Work day boosts holidays for those with mental illnesses

FAIRFIELD — It’s said that the holidays bring out the giving spirit in both people and organizations. That proved true Saturday for members of the National Alliance for Mental Illness, who came together at the Fairfield Church of God with volunteers from a wide range of services to fill gift bags for 349 people who have […]

Closed session again by Fairfield for suit by contractor

FAIRFIELD — A special closed session of the Fairfield City Council will take place Tuesday to discuss the lawsuit against the city by Nichelini General Engineering, which contends that Fairfield owes the company $124,757 for costs of removing dirt from a site off Manuel Campos Parkway. An April 1 trial is scheduled for the lawsuit filed […]

Fairfield welcomes holidays with song, Santa, story

FAIRFIELD — There would be no selfies for Bill Hampton.

The Suisun City resident only wanted the downtown Fairfield Christmas tree in his photograph.

He was among the crowd on hand Friday night as the city kicked off the holiday season with an evening of entertainment, a scavenger hunt and a story about Christmas in Fairfield, complete with a visit from “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” characters.

Free hay rides were offered, complete with a stop at Santa’s mail box.

NorthBay schedules grief workshops for children, teens

FAIRFIELD — Children who have lost loved ones can get a little help expressing their grief this holiday season during special age-specific workshops. Two “Healing Kids’ Grief Using Creativity” workshops, coordinated by NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement, are scheduled. The first, for teens, is Dec. 13. The second, for elementary-age children, is Dec. 20. Both workshops […]

Commission OKs new pact for Fairfield train station project area

FAIRFIELD — The minimum size for a new city fire station site will increase from 1.5 acres to 2 acres as part of changes to the development agreement between Fairfield and Canon Station LLC, owners of 1,570 acres within the plan area for the Fairfield train station. Planning commissioners meeting Wednesday approved the amended agreement. […]

Group brings 4 centuries of public service to table

FAIRFIELD — Together, the 14 retired friends gathering for their monthly breakfast represented 396.5 collective years of repairing and sweeping Fairfield’s streets, keeping its water running, cleaning its parks and maintaining its buildings.

And that number, according to Doug Rodgers, who once worked in the city’s Water Department, is not a record.

Four months ago, the group set its record of having 446.5 years of city service all sitting down at the same table at the Joy of Eating on the Suisun City waterfront. The most senior of the group was Ed Sandford, who joined Fairfield Public Works in 1956.

Fairfield names new assistant city manager

FAIRFIELD — Northern California native Laura Snideman has been selected as Fairfield’s assistant city manager, a position vacant since David White began as city manager in June. Snideman began an internship almost 30 years ago with then-San Mateo County Supervisor – and now Congresswoman – Jackie Speier. Snideman has worked in cities for more than a decade […]

Parkway Gardens manager gone: Fairfield asks he be replaced

FAIRFIELD — The city says the court-appointed $275-an-hour manager for the Parkway Gardens condominiums has apparently abandoned his job at the 240-unit development and should be removed from his role as receiver. Ben McGrew, 56, appointed by the Solano County Superior Court after interviews in 2013 with representatives of the city and homeowners association at […]

Military members, first responders get free trees

FAIRFIELD — Wednesday marked a first for Stephanie Rice and her daughter Alisha Burton: their first real Christmas tree. To top if off, the Noble fir was free, thanks to the generosity of Fairfield Subaru general manager Wahid Khugiani. He purchased 1,000 trees to give to active and retired military, along with first responders. The […]

Help Inc. brings back toy giveaway

FAIRFIELD — Help Inc. is accepting 70 applications for its Christmas toy and coat giveaway. The giveaway will take place at 11 a.m. Dec. 20 at the Club House, 300 Pacific Ave., Fairfield. The entertainment for this year will be Simply Dre. Those who already applied for The Salvation Army and Mission Solano Christmas programs are not qualified […]

Expert: Rain a boon for Solano, a drop in bucket for state

FAIRFIELD — This week’s rainfall put a small dent in California’s lingering drought but represents a boon for Solano County, a local meteorologist says. Mike Pechner, owner of Golden West Meteorology in Fairfield’s Cordelia Village area, said this week’s rainfall put an end to the 2014 fire season and added much-needed relief to the Lake […]

Woman offers free letters from Santa

FAIRFIELD — One hundred local children can get a free letter from Santa, thanks to the efforts of Elf Stacy Rose, owner of All letters will be printed on holiday stationery and stamped with a North Pole postmark. Elf Stacy has been helping Santa write letters to good boys and girls since 1997. Her goal […]

Moy, Timm, Price take oaths in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — Mayor Harry Price along with council members Catherine Moy and Chuck Timm took the oath of office Tuesday as they began four-year terms in the city Price said “is on the move.”

“It’s a new beginning,” the mayor said. “Good things are going to happen to people of all socio-economic levels.”

“I have the greatest confidence in this council,” Price said during the meeting that ended with the unanimous City Council selection of Timm as vice mayor.

Moy, top vote-getter among the 11 candidates for council, had said she sought the vice mayor post and Tuesday spoke . . .

City vows to improve Allan Witt Park

FAIRFIELD — City Manager David White and council members said Tuesday that improvements at Lee Bell Park can serve as a model for changes sought by the Fairfield Pacific Little League at Allan Witt Park, which a league official described as “under attack” and the site of hypodermic needles, crack pipes and broken glass. Tim […]

Program grad says of Mission Solano: ‘They never gave up on me’

FAIRFIELD — Jamie Drollinger remembers her arrival at Mission Solano and how “I came up that road a broken person.” “I was at just the bottom of the pit,” the 55-year-old Fairfield resident said of four decades abusing drugs, including alcohol. She joined five other graduates Tuesday of the nonprofit’s Rays of Hope program. “They […]

Group seeks volunteers to assemble gift bags

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will host its annual Gift Bag Service project from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday – and seeks volunteers to help with the work. The event helps put together gift bags for people living with mental illness in the county. Food, holiday music and fun are […]

New nonprofit preps for gifts giveaway

FAIRFIELD — A new organization whose sole purpose is to help local children will take to the streets Saturday to distribute toys to the targets of their work. The group, which calls itself the 99 Percenters Social Club, is in reality a group of government workers from all political stripes who want to make Solano […]

Moy, Price and Timm to take oaths of office

FAIRFIELD — Patricia Timm will administer the oath of office Tuesday to her husband Chuck Timm when he begins a new term as a Fairfield city councilman. Timm served on the council from 2007-2011 and won election again Nov. 4. Lt. Col. Randy Price will administer the oath to his father Mayor Harry Price, who […]

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Jelly Belly flips the switch on 20-foot Christmas tree

FAIRFIELD — Evelyn Gonzalez had a bird’s-eye view of the Christmas parade at Jelly Belly Saturday night. The 4-year-old, sitting on her mother’s shoulder, was hoping to catch a glimpse of Santa as she tried to remember her gift list. A few suggestions later, the young girl remembered where she could find that special list. […]

Council members, mayor to take oath of office in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — The oath of office will be administered Tuesday to Mayor Harry Price, Councilwoman Catherine Moy and former Councilman Chuck Timm during the City Council meeting. Lt. Col. Randy Price will administer the oath to the incumbent mayor. Solano County District Attorney Krishna A. Abrams will administer the oath of office to Moy. Attorney Patricia A. Timm will administer the […]

Santa’s Last Stand gift fair Dec. 13-14

FAIRFIELD — Santa’s Last Stand gift fair is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 13-14 at the Specialty Events Center, 300 Chadbourne Road. More than 100 vendors are expected. Admission and parking are free. Those who attend are asked to bring canned goods or an unwrapped toy for family in need. Photos with Santa and […]

Eagle Scout project adds floating docks at Rockville Park

FAIRFIELD — The rain didn’t dampen the mood of the 20 members of Boy Scout Troop 482 who showed up Saturday to help Joshua Covarrubias with his Eagle Scout project. Covarrubias and his fellow Scouts came to place three floating docks at Rockville Hills Regional Park – a conservation project with a twofold purpose. Two of the docks are […]

Early Black Friday shoppers take advantage of deals

FAIRFIELD — The early Black Friday shopping started with a rush of people, Thursday night. The Solano Town Center opened its doors at 6 p.m., and while not every mall store was open, the big chain stores were doing a brisk business. At Best Buy, a line inside snaked around the back wall with people eager […]

Movies just another course on Thanksgiving

FAIRFIELD — The city was quiet on Thanksgiving evening, with few choices for people who wanted some excitement other than shopping. Edwards Fairfield Cinema gave Thanksgiving Day eaters something else to do other than watch football games on television. For Fairfield’s Jeannie Perkins and Vincent Para, the opportunity to see a movie was too much […]

Giving thanks, ‘even in this broken world,’ on Thursday

FAIRFIELD — Bible verses were read, menu choices checked and local officials introduced Thanksgiving Day at the Fairfield Community Center on Kentucky Street for the meal hosted by Mission Solano.

Ray Courtemanche, chief operations officer at Mission Solano, welcomed diners gathered at 16 tables in the community center.

“It’s a privilege to be with you this morning,” he said. “Thank you for coming and allowing us to make a memory with you today.”

Courtemanche also thanked volunteers along with donors and introduced Solano County District Attorney Krishna . . .

Solano Turkey Trot draws 2,600 to college

FAIRFIELD — Richard Jones, 26, of Vacaville, ran toward the finish line Thursday morning as Vallejo resident Eugene Boze, 46, started the Solano Turkey Trot. “It was more for fun,” Jones said of running 5K – about 3.1 miles. Boze, walking along Suisun Valley Parkway, was comfortable with his later start. “We just take our […]

Hospice Tree of Memories ceremony returns to Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — The NorthBay Hospice and Bereavement Center will host a special holiday ceremony, Hospice Tree of Memories, so people can pay tribute to friends and family members who have died. This year’s ceremony will include music, placing a ceremonial ornament on the tree, a photo slide show of loved ones and a reading of names. The event […]

Thanksgiving comes day early for homeless at Fairfield parks

FAIRFIELD — Thanksgiving came a day early Wednesday for the homeless who cluster in Lee Bell Park and Allan Witt Park. That was because members of the Tri-City Elks Lodge 1662 and the Victoria G. Francis Temple showed up at 11:30 a.m. at Lee Bell Park with prepared bags of Thanksgiving dinners of turkey, roast […]

What’s the matter with Kansas Street?

FAIRFIELD — The brothers remember when they rode bikes along Kansas Street and waited for cars to pass to resume playing football. Now a main memory Jerry and John Perkins have of the roadway where they grew up off Pennsylvania Avenue about a mile from the Solano Town Center Mall is last Sunday. That’s when […]

Sandbags available in advance of storms

FAIRFIELD — Residents and business owners who are concerned about the expected rainy weather can pick up sandbags from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fairfield’s Public Works Corporation Yard, 420 Gregory St. Local meteorologists forecast a string of Northern California storms beginning Friday evening and extending into early next week. Mike Pechner Cordelia Villages, owner of […]