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Julie Stevenson's Writings

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May.30.2008
Contra Costa Marketplace Magazine
As the holidays approach, I reflect on the many traditions I remember when  I was growing up – my mother making home-made pie crusts and filling them with pumpkin and chocolate fillings, the fragrant smells in our kitchen, family members coming over to our home or us going to their homes to enjoy food and fellowship.  As always, the women were in the kitchen...
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May.30.2008
Contra Costa Marketplace Magazine
Recently I was reviewing the historical pamphlet for the City of Pinole when I came across the picture of the church building where my family and I attend.  The article referred to the large brick building located at 755 Pinole Valley Road as “The Old Methodist Church”.  The building is where the church of Christ meets today and has met for approximately 40...
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May.30.2008
Contra Costa Marketplace Magazine
As you drive down San Pablo Avenue toward El Cerrito and approach the Home Depot, take a moment to look across the street to your left and you will see the Yokohama Restaurant, nestled in a quiet corner, its’ brown and yellow sign welcoming you to come in.  Many folks have driven past Yokohama over the years including myself, and I certainly have missed a...
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May.30.2008
Contra Costa Marketplace Magazine
I remember many years ago, growing up in El Sobrante. We lived on Santa Rita Road, where my father currently lives. Behind our house, my best friend, Noelle, lived with her family. Many of our former neighbors still live there in the same houses and have for decades. To this day, every time I turn on Santa Rita Road to visit my father, I pass by Central Foods...
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May.30.2008
Contra Costa Marketplace Magazine
The phone rings and a cheerful, happy voice on the other end of the line says, “Bronze Buns – How Can I Help You Today?” I immediately felt the positive and happy nature of the individual on the other end of the phone without even seeing the expression on her face. That positive, upbeat attitude starts with the owner, Adela Alvarez and cascades to her staff....
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May.30.2008
Contra Costa Marketplace Magazine
Ever wonder what your dream kitchen or bathroom would look like, but you don’t know where to begin to tackle such a large project? Look no further - Albany Cabinets and Design can help with the details. Albany Cabinets and Design’s Owner/Designer, Isabel Tsang, has been in the kitchen and bath remodeling business for many years.  Prior to going into business for...
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May.30.2008
Contra Costa Marketplace Magazine
When I moved back to my parents’ home last June, I inherited most of their furniture and belongings in addition to my own “stuff” that I had accrued over the years.  There were even items in my childhood room at my parents’ home that belonged to my girls and I from years ago.  We started to work on organizing everything by first making a plan.  It’s a good idea...
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May.30.2008
Contra Costa Marketplace Magazine
Diva's Eve Clothing Swap is gaining momentum as the newest way to incorporate those simple pleasures that we aswomen all love - massage, makeovers, spa treats, yummy food, shopping, and networking with the girls! If you've everdreamed of having just a couple of hours to indulge and treat yourself to time that is designed just for you, Diva’sEve is the way to do...
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May.30.2008
Contra Costa Marketplace Magazine
Having an older person to turn to when you are a youth can be beneficial in many ways. Mentors can make awonderful difference, especially in the lives of kids who may not have other opportunities outside of their homes orimmediate environments. I had the privilege of meeting Billy Zeier, Program Director of the Boys and Girls Club ofEl Sobrante and he shared with...