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Hard-fought battle ends in victory

VACAVILLE — The Sweeting family was making major changes a year ago. Irvin Sweeting had just retired from the Air Force. He and his wife, Maryrose Sweeting, would stay in the area, find a home and raise their four children in familiar surroundings. There was barely time to adjust to that idea when the couple’s […]

Pay close attention to investment costs

Everybody wants to make money on their investments. Too often it seems that the money managers are doing better than their clients. Facing many challenges, Wall Street banks are hoping to do well by creating mutual funds for ordinary savers. Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo have been the major players recently […]

Those addictive, terrible, wonderful smartphones

Don’t let technology enslave you! #PutYourPhoneDown. It’s a quandary, isn’t it? Even those of us who make fun of kids having their noses in their smartphones become slaves to technology. If you don’t believe it, look up from your phone and look around. The other day, I went walking outside my office complex and wasn’t surprised. […]

April 26, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Be wary of next ‘big’ thing

There have been far too many articles and opinion pieces written about the downside of the Internet, so I won’t make that today’s theme. I don’t surf for extraneous items, except for one I couldn’t resist opening. If you haven’t seen it, or even tried it out, here’s the description from Yahoo Finance: “The Internet is freaking […]

Walk MS hits stride along Suisun waterfront

SUISUN CITY — Walk MS and its estimated 400 participants made strides Saturday along the city’s waterfront in the quest to eliminate multiple sclerosis. This was the first year for Deidre Ledford, development manager and special events coordinator for Walk MS, who joined the organization in February. Walk MS is a rallying point of the multiple sclerosis movement, creating […]

Patrons raise a glass to toast a good cause

FAIRFIELD — The most difficult yet most certain aspect of life is that it will come to an end one day. When that day comes, it’s important for those experiencing loss to have someone available for comfort and support. NorthBay Hospice and Bereavement has been providing that service and support for about as long as any […]

Children enjoy day of fishing at Fairfield pond

FAIRFIELD — About 400 eager children along with their parents armed with fishing poles, bait and tackle boxes spent time during Fairfield’s Earth Day celebration Saturday trying to catch fish in the well-stocked Civic Center pond. Leo Valencia, 13, and his cousin Alex Valencia, 9, both of Fairfield, said participation in the Kids Day of Fishing event […]

Police, faith groups look to change troubled neighborhoods

FAIRFIELD — Dealing with troubled neighborhoods has been a difficult task for community leaders across the country. Often, the solution has been to flood those areas with more policing, more faith initiatives or more social services. During a community outreach event Saturday on Grande Circle, the Fairfield Police Department, in partnership with five area churches, […]

Suisun police execute tobacco sting

SUISUN CITY — The Suisun City Police Department executed a tobacco sting operation Friday that targeted six randomly selected businesses that sell tobacco products, with the intent to determine if those businesses would sell tobacco products to minors. During the sting operation, according to police, four of the six target businesses refused to sell tobacco products to […]

CHP offers free class for senior drivers

FAIRFIELD — The California Highway Patrol’s ongoing program for senior drivers, Age Well Drive Smart, will continue May 14 in Fairfield. The free class will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. in the Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. California’s senior population is proving to be one of the fastest growing driving-age demographics in the […]

Covered California offers Solano enrollment events

FAIRFIELD — Several Covered California special enrollment events will take place in the local area leading up to the Thursday deadline for registering for the program. The deadline is for people who were not aware of the tax penalties for not having health insurance, according to information supplied by Covered California. Free assistance will be available Tuesday […]

Solano cities celebrate Earth Day

FAIRFIELD — Earth Day activities began early Saturday at Armijo High School and continued throughout town at a variety of locations. The Comcast Cares Day brought about 200 employees from the company with another 200 Armijo High School students and parents to help clean up the campus. Comcast Cares Day has been around for about 14 […]

Expo shows Kroc Center fun for whole Framily

SUISUN CITY — Whether it’s friends, family, the point of the second annual Framily Fun Expo, hosted at the Kroc Center in Suisun City, is to show guests from throughout the community that the center is for them. The event, complete with food, music, fitness, games and vendors, offered something for everyone, which was the goal, according […]

Supervisors consider changes in various county fees

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Board of Supervisors will consider changes in various fees charged by the county during their meeting Tuesday. The item, which includes a public hearing, is scheduled for the board’s regular meeting that begins at 9 a.m. at the County Government Center at 675 Texas St. County staff has recommended a […]

‘Princess’ claims her kingdom after doctors say she’s cancer-free

VACAVILLE — Taliyah Sweeting, the girl with an endless smile, fought a long and hard battle to slay the cancer dragon.

Her “kingdom” dubbed her “The Warrior Princess” early on. She took the title to heart, through rounds of chemotherapy, the loss of her beautiful hair and many days of being confined to home, not able to enjoy the things a typical 7-year-old girl loves.

She still carries the royal title and has a little spice to it since turning 8 on April 1 and getting a cancer-free diagnosis about two weeks later.

Commercial weight loss programs come under scrutiny

Two-thirds of American adults are overweight. The resulting health care challenges include osteoarthritis, diabetes and hypertension. Against that backdrop, a literature analysis was undertaken describing proprietary weight loss programs, published recently by Dr. Kimberly A. Gudzune and co-authors in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA, or […]

Food often a conduit to something more

Most of the things I write about are from my own experience. The idea is to share those experiences with others. Usually seniors, but not always. Some experiences are life lessons that are useful for anyone. One afternoon I received a call from an old friend whose husband had to “unretire” and return to work in […]

‘Cinderella’ carries on despite theater flood

FAIRFIELD — The popular saying around the theater is “the show must go on.” During the opening night production of “Cinderella” at downtown’s Fairfield Center for Creative Arts, a malfunctioning water heater caused a flood in the backstage workshop. Water began spilling into the rear of the theater during the production’s intermission, which turned out to be […]

Real estate transactions for April 25, 2015

BENICIA TOTAL SALES: 7 HIGHEST AMOUNT: $670,000 LOWEST AMOUNT: $139,000 MEDIAN AMOUNT: $500,000 AVERAGE AMOUNT: $434,000 375 Columbia Circle – $390,000, 03-31-15 [2 Bdrms – 1500 SqFt – 1992 YrBlt] 443 Marina Place – $500,000, 03-27-15 [4 Bdrms – 4634 SqFt – 1982 YrBlt] Previous Sale: 03-20-2001, $399,500 107 Panorama Drive – $670,000, 03-27-15 [5 Bdrms – […]

3 letters to Vacaville may cost $100,000 to answer

VACAVILLE — Responding to three letters – one 57 pages long with an extra 3,000 pages of attachments – from a law firm could cost Vacaville $100,000. The correspondence about updating the city’s General Plan comes from a resident, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation and attorneys representing the Solano County Orderly Growth Committee. Vacaville City […]

Transportation leaders point to need for funding changes

FAIRFIELD — A trio of elected and appointed officials agree: Changes are needed in transportation funding and now is the time to make those changes. That point of view was shared Friday during a Solano Economic Development Corporation breakfast. Assemblyman Jim Frazier, chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee, was joined on stage by Supervisor Jim […]

Man, suspected of making videos of teen girl in bathroom, to stand trial

FAIRFIELD — A Vacaville man living with his girlfriend and several of her young children was ordered Friday to stand trial on a pair of felony child sex charges for allegedly videotaping her 13-year-old daughter as she showered. Arthur Macias, 31, used an electronic tablet device covered in a towel and hidden in a wicker […]

Awareness effort focuses on preventing child abuse, neglect

FAIRFIELD — A national campaign to prevent child abuse and neglect has found a foothold in Solano County, where one study shows hundreds of children are abused each year. About 500 children in Solano County were verified to be victims of child abuse in 2013, according to the University of California, Berkeley, Center for Social Services Research. The […]

Together to remember children lost to violence

FAIRFIELD — Unite beyond platitudes, politics and egos to prevent violence toward children, the Rev. Todd Bertani asked Friday at the Children’s Memorial Flag Day on Friday in Fairfield – and around America.

“When we work together we can really change this problem and this tragedy,” said Bertani, pastor at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Fairfield.

“Keep doing more,” said Bertani, who serves on the board of directors for the Interfaith Council of Solano County. “This problem will change.”

Congress in 2001 declared the fourth Friday in April to remember children who die . . .

Church offers free Southern Gospel concert

VACAVILLE — Trinity Baptist Church will host a free concert Sunday. The Liberty Quartet, a traditional Southern Gospel quartet, is a full-time concert ministry based in Boise, Idaho. The group will perform from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Baptist Church, 401 W. Monte Vista Ave., Vacaville. No admission fees are requested, but an offering will be taken in support […]

Summer Spare the Air season set to start

FAIRFIELD — The 2015 summer Spare the Air season, which focuses on reducing smog-forming pollution during the warmer months, is being launched Monday by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. The season’s launch coincides with national Air Quality Awareness Week, which runs through May 1, according to a district press release. The summer Spare […]

Suisun City police log: April 23, 2015

5:05 a.m. — Vandalism, 300 block of STAMPER CIRCLE 10:10 a.m. — Fraud, 400 block of COOT LANE 10:19 a.m. — Reckless driving, HIGHWAY 12 / LAWLER RANCH PARKWAY 5:57 p.m. — Reckless driving, HIGHWAY 12 / MARINA BOULEVARD 8:55 p.m. — Shooting into an inhabited dwelling, 1100 block of WORLEY ROAD 11:13 p.m. — Shots fired, 1300 block of WORLEY ROAD

Fairfield police log: April 23, 2015

4:35 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 300 block of EAST ALASKA AVENUE 6:57 a.m. — Vandalism, 1400 block of DRIFTWOOD CIRCLE 7:59 a.m. — Trespassing, 4400 block of CENTRAL PLACE 9:29 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 2800 block of DOVER AVENUE 9:40 a.m. — Forgery, 900 block of ANTIQUITY DRIVE 10:05 a.m. — Reckless driving, AIR BASE PARKWAY 11:39 a.m. — Vandalism, 200 block of EAST TABOR AVENUE 12:04 p.m. — Fight with […]

Armijo High building still majestic at 100

Armijo High School began in 1891 with 30 students in a single classroom located in the Crystal Elementary School building. A separate Queen Anne-style wooden building was built in 1893 for use on the eastern end of Union Avenue. When the high school-age population of Fairfield began to grow, the 16,000-square-foot reinforced concrete building that echoed […]

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