for the past few years to help him with his fight to stay alive for his family. God rest his soul.
MIKE ALFORD June 26, 2011 at 11:40 pm
BRIAN --- Was a Class Guy and he would always say hi and he was so down to earth -- Everyone ThatRead More he talked to will miss Brian -- GOD BLESS YOU -- You Will Always Be A Good Thing That Happend To The People & The City Of MARTINEZ -- THANK YOU BRIAN CARTER For Being YOU --- I Will Miss You
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