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Council to hear presentation on plastic bag ban bill

VACAVILLE — A plan to discontinue plastic bag use in local retail will make yet another pass next week before the Vacaville City Council. Council members will hear a presentation from the Solano County Resource Management Office concerning the single-use plastic bag ban proposal in the Legislature. The same presentation was given March 13 to the […]

Fairfield police log: April 18, 2014

4 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 1800 block of NEPHI DRIVE 7:15 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 1100 block of MISSION CIRCLE 8:15 a.m. — Vandalism, 2200 block of TILDEN PLACE 8:43 a.m. — Residential burglary, 1200 block of DANA DRIVE 10:03 a.m. — Grand theft, 1500 block of NORTH TEXAS STREET 10:35 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, […]

Cookbooks, a popular mainstay at the library

One of the roles of a librarian is to evaluate “the collection” (what we call all the materials in the library) to make sure it has the breadth and depth necessary to meet the needs of the community. As I was evaluating the cookbook and culinary arts section, I came across “The Twinkies Cookbook.” With […]

April 19, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Leave a reply

Come out and support Solano College auto body program

This column is about three subjects. All of them are related. It’s about Dan Ulrich, his auto body shop program at Solano Community College and the third annual Auto Body Club Car Show. The car show is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 3 at Solano Community College. It’s a fundraiser, but don’t let […]

Implementing Common Core: A work in progress

“Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men – the balance-wheel of the social machinery.” – Horace Mann, renowned U.S. educator Horace Mann’s premise is no less true today. As the daughter of a sharecropper, I can’t imagine my life, though with access only to […]

Supervisor candidates vary on Plan Bay Area

FAIRFIELD — Plan Bay Area is a controversial Bay Area growth strategy that has fans and detractors among Solano County Board of Supervisors candidates.

Whoever is elected to the Board of Supervisors could get to further shape the Plan Bay Area vision – or try to move away from it. The Board of Supervisors has representatives on the regional groups that put the plan together.

Two seats are on the June 3 ballot.

Create personal libraries for the children in your life

Do you remember buying your first book with gift money or a weekly allowance? How did it make you feel? I remember buying a “Pippi Longstocking” book and a book in the “Mrs. Pepperpot” series. Mrs. Pepperpot could shrink herself down to the size of a pepperpot. I liked Pippi because she was a spunky […]

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. […]

Suisun man files federal civil rights suit against city police, others

SUISUN CITY — A Suisun City man who’s awaiting retrial on felony and misdemeanor charges filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Thursday in Sacramento against the Suisun City Police Department, Police Chief Ed Dadisho, three of his officers, the Suisun City Council, the city manager and attorney. Rich Giddens’ lawsuit – he is acting as […]

Fairfield author to speak at women’s expo

FAIRFIELD — Janie P. Bess, a local author from Fairfield, will be a featured speaker at the “Woman of Purpose, Power and Passion Empowerment Expo” designed to highlight women who have overcome great challenges. Bess chronicled her successful effort to raise a self-sufficient disabled son in her book, “Visions.” “I plan to tell stories about […]

Piano scholarship competition set in Vallejo

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County branch of the Music Teachers’ Association of California will have its annual piano scholarship competition at 1 p.m. May 4 at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, 734 Marin St. in Vallejo. Ten young pianists will compete for awards. The event is open to the public and admission is free. […]

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 […]

Fairfield council candidates weigh in on crime

FAIRFIELD — Crime was a key topic when Ben Afisivalu formally announced Friday that’s he running for Fairfield City Council. “We are facing hard times in our city,” he said. “Crime has brought fear in the minds of some of the residents.” When people are scared to enjoy the place they call home, Afisivalu said, […]

Police release name of woman found dead in Fairfield canal

FAIRFIELD — Police on Friday released the name of a woman found dead April 10 in a canal off North Texas Street. The woman was identified as Delicia Wilkerson-Smith, a 41-year-old Fairfield resident. Wilkerson-Smith was identified after assistance from the Solano County Fingerprint Analysis Unit and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Her name was initially withheld pending […]

Jury acquits substitute teacher in child abuse case

FAIRFIELD — A substitute teacher’s nightmare ended Friday when a four-day jury trial ended with quick not guilty verdicts on four child abuse charges involving four second-graders at David A. Weir Elementary School. Joe Yow, 52, of Suisun City, was arrested by Fairfield police at his home on Oct. 19, 2012, the day after the […]

3 of 5 suspects in fatal Grande Circle shooting appear in court

FAIRFIELD — Three of five suspects in the deadly April 11 Grande Circle shootout made their first court appearances Friday. Donald R. Hill Jr., 24, Darren J. McFadden, 19, and Trayvon L. Wayfer, 19, all of Fairfield, were arraigned on murder and attempted murder charges for the shooting death of Tereaun Berry. Berry, 26, was shot […]

DA kicks more cash into campaign; endorsements continue

FAIRFIELD — With a $75,000 donation to his own campaign earlier this week, District Attorney Donald A. du Bain has now given his campaign nearly $225,000. The latest donation follows donations of $20,000 and $30,000 apiece that du Bain put into his campaign a few weeks ago. Those donations accompany more than $80,000 left over […]

Fairfield police log: April 17, 2014

12:03 a.m. — Prowler, 900 block of SECOND STREET 12:16 a.m. — Robbery, 1500 block of PHOENIX DRIVE 9:13 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 2000 block of WINSTON DRIVE 9:22 a.m. — Vandalism, 200 block of DAFFODIL DRIVE 9:28 a.m. — Kidnapping, 900 block of EAST TABOR AVENUE 9:55 a.m. — Residential burglary, 5200 block of SPRINGRIDGE WAY 10:20 a.m. — Forgery, 1000 block […]

Suisun City police log: April 17, 2014

4:20 p.m. — Drunk in public, 600 block of RAILROAD AVENUE 6:28 p.m. — Vandalism, 1300 block of PHILLIP WAY 9:32 p.m. — Fraud, 500 block of ACAPULCO COURT 9:33 p.m. — Vandalism, 1100 block of WESLEY WAY

Solano unemployment inches downward

FAIRFIELD — Solano County’s unemployment rate in March continued its 2014 trend of falling each month, if only by a little. The March seasonally unadjusted rate was 7.9 percent, the state Employment Development Department announced Friday. That compares to 8 percent in February and 8.2 percent in January. Typically, the unemployment falls just a little […]

Spering, Bertani spar over fighting crime

FAIRFIELD — Pam Bertani says statements by incumbent Solano County Supervisor Jim Spering show he doesn’t care about crime in Fairfield – while Spering counters that the city councilwoman’s criticism reflects her desperation after failing to deal with crime in Fairfield. Bertani and Spering are among four candidates on the June 3 ballot for the […]

Restraining-order dad says school district retaliates with stay-away order

FAIRFIELD — Stephen Feudner, the father who has a restraining order against a 9-year-old child for alleged bullying, says the Fairfield-Suisun School District has retaliated by serving a stay-away order to keep Feudner off Rolling Hills Elementary School grounds. “They sure are real quick,” Feudner said Friday, “to send the police to my house.” A […]

Real estate transactions for April 19, 2014

BENICIA TOTAL SALES: 6 HIGHEST AMOUNT: 545,500 LOWEST AMOUNT: 305,000 MEDIAN AMOUNT: 460,000 AVERAGE AMOUNT: 445,917 170 Carlisle Way – $430,000, 03-27-14 [3 Bdrms - 1365 SqFt - 1973 YrBlt] 1737 Lindo Street – $305,000, 03-31-14 [2 Bdrms - 1484 SqFt - 1984 YrBlt] Previous Sale: 10-23-2009, $249,500 1502 London Circle – $395,000, 03-31-14 [2 Bdrms - 1440 SqFt - […]

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 […]

Lake Berryessa memories and the lost town of Monticello

“Going to the lake” – the lake in this context being Lake Berryessa – elicits lots of memories of carefree fun for me, including: Numerous trips with Debbie Phillips, Phil Olivares, John Nolan, Kathleen Mahoney and others in the early 1980s, listening to John Cougar’s “American Fool.” Going to Oak Shores with Ben Kusaka, Darin […]

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