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Fairfield man killed after family gathering in Napa

FAIRFIELD — A 29-year-old Fairfield man was stabbed to death by his uncle on Christmas night as they traveled home in a car from a family gathering in Napa, according to the Napa County Sheriff’s Department. Daniel Joseph Shaffer was transported from the scene at Highway 29 and Highway 221 to Queen of the Valley Hospital, where […]

Fairfield firefighters save Christmas for family

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield firefighters rescued Christmas for a local family that got burned out of their home Monday. A fast-moving fire that started in the kitchen destroyed the home on Coronado Court late Monday afternoon, leaving the two sisters, both single mothers, a 2-year-old child and a grandmother with only the clothes on their backs. They lost everything else […]

Fire damages Fairfield home

FAIRFIELD — A fire badly damaged a bedroom in a home Friday on the 1200 block of McKinley Street, but no one was injured, according to Fairfield firefighters. The small blaze was reported at about 8:30 a.m. in a back bedroom at a house next to the intersection of McKinley Street and East Colorado Street. […]

Man’s walk for peace enters Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — Luke Wonderly says he started his Peace Walk on April 26 in Bakersfield and is happy to have made it 600 miles to Fairfield by Christmas Eve. “It hasn’t been easy,” Wonderly said, “I got very sick at the beginning of my walk and had to recuperate.” He said he plans to travel to […]

Christmas Eve event features Bible, bikes

FAIRFIELD — Kristy Juarez left the Mission Solano gift distribution Christmas Eve at the Fairfield Community Center with a new, pink Huffy bicycle for her 6-year-old daughter.

“It was fate, I guess,” she said of holding a winning raffle ticket.

Dozens of bikes lined the stage – and while last year Juarez wasn’t among the winners – she had barely walked into the community center Wednesday when she learned her daughter would have a bike for Christmas.

“I was really shocked,” she said.

The bike raffle, part of the event that included a holiday . . .

Truck crash closes Enterprise Drive

FAIRFIELD — A Tuesday morning big-rig accident on Enterprise Drive closed that street after the truck hit a pole and the accident ruptured the vehicle’s fuel tank, spilled an undetermined amount of diesel fuel onto the roadway and landscaping, according to Fairfield police. The accident occurred at about 8:45 a.m. when the truck was turning out of a […]

Sweetest menorah in Solano County gets lit

FAIRFIELD — It was the sweetest menorah lighting of the season.

A half-dozen of Solano County’s Jewish residents celebrated the eighth night of Hanukkah early Tuesday night by filling the last of the stems of a giant menorah in front of the Jelly Belly Visitors Center.

More than 300 people gathered for the event, which also offered refreshments such as latkes and knishes from Gilah’s Kosher Deli, a Kosher wine tasting, cookie decorating, massages, an acrobatic performance by the Red Panda Acrobat Show and photos with Mr. Jelly Belly . . .

Muscular disease does not deter boy’s giving spirit

FAIRFIELD — A young boy’s desire to help others manifested itself Monday during a 30-minute visit to a Fairfield homeless shelter.

Aaron Phelps, 6, is a first-grader at Suisun Valley Elementary School. He’s also the focal point of a campaign that’s in its third year to bring stuffed animals, books and socks to Solano County’s children who are in need of some Christmas joy.

Aaron, who turns 7 in January, does this through his Aaron’s Animal Angels page on Facebook, which had more that 3,600 likes as of Monday night.

The page drew support in the form of gifts from across the country to his Bear Book ’N Sock campaign, through which stuffed animals, books for children and socks are collected for holiday distribution.

Nativity display open for viewing at Fairfield church

FAIRFIELD — The 12th Annual Bev Orlando Memorial Creche Exhibit continues this week at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. The display includes more than 400 Nativity sets from around the world. The event is open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Christmas Eve; 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas Day and 9:30 […]

Lawyers offer free legal advice in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — Those who need some free legal advice may find it this week at the downtown Fairfield library. The legal advice is available from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Fairfield Civic Center Library. Sessions are limited to 20 minutes and are available on a first-come, first-served basis, according to a library press release. Organizers […]

Jelly Belly schedules 5th Annual Hanukkah Menorah Lighting

FAIRFIELD — Jelly Belly Candy Company’s 5th Annual Hanukkah Menorah Lighting will take place Tuesday at the company’s visitors center. The free event will begin at 4 p.m. and conclude at 7 p.m. It’s hosted by Chabad of Solano County to celebrate the Festival of Lights with the lighting of a giant Jelly Belly bean-filled menorah. A Hanukkah Wonderland […]

Christmas comes early to San Marco Street park

FAIRFIELD — He left the San Marco Street park with a red Mercedes-Benz that he’ll give to his 2-year-old nephew.

Rafael Cruz, 12, held the package with the toy replica of the luxury car and talked Thursday about how his sister already has the wrapping paper for the Christmas gift to the 2-year-old boy.

It was one of dozens of toys distributed at the park near Anna Kyle Elementary School in a weeklong program by the city’s Fun on the Run after-school recreation program . . .

Travis squadron delivers Christmas gifts to East Tabor

FAIRFIELD — The questions started in November about the event Friday at The Groves at East Tabor apartments, where the police chief, vice mayor and city manager for Fairfield were among the people present. The 18 children who were given gifts from the 573rd Global Support Squadron at Travis Air Force Base wanted to know all […]

Free New Year’s celebration slated

FAIRFIELD — “Getting Glitzy for Jesus” is the theme of the New Year’s Eve celebration at Word of Faith Christian Center on Dec. 31. The semi-formal event will take place from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and is open to the public. The address is 650 Parker Road. Admission is free. Music, fun and midnight breakfast […]

Blue Christmas service offers reflection, hope

FAIRFIELD — The bells chimed. Choral tones followed. A few minutes later, soft sniffles began. Then, some tears. It wasn’t a typical Christmas service. It wasn’t meant to be. For the second consecutive year, Grace Episcopal Church hosted a Blue Christmas service, a time of reflection and prayer. “It’s time we can, with others, acknowledge […]

The Salvation Army serves 1,000-plus across 2 days

FAIRFIELD — Hundreds of the area’s low-income families were beneficiaries Saturday of The Salvation Army’s final holiday distribution of the year in Fairfield and Vacaville, which included food, toys and for some, Christmas trees.

Stephanie Kent of Fairfield could barely contain her excitement at having received one of about a dozen trees that were donated by a local tree farm. This Christmas has been one of the best in a very long time for her.

“I have been homeless for the last five years,” Kent said.

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 […]

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 […]

Plan for $169,200 in train station project habitat credits gets green light

FAIRFIELD — The city will pay $169,200 for environmental credits at the Elsie Gridley Mitigation Bank outside Dixon to offset impacts of the Fairfield train station to a one-third acre of vernal pool crustacean habitat. City Council members meeting Tuesday approved the payments to mitigate impacts to the habitat for the vernal pool fairy shrimp […]

Council OKs $65,730 pact to advocate for Travis base

FAIRFIELD — City Council members on Tuesday approved a $65,730 contract with a Washington, D.C. lobbyist to advocate for Travis Air Force Base – with the city share set at $25,000. “Protection of Travis from potentially harmful moves or actions will require a united front in Solano County, the state of California and in Washington, D.C.,” according […]

Christmas comes early for prenatal program participants

FAIRFIELD — Santa waited patiently Wednesday to give away blue and white teddy bears at the annual ABC prenatal program’s Christmas toy giveaway. The event is for children from the ages of 0 to 12 who are being treated through the ABC prenatal program. The program’s director said the event continues to expand to meet an increased need, to […]

Council delays review for Popeye’s-spurred changes in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — The City Council is expected to take up at its Jan. 20 meeting proposed changes to council review of Planning Commissions decisions. The matter was continued Tuesday at the council meeting. City Council members can ask for a review of Planning Commission decisions – a request the full council would take up and […]

Crash blocks part of Air Base Parkway

FAIRFIELD — A two-vehicle crash blocked a portion of both Air Base Parkway and nearby Alaska Avenue on Monday afternoon. The incident – described in a Fairfield Fire Department post on Facebook as a rollover crash – happened shortly after 2 p.m. on Air Base Parkway and Heath Drive and required extrication of one person […]

Week’s rainfall adds to wet December totals

FAIRFIELD — A distant cousin of last week’s major California storm system passed through Solano County early this week, adding about an inch and a half to the month’s rainfall total. Cordelia Villages meteorologist Mike Pechner reported that Travis Air Force Base saw 0.73 inches of rain from 4 p.m. Sunday to 4 p.m. Monday, […]

Santa’s Last Stand brings out shoppers

FAIRFIELD — Dick Hopkins, using a needle, delicately punched a tiny hole in the quarter he held in his hand. He will do this several hundreds of times over to get the finished product. “It’s labor intensive,” Hopkins said. The coins will be worked until no negative space is left – just the picture at the […]

$169,200 to offset loss of fairy shrimp, tadpole habitat in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — Paying $169,200 for environmental credits at the Elsie Gridley Mitigation Bank outside Dixon to offset impacts of a proposed Fairfield train station’s impact at a one-third acre of vernal pool crustacean habitat goes before Fairfield City Council members when its members meet Tuesday. Impacts to the habitat for the vernal pool fairy shrimp and […]

80-year-old keeps the bells tolling for Salvation Army

FAIRFIELD — Richard Murray continued a long-standing tradition Saturday afternoon. The 80-year-old rang the bell by a Salvation Army red kettle in the North Texas Street Raley’s for about two hours. It’s a ritual dating back more than five decades for the retired landscape architect, who recently moved to Fairfield. Putting money in the kettle […]

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