Coroner releases name of man run over by armored military vehicle

FAIRFIELD — Kevin Wright, 54, of Suisun City, was identified Monday by the Solano County Coroner’s Office as the man killed over the weekend after being run over by an armored vehicle during a gathering for a well-known local family. The incident took place Saturday afternoon at a reunion for the family of Herman Rowland Sr., […]

Democratic Club schedules mixer

FAIRFIELD — A Northern Solano Democratic Club mixer will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Niche Cafe, 2460 Hilborn Road. The event offers an opportunity to meet with Solano County Democrats, including members and guests from the Young Dems to the Northern Solano Democratic Club. For information about cost to attend the mixer, send […]

Bertani to host 2nd town hall meet on Destiny Place plan

FAIRFIELD — A town hall meeting about Destiny Place will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the City Council chamber at 1000 Webster St. Councilwoman Pam Bertani describes Destiny Place as a resource center modeled after the Twitter NeighborNest in San Francisco to help the homeless navigate to permanent shelter. She said an agreement is being […]

UC Davis professor to present talk on immigration, economy

FAIRFIELD — A talk on immigration and the economy will take place Friday and will feature a professor from the University of California, Davis. Erin Hamilton, a sociology professor at UC Davis, will give a talk called “Economic Impacts of Immigration.” Hamilton’s talk will occur during a dinner meeting of the Solano County Republican Central […]

Anti-bullying campaign set for Solano Town Center return

FAIRFIELD — Solano Town Center and iHeart Radio are partnering Saturday with the organization Stomp Out Bullying for the second of two anti-bullying events timed to coincide with the start of the school year. The event takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. in the center court at the mall, which is located at 1350 Travis Blvd. The […]

Photo: Skaters double up at Allan Witt Park

skateboarding doubles Fairfield skaters from left, Drayke Blood, 8, watches Ebon Turner, 18, and Jacob Kinney, 11, pop off a wood plank back into the skate-park embankment at Allan Witt Park, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in Fairfield. (Steve Reczkowski/Daily Republic)

Jelly Belly chairman: Family in a state of shock after tragic incident

FAIRFIELD — The name of a 54-year-old Suisun City resident killed Saturday afternoon after being run over by an armored vehicle was not released Sunday. Meanwhile the head of a major Fairfield business released a statement about the incident. Herman Rowland Sr., Jelly Belly Candy Co. chairman of the board, provided few details about the incident that happened on […]

Foot frenzy stops fermentation at annual Harvest Celebration

FAIRFIELD — Children, as young as 2, and adults put their gams into action to smash the gamay grapes are part of the annual Suisun Valley Harvest Celebration.

Four wooden barrels of grapes stood on a raised platform Sunday at Wooden Valley Winery as the stompers did their best to get as much juice as they could into a plastic bucket.

Everyone was civil, unlike the “I Love Lucy” scene when the actress and another woman began tossing grapes at each other while stomping the fruit of the vine.

Wooden Valley Winery’s Ron Lanza got the idea a few years ago when he took grapes to the north shore of Lake Tahoe and watched them, with the help of feet, become liquid.

‘Prime’ event helps fund valued community program

FAIRFIELD — Community services and the general fund support to provide those services aren’t always in line, with the need almost always exceeding the available public funding. Fortunately for the city of Fairfield, there is an event like the 11th annual Prime Rib in the Park, hosted Saturday night by the Fairfield Host Lions Club […]

Tri City Elks and Alpha Kappa give backpacks away

FAIRFIELD — The Tri City Elks Lodge 1662 and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. gathered 75 backpacks from members to give away Saturday. Not many children came for the event but they still had hamburgers, ribs, hot dogs and dessert for those who came out on a warm afternoon. “We have been doing this for three or […]

Fairfield commission to consider industrial buildings plan south of Budweiser plant

FAIRFIELD — A public hearing will occur Wednesday on plans to develop two 430,500-square-foot industrial buildings on 43 acres along Cordelia Road south of the Anheuser-Busch plant – a project the city says will not have a significant effect on the environment. The concrete tilt-up buildings will be up to 45 feet tall and 460 parking spaces will […]

Fairfield council OKs $44,000 lobbyist pact

FAIRFIELD — A $44,000 contract with Joe A. Gonsalves & Son to advocate for Fairfield in the state Legislature has won City Council approval after Councilman Rick Vaccaro said he felt satisfied with the pact after speaking for about an hour with Jason Gonsalves. Vaccaro said before the council vote Tuesday for the contract that he […]

Firefighters practice survival techniques during training regimen

VACAVILLE — “Mayday. Mayday. Mayday. Firefighter is disoriented and lost.”

Those and similar radio calls from local firefighters were heard this week on police scanners as firefighters participated in training in Vacaville.

Thirty firefighters from the Fairfield and Vacaville fire departments participated in four days of joint training that focused on firefighter survival.

The 15 firefighters from Fairfield and 15 from Vacaville were being taught by six master instructors to become trainers within their own departments, said Gary Mahlberg, a Vacaville Fire Department trainer who completed the class.

2nd town hall meet set for Destiny Place plan

FAIRFIELD — A town hall meeting about Destiny Place will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 29 in the City Council chamber at 1000 Webster St. Fairfield Councilwoman Pam Bertani said Tuesday the site is not a homeless shelter but a resource center modeled after the Twitter NeighborNest in San Francisco to help the […]

Yard sale set for Yippie Yogurt

FAIRFIELD — Yippie Yogurt’s final two-day liquidation yard sale will take place Friday and Saturday with items that include office supplies, folding chairs and new paper coffee cups. The event at 1955 W. Texas St. No. 4 will be Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. All sales are cash […]

Legends wins new pact with Fairfield for golf course restaurants

FAIRFIELD — Support from more than 25 speakers, including people who started work at Legends in high school and were now in management there, for the restaurants at the city’s two golf courses that preceded the 3-2 vote Tuesday by the City Council to renegotiate a new contract with Legends. Cheers followed Councilman Rick Vaccaro’s […]

Fairfield family raising money for service dog for son

FAIRFIELD — What is the greatest thing that 12-year-old Riley Howard is looking forward to doing with his service dog? “They can ride the rides at Disneyland,” Riley said. That is if his mother Michele Howard and her friends can raise the $4,000 needed to pay the San Jose-based service dog training business Cali Pals […]

City reaches agreement to reopen Cordelia Road

FAIRFIELD — Plans are finally on track to finish a railroad crossing and reopen a section of Cordelia Road that has been closed for more than two years. The Fairfield City Council on Tuesday approved two resolutions that would clear the way for a deal between the city, the railway and a Sacramento-based developer. “We’re […]

$269M Fairfield budget wins council OK

FAIRFIELD — Budgets covering two fiscal years won approval Tuesday by Fairfield City Council members after a taxpayers group praised the financial document as “lot easier to read than previous editions.” John Takeuchi, president of the Central Solano Citizen/Taxpayer Group, also told the council before its vote that, “We’d like to help you look at places […]

Paid parking at Fairfield Transportation Center to get second look

FAIRFIELD — Paid parking at the Fairfield Transportation Center will get a second look at the request Tuesday of two City Council members – even as a council majority approved $55,000 worth of parking vending machines and software for the parking fee program. Councilwomen Pam Bertani and Catherine Moy asked for the review of the […]

Fairfield church schedules free barbecue for children

FAIRFIELD — The fourth annual Kids Rock BBQ will return Saturday in Fairfield. The event will begin at noon at the Community United Methodist Church, 1875 Fairfield Ave., with free games and free food for children 12 and younger. A fee will be charged for children 13 and older. The Fairfield Police Department and Fairfield Fire Department […]

Dress to impress at Diamonds and Pearls dinner dance

FAIRFIELD — Women are encouraged to dress to impress at Saturday’s Diamonds and Pearls dinner dance, hosted by the National Council of Negro Women Inc. The event takes place at the Hilton Garden Inn, 2200 Gateway Court. Hours are 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. A Chicago Step demonstration, disc jockey Sam Robinson and other entertainment is planned. […]

Fairfield council recognizes students upon return from Japan

FAIRFIELD — The City Council recognized a group of local students Tuesday who recently returned from a student exchange trip to Japan. Students took part in the trip organized through the Fairfield-Nirasaki Sister City Program. This is the 28th year the program has sent a group of local students to Japan. Fairfield also hosts a delegation […]

Crash slows Fairfield morning freeway traffic

FAIRFIELD — Westbound traffic on Interstate 80 was slowed Tuesday after a two-vehicle crash just west of the California Highway Patrol truck scales. The crash occurred at 9:30 a.m. Anthony Bennett, 67, of Fairfield, was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Parker. Bennett’s Ford Taurus, which came to a […]

$400,000 spending plan for golf courses would double costs to Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — A $269 million proposed budget goes before City Council members at their meeting Tuesday with spending plans that include doubling capital outlay funds for Rancho Solano and Paradise Valley golf courses. George Hicks, public works director for Fairfield, said most of that spending may go for restaurants at the courses. Fred Marsh, city […]

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Suisun Valley harvest celebration to include musical flair

FAIRFIELD — Jazz soul act Allison Scull and saxophonist Victor Marine will perform Sunday as part the annual Suisun Valley Harvest Celebration. The duo will play from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Il Fiorello Olive Company, 2625 Mankas Corner Road. They have shared a stage with the Blind Boys of Alabama, Mary Chapin Carpenter and […]

Fairfield church to host catfish dinner

FAIRFIELD — Word of Faith Christian Center, 650 Parker Road, will host a Grab and Go Catfish Dinner on Friday. The dinner will include catfish filets, salad, cornbread and dessert. Meals must be preordered and can be picked up between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Order online at For more information, call 437-2257 or send an email […]

Training for Girls on the Run coaching begins

FAIRFIELD — Girls on the Run Napa & Solano is looking for volunteers to help inspire and empower young girls between 8 and 14 when the local nonprofit empowerment program starts its fall season in September. The group needs to recruit 17 life coaches to work with groups of between eight and 15 girls once […]

Sunday high smashes record for Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — Those who ventured outside Sunday weathered more than just scorching heat: They experienced record-smashing heat. Sunday’s high was 105 in Fairfield, according to the National Weather Service, a mark that shattered the previous high temperature for the day – set when Harry S. Truman was president. The previous high of 100 was recorded Aug. 16, 1950, […]