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Focus on school attendance now, always

If you listen to KUIC radio, you’ve probably heard Solano County Superintendent of Schools Jay Speck making public service announcements about the social and academic risk factors of chronic absence and truancy. In addition to public service announcements, the attendance awareness campaign also includes the use of Facebook, newspaper editorials, personalized banners for every school, […]

September 18, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Common Core, PLAs highlight Vacaville school candidate forum

VACAVILLE — Project labor agreements and Common Core proved key issues at a Wednesday forum for Vacaville School District candidates. The new school standards known as Common Core won support, while Deloris Roach – one of seven candidates for the three full-term seats on the school board – cited Common Core as an example of […]

Suisun council candidates all voice business-friendly platforms

SUISUN CITY — All the Suisun City Council candidates at Wednesday night’s forum stressed the need for more commercial development, said they wanted to make Suisun City more business-friendly and promised to bring more businesses to town. The main differences were about how this would be done and about each candidate’s track record. Incumbent Mike Hudson […]

Pepperbelly’s for sale

FAIRFIELD — Available: Site of the Pepperbelly’s comedy club property in downtown Fairfield. Cost: $650,000. The two parcels include a bar and the site of a bakery, said commercial real estate broker Larry Santaella, a 1962 graduate of Armijo High School who remembers going to movies when the Pepperbelly’s property was a movie theater. Pepperbelly’s is […]

Man fleeing deputy jumps into South Putah Canal, asks for help

FAIRFIELD — A Sacramento man, driving a vehicle with private security logos, reached speeds of up to 90 mph Wednesday when he drove east of Dover Avenue on Manuel Campos Parkway before exiting the car and jumping into the waters of the South Putah Canal, where he called for help and had to be rescued […]

Jury selection begins in 2011 Fairfield murder trial

FAIRFIELD — Jury selection got underway Wednesday for a Fairfield man who faces murder and torture charges in the May 2011 killing of Keith E. Osby Jr. Damarcus Armstrong has pleaded not guilty. Armstrong allegedly joined six others in ambushing Osby at a San Andreas Street home and beating him because he may have previously stolen […]

Seniors get help at Kroc Center health fair

SUISUN CITY — Seniors on Wednesday came to the Kroc Center to learn about fall prevention and Medicare and perhaps to give yoga a try. The Kroc Center held its Senior Health Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Organizers expected about 300 seniors to attend. It was a one-stop shop for senior issues. People could come […]

Theatre DeVille in Vacaville closes

VACAVILLE — Theatre DeVille in downtown Vacaville is shuttered little more than a half-year after its opening, at least for a while.

“After a massive yearlong renovation, meticulously reconstructing the theater and investing in state-of-the-art technical and production capacities, Theatre DeVille is closing its doors,” said a press release that came out Wednesday.

All future shows after Wednesday are canceled. Anyone who purchased tickets in advance will receive a refund, the press release said.

Drug court success stories tell their tales

FAIRFIELD — “Hello. My name is Tom and I’m an addict.” “Hello. My name is Desiree and I’m an addict.” So began the brief self-told tales of redemption for two parents speaking to many of their peers and other invited guests at the annual reunion celebration of parents whose drug addictions led authorities to take their […]

Suisun City Senior Center seeks holiday donations

SUISUN CITY — The Suisun City Senior Center is working on holiday preparations for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas season and needs help from the community and local businesses to sponsor each event. The senior center is a nonprofit agency that accepts donations of items or money to help provide holiday festivities. It seeks food items such as turkey, pumpkin […]

Injunction bars 33 city employees from striking in Vacaville

FAIRFIELD — A Solano County Superior Court judge after a Wednesday hearing granted the injunction sought by the city of Vacaville to prevent essential employees from striking. The decision by Judge Paul Beeman involves 33 employees and came after the city’s argument that a strike by Stationary Engineers Local 39 members could threaten the public health […]

Fairfield police log: Sept. 16, 2014

2:12 a.m. — Battery, 1200 block of B. GALE WILSON BOULEVARD 5:44 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 200 block of LAWRENCE STREET 7:12 a.m. — Commercial burglary, 9300 block of WEST CORDELIA ROAD 7:19 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 4800 block of BUSINESS CENTER DRIVE 7:55 a.m. — Vandalism, 2600 block of GULF DRIVE 7:57 a.m. — Vehicle theft, […]

Suisun City police log: Sept. 16, 2014

7:12 a.m. —  Vehicle theft, 500 block of EIDER LANE 9:43 a.m. — Vandalism, 900 block of MARINA CIRCLE 10:23 a.m. — Harassment, 1700 block of NEWARK LANE 11:31 a.m. — Vandalism, 100 block of RAILROAD AVENUE 2:27 p.m. — Assault, 400 block of WHISPERING BAY LANE 7:13 p.m. — Burglary, 100 block of SUNSET AVENUE 8:25 p.m. — Assault, 1300 block […]

Lunafest returns to Fairfield in November

FAIRFIELD — Members of Soroptimist International of Central Solano County will host the second Lunafest Film Festival in November. The event begins at 6 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Fairfield Center for Creative Arts, 1035 Texas St. Complimentary wine and cheese will be served. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Lunafest is a traveling film festival of award-winning short […]

Families first in reason for criminal justice offenses, Fairfield panel finds

FAIRFIELD — About 75 percent of the reason offenders are in the criminal justice systems rests with families and the other 25 percent stems from neighborhoods, the City Council heard Tuesday in an account of the report by the Mayor’s Commission on Crime. Only one person among 40 juvenile and adult offenders the commission spoke […]

Nonprofits ask for 50-50 cut of fireworks sales proceeds

SUISUN CITY — Representatives of three nonprofits would like to come back next year to sell fireworks in Suisun City, and also said Tuesday that they would like to see an even split of the profits between them and the city rather than the present 52-48 percent cut. Alooma Temple 212, the Macedonia Church and the […]

Suisun council gives go-ahead to Zephyr Estates plan

SUISUN CITY — The City Council gave its unanimous approval Tuesday to the proposed Zephyr Estates Development Project to build a retail and family housing development on the southeast corner of Walters Road and East Tabor Avenue. The council tabled the item last month after the city was informed by the Airport Land Use Commission it […]

Chamber to host Suisun City candidates night

SUISUN CITY — A Suisun City Council candidates forum hosted by the Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce’s Political Action Committee will take place at 6 p.m.Wednesday in the Suisun City Council chamber at 701 Civic Center Blvd. Two incumbents, Jane Day and Mike Hudson, are trying to keep their seats on the council while five challengers, Jan Davenport, […]

Anti-drug programs face funding shortfall

FAIRFIELD — Attempts to convince California congressional representatives to increase funding for a federal program – said to be a possible source to pay for anti-drug education of youths – have been unsuccessful, Mayor Harry Price said Tuesday. He responded at the City Council meeting to the suggestion by Roger Maryatt, executive director of the Fairfield-based Solano […]

Prosecutor drops, refiles charges against Vacaville pastor

FAIRFIELD — Prosecutors decided at the last minute Tuesday to drop and then refile felony stalking and arson charges against a Vacaville church pastor accused of coordinating the firebombing of his ex-girlfriend’s home. The decision came as scores of potential jurors waited nearby for a trial to get underway. Prosecutors told Judge Peter B. Foor they took […]

5th suspect in 2012 Vacaville jewel heist to stand trial

FAIRFIELD — One of the five suspects in an August 2012 Vacaville jewelry store heist that netted more than $500,000 in pricey watches and other items was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on a felony robbery charge. Adrian M. Landers III, 20, was behind the wheel of one of two getaway cars used in the robbery, […]

Damaged dog gets going-away party after getting healthy

VACAVILLE — Krinkls sports a scar the length of her bottom jaw, but that is already fading to pink, healthy skin. She was giving out kisses for the her bon voyage party Tuesday and wagging her tail for all it’s worth. The SPCA of Solano County threw the party in celebration of Krinkls going to […]

David Grant doctor’s mission continues

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — America may be drawing down its presence in Afghanistan, but the Craig Joint Theater Hospital has not let up in its mission to ensure American and coalition soldiers get home alive.

While the number of combat wounded has dropped, Afghan trauma and humanitarian patients continue to enter the largest American hospital in the theater.

Lt. Col. Jason Williams, a cardiothoracic surgeon at David Grant Medical Center was until July one of those treating the wounded and sick.

Williams was deployed in April to Afghanistan for a three-month tour of duty to the Craig Joint Theater Hospital in Bagram, the coalition’s major medical care facility there. He was part of a medical care team of 230 to 250 doctors . . .

Vacaville asks court to bar essential employees from striking

FAIRFIELD — A state agency, acting at the request of the city of Vacaville, seeks a court injunction to bar essential employees from striking because Vacaville says such a labor action could threaten the public health and safety by disrupting the city’s ability to provide drinking water and other critical services. The state Public Employment […]

Fairfield police log: Sept. 13, 2014

3:45 a.m. — Forgery, 1200 block of B GALE WILSON BOULEVARD 5:05 a.m. —  Vehicle burglary, 2800 block of PARKVIEW TERRACE 8:45 a.m. —  Vehicle burglary, 3800 block of DORAL DRIVE 8:56 a.m. —  Vehicle burglary, 4400 block of CENTRAL PLACE 9:11 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 2300 block of PALMER CIRCLE 10:02 a.m. —  Vehicle burglary, 5100 block of IDYLLWILD DRIVE 10:15 a.m. — Vehicle […]

Fairfield police log: Sept. 14, 2014

1:52 a.m. — Drunken driving, 3300 block of NORTH TEXAS STREET 2:09 a.m. — Residential burglary, 800 block of FAIRFAX COURT 6:39 a.m. — Drunken driving, sub-100 block of RED TOP ROAD 7:36 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 5200 block of ICHIKAWA LANE 7:39 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 400 block of GREGORY STREET 9:24 a.m. — […]

Fairfield police log: Sept. 15, 2014

2:20 a.m. — Prowler, 1200 block of HICKORY AVENUE 3:46 a.m. — Prowler, 2500 block of TREVINO WAY 7:03 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 1700 block of NEW JERSEY STREET 7:16 a.m. — Reckless driving, sub-100 block of EASTBOUND AIR BASE PARKWAY 7:51 a.m. — Robbery, sub-100 block of SANTA CLARA STREET 8:14 a.m. — Reckless […]

Suisun City police log: Sept. 15, 2014

7:33 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 900 block of MCCOY CREEK CIRCLE 8:33 a.m. —  Vehicle theft, 1600 block of YOUNGSTOWN LANE 9:12 a.m. —  Vandalism, 1100 block of TIOGA WAY 4:09 p.m. —  Reckless driver, PETERSEN ROAD/WALTERS ROAD 4:24 p.m. —  Trespassing, 600 block of PLACER LANE 5:39 p.m. —  Burglary, 1300 block of LAWLER RANCH PARKWAY 7:16 p.m. —  Harassment, 500 block of […]

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