Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Fist bumps less germy than handshakes, study says

NEW YORK — When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps. The familiar knocking of knuckles spreads only one-twentieth the amount of bacteria that a handshake does, researchers report. That’s better than a high-five, which still passes along less than half the amount […]

What to do when ‘it’ hits the fan

A major crisis can hit anyone at any time. No matter who you are and what you have, difficult circumstances or bad people in your life can bring trouble. When the two come together, living your normal life can seem impossible. When an unexpected crisis hits, it can cause a ton of anxiety and even […]

Today in History for July 28, 2014

Today is Monday, July 28, the 209th day of 2014. There are 156 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On July 28, 1914, World War I began as Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. On this date: In 1540, King Henry VIII’s chief minister, Thomas Cromwell, was executed, the same day Henry married his fifth […]

Community Calendar: July 28, 2014

Monday Aquatic Fitness 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aquatics Complex, Allan Witt Park, 1741 W. Texas St., Fairfield. Open to all. Info: millemoe@fairfield.ca.gov. Senior Fitness 8:30 a.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Beginning/Intermediate exercise and dance class. Drop in class. Fee. Info: 429-6291. Senior Day Program 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fairfield Senior […]

Relay for Life of Fairfield was super

When we later create a graphic novel showing the origin of the I Grew Up in Fairfield Too Facebook Group’s Relay for Life Superhero Team, it will say that I shined the symbol of the Fairfield sign on a cloud and heroes assembled. Actually, I just posted a request on Facebook. Our team consisted of Claire “The Cheer Warrior” […]

Why today’s kids are such lazy sloths

This will come as no surprise to anyone who has listened to baby boomers complain about their kids: Today’s children are less fit than their parents were at the same age. We knew it! That information comes from research that looked at 50 fitness studies conducted between 1964 and 2010. It found that today’s kids run slower […]

Community Calendar: July 27, 2014

Sunday Aquatic Fitness 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aquatics Complex, Allan Witt Park, 1741 W. Texas St., Fairfield. Open to all. Info: millemoe@fairfield.ca.gov. Narcotics Anonymous Open Discussion 10:30 a.m., Unity Hall, 711 Empire St., Fairfield. Info: 419-4662. Premier Animal Rescue Adoption Noon to 4 p.m., Petco, 210 Nut Tree Parkway, Vacaville. Info: 592-4601. Cat Tales Rescue […]

Today in History for July 27, 2014

Today is Sunday, July 27, the 208th day of 2014. There are 157 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On July 27, 1974, the House Judiciary Committee voted 27-11 to adopt the first of three articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon, charging he had personally engaged in a course of conduct designed to […]

Large party to honor entry into Army

A large military-oriented family gathering, scholarship offerings, dean’s list and the county’s employee of the month are among this week’s collection of good news from around the area. Daut family military party Fairfield’s Doug Daut reports that his family will have a major party Saturday as his youngest son, Reid, goes into the Army to follow […]

Today in History for July 26, 2014

Today is Saturday, July 26, the 207th day of 2014. There are 158 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On July 26, 1775, Benjamin Franklin became America’s first Postmaster-General. On this date: In 1788, New York became the 11th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. In 1882, the Richard Wagner opera “Parsifal” premiered in […]

Large Sandy-struck family splits $20M lottery win

BEACHWOOD, N.J. — A lottery-playing tradition started by the matriarch of a large New Jersey shore family paid off for her 17 children this week when the group won a $20 million jackpot that will partly be used to help family members recover from 2012′s Superstorm Sandy. “I said to myself, ‘This couldn’t have come […]

Community Calendar: July 26, 2014

Saturday Table Tennis 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Info: 428-7421. Gold Wing Road Riders Association 8 a.m. breakfast, 9 a.m. meeting, Benicia Grill II, 2390 N. Texas St., Fairfield. Info: bill.johnson.gwrra@gmail.com, www.gwrraca2k.org. Aquatic Fitness 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aquatics Complex, Allan Witt Park, 1741 W. Texas St., Fairfield. […]

Memories vivid as Parents’ Day approaches

Sunday is Parents’ Day. Since becoming a parent 17 years ago, I appreciate my own more. On weekends when our parents were off shopping or visiting, my brothers and I would have all-day battles. After tensions escalated, we would get bogged down in household trench warfare. We’d hunker down inside our respective bedrooms and wait for […]

July 25, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Today in History for July 25, 2014

Today is Friday, July 25, the 206th day of 2014. There are 159 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On July 25, 1994, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Jordan’s King Hussein signed a declaration at the White House ending their countries’ 46-year-old formal state of war. On this date: In 1554, Queen Mary […]

Community Calendar: July 25, 2014

Friday Solano Kids Insurance Program 1 to 5 p.m. Suisun City Library, 601 Pintail Drive. Helps families with uninsured children. Info: 866-57ASKUS, www.solanolibrary.com. Solano Kids Insurance Program  1 to 4:30 p.m., Fairfield Civic Center Library’s children’s study room, 1150 Kentucky St. Solano County Coalition for Better Health will register income-qualified children for the SKIP health insurance program. Info: 800-978-7547. Pinnacle […]

Multitasking to mindfulness shift not easy

For many of us, if we’re not doing three or four things at once, we conclude that we’re not making smart use of our time. I admit that I get a bit peeved when someone calls me and I can hear them typing or doing paperwork in the background. “It’s like you called me, I […]

July 24, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Today in History for July 24, 2014

Today is Thursday, July 24, the 205th day of 2014. There are 160 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On July 24, 1974, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon had to turn over subpoenaed White House tape recordings to the Watergate special prosecutor. On this date: In 1783, Latin American revolutionary […]

Community Calendar: July 24, 2014

Thursday Aquatic Fitness 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aquatics Complex, Allan Witt Park, 1741 W. Texas St., Fairfield. Open to all. Info: millemoe@fairfield.ca.gov. Tai Chi for Seniors 8:45 to 9:45 a.m., Fairfield Senior Center, Round Table Room, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Meditation and deep breathing benefits the entire body by reducing stress, alleviating arthritis […]

Today in History for July 23, 2014

Today is Wednesday, July 23, the 204th day of 2014. There are 161 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On July 23, 1914, Austria-Hungary presented a list of demands to Serbia following the killing of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serb assassin; Serbia’s refusal to agree to the entire ultimatum led to World War […]

Community Calendar: July 23, 2014

Wednesday Cordelia Rotary Club 7:15 a.m., Courtyard by Marriott, 1350 Holiday Lane, Fairfield. Info: June Johnson 510-772-8860. Aquatic Fitness 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aquatics Complex, Allan Witt Park, 1741 W. Texas St., Fairfield. Open to all. Info: millemoe@fairfield.ca.gov. Tai Chi for Health 9 to 10 a.m., McBride Center, 91 Town Square Place, Vacaville. Low-impact […]

How to argue appropriately with your mate

As with many things, learning how to argue properly with someone you love is a skill you can develop. There is a right way and a wrong way to do it. Many couples struggle with learning to fight fairly. Here are some ground rules: • The first one to get mad loses. You really can’t resolve […]

Today in History for July 22, 2014

Today is Tuesday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2014. There are 162 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On July 22, 1934, bank robber John Dillinger was shot to death by federal agents outside Chicago’s Biograph Theater, where he had just seen the Clark Gable movie “Manhattan Melodrama.” On this date: In 1587, […]

Community Calendar: July 21, 2014

Monday Hot Hula Fitness 5:30 to 6:30 a.m., Bliss Urban Arts Center, 3777 Vaca Valley Parkway, Vacaville. No experience needed. Info: 646-9806, www.RSVVP@Dance.com. Aquatic Fitness 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aquatics Complex, Allan Witt Park, 1741 W. Texas St., Fairfield. Open to all. Info: millemoe@fairfield.ca.gov. Senior Fitness, 8:30 a.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center […]

I use odd music as wake-up calls

I like odd music. I would say parody, but that calls to mind Weird Al Yankovic, who I love, but is not really what I am referring to. I like hard-to-define music and found a use for it beyond my own enjoyment. Every year, my church goes to Sierra Bible Camp near Lake Almanor. It is […]

July 21, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Today in History for July 21, 2014

Today is Monday, July 21, the 202nd day of 2014. There are 163 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights: On July 21, 1944, American forces landed on Guam during World War II, capturing it from the Japanese some three weeks later. The Democratic national convention in Chicago nominated Sen. Harry S. Truman to be […]

Community Calendar: July 20, 2014

Sunday Aquatic Fitness 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aquatics Complex, Allan Witt Park, 1741 W. Texas St., Fairfield. Open to all. Info: millemoe@fairfield.ca.gov. Narcotics Anonymous Open Discussion 10:30 a.m., Unity Hall, 711 Empire St., Fairfield. Narcotics Anonymous meeting. Info: 419-4662. Scholarship Recognition Day and Worship Service 11:45 a.m. Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 1735 Enterprise Drive, […]

A value-added peek into my new business

It’s time to become a consultant. Not because I can’t afford to be a journalist. I just can’t afford not to be a consultant! You can make hundreds of dollars an hour as a consultant! You can charge $300 per phone call! You can (I’m guessing) write off everything as a cost to your business. You […]

Today in History for July 20, 2014

Today is Sunday, July 20, the 201st day of 2014. There are 164 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On July 20, 1944, an attempt by a group of German officials to assassinate Adolf Hitler with a bomb failed as the explosion only wounded the Nazi leader. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was nominated for […]

Fairfield man wins Mr. USA United Nations pageant

Pageant winners, scholarships, professional honors and a significant donation milestone are among the items in this week’s collection of good news from around the region. Fairfield man shines in pageant Dilpreet Virk, a 23-year-old Fairfield resident, was named Mr. USA United Nations and Mr. United Nations World 2014 in the United Nations Pageant in New […]

Today in History for July 19, 2014

Today is Saturday, July 19, the 200th day of 2014. There are 165 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On July 19, 1989, 111 people were killed when United Air Lines Flight 232, a DC-10 which suffered the uncontained failure of its tail engine and the loss of hydraulic systems, crashed while making an […]