Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Midway Automotive comes to Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — Pat and Julie Watson finally secured the location they wanted for their Midway Automotive & Muffler shop. The couple wanted to open an automotive repair business in Fairfield for about 10 years. Several years ago, they saw that Midas automotive repair closed at the building at 1655 W. Texas St. and thought they […]

What sparked week’s market sell-off?

It should be reasonably easy to say something useful about why the market had a terrible week. After all, when the Nasdaq, especially the technology sector, has its worst week in almost three years, something must be going on. There is no shortage of reasons spewing forth from the sidelines, most of them both intelligent […]

Small talk: Small businesses in limbo again on tax breaks

Joyce M. Rosenberg NEW YORK — Small businesses are in limbo as they wait for Congress to make decisions that could save them a lot of money. Bills in Congress would extend tax deductions widely used by small businesses making equipment or property purchases. One, known as the Section 179 deduction, has shrunk to a […]

On the money: How to save money on your summer vacation hotels

Scott Mayerowitz NEW YORK — Summer vacationers looking for deals on hotel rooms are going to have to search a little harder. The average cost of a room now stands at $110, up 4 percent from last year and 8 percent from two years ago, according to travel research company STR. A recovering economy and […]

SCC softball team wins 23rd in a row

ROCKVILLE —The Solano Community College softball team upped its win streak to 23 straight games with a Bay Valley Conference sweep of Mendocino College, Thursday. The Falcons (30-2, 12-0 BVC) won the first game 8-0 behind a no-hitter by Shannon Mestas, and took the second game 12-2 on the pitching of Amber Takeda. Mestas struck […]

Indians late heroics end in tie with Crushers

FAIRFIELD — Tying the league leaders is not always a bad thing. The Armijo High girls soccer team overcame a late deficit with a goal in the 71st minute to pull out a 1-1 tie with Monticello Empire League-leading Vintage at Brownlee Field, Thursday. The Indians’ Lauryn Williams salvaged to the tie for Armijo (9-3-2, 4-2-2 […]

MEL-SCAC all-star basketball games to have local flavor

FAIRFIELD — From the players to the coaches to the gymnasium, this year’s Monticello Empire League-Solano County Athletic Conference All-Star basketball games will have a local feel. The games, to be played on Thursday, will be at Fairfield High’s Ronald D. Thompson Gymnasium with the MEL squads being led by Rodriguez High girls coach Lou […]

Haas leads, with a pair of Masters champs 1 back

AUGUSTA, Ga. — No nerves. No worries. Adam Scott never knew the opening round at Augusta National could be so enjoyable. With his green jacket upstairs in the locker room for Masters champions, Scott made only one bad swing that cost him two shots in a round of 3-under 69. It was the lowest opening […]

Hey spring sports teams, we want to hear from you

A sure sign that spring has sprung is that baseball and softball games have broken out all over the place. And we want to hear from the teams that won – and from that lost as well. This means you, Fairfield-Suisun Bobby Sox, North Bay PONY and Little League – Cordelia/Tri-Valley, Fairfield Atlantic, Fairfield Pacific […]

A quick, easy coconut pudding perfect for Easter

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a Hispanic bakery that changed my understanding of what a delicious pudding could be. When I think pudding, I think mostly of rice- or egg-based recipes made with milk. Rich and sweet, creamy and smooth, these puddings ooze comfort. But this bakery offered something entirely different. Stacked in […]

We stuff Turkey Day birds, so why not Easter hams?

At Thanksgiving, we stuff turkeys. At Easter we stuff . . . ? Hams! It’s not a crazy as it sounds. And it’s much easier than you think. We created a delicious and beautiful baked ham that is stuffed with layer upon layer of sweet potato slices. The trick is to use a spiral-cut ham. […]

Versatile, fresh mini cakes fit for Easter dessert

Chocolate seems to reign supreme when it comes to Easter. And while it’s hard to deny the appeal of cocoa, this spring holiday also begs for something fresh and citrusy. So we created these dairy-free mini cakes that are rich with olive oil and lemon juice – in fact, 1 cup of each. The tender […]

Ingberlach: A Jewish homemade candy for Passover

Candy making can confound even the most careful home cook. Luckily, Passover gives us an excuse to make a simple candy that is delicious and requires little fuss. And you don’t need to celebrate Passover to appreciate it. Ingberlach is a traditional Jewish candy flavored with ginger and honey. It also can contain nuts and […]

Forum highlights e-commerce industrial space

The Northern California Chapter of Certified Commercial Investment Member hosted its first broker forum of 2014 this week in Benicia. The organization is a certification recognizing professionals who specialize in commercial and investment real estate. The forum provided an overview of the Solano County and Napa County commercial real estate markets and gave landlords, developers, […]

Water supplies might help attract businesses

FAIRFIELD — Solano County when wooing prospective businesses can portray itself as a bit of an oasis in a drought-prone state. “Water is an asset,” Fairfield Economic Development Specialist Charles Ching said. “We have a lot of food and beverage manufacturers in town that need a lot of water. There a lot in the Bay […]

Smart Spending: Snack delivery services

Candice Choi NEW YORK — Americans really love their snacks, but will they pay to have them delivered to their mailboxes? That’s the bet behind new snack delivery services that want to inject an element of surprise into the snacking ritual. Rather than letting people pick what they want, the companies usually assemble packages based […]

Craft beer reaches for the skies on US airlines

RICHMOND, Va. — Attention passengers, craft beer has reached 35,000 feet. As the airline industry works to improve its food and beverage options, a new trend has emerged — airlines adding craft beers to their in-flight offerings. The assumption is that as more drinkers switch from mass market beers to specialty brews, they’ll be happier […]

Sharks beat Kings 2-1 in possible playoff preview

SAN JOSE — Brent Burns and Logan Couture scored second-period goals and the San Jose Sharks clinched home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs by beating the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on Thursday night. Antti Niemi made 26 saves and the Sharks overcame a first-period deficit to move within a point of Anaheim […]

SCC softball team shuts out Cosumnes River 3-0

ROCKVILLE — Shannon Mestas had eight strikeouts in her complete-game shutout for the Solano Community College softball team as the Falcons won 3-0 over Cosumnes River College in Bay Valley Conference action, Thursday. Mestas only gave up two hits in the circle for the Falcons (26-2, 10-0 BVC), adding a 2 for 3 appearance at […]

Cordes hitting up a storm for Cal softball team

Cheyenne Cordes had stretches where she simply sizzled at the plate for Rodriguez High en route to being named Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year. The starting shortstop and leadoff hitter for the University of California enjoyed one such stretch over the last two weeks, batting a torrid .636 (14 for 22), including going […]

Armijo’s Hostler tosses no-hitter in 1-0 win over Rodriguez

FAIRFIELD — When it comes to walking a tightrope, David Hostler of the Armijo High baseball team has a good thing going. The senior right-hander fired an eight-inning no-hitter in a 1-0 Monticello Empire League victory over Rodriguez, Thursday, his second 1-0 win over a crosstown rival in a week after tossing a two-hitter at […]

Pagan’s 3-run homer leads Giants past Arizona 8-5

PHOENIX — The San Francisco Giants ended their four-game series with Arizona the same way they opened it — with a come-from-behind victory. Angel Pagan hit a three-run home run in San Francisco’s five-run eighth inning and the Giants beat Arizona 8-5 on Thursday in a game that was halted briefly in the top of […]

Vacaville chamber names Kaiser its Business of the Year

VACAVILLE — Kaiser Permanente has been chosen by the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce as its 2013-14 Business of the Year. Its community commitment through leadership and involvement, and its community partnerships made the chamber’s decision an easy one, said Mark Creffield, the chamber’s president, in a press release. According to the chamber’s press release, Kaiser […]

US auto sales accelerated through March

DETROIT — U.S. auto sales went out like a lion in March. Automakers said Tuesday that new car and truck sales picked up speed halfway through the month, culminating in a strong final weekend. Toyota dealers had their two best sales weekends of the year at the end of the month, the company said. “We’re […]

Kazmir sharp as A’s blank Giants, 4-0

SAN FRANCISCO — Scott Kazmir pitched two-hit ball into the sixth inning, Josh Reddick hit a two-run homer and the Oakland Athletics beat the San Francisco Giants 4-0 on Thursday night. Josh Donaldson doubled, tripled and drove in two runs for the A’s, who had dropped five of seven before knocking around Giants starter Tim Hudson. Reddick’s third home […]

Enstrom’s late goal helps Jets beat Sharks 4-3

SAN JOSE — Tobias Enstrom scored a power-play goal with 3:36 remaining in the third period to help the Winnipeg Jets deal a blow to San Jose’s chances to finish in first place by beating the Sharks 4-3 on Thursday night. Blake Wheeler added a goal and two assists for the Jets, who trail Phoenix […]

Vanden rolls to baseball win over Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — The Vanden High baseball team kept cross-town rival Fairfield High winless with a 10-3 Solano County Athletic Conference win, Thursday. The Vikings (8-3, 4-1 SCAC) scored seven runs in the home-half of the first – adding two more runs in the fifth and one in the sixth, while the Falcons (0-5 SCAC) scored […]

Dayton tops Stanford 82-72 in Sweet 16

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Stanford had the bigger bodies. The Cardinal just didn’t have enough of them. The No. 11 seed Dayton Flyers used their pressing and fast-paced offense to blow past No. 10 Stanford on Thursday, beating the Cardinal 82-72 to advance to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1984. Stanford fought foul trouble […]

Vanden tennis team wins, moves into 1st place

FAIRFIELD — What a difference a few weeks makes. The Vanden High boys tennis team rebounded from an earlier Solano County Athletic Conference loss to American Canyon and defeated the Wolves 8-1, Thursday. With the win, the Vikings (7-1), who fell to American Canyon 5-4 on March 11, move into first in the SCAC. The […]