Healthier Living program begins mid-May

FAIRFIELD — A program called Healthier Living for anyone with chronic disease kicks off May 19. The self-management program is offered by NorthBay Healthcare, Solano Public Health and the Area Agency on Aging. The classes are free, but space is limited. Healthier Living is an award-winning program developed by Stanford University to help people better […]

Measure P benefits Fairfield, says panel that wonders about future services

FAIRFIELD — Measure P, approved in 2012 by voters, is helping to maintain quality of life in Fairfield, the oversight committee formed for the measure says in a report that also wonders how the city will maintain services in the future. The transaction and use tax, similar to the sales tax, expires in March 2018 […]

Scores attend workshop on Fairfield Train Station

FAIRFIELD — Just what will follow the June 12 closing of Peabody Road won’t be known precisely until it happens, residents who attended a community workshop Thursday at Vanden High School about the Fairfield Train Station project were told. “I am going to ask for your help,” said Fairfield Police Sgt. Matt Bloesch. Call the […]

Women in Action to host bunco bash

FAIRFIELD — Get ready to roll – the dice. The Fairfield Women in Action is hosting a fundraising bunco bash at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Moose Lodge, 623 Taylor St. Proceeds go to the group’s scholarship fund and nonprofits they support. Snacks will be served during play, which gets underway at 3 p.m. Dessert is served at […]

Motorcycle, Lexus collide, block freeway

FAIRFIELD — A collision with a car landed a motorcyclist in the hospital with moderate injuries Wednesday, according to the California Highway Patrol. The crash happened just after 6:30 p.m. on westbound Interstate 80, east of Interstate 680, when the motorcycle and a gray Lexus collided, said CHP Public Information Officer Chris Parker. The motorcyclist was […]

Lilac Branch hosts fashion show with a purpose

FAIRFIELD — The music pounded Wednesday as women and a few men of all ages walked the catwalk to model clothing for the Lilac Branch’s “I Am Woman” luncheon and fashion show.

It’s a show that’s steeped in tradition.

“We have been doing this fashion show for 30 years,” said Betty McMahon, Lilac Branch committee member.
The event at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fairfield is to generate funds to support programs for the University of California, San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, formerly Children’s Hospital Oakland.

Wine, food jubilee returning to Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — Plenty of good food, fine wines and craft beers, along with desserts and nonalcoholic beverages, await those who go to the 28th Annual Solano Wine & Food Jubilee, which will occur April 25. Participants not only will get samples of food from a host of local restaurants, pourings from dozens of award-winning wines and breweries and sweet treats, […]

‘Paint the Town Purple!’ event to boost cancer awareness

FAIRFIELD — Those who want to join the fight against cancer are invited to a “Paint the Town Purple!” at 7 p.m. May 1 at the corner of Jefferson and Texas streets. The event kicks off with a March of Hope up and down Texas Street, departing and returning from Jefferson Street. It will reconvene at […]

Last mystery goo bird going back to sea

FAIRFIELD — Freedom comes Wednesday for the last of the seabirds caught in the mysterious goo along the East Bay shore of San Francisco Bay. The bird, a Surf Scoter, will be released at Fort Baker in Sausalito. It has been cared for at the International Bird Rescue Center’s San Francisco Bay Center in Fairfield. […]

Farm Bureau opposes 6.5 percent water rate hike

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Farm Bureau opposes the 6.5 percent increase proposed by the Solano Irrigation District for each of the next five years. The Farm Bureau at its monthly meeting April 6 said the rate increase far exceeds inflation and that the irrigation district has not shown the need for such a rate […]

Library volunteers fill many roles

FAIRFIELD — Eli Gouveia was looking to fulfill volunteer hours required by his school. Kelly Heil just wanted to give back. Eli, who lives in Vacaville and attends the Kairos Public School Vacaville Academy, met his requirement and has decided to stay on at the Fairfield Cordelia Library. “I really love it,” the seventh-grader said […]

Solano Public Health plans next free health fair

FAIRFIELD — Solano Public Health this week continues a series of free activities that are designed to increase awareness of public health services and promote Solano Public Health’s vision, which is Healthy People-Healthy Community, the county announced in a press release. The county will offer free child safety seat demonstrations, classes and inspections in English and […]

One-stop shopping offered at annual boutique

FAIRFIELD — Bay Area sports team lovers, “Frozen” fanatics and Trekkies had a common bond at Sunday’s Rancho Solano Spring Fling Boutique. All could wrap themselves in a fleece blanket or quilt made by Jill Casanega of Quilts For You. The retired educator and school principal said sports teams, superheroes, baby quilts and “Frozen” are […]

Doctors target audience for lecture on barriers to healthy living

FAIRFIELD — Primary care psychologists will participate in a lecture this week to learn about the mental barriers that keep people from taking care of themselves. “Are You an Exercise Avoider,” a NorthBay Healthcare advanced medicine lecture, will feature Drs. Eric Niemeyer, Corinna Press and Amber Stirlen. It will be presented from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the NorthBay Healthcare Administration Center, 4500 Business Center […]

Government agencies to meet this week

FAIRFIELD — A number of local governments will meet this week. They include: Solano County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Government Center, 675 Texas St. in Fairfield. Info: www.co.solano.ca.us. Solano Transportation Authority, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Suisun City Hall, 701 Civic Center Blvd. Info: www.sta.ca.gov. Vacaville City Council, 7 p.m. Tuesday, City Hall council chamber, 650 Merchant St. Info: www.ci.vacaville.ca.us. Vacaville […]

Passport Sunday something to ‘wine’ about

FAIRFIELD — Vacaville residents Joe and JoAnn Romel found the perfect way to spend a warm spring afternoon.

They joined hundreds of other people on Passport Sunday, an annual event that showcases Suisun Valley’s wine. Guests got a wine glass and map to take them to the participating wineries, including the very popular Wooden Valley Winery to the newcomers such as Seven Artisans Winery.

The Romels’ first stop was the Suisun Valley Cooperative which hosted wines from King Andrews Vineyards, Blacksmith Wines and Sunset Cellars.

Volunteers needed to assist the homebound elderly

FAIRFIELD — Faith in Action is hosting a volunteer orientation training for those interested in volunteering to make phone calls, home visits, run errands, help with grocery shopping, provide senior peer counseling or transportation assistance for homebound senior citizens who live throughout Solano County. The orientation training is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 25 at St. […]

Fire damages apartment unit, displaces 3

FAIRFIELD — Three people were displaced but no one injured in a Friday morning fire that damaged an upstairs apartment unit on the 1300 block of Crowley Lane. About half a dozen people were evacuated in the 10:15 a.m. fire, according to police Lt. Randy Boggs. The Police Department was called in for crowd control […]

Local World War II dog trainer to be remembered

FAIRFIELD — Whenever Francis “Earl” Staples spotted someone having trouble with their dog while walking past his Rolling Hills home, he would get up from his chair and give them pointers on how better train their canine companions. Staples, 94, who passed away March 16, should know. He was one of the first Army dog […]

Food bank creates new volunteer opportunity for kids

FAIRFIELD — The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano invites families with young children, ages 5 and older, to attend a Family Food Sort 9 to 11 a.m. April 18 at the Fairfield warehouse, 2339 Courage Drive, Suite F. This is a new monthly opportunity, occurring every third Saturday, for families to bring their […]

Elementary school music backers sing its praises in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — A  Rodriguez High School senior who told trustees about the weekly music instruction he received as a Nelda Mundy Elementary student – and his $20,000-a-year scholarship at Pepperdine University after playing the trombone at a January audition – was among speakers asking Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees Thursday to restore music instruction that’s been […]

Community gathers for Strike Out Sexual Assault campaign

FAIRFIELD — Team City of Fairfield came from behind in the final inning to take a 2-1 win over Team Solano County in the first annual “Strike Out Sexual Assault” baseball game Thursday afternoon.

The three-inning game on the courthouse annex lawn in downtown Fairfield was part of a community event – hosted by the Family Justice Center of the Solano County District Attorney’s Office – aimed at raising awareness of Sexual Assault Month.

“Sexual assault is a horrible crime that happens across the United States,”

Effort to lower threshold for voter OK of taxes fails to win Fairfield support

FAIRFIELD — Lowering the threshold for voters to approve taxes didn’t fly – but the rest of Fairfield’s legislative platform, including fixes for Proposition 47 and state realignment, won City Council approval Tuesday. Fairfield resident John Takeuchi asked about the city supporting efforts to lower approval from 66 percent of voters to 55 percent on […]

Fairfield fees to appeal land use actions are double other cities

FAIRFIELD — The $1,143 fee to appeal Planning Commission decisions in Fairfield will be discussed by the City Council after a review by the Woodcreek Community Coalition found Fairfield charges at least twice what a dozen other Bay Area cities do. “I was frankly shocked when I saw the numbers,” Councilwoman Catherine Moy said. “They’re […]

Council OKs fence at Allan Witt Park

FAIRFIELD — A $45,726 fence at Allan Witt Park for fields where the Fairfield Pacific Little League plays won City Council approval Tuesday with praise for work by the city staff on improving the park. “Our staff worked very, very hard,” Councilwoman Catherine Moy said. She said of the park, where safety has been a […]

North Texas Street business group will get $50,000

FAIRFIELD — The North Texas Street Business Improvement District will receive $50,000 – with most of the money going to a Sacramento consultant – Fairfield City Council members agreed Tuesday in an effort said to help ensure the business district is self-sustaining. Sacramento-based Civitas will assist the business district with restructuring as part of the […]

Fast food outlet may be added at Shell station site

FAIRFIELD — The Shell Station at 3345 N. Texas St. would be demolished and a new station built along with a fast food restaurant, car wash and convenience store in a development Fairfield planning commissioners take up Wednesday.

A convenience store with beer and wine sales is now on the site where the new construction would also build four fuel dispensers.

Wineries, eateries pair up for Passport Sunday

FAIRFIELD — More than 800 people from Solano County and beyond are expected to arrive Sunday in Suisun Valley for Passport Sunday, an annual event that showcases wineries, artisans and food partners. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will highlight a dozen wineries and food partners from Suisun Valley and neighboring Green Valley. […]

Solano schedules free child support workshops

FAIRFIELD — Free workshops are available that are aimed at helping parents and other family members better understand the child support process. The workshops are conducted by the Solano County Department of Child Services at its location at 435 Executive Court North, according to a county press release. A workshop called Compromise of Arrears focuses on […]

Strike Out Sexual Assault community baseball game on week’s calendar

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County District Attorney’s Office Family Justice Center will host the first Strike Out Sexual Assault community baseball game from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday at the courthouse annex lawn on the corner of Texas and Jefferson streets in downtown Fairfield. Designed as a fun way to help raise awareness for Sexual Assault […]