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2-day-a-week limit on landscape watering proposed for Vacaville

VACAVILLE – Residential and commercial landscape watering would be limited to two days a week from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. in conservation measures Vacaville City Council members take up Tuesday – with enforcement actions and water rate changes to be presented later. Royce Cunningham, director of utilities, said Friday watering could take place any […]

Motorcyclist in fatal Vacaville crash identified

VACAVILLE — The motorcyclist killed Thursday in a crash on the Browns Valley Parkway on-ramp to Interstate 80 has been identified as Cameron Nichols, 20, of Vacaville. Nichols lost control of the motorcycle he was riding, was thrown and fell in front of a truck that hit him, the California Highway Patrol said. Drugs, including […]

20-year-old Vacaville motorcyclist dies in crash

VACAVILLE — A 20-year-old Vacaville resident was killed Thursday when he lost control of the motorcycle he was riding along the on-ramp to Interstate 80 from Browns Valley Parkway, was thrown and fell in front of a truck that hit him, the California Highway Patrol said. “He literally fell right in front of him,” CHP Officer Paul […]

Hotel occupancy rates, cost rise in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Hotel occupancy rose 5 percent last year in Vacaville and the average daily hotel rate reached $78, the annual report by Visit Vacaville says. Occupancy has been increasing in recent years, climbing from 55 percent in 2011 to last year’s 64 percent, according to the report. The average daily cost for a hotel […]

Vacaville K-9, handler win top prize in trials

VACAVILLE — Vacaville police K-9 Roscoe and his handler Officer Frank Piro won the top prize at the Western States K-9 Trials last weekend in Stanislaus County. They were the only team from the Vacaville Police Department to compete in the event, which was open to K-9 teams from all of the western states, according […]

Library invites teens to ice cream social

VACAVILLE — Teens from across the community are invited to take part in an ice cream social later this month to find out what the local library’s teen advisory board does and learn about summer volunteer opportunities at the library. The event will begin at 4 p.m. May 28 at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center […]

Vacaville man falls asleep at wheel, ends up in canal

VACAVILLE — A Vacaville man fell asleep at the wheel and ended up in the Putah South Canal along with the SUV he was driving early Tuesday evening, according to the Vacaville Police Department. The driver, who was in his late teens or early 20s, according to police, was heading east on Alamo Drive at […]

Vacaville to host 2 sixth-grade events

VACAVILLE — Vacaville sixth-graders can end their school year with The Last Bash Blast, which will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. May 29 at the Ulatis Community Center, and with a pool party that will happen from 2 to 5 p.m. June 4 at the Walter V. Graham Aquatic Center. Both events will include a disc jockey and dancing, […]

City: Vacaville medication take-back event a success

VACAVILLE — A new record for collecting unwanted medications was set Saturday when Vacaville residents turned in more than 800 pounds of unwanted medications at the city’s pharmaceutical take-back event at the Vacaville Police Department. Residents dropped off 802 pounds of solid dose drugs and liquids as 438 households, including 35 from outside of Vacaville, […]

Learn about literacy tools for beginning readers

VACAVILLE — Tools of Learning for Children invites parents and children to a May 30 program that will introduce Frontline Phonics. There will be two sessions, 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon, at the Three Oaks Community Center (Children’s Corner), 1100 Alamo Drive, Vacaville. Tools of Learning for Children is a local […]

Library to offer genealogy workshop

VACAVILLE — A genealogy workshop will start at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library, 1020 Ulatis Drive. Those who attend will have a chance to explore the AncestryLibrary edition and the newly updated HeritageQuest, according to a library press release. Participants are asked to bring their laptops: The library has wireless connections for the computers. Reservations […]

Solano EMS public day to feature earthquake simulator

VACAVILLE — The Solano County Emergency Medical Services public day is scheduled Thursday and will include an earthquake simulator called the Quake Cottage. Health care organizations and first responders will join to promote and educate about public safety. Kaiser Permanente, NorthBay Healthcare, Solano County Public Health, the Vacaville Police Department, the Vacaville Fire Department, Simply CPR and […]

Vacaville plans dedication ceremony for wastewater treatment plant

VACAVILLE — The city of Vacaville will conduct dedication ceremonies May 27 for the Easterly Wastewater Treatment Plant Denitrification and Tertiary Filtration Treatment Project. Ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. at the plant, located at 6040 Vaca Station Road in Elmira. Those attending the ceremonies should use the south gate to enter the plant, according to […]

Vacaville competes for $100,000 to fund dog park

VACAVILLE — The Community Services Department has announced the city has been nominated for a chance to win $100,000 to help build a new dog park. PetSafe brand is giving five communities the opportunity to win money to help build a dog park in its fifth annual Bark for Your Park Contest, the city said in a […]

Quake Cottage set for Emergency Medical Services public day

VACAVILLE — The Solano County Emergency Medical Services public day will happen Thursday at the Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center where demonstrations – including an earthquake simulator called the Quake Cottage – will take place. Health care organizations and first responders will join to promote and educate about public safety. Kaiser Permanente, NorthBay Healthcare, Solano County […]

Fire damages home in rural Vacaville

VACAVILLE — A fire that started in the kitchen damaged a home Thursday at 4029 Mendes Lane in rural Vacaville, Chief Howard Wood of the Vacaville Fire Protection District said. Wood praised the response of firefighters to the blaze reported at 9:49 a.m. “It really was kind of a picture perfect attack,” he said of […]

Tickets available for Cebu Society dinner-dance in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — The Holy Child Jesus of Cebu Society will host its 2015 dinner-dance at 6 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 350 Stinson Ave. Those attending are encouraged to wear their favorite Philippine attire or costume. Entertainment, a catered dinner and dancing are included. For tickets, call 372-8800. Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected] Follow […]

Vacaville council approves administrative changes

VACAVILLE — Staffing changes that make a part-time assistant city manager full time and add an economic development manager won praise Tuesday from Vacaville City Council members who unanimously approved City Manager Laura Kuhn’s proposal. City Council members meeting March 10 had expressed strong interest in the changes. “We’ve been talking about this for a […]

Plans for federal funds win Vacaville OK

VACAVILLE — A plan for $556,446 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds won City Council approval Tuesday, including $59,655 for the Vacaville Boys & Girls Club and $5,000 for The Leaven nonprofit. “We intend to grow here as much as the city needs us,” Mark Hagan, corporate partnership director for The Leaven, said. Hagan […]

$556,446 in federal funds go before Vacaville council

VACAVILLE — A total of $556,446 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds go before City Council members meeting Tuesday, including $59,655 proposed for the Vacaville Boys & Girls Club and $5,000 for The leaven and its program at Alamo Garden Apartments. The Mariposa-Trower Neighborhood Center Improvements, a site that provides space for the Boys […]

Vacaville eyes economic development manager

VACAVILLE — A part-time assistant city manager position will become full time and an economic development manager added if the Vacaville City Council approves staff changes that go before the council Tuesday. “The total cost to the general fund would be an additional $5,666 annually to implement the proposed changes,” City Manager Laura Kuhn said […]

Mother’s Day Tea provides fun for all ages

VACAVILLE — Mothers and daughters shared morning of tea and sandwiches Saturday in Vacaville to commemorate Mother’s Day weekend. The McBride Senior Center has hosted the Mother’s Day Tea event for the past 10 years, with many who have attended several. “We get a lot of repeat visitors,” said Audrey Calder, recreation coordinator with the city. It […]

Victims, prison inmates find common ground

VACAVILLE — One man removed his glasses,then wiped a tear from his eye. Others fought back tears, releasing an occasional sniffle.

When Teresa Courtemanche was done speaking, the 50-plus men rose to their feet and applauded.

Friday marked the fourth time Courtemanche, the mother of slain Fairfield City Councilman Matt Garcia, shared her story before the inmates who are part of a pilot program at California State Prison, Solano.

The Long-Term Offender Program debuted in January 2014. It’s an offshoot of Phoenix House, a nationwide behavioral health . . .

Ban on medical pot grows earns support in Vacaville poll

VACAVILLE — Restrictions on growing medical marijuana outdoors win support in an online poll on the city’s website, with 31 percent of responses favoring prohibitions and 18 percent opposed. The survey asks if opposition is based on strong odors from the plant, the availability of medical marijuana at dispensaries or additional crime because of medical […]

Accordion club plans monthly get-together

VACAVILLE — Music will be playing once again Thursday at Pietro’s No. 2 when the Vacaville chapter of the Golden State Accordion Club has its monthly meeting. The music starts at 6:30 p.m. with free admission to come join the fun. The chapter offers youth scholarships for lessons and loaner instruments for qualified students. For more information, […]

Police release name of woman killed crossing Alamo Drive

VACAVILLE — Police released the name Thursday of a woman who was hit by two vehicles and killed while crossing Alamo Drive on Wednesday night. Stella Saldate, 63, of Vacaville, was crossing the street on the 1500 block of Alamo Drive when she was hit at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a Vacaville police press release. […]

NorthBay schedules workshop on hygiene for Alzheimer’s caregivers

VACAVILLE — NorthBay Healthcare’s Alzheimer’s Services will offer a workshop for caregivers on tips on how to simplify the bathing, dressing and grooming process for Alzheimer’s patients. The workshop, called Managing Hygiene Problems for Persons with Dementia, is set to begin at 7 p.m. May 13 at the NorthBay Adult Day Center, 3777-B Vaca Valley Parkway. Heather Gray, family support […]

New Torah being written for Solano County Jews

VACAVILLE — A new chapter in Solano County Jewish history began Sunday when the Vacaville-based Chabad of Solano County gathered families and friends to begin writing the Solano Torah.

The project is expected to take about a year. Moshe Klein, a fifth generation scribe, is doing the writing.

He was joined Sunday by local dignitaries and youth as work began on the Torah, which is considered to be the most precious article in Jewish life.

The Torah was initiated through the generosity of the Harris family.

“This synagogue is our home,” said Steve Harris. “As you raise your children here, may they read the same Torah as we are initiating.”

Vacaville centers hosts holiday-related events

VACAVILLE — The city’s community centers will host a pair of holiday events this week that and are open to the public. A celebration of Mexican heritage with food, dancing and music will take place Tuesday. The event starts at noon and continues to 1:30 p.m. at three locations: the McBride Center, 91 Town Square Place, Ulatis Community Center, 1000 […]

Vacaville Museum celebrates historic pioneer girl

VACAVILLE — Toes tapped, wooden animals danced and the heavy cream got a good shaking Sunday at the Vacaville Museum’s 18th annual Sallie Fox Day. The event honors a pioneer girl, Sallie Fox, who headed west with her family in a wagon train in 1858. The travelers were attacked en route by American Indians. Sallie, […]

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