Wednesday, April 23, 2014

How can I get my 12-year-old grandson to sleep in his own bed?

Dear Annie: I am very close to my 12-year-old grandson. His family life is not good, and since his parents live nearby, the boy is at my house more often than not. The problem is, he started sleeping with me when he was a baby and still does it. I have addressed this issue several times […]

Horoscopes for April 23, 2014

Mercury in Aries has been something like listening to an audio book sped up by 1.5 times the recorded pace: The story comes faster. You still get the details, but there’s no time to answer back with your mind’s voice or relax into the emotion of it. Mercury now enters slower Taurus, giving us a […]


THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder THE BIDDING PLACES THE MISSING HONORS Jean Nidetch, a co-founder of Weight Watchers, said, “It’s choice — not chance — that determines your destiny.” At the bridge table, sometimes chance does determine your destiny. For example, when you are in a contract that depends solely on a finesse. But […]

Horoscopes for April 22, 2014

If life came with a universal rulebook, would you learn and obey, or would you test and explore? Mercury moving fast through Aries suggests that we’ll all have to learn by trial and error, rule-breakers and rule-followers alike. Take risks and don’t be boring. It’s better to cause offense than to take a forgettable course. […]

Bridge April 22

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder THE PLAY THAT IS EASY TO MISS Flip Wilson, a comedian and actor who died in 1998, said, “Get-well cards have become so humorous that if you don’t get sick, you’re missing half the fun.” If you miss the right play at the bridge table, it is not fun […]

Dutch Bros. joins Fairfield coffee corridor

FAIRFIELD — Texas Street through West Texas Street to Interstate 80 is already one of Fairfield’s caffeine corridors and it’s about to get even more caffeinated. Coffee fans along these 2 miles already have the choice of Starbucks, Glimpses Coffee House and Chocolatte. They can stop at Rosanna’s Bakery or Jelly Donut if they want […]

City sets plan to dispose of property assets

You may recall in our recent discussions of redevelopment that one element that must be addressed is the disposition of assets owned by the former redevelopment agency. These assets included housing-related assets such as real estate, as well as affordability covenants and agreements that are considered property or assets. As permitted by state legislation, the […]

US delays review of contentious Keystone pipeline

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is extending indefinitely its review of the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline past the midterm elections. In a surprise announcement as Washington was winding down for Easter, the State Department said federal agencies will have more time to […]

Why high oil prices are actually good for airlines

NEW YORK — Airline executives frequently complain about fuel costs. But the truth is higher prices actually have been good for business. In the past six years, airlines have overhauled the way they operate to adjust to this new reality. They’ve shown more discipline by offering fewer seats, which ensures airfares are high enough to […]

April 20, 2014 | Posted in Business and Real Estate | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Seniors, it’s never too late to do something about your health

Dear Annie: I would like to comment on Gail Rae-Garwood’s letter about kidney disease. I retired in 2010, and like a lot of retirees, I was complacent about my health. I had been taking insulin for my diabetes for 20 years and had high cholesterol and elevated blood pressure. I finally went in for my annual […]

Horoscopes for April 19, 2014

The sun leaves Aries, the first-born sign of the zodiac associated with identity, youth and the warrior spirit, for a steadier section of sky. Taurus energy is associated with strength, stamina, long-term goals and material wealth. In the weeks to come, we will be concerned with quality over quantity and long-term over immediate gratification. ARIES […]


THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder PLACE THE CARDS FROM THE BIDDING Samuel Johnson, an 18th-century English essayist, said, “The two offices of memory are collection and distribution.” One of the offices of success at the bridge table is collection of information, which might involve hand distribution — as in this deal. South is in […]

Badminton update: Rodriguez, Armijo head toward post season

FAIRFIELD — The birdies are flying all over local gymnasiums and two city teams are preparing to make a run at the postseason. Here’s a look at this year’s teams: Rodriguez The Mustangs are the class of the Monticello Empire League, with seven senior girls leading the way. Raiza Balancio, Bianca Cortez,  Arlene Garcia, Sarah […]

MEL boys roll to easy win over SCAC

FAIRFIELD — The pregame warmups and the last minute of the fourth quarter descended into a slam dunk contest. The rest of it was basketball game with one team playing decidedly better, especially in the rebounding department. The Monticello Empire League boys team held a 67-45 edge on the boards and the Solano County Athletic […]

Sharks beat Kings 6-3 in Game 1

SAN JOSE — Tomas Hertl and Raffi Torres both scored in their first game together as teammates and the San Jose Sharks jumped on top of Jonathan Quick and the rival Los Angeles Kings with a 6-3 victory in their playoff opener Thursday night. Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Marc-Edouard Vlasic also scored for the […]

Short-handed SCAC girls ‘gut out’ all-star win over MEL

FAIRFIELD — Only six players? No problem. The Solano County Athletic Conference made do with what it had and it proved to be more than enough in rolling past the Monticello Empire League 59-48 in the MEL-SCAC All-Star game at Ronald D. Thompson Gymnasium, Thursday. “The girls really just gutted it out,” said Vanden’s Allison […]

Dodgers get to Bumgarner early for win over Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — There’s no arguing the San Francisco Giants are giving themselves ample opportunities to win: They have played seven straight one-run games. With a chance to sweep the Los Angeles Dodgers at home, they couldn’t come through again. The Dodgers got to Madison Bumgarner early on the way to a 2-1 victory Thursday. […]