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Friday, April 18, 2014
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Author Archive: Mike Corpos

Young people not just looking for summer jobs

FAIRFIELD — The era of the summer job may be coming to an end.

More and more young people are seeking employment beyond just the summer months when they’re not in school. Despite the difficulties young people had finding work during the economic downturn, they continue to look for work for varying reasons.

Hundreds of people including teens and 20-somethings flocked on a recent Saturday to a pair of hiring events hosted by Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.

Learning on the first job

Thadius Prescott, 16, of Benicia, was one of those. Prescott, who was seeking a spot in the food service department at the . . .

Expansion makes Total Home and Garden Show a family affair

VACAVILLE — Just four years after buying the Total Home and Garden Show, Jodi McGuire and Nicole Arabia have grown the show to the point where they had to move it from a series of tents by the Nut Tree Airport to its new location in Fairfield. McGuire and Arabia have also transformed it from […]

Personal transformation leads Renfro to help others

SUISUN CITY — Following the path God created for her and serving others has Catha Renfro making a difference for her community. Renfro currently works as a case worker for The Salvation Army at the Vacaville family services office. She is getting ready to enter The Salvation Army Training College in August 2015. She’s been […]

After 25 years as an officer, it’s back to judo

VACAVILLE — A retiree at 53, Gordon Makimoto is doing what he can to stay busy. So far, it’s worked pretty well. After 25 years as an officer with the Vacaville Police Department, Makimoto retired Dec. 31, 2012. Since then, between family and judo, he’s maintained a busy schedule. One constant in his life has […]

Vanden girls escape with win in NorCal opener

FAIRFIELD — If the Vanden High girls basketball team just plays to its ability, there’s no limit to what it can do. That’s what Vikings coach Allison Johnson said after her team escaped with a 62-46 victory over visiting San Marin of Novato in the opening round to the Northern California Regional playoffs Wednesday night […]

Fire guts Fairfield home

FAIRFIELD — Fire consumed a home late Tuesday on the 1200 block of Utah Street. Neighbors called emergency crews at 9:59 p.m. to report hearing a loud bang before seeing the fire, said Matt Luckenbach, battalion chief with the Fairfield Fire Department. Once fire crews arrived – the fire was two blocks from the nearest […]

Curless a pioneer for Suisun waterfront

SUISIN CITY — Doris “Babs” Curless was a pioneer for downtown Suisun City. Without her, the waterfront redevelopment project and Main Street as it looks now may never have happened, said longtime friend and former Suisun City Mayor Jim Spering. Curless, former owner of Babs Delta Diner, was the first business owner to move to the […]

Police remove squatters from Fairfield home

FAIRFIELD — Police were summoned to a house Tuesday on the 500 block of East Tennessee Street to investigate suspicious activity in what’s supposed to be a vacant home. The house in question is bank owned, and according to a neighbor it has been a favorite place for squatters to take up residence. Police Sgt. […]

Regional NAACP plans general meet

FAIRFIELD — The Tri-City NAACP will have its regular meeting from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday in Fairfield. The primary topic for discussion will be the branch’s continuing outreach efforts for Covered California. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. The meeting will take place at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Zoe Building, Room V115, 1745 Enterprise Drive. […]

Heather House raises money with bunco night

SUISUN CITY — With government funding drying up, it’s up to the community to keep local nonprofits like Heather House up and running, and the community showed up Saturday night for Heather House’s second annual bunco fundraiser at the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center. Samina Masood, CEO of Heather House, the shelter that provides food […]

Cookie sales offer life lessons for Girl Scouts

VACAVILLE — It’s the busiest time of year for just about every girl involved in Girl Scouts.

The five weeks between Feb. 9 and March 16 this year mark the annual frenzy that surrounds the sale of the Girl Scouts’ iconic cookies. But behind the bite-sized baked morsels that cause a national furor and can spark hoarding instincts are a number of life lessons for the girls who sell them.

Depending on the age of the girls involved, there are several badges to be earned during cookie season. All have to do with important skills that the girls can apply throughout their lives.

Police arrest 4 after failed burglary bid

FAIRFIELD — A Susiun City man and three juveniles from Fairfield were arrested Friday after a what police describe as a failed residential burglary in north Fairfield. Police received a call at 10:55 a.m. from a resident on the 2900 block of Juniper Street, reporting the incident, according to a news release. The resident, who was home […]

Library announces teen photo contest winners

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Library has announced the winners of its Teen Digital Photography contest. The theme of this year’s photography contest was “From the Written Page to the Digital Age” in celebration of the library’s 100-year anniversary. In all, 60 teens from all over Solano County submitted 303 photos to the contest, which […]

NAACP to provide Covered California enrollment help

FAIRFIELD — The Tri-City NAACP has scheduled a series of enrollment events for those who need health insurance and haven’t yet signed up for Covered California’s plans. The sessions are scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon every Monday and Thursday, starting Thursday and running through March 31, at 1745 Enterprise Drive, Suite 108, in Fairfield. A […]

Mayors, school board, kids celebrate Seuss at mall

FAIRFIELD — What better way to put smiles on the faces of dozens of children, not to mention a host of school board trustees, representatives of the U.S. Air Force and two mayors, than reading to the kids? It was all part of a Read Across America event organized by the Fairfield-Suisun Teachers Association in […]

Mental health committee to meet next week

FAIRFIELD — Members of the Solano County Local Mental Health Board Outreach Committee invite the public to its monthly meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Fairfield Library, 1150 Kentucky St. The outreach committee works to enhance opportunities for the public to benefit from participation in mental health services, and to better understand […]

Senior legislative elections set for May

FAIRFIELD — The Advisory Council of the Area Agency on Aging Serving Napa and Solano is scheduled to elect two representatives to the California Senior Legislature in May. The senior legislature is made up of 40 senior senators and 80 senior assembly members who meet annually in legislative session in Sacramento, responding to the needs […]

Solano College board hears Measure Q bond update

FAIRFIELD — The Solano Community College governing board received a quick update Wednesday on Measure Q – albeit in a less formal setting than past updates. The board, meeting in the faculty lounge over dinner with representatives of the Associated Students of Solano College, learned a little about where the bond measure stands and what […]

No injuries in 2 Highway 12 crashes

FAIRFIELD — No one was injured in a pair of two-car crashes Tuesday on Highway 12, west of Interstate 80, that snarled rush-hour traffic on the heavily traveled highway. The California Highway Patrol learned of the first crash involving a Toyota Prius and a GMC pickup at 6:18 p.m. The vehicles collided near the intersection […]

Solano College board to consider new server project

FAIRFIELD — Solano Community College governing board members will meet in a study session Wednesday for their regular session. Among the few discussion items on the agenda, the board is being asked to consider approval of a $225,000 network server upgrade to avoid the possibility of the college’s computer systems grinding to a halt. According […]

Rio Vista council abandons alley to property owners

RIO VISTA — A handful of property owners saw their yards get a little bigger Tuesday. The City Council on a unanimous vote approved a resolution to abandon a north-south alleyway that runs through the middle of the block bordered by Third, Fourth, Center and California streets, with the property going to the adjacent landowners. […]

Scuffle with police sends officer, man to hospital

FAIRFIELD — Police officers swarmed Lee Bell Park on Tuesday afternoon after one of their own was attacked by an allegedly intoxicated man at the park. Officers tried to arrest the man at approximately 4:20 p.m., In response, the man jumped up swinging, said Lt. Greg Hurlbut. The man allegedly hit the officer a couple […]

Heavy rain to let up for few days

FAIRFIELD — For at least a little while, locals were able to get out and catch some rays Saturday. A break in the rain brought some sun and lasted much of the afternoon before clouds returned, giving way to a renewed, however small, chance of precipitation for Sunday and into the week. The National Weather […]

Police arrest 2 juveniles in burglary case

FAIRFIELD — Two juveniles were arrested Saturday in connection with a residential burglary. Police received a call at 2 p.m. about a burglary on the 3100 block of Moraga Court, according to a news release from the Fairfield Police Department. The homeowner, who was in the residence at the time, told police he heard a […]

Revitalization experts begin Rio Vista assessment

RIO VISTA — The city by Monday should have at least a rough idea of how to proceed with future revitalization efforts. With the Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team in town over the weekend, the city is hoping to develop a clear vision of what needs to happen to make the city more appealing to outsiders […]

Town hall crowd gives input for project team

RIO VISTA — Hundreds of Rio Vista residents packed into the multipurpose room at D.H. White School on Friday for a town hall meeting with members of the visiting Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team – much to the delight of the RioVision Steering Committee leaders and others. “The number of people here is a sign of […]

Fairfield modernizing permit process

FAIRFIELD — For the first time, all building permitting and project tracking, across three city divisions, will be automated and linked together, the city announced Thursday. The departments involved are Public Works, Building and Fire Safety, and Planning. Employees will undergo extensive software training, which means various functions in these areas will be temporarily unavailable. Residents […]

Shooting leaves 1 hurt outside Fairfield market

FAIRFIELD — Police are investigating a shooting that left one person injured Thursday outside a store on East Pacific Avenue and Santa Ana Drive, near North Texas Street. The victim was shot once in the leg at approximately 8:20 p.m. and was transported to NorthBay Medical Center with injuries that did not appear to be […]

Police swarm Fairfield apartment for narcotics search

FAIRFIELD — Police swarmed an apartment building on the 1400 block of Phoenix Drive on Wednesday afternoon, even calling in the department’s armored vehicle. Officers focused their efforts on a single apartment, hauling two people off in handcuffs and detaining three more for questioning. At least one of those three was eventually released. The situation began […]

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