Victoria G. Francis Temple to host black history program

FAIRFIELD — Members of the Victoria G. Francis Temple No. 1244 will host a black history program at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Tri-City Elks Lodge No. 1662, 566 Parker Road. The event, which is free to the public, will feature music and food. For more information, call 425-6743. Reach Susan Hiland at 427-6981 or [email protected]

American Red Cross schedules blood drives

FAIRFIELD — The American Red Cross, which according to the organization needs donors to help maintain a sufficient blood supply, will conduct three blood drives this month in Solano County. All blood types, especially types O negative, A negative and B negative, are needed. Blood drives are scheduled: From 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday, 201 Raymond […]

Local government post meeting schedules

FAIRFIELD — Governments across central Solano County are conducting the public’s business this week. The meeting schedule includes: Fairfield City Council, 6 p.m. Tuesday, City Hall council chamber, 1000 Webster St. Info: Rio Vista City Council, 6 p.m. Tuesday, City Hall council chamber, One Main St. Info: Vacaville Planning Commission, 7 p.m. Tuesday, City Council […]

At a booming downtown, once dormant, lessons for Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — The justice center. An historic courthouse. The county government center. An aging, closed movie theater.

All halfway between two of the biggest cities in California.

That’s downtown Fairfield in 2015 – and for years that was downtown Redwood City.

The San Mateo County seat is still about halfway between San Francisco and San Jose but the booming central business district that long seemed stuck in second-place status has a 20-screen movie theater, . . .

Former Parkway Gardens receiver ran into trouble in 2 other cities

FAIRFIELD — Ben McGrew, removed as the $275-an-hour receiver for the Parkway Gardens condominiums, was taken off such a post for a Mendocino County property and the city of Pleasanton in Alameda County said he refused to communicate with officials and failed to provide monthly reports on his work as a receiver managing properties. An […]

Vendor registration deadline approaches for bridal showcase

FAIRFIELD — The deadline for vendor registration is just more than a week away for the inaugural Daily Republic Bridal Showcase. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15 at the Hilton Garden Inn at 2200 Gateway Court. Vendors must register by Feb. 24. Among those who have already signed up are […]

Fairfield eyes $598,950 sale of land next to library

FAIRFIELD — The city will sell 2.7 acres on Business Center Drive next to the Cordelia Library for $598,950 if City Council members approval the proposed sale of the property, planned for a commercial events center. The council, serving as the successor to the Fairfield Redevelopment Agency, takes up the sale to The Falls Event […]

Shorebird mystery goo identified

SAN FRANCISCO — The mysterious gray goo that killed 170 seabirds in the San Francisco Bay Area has been identified as a synthetic oil. Scientists at state and federal laboratories have yet to determine where the sticky gunk that looked like rubber cement came from or exactly how it got into the bay. Lab officials […]

At-risk woman found safe, reunited with family

FAIRFIELD — Police spent part of the day Thursday searching for an elderly at-risk missing person who was later found safe. The 86-year-old woman, who police said has a form of dementia, was last seen by family at 9:30 a.m. at her home on the 600 block of Cement Hill Road, according to Fairfield police. She was found […]

Victoria G. Francis Temple plans black history program

FAIRFIELD — Members of the Victoria G. Francis Temple No. 1244 will host a black history program at 3 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Tri-City Elks Lodge No. 1662, 566 Parker Road. The event, which is free to the public, will feature music and food. For more information, call 425-6743. Reach Susan Hiland at 427-6981 or [email protected]

Sweetheart Dance on Valentine’s Day calendar

FAIRFIELD — The Victoria G. Francis Temple No. 1244 will host a Sweetheart Dance on Valentine’s Day. The dance will take place from 8 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday at Tri City Elks Lodge No. 1662, 566 Parker Road, Fairfield. Organizers ask for a small donation per person or couple. For more information, call Charlene Bobo 649 4950. Reach Susan Hiland at […]

No word from McGrew, says new Parkway Gardens manager

FAIRFIELD — Ben McGrew, the Parkway Gardens condominiums manager who went missing last year from his $275-an-hour job, has not responded to attempts by new court-appointed receiver Peter Martin to contact him, Martin said. Calls, emails and letters were sent to McGrew and Managewest, the company in Sacramento County he heads, but only a single […]

RadioShacks in Fairfield, Vacaville set to close

FAIRFIELD — Four RadioShack stores in Fairfield and Vacaville are on the corporation’s list of store closings, part of the Texas-based electronics retailer’s plans to close thousands of its outlets. The RadioShack stores in Fairfield are located at 2445 N. Texas St. and at the Solano Town Center mall on Travis Boulevard. The stores in Vacaville are […]

African-American genealogy workshop set

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Civic Center Library will host a free African-American genealogy workshop Saturday. Presenter Cynthia McDaniels will share the steps necessary for black people to research their family roots. McDaniels researched her father’s history back five generations and her mother’s four generations. The challenge, she said in a press release, is knowing there are exceptions […]

‘Mr. King’ celebrates his 102nd birthday

FAIRFIELD — King Mitchell sat at the head of the table quietly visiting with family members on Monday afternoon as other residents at Green Field Care Center began to gather nearby.

They joined the man, who is known by staff and residents as Mr. King, to celebrate his 102nd birthday.

After a chorus of “Happy Birthday,” Mitchell cut his cake as members of his family assisted in dishing out ice cream and cake for everyone in attendance. Some punch and music made the celebration complete.

Tea event set to boost new nonprofit group

FAIRFIELD — The first tea for the new nonprofit organization, Helping Children Around the World, will take place on Valentine’s Day. The event is an introduction to Helping Children around the World, described as a nonprofit charitable corporation that was certified in 2014 and founded by Artra Green. The nonprofit’s mission is to provide clean water, food, education in the form […]

Crab feed frenzy continues

FAIRFIELD — The season’s crab craze continues this week with these offerings: Rodriguez High School Music Boosters Crab Feed, 6 p.m. Saturday, Joseph A. Nelson Community Center, 611 Village Drive, Suisun City. Info, tickets: Celebrating Dungeness Crab, 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company, 2625 Mankas Corner Road, Fairfield. Learn delicious crab recipes. Fee, reservations required. […]

Local government schedule regular meetings

FAIRFIELD — Various governments will conduct the public’s business this week. The schedule includes: Solano County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m. Tuesday, county Government Center, 675 Texas St. Info: Solano Transportation Authority, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Suisun City Hall, 701 Civic Center Blvd. Info: Solano County Board of Education, 6 p.m. Wednesday, board room of […]

Black History Month exhibit brings history to life

FAIRFIELD — Aniya Freeman, 3, looked at the picture of slaves picking cotton.

Next to it was a painting featuring the back of a black woman, with whip marks across much of her back.

The Vallejo toddler got the idea as her grandmother, Charrae Freeman, told her the woman was probably whipped for not picking enough cotton.

“They went boom, boom, boom,” the young girl said, hitting her own rear end.

Charrae Freeman was also accompanied by her grandson, RJ Freeman, 2, as the trio explored the annual Black History Month exhibit at the Fairfield campus of Mount Calvary Baptist Church.

Valentine’s Day chocolate class hit the mark

FAIRFIELD — The rich, creamy aroma of warm chocolate wafted through the small classroom at Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company like a welcoming beacon. The Saturday morning class filled quickly with 20 participants eager to learn some trade secrets of the craft of chocolate making. They were not disappointed. This time, the class was not taught […]

Quilters Guild offers scholarship

FAIRFIELD — Feb. 28 is the deadline to apply for the North Wind Quilters Guild $500 scholarship. Applicants can be graduating high school seniors, college students and/or vocational students pursuing a degree in or certificate in textiles, design or art. Qualifying majors are studio arts, graphic arts, design art, illustration, fashion design, interior design, photography, […]

Police set community safety workshop in Cordelia

FAIRFIELD — The Police Department will host a community safety workshop in Cordelia from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 18 at Green Valley Middle School, 1350 Gold Hill Road, where residents can interact with officers to help address concerns about community safety and to foster community involvement. Brief, interactive workshops with representatives from various Police […]

Wet weather returns to region

FAIRFIELD — Rain returned Friday to Northern California as the first of two waves of precipitation rolled through the region. Wet weather is expected to continue through the weekend and into Monday, accompanied at times by windy conditions, according to a National Weather Service forecast. The storm had dropped o.72 inches of rainfall on the […]

Gas prices begin to climb

FAIRFIELD — Motorists are beginning to see an increase in costs at the pump after enjoying declining gasoline prices for the past nine months. The price of a gallon of regular gas had dipped below the $2 mark at several locations in the Fairfield area two weeks ago. Now those prices seem to have evaporated. […]

New nonprofit organizes introductory tea

FAIRFIELD — An inaugural tea for the new nonprofit organization Helping Children Around the World will take place Valentine’s Day. The event is an introduction to Helping Children Around the World, described by organizers as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable corporation certified in 2014 and founded by Artra Green. The organization’s mission is to provide clean water, food, education (scholarships […]

Spering misses campaign filing deadline

FAIRFIELD — Campaign contribution forms that were due Monday at the Solano County Elections Office will be turned in Thursday, Supervisor Jim Spering said. Spering said he was out of town and wants to make sure the filing for the Nov. 4 county supervisor election is correct. “It got behind me,” he said. The supervisor […]

Garamendi to attend open house in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — Rep. John Garamendi will be at an open house Monday in his district office in Fairfield. The open house will run from 3 to 6 p.m. at 1261 Travis Blvd., Suite 130. People who have issues with a federal agency, including the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration, or questions about immigration are encouraged […]

Community meet planned for Woodcreek neighborhood

FAIRFIELD — A meeting should occur in the Woodcreek neighborhood to see how impacts of a new park-and-ride lot can be mitigated, Fairfield City Council members agreed Tuesday. Mayor Harry Price said the meeting will take place as soon as possible. City officials said $1.6 million in federal funds were spent on the park-and-ride, a project that […]

Consultant’s $30,000 pact to promote Fairfield wins narrow OK

FAIRFIELD — An Oakland consultant’s $30,000 contract to promote Fairfield won City Council approval Tuesday by a 3-2 vote with Mayor Harry Price supporting the pact and saying, “This is a tool that we need to continue to use.” City Manager David White said before the council approval for the promotion that follows similar work […]

Police chief to black churches: ‘We can’t do this without you’

FAIRFIELD — Bishop Talbert W. Swan II has worked with police departments in western Massachusetts for two decades, speaking to new cadets and riding in patrol cars with officers as their chaplain.

He sometimes coordinates meetings at his church with witnesses to crimes who didn’t want to visit a police station, but says only “pockets of the religious community” have fostered that kind of regular communication with law enforcement.

“The unfortunate reality is that many predominantly black churches have thrown up their hands and decided that the police departments just are not willing to respect communities of color and so they’ve given up,” said Swan, pastor of …