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Groups receive honors for going green

By From page A2 | August 23, 2014

Green groups, fun in the sun, Solano scholarships and singing students are among the good news from around the region this week.

Green groups get honor

Four local organizations – an apartment building, a business group, a store and a school – earned Green Business Awards from the city of Fairfield and Republic Services – formerly Solano Garbage Co. – this week.

The awards went to Birchwood Apartments, the Fairfield Main Street Association, Solano Napa Habitat ReStore and Travis Elementary School.

The awards were presented at Tuesday’s meeting of the Fairfield City Council.

Birchwood, located at 1890 Dover Ave., started its recycling program in March 2013 and 80 percent of residents participate.

Margaret Manzo, executive director of the Fairfield Main Street Association, created Operation Green Tomato in 2011 to recycle and divert waste from downtown events. The association hired the “Green Tomatoes” and trained them to educate the public about recycling, food waste and water runoff into storm drains. The Green Tomatoes created games, quizzes and gave out prizes to involve visitors. The Green Tomatoes diverted more than 70 percent of waste from going to the landfill in 2013.

Napa Solano Habitat for Humanity ReStore diverted 260 tons of materials from the landfill in fiscal year 2013-14.

Travis Elementary School started its first Food Waste Recycling Program in October 2013. The school principal held mini school assemblies where children learned to separate their food waste from recyclables and landfill materials. Travis Elementary’s diversion rate for March was 49 percent.

CASA kids get day of fun

Several local companies and individuals combined to provide a special day of fun in the sun for children served by Court Appointed Special Advocates of Solano County.

CASA works with abused and neglected children who are in the foster care system. The event included a swim party on a private beach, hosted by Dennis Hammer of Tri-City Fence Co. There was a barbecue lunch provided by Fairfield-based HomeWiseDocs, plus gifts. John B. Ellis, the presiding judge of the juvenile division of the county’s superior court, also made a visit.

The event was coordinated by June Johnsen. Great job by all those people and companies to create a memorable day for valuable children!

Students sing anthem in Oakland

A total of 50 elementary school students from Fairfield and Suisun City performed the national anthem before the Oakland A’s-Tampa Bay Rays game Aug. 5.

The chorus features the 50 children, ages 6 to 12. They are part of Music Matters, a five-year-old program that is part of Fairfield-Suisun School District campuses. They were the third group from Music Matters to perform the national anthem before an A’s game in the past year.

Congratulations to the group.

Army event draws crowd

The U.S. Army hosted a back-to-school event last week at the Solano Town Center mall, welcoming several youngsters and Fairfield Mayor Harry Price.

Price announced the winners of the back-to-school prize contest, along with Paul Textor, a 17-year-old Eagle Scout who plans to join the Army.

CAP lands significant grant award

The Community Action Partnership of Solano County was awarded $57,677 by the Department of Community Services and Development in order to expand the Solano Housing Project.

The project will allow additional shelter and transitional housing programs to access funding and provide services to obtain and maintain permanent housing for the homeless.

It was part of $1.1 million awarded to 18 providers throughout California to support targeted initiatives that focus on youth programs and homeless services, according to a press release.

Congratulations to CAP on the additional funding.

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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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