Tomato paradise Saturday in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — The man whose farm supplies the Tomato Festival has been growing the fruit since 1982 and was introduced to agriculture by his brother, who ran cattle in Mendocino County.

“I loved the country life,” Steve Tenbrink recalled.

He grows tomatoes on his Suisun Valley farm that includes wine grapes, walnuts and four acres of fruit trees.

“It’s in my heart,” he said of agriculture. “I’ve always loved growing things.”

Tenbrink, 60, had in his truck this week tomatoes the size . . .

Fairfield commission approves projects with 207 lots

FAIRFIELD — The Enclave at Red Top, a 143-lot single-family residential subdivision on 22 acres, and Gold Hill 2, a 64-unit single-family subdivision on 8 acres southeast of Red Top Road, won Fairfield city planning commissioners’ approval Wednesday by a 6-1 vote. Commissioner Camille Jones, who cast the lone “no” vote, noted concerns expressed by […]

NorthBay modernization wins Fairfield panel OK

FAIRFIELD — NorthBay Medical Center’s modernization plans, including a 60-foot-tall building addition at the center on B. Gale Wilson Boulevard, won unanimous approval Wednesday by Fairfield city planning commissioners. “It’s time to retire the older parts of the hospital,” NorthBay representative Steve Huddleston told commissioners. “And we want to stay downtown.” Commissioner Camille Jones praised NorthBay […]

NorthBay gets new MRI building – quickly

FAIRFIELD — A crane swung a 13,000-pound component to a Toshiba Vantage Titan magnetic resonance imaging machine through the air and aimed for the opening in the roof of a new building. This silver, checker-shaped, 7-foot-tall piece of equipment had two small arrows on its plastic wrapping indicating which side is the top. After all, a […]

Fairfield planners eye subdivisions with 207 units, new fire station

FAIRFIELD — The Enclave at Red Top, a 143-lot single-family residential subdivision on 22 acres, and Gold Hill 2, a 64-unit single-family subdivision on 8 acres southeast of Red Top Road, go before Fairfield city planning commissioners when they meet Wednesday. Commissioners will also consider a new $3.8 million fire station the subdivisions developer will […]

NorthBay modernization goes before planning commissioners

FAIRFIELD — NorthBay Medical Center’s modernization plans, including a 60-foot-tall building addition, go before Fairfield city planning commissioners Wednesday with a Community Development Department recommendation that they approve a use permit for the project. The three-story building addition will match the height of the existing 1992 addition at the site, a city staff report notes. A […]

Land trust sets next Rockville Trails hike

FAIRFIELD — A hike of 4 miles to 5 miles will take place Aug. 23 along the hills of Rockville Trails Preserve. The event hosted by the Solano Land Trust will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Rockville Trails Preserves in the hills above Suisun Valley and Green Valley is open only to docent-led hikes. Participants should […]

Fairfield hosts coin show

FAIRFIELD — Vacaville resident Colin Fisher came to Fairfield on Sunday seeking some bullion and easily found some. He went to the Fairfield Coin Club’s 25th Annual Coin and Collectibles Show at the Fairfield Community Center. Thirty-five dealers sat behind tables, with desk lamps casting extra light on glass display cases and plastic coin holders. […]

Abrams could take DA’s post early

FAIRFIELD — District Attorney-elect Krishna Abrams could become Solano County’s next district attorney as soon as 5:01 p.m. Friday, if the Solano County Board of Supervisors grants approval on Tuesday. Abrams won the post in the June election by defeating District Attorney Donald du Bain and usually would take office at noon on Jan. 5, […]

Matt Garcia softball tournament continues to grow

FAIRFIELD — Phil Arons had just come off a one-run victory Saturday in the 7th annual Matt Garcia Softball Tournament. As he changed from cleats to walking shoes, the Fairfield resident reminisced about the man whose tournament bears his name. “He was a friend of the family,” Arons said. “He was a bat boy for […]

Apartment residents celebrate their own community

FAIRFIELD — Nicholas Parker went through his clothes, picked out some of the best, and then gave them away at the fifth annual Rejoicing @ Rockwell on Saturday. The 17-year-old also volunteered at the annual event, which offers a variety of services, including health screenings and library cards, to the residents of Rockwell Manor Apartments on […]

For 90 years, Lions here have lured people to serve

FAIRFIELD — The “greatest bunch of secular saints in the world” – as the mayor’s proclamation called them – gathered Friday to mark 90 years and recall days when the club’s board of directors and the Fairfield City Council were the same. The Fairfield Host Lions Club, chartered in August 1924, celebrated nine decades of […]

Mraz, backed by Fairfied Police Officers Association, files for re-election

FAIRFIELD — John Mraz filed for re-election Friday with support from the Fairfield Police Officers Association and his vow to continue to pursue proven methods to combat crime rather than add commissions to take up the problem. “Citizens kept approaching me, saying, ‘John, your crime program is working in Fairfield – there’s more work we […]

Free classes set for families dealing with mental illness

FAIRFIELD — The National Alliance on Mental Illness is offering a free 12-week class for families of loved ones with a mental illness. Sept. 4 is the start date. Classes will continue from 6 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday at 490 Chadbourne Road, Fairfield. The course is taught by trained volunteers who also have a […]

Truck driver dies in solo crash

FAIRFIELD — A fatal solo big-rig crash shut down the connector ramp from eastbound Interstate 80 to southbound Interstate 680 for several hours during Thursday’s evening commute. The ramp has a curve. The fully loaded big-rig flipped onto its back along the curve, wheels in the air, with the cab crushed on concrete K-rail. California Highway […]

They did their time, now women want to shine

FAIRFIELD — Shonna Tibbets’ life began spiraling out of control when a former companion shattered her right ankle with an electric guitar. It ended with six months in jail.

Tibbets took another step Thursday to regain her life. She was one of nine women to graduate from Solano County’s Women’s Re-entry Achievement Program.

In August 2013, she and three acquaintances placed on ad on Craigslist for a threesome. A man responded. The meeting was set for an apartment on Crowley Lane. There, the man was pistol-whipped and robbed at gunpoint.

Tibbets faced prison time.

Crowded field for Fairfield City Council

FAIRFIELD — Incumbent City Council members Catherine Moy and John Mraz will likely face at least eight challengers in the Nov. 4 election – while no one has filed to run against Mayor Harry Price.

“He’s unbeatable,” Moy said of the mayor. “He’s a great ambassador for our city.”

Friday is the deadline to file for the two council seats and mayor’s office.

Scott Tonnesen formally announced his candidacy Wednesday on the steps of the council chamber. He along with candidates Ben Afisivalu, Randy Blakenchip, Joe Martinez, Scott Mulvey, Perry Polk, Brian Thiemer and Chuck Timm are expected to challenge the two incumbents.

Tonnesen, 52, a city planning commissioner and businessman, was born in Fairfield and spoke about how great it was to . . .

Rejoicing @ Rockwell on tap for weekend

FAIRFIELD — Mount Calvary Baptist Church plans its fifth annual Rejoicing @ Rockwell Manor Apartments event from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at 693 E. Tabor Ave. The event will include free backpacks and school supplies, blood pressure screening, dental hygienists, hip-hop workshops, haircuts, face painting and praise dancing. The guest speaker is Qheem the […]

School shopping spree has openings

FAIRFIELD — A few openings remain for Saturday’s Back to School Clothing Shopping Spree. The event will take 75 Solano County children on a back-to-school shopping spree at the Fairfield Target store. Each child receives a gift card. Target will offer an additional discount. The Salvation Army will provide backpacks. For more information, call 426-6244 in Fairfield, […]

Neighbors gather for National Night Out

FAIRFIELD — Three barbecue grills were kept busy at Bud and Aleny Tonneson’s Fairfield home Tuesday for National Night Out.

The grilling started at about 4:30 p.m. and went on for a few hours as neighbors, friends and relatives stopped by to chat and grab a bite of everything from chicken and hamburgers to venison and oysters.

Hosting the event brings Bud Tonneson happiness on two fronts – he gets to cook and, at the same time, make new friendships and renew others.

He guessed he’s been hosting National Night Out for four or five years. Aleny Tonneson thought it was a little longer than that.

Pride, watchful eyes help a neighborhood stay safe

FAIRFIELD — A 6-foot tall mad scientist in a white lab coat stood Tuesday along Ticonderoga Drive to the surprise of a dog and several toddlers. The mechanical Halloween figure, a garage sale find for $40, will be part of the Oct. 31 celebration at Rich Mull’s home. On National Night Out, the mechanical man […]

The Leaven, in gathering at Parkway Gardens, marks its 10th center

FAIRFIELD — Rep. John Garamendi was there – and so were Golden State Warriors radio play-by-play announcer Tim Roye, Fairfield Mayor Harry Price and Suisun City Councilman Mike Segala. So many people were present that Garamendi marveled at how Mark Lillis, executive director of The Leaven, was able to introduce everyone Tuesday without a mistaken […]

Car wash to benefit Mission Solano’s Bridge to Life

FAIRFIELD — Proceeds from a Saturday car wash will benefit the Mission Solano Bridge to Life Christmas program. Car wash hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Burger King, 3415 N. Texas St. For more information, call 427-1947. Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or Follow her on Twitter at

Labor pact foe will ask for Fairfield city records

FAIRFIELD — Three local companies are among 29 that didn’t bid on the Intermodal Station Project because of the project labor agreement, says an opponent of such pacts who will make a California Public Records Act request to Fairfield for documents from contractors, trade unions and city staff involving the transit development. Eric Christen, executive […]

Fire Department seeks CERT academy applicants

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Fire Department is accepting applications for the next Community Emergency Response Team academy. Those who take part in the academy receive training to help themselves and others in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. Program participants learn about disaster preparedness. The training is designed to prepare them in specific […]

Locals have a chance to prove themselves ‘Army strong’

FAIRFIELD — Jacqueline Jacinto accepted the challenge. The petite Napa resident met it with her feet being held down by David Lopez as she did 30 push-ups as part of Army Physical Fitness Day challenges at the Solano Town Center mall on Saturday. “I haven’t worked out in a while,” she said almost apologetically after […]

Fairfield gained 43 new Americans Saturday

FAIRFIELD — Cheers and applause filled the Becker-Balmer meeting room in the Fairfield Civic Center library Saturday afternoon. About 100 people packed the space to watch 43 local immigrants, representing 11 nations, become American citizens. Vinod Muniswamy was one of them. He came to the United States almost 17 years ago in “pursuit of knowledge.” […]

Republican women announce speakers for next meet

FAIRFIELD — The Solano Republican Women will hear from two guest speakers at Monday’s meeting. Assemblyman Dan Logue, a candidate for the 3rd Congressional District, will talk about his race to unseat Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Creek. Eric Christen, executive director of the Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction, will discuss the project labor agreement recently approved […]

Japan Summerfest returns this month

FAIRFIELD — A fundraiser to benefit Fairfield’s sister-city exchange program returns this month for its second year. Japan Summerfest will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Fairfield Community Center, 1000 Kentucky St. The event will include performances and activities for all ages, as well as food from Texas Roadhouse, according to a press release about the event. […]

Solano Tea Party Patriots schedule meet

FAIRFIELD — The Solano Tea Party Patriots will meet Monday. The guest speaker will be Kevin McGary, who is an author, public speaker, facilitator/teacher and ministry leader. He has worked the past 27 years in information technology and has written two books. His focus has been to challenge politicos and clergy to live with the highest levels […]