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Plenty of offerings to fuel a happy holiday mood

FAIRFIELD — There’s no reason to lack holiday spirit when Solano County cities offer a bevy of events celebrating Christmas. All you need to do is put on a Christmas sweater, grab those tickets where needed and get your jolly on. Here’s a city-by-city list of holiday-related performances and events. Fairfield Parthenon Ballet returns to the Fairfield […]

Solano steps out for holidays with community festivities

FAIRFIELD — Communities across Solano County will again get into the holiday spirit this winter with community tree lightings, caroling, Christmas gift vendors and the arrival of Santa Claus. Vacaville gets things started Vacaville starts the season when it hosts its 33rd annual Merriment on Main celebration from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday from West Street to Davis Street in downtown […]

Sexual predator moves from Vallejo to Dixon

DIXON — Sexually violent predator Fraisure Smith is staying at the Dixon Motel, police learned Tuesday, and officers will monitor the 51-year-old while he is in the city. “Due to his transient status, Smith can move to different hotels, locations in Dixon or other cities in Solano County without notifying the Police Department,” Dixon police said […]

DA seeks cash from suspected drug trafficker

FAIRFIELD — Police said they found $2,225 in cash on Ruben Alexander Tomelloso, a digital scale in the trunk of his vehicle and suspected methamphetamine when he was stopped in May along Davis Street in Vacaville – and the Solano County district attorney wants the funds forfeited because she contends Tomelloso was trafficking drugs. An […]

Downtown losing 2 stores but Fairfield aims to improve

FAIRFIELD — One downtown business has shut down and an adjoining store is closing — but a Fairfield councilwoman says the city is working to boost the business district. Pet Shop Jungle’s closing follows the end of Teeny Tots Second Time Around Children’s Store. “I had big hopes for the pet store,” Councilwoman Catherine Moy […]

Teens can build gingerbread homes at library

FAIRFIELD — Teens can participate in a holiday tradition by building and decorating a gingerbread house at the library. All the supplies are provided at the Teen Kitchen Corner program, which starts at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Fairfield Civic Center Library located at 1150 Kentucky St. Teens will vote on their favorite creation and […]

SEIU workers ratify contract with county

FAIRFIELD — Solano County employees represented by the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 voted overwhelmingly this week to ratify a tentative contract with the county, the union announced. The Board of Supervisors received an update about the contract during a closed session Tuesday, and is expected to vote on the pact at its next meeting Dec. 8, […]

Feeding those in need not just a holiday tradition

FAIRFIELD — The congregation of the Samoan Christian Fellowship Assembly of God was prepared to feed as many as 500 people on Wednesday night – the third annual Thanksgiving feast at the Fairfield temple.

But feeding the hungry and others in need is not just a holiday tradition for the church, the members of which come largely from South Pacific cultures.

Fairfield police deal with 2 shootings in 9 hours

FAIRFIELD — Police are investigating two shootings that happened within hours of one another Monday and Tuesday in Fairfield. The search for a 47-year-old Fairfield man, who had possibly been shot, continued Tuesday night, hours after police said he assaulted his female companion early in the morning on the 2000 block of Kingfisher Way. It was the second shooting […]

400 turkey dinners provided by Mission Solano

FAIRFIELD – Mission Solano provided about 400 turkey dinners Tuesday as cars lined up along Travis Boulevard to receive the holiday meals that came with help from Fairfield city employees.

“They’re a lifesaver,” Fairfield resident Wendell Celestine said of Mission Solano “They really are.”

The turkeys the non-profit provided for the 17th year included those donated by Fairfield city employees, whose 350 turkeys also went to St. Stephen’s CME, Heather House and Mount Calvary Baptist Church.

Big rig accident partially blocks I-80

FAIRFIELD — A truck driver lost control of his big rig Tuesday morning and it flipped over onto its side, partially blocking westbound Interstate 80 in Fairfield for four hours until the trailer could be righted and hauled away, according to the California Highway Patrol. The big rig, which belonged to a company in San Jose, […]

Learn to make seasonal greeting cards

FAIRFIELD — Learn to make winter-themed handcrafted greeting cards from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the Fairfield Cordelia Library. The free program is open to anyone 18 or older. Supplies are provided. Register by calling or stopping at the library, 5050 Business Center Drive, Fairfield.

Garamendi gets heat for vote on refugees

FAIRFIELD — U.S. Rep. John Garamendi’s vote for legislation requiring background checks on Syrian refugees has spurred criticism from an influential Democratic donor and a group that describes itself as the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization. Blake Byrne, 80, a retired broadcasting executive in Southern California, wrote a letter to […]

$55,808 restitution upheld in embezzlement from Solano business

FAIRFIELD — The $55,808 restitution imposed as part of the sentence for a Suisun City man convicted of embezzling – by use of a company gasoline credit card from a Solano County business – was upheld Monday by a state court. Craig Elliott Pinckley pleaded no contest after the Solano County District Attorney’s Office filed […]

Not guilty plea in Fairfield attempted murder case

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield man accused of trying to kill the brother of his ex-girlfriend pleaded not guilty Monday to crimes that could land him in prison for the rest of his life. Juan A. Rodriguez-Reyes, 39, is charged with attempted murder, assault with a firearm and being a felon who used a gun in […]

Elf Stacy offering free letters from Santa

FAIRFIELD — Elf Stacy Rose, owner of LegendaryLetters.com is again giving away a free letter from Santa Claus to the first 100 children who drop a letter to Santa in the vintage letter collection box she will post at 805 Jackson St., in downtown Fairfield. The special green mailbox will appear on Dec. 4 for those attending the […]

Former church choir director’s request for new trial to be heard

FAIRFIELD — The request for a new trial by the former choir director for Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, convicted in 2014 of 25 felony counts of performing lewd acts on a child, will be heard Feb. 29 in Solano County Superior Court. During Jim Manuel’s trial, the victim testified she was 15 and […]

Felony evading charge follows alleged 100 mph motorcycle ride

FAIRFIELD — A 37-year-old man was held to answer Monday on charges that include felony reckless evading after testimony he drove his motorcycle at 100 mph during a chase that began on Interstate 80 past American Canyon and ended along Highway 12. Brad Glen Brantley also faces charges of driving on a suspended license for a […]

Biz Buzz: Nominate a nurse for a DAISY award

FAIRFIELD — NorthBay Healthcare is seeking nominations for an award that recognizes nurses who go above and beyond what’s required to serve the needs of hospital patients. The DAISY Award was created in memory of J. Patrick Barnes by his family, who were grateful for all the support and help giving to him during his battle […]

Biz Buzz: Kaiser hospitals receive A in safety report

VACAVILLE — Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Vacaville and Vallejo were among 13 hospitals to receive the top score of A by the Leapfrog Group in its biannual safety report. The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, released its Fall Hospital Safety Scores after examining publicly available data […]

Photo: Rancho Solano Holiday Boutique

15th Annual Rancho Solano Holiday Boutique Joanna Hill, right, looks to a friend for feedback while trying on a wearable textile art wrap made by designer Jerri Scaife, left, of J’s Creations, during the 15th Annual Rancho Solano Holiday Boutique held at in the Clubhouse at Rancho Solano Golf Course, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in […]

Interfaith Thanksgiving service filled with prayer, hope

FAIRFIELD — A small and grateful group gathered Sunday evening at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church for the return of an interfaith Thanksgiving service.

A Scripture reading, prayers and music were included in the event that united communities of faith. Nonbelievers were also welcome.

Todd Bertani, pastor of St. Mark’s, said the first interfaith service was held after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks when local Sikhs reached out to him.

Craft fair proceeds help feed the hungry

FAIRFIELD — Fifty vendors filled the golden dome Saturday and Sunday as Our Lady of Mount Carmel hosted its ninth annual Christmas Craft Faire. Shoppers were able to see Pat Gadson at work. All they needed to do was select from towels, aprons or other items and she was ready to embroider it. She has been […]

Nonprofits to benefit from 7th annual Turkey Trot

SUISUN VALLEY — The seventh annual Solano Turkey Trot will begin at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day in Suisun Valley. This year’s race is a mass start for the 10K run and the 5K run/walk. Runners will be lined up according to their pace. The race begins at Solano Community College, 4000 Suisun Valley Road, Rockville. Other race-day activities include […]

Church hosts 3rd annual Thanksgiving Dinner

FAIRFIELD — The Samoan Christian Fellowship church will host its third annual community Thanksgiving dinner. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday at 1200 Western St., Fairfield. The menu is turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, green salad, soup and dessert. The evening will start with an inspirational message from Samoan Christian Fellowship senior pastor Alex Ledoux, followed by […]

Mission Solano offers Thanksgiving Day meal

FAIRFIELD — Mission Solano will be host its traditional Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. The mission is located at 740 Travis Blvd., Fairfield. Reach the Daily Republic newsroom at 425-4646.

Turkey Walk-Off and Leftovers-4-Lunch Hike

FAIRFIELD — If people have nothing to do the day after Thanksgiving, Solano Land Trust is offering a walk at Rockville Trails Preserve. The walk will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. The community is invited to bring Thanksgiving leftovers, family and visitors, and get outdoors to explore a hidden corner of Solano County. Space is […]

Solano governments schedule holiday week meetings

FAIRFIELD — This may be Thanksgiving week, but local governments are still conducting the public’s business. This week’s list of public meetings includes: Solano Community College, noon Monday, Administration Building, Denis Honeychurch Board Room 626, 4000 Suisun Valley Road. Info.: www.solano.edu. Solano County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m. Tuesday, county Government Center, 675 Texas St. Info: www.co.solano.ca.us. […]

Tiny tacklers: Solano Warriors fields team of 5- to 7-year-olds

FAIRFIELD — For many members of the Solano Warriors tiny mites team, it is their first experience playing football. After all, they are young boys, ages 5 to 7. “It’s hard work for a lot of these guys,” said Mike Dean, the team’s head coach. “They have been conditioning for a while. They worked hard […]

Vanden High grad hits the business ground running with Pocket Dog

FAIRFIELD — When a new customer walks into 18-year-old Hayden Konstantinopoulos’ downtown Fairfield shop, the first question is almost invariably, “what’s a pocket dog.” There are a few who have experienced the food when they were in France or in Hawaii where it is known as puka dog. Konstantinopoulos is more than glad not only […]

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