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Fraud among challenges immigrants face, Fairfield panelists say

FAIRFIELD — Fraud by people who say they’ll help is among challenges immigrants face, speakers said Thursday at a meeting conducted by the Solano Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

“You are very vulnerable,” said Fairfield immigration attorney Miriam Sammartino. “A lot of people pay a lot of money and nothing is done for them.”

She was among panelists speaking at the immigration information session at St. Stephen CME Church on Union Avenue. Sammartino told the audience of about 100 people to be wary of promises.

“Nobody can guarantee the outcome of your case,” the attorney said.

Applications for citizenship are free and people should not be charged for them, she said.

Firefighters plan Super Bowl Sunday pancake breakfast

FAIRFIELD — The Cordelia Fire Protection District will host a Super Bowl pancake breakfast on Sunday. Firefighters will serve a warm breakfast from 6 to 11 a.m. at the Cordelia Fire Hall, 2155 Cordelia Road, Fairfield. The event has a small entrance fee paid at the door. For more information, call 864-0468. Reach Susan Hiland at 427-6981 or [email protected]

‘Souper Bowl’ coming to Solano County

FAIRFIELD — Mission Solano is organizing an event Sunday to help battle hunger and poverty. The “Souper Bowl” of Caring will take place in various locations throughout Solano County, spearheaded by the volunteer efforts of young people countywide. Youth volunteers of churches, school groups and other civic organizations will collect donations in soup kettles at their […]

1st release for birds with mysterious goo a success

FAIRFIELD — Rehab ended Wednesday for 24 birds that had been housed at the International Bird Rescue Center after being covered in a mysterious goo.

A cadre of volunteers released 23 surf scoters – large sea ducks – and one scaup – a diving duck – into the waters of the San Francisco Bay at Fort Baker. That was the “icing on the cake,” said International Bird Rescue Center volunteer Kathy Koehler, who helped release the birds.

The seabirds were rescued from the East Bay Area after they covered with an unknown substance. The first birds were found Jan. 17. The goo stuck to them and destroyed feather waterproofing, resulting . . .

The Vines on 80 apartments near Solano College win OK

FAIRFIELD — The Vines on 80 apartments, 63 units on Business Center Drive near Solano College, won Planning Commission approval Wednesday. “I love this project,” said Scott Tonnesen, commission chairman. The 5-acre development is next to the 286-unit Green Valley Apartments that won commission approval in June and which Commissioner Camille Jones had called “just […]

Fairfield, Suisun libraries to honor African-American Heritage Month

FAIRFIELD — The three libraries in Fairfield and Suisun City will celebrate African-American Heritage Month throughout the month of February with five different events. The Fairfield Cordelia Library at 5050 Business Center Drive will host storyteller Mali Dunston-Johnson at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 17. She will tell tales from Africa in an interactive show for the […]

Church makes ready for health, wellness fair

FAIRFIELD — Grace Episcopal Church will sponsor its annual Health and Wellness Fair in April. The American Red Cross will offer a CPR and first aid class at the event. The Health and Wellness Fair will happen from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 18 at the Grace Episcopal, 1405 W. Kentucky St., Fairfield. The intent of the fair […]

4-H Annual Presentation Day returns in February

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County 4-H annual Presentation Day will return in February. This public event will have demonstrations, public speaking, interpretive reading and food provided by the Sherwood Forest 4-H Club Leadership Project. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Green Valley Middle School, 1350 Gold Hill Road, Fairfield. […]

State board puts Fairfield doctor on 5 years probation, orders he take courses

FAIRFIELD — The state Medical Board of California has placed Dr. Jayesh Jagubhai Patel of Fairfield on five years of probation and required him to take courses in prescribing practices and medical record keeping. The decision, which became effective Jan. 14, also prohibits Patel from supervising physician assistants. Causes for discipline listed by the state […]

1st workshop for Heart of Fairfield plan draws more than 100

FAIRFIELD — The nostalgic Americana look of downtown, the historic character, its archway and farmers market are among assets of the area, more than 100 people who attended the first workshop for the Heart of Fairfield plan heard Tuesday. “We are not starting from scratch,” said Mukul Malhotra, director of urban design for the consultant MGI. […]

Fairfield police to offer parenting class

FAIRFIELD — A Parent Project Class for parents and guardians of adolescent or pre-adolescent children will start March 17 at the Sullivan  Inter-Agency Youth Services Center. Hosted by the Fairfield Police Department, the class will take place each Tuesday for nine weeks and teaches a step-by-step action plan and effective intervention techniques that allow parents to […]

Fairfield PAL offers new girls running program; popular dance program returns

FAIRFIELD — A new running program for girls is starting up and a popular dance class is returning to Fairfield’s Police Activities League center. The first session of the fast-paced, high-energy hip-hop dance class co-sponsored by the Fairfield PAL and the Bliss Urban Dance Center will take place at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 5 and will occur every […]

Vanden to host science fair

FAIRFIELD — Vanden High School is set to host the third annual Solano County Science/STEM Fair, April 16-17. Although the event is being hosted at Vanden High, students from throughout Solano County in grades six through 12 are encouraged to enter. Home-schooled students are also eligible for entry. Entry forms are due at Vanden High by March […]

Cardiac surgeon to speak at women’s heart health luncheon

FAIRFIELD — Cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Ramin Beygui will speak at the annual NorthBay Women’s Heart to Heart Luncheon that starts at noon Feb. 12. The event will take place at the NorthBay Healthcare Administration Center, 4500 Business Center Drive in Fairfield. Beygui will speak about women and heart disease, including preventive care and advanced technology intervention when necessary. Doors […]

Group plans Affordable Care Act informational session

FAIRFIELD — The Solano-Napa Chapter of the California Society of Enrolled Agents is hosting informational meetings throughout Solano County to talk about the Affordable Care Act. Volunteers will meet with the public to talk about the federal health care law and to answer questions for free, according to a press release. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Vacaville […]

Hispanic chamber to host immigration workshop

FAIRFIELD — The Solano Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host a two-hour workshop titled “The Road to Immigration: Understanding the Executive Order,” Thursday at St. Stephen CME Church, 2301 Union Ave. The event is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will include guest speakers from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the law offices of Miriam […]

Crab feed tradition continues this week

FAIRFIELD — A pair of crab feeds keep the winter Solano County fundraising tradition alive this week. They are: Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge (Aerie 4113) Crab Feed, 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, 77 Marina Center, Suisun City. Info: 330-6730, 428-4113. Rio Vista Boosters Club Crab Feed, 6 p.m. Saturday, Veterans Memorial Building, 610 St. Francis Way. Bring your own adult […]

Local government agencies post meeting times

FAIRFIELD — A variety of local government agencies will have meetings this week. They include: Solano County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m. Tuesday, county Government Center, 675 Texas St. Info: www.co.solano.ca.us. Vacaville City Council, 7 p.m. Tuesday, council chamber, 650 Merchant St. Info: www.ci.vacaville.ca.us. Fairfield Planning Commission, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Fairfield council chamber, 1000 Webster St. Info: www.fairfield.ca.gov. […]

CHP seeks witnesses to I-80 crash

FAIRFIELD — A major injury crash Saturday afternoon on westbound Interstate 80 just east of the Waterman Boulevard exit sent two people to the hospital. The California Highway Patrol responded to the scene shortly after 1 p.m. A 2004 Ford Escape reportedly swerved to avoid a collision, according to CHP Sgt. Chris Linehan, causing the driver to lose […]

Crews respond to residential fire

FAIRFIELD — Crews from the Fairfield Fire Department responded to a residential fire just after 4:30 p.m. Saturday on the 900 block of Oregon Street. The fire began in the kitchen, according to Battalion Chief John Sturdee. Firefighters were able to quickly contain the blaze and prevent it from spreading to the rest of the […]

Solano GOP welcomes address from King niece

FAIRFIELD — Solano County Republicans hosted an evening Saturday with Dr. King, even if it wasn’t quite the same Dr. King from history books. Alveda King, the niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., having overcome some travel difficulties, addressed a crowd gathered at the Jelly Belly Visitors Center via Skype. King provided some initial […]

Residents, police at Fairfield forum find common ground

FAIRFIELD — People who attended a Mount Calvary Baptist Church forum related their encounters with police – who in turn spoke about the demands of law enforcement work. “We want you to be safe,” Suisun City Police Chief Tim Mattos said of residents. And, said the chief of risks that officers face on streets, “We want to […]

Local gas prices dip below $2 a gallon

FAIRFIELD — Local drivers rejoiced this weekend as gas prices at some area gas stations dipped below the $2 mark. Gas prices have been on a steady decline across the country, with increased production in the Middle East and in the U.S. creating a greater supply. Prices in some parts of the country have been […]

Fairfield forecast calls for more fog

FAIRFIELD — Expect limited visibility in local areas as fog is forecast through the weekend. Saturday’s forecast calls for areas of dense fog before 10 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. The fog is expected to lift, with sunny skies and a high temperature of 63 degrees forecast for later in the day. The […]

Fairfield police chief, successor: Success more than just arrests

FAIRFIELD — Police Chief Walt Tibbet asked in July if Capt. Joe Allio had a minute – and then closed an office door. He asked Allio: Would you consider being chief? Tibbet, 63, announced Wednesday his planned retirement from the Police Department of 115 officers, with Allio, 53, beginning as chief in March. “It seemed […]

Tibbet to retire as Fairfield police chief

FAIRFIELD — Police Chief Walt Tibbet will retire effective March 12. Police Capt. Joe Allio will take over the next day.

Both announcements came Wednesday night after Tibbet informed the bulk of his Police Department staff and as City Manager David White spread the word across the city’s other departments.

Tibbet, 63, took over as police chief in July 2010 to replace former Chief Kenton Rainey, who now serves as chief of the Bay Area Rapid Transit police force. Tibbet came to Fairfield with a background of police service that spans more than four decades, which included serving as chief of the Alameda Police Department from 2006 to 2010.

White said the appointment of Allio, who has a lengthy tenure with the Fairfield department, is not an interim appointment . . .

Seneca Family of Agencies to relocate local program

FAIRFIELD — Work is underway to prepare a two-story building in central Fairfield that will serve as the Solano County headquarters for a nonprofit children’s social service agency. Seneca Family of Agencies purchased the 40,000-square-foot building at the corner of Kentucky and Great Jones streets at the first of the year and is having some […]

Fairfield council OKs more than $500,000 in vehicle purchases

FAIRFIELD — More than $500,000 in vehicle purchases won Fairfield City Council approval, including five paratransit buses that will be bought for Fairfield and Suisun Transit. A $45,638 flatbed truck, a $32,152 pickup truck and a $29,119 sport utility vehicle, all for Public Works, will also be purchased. A 2003 Ford F-150 used to repair local […]

Council questions consultant’s $30,000 pact to promote Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — A consultant’s $30,000 pact to promote Fairfield should return for more review, the City Council said Tuesday after members asked about the $4,000 cost to prepare four press releases and the $6,000 price for four postcards aimed at targeted decision-makers. “I don’t have enough information,” Councilman Chuck Timm said of the contract. The […]

Extended appeal deadline, spurred by Popeyes, wins Fairfield OK

FAIRFIELD — Extending the time to appeal Planning Commission decisions from 10 calendar days to 14 business days won approval Tuesday by the City Council, which will take up at a later meeting a “call-up” measure allowing council members to appeal commission actions. Part of the proposed changes, spurred by controversy over commission approval for […]

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