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Mark Lillis, executive director of The Leaven, speaks Friday at the Solano Town Center Mall, where the nonprofit that works with youth and their families introduced a new brand and theme. (Ryan McCarthy/Daily Republic.)

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The Leaven shows new brand, theme in Fairfield

By From page A2 | June 21, 2014

Mark Lillis called it “a faith-filled fantastic Friday” when The Leaven unveiled its new brand and theme before officials that included Fairfield Mayor Harry Price, Police Chief Walt Tibbet and two Solano County supervisors at the Solano Town Center mall.

“The Leaven is changing our community one kid at a time,” said Supervisor Jim Spering, who along with Supervisor John Vasquez attended the event. “God bless all the good work The Leaven is doing in our community,” Spering said.

Solano County Superintendent of Schools Jay Speck said the benefits of the Summer Success program of The Leaven may not be seen for years, but are crucial.

Price praised the work of the nonprofit, which works with children and their families, in neighborhoods.

The group’s new theme is The Leaven Works. Those words were unveiled Friday on a banner hanging from the second floor of the mall.

Centers provide Christ-centered afterschool tutoring and mentoring. They are located within the community or apartment complex where at-risk children live to allow easy access to assistance in school.

Lillis, executive director of the nonprofit, said The Leaven will open a center at the Parkway Gardens condominiums.

Fairfield man earns Toyota recognition

Matthew McCrea of Fairfield has been recognized as a Hometown Hero by Toyota, Save Mart and Lucky Supermarkets.

That makes him an “honorary starter” for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR event at Sonoma Raceway this weekend. He will get to start Sunday’s race by giving the “Drivers, start your engines!” command. The Hometown Hero program honors 12 Californians who are active or retired military, police officers, firefighters, teachers or emergency responders.

McCrea served in law enforcement for 12 years – eight years with the Vallejo Police Department and the past four years with the Hayward Police Department.

“It is not about me being a Hometown Hero. I work each day with heroes who find themselves in danger. I am here to honor fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our safety,” McCrea said in a Toyota press release.

Congratulations to McCrea. We thank him and his fellow officers for their service.

PAL judo club members headed to Hawaii

Five members of the Makimoto Judo Club, which is part of the Vacaville Police Activities League, will be heading to the United States Judo Junior Nationals in Honolulu over the Fourth of July weekend.

Going are Jason Wong, 17; Ronnie Wise, 17; Hunter Costello, 14; Alexander Makimoto, 12; and Journe Wright, 9. Between 500 to 600 competitors from throughout the U.S. will compete in the tournament. For more information on the Vacaville PAL, call Stacy Anderson at 469-6647.

Good luck to each of the Vacaville contestants.

Barry Eberling and Susan Winlow contributed to this report. Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected] Send your good news by email to Glen Faison at [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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