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City Coach hosts first block party

VACAVILLE — City Coach is hosting the first of several block parties in the Leisure Town area of Vacaville, starting with Carlsbad Circle from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, according to a city press release. The three-hour event is divided among two separate legs of Carlsbad Circle, according to the release. The first 90 […]

Crash claims life of Concord teen

VACAVILLE — A 17-year-old Concord teen was killed early Sunday morning on westbound Interstate 80, west of Leisure Town Road. The victim, whose name was not released, was standing on the right shoulder of the freeway putting gas in her Chevrolet Monte Carlo, according to the California Highway Patrol. Another woman, Valerie Duncan, 55, of Pacheco, […]

Vacaville eyes ban on medical marijuana grows

VACAVILLE — A measure to ban growing medical marijuana – source of citizen complaints about neighborhood grow operations that smell like a skunk and the reason for two fires at “grow houses” with illegal electrical wiring – goes Tuesday before the City Council. “Cultivation of medical marijuana significantly impacts the health, safety and welfare of […]

Bid Corderos Park, city staff recommends

VACAVILLE — A revised plan for the Corderos Park, where delays in opening the property Vacaville approved buying in 2010 left one resident in tears, go before the City Council when it meets Tuesday. The park is now 21 percent larger than originally planned and new costs include playground safety access and durability, a report to […]

‘Princess’ claims her kingdom after doctors say she’s cancer-free

VACAVILLE — Taliyah Sweeting, the girl with an endless smile, fought a long and hard battle to slay the cancer dragon.

Her “kingdom” dubbed her “The Warrior Princess” early on. She took the title to heart, through rounds of chemotherapy, the loss of her beautiful hair and many days of being confined to home, not able to enjoy the things a typical 7-year-old girl loves.

She still carries the royal title and has a little spice to it since turning 8 on April 1 and getting a cancer-free diagnosis about two weeks later.

3 letters to Vacaville may cost $100,000 to answer

VACAVILLE — Responding to three letters – one 57 pages long with an extra 3,000 pages of attachments – from a law firm could cost Vacaville $100,000. The correspondence about updating the city’s General Plan comes from a resident, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation and attorneys representing the Solano County Orderly Growth Committee. Vacaville City […]

Church offers free Southern Gospel concert

VACAVILLE — Trinity Baptist Church will host a free concert Sunday. The Liberty Quartet, a traditional Southern Gospel quartet, is a full-time concert ministry based in Boise, Idaho. The group will perform from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Baptist Church, 401 W. Monte Vista Ave., Vacaville. No admission fees are requested, but an offering will be taken in support […]

2nd workshop on Fairfield Train Station draws scores more

VACAVILLE — A community workshop Wednesday provided “the most information I’ve gotten so far” on the Fairfield Train Station, a resident said – while she still worries about traffic congestion that will come with construction. Franca Peña of Fairfield said she’s not looking forward to what will follow Peabody Road closing June 12 and the […]

Chabad will begin Torah for Solano Jewish community

VACAVILLE — A crowd of about 200 is expected at the Chabad Center for Jewish Life as it begins writing a new Torah. An inauguration ceremony is planned at 4 p.m. May 3 at the center, 730 E. Main St. A professional scribe will attend. The new Torah is being written exclusively for the Solano […]

Vacaville plans recreation expo

VACAVILLE — The city’s Community Services Department will host Outdoor Adventure, a recreation expo, from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Three Oaks Community Center, 1110 Alamo Drive. This is the city’s 10th annual recreation expo to showcase what’s new in recreation. Those who attend will have the opportunity to register early for some summer classes […]

2nd Fairfield train station workshop set in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — The second of two community workshops about the train station project in Fairfield will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Foxboro Elementary School at 600 Morning Glory Drive in Vacaville. Two contracts totaling $41.2 million for construction of the train station won Fairfield City Council approval in November. Teichert/Myers of Sacramento […]

City announces Browns Valley Road closures

VACAVILLE — Browns Valley Road will be closed between McMurtry Lane and Whispering Ridge Drive/Shelton Lane beginning Tuesday. The closures are in conjunction with road construction taking place in the area, the city said in a press release. Signs will be in place to help detour traffic through the area. The road construction is scheduled […]

Vacaville questions state draft plan on water cuts

VACAVILLE — State water conservation plans are based on an arbitrary date and don’t consider differences in California climate, a Vacaville city official says. Royce Cunningham, director of utilities, told the City Council at its meeting Tuesday that Lake Berryessa is 65 percent full, the same level as a year ago. He said state officials […]

Icon Aircraft among companies getting state tax credits

VACAVILLE — A $2.5 million tax credit for Icon Aircraft in Vacaville is among $69 million in such state credits announced Thursday by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. The California Competes Tax Credit committee approved the credits for 93 companies that are expanding and creating jobs in California. The awards will help these […]

2-year-old injured in fall from window

VACAVILLE — A 2-year-old was transported by ambulance to a hospital out of the area Wednesday evening after falling out of a second-story window, according to police. The youngster fell through the screen of a window, said police Sgt. Charlie Spruill. The child fell on a shed and landed on the concrete below, he said. […]

Bicyclist critical after collision with car

VACAVILLE — A 27-year-old Vacaville woman was hospitalized in critical condition after she was hit by a car while crossing Elmira Road on her bicycle early Thursday morning. The woman suffered major head trauma, according to a police press release. A preliminary investigation indicated the motorist was eastbound on Elmira Road near Shasta Drive and […]

Cat didn’t come back from Vacaville clinic

VACAVILLE — Marilyn Friedman took Skamp, her 3-year-old black and white male cat, to the spay and neuter clinic of Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. That was the last the Vacaville resident saw of him. The SPCA called her 20 minutes before she was to pick up Skamp on March 20 and […]

Singles of Solano announce spring dance

VACAVILLE — The Singles of Solano plan a spring dance from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Moose Lodge, 6586 Gibson Canyon Road. Music will be provided by Streetwise. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Those who attend are reminded that no outside drinks are permitted. For more information and ticket details, call 448-9695. Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or […]

Panhandling measures OK’d in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Panhandling in a median strip, within 15 feet of ATM, on public transit or in a way that obstructs vehicles or pedestrians is unlawful under a Vacaville measure adopted Tuesday and set to begin in 30 days. Continuing to solicit after a person declines to contribute, along with panhandling within 15 feet of […]

Chicken-keeping review cause for clucking

VACAVILLE — A discussion about backyard chicken-keeping produced agreement Tuesday on issues that include limiting the number of animals to nine – and praise for how open Vacaville has been to considering changes. “I am just so impressed and so grateful to the open-mindedness of the council,” said Margi Stern, president of Backyard Hens of Vacaville. […]

Home chicken keeping eyed once again in Vacaville

VACAVILLE – What Mayor Len Augustine calls one of the biggest issues the city has faced returns Tuesday when the City Council takes up a home chicken-keeping ordinance. An online city survey produced 150 responses and the Tuesday meeting is intended as a discussion of the measure to obtain further direction before a formal hearing on […]

Panhandling measure up for Vacaville review

VACAVILLE —Panhandling in a median strip, within 15 feet of ATM, on public transit or in a way that obstructs vehicles or pedestrians will be unlawful under a Vacaville measure which, if adopted Tuesday, begins in 30 days. Continuing to solicit after a person declines to contribute, along with panhandling within 15 feet of a […]

CHP investigates cause of Vacaville freeway crash

VACAVILLE — Authorities are investigating an incident Saturday that caused the drivers of two vehicles to take evasive action and forced one off the freeway. They suspect the incident may have been caused by the deliberate actions of the driver of a third vehicle. Two vehicles remained at the scene of the incident that happened at approximately […]

Economy up, but so is crime in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Genentech’s growth, water supplies and an improved economy were among high points in the State of City talk Friday that also noted increased crime, homelessness and $266 million in retired employees pension and heath care costs. Mayor Len Augustine said Vacaville, like the rest of Northern California, faces issues involving homelessness. “The weather’s […]

Vacaville filmmaker had 48 hours to make movie

VACAVILLE — Vinnie Langdon had 48 hours to write, shoot and edit a 7-minute film – and the result, about the fictitious town of Ville where crime rates are rising, law enforcement is doing its best and Zapper Woman appears, will be shown April 26.

The Sacramento International Film Festival and its 48-Hour Filmmaker Challenge is not new territory for Langdon, 25. He won best actor for the short films in 2010. But putting together a film in two days for the festival is new for the Vacaville resident – and rewarding.

“I’m really proud of it,” Langdon said of the film that followed.

He can’t talk too much about the plot, which would give away what super power the woman possesses. Langdon and other filmmakers in the challenge . . .

Papa Roach to headline cancer center benefit concert

VACAVILLE — Papa Roach will headline a benefit concert April 18 for NorthBay Healthcare’s Cancer Center. The evening’s special guest is Lonely Kings. The concert starts at 7 p.m. at the Theatre DeVille in Vacaville. A limited number of online tickets will go on sale at 11 a.m. Saturday at paparoach.com. Reach Susan Hiland at 427-6981 […]

DUI checkpoint set Friday in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — A DUI checkpoint will operate between 6 p.m. Friday and midnight at an undisclosed location in Vacaville, the Police Department said. The DUI Task Force is deploying extra officers at the checkpoint. They’ll be looking for signs of impaired driving. A grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway […]

Catalytic converter ID program returns to Vacaville

VACAVILLE — A program to help combat thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles will be available Saturday for a second time in Vacaville. Operation Etch N’ Catch, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Vacaville’s maintenance facility at 1001 Allison Drive, is available for anyone who lives or works in Vacaville, according […]

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