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Woman advocates for those with pain syndrome

VACAVILLE — Jo Hewitt-Casavant hopped on her bicycle three years ago and went for a ride alongside her husband. It was raining. Not much of a challenge for someone who rode as many as 500 miles a week on her bike. She looked down for a brief moment. Then, Hewitt-Casavant hit the pavement. She put […]

November 29, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Black Friday brings out thrifty shoppers

VACAVILLE — Fernando Rivera and his girlfriend Teresa Hernandez held hands on a bench at the Vacaville Premium Outlet stores on Black Friday, calmly taking in the shoppers. The couple snuggled for warmth on the bench while taking a break from shopping. “Sonoma doesn’t have any malls,” Rivera said. “There really isn’t anywhere to shop.” The […]

November 29, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Veterans ready to serve Thanksgiving dinner

VACAVILLE — The turkey and ham is cooked and ready.

Retired Marine Marty Martinez has put the finishing touches to the bowls of yams.

Navy veteran Donna Simon has signed up about 200 people who Vacaville’s veterans will deliver Thanksgiving meals to Thursday.

Vacaville veterans and a host . . .

Vacaville art gallery schedules open house

VACAVILLE — The Corner Store Gallery, 320 Cernon St., will have an open house from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The gallery, located in front of the Co-Op, has more than 20 artists working different media such as clay, fusion glass, jewelry, acrylic and oil paintings, and photography. The monthly fee and commissions paid by […]

November 27, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Science comes to libraries – for all to see

VACAVILLE — The Lawrence Hall of Science’s Inventor’s Lab brings a hands-on science lesson to Vacaville’s libraries next week at 4 p.m. Dec. 2. Participants will take part in the science lab’s Design-Build-Test project at the Vacaville-Cultural Center Library, where they will solve real-world challenges using science and engineering, according to a library press release. Participants will enter […]

November 26, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Library schedules soap-making program

VACAVILLE — People who want to learn how to make homemade soap can get a crash course on the subject next month at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center. The course will teach the basics of melt and pour soap-making, according to a press release about the event. Those who take part will also receive samples to […]

November 26, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Firefighters continue toy drives as Solano moves into holiday season

FAIRFIELD — Firefighters in Fairfield and Vacaville are in the midst of collecting new, unwrapped toys for their respective holiday toy drives to benefit local children. Toy bins are set up at various Fairfield locations: Fire Station 37, 1200 Kentucky St. Fire Station 40, 2555 Hilborn Road. Fire Station 41, 3200 N. Texas St. Solano […]

November 26, 2014 | Posted in Fairfield | Tagged ,

Vacaville PD seeks VIPS program volunteers

VACAVILLE — The Police Department will host an informational meeting next month for city residents who want to serve the community through the Volunteers in Police Service program. Vacaville VIPS contribute at least four hours a week to the program and perform a wide range of duties. Current work includes parking enforcement, afternoon park patrols, […]

November 26, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Larger electronic freeway sign for Vacaville Auto Mall gets OK

VACAVILLE — A new electronic freeway sign that is nearly double the existing 350-square-foot size won approval Thursday by the city Planning Commission for the Vacaville Auto Mall. Commissioner Brett Johnson said the 672-square-foot sign will be similar to the Fairfield Auto Mall’s new sign. “It allows us to more effectively compete,” he said. Nathan […]

November 21, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Commission denies downtown Vacaville electronic message sign

FAIRFIELD — A proposed 262-square-foot curved, color, electronic message sign on the second story of a Mason Street office building downtown was denied Thursday by Vacaville planning commissioners who said the sign would be inappropriate for the location. “Two words come to my mind – Las Vegas,” said commission Chairman Joe Niccoli. “It’s huge.” Niccoli […]

November 21, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Bid to sell beer, wine set for 2015 Vacaville review

VACAVILLE — A request by a convenience store along Merchant Street to sell alcohol will return to the Vacaville City Council at its Jan. 13 meeting. The matter, scheduled for review Tuesday by the council, comes with a recommendation by the city’s community development director to deny the request by the Quickway Gas Station and Convenience […]

November 20, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Prohibition on marijuana grows, panhandling restrictions win Vacaville support

VACAVILLE — Crime, odors and the complexity of regulating marijuana grows were among issues City Council members cited Tuesday before directing the Vacaville staff to draft an ordinance prohibiting medical marijuana cultivation in the city. Councilwoman Dilenna Harris said she’s been to homes where neighbors were growing marijuana. “It just stinks,” Harris said. Residents can’t […]

November 19, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Deny downtown business bid for electronic sign, Vacaville staff says

VACAVILLE — A request for a 262-square-foot curved, color electronic message sign on the second story of a Mason Street office building – advertising the applicant says represents the a “new marketing standard” and will let downtown businesses “level the market” with such sites as the Vacaville Auto Mall – should be denied, the city […]

November 19, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Candle causes small fire

VACAVILLE — A lit candle caught a bookcase on fire and caused an estimated $10,000 damage to a home on the 400 block of Elsinore Drive late Tuesday morning, according to the Vacaville Fire Department. Three children were home at the time of the 10:45 p.m. fire, but were able to get themselves and their […]

November 19, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Library schedules Vacaville Teen Advisory Board

VACAVILLE — The Teen Advisory Board for the city’s libraries will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Vacaville-Cultural Center Library. Children ages 12 to 18 are invited to take part to have input on policies and programs at the city’s two libraries, according to a press release to announce the meeting. Participants also earn volunteer credit. […]

November 19, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Prohibit medical marijuana growing, Vacaville staff recommends

VACAVILLE — Fires in September at two marijuana grow houses, due to substandard and illegal electrical wiring, are part of the problems posed by medical marijuana cultivation in Vacaville, the assistant city attorney says. Vacaville police also received 28 complaints on their anonymous tip line about grow houses in 2014, along with about 20 tips […]

November 17, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Senior center, Faith in Action recipients of fundraiser

VACAVILLE — An Ohio transplant who teaches computer classes at the McBride Senior Center put together a sold-out benefit Saturday. Louise Bucci came up with the idea of the Holiday Fashion Extravaganza. A committee helped her carry out the plans. Proceeds benefit Faith in Action, which offers seniors a variety of service from transportation to […]

November 16, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Church’s holiday bazaar boosts The Leaven

VACAVILLE — New Hope Christian Fellowship hosted its 4th Annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday in Vacaville to benefit a Solano County nonprofit that serves at-risk children in troubled neighborhoods. The two-day event, which began Friday, brought holiday shoppers from around the area who wanted unique, handmade items from nearly three dozen local artists. “This year we had […]

November 16, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Vacaville council eyes panhandling restrictions

VACAVILLE — A measure that targets unsafe and aggressive panhandling goes before Vacaville City Council members Tuesday and makes it unlawful to solicit in a median strip, commercial parking lot or driveway, gas station and within 10 feet of an ATM. Other parts of the proposed ordinance include prohibiting panhandling after sunset or before sunrise. A […]

November 16, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Gravel spill closes freeway on-ramp in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — A truck spilled a load of gravel Saturday on a freeway connector in Vacaville, forcing officials to shut down a nearby on-ramp while the roadway was cleared. The incident was reported shortly before 10 a.m. on the eastbound Interstate 80 connector to northbound Interstate 505. No injuries were reported. A truck spilled gravel […]

November 16, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Illicit massage businesses in Vacaville have to be addressed, chamber hears

VACAVILLE — The city’s location between Sacramento and the Bay Area – two of the top spots in California for human trafficking – means that the modern slave trafficking involves happens in Vacaville at some of the massage businesses in the city, the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce heard Friday. “Believe it or not, it’s in […]

November 15, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Icon Aircraft eyes opening, Nut Tree booms, Vacaville chamber told

VACAVILLE — Icon Aircraft has up to 1,400 pre-orders for its planes and when at full operation in the city will provide close to 500 jobs, the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce was told Friday during an economic development report that also noted the Nut Tree is booming with new businesses. City spokesman Mark Mazzaferro said Icon’s […]

November 15, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

State grant funds yearlong special Vacaville traffic enforcement

FAIRFIELD — A $58,250 state grant will pay for a yearlong program of special traffic enforcement by the Vacaville Police Department, which noted the number of people killed or injured in traffic collisions increased slightly in 2011 and 2012 after falling sharply for five years. “Our community has experienced an increase in vehicle-related collisions, particularly […]

November 14, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Vacaville veterans to host community Thanksgiving dinner

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville veterans will again host a traditional, free community Thanksgiving Day dinner with turkey, ham and all the fixings from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Vacaville Veterans Memorial Hall at 549 Merchant St. The veterans will also provide deliveries to homes in Vacaville to those who phone in their […]

November 14, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Nurses take to the picket lines at Vacaville’s Kaiser

VACAVILLE — Scores of nurses picketed Tuesday outside the Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center, part of a two-day strike in Northern California. As she stood on Vaca Valley Parkway, Melanie Alvarado, chief nurse representative, said that nurses have provided 39 proposals during labor negotiations but Kaiser has agreed to only three of them. She said […]

November 12, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Vacaville honors Veterans on their special day

VACAVILLE — The Downtown Vacaville Business Improvement District honored veterans at Andrews Park in downtown Vacaville with a remembrance ceremony Tuesday. Bob Vollmer, executive director of the downtown improvement district, hosted the event with several stories and a poem for Veterans Day. “I have been coming to this many years, and this is the biggest turnout […]

November 12, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Accordion club to host monthly meet

VACAVILLE — The Golden State Accordion Club, Vacaville chapter, will have its monthly meeting Thursday at Pietro’s No. 2, 679 Merchant St. The meeting is open to everyone. Music begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Jack Behseresht at 925-256-9055. Reach Susan Winlow at 427-6955 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/swinlowdr.

November 12, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Veterans Day events to take place throughout day

FAIRFIELD — Veterans Day activities will take place throughout the day Tuesday in Fairfield and Vacaville. A Veterans Day Commemoration ceremony and patriotic concert performed by the Alive Music Orchestra will begin at 10 a.m. at the Fairfield Center for Creative Arts at 1035 Texas St. Col. Corey Martin, commander of the 60th Air Mobility Wing, […]

November 12, 2014 | Posted in Fairfield

Saturday Club to travel to Filoli

VACAVILLE — The Saturday Club of Vacaville plans a trip Dec. 3 to Filoli. The bus will leave the group’s clubhouse at 10 a.m. and return about 5 p.m. Included in the ticket prices is admission, transportation and a boxed lunch. Filoli sits on 654 acres. It includes a 36,000-square-foot house that will be decked […]

November 12, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Blazing motorcycle crash slows Saturday morning traffic

VACAVILLE — A single-motorcycle crash on westbound Interstate 80 at the Davis Street exit closed one lane of traffic for 3o minutes Saturday. The crash was reported at 9:26 a.m. A motorcycle hit the center divide and caught fire, according to the California Highway Patrol website. The driver of the motorcycle hopped over the center divide and […]

November 09, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,
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