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SCC Board selects Esposito-Noy for superintendent post

FAIRFIELD – Celia Esposito-Noy has been selected as the next superintendent-president of Solano Community College. The SCC Governing Board in a special meeting Monday voted 6-0, with Trustee Denis Honeychurch absent, to offer the appointment and negotiate terms of a contract with Esposito-Noy, who is currently vice chancellor at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District. The […]

School bands put best feet forward at Tournament of Champions

FAIRFIELD — Band members from across the regions were giddy with anticipation Saturday as various aspects of the the 27th Annual Tournament of Champions – hosted by the Scarlet Brigade at Fairfield High School – took place throughout the day.

The nervousness of band members subsided as they put their best effort into the day’s activities.

Emily Washburn, 15, a clarinet player at Benicia High School, was there for the first time. She’s also in her first year at Benicia High.

Catered meals for Fairfield-Suisun School District panel cost $990

FAIRFIELD — Catering for meals of chicken fettucine alfredo and three-cheese tortellini served to the facilities master plan committee members of the Fairfield-Suisun School District at September and October meetings cost $990. Thirty-five people had dinner at each of the two meetings, and the $11 meal cost includes tax and a 20 percent tip, according […]

Training provided through Betting on Our Future grant

FAIRFIELD — Students representing four Solano County Friday Night Live chapters have been provided training and technical assistance for the Betting on Our Future grants awarded to their chapters. The California Center for Youth Development and Health Promotion through the Office of Problem Gambling released a grant opportunity for the creation and production of a […]

Solano College plant sale offers holiday wreaths, swags

ROCKVILLE — The Horticulture Club at Solano Community College will host its annual winter plant sale Dec. 10-12. The plant sale will feature wreaths and swags made by the horticulture students as well as seasonal flowering plants, house plants, succulents and more. The sale will take place in the Louise Wilbourn Yarbrough Horticulture and Plant Science Institute, former […]

Organizers announce Veterans Day parade winners

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Police Academy was named the 2015 Veterans Day parade’s grand sweepstakes winner for being the best overall favorite, according to an announcement released Thursday by the Fairfield Main Street Association. The academy’s cadets were one of nearly 80 parade entrants who marched through downtown Fairfield Wednesday afternoon to honor the nation’s […]

Vacaville coat, blanket drive set to start

VACAVILLE — The city will launch its winter coat and blanket drive next week. The Give Winter Garb a Second Chance drive is set Monday through Friday when residents are asked to donate clean coats, jackets and blankets. The items should be placed in sealed plastic bags labeled “winter garb” and left for pickup next to their […]

Reservation deadline looms for Black and White Mixer

FAIRFIELD — The third annual Black Professionals and Business Black and White Mixer will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Ford Lincoln Fairfield car dealership located at 3050 Auto Mall Court in Fairfield. There will be music, food, drinks and recognition of one of the area’s most renowned educators, Ramona Bishop, Vallejo’s superintendent […]

Solano College board meeting moves to Thursday

ROCKVILLE — The regular meeting of the Solano Community College governing board, originally slated for Wednesday, has been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, the college announced. The meeting location will remain the Denis Honeychurch Board Room 626 in the administration building, 4000 Suisun Valley Road. Reach the Daily Republic newsroom at 425-4646.

Solano College to host curriculum meet for community colleges

ROCKVILLE — Solano Community College will host the Fall 2015 Curriculum Regional Meeting (North) of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges on Friday. The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges is partnering for this event with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office to hold curriculum regional meetings, according to a Solano College press release. The […]

Solano Safe Routes to School program gets $3M boost

SUISUN CITY — The Solano Safe Routes to School program has been awarded a $3 million grant by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission under the 2015 regional allocation of the Active Transportation Program. Solano Transportation Authority’s Safe Route to School program, known as SR2S, will receive funding for infrastructure improvements at seven schools in Benicia and […]

No model formula to replace Indian mascot, AIM director says

FAIRFIELD — Supporters of replacing the Indian mascot at Armijo High School said Thursday they met Nov. 4 with the Fairfield-Suisun School District superintendent and hope to discuss the issue Dec. 8 with a subcommittee of school board members. Antonio Gonzales, director of the American Indian Movement-West in San Francisco, said after speaking during public […]

Girls on the Run participants will tackle 5K

FAIRFIELD — Girls from Solano and Napa counties will “chase their dreams” Saturday at the Girls on the Run 5K. The run begins at 9 a.m. at Napa College. More than 400 girls, accompanied by 104 volunteer life coaches, are participating. Other runners are welcome to run. Girls on the Run Napa & Solano is a […]

The great equalizer: Sports program pairs special, general-ed children

FAIRFIELD — The smile on Dominic Miller’s face couldn’t have been any wider.

The 5-year-old who attends Dan O. Root Elementary School was one of about 560 children who participated in a special event Thursday at Fairfield High School’s Schaefer Stadium.

The gathering was the first since the Fairfield-Suisun School District partnered with Special Olympics Northern California to launch a unified sports program with eight elementary schools.

Williams gets fans on their feet at Vacaville football games

VACAVILLE — Asking people to get on their feet doesn’t stop with the national anthem for Paul Williams. As announcer for Vacaville High football games at Tom Zunino Stadium, he politely reminds attending fans that “Here at Vacaville High School, we stand up for the kickoff.” Williams, 55, is a former track and assistant football […]

Darla Williams is all about volleyball and the milestones prove it

FAIRFIELD — The 2015 season has been one of ups and downs for Darla Williams, but also one filled with milestones. Williams is the head coach of the Solano Community College volleyball team. Volleyball has been a part of her life since she was in middle school. Now, at the age of 50, Williams has […]

Will C. Wood stadium would need lights, Vacaville council says

VACAVILLE — Environmental review of a football stadium at Will C. Wood High School should consider directional lighting that lessens the impact to neighborhoods, the City Council agreed Tuesday, when members said a stadium without any lights made no sense. “That’s calling for a whole different design,” Councilman Mitch Mashburn said, adding it would be […]

Math tutoring service opens student contest with veterans theme

FAIRFIELD — Miracle Math Coaching wants to honor military, law enforcement and firefighting personnel who have inspired friends and family members to reach their goals. The tutoring service is sponsoring a contest to find the most inspirational story about a service member helping a child or teenager dream big. A simple process is available for […]

Chinese American group announces scholarship

FAIRFIELD — The Chinese American Association of Solano County is accepting scholarship applications until 5 p.m. Jan. 8, 2016. High school seniors and community college students attending Solano Community College or living in Solano County and attending another community college are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 grade point average and […]

Tournament of Champions returns to Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield High School’s Scarlet Brigade Marching Band will host the 27th annual Tournament of Champions Band Review on Nov. 21. More than 40 middle and high school band programs from Northern California and Nevada will perform. The parade begins at 9 a.m. on Dover Avenue. Richard Grokenberger, the first band director at Fairfield High […]

Christian School in Fairfield offers children’s events

FAIRFIELD — We “R” Family Christian School and Children’s Center is hosting Kid’s Day Away and Kid’s Night Out events. The Saturday events are open to children up to 12 years old. There will be games, movies, arts and crafts, and lunch or dinner. The sessions are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday […]

Fairfield-Suisun School District seeks feedback on facilities plan

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield-Suisun School District officials will host community forums from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday and Tuesday to get feedback on the proposed master plan recommendations for the district’s schools. The focus is on long-range, strategic issues relating specifically to the district’s educational and operational goals, according to an announcement about the forums. Suggestions are sought […]

Council eyes traffic, parking in EIR for expanded Will C. Wood High stadium

VACAVILLE — Traffic and parking should be analyzed in the environmental impact report on the stadium planned for Will C. Wood High School, states a report the City Council takes up Tuesday. Interested agencies, including the city, have 30 days to comment on the scope of environmental information to be included in the environmental review by […]

Good News: Stuff the Bus provides 262 backpacks

The Stuff the Bus campaign provided more than 262 backpacks to homeless and foster youth as a result of an annual campaign that ran from June through August. Solano County Office of Education Foster and Homeless Youth Services partnered with many local organizations to make the campaign a success. Backpacks were distributed to each school district in Solano […]

Solano College names 4 finalists for top admin post

ROCKVILLE — Four longtime administrators from four different California junior colleges were named Friday as the finalists in the search for a new superintendent-president of Solano Community College. The four finalists are Lawrence Buckley, president of Canada College in Redwood City; Deborah Budd, president of Berkeley City College; Celia Esposito-Noy, a vice chancellor at Chabot-Las Positas […]

Visiting judge inspires thoughts of citizen rights

FAIRFIELD — The students in Sylvia Herrera’s English-learning class were shy about talking with their special visitor Thursday.

Herrera’s class wrote in September to retired Judge LaDoris Cordell, of Santa Clara County, because she was one of the people in their Juvenile Justice section of the curriculum book “Edge.” The students were struck with her comments on everyone deserving a second chance.

“I never, ever expected her to respond,” Herrera said.

But she did respond. And in a text message, the judge said she wanted to meet the students from Armijo High School.

Chipotle to host Armijo High newspaper fundraiser

FAIRFIELD — The Armijo High School Signal will have a fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Chipotle Mexican Grill, 1586 Gateway Blvd. Students will hand out fliers at school. Those without fliers are asked to tell the cashier they are there to support the Armijo High School newspaper. Proceeds go toward operating costs […]

Private school plans children’s events

FAIRFIELD — We “R” Family Christian School and Children’s Center is hosting Kid’s Day Away and Kid’s Night Out events. The Saturday events are open to children up to 12 years old. There will be games, movies, arts and crafts, and lunch or dinner. The sessions are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 14 and Dec. 12. Additional evening […]

Toy drive Rodriguez High begins with challenge to other schools

FAIRFIELD — Officer Joseph Holecek of the Fairfield Police Department is hosting the third annual toy drive for Rodriguez High School to benefit the community’s children and along with the high school’s students is challenging other schools in Fairfield and Suisun City to join the cause. “Last year we had so many toys they wouldn’t fit into my vehicle,” said […]

Child care for special needs youth topic of forum

FAIRFIELD — A Special Needs Community Forum will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at H. Glenn Richardson School, 1069 Meadowlark Drive. Parents of children with special needs will share their stories about the lack of child care for their children. A brainstorming session will follow. A follow-up meeting is planned for Jan.  14. Reservations can made by email […]

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