Monday, May 4, 2015

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.”

Catholics honor mother of church with special event

FAIRFIELD — Songs, prayers and a parking lot procession marked the 17th annual Our Lady of Fatima celebration Sunday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. The celebration centers on an event that took place May 13, 1917, in Fatima, Portugal, where three young children saw an apparition of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Five […]

Touching, funny, messages in obits getting wide audience

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Take a friend fishing. Don’t vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton. Buy a lottery ticket. And keep Mom away from my ashes. These are among thousands of emotional, humorous, sometimes snarky requests inserted into published obituaries, attributed to the deceased or their families. And though complete strangers have always been among the […]

Google embeds engineers as professors

MOUNTAIN VIEW — Howard University freshman Alanna Walton knew something was different about the professor teaching her introduction to computer science course. First, there was her name: Professor Sabrina. She was an African American woman, kept office hours until 2 a.m. if that’s what it took to see everyone, and had an additional title: Google […]

Britain says hello to newest princess

LONDON — From Prince Charles to royal fans to most of those who put down a bet, millions in Britain were hoping for a girl. The Duchess of Cambridge delighted her nation and royal enthusiasts around the world Saturday by delivering one such princess. The royal birth was greeted with cheers and elated cries of […]

Solano County to add War on Terror names to memorial

FAIRFIELD — Shawn Adams, Dustin Shumney, Jerry Bonifacio, Francis Imlay, Casey Sheehan, Jude Mariano, Ryan Connolly and Adam Kinser are finally getting the memorial that they richly deserve. The names of the five Army, two Air Force and one Marine service members from Solano County who gave their lives in the global War on Terror […]

Jury selection continues in trial of man accused of killing Vallejo police office

FAIRFIELD — Jury selection continued this past week for a Fairfield man who faces a possible death penalty for the November 2011 shooting death of Vallejo police officer Jim Capoot after a bank heist and high-speed chase. Judge Peter B. Foor, prosecutor Karen Jensen and a trio of defense attorneys for the accused, Henry A. Smith, […]

3rd-graders study nature at Fairfield park

FAIRFIELD — Third-graders from throughout Solano County are getting the chance again this year to explore the outdoors and learn about nature during the Solano Resource Conservation District’s annual Watershed Explorer program.

The program, in its ninth year, provides field trips for third-grade children to study nature in county parks.

Students from K.I. Jones School in Fairfield traveled Friday to Rockville Hills Regional Park to become scientists for the day. Solano Resource Conservation District leaders guided small groups of children along the park trails…

Smoke-free policy back before Board of Supervisors

FAIRFIELD — Solano County’s smoke-free policy will be back before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. The matter is on the agenda for the regular meeting, which begins at 9 a.m. at the County Government Center at 675 Texas St. Supervisors will receive an update from county staff who are serving on a transition team to […]

Program helps students forge successful paths

FAIRFIELD — The middle school students who congregated together Thursday for lunch in Room D-105 came from all walks of life and have had myriad obstacles tossed in their way.

However, the two things they all have in common are the moniker of being considered, in most cases, an at-risk student; and the most important, they rely on a group of four dedicated mentors who form the backbone of a Green Valley Middle School program called Legacy, which at its root strives to help students become academically and socially successful.

Isela Chacon, 14, said she saw last year how it helped other students. She admitted to . . .

Napa chief to meet with Fairfield officials at Heather House

FAIRFIELD — The chief of police for Napa will meet Thursday with Fairfield city officials after a 78-year-old woman was brought from Napa to Fairfield City Hall, the executive director of Heather House said. The meeting with Police Chief Steven Potter will take place at Heather House and symbolizes Napa and Fairfield coming together, Samina […]

Vacaville to pay $1.3M for deadly 2013 police shooting

FAIRFIELD — The city of Vacaville will pay out $1.3 million to the family of a man shot and killed by Vacaville police in 2013. The payment will bring to a close a wrongful death lawsuit filed last year in federal court in Sacramento involving the killing of Kendall Walker, 24, after a slow-speed police chase […]

Rage to relief in Baltimore as 6 officers charged in death

BALTIMORE — Rage turned to relief in Baltimore Friday when the city’s top prosecutor charged six police officers with felonies ranging from assault to murder in the death of Freddie Gray. State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Gray’s arrest was illegal and unjustified, and that his neck was broken because he was handcuffed, shackled and placed […]

US, Canada unveil rules to boost oil train safety

WASHINGTON — Rail tank cars used to transport crude oil and many other flammable liquids will have to be built to stronger standards to reduce the risk of a catastrophic train crash and fire, under sweeping new safety rules unveiled Friday by U.S. and Canadian transportation officials. The regulations are a long-awaited response to a series of fiery train crashes in […]

Farmers market season blooms in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — Alvina Sheeley arrived after a five-minute bicycle ride. Eulises Rodriguez drove two hours from Watsonville. Robert Danielson will be come to the city with fresh salmon from Alaska.

The 2015 Fairfield Certified Farmers Market began Thursday with what Shelley said was good weather, prices, produce and a compliment from the mayor.

“Alvina, you’re more popular than I am,” the 74-year-old bicycle rider said Harry Price told her.

Judge orders trial for Suisun City homicide suspect

FAIRFIELD — A three-day probable cause hearing wrapped up Thursday with a Fairfield man being ordered to stand trial on a murder charge for the April 2014 killing of a Suisun City man outside the victim’s Terry Lane home. Laron M. Gilbert was ordered to return to court May 14 when dates for a jury trial […]

Solano officials oppose revised Bay-Delta plan

FAIRFIELD — Plans announced Thursday by the state to scale back its Bay Delta Conservation Plan have not gained support from Solano County officials. The revised plan reduces the amount of habitat restoration planned during construction of two massive tunnels that would send water from the Sacramento River around the Delta to farmland in the Central […]

Fairfield High students earn rewards based on character

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield High School gym filled Thursday with students who got rewarded for the good deeds of the year with a game of Let’s Make a Deal.

Fairfield High became a No Excuses University as a part of a Character Education Program implemented three years ago, which means they want to see every student go to college. One of the ways they are working to make this happen is by incorporating good ethical values such as responsibility, honesty, integrity and caring into the fabric of everyday education.

Last US Marines to leave Saigon describe chaos of war’s end

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — As the Marines scrambled to the roof of the U.S. Embassy, they locked a chain-link gate on every other floor to slow the throng of panicked Vietnamese civilians sure to come behind them. They knew if the crowd pushed through to the top, they could easily be overrun by hundreds of […]

Gov. Brown defends cuts to wetland restoration near tunnels

OAKLAND — Gov. Jerry Brown defended newly unveiled plans on Thursday that call for dramatically scaling back the amount of habitat restoration done while twin tunnels are built around California’s freshwater delta to deliver water to farms and millions of people throughout the state. Brown said the new approach accelerates the pace of the critical […]

California Senate Democrats call out Jerry Brown over water

SACRAMENTO — California’s Democratic senators have called out Gov. Jerry Brown over water spending, saying that in the face of the relentless drought the state should approve funds for recycling and saving water more quickly. In a joint letter released Thursday, the senators urged the Brown administration to get projects started in months instead of […]

Half Dome summit cables to open early because of drought

SAN FRANCISCO — The cables to the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park are opening three weeks ahead of schedule because of the low snowpack. They will be in place Saturday. California is in its fourth year of drought, and state officials fear it may last as long as a decade. During a […]

Fairfield, Vallejo educators bring home top awards

SUISUN CITY — A Fairfield High School history teacher and a classified employee from Lincoln Elementary School in Vallejo took home top honors Wednesday at Solano County’s Educator of the Year award ceremony.

Both Jeanine Cortes, an office manager whose father and son went to Lincoln, and Shari Patterson were emotional as their names were called during the ceremony at the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center. Both won among a pool of district winners and will move on to the state contest.

This is the second year in a row that the Fairfield-Suisun School District has taken home top educator honors. Last year’s Teacher of the Year was . . .

Suisun water agency gets rolling to cut water usage

SUISUN CITY — The Suisun-Solano Water Authority, faced with pending mandatory water use cutbacks, has set to work on how it will get its ratepayers in Suisun City to cut their water use. Residents should expect to learn at the authority’s June 8 meeting the details on how the agency will achieve what is expected to be a […]

AP NewsBreak: California cuts habitat fix for Delta project

FRESNO — California officials have dramatically scaled back the habitat restoration planned during construction of two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to send water to farms and millions of people. California Department of Fish and Game Director Chuck Bonham told The Associated Press Wednesday that the project now calls for restoring 30,000 […]