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City to honor activist; students receive recognition

By From page A2 | February 01, 2014

Suisun City prepares to honor a community activist, students of all types get rewards and Solano Community College celebrates the month in two special ways – all part of this week’s names and news.

Suisun to honor Alvarado

The late Karen Blake Alvarado will be honored at Tuesday’s Suisun City Council meeting.

Alvarado was a Fairfield High School graduate who owned Cuts Unlimited in Suisun City for nine years. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1993 and coordinated the annual charity walk of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Northern California Chapel for 10 years.

She was instrumental in bringing the walk to the Suisun City waterfront. Alvarado died in January.

Fairfield High student lands honor

Daniel Smith of Fairfield High School is part of the 2014 Northern California Band Association All-Northern California Honor Band.

Smith is a member of the Fairfield High School Scarlet Brigade Band, under director Brian Swetland. He earned a spot on the honor band that is made up of musicians from all California counties north of the Tehachapi Mountains.

The director of the all-star band is Robert Halseth, the director of bands at California State University, Sacramento.

Congratulations to Daniel.

Middle-schoolers in honor band

Seventy middle-school students from Solano and Yolo counties were selected to perform in the North Bay Honor Band Jan. 26 at Pioneer High School in Woodland.

Fairfield students selected were Bachir Razagui, Marthen Novado, Kyla Pascasio, Zachary Lacanlale, Katie Williams and Nathan Swift, all from Golden West Middle School; and Tess Lindahl from Grange Middle School.

The students were chosen during a blind audition by sending in a CD. The judges were a group of middle school music teachers from the two counties, said Lynne Secrist, the band teacher at Winters Middle School.

Dixon school releases honor roll

Neighborhood Christian School in Dixon said eight students had a perfect 4.0 grade-point averages in the second quarter of the school year.

The students are seventh-grader Connor Millard; sixth-grader Jerzee Bingaman; fifth-graders Jonathan Bliek and Mia Russell; fourth-graders Antonella Fredericks and Abbi Stutheit; and third-graders Malia Abrenica and Matthew Landis.

Neighborhood Christian School serves grades Pre-K through eighth and is located at 655 S. First St. on the Dixon May Fair grounds. It is in its 35th year.

Solano College declares February special

Solano Community College recently declared February as both Black History Month and Career Technical Education Month at the college.

The career proclamation acknowledges and gives a vote of support for the programs and instructors that prepare the nation’s secondary and postsecondary students for a variety of careers.

The college also honors the heritage of blacks and their numerous contributions to the country. Black History Month “Week” was originally established by Carter Woodson in 1925. The month of February was chosen because it contains the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass – two men, according the college’s resolution , who “greatly impacted the American black population.”

Crab feed set

The Rodriguez High School Entertainment Unit will host its crab feed fundraiser at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at Joseph A. Nelson Community Center, 611 Village Drive, Suisun City.

Tickets include crab, salad, pasta and bread. There will be entertainment by the jazz ensemble, as well as a raffle and silent auction. For more information, call Tarri at [email protected] or 344-2774.

Susan Winlow, Brad Stanhope, Ryan McCarthy and Amy Maginnis-Honey contributed to this report. Send your “good news” items to Glen Faison at [email protected]

Brad Stanhope

Brad Stanhope

Brad Stanhope is a former Daily Republic editor. He began his career at the DR in the last millennium. He spent 24 years as a sports editor, associate editor and news editor before leaving the Daily Republic in 2014. Brad lives in Suisun City with his wife, Mrs. Brad, and two sons. He enjoys cheese.
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