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Neighborhoods: London’s Bloomsbury has books and much more

LONDON — Many visitors to London know Bloomsbury as a neighborhood of books, B&Bs and the British Museum. But it’s also a district of elegant architecture, hidden parks and upscale boutiques that’s a pleasure to explore on foot. Much of the area was developed during the 18th century, with solid Georgian houses arranged around a series […]

Real reason to celebrate Fourth

I received an invitation to ride on the Central Solano Citizen Taxpayer Group float in the annual Independence Day parade in Fairfield. I’m going to try to make it in spite of some conflicts. I have done this for a few years. It’s a small, personal commitment. The invitation made me think about how many […]

A snapshot of current travel savings

Now that summer is here, it’s time to begin looking at post-summer travel promotions and planning for your 2016 vacations. Why now? Many vendors recently deployed their future promotions to ensure their properties and ships are filled. As an incentive they’re offering discounts and other incentive. So let’s take a look at a few of […]

Fairfield, Vacaville graduates complete basic training

Air Force Airman John W. Arrington graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Arrington is the son of Billy D. and Shirley Arrington and grandson of Betty and Billy Arrington, all of Fairfield. He is a 2014 graduate of Armijo High School in Fairfield. Air Force Airman Dallas R. […]

Sports on TV/Local sports for July 3, 2015

TV sports Auto racing •Formula One, practice for British Grand Prix, at Silverstone, England, NBCSN, 6 a.m. •NASCAR, XFINITY Series, practice for Firecracker 250, at Daytona Beach, Fla., NBCSN, 11 a.m. •NASCAR, Sprint Cup, practice for Coke Zero 400, at Daytona Beach, Fla., NBCSN, noon •NASCAR, XFINITY Series, final practice for Firecracker 250, at Daytona […]

This date in sports history for July 3

July 3 1905 — Marvin Hart wins the vacant world heavyweight title with a 12th-round knockout of Jack Root in the final bout of an elimination tournament in Reno, Nev. James Jeffries, who refereed the bout, had retired in March, leaving the title vacant. 1912 — Rube Marquard of the New York Giants runs his […]

Vacaville native serves in Spain

ROTA, Spain — A 2011 Will C. Wood High School graduate and Vacaville native is serving on USS Donald Cook, living and working at a Navy base in Rota, Spain. Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicholas James is an operations specialist on the Rota, Spain-based ship. James is an operations specialist on the Rota, Spain-based ship. […]

Doctor skills factor in plan to streamline care 

The number of surgeries and other inpatient procedures done on base by military physicians trails the inpatient workloads of private sector peers by wide margins, according to data comparisons run in support of a Defense Department study on modernizing the military health system. The inpatient workload at many bases is a readiness concern, which the […]

Airmen with county ties complete training

Air Force Airman Tusitala Brunson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Brunson graduated in 2013 from Vacaville Christian High School in Vacaville. Air Force Airman 1st Class Rachel L. Herring graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. She is the sister of […]

Weight loss may be sign of health problems

Every morning at the gym I join dozens of comrades in our collective “battle of the bulge,” trying to stay fit and maintain a more healthy body weight. But it is worth noting that being underweight may also be a health challenge. Historically, humans often struggled to prevent undernutrition, or even starvation. Excess body weight, […]

Take part in the world despite limitations

I had an interesting visit to the VA clinic in Martinez for an in-depth evaluation of my vision. They did a really thorough job, including pictures of the back of my eyes. We tried different optical lenses, but none helped. So, no prescription glasses for me. One problem that I was not aware of is […]

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Fitness trackers are hot, but do they really help?

NEW YORK — Sales of fitness trackers are climbing, and the biggest maker of the gadgets, Fitbit, made a splashy debut on the stock market Thursday. But will the devices really help you get healthier? Experts agree that getting people to set goals – and then reminding them of the goals – absolutely works, and the […]

Senate puts end to stateside food stamp fiasco

The Senate has voted to end a special food allowance stateside that was conceived 14 years ago primarily to avoid more news reports of military families using food stamps. On that original goal, it failed miserably. The idea behind the Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance was to offer junior enlisted with large families an alternative to […]

Service members with county ties finish basic military training

Air Force Airman Mario A. Aguilar graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Aguilar is a 2014 graduate of Will C. Wood High School in Vacaville. Air Force Airman Beejay V. Estacion graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Estacion is the brother of Lino L. Estacion III of Vacaville. U.S. Air National Guard Airman […]

Libraries offer food, books for children; gift of silence for adults

The Fairfield Civic Center Library is partnering with the Fairfield-Suisun School District as a free summer lunch site through Aug. 7. Teens and children 18 and younger can enjoy eating a free bagged lunch from 11:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in our meeting room. The John F. Kennedy Library in Vallejo and the Vacaville […]

Event to honor Civil War dead puts history into perspective

I believe I have written this piece at least three times to put things into today’s perspective. It involves a little bit of history most folks are not familiar with. After a public presentation May 30 of Tools of Learning for Children, a few board members stopped off at Pietro’s No. 2 in Vacaville for […]

Shorn or hairy: Female underarms having a mainstream moment

NEW YORK — On social media and red carpets, from New York to China, hairy underarms are having a mainstream moment. Women are proudly showing off their growth on Instagram and YouTube, and it’s not just Miley Cyrus anymore. Jemima Kirke of “Girls” flashed her fair-colored au naturel look – earning some cringes – at the […]

Service members with local ties complete training

Army Pvt. Rafael Calderon has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. Calderon is the brother of Karen Calderon of Fairfield. Air Force Airman Hayden Clough graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Clough is the son of Todd and Dawn Clough of Vacaville. He is a 2014 graduate of Vacaville […]

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