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Susan Winlow

Sem Yeto turns loose the class of 2015

FAIRFIELD — Deyontae Bonner got an enthusiastic hug, kiss and candy lei from his cousin as she hurried up to him behind the stadium while he waited in line to begin his walk to collect a long-awaited diploma.

A diploma, a year ago, the 18-year-old wasn’t sure he’d be able to collect.

“It’s crazy that I made it,” he said. “I was missing a lot of credits but I made it up.”

His smile told a lot about his happiness.

Bonner joined 109 other Sem Yeto High School students . . .

Enter the crazy world of precocious Elsa in new Swedish novel

Elsa and her family are probably some of the strangest characters I’ve ever run across in a book, but also some of the most fun, endearing and loveable. It’s alright to be different is the message. I wanted something different to read this time and I found it in “My Grandmother Told Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” […]

Child care service to move to Fairfield High School

FAIRFIELD — The saga of the Fairfield-Suisun School District child care nursery, which is currently located at Sem Yeto High School, is over for the time being. Trustees voted unanimously Thursday to move the service to Fairfield High School when Sem Yeto transitions over to that campus next school year while the former Dover site, its […]

Board to consider options to maintain on-campus child care program

FAIRFIELD — Members of the Fairfield-Suiusn School District governing board will consider plans Thursday to salvage the district’s child care service for teen parents and move it from Sem Yeto High School to Fairfield High School. The child care agenda item is a return topic, ready for a vote from the school board. School staff initially sought […]

Fairfield-Suisun school board to discuss new state budget numbers

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board will hear a presentation Thursday on the effects of Gov. Jerry Brown’s May budget revision for 2015-16 and how it relates to education. District staff will report to the board for the first time since the May budget revision brought in the good news of more money to school districts, including […]

Solano College president top pick for Peralta colleges

FAIRFIELD — Peralta Community College District announced Tuesday that it has identified Jowel Laguerre, the president/superintendent of Solano Community College, as its leading candidate for the district chancellor position. The college district includes College of Alameda plus Berkeley City, Merritt and Laney colleges. Laguerre said it’s still early in the process but he was “pleased to […]

Shots fired, suspects take off leaving shell casings behind

FAIRFIELD — A call of multiple shots fired sent Fairfield police to the Dover Avenue and Air Base Parkway intersection shortly after 11 a.m. Monday. Police don’t believe anyone was injured and the suspects have not been found – they were last seen heading east on Air Base Parkway. Video allegedly indicates that the shots came […]

Officials, friends, families honor military heroes at veterans cemetery

DIXON — More than 22,000 service members dressed up in red, white and blue for visitors on Memorial Day at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery outside Dixon. Some held bouquets, some a single red rose – and they all carried an American flag.

They would not, however, get to greet, hug or kiss their family or their friends who came to see them.

They are the military dead; those who served the U.S. and died for the U.S. There are more than 1.2 million Americans who died fighting in wars, including 6,800 who died fighting the war on . . .

Names of Solano County fallen unveiled during ceremony

FAIRFIELD — They ranged in age from 20 to 39 – the Solano County residents who died fighting the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan. They were fathers, sons, husbands, athletes, Boy Scouts, computer specialists, students at local high schools and colleges, and they gave their lives for their country. Sgt. Shawn G. Adams, […]

Students shine in the Fairfield-Suisun School District

The Fairfield-Suisun School District recently selected a new group of Students of the Month to honor at the recent board meeting – this time honorees are at the high school level for the month of May. Esther Emenalom is a senior at Rodriguez High School. She is involved in the homeless and battered women’s shelter, […]

Fledgling college auto program meets milestone with student success

FAIRFIELD — Nine years ago Donnell Marshall said he was spinning his wheels with no clear direction. Not sure what to do with his life, he was newly married with a child on the way and living in a rough part of Fairfield.

He worked as a security guard at the Civic Center branch of the Solano County Library trying to further his career by getting onto a police force somewhere. That never panned out.

“It was a struggle,” he said.

Then he heard about Solano Community College’s new…

Solano College sends off Class of 2015

FAIRFIELD — It might have been sullen and moody above with gray, overcast skies but it was vastly different on the Solano Community College grounds Thursday morning with 360 soon-to-be graduates lined up waiting for the cue of “Pomp and Circumstance.” Friends and families bearing balloons, flowers and gifts, many bundled up because of the […]

Solano College president finalist for top positions in East Bay, New York

FAIRFIELD — Jowel Laguerre, the president of Solano Community College, walked onto campus six years ago amid myriad troubles, namely accreditation issues that threatened to shut the college and necessitated the administration of a special trustee. In May 2009, two months before his official start date of July 1, he’d already been to the campus three times […]

Coalition honors Solano seniors with Living Legacy awards

VALLEJO — LeRoy Simmerson has a long list of volunteer activities and the hats to prove it.

The 86-year-old Vallejo resident grinned as he toted a mysterious beige canvas bag up to the podium Tuesday to accept his Living Legacy award from the Solano County Senior Coalition.

He took a deep smell of the red rose presented to each of the award recipients and to the joyous surprise of the crowded room, Simmerson pulled from the bag hat after hat representing his volunteer efforts, plopping each on his head amid the clapping and laughter of the audience.

Solano beats out 13 colleges to earn 4-year degree slot

FAIRFIELD — Solano Community College slid into an unexpected vacancy Monday, ending its quest to become part of a statewide pilot program offering four-year degrees at select community colleges. The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office board of directors unanimously approved the move to allow Solano College to offer a bachelor’s degree in biomanufacturing. It beat out 13 […]

Living Legacy awards to honor active, compassionate seniors

FAIRFIELD — Seniors will be feted Tuesday by the Senior Coalition during its annual Living Legacy awards that honor older Solano County residents who have been the shakers, movers and helpers of their communities. Categories include Social Innovation, for a senior 60 and older, who has advocated for social change; Community Spirit, awarded to one person 60 […]

‘Huckleberry Harvest’ a sweet, poignant Amish story

I know I’m not the only one to get 20 pages into a book and think, “Oh, this isn’t good at all” – only to be gobsmacked 40 pages later and thoroughly engrossed in the plot and the characters. I was there with “Huckleberry Harvest” by Jennifer Beckstrand. I have to admit, I’m not a […]

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Dixon student jailed for alleged grade hacking

FAIRFIELD — Dixon police arrested a Dixon High School student on suspicion of altering computer data at the high school on Wednesday. More than 200 suspected grade changes involve 30 students. A teacher noticed the significant changes for assignments and reported the unauthorized changes Tuesday in the electronic grade book system. Staff questioned two students […]

Special dance puts smiles on students’ faces

FAIRFIELD — Taijah Davis was pretty in pink as she whirled her wheelchair around the dance floor in time to the music Friday morning.

The 16-year-old was dressed in a pink formal fit for a princess and even had the tiara to prove it – her date, Kendall Barritt, 17, danced alongside, wearing a dark suit with a matching pink shirt and tie.

“It has rhinestones on it,” Davis said, as she lifted a section of tulle netting on her dress to show off the stones before she headed out to the dance floor. “I look like Princess Tiana from ‘The Princess and the Frog.’ “
Davis and Barritt, both Armijo High School students, were just two of the 200 junior high and high school students who came to dance away the morning at Armijo High at the annual adapted physical education dance for the county’s special education students.

District staff recommends keeping baby nursery initially targeted for elimination

FAIRFIELD — Parenting students who use the district’s child care nursery in the Fairfield-Suisun School District could have a reprieve next year instead of facing the decision of what to do with their children while in school, or whether or not to even stay in school. Governing board members, unsatisfied in March, sent district staff back […]

Educators pleased with governor’s May revise budget plan

FAIRFIELD — Before Gov. Jerry Brown released the May budget revision, Kris Corey just hoped for status quo from January’s initial budget proposal, which finally gave schools a long-needed financial boost. Good news came from the state government Thursday for both K-12 and community college education. Both Corey, the Fairfield-Suisun School District’s superintendent, and educators throughout […]

Fairfield-Suisun school board OKs 3.75 percent raises

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board approved three agreements between employee groups giving members of each a 3.75 percent raise worth more than $1.7 million retroactive to July 1, 2014. The contracts between the school district and the California School Employees Association Chapters 301 and 302, the Mutual Organization of Supervisors and the Fairfield-Suisun Management Association were […]

School librarian keeps striving, learning

FAIRFIELD — “You’re never too old to start again,” said Regina Williams, the sister-in-law of the late Armijo High School teacher Nelda Mundy, the local elementary school’s namesake. The Fairfield High School librarian and grandmother of three means what she says and is living proof that whatever you want to do at whatever age can […]

Fairfield-Suisun school board to review child care nursery options

FAIRFIELD — The child care nursery – a dual component of both the parenting program and the Childcare Career Technical Educational pathway at Sem Yeto High School – is back on the agenda Thursday at the Fairfield-Suisun School District board meeting after staff recommended at the March 26 meeting that it be discontinued to save […]

Alliance hosts barbecue to gather ideas for Solano College’s future

FAIRFIELD — The smell of a fired-up barbecue grill in front of the cafeteria wafted though Solano Community College on Monday at lunch time as dozens of students and faculty stood in line get free burgers, hot dogs or a vegetarian choice.

The barbecue was a kickoff event for the SCC Alliance; the coming together of the three unions on campus – Solano College Faculty Association, the Operating Engineers/Stationary Engineers Local 39 and the California School Employees Association Chapter 211 – and the Associated Students of Solano College in order to “begin a dialogue and discuss the issues,” according to …

Solano National Cancer Survivors Day event set for June 7

FAIRFIELD — Cancer survivors and their loved ones are invited to Solano County’s 19th annual National Cancer Survivors Day on June 7 at the Clubhouse at Rancho Solano, 3250 Rancho Solano Parkway in Fairfield. The NorthBay Cancer Center event features lunch, entertainment and keynote speakers, as well as the “Speaking from the Heart” portion of the […]

Solano College to offer ‘one-stop shop’ for enrollment

FAIRFIELD — Prospective students interested in attending Solano Community College will be given an opportunity to do some “one-stop” shopping from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The event allows students to get assistance in one day with such services as admissions, assessment, counseling, financial aid and registration. Bring high school transcripts. Breakfast and lunch will […]

All about the numbers: Green Valley residents, school district at odds over Falls School property

FAIRFIELD — A controversial marketing plan that involves the rural 10-acre Falls School site on Rockville Road has pitted some Green Valley residents against the school district. Friends of Falls School, a small grassroots group that boasts a duo of lawyers, formed prior to a frenetic, and sometimes acrimonious, email campaign fraught with claims of a ruined rural enclave […]

Accordion club plans monthly get-together

VACAVILLE — Music will be playing once again Thursday at Pietro’s No. 2 when the Vacaville chapter of the Golden State Accordion Club has its monthly meeting. The music starts at 6:30 p.m. with free admission to come join the fun. The chapter offers youth scholarships for lessons and loaner instruments for qualified students. For more information, […]

Solano College unions, student group form alliance

FAIRFIELD — A call to gather the community Monday for a barbecue to voice concerns about the college has been sent out by a so-called newly formed alliance between the unions of Solano Community College and the Associated Students of Solano College. Jim DeKloe, president of the Solano College Faculty Association, called the gathering – from 11 a.m. […]

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