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Event benefits child who attends Cambridge School

VACAVILLE — Children and families of Cambridge Elementary School took part in a fundraiser Saturday for Shae McCord. The 9-year-old attends Cambridge Elementary and had a brain tumor removed in 2013. Then in November 2014, after her last round of chemotherapy, doctors found that the tumor had returned. To help offset the family’s out-of-pocket expenses related to Shae’s […]

Vacaville police make arrest after pursuit

VACAVILLE — Officers from the Vacaville Police Department arrested a man Friday afternoon after a high-speed chase and foot pursuit. Police tried to make a traffic stop when the driver failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Palm Avenue and Camellia Way sped away, according to a press release. The driver stopped his vehicle on the […]

Fairfield police log: March 27, 2015

5:07 a.m. — Arson, 200 block of JASMINE STREET 7:37 a.m — Forgery, 2700 block of SINGING HILLS COURT 9:50 a.m. — Trespassing, 500 block of PARKER ROAD 10:05 a.m. — Trespassing, 2100 block of PEACH TREE DRIVE 10:20 a.m. — Trespassing, 2000 block of SAN SALVADOR STREET 10:30 a.m. — Residential burglary, 1000 block […]

Suisun City police log: March 27, 2015

12:04 p.m. — Burglary, 300 block of SANDY LANE 12:20 p.m. — Fraud, 600 block of PINTAIL DRIVE 12:38 p.m. — Reckless driver, 200 block of WALNUT STREET 1:19 p.m. — Assault, MARINA BOULEVARD / BUENA VISTA AVENUE 1:28 p.m. — Burglary, 100 block of BIRCHWOOD COURT

Free paper shredding option returns to Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — A free program that allows people to get rid of sensitive documents while benefitting a United Cerebral Palsy work program got off to a solid seasonal start Saturday in Fairfield. The confidential paper shredding, e-waste and used clothing collection downtown drew many who wanted to get rid of their paper waste in a manner […]

Red Cross volunteers help assemble first aid kits

FAIRFIELD — The American Red Cross has a well-established reputation for service during disasters. Local volunteers, helping out during a Red Cross event Saturday afternoon at the Solano Town Center mall, helped assemble hundreds of first aid kits to ultimately be distributed to low-income families in the area to help prevent small, personal disasters from […]

PG&E helps replace stolen equipment

SUISUN CITY — The Pacific Gas & Electric Company announced a $5,000 donation Saturday to The Salvation Army to help replace communications equipment stolen from The Salvation Army’s mobile assistance vehicle while it was parked Wednesday outside of the Kroc Center. Replacement equipment has already been ordered and repairs to the vehicle are in progress in order […]

Justin-Siena names new principal

NAPA — Justin-Siena named a new principal Friday afternoon, a replacement for the private Catholic school’s previous principal, Herman Shum, who was killed during a cycling accident. John Bordelon will assume duties as principal at Justin-Siena beginning June 15. Bordelon has a Catholic school background, joining the Napa campus from Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, […]

Going home to mother

When my sweet wife, Zella, was fighting Alzheimer’s, she had a great desire to “Go home to mother . . . “  Her mother had passed away some 25 years earlier. That didn’t matter because she didn’t remember. We had many walks to find where “mother” lived. She said her mother lived in Fairfield. Address? She said […]

Perseverance allows some to overcome physical challenges

We all suffer the slings and arrows of health problems, especially as we age. There are role models in science, politics and the arts, however, who persevere against all odds. E.O. Wilson, a Harvard biologist, elucidated the chemical communication system that allows ant colonies to function. Yet he was nearly blinded in one eye as a […]

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Sheepdogs, handlers flock to Rio Vista for trials

RIO VISTA — The hills are alive with . . . no, not the singing von Trapps of “The Sound of Music” with the Alps as a backdrop, but rather the sound of barking dogs, baa’ing sheep, whistles and voice commands. Instead of Maria and the captain, there’s Gardnerville, Nevada, resident Gloria Atwater and her […]

Solano Rotary clubs honor top firefighters from across county

FAIRFIELD — Award banquets are often a good reason to have a nice dinner, a couple of cocktails and swap a few stories with some old friends. In the case of the Rotary club’s Night of Honor event, hosted Friday night at the Hilton Garden Inn, it’s an occasion to recognize the individuals who serve […]

Eatery to host event to support child with cancer

VACAVILLE — Children and families from Cambridge Elementary School have scheduled a fundraiser Saturday to benefit one of their own. The event to support Shae McCord and her family takes place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Pizza Pucks, 401 E. Monte Vista Ave., where 20 percent of the day’s proceeds will go to […]

Project begins to brighten downtown Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — The downtown will be more illuminating in the evenings with the completion of the Fairfield Main Street Association’s latest project. The downtown along Texas Street from Jefferson Street to Pennsylvania Avenue will have new lights strung among the trees on the street that will permanently shine in the evenings for the downtown area. “We are trying […]

Fraisure Smith hearing delayed twice Friday

FAIRFIELD — The court hearing about placing sexually violent predator Fraisure Smith into a Suisun Valley home was delayed twice Friday – and rescheduled for April 7.

The attorney representing Smith had a preliminary hearing in another case – delaying the matter until Friday afternoon, when the attorney said he needed more time to review documents in a filing by the Solano County District Attorney’s Office opposing Smith’s placement.

Attorney James McEntee said after the second brief hearing Friday that he had to formally ask the court in the afternoon to delay the matter rather than just alert the judge earlier about his request for more time to . . .

April workshops set for Train Station Project

FAIRFIELD — Two community workshops about the Train Station Project will take place in April when representatives of Fairfield and the Travis School District will review the development. An April 16 workshop will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Little Theatre at Vanden High School, 2951 Markeley Lane in Fairfield. An April 22 workshop will […]

Luncheon honors women for their work to help others

SUISUN CITY — Two women who have spent years working to make Solano County better for others were singled out Friday during the eighth annual Women’s History Luncheon. At the largest luncheon of the Solano Library Women’s History Project, which aims to honor women who have made contributions to their community by raising awareness and bringing […]

Fairfield police log: March 26, 2016

1:08 a.m. — Shots fired, 1900 block of GRANDE CIRCLE 3:05 a.m. — Assault with a deadly weapon, 1200 block of B. GALE WILSON BOULEVARD 7:31 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 4600 block of HAFLINGER DRIVE 7:34 a.m. — Vandalism, 1200 block of MEADOWLARK DRIVE 7:43 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 1000 block of MEADOW GLEN COURT 8:43 a.m. — Forgery, Forgery, 1000 block […]

Suisun police log: March 26, 2015

7:15 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 700 block of SHANNON DRIVE 11:43 a.m. — Trespassing, 500 block of PAULA DRIVE 12:45 p.m. — Harassment, 300 block of SANDY LANE 2:03 p.m. — Vehicle theft, 500 block of WHISPERING BAY LANE 2:12 p.m. — Assault, 400 block of WHISPERING BAY LANE 3:38 p.m. — Vandalism, 1600 block of TUCSON CIRCLE 7:43 p.m. — […]

Whimsical, wise-cracking nuns own stage in ‘Nunsense’

FAIRFIELD — I am not Catholic, but I feel the need to go to confession at the start of this review of Missouri Street Theatre’s current production of “Nunsense.” The show was the first main stage play by the Fairfield-based troupe back in 2009 and I reviewed it back then. Much of that review fits […]

Rio Vista singer ready for Rancho Cordova show

FAIRFIELD — Raymond Coats Sr. has been a staple at the Solano County Fair, bringing his soulful music to the Bay Stage. The Rio Vista resident moves up the freeway Saturday as he performs in Rancho Cordova. Audience members will hear tunes from his 10-song CD, “Simply Raymond,” produced by Tony Saunders, who was taught […]

Everyday life inspires model’s music

FAIRFIELD — Chloe Jean (Jarvis) works in two worlds – modeling and music. It’s the latter that holds her passion. “I’ve always been a musician,” said the Mill Valley resident. “I fell into modeling. It pays well and I’ve continued it. Singing has always been my thing.” A thing that started when she was in preschool […]

Hosting gig for comic, birthday party on weekend schedule

FAIRFIELD — Çomic Juan Carlos Arenas has a busy weekend. He’s the host for the Vallejo Comedy Show with Jeff Applebaum and Mike Capozzola on Friday in Vallejo. On Saturday it’s Juan-a-llpalooza, which the Santa Rosa resident describes as “like the Lilith Fair . . . except different.” Considerably different. Juan-a-llapalooza is his birthday comedy show. The event […]

Recall when Grange Intermediate opened its doors?

  The grand opening ceremonies for the $1.8 million, 20-acre Grange Intermediate School (now Grange Middle School) on Blossom Avenue took place Nov. 10, 1974. The school’s name, chosen by a citizen’s naming committee, honored the nation’s oldest agricultural organization, the National Fraternal Association of Farmers, and also the Tabor Avenue Grange Hall (later Lynne’s Dance Studio and now a church). The […]

Brasher new president, CEO of Jelly Belly

FAIRFIELD — Lisa Rowland Brasher has been named president and CEO of Jelly Belly Candy Company, it was announced Thursday. Four generations of the family before her have made candy in America and she will now lead all executive and operational activities for the company. She will report to company Chairman of the Board Herman […]

Single lane set for Vanden, Cement Hill roads

FAIRFIELD — Traffic on Vanden and Cement Hill roads will be down to a single lane for through traffic Monday to April 24 for road work being completed for the Peabody Road closure in June, the city’s Public Works Department said. Traffic will be down to a single lane on Vanden Road between Peabody Road […]

See site where Fraisure Smith may be sent, community will ask judge

FAIRFIELD — A Suisun Valley resident who compiled community comments will ask Judge Arvid Johnson to tour the property proposed as the home for sexually violent predator Fraisure Smith – a Willotta Drive site less than 2,000 feet from Solano College and less than a quarter-mile from a licensed home school for children. …

3,000 sign petition opposing Smith’s Suisun Valley placement

FAIRFIELD — More than 3,000 people have an online petition asking that Fraisure Smith not be sent to live in Suisun Valley, says the group Concerned Citizens of Suisun. The Willotta Drive home where Smith, 51, a sexually violent predator, would live is located 1/3-mile from Solano Community College, which conducts children’s swimming camps in […]

Ex-con files federal suit against Fairfield PD, retailer

FAIRFIELD — An ex-con with a penchant for suing local law enforcement officials filed federal lawsuit number seven this week claiming he is the victim of false arrest at the hands of Fairfield police and malicious prosecution by the District Attorney’s Office. Joshua N. Harrell, 38, was arrested on the afternoon of Sept. 2, 2014, after […]

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