Thursday, December 18, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

The Leaven to open center in Parkway Gardens

By
From page A1 | July 25, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — The Leaven, which works with children throughout Solano County to improve academic performance and keep them out of gangs, will host an Aug. 5 event at Parkway Gardens to announce opening its new center at the condominium development.

Rep. John Garamendi and Fairfield Mayor Harry Price are among special guests scheduled to be at the clubroom at 135 Del Paso Court for the 2 p.m. event.

The new center will be The Leaven’s 10th such site and is made possible in part because of support from Kaiser Permanente, CarMax and Jelly Belly Charities.

“This is going to be a real community celebration,” Mark Lillis, executive director of The Leaven, said. “Parkway Gardens is a very important neighborhood.”

“We’re just another piece in the good things that are already going on at Parkway Gardens,” Lillis said.

Noting that Aug. 5 is National Night Out, he said the afternoon event will be an early start to activities on that date.

The Leaven shares Jesus Christ’s love with their neighbors through tutoring and mentoring in some of the city’s most needy neighborhoods, according to a press release from the nonprofit.

With centers throughout California, The Leaven helps change the lives of children throughout our state, starting in Fairfield where this growing organization began, according to the press release.

Each of The Leaven’s centers is created in partnership with the local community – including businesses, public safety, local government, school administrators and teachers, church groups and concerned neighbors.

In addition to helping children succeed in school, The Leaven’s programs reduce crime and better the neighborhoods they serve, said the press release, which added that with partners across California, The Leaven is “helping kids and communities rise.”

Addition of The Leaven to the neighborhood represents the latest development in a push by the city, police, residents and community groups to combat deadly crime at Parkway Gardens.

A man was shot and killed Jan. 3 at the Fairfield development and two people were killed in a parking lot during a March 7, 2012, gunfight. A Dec. 9, 2013, shooting left a man wounded about 15 feet from the community pool.

Each of the fatal shootings prompted campaigns to make the neighborhood safe for residents and guests.

The situation at the 240-unit condominium complex, which was built in the 1970s, was not the same after the 2012 double-homicide as it was after January’s fatal shooting.

A Solano County Superior Court judge appointed a receiver after Janice Eaton, who lives at Parkway Gardens, filed a 2013 legal challenge to the homeowners association. The association, on which Eaton once served as a director, failed to maintain the required five-member board, and the city of Fairfield in a later filing stated that the lack of a board affects the ability to police crime and enforce city codes at the development.

Glen Faison contributed to this report. Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or rmccarthy@dailyrepublic.net.

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 8 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • CD BrooksJuly 25, 2014 - 5:34 am

    Lambs to slaughter???

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 2realJuly 25, 2014 - 5:46 am

    Hey CD, you tired of hearin about parkway gardens yet!? Im sick of it. That place aint changed a bit and never will. Its a very important place? Only important to the homicide detectives because it ensures they have a job.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • TracyJuly 25, 2014 - 1:35 pm

    You are very negative individuals I live in Parkway am not on aid work 6 days a week , there are shootings all over fairfield good lord you must be bored or just have no lives !!!!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • truth'nJuly 25, 2014 - 6:46 am

    Lesson Learned: Commit a Crime and others will give you free stuff. Free BBQ, Free Babysitting, Free Free Free, unless of course you are a taxpayer and donate to what little earned income you keep to certain charities.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • UnabashedProgressiveJuly 25, 2014 - 2:55 pm

    If this wasn't about a Christian organization this story wouldn't be here. I see some church-state lines getting blurrier with this group.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • PeaceJuly 25, 2014 - 5:24 pm

    Leave it to a liberal to be worried about how those terrible Christians are taking over government and not about trying to help those kids.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Mr. PracticalJuly 25, 2014 - 7:04 pm

    Peace. I don't think that's what he or she is saying. I'm not still not sure I understand the comment since The Leaven is funded through private donations.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • PeaceJuly 25, 2014 - 10:11 pm

    Mr. Practical, you're right. The Levan is funded by private donations. I just find it interesting that an "unabashed progressive" would express concerns over blurred church-state lines rather than how effective the Levan has been at helping kids and reducing crime in our community. Its also interesting that somehow because its a Christian organization, its a bad thing. This organization is a great example of a group seeing a need, and doing something about it. It doesn't fit the liberal way of doing things by creating a Government program.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Recent Articles

  • Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • .

    Solano News

    Solano College trustees move back ‘home’

    By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Needs of small dog give Solano man life’s mission

    By Ian Thompson | From Page: A1, 5 Comments | Gallery

     
    Christmas comes early for prenatal program participants

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2 | Gallery

    Jury convicts teen for role in 2012 DeBartolo’s heist

    By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A3, 3 Comments | Gallery

     
    Police chief: Suisun crime up 3 percent in 2014

    By Ian Thompson | From Page: A3, 2 Comments | Gallery

     
    Council OKs $65,730 pact to advocate for Travis base

    By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A3

     
    Fairfield pays $42,500 to settle soil suit

    By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A3

     
     
    Fairfield police log: Dec. 16, 2014

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10

    Fairfield police log: Dec. 15, 2014

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10

     
    Suisun City police log: Dec. 16, 2014

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10

    Suisun City police log: Dec. 15, 2014

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10, 1 Comment

     
    .

    US / World

    US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1, 1 Comment

     
    Fears fanned by hackers bring down Sony film

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

     
    Like Iran, secret diplomacy leads to US-Cuba thaw

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

    Pope played crucial role in US-Cuba rapprochement

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

     
    US travel industry carefully eyeing Cuba tourism

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

    US-Cuba thaw could benefit farmers, energy and travel firms

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

     
    Cubans cheer historic renewal of US relations

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1, 2 Comments

    Freed American endured years of declining health

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

     
    Bay Bridge light sculpture to keep on shining

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

    Study: Huge wildfire supports need for controlled burns

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    A fresh setback for efforts to cure HIV infection

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

    14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    Study: Alcatraz inmates could have survived escape

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

    Nigerian court sentences 54 soldiers to death

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

     
    Colombian rebels announce unilateral cease-fire

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

    Russians flock to stores to pre-empt price rises

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

     
    Pakistan buries victims of school massacre

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

    .

    Opinion

     
    Crime Witness Protocol 101

    By Kelvin Wade | From Page: A7, 9 Comments

    Asia needs to prepare for a possible China crash

    By William Pesek | From Page: A7

     
    Editorial Cartoons: Dec. 18, 2014

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

     
    .

    Living

    Today in History: Dec. 18, 2014

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Community Calendar: Dec. 18, 2014

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

    Horoscopes: Dec. 18, 2014

    By Holiday Mathis | From Page: A9

     
    My siblings don’t want to replace abusive mother’s pacemaker

    By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: A9

    .

    Entertainment

    25 movies chosen for the National Film Registry

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

     
    Saving Private Ryan’ among films being preserved

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

    TVGrid

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    .

    Sports

    For MLB, changes in Cuba will take time to sort out

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    Falcons cruise by crushers in girls basketball

    By Paul Farmer | From Page: B1, 1 Comment | Gallery

    49ers release McDonald amid further legal trouble

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    Carr faces another tough test in rookie season

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

    Painkillers lawsuit against NFL dismissed; may be appealed

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Garcia resigns as FIFA prosecutor

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Chattanooga women stun No. 7 Stanford 54-46

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

     
    Track coach Drummond gets 8-year doping suspension

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Warriors’ Bogut out with knee injury vs. Thunder

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    AP source: Romo close to $15M, 2-year deal with Giants

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Baseball monitoring White House Cuba decision

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    APNewsBreak: Judge rejects NCAA concussions deal

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    This date in sports history for Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

    .

    Business

    Health care exchange sign-ups exceeding last year

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

     
    Fed to be ‘patient’ about a rate hike; stocks soar

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

    McDonald’s in Japan limits orders of fries

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

     
    Amid scrutiny, Uber says it will focus more on safety

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

    .

    Obituaries

    Ernest “Ernie” Moretti

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

     
    Jennie Ponce Reyes

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

    Patricia “Pat” Anne Stringfield-Pierre

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

     
    Marian L. “Chicki” Downs

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

    .

    Comics

    Beetle Bailey

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Frank and Ernest

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Zits

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Sally Forth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Garfield

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Peanuts

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Dilbert

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Get Fuzzy

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    For Better or Worse

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    B.C.

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Rose is Rose

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Blondie

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Pickles

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Baldo

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Baby Blues

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Wizard of Id

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Word Sleuth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

     
    Crossword

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

    Cryptoquote

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

     
    Sudoku

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

    Bridge

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9