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Cheers, jeers for the week of Feb. 23 through March 1, 2014

By From page A8 | March 01, 2014

Cheers to Oldsmobile aficionados from all over Northern California who gathered this week to work on Fairfield resident Bill Hoffert’s 1932 automobile.

Hoffert’s serious health problems forced him to stop working on his restoration project with the vehicle, but when word got out online, a Pennsylvania man connected with the president of the Northern California chapter of the Oldsmobile Club of America to arrange for seven men to come to Hoffert’s garage on Thursday and do the work.

It’s a heartwarming story.

Jeers to San Francisco Chronicle blogger Beth Spotswood for her characterization this week of Fairfield as in the “middle of nowhere” and for calling the Jelly Belly Factory Tour “where one’s soul starts to weep.”

Give Spotswood credit for standing behind her writing – she described herself as a “snarky San Franciscan” and said she’s sorry if her blog was offensive – but blame her for resorting to cheap shots and mean-spirited phrases to knock a Solano County landmark. It was unfair.

Cheers to the students and staff at Fairview Elementary School who put on an ambitious Black History Month program this week.

The script was written by teacher Carmel Onick with help from others and 35 students were involved in the show, which was presented three times. Such programs not only teach history to those involved and in the audience, but the students learn valuable lessons on stage or backstage.

Cheers to the Fairfield-Suisun school board for approving a policy to ban board members from accessing email, social media or any other electronic messages during board meetings – a sensible decision. Jeers that there is even a need for such a  policy. We expect our elected officials to already have the common sense to avoid such distractions during meetings.

Cheers to the three local high school basketball players named most valuable players in their respective leagues. Vanden High School’s Kayla Blair, Rodriguez High School’s Rishod Abraham and Fairfield High School’s Demoriaye Hart-Spikes each received those honors from their league’s coaches. In addition, Solano Community College women’s basketball standouts Taylor Hamilton and Denisha Lundy were named to the all-state second and third teams. Well done by all.



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