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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, […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 . . .

Police body camera shows what couldn’t be seen Monday, residents say

FAIRFIELD — She was going to let her neighbor Suzanne Guzman know about a videotape filmed of officers – and then Susan Leffler viewed the film from Fairfield police of their earlier encounter Monday with Guzman. The police body camera showed what Leffler could not see at about 5 a.m. at the Meadowlark Drive home […]

Grande Circle site of weekend police-community event

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Police Department and local nonprofit Neighborhood Empowerment will host a Saturday community meeting for residents on Grande and Villa circles and Villa Court. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. near the west driveway of 1941 Grande Circle. Residents are invited to enjoy music and food provided by […]

North Texas property wins OK for fast food outlet, store

FAIRFIELD — A project that includes demolishing a Shell Station and adding new pumps, a convenience store and fast food outlet on 1.2 acres along North Texas Street across from the CVS Pharmacy and north of the Texas Roadhouse restaurant won approval Wednesday from Fairfield planning commissioners. Sunny Goyal of Au Energy in Fremont said […]

Interchange project marks major milestone

FAIRFIELD — Overhead work recently completed on the Interstate 80/Interstate 680/Highway 12 interchange project marks a major milestone in the first phase of construction, the California Department of Transportation announced this week.

Preliminary overhead structures were installed earlier this month for the new Green Valley Road overcrossing over I-80, requiring overnight closures of the freeway.

Brandman University site of Autism Awareness talk

FAIRFIELD — Brandman University will host a community conversation on autism Saturday in observance of Autism Awareness Month. Isa Ribadu, assistant professor of psychology, and Anne Spillane, assistant professor of special education, will lead a discussion about diagnostic criteria and the support services available in the area. The event will be from 9 a.m. to noon […]

55 percent threshold to OK taxes for local transporation wins narrow Fairfield approval

FAIRFIELD — Legislation to reduce to 55 percent the voter threshold to approve taxes for local transportation projects won narrow City Council support Tuesday after three labor officials, a businessman and a teacher backed the change. Dan Broadwater, business manager for the Napa-based International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 180, said lowering the threshold from […]

Oversight panel for Measure P wins praise

FAIRFIELD — An oversight panel created as a requirement of Measure P won praise Tuesday from City Manager David White and others for its work. “They ask a lot of direct questions,” he said of the five members. “They challenge us.” Councilwoman Pam Bertani said, “We are blessed to have you all working this hard.” […]

San Francisco wishes it had Fairfield’s homeless problem, council told

FAIRFIELD — A homeless strategy that includes what are described as no-tolerance zones won approval Tuesday by City Council members who heard that San Francisco wishes it had Fairfield’s problem. Del Seymour, a Fairfield resident who serves on the board for Swords to Plowshares in San Francisco, said the city spends $165 million a year […]

Civil rights advocate to address Solano GOP

FAIRFIELD — Ward Connerly, former University of California regent and chairman of the American Civil Rights Institute, will address those who gather Friday for a dinner hosted by Solano County’s GOP. The event will be from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Solano County Republican Party headquarters at 625 Jackson St., Fairfield. Cocktails will begin […]

Kids Day of Fishing began with $20 donation

FAIRFIELD — The early birds are the ones to get the worms and this Saturday as more than 200 children are expected to be outside Fairfield’s Civic Center pond at 7 a.m. with rods and reels in hand to take part in the Robert Orlando Kids Fishing Derby. This annual free event, sponsored and organized […]

Library foundation executive moves to Child Haven

FAIRFIELD — The former executive director of the Solano County Library Foundation has taken a new position at Child Haven Inc. as its fundraising and development director. Child Haven provides mental health counseling and critical services for Solano County children who have experienced trauma as a result of violence, abuse or neglect. Michalle Shown-Rodriguez earned […]

Local government to conduct public’s business

FAIRFIELD — A number of local government entities will meet this week to conduct the public’s business. The roster of scheduled meetings includes: Suisun City Council, 7 p.m. Tuesday, City Council chamber, 701 Civic Center Blvd., Suisun City. Info: www.suisun.com/government/city-council. Fairfield City Council, 6 p.m. Tuesday, City Council chamber, 1000 Webster St., Fairfield. Info: www.fairfield.ca.gov/gov/city_council/. […]

Pet adoptions popular at home, garden show

FAIRFIELD — Several people who attended the Total Home and Garden Show this weekend found a new family member at the event. Across from a petting zoo, and not too far from the bounce houses, Solano County Animal Care Services was on hand with some four-legged felines and canines looking for love – and a new […]

Jelly Belly to celebrate National Jelly Bean Day

FAIRFIELD — Jelly Belly Candy Company will celebrate National Jelly Bean Day with a breakfast that features the launch of the company’s newest jelly bean flavor. The event is a fundraiser for Napa Valley Tour de Cure and the American Diabetes Association. Guests will be served a pancake breakfast that includes pancakes and syrup, bacon, coffee, tea […]

SafeQuest offers free workshop on preventing child sexual abuse

FAIRFIELD — SafeQuest Solano will host a free educational workshop Monday on preventing child sexual abuse. The workshop will use a variety of educational tools to help recognize and respond appropriately to child sexual abuse. The workshop takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Family Justice Center, 604 Empire St., Fairfield. For more information, […]

Residents roll dice for scholarship dollars

FAIRFIELD — The conversation flowed, the dice rolled and the scholarship fund began to grow Sunday as the Fairfield Women in Action hosted its semi-annual Bunco Bash at the Fairfield Moose Lodge.

More than 50 people, including three men, filled the tables, set up for four players each. Tabletops were reserved for beverages, score sheets, dice and pencils.

The dice game started in Victorian England. It’s been referred to as “bridge for the brainless.”

Reducing threshold for voter OK of taxes returns in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — A measure to support changing California law to lower the threshold for voter approval of taxes – which the Fairfield City Council deadlocked over – returns Tuesday. Mayor Harry Price was absent April 7 when support for the change failed to win approval. California law now requires a two-thirds voter majority for taxes. […]

Home, garden show offers something for everyone

FAIRFIELD — People from across the area took advantage of the opportunity Saturday to get some home-improvement ideas, sample products, get estimates on home repairs and renovations – and sneak an occasional cookie – at the Total Home and Garden Show in Fairfield. Jodi McGuire, the event’s owner, said the show’s turnout has been beyond her expectations. The […]

Bachelor party turns into community event

FAIRFIELD — The usual bachelor party has something to do with alcohol – maybe some girls, too – but for one prospective groom, the best man came up with something different. The guys got together Saturday and went to Mission Solano Community Center to clean up the children’s playground. For the soon-to-be groom, Paul Villaluz, […]

Il Fiorello serves up chocolate desserts

FAIRFIELD — Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company served up tips Saturday on making several chocolate desserts during the latest class. First-time participants Madison Holzapple and Emmy Cribb said the class was the perfect birthday gift for the two friends. Cribb’s 21st birthday is Sunday and Holzapple turned 20 this week. “Emmy’s birthday is tomorrow so we thought this […]

Church hosts health, wellness fair

FAIRFIELD — A slow start Saturday to a health fair at Grace Episcopal Church did not discourage organizers who vow to continue the event at least one more year. Ronald Cupid, Outreach Committee coordinator for the church, said he felt it was important to bring services to community members, to help bring awareness to the […]

Tiny twins call Heather House their 1st home

FAIRFIELD — Maria Rios held her tiny daughter, also named Maria Rios. Next to her, Samina Masood, director of Heather House, held little Maria’s twin brother, Nicholas Rios.

The twins were born at 33 weeks, on Feb. 19, and spent 26 days in the hospital.

Heather House, a homeless shelter in Fairfield, is their first home.

Their mother Maria Rios was homeless in Contra Costa County when she learned she was pregnant. She spent nights on friend’s couches and slept in cars.

As her pregnancy progressed, and she learned she was going to have twins, . . .

Fairfield eyes ‘no-tolerance zones’ in homeless strategy

FAIRFIELD — City parks, North Texas Street and Ledgewood Creek will be among no-tolerance zones where homeless camps would be removed in 72 hours as part of the Fairfield Homeless Strategy that the City Council takes up Tuesday. About 100 camps were removed in 2014 and continuing the effort, along with new no-tolerance zones, will […]

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