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Land trust organizes Rockville Trails Preserve hike

FAIRFIELD — A free, guided hike is scheduled Sept. 27 for the Rockville Trails Preserve in the hills above Suisun and Green valleys. Docent Jim Hanser is to lead the hike on the Solano Land Trust property from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The property is open only to guided hikes such as this. Participants […]

Cordelia area developments go before Fairfield City Council

FAIRFIELD — Two residential developments with a total of 207 units in the Cordelia area off Red Top Road go before the Fairfield City Council on Tuesday after winning planning commission approval in August. The Enclave at Red Top is a proposed 143-lot, single-family residential subdivision on 22 acres. Gold Hill 2, a 64-unit, single-family […]

License plate camera readers in Fairfield helped solve 2013 murder, report notes

FAIRFIELD — A public hearing will be held Tuesday on the evaluation of the Community Development Block Grant program’s performance over the past fiscal year, when a closed circuit television on Grande Circle partly funded by the program was instrumental in solving the abduction and murder of a 13-year-old local resident, a Fairfield city staff […]

Birthday party brings writers, musicians in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — Musicians from the Young Artists Conservancy played, State Assemblyman Jim Frazier spoke and after the birthday celebration, Fairfield resident Lincoln Beals, 78, talked about writing his first book. “It’s exhausting,” he said. “I had no idea.” He was one of 15 local authors at the Solano County Library Foundation event marking 20 years […]

Council candidate leads cleanup day, youth rally

FAIRFIELD — The town saw a bit less trash in the downtown bushes Saturday due to Ben Afisivalu, a City Council candidate, and a small army of supporters. About 75 friends, family and those who back his campaign came to show their support for Afisivalu’s council run. Most came from Afisivalu’s youth group. He is youth pastor […]

Mayor’s crime panel finds pockets of despair in Fairfield

Report: Offenders raised by single moms FAIRFIELD — Fairfield has neighborhood “pockets of despair” – and most juvenile and adult offenders were raised by single mothers, says the Mayor’s Commission on Crime report, which calls for measures that include reviving once-vigorous summer sports programs in the city. Almost every incarcerated person the commission spoke with came from […]

Cut power in DC, Sacramento, Logue says

FAIRFIELD — Take power away from Washington, D.C. and Sacramento to boost local control, Assemblyman Dan Logue told the Central Solano Citizen-Taxpayer Group meeting Friday. He’s going to Congress not to pursue power but to shift it, said Logue, R-Loma Rica. He is running against incumbent Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, in the Nov. 4 election […]

Man, mules on mission for more walking trails

FAIRFIELD — John Sears put his feet to pavement 31 years ago and didn’t look back. Modern trappings do not interest him in the least and he is very happy to be close to nature, sharing his life with two companions, who happen to be mules. He considers himself to be the third “mule” and […]

Balfour Beatty joins September food drive

FAIRFIELD — Balfour Beatty Communities at Travis Air Force Base has teamed up with First Bank and Mission Solano for the Take Action Against Hunger food drive this month. People can drop off nonperishable food at the Balfour Beatty Community Center on the base, 1000 First St., and at the PeeP Drop inside the Health and Wellness Center, Building No. […]

Afisivalu campaign sets Fairfield cleanup day

FAIRFIELD — The Ben Afisivalu campaign for Fairfield City Council is coordinating a clean our city walk-a-thon and rally Saturday, the campaign announced. Supporters, family members, churches and pastors along with city officials are expected at the event. Fairfield Mayor Harry Price and Suisun City Mayor Pete Sanchez are scheduled to speak to support the […]

Recovery Rally set for Allan Witt Park

FAIRFIELD — The Solano Al-Anon Family Groups will host an information table from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20 at the annual Recovery Rally recovery event at Allan Witt Park, 1741 W. Texas St. September is National Recovery Month. The monthlong event is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the […]

Fairfield police plan DUI checkpoint

FAIRFIELD — Drivers in Fairfield may encounter a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint between 7 p.m. Friday and 12:30 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within the city. Members of the Fairfield Police Department’s Traffic Unit will set up the checkpoint as part of an effort to reduce the number of people killed and injured in alcohol- or drug-involved crashes, a police […]

Health, wellness fair organizers plan 2nd installment

FAIRFIELD — The second annual Health and Wellness Fair hosted by the Fairfield Church of Christ will return in October. Various stations will be set up in the church’s auditorium and will feature a number of free services and information. The Health and Wellness Fair will coincide with the church’s monthly community meal and clothing giveaway. The […]

Saturday author event marks Library Foundation anniversary

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Library Foundation will celebrate its 20th year of supporting library and community-based literacy programs Saturday with a local authors’ event, barbecue and birthday party at Wooden Valley Winery. The party starts at 2 p.m. and should end about 5 p.m. The family friendly event, sponsored by Bounty Books, will feature […]

Suspicious device prompts Highway 12 closure

FAIRFIELD — Highway 12 in Jameson Canyon was closed for about an hour Tuesday afternoon as authorities investigated a suspicious device found on or near the roadway. A regional traffic alert was issued shortly after 2 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. The highway was shut down from Interstate 80 in Fairfield to Kelly Road in Napa […]

‘Third place’ in Green Valley is tops Sunday

FAIRFIELD — The third place for Green Valley looks like it came from a movie set for California farm country. A third place, explained Nancy Nelson, board member for the Green Valley Agricultural Conservancy, is that additional site besides home and work where people can gather – and on Sunday they came to sip wine, […]

Parents deal with son’s autism a step at a time

FAIRFIELD — The Jones family is on a mission to help their son Elijah, 3, recover from autism. They know it will not be an easy journey and it has only just begun. Taryn Jones knew something was wrong with her son from the start. He had problems digesting his food and he couldn’t sleep more […]

Dream of a lifetime: Program grants visit with best friend

FAIRFIELD — Meeting your best friend for lunch is something people do every day. But for Ann Walsh, it was a dream of a lifetime.

Whisked away Aug. 21 in a luxurious town car from her home on Travis Air Force Base, Ann and her “soul friend,” Mary Brook Boffa, were treated like royalty at Hurley’s Restaurant in Yountville, where they dined on tender bison, succulent vegetables and enjoyed delicacies such as mussels.

Dessert? Strawberry shortcake, of course.

Garamendi doesn’t know if Central American youth are housed in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — Rep. John Garamendi says he doesn’t know is children and teens from Central America are being housed here. The congressman, who appeared Wednesday at Solano College to mark federal funding for the biotechnology program, said after the event that he’s unaware whether unaccompanied youths recently arrived from Central America are among those who live at a […]

Mraz: Short sale of house shouldn’t be campaign issue

FAIRFIELD — Councilman John Mraz says he’ll go to court over his home in Rancho Solano that’s the subject of a short sale after he paid more than $700,000 the past nine years on a predatory loan that he repeatedly tried to mitigate. “This is not over,” Mraz said Thursday about legal action that will […]

Fairfield woman celebrates 100th birthday

FAIRFIELD — It was Mae Lofgren’s day of 100 roses and 101 birthday cards from friends and family Thursday. When it was noted that the cards, one for each year of Mae’s life, numbered one more than the new-minted 100-year-old’s age, Emeritus at Rancho Solano Life Enrichment Director Stephanie Ellis said the 101st card “was one to grow […]

Armijo Alumni Association plans barbecue

FAIRFIELD — The Armijo Alumni Association is planning a backyard barbecue to help raise money for scholarships. The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Cordelia Fire Hall, 2155 Cordelia Road, Fairfield. The barbecue will feature a no-host bar by Harry’s Sportman’s Lounge and then a dinner with barbecue hamburgers and hot dogs […]

Car wash benefits Mission Solano Christmas

FAIRFIELD — Family Celebration Center will host a car wash from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Burger King, 2415 N. Texas St. All proceeds will be used to buy breakfast and gifts for children at Mission Solano’s Bridge to Life on Christmas. For more information, call 427-1947. Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or amaginnis@dailyrepublic.net. Follow her on Twitter […]

Solano plans Suicide Prevention Week events

FAIRFIELD — Solano County supervisors will consider designating Sept. 7-13 as Suicide Prevention Week in the county. Solano County lost 38 lives to suicide in 2013, according to a county press release, and suicide takes the lives of more than 30,000 people nationally every year. Activities planned for the week include applied suicide intervention skills […]

Senior Center’s fall dinner tickets on sale

FAIRFIELD — Tickets are now on sale for the Fairfield Senior Center Fall Dinner, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. The Cordelia Rotary Club will serve a roasted chicken dinner that includes beverage and dessert. Everyone in the community is welcome. Tickets may be purchased at the Fairfield Senior […]

Master Gardeners to host plant exchange

FAIRFIELD — The local Master Gardeners will be host their annual plant exchange from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 27 at the University of California Cooperative Extension, 501 Texas St. The Master Gardeners are asking that you bring plants, seedlings, seeds, gardening tools, gardening books/magazines, pots or garden art for exchange. No diseased plants, invasive plants or […]

Food bank shares ways to join Hunger Action Month

FAIRFIELD — You’ll be seeing orange this month as the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano encourages its supporters to Turn Orange for Hunger Relief. It’s a social media and community push to raise awareness for efforts to end hunger across the country and in the Bay Area. The Food Bank of Contra Costa […]

End city role at Parkway Gardens, Mraz says

FAIRFIELD — End the city’s role at Parkway Gardens and allow a homeowners association to manage the 240-unit condominium development that has used more police resources than the 14,000 residents of the Cordelia Villages area of the city, Councilman John Mraz said Tuesday. “We are not property managers,” he said. “This has gone too far.” […]

Rancho Solano, Paradise Valley courses not for sale, city says

FAIRFIELD — The city is not selling the Rancho Solano nor Paradise Valley golf courses, the mayor and City Council said after more than a dozen people spoke Tuesday – most in favor of Fairfield keeping ownership of the sites. “The golf courses are not for sale,” Mayor Harry Price said. He spoke after review […]

Road work will close Fairfield streets Thursday, Friday

FAIRFIELD — Asphalt slurry seal work, which requires three to four hours to dry and be ready for traffic, will close 15 streets Thursday and 13 streets Friday in Fairfield from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., the contractor says. It’s recommended that residents who wish to use their car park it before 7 a.m. on a […]

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