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Author Archive: Amy Maginnis-Honey

Hop to it: Couple lights up home, yard for Easter

FAIRFIELD — Ben and Nancy Aromin may have just claimed a first in the area. The Fairfield couple usually light up the outside of their Calder Place home for Halloween and Christmas. This year, Easter decor and pastel lights are in place. In July, red, white and blue will follow in time for Independence Day. It’s […]

Local woman helps spread Easter joy

FAIRFIELD — Mission Solano’s Ron Marlette likens Barbara Marianno to the Energizer bunny – of the battery commercial fame. Marianno even plays the part of the Easter bunny. Sshe distributed stuffed animals Friday to local shelters and nonprofit organizations that help those in need. She also visited homeless camps. Marianno doesn’t think she’s missed an Easter […]

Five homes featured on Symphony Home Tour

FAIRFIELD — The Solano Symphony League’s 18th annual Home Tour is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26. The event will feature five homes in the Vacaville and Fairfield. Musicians will play at selected locations. A complimentary lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Saturday Club, 125 W. Kendal St. […]

Congregation invites public to Easter music, message

FAIRFIELD — All are invited to attend an Easter “Choirside,” “We Sing of Christ,” at 7 p.m. April 27 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2700 Camrose Ave. in Fairfield. There will be performances by two local church choirs from Fairfield and Vacaville, as well as special numbers by pianist Jeannette Beverly […]

Transplant recipients talk about their best gifts

FAIRFIELD — Emilia Mijangos left college because she couldn’t see what the instructor was writing on the board.

A.J. Reyes couldn’t picture his future. When asked where he wanted to be in five or 10 years, he was stumped to find an answer.

“Living with heart failure is like a death sentence,” he said.

Mijangos, a 21-year-old Suisun City resident, got the gift of sight two years ago. Reyes, a 29-year-old Fairfield resident, received the gift of life in 2010.

Mijangos was in middle school when she started to notice changes in her eyesight. She compensated at school, relying on her memory. That memory failed her once when she got on the wrong bus and had to have a family member pick her up in Vallejo.

‘Same Time, Next Year’ opens in Benicia

FAIRFIELD — The Benicia Old Town Theatre Group celebrates its 50th anniversary with actress, director and author Hester Schell at the helm of “Same Time, Next Year.” Schell came home with five awards, including best of show for “Singulariteen,” from the 2013 San Francisco Fringe Theater Festival. Three years ago, she released the book, “Casting […]

‘We Got Next’ Comedy Tour stops at Dimitri’s

SUISUN CITY — Four comics, each with their own take on life, are set to fill Suisun City with laughter Thursday. The “We Got Next” Comedy Tour will reunite the quartet after member Ricco “Da Great” Alston’s surgery for a brain aneurysm the day after Christmas. He only played one show with the group before […]

Week in preview April 18-24, 2014

Fairfield 2 p.m. Saturday Feral Moon Band Winterhawk Winery, 4537 Abernathy Road. 428-6997. 6:30 p.m. Saturday Delbert Bump Sticky Rice Chinese Bistro & Bar, 5030 Business Center Drive. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday National Jelly Bean Day One Jelly Belly Lane. 428-2838. 6 p.m. Thursday Syria T Berry Mankas Steakhouse, 2522 Mankas Corner Road. 425-3207. […]

Donate a car, help build a house

FAIRFIELD — Habitat for Humanity’s Cars for Homes program celebrates its Every Day is Earth Day initiative throughout April, encouraging people to donate their used cars, trucks, RVs, boats and other vehicles to help raise money for Solano-Napa Habitat and other Habitat affiliates throughout the country. “This is a great way for people to support […]

Solano Jews gather for start of Passover

VACAVILLE — The fifth annual Chabad Solano County Passover Seder went on as planned Monday in spite of deadly violence Sunday outside a Jewish community center in the Midwest.

There was no reason it shouldn’t, said Rabbi Chaim Zaklos, citing text of thanksgiving from the Haggadah, a Jewish text that sets for the order of the Passover Seder.

“The Jewish people are still around to tell the story (of the Passover),” he said. “God protects us. God saves us.”

A boy and his grandfather …

Paper Clover Campaign supports Solano County 4-H

FAIRFIELD — Solano County 4-H members are hoping for another successful 2014 Paper Clover Campaign that begins April 23 and ends May 4. This marks the fourth years the national 4-H Council has partnered with Tractor Supply Company. Shoppers at the Dixon Tractor Supply Company, 2000 N. First St., can purchase a paper clover with […]

‘Heaven is for Real’ opens Wednesday

FAIRFIELD — “Heaven is for Real” leads this week’s box office openings with its debut Wednesday. The film, rated PG, centers on a young boy who says he visited heaven during a near-death experience. His statement is backed up with things his parents feel he couldn’t possibly know. Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly and Thomas Haden Church […]

Fiesta Days pageant organizers seek contestants

VACAVILLE — Applications are being accepted for the Little Miss and Mr. Vacaville Fiesta Days Pageant. The event is May 10 at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre. The competition is open to babies through 12 years. Contestants will be judged on beauty, poise and personality. For more information, call Carole Warren, pageant director, at 514-7080 or […]

See how their gardens grow

FAIRFIELD — A simple task to help her mother was Marilyn Tigner’s introduction to gardening. After having her hands in the dirt, then watching what she planted grow, Tigner was hooked. Yards in front and out back of her home are beautiful examples of her dedication to the art. Local residents can see the work […]

Train station renovation plan heads to City Council

SUISUN CITY — Specifics of a plan to renovate the historic train station in downtown go before the City Council next week. Interactive Resources Inc. was hired to prepare the conceptual study for the work. Four areas were examined: depot exterior and interior improvements, an iconic sign, surrounding depot improvements and Main Street entry improvements. […]

Rush Ranch schedules annual open house

FAIRFIELD — The 24th annual Rush Ranch Open House will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26. Live music, displays, a marsh walk, blacksmith demonstration and horse-drawn wagon tours are just some of the activities planned. Lunch can be purchased at the event. Admission is free. All proceeds benefit the Rush Ranch Educational Council. […]

Candidates will speak at taxpayer group session

FAIRIFELD — Gerald Clift, a candidate for the 4th District seat on the Solano County Board of Supervisors, and Krishna Abrams, who is running for Solano County district attorney, are the guest speakers at Monday’s Solano County Taxpayers Association meeting. The membership meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. The speakers should begin their presentations about 7:15 […]

Grandma’s travel diaries inspire book, look into past generations

FAIRFIELD — Sixty years ago, the late Ruth Chidsey Bates Lewis boarded the train in Pomona and set out on a cross-country trek. She was 58 and traveled alone, leaving her husband at home. She kept a travelogue in numerous pocket-size, spiral-bound memo pads. She also snapped photos and wrote basic information on the back. […]

City fetes Quinn as he retires

FAIRFIELD — About 25o people packed into The Clubhouse at Rancho Solano on Friday to toast now-retired Fairfield City Manager Sean Quinn. Two former city managers, B. Gale Wilson and Kevin O’Rourke, were in the crowd. Quinn sat in a chair draped with a beach towel and paper parrots as proclamations and praise were heaped […]

In the Nic of time: Art show offers homage to actor

FAIRFIELD — It could be an idea whose time has come. After all, the subject of this vision has an Oscar and some MTV moon men. An Elvis fan, he wed the King’s only child, daughter Lisa Marie Presley. He reportedly suggested a scene for his newest flick, “Joe,” where he would play the pan […]

You’ll have to wait for ‘Waiting for Godot’

FAIRFIELD — Bay Area Stage Productions has postponed its upcoming production of “Waiting for Godot.” The show was to open Friday in Vallejo. It has been rescheduled to open Aug. 8. For more information, visit Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or Follow her on Twitter at

Week in preview April 11-17, 2014

Fairfield Noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Total Home and Garden Show Specialty Events Center, 300 Chabourne Road. 5:30 p.m. Friday Friday Food Truck: Blue Collar Men Winterhawk Winery, 4537 Abernathy Road. 428-6997. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday “Godspell” Fairfield Center […]

Baby boomers topic of Durst’s Vallejo show

FAIRFIELD — BTW – Will Durst, who is bringing his “BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG” show to Vallejo, isn’t a fan of such abbreviations. “I’m just not big on that,” said the 62-year-old Durst. He did, however, say in jest, he has his own abbreviation. It’s GMTHOOHBIPSITF, which stands for “Get me the (expletive) out […]

Downtown Vacaville plans spring, summer entertainment

VACAVILLE — Downtown Vacaville kicks off its 2014 entertainment offerings with this weekend’s Country & Western Festival. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Combined with downtown Vacaville venues that offer live entertainment, there’s always something happening, said Bob Vollmer, executive director of the Downtown Vacaville Business Improvement District. “You can come almost every night […]

Tommy Davidson honors his Pepperbelly’s deal

FAIRFIELD — Tommy Davidson is making good on a commitment he made more than a year ago. The “In Living Color” star was set to perform at Pepperbelly’s in February 2013. About six weeks before his show, the building hosting the comedy club caught fire. It’s been empty since then. Davidson, 50, will perform next weekend […]

Joni Morris ‘Crazy’ about Patsy Cline

VACAVILLE — Joni Morris was busy raising a family when she had that “a-ha” moment. The irony was that it had always been part of her life. Her parents hailed from Oklahoma and Texas. A love of country music was shared with Morris and her siblings. “Mom loved to sing Patsy Cline songs,” Morris said. […]

Police, FBI investigate body found in Fairfield canal

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield police and the FBI are investigating a body found floating early Thursday in the Putah South Canal along the 3200 block of North Texas Street, adjacent to the Solano County Transportation Department yard. The call came in about 7:50 a.m. Police and fire responded to the scene, where they found a dead […]

Costner’s ‘Draft Day’ arrives Friday

FAIRFIELD — Birds, a star of “Bull Durham” and a brutal murder are primed for this weekend’s box office openings. Blu, Jewel and their three kids return to the screen for “Rio 2.” The blue macaws are in the Amazon and Blu is doing his best to fit in. Then he meets his most fearsome […]

Church group invites students to career event

FAIRFIELD — A free Career Information and Preparation Day sponsored by Mount Calvary Baptist Church Scholarship Ministry will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Vaneese Johnson, certified career action coach from On The Move Careers is the keynote speaker. The event is open to all high school and community college students. Preregistration […]

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