Friday, August 1, 2014

Expos fall short in 10-9 loss to Leghorns

YOUNTVILLE — This time there’s no “Get out of jail free” card. The Fairfield Expos American Legion team moved to brink of having its season end with a heart-breaking 10-9 loss to Area 1 rival Petaluma in the second round of the state tournament at Cleve Borman Field, Thursday. The Expos, who are in Yountville because […]

Chekwa taking reps with Raiders while Hayden sits

NAPA — Chimdi Chekwa has dealt with so much in his first two NFL seasons that a matchup with wide receiver James Jones in practice seemed fairly easy in comparison for the Oakland cornerback. At least that’s how Chekwa made it look Thursday. The former fourth-round draft pick dropped back into coverage, stopped, then made a […]

Safety Bethea finding a groove with new 49ers team

SANTA CLARA — Once most players had gone inside from practice on a hot day, there stood Antoine Bethea working to perfect a handshake with new 49ers teammate Demarcus Dobbs. They tried it several times, chuckling all the while, then got back to work with more conditioning — each pulling a weighted sled up and […]

A’s deal Tommy Milone to Twins for Sam Fuld

OAKLAND — The Oakland Athletics have traded left-hander Tommy Milone to the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Sam Fuld. The A’s announced the deal Thursday morning before the trade deadline. Milone requested a trade given his recent success and demotion to Triple-A Sacramento. The left-hander went 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA over 11 starts when he was sent […]

A’s get Lester, Gomes from Red Sox for Cespedes

OAKLAND — Billy Beane considers Jon Lester a proven ace who can carry a pitching staff through the playoffs, just like he did last fall. The general manager acquired Lester to make sure Oakland gets there first. The baseball-leading, small-budget A’s won the mighty Lester sweepstakes Thursday, acquiring the left-hander and outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston […]

Judge says Crystal CEO should testify in lawsuit

FARGO, N.D. — American Crystal Sugar Co. CEO David Berg should testify in a federal lawsuit pitting the refined sugar manufacturers against the corn syrup industry, a federal judge ruled Wednesday after presiding over a hearing in the case. Berg, head of the largest sugar beet processor in the country, had contested a subpoena to […]

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Icon sends first A5 into the skies on maiden flight

VACAVILLE — It’s up, up and away, baby, for Icon Aircraft. The amphibious sport aircraft company, which recently announced its relocation to Vacaville, stated Tuesday that it hit a milestone Sunday with its first A5 unveiling at the annual EAA AirVenture in Wisconsin. It was model No. ESN-1. The plane, which was completed between January and June […]

Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors

WASHINGTON — More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute. These consumers fall behind on credit cards or hospital bills. Their mortgages, auto loans or student debt pile up, unpaid. Even past-due gym membership fees […]

Trends in state, around town remain positive

Since our moniker is “Economic Notes,” we like to look every so often at economic trends affecting California and Fairfield. Intuition (our “crystal ball”) suggests that good times have arrived and will continue for quite a while, but sometimes it is useful to look at what the experts are saying. Beacon Economics LLC is a […]

Famous Creations comes to downtown Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — Nicholas Gonzales-Rodriguez went from having a home baking and catering business to having one in a downtown Fairfield shop. He recently moved Famous Creations to the storefront at 835 Texas St. People can go there to buy baked goods ranging from a cupcake to a wedding cake. They can have a quick snack […]

Pets’ amenities rising trend for homebuilders

LOS ANGELES — These homes are set apart by their amenities — for dogs. Standard Pacific Homes is building and selling these homes in 27 of its 190 developments from Florida to California and is believed to be the first to offer a pet suite as an option in every one. The most lavish suite […]

Small talk: Fair Trade brings big sales and a clear conscience

Joyce M. Rosenberg NEW YORK — Brooklyn Roasting Co. has a booming business based on helping people thousands of miles away. Ninety percent of the coffee the New York-based company sells is Fair Trade — certified as produced by people who are treated and paid well. Being socially responsible pays off for Brooklyn Roasting, which […]

Indians win 14-8 over Mudcats

FAIRFIELD — No lead was safe with both teams having hot bats and cold defenses. In an eight-inning game that was called because of a benches-clearing scuffle, the Fairfield Indians topped the Solano Mudcats 14-8 in collegiate baseball play at Allan Witt Park, Thursday. It all started with an exchange of words between the teams […]

Eagles soar past Expos in Area 1 tourney

FAIRFIELD — Two outs, nobody on – usually an ideal situation. Not for the Fairfield Expos American Legion baseball team on Thursday night. Having already surrendered three runs in the top of the first inning, the Expos gave up five runs before getting the final out. The Humboldt Eagles pushed across five more runs after […]

Moss powers A’s past Astros

OAKLAND — A warm day helped Brandon Moss reach another milestone and it helped Jeff Samardzija enjoy even more run support. Moss hit a grand slam and the Oakland Athletics gave Samardzija more run support than he has had all season in a 13-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday. “I didn’t realize it went over the […]

Hudson solid, Hammels better in Giants’ loss to Phillies

PHILADELPHIA — The San Francisco Giants couldn’t have asked for more from Tim Hudson. Hudson gave up two unearned runs in six innings but he was outpitched by Cole Hammels, and Chase Utley had a tiebreaking RBI single in the fifth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 2-1 victory over the Giants on […]

49ers’ Smith plans to meet soon with Commissioner Goodell

SANTA CLARA — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith expects to sit down with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell “in the near future” to discuss any potential suspension for his off-field issues. Smith was sentenced last Friday to serve three years of probation and to spend 11 days with a work crew after he pleaded no […]

Mortgage options include positive, negative outcomes

It seems that you cannot listen to the radio for more than a few minutes without hearing the pitch from some mortgage company about how they can give you an unbelievable deal on refinancing your house. Since interest rates are rising slightly but still low and most people have refinanced, the dynamics of the mortgage […]

Wiseman moves ahead with new office building

FAIRFIELD — What has become a rare sight in recent years can be seen along Interstate 80 at Hilborn Road – a new commercial office building is under construction. Fairfield-based The Wiseman Co. is constructing the two-story, 30,000-square-foot building at 2470 Hilborn Road. The building is next to The Wiseman Co.’s existing Westside Professional Center. “The two […]

Of mutual interest: Corporate eye on expansion could benefit funds

Stan Choe NEW YORK — After years of funneling cash to investors, companies may be looking to spend more on themselves. Mutual fund managers are cheering, even if those dollars could have gone directly to them through dividends and stock buybacks. That’s because increased corporate spending on new factories, equipment and computers could help push […]

Great stretch gives Tiger Woods good start

HOYLAKE, England — The warm ovation Tiger Woods heard walking up the 18th fairway at Royal Liverpool sounded familiar, even if the circumstances were not. Eight years ago it was because he was about to win the British Open. Thursday was because he played. Woods returned to the majors for the first time in 11 […]

Vanden 1984 title team holding reunion

FAIRFIELD — Fresh off a 1-5-3 campaign in 1982, his first year as Vanden High football coach – after having replaced Ed Serpas, the only coach in school history to that point and his coach with the Vikings nearly two decades earlier – Ron Beverly had some doubts. But only a few. He knew a […]

After All-Star party, baseball gets back to work

Sure, it was great for a couple days. The cheers for Derek Jeter. The power of Giancarlo Stanton. The excellence of Mike Trout in the American League’s 5-3 victory. Baseball’s All-Star party in the Twin Cities was a long series of smiles for players and fans. But the break is over now, and the real […]

McIlroy and Woods deliver at British Open

HOYLAKE, England — Rory McIlroy had everything go his way Thursday in the British Open. A lovely summer day in England with abundant sunshine and minimal wind allowed him to attack Royal Liverpool. He made half his six birdies on the par 5s and kept bogeys off his card. And on the day Tiger Woods […]

49ers open posh, high-tech stadium in Santa Clara

SANTA CLARA — San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York got a little teary on his drive to Levi’s Stadium on Thursday. His voice cracked while talking about taking his young son to games at the stadium for years to come. Others had a different reaction upon walking into the building: Wow! With confetti streaming down under a […]

An impressive way to grill a whole cauliflower

Last summer, the hip way to handle cauliflower was to treat it like a steak. It was a trick that started in restaurants and quickly trickled down to home cooks looking for fresh ways to make an often overlooked vegetable a little more interesting. Most recipes call for cutting a head of cauliflower into thick […]

A summer primer to grilling backyard barbecue ribs

It was one of those culinary epiphanies. I realized you rarely get great barbecued ribs from a restaurant. They have to come from backyards. My rib-awakening came during the world’s largest barbecue contest, Memphis in May. All it took was that first bite of a grill-smoked rib for me to recognize the real deal. There […]

New Cosby show could debut as soon as next summer

BEVERLY HILLS — Bill Cosby could be returning to the network with a new comedy as soon as next summer. The series, described as a “classic, extended-family sitcom” with Cosby as the patriarch, is currently in the writing stage, NBC executives said at Sunday’s session of the summer TV critics’ tour. It was first announced […]