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Harbor Theatre to get new operators

SUISUN CITY — The Suisun City Council gave City Manager Suzanne Bragdon the nod Tuesday night to open negotiations with the Creative Arts Collective to move into the vacant Harbor Theatre with the intent to revive the waterfront’s theater scene. Councilwoman Lori Wilson threw her support to the group saying that the Collective would create […]

John Doolittle, son of famed aviator, dies

FAIRFIELD — John Prescott Doolittle, 92, son of legendary aviator James “Jimmy” Doolittle and one of the stanchest supporters of the proposed Jimmy Doolittle Center in Vacaville, died Thursday. The center on Tuesday announced his death in a press release that described him as “our dear friend” and “a member of one of the most distinguished […]

Mount Diablo Ham Radio operators to offer class

FAIRFIELD — The Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club and the Salvation Army will be holding an eight-week course to allow Ham radio operators to upgrade their amateur radio license to a general class license. The course runs from Aug. 6 through Sept. 24 will be be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays […]

Solano residents find church killings tragic, but no surprise

FAIRFIELD — People look at what happened in Charleston, South Carolina, with a common sadness, but not surprise.

“It’s very sad,” said Maria Robles of Suisun City, taking a break from grocery shopping. “But crazy people go all the way back to the beginning of time.”

She and others said it is tragic that such sacred places as churches can be violated by violence like what happened when suspected killer Dylann Roof, 21, allegedly shot nine African-American people to death without mercy on June 17 while they were holding a prayer meeting in a Charleston church.

Fairfield, Suisun, Vacaville get ready for July 4th

FAIRFIELD — It promises to be a sweet Fourth of July parade in Fairfield with Herman Rowland, chairman of the board of the Jelly Belly Candy Company, as the parade’s grand marshal. “Jelly Belly is a landmark in Fairfield and Herm’s patriotism and love of America is well-known,” said Fairfield Main Street Association Executive Director […]

Vietnam POW shares experience with Travis airmen

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — Former Vietnam War POW, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Barry Bridger, came to Travis on Wednesday to talk about the trials that he and other imprisoned airmen went through during their captivity and serve as a motivational speaker to show that the challenges posed by post-traumatic stress disorder can be dealt with.

“He is a living example of resiliency,” said Chief Master Sgt. Alan Boling, who introduced Bridger to a room full of airmen. “His story is one of determination and courage.
“The talk was part of Travis’ effort to combat the effects of PTSD: an estimated 20 percent of those who serve have some form of the disorder. Bridger was there to show them someone who had gone through a truly significant life event and show that things can be OK.

Frazier names Brimer district’s Veteran of the Year

FAIRFIELD — Army veteran Michael Brimer, commander of American Legion Post 182, has been named Veteran of the Year for the 11th Assembly District, according to an announcement from the officer of Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Oakley. Frazier described Brimer as having an “unwavering dedication to our country in both his military career and his philanthropic […]

Fairfield church increases security in aftermath of Charleston tragedy

FAIRFIELD — Prayer isn’t enough, the Rev. Anthony Gilmore of Bethel Community Church told a Tuesday night gathering of parishioners about increasing the security and safety of his congregation. The shooting deaths of a Bible study group in Charleston, South Carolina, combined with Bethel’s own hate crimes in the form of offensive graffiti inflicted on the church prompted […]

Grass fire races through Fairfield hills

FAIRFIELD — A 15-acre grass fire threatened the backs of several homes Tuesday on Palmer Circle and Bear Creek Drive before firefighters were able to put the four-alarm blaze down for the count.

Residents had nothing but praise for fire crews that included firefighters from as far away as Vallejo who saved their homes.

“They got on it pretty quick,” said a relieved Patricia Jensen, who was coming out of a bookstore with her husband when they spotted the towering plume . . .

Police: Fairfield man in critical condition after fireworks explosion

FAIRFIELD — A 42-year-old Fairfield man remained in critical condition Thursday in an area hospital after he was severely injured late Wednesday afternoon when the fireworks he was assembling detonated, according to Fairfield police. Local residents were also startled awake at about 1 a.m. Thursday by several explosions caused when the Yolo County Bomb Squad and the Federal […]

Chase ends in arrest of 2 suspected thieves

FAIRFIELD — A vigilant neighbor who spotted two men Wednesday morning pulling a power saw out of a house on San Benito Street set off a search that ended with both men in custody after they tried hiding on Taylor Street, police said. Police responding to the neighbor’s call spotted the blue Chevy truck the two men […]

Fairfield police issue call for National Night Out celebrations

FAIRFIELD — Police are inviting as many neighborhood groups as possible to join those other neighborhoods across the county that are turning on their porch lights, opening their garage doors and gathering to celebrate this year’s National Night Out between 5 and 9 p.m. Aug. 4. National Night Out is a crime-prevention event that is sponsored by the […]

Pena Adobe to celebrate July 4 with open house

VACAVILLE — The Pena Adobe Historical Society and the Rush Ranch Educational Council will celebrate Independence Day with not only an open house at the Pena Adobe Park, but also a lunch catered by Vasquez Deli. Tours of the Mowers-Goheen Museum and the 173-year-old historic home of Vacaville’s founders will be offered between 11 a.m. […]

Travis vice commander to get own wing

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — Col. Leonard J. Kosinski, vice commander of the 60th Air Mobility Wing, will leave Travis Air Force Base next week to step up to take command of the 62nd Airlift Wing at McChord Air Force Base, Washington. Col. David Kumashiro, who has commanded the 62nd Airlift Wing since July 2013, is […]

Alonzo family celebrates patriarch’s 100th birthday

VACAVILLE — He vacationed in Mexico with his sister for three weeks in 1936 with Lazaro Cardenas, the president of Mexico, providing them with a car and chauffeur after he and his sister were involved in a car crash.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, former President Herbert Hoover, boxer Max Baer, actor Clark Gable and actress Carole Lombard all chatted with him while he worked as a toll-taker on the Carquinez Bridge – Roosevelt, Baer, Gable and Lombard, all pleasantly, . . .

Solano woman loves cooking for others

VACAVILLE — Anyone can cook, says personal chef Carolyn Wold, who runs A Chef In Time. Sometimes, they just need some guidance to bring out the best in their food, the Vacaville-based chef said. That, and creating delicious meals for her clients, is why Carolyn Wold started the personal chef service she calls A Chef […]

Suisun pulls out all stops to celebrate Flag Day

SUISUN CITY — There will be more than flags at Sunday’s Flag Day ceremony in front of the Veterans Memorial Hall on Main Street.

In addition to the solemn flag retirement ceremony, hosted by American Legion Post 182, representatives of every military service, vintage military vehicles and local law enforcement vessels will be present and a presentation on the history of the evolution of the American flag will take place.

“It is an opportunity to celebrate our flag,” Suisun City Fire Chief and Navy veteran Mike O’Brien said of what he called an excellent opportunity “to bring out and educate our young about the symbol of our country.”

Peabody Road closure starts Friday

FAIRFIELD — Peabody Road between Cement Hill Road and Huntington Drive is closing Friday for the next 14 months and the Fairfield Police Department is reminding motorists to plan ahead and allow for extra time if you have to drive through the area. The roadway is being closed to allow for the construction of the Fairfield/Vacaville […]

Suisun may soon poll residents on tax hike

SUISUN CITY — What improved services or programs would Suisun City residents be willing to be taxed more for? And would they be willing to support a tax measure on next year’s ballot? That is what Suisun City residents may be asked this fall in a city poll, the funding for which is included in the […]

Suisun council faces criticism over tattered City Hall flags

SUISUN CITY — Once again, the state and national flags flying over Suisun City Hall are looking more than a little ragged. In the case of the California flag, almost half of the symbol of our state is missing while the two national flags have clearly seen better days. Their tattered state was brought Tuesday […]

Suisun Council gets surplus budget

SUISUN CITY — For the first time in years, the Suisun City Council was presented with what City Manager Suzanne Bragdon calls a structurally balanced 2015-16 budget with enough income to start addressing a series of pent-up city demands that had built up since the recession and the loss of redevelopment funding. “We actually have some money […]

Fairfield-Suisun schools to offer summer youth meal program

SUISUN CITY — The Fairfield-Suisun School District is sponsoring a summer food program at 12 schools and 11 community sites this summer with many starting to serve breakfasts and lunches to those 18 years old and younger starting this week. The program provides free weekday meals to local children and teens during the summer so that their […]

Police: Child dies from injuries sustained in June 2 crash

VALLEJO — A 22-month-old Vallejo boy who was gravely injured in a June 2 traffic accident succumbed to his injuries Monday at the University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Vallejo police announced Tuesday. The child was injured when the 1998 Ford Contour he was riding in collided with a 2006 Ford F-450 pickup truck […]

Inmate found dead at Solano County jail

FAIRFIELD — A Vallejo man was found dead in his cell at the Solano County Jail on Thursday, according to a Solano County press statement released Tuesday. Frank Munafo, 47, was found dead in his cell shortly after 8 a.m. by a jail nurse. Munafo was arrested and booked into the jail three days before by […]

Vaca High student doesn’t let arthritis get in her way

VACAVILLE – Alyssa Joseph strongly states that she does not allow the consistent pain in her joints that she has lived with since she was a small child to define her. When the determined young woman is not studying or working at her part-time job, she is relaxing with her friends or just people-watching at […]

Turning points lead Wood student to path of success

VACAVILLE — When one Will C. Wood High School Link Crew member said if she could choose who would be mentoring her younger brother when he enters Wood this fall, it would be Wood senior Jamal Heard. That comment came as no surprise to Wood teacher Tracy Ruiz, who described Heard as”one of our strongest leaders by far.” “He […]

Brew Haha set for 2nd run, with new venue

SUISUN CITY — It will soon be time to get your brew on when the Big Solano Brew Haha takes over June 20 at the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center to give people tastes of craft beers from almost two dozen regional brewers and to raise money for Child Haven Inc. Offerings will include not only regional ales and other […]

Country High grads earn diplomas

VACAVILLE — Before he came to Country High School, Class of 2015 graduate Sevrin Garcia said he was not sure he would make it through high school. When Francis Lukachinsky was told that he was going to Country High after goofing off too much at Vacaville High School, he was not sure Country High would […]

Suisun Fourth of July organizers extend craft vendors deadline

SUISUN CITY — If you have some crafts and you would like a place to sell to a large crowd, organizers of Suisun City’s Fourth of July fireworks spectacular would like to hear from you. The low turnout of specialty craft vendors has prompted Suisun City to extend the deadline to June 15 for interested crafters […]

Cepeda Baseball, Little League reach agreement on sports complex use

SUISUN CITY — It took until after midnight Tuesday, but a deal between the Suisun American Little League and nonprofit Cepeda Baseball Clubs over the use of the Lambrecht Sports Complex was made. The Suisun City Council directed City Manager Suzanne Bragdon to work out a deal between the two parties that addressed concerns voiced by […]

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