Saturday, January 31, 2015
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Top workers, top students – and succulent crab

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Board of Supervisors honored several employees and residents for their work, the winner of the Beer-for-a-Butterfly is revealed and several students were recognized. Coughlan earns honor for efforts to fight Batten disease Noah Coughlan was honored by the Solano County Board of Supervisors for his tireless efforts to bring awareness to a […]

Today in History: Jan. 31, 2015

Today is Saturday, Jan. 31, the 31st day of 2015. There are 334 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights: On Jan. 31, 1865, the U.S. House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution abolishing slavery, sending it to states for ratification. (The amendment was adopted in […]

Community Calendar: Jan. 31, 2015

Saturday Table Tennis 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Info: 428-7421. 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: [email protected] Matt Garcia Foundation Community Cleanup 9 a.m., Starbucks, 700 Texas St., Fairfield. Help clean up various […]

Personal computer revolution began 40 years ago this month

The January 1975 issue of Popular Electronics featured a cover shot of the Altair 8800, generally considered to be the world’s first personal computer, with the words “Project Breakthrough!” emblazoned on it. The microcomputer was built by former Air Force officer Ed Roberts and featured a rectangular body with switches and lights on its front panel. Before the […]

January 30, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 9 Replies

Today in History: Jan. 30, 2015

Today is Friday, Jan. 30, the 30th day of 2015. There are 335 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights: On Jan. 30, 1945, during World War II, more than 500 Allied captives held at the Japanese prison camp in Cabanatuan in the Philippines were liberated by U.S. Army Rangers, Alamo Scouts and Filipino guerrilla […]

Community Calendar: Jan. 30, 2015

Friday 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: [email protected] Crafts 9 a.m., Suisun City Senior Center, 318 Merganser Drive. Fee. Info: 421-7203. Line Dancing 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Fee. Info: 428-7422. Vacaville Winter Book Sale 10 a.m. […]

Today in History: Jan. 29, 2015

Today is Thursday, Jan. 29, the 29th day of 2015. There are 336 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On Jan. 29, 1845, Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven” was first published in the New York Evening Mirror. On this date: In 1820, Britain’s King George III died at Windsor Castle. In 1843, the […]

Community Calendar: Jan. 29, 2015

Thursday Senior Day Program 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Supervised activities for persons with cognitive or physical impairments. Enrollment required. Fee. Info: 428-7654. Senior Center Craft Shoppe 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Handmade gifts for family and friends. Info: 428-7421. Vacaville Winter Book Sale 10 a.m. to […]

Expect tiny tuxes but no real puppy love at doggy weddings

LOS ANGELES — When pet owners dress up their dogs in miniature white dresses and tiny tuxes, some believe the barks that signal “I do” reveal true puppy love. These animal lovers say their pooches can feel real longing for other pets, but experts aren’t so sure. Most people agree a wedding is just for […]

Today in History: Jan. 28, 2015

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 28, the 28th day of 2015. There are 337 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights: On Jan. 28, 1915, the United States Coast Guard was created as President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill merging the Life-Saving Service and Revenue Cutter Service. The American merchant vessel SS William P. Frye, en […]

Community Calendar: Jan. 28, 2015

Wednesday Cordelia Rotary Club 7:15 a.m., Courtyard by Marriott, 1350 Holiday Lane, Fairfield. Info: June Johnson, 510-772-8860. Parent To Parent 9 a.m., Starbucks, 1200 Oliver Road, Fairfield. Helping those affected by autism. Info: 422-0464. Line Dancing 10 to 11:25 a.m., Suisun City Senior Center, 318 Merganser Drive. Fee. Info: 421-7203. Senior Center Craft Shoppe 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fairfield Senior […]

Today in History: Jan. 27, 2015

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 27, the 27th day of 2015. There are 338 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On Jan. 27, 1945, during World War II, Soviet troops liberated the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland. On this date: In 1756, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria. In […]

Rush Ranch seeks docents

FAIRFIELD — The Rush Ranch Education Council is seeking volunteers for its docent program. Docents are a key part of their flagship educational program, the Patwin Program, that focuses on the history of local natives, the Patwin Indians. On most Tuesdays during the school year, docents lead elementary schoolchildren in discussions and activities that focus on […]

Community Calendar: Jan. 27, 2015

Tuesday Senior Center Craft Shoppe 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Handmade gifts for family and friends. Info: 428-7421. Free Job Search Assistance Workshops 9:45 to 11 a.m., Workforce Investment Board of Solano County, 320 Campus Lane, Fairfield. Info: 863-3551. Free Healthier Living Workshops 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Twin Oaks Apartments, 2390 Nut […]

Seekers of the Hollywood Sign disrupt nearby neighborhood

LOS ANGELES — Like pilgrims flocking to a holy shrine, they come from all over the world to pay homage, not to a deity but to something similar — the people they see on TV and in the movies. They are the seekers of the Hollywood Sign, that symbol of the Land of the Rich […]

February 03, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged | 1 Reply

Time for Relay for Life kickoff event

Near the beginning of playwright Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” the main character, Eugene, comments how the older people in his community always whisper the name of diseases as if they believed that saying them aloud would cause God to smite them with it. Well, those of us who participate in the American Cancer Society’s […]

Community Calendar: Jan. 26, 2015

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, [email protected] Billiards 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Players of all skill levels invited to play. Info: 428-7421. Aquatic Fitness 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aquatics Complex, […]

Today in History: Jan. 26, 2015

Today is Monday, Jan. 26, the 26th day of 2015. There are 339 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On Jan. 26, 1915, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Rocky Mountain National Park Act, which created America’s 10th national park. On this date: In 1784, in a letter to his daughter Sarah, Benjamin Franklin expressed […]

Scientists think Earth doomed: I disagree

We’re 44 percent doomed and it’s our own fault. That’s not me saying it. It’s science! According to a paper published in the journal Science last week and written about on the blog site Science 2.0 (it has to be real science! Otherwise, they couldn’t write about it in Science and on Science 2.0!), the […]

Today in History: Jan. 25, 2015

Today is Sunday, Jan. 25, the 25th day of 2015. There are 340 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On Jan. 25, 1915, America’s first official transcontinental telephone call took place as Alexander Graham Bell, who was in New York, spoke to his former assistant, Thomas Watson, who was in San Francisco, over a […]

Community Calendar: Jan. 25, 2015

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: [email protected] Tri City Elks Lodge 1662 10 a.m., NFL Package for “U,” 566 Parker Road, Fairfield. Info: 437-3322. Narcotics Anonymous Open Discussion 10:30 a.m., Unity Hall, 711 Empire St., Fairfield. Info: 419-4662. Il […]

Community Calendar: Jan. 24, 2015

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: [email protected], 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. […]

Today in History: Jan. 24, 2015

Today is Saturday, Jan. 24, the 24th day of 2015. There are 341 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On Jan. 24, 1965, British statesman Winston Churchill died in London at age 90. On this date: In 1742, Charles VII was elected Holy Roman Emperor during the War of the Austrian Succession. In 1848, […]

Ambulance company adds bike racks to rigs

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Showing how much one Colorado city loves its bikes, cyclists who go to the hospital by ambulance no longer have to leave their rides behind. Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, home of Colorado State University, has equipped all 14 of its ambulances with bike racks after encountering increasing numbers of […]

Solano County Farm Bureau celebrates 100 years

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Farm Bureau’s centennial celebration Friday featured a new award, a steak dinner with all the fixings and wine provided by Caymus Vineyards of Napa – an extension of which will soon become a new addition to the Suisun Valley landscape. Three people were recognized for their contributions to the county’s agricultural community and […]

Today in History: Jan. 23, 2015

Today is Friday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2015. There are 342 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On Jan. 23, 1968, North Korea seized the Navy intelligence ship USS Pueblo, charging its crew with being on a spying mission. (The crew was released 11 months later.) On this date: In 1789, Georgetown […]

Polio vaccine helps to end epidemics

A recent outbreak of measles traced back to Disneyland has put vaccinations and more specifically the phenomenon of people opting out of having their children receive them, in the spotlight. Back in the early 1950s when annual epidemics of a different disease – polio – terrorized, paralyzed and killed scores of people, such a stance would […]

Ad by special-effects master pits cats vs. dogs for a cause

LOS ANGELES — From brain-devouring zombies in “The Walking Dead” to crime-scene bloodshed on “CSI,” special-effects wizard Sam Nicholson has delivered gore galore to television viewers. But he says nothing has personally affected him more than the commercial he made for Super Bowl Sunday. It’s a rare ad urging viewers to spay or neuter their pets and […]

Community Calendar: Jan. 23, 2015

Friday 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: [email protected] Crafts 9 a.m., Suisun City Senior Center, 318 Merganser Drive. Fee. Info: 421-7203. Free Blood Pressure/Wellness Clinic 9 a.m., Suisun City Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Blood pressure no cost clinic. Info: […]

Research confirms volunteerism’s health benefits

There’s more to gain from volunteering than meets the eye, some researchers tell us. Some call volunteering one of America’s most valuable assets, because volunteers do so much to improve their communities and even their own health. I recently read a great piece on the subject of volunteering in my Harvard health newsletter. Researchers maintain […]

January 22, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 6 Replies