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NorthBay Healthcare hospitals earn nursing ‘magnet’ designations

FAIRFIELD — Five years of hard work paid off this week for nurses at NorthBay Healthcare when its health care operations in Fairfield and Vacaville were designated nursing magnet hospitals. The designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for NorthBay Medical Center and VacaValley Hospital puts the Solano County hospitals on equal footing with Stanford […]

Kaiser’s Vacaville facility earns Level II verification

VACAVILLE — Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center has been verified as a Level II trauma center. The certification by the American College of Surgeons caps a lengthy process that saw Kaiser Permanente’s facility in Vacaville square off with NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield to secure the county’s lone allowable Level II trauma center designation. That […]

Free flu shots, tax prep, summer lunches – helping to fight poverty

According to the Children’s Network, in Solano County, “More than 25 percent of children under age 5, and nearly 20 percent of all children under age 18, live below the federal poverty line that is less than $23,850 per year for a family of four.” Public libraries can creatively assist individuals and families facing underemployment, and also bring educational […]

Meeting a great role model at any age

Ever wonder where the big red Salvation Army kettle comes from? I’ll tell you a bit later. Barry Young keeps asking me where I find all the stuff to write about. It just comes to me. Here’s a column subject that came unexpectedly. It’s about a fellow I think you all should know, Ralph Ables. I am really […]

Top students, after-school program backers make headlines

A trio of top students in the Fairfield-Suisun School District and a recap of support for a Fairfield-based after-school recreation and nutrition program top this week’s recap of top news in central Solano County. School district names students of the month FAIRFIELD — This month the Fairfield-Suisun School District has selected another group of students […]

New development fees start Jan. 1 in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Developers looking to build commercial or residential dwellings in Vacaville will see a 5 percent increase in impact fees for building permits beginning Jan. 1. The Vacaville City Council approved the increase at its Dec. 9 meeting. Building permit applicants who currently have permits ready to be issued by the city are asked to obtain […]

Creche collection grows in size, popularity

FAIRFIELD — Bobby Savoy was up to the task, albeit on an improvisational basis.

Before him was a small wooden manger. Nowhere to be found was a screwdriver.

With scissors in hand, Savoy united the pieces that are now part of the 12th Annual Bev Orlando Memorial Creche Exhibit that opens Saturday.

It is included in the almost 400 Nativity scenes on display in the dome at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. Almost every country in the world is represented.

Some of them have figurines that are not much larger than a thumbnail. Others feature the faces of Charlie Brown characters.

There’s a story behind many of the creches.

Handmade Christmas display is man’s labor of love

FAIRFIELD — Bob Kofalk is only limited by his imagination – and space. For the past 15 years, the 84-year-old Fairfield resident has decked out the Fairfield Senior Center Lobby with a handmade Christmas display. This year, Kofalk’s village consumes about one-third of the lobby with its 21 Christmas trees, a rife of handmade wooden […]

Company competition a big win for charity

FAIRFIELD — A friendly company competition between departments turned into a win for hungry families in Solano County. UTC Aerospace in Fairfield, which manufactures aerospace and defense products, decided this year to continue a competition to see which department could bring in the most food. Winners were judged by weight and quantity of items. The effort has […]

Fairfield police log: Dec. 18, 2014

12:22 a.m. — Trespassing, 1200 block of B. GALE WILSON BOULEVARD 1:38 a.m. — Reckless driving, WATERMAN BOULEVARD 1:55 a.m. — Reckless driving, GREEN VALLEY ROAD 7:13 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 1900 block of SANTA MONICA STREET 8:07 a.m. — Reckless driving, PEABODY ROAD 8:16 a.m. — Drunk and disorderly, 2000 block of NORTH TEXAS STREET 8:41 […]

Suspect in Conway-Allen slaying enters plea; decision on death penalty pending

FAIRFIELD — Attorneys in the case involving a Fairfield man accused of kidnapping, raping and strangling 13-year-old Genelle Conway-Allen in 2013 said a decision about whether prosecutors will seek the death penalty may not be finalized until April. Accused child killer Anthony L. Jones, 33, was arraigned Friday, pleading not guilty to the murder charge with […]

Convict Pigues of murder, prosecution asks, while defense says it’s manslaughter

FAIRFIELD — Zavier Pigues shot his victim in the back – “the way a coward does” – in a cold, calculated killing and should be convicted of murder, a prosecutor told jurors Friday, while the defense said Pigues is guilty of voluntary manslaughter but not murder. Deputy District Attorney Julie Underwood said during closing arguments […]

College district, faculty reach salary negotiation impasse

FAIRFIELD — One side believes it’s akin to squeezing blood out of a turnip. Not so, said the other side. Solano Community College District is at a legal impasse with the Solano College Faculty Association, throwing upcoming negotiations to a mediator who will be tasked with helping both sides come to an agreement. Much of the discord […]

Real estate transactions for Dec. 20, 2014

BENICIA TOTAL SALES: 6 HIGHEST AMOUNT: $719,000 LOWEST AMOUNT: $373,000 MEDIAN AMOUNT: $453,500 AVERAGE AMOUNT: $484,000 505 Capitol Drive – $475,000, 11-25-14 [3 Bdrms – 1745 SqFt – 1980 YrBlt] 1767 Clos Duvall Court – $432,000, 11-25-14 [3 Bdrms – 1660 SqFt – 2004 YrBlt] 424 Hawthorne Lane – $430,000, 11-26-14 [3 Bdrms – 1566 SqFt – […]

‘Hip Hop Christmas Carol’ introduces the Grinch this year

FAIRFIELD — There’s a show business adage: Don’t work with kids and animals. Nestor Campos Jr. is doing both. He’s playing the Grinch in this year’s production of “A Hip Hop Christmas Carol.” The Grinch’s trusty canine, Jack, will be at his side. Those who attended the Fairfield tree lighting got a sample of what […]

Sondheim’s ‘Woods’ holiday showcase for Missouri Street Theatre

FAIRFIELD — ’Tis the season of Sondheim. Missouri Street Theatre is kicking off its stage version of “Into the Woods” this weekend. The long-awaited film version debuts Thursday. In the local stage version, Maureen-Theresa Williams plays the mother of Jack, a character based on “Jack and the Beanstalk.” The Walnut Creek resident is a Missouri […]

December 19, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Celebrate the magic of Christmas

It’s easy to get cynical about the commercialism surrounding Christmas, but still, there is something about this time of the year that can bring out the best in people. The following great stories from locals are about Christmases past, but like one of Ebenezer Scrooge’s ghosts, I hope all of you also have a great […]

December 19, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 2 Replies

Frankye Kelly ready to spread holiday cheer

BENICIA — A jazzy Christmas is on tap Sunday as vocalist Frankye Kelly pairs up with saxophonist Bryan Girard, keyboard player Laura Klein, bassist Bill Lanphier and drummer Karl Chelette. Kelly is the oldest child of the late Bill Thurston, a longtime history and political science professor at Solano Community College. Thurston served in the military, which […]

Shining bright for all to see: Locals deck out yards, homes

SUISUN CITY — Jim Martin moved into his house at 535 Honker Lane, a week before Christmas 35 years ago. There was only enough time to put up a tree that year. The next year, 1980, Martin began following in his father’s steps, decorating the front of the house with lights and Christmas decorations that […]

D’Angelo delivers after departure of more than a decade

Some records spend so long in alchemy that people wonder if they even exist at all. One such record is D’Angelo’s third album, “Black Messiah,” which appeared Sunday evening. It arrived one month shy of the 15th anniversary of 2000’s “Voodoo,” his previous effort, a star-making slab known as much for its tasty neo-soul grooves as flaunting […]

Police arrest 2nd suspect in Fairfield credit union robbery

FAIRFIELD — Police with search warrants for a Kennedy Court residence arrested a second suspect Thursday in the Dec. 12 robbery of the Solano First Credit Union. Gabriel Mosby, 55, is a convicted felon with prior law enforcement contacts for burglary, robbery, felon possession a firearm, criminal conspiracy and other matters, Fairfield police said in […]

Chief: New fire station will improve response times in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — A new fire station, planned for Cogburn Circle and Vanden Road, will improve response times by an estimated 3 to 5 percent, Vacaville Fire Chief Frank Drayton says. He spoke at a neighborhood meeting Thursday at the Ulatis Community Center about the station, which is estimated to cost $4 million. The new fire […]

Police arrest Fairfield man after reported burglary, auto theft

VACAVILLE — An alert employee interrupted a burglary in progress at his place of work late Wednesday night, said police who arrested a Fairfield man as the suspect. Vacaville police responded at 11:06 p.m. to a business on the 800 block of Cotting Lane after getting a call of a burglary in progress. An employee […]

Safe streets task force work nets 3

FAIRFIELD — A federal grand jury has indicted two Vallejo residents and a Sacramento man on charges of being felons in possession of firearms, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced Thursday. If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. These cases are the products of […]

Man claims excessive force in $2.5M suit against Vacaville police

VACAVILLE — An ex-con with a local criminal history that dates back more than 20 years has sued the Vacaville Police Department in federal court in Sacramento for $2.5 million, claiming he is the victim of excessive force by Vacaville police officer David Spencer. Casey A. Kilgore filed his lawsuit Dec. 11 from his cell at the Solano […]

Man suspected in workplace stabbing makes brief court appearance

FAIRFIELD — A 19-year-old Vacaville man who faces attempted murder and felony assault charges made a brief court appearance Thursday. Daniel Carranza agreed to postpone until January a probable cause hearing that had been scheduled for Christmas Eve. Carranza was arrested by Vacaville police approximately two weeks after he allegedly stabbed a coworker four times while […]

Groundbreakings, ribbon-cuttings play role in civic life

FAIRFIELD — Solano County in August 2012 conducted a groundbreaking ceremony for its Claybank Jail expansion and local officials used shovels to dig into a mound of dirt as cameras clicked.

Major construction work on the new jail finished this summer. Dignitaries on June 5 posed for more photos, this time as a ribbon at the jail entrance was cut.

Gold shovels and giant scissors. Those are the mainstays of celebrations for new buildings, bridges and roads, not only in Solano County, but across the nation. These props are as much a part of public life as the gavel used by mayors to open city council meetings.

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