Monday, September 22, 2014

‘Peter Pan’ earns Elly awards for Missouri Street Theatre

FAIRFIELD — Missouri Street Theatre picked up two awards Sunday night at the 2014 Adult Elly Awards. Carol Edinger and Gina Coyle earned honors for their costumes in the musical, “Peter Pan.” The pair also took home Arty awards for their wardrobe work on the show. Charles McFadden won for his set design for the […]

Burning issue of the day? Statehood for D.C.

The other day, a few senators remembered they have rather well-paid jobs which they haven’t bothered to show up to for weeks and held a hearing on a burning issue — statehood for the District of Columbia. At this moment, exhausted from reading about beheadings, Ebola, vicious Vladimir Putin and elevator wife beatings and nauseous […]

September 22, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Pulse poll: Will the drought end this year?

The multi-year drought has shaken Californians, leading to reduction in water use and changes in how we legally view groundwater. Do you think the drought will end this year? Participate in this week’s poll: Last week’s results: Do you think NFL executives saw the Ray Rice video before it was released by TMZ? Yes: 80 percent […]

Battle for the soul – and brain – of the Senate in full swing

For most of the year, it seemed almost certain that Republicans would win the six additional U.S. Senate seats they need to oust the Democrats from their majority and take control of Congress. But the outlook has turned murkier in recent weeks. While a GOP majority is still the most likely outcome, it’s no longer […]

September 22, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 4 Replies

The Week Ahead: Rodriguez, Vanden in key volleyball clashes

FAIRFIELD — The road to the Monticello Empire League volleyball title goes through two-time champion Vintage High, but the Crushers have to come to Rodriguez in a battle of the MEL’s remaining two unbeatens on Thursday. It’s the same in the Solano County Athletic Conference with Vanden hosting perennial champ Benicia on Tuesday. It’s all […]

Police say rifle carried by ambush suspect found

CANADENSIS, Pa. — Nine days after a gunman opened fire in a deadly ambush at a Pennsylvania state police barracks, authorities said Sunday they have recovered one of the weapons he was carrying and believe they are hot on his trail as he travels on foot through rugged forests. Investigators said they believe the suspect they […]

Del. authorities: Bus overturns, at least 1 dead

BEAR, Del. — A bus carrying dozens of people crashed and overturned in Delaware, leaving one woman dead and several other people injured, authorities said. Officials said the accident did not involve other vehicles and happened around 4:20 p.m. Sunday in the community of Bear in the northern part of the state. Forty-nine people were […]

Crews cleaning fuel spill in San Francisco Bay

SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S Coast Guard and state wildlife officials are investigating what caused a fuel oil spill from a World War II-era ship into the San Francisco Bay. Lt. Jacob Aulner, a Coast Guard spokesman, said Sunday that crews are cleaning up less than 50 gallons of fuel spilled from the SS Jeremiah […]

Hazmat crew responds to Fairfield after spill Sunday

FAIRFIELD — Employees at Ball Metal Beverage were evacuated Sunday after a hazardous material spill left up to 30 gallons of acid inside the manufacturing warehouse at 2400 Hunnington Drive. There were no injuries, Fairfield Fire Department Battalion Chief Matt Luckenbach says. The Solano County Hazardous Materials Team responded to the site after the 5:45 a.m. […]

Two Sunday fires in Fairfield linked to trains

FAIRFIELD  – A train is believed to have sparked two fires Sunday, one of which of burned about four acres at Vanden and Cannon roads, Battalion Chief Matt Luckenbach of the Fairfield Fire Department says. The other fire, at Interstate 680 and 80 in the Cordelia area, was smaller and reported at about 12:50 p.m. […]

American music makes a sweet sound Sunday

VACAVILLE — Democracy in action played Sunday in the breezeway between a Jelly Belly store and China Stix Kitchen. Musician and composer Wynton Marsalis described jazz’s democratic qualities – its balance between self-expression and sacrifice for the common good – recounted Keith Stout, who plays trumpet in the Alive Band with Stan Studerow. The band […]

Local governments schedule meetings

FAIRFIELD — A number of local governments will conduct the public’s business this week. They include: Solano County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m. Tuesday, county Government Center, 675 Texas St. Info.: Suisun City ATOD Prevention Coalition City Team, 10 a.m. Thursday, City Council chamber, 701 Civic Center Blvd. Suisun City. Info.: Fairfield Suisun School District, 5 […]

Ned’s drinking is ruining our parents’ business, health

Dear Annie: My brother, “Ned,” worked alongside my dad for many years. Now that Dad is getting up in years, Ned has taken over the business. Ned has had a drinking problem for a long time. Ten years ago, he landed a lucrative contract for the business, and my parents were able to put money […]

Craig Ferguson plays it loose with new game show

LOS ANGELES — Craig Ferguson approached his first TV game show host’s job with a subversive attitude. Then came the simple matter of his wardrobe for “Celebrity Name Game.” “I thought, ‘I’m not going to wear a suit. I’m going to break that rule,’” Ferguson said. Wrong decision, he quickly realized, after taping the first few […]

Community Calendar: Sept. 22, 2014

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, 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, […]

Melted glacier sends miles of mud down Mt. Shasta

MT. SHASTA — Crews are working to clear two roads on Northern California’s Mt. Shasta after a glacier melted or shifted, sending mud and debris down the mountain. A spokeswoman for Shasta-Trinity National Forest says the mudslide that began Saturday afternoon was the largest one on Mt. Shasta in 20 years. Andrea Capps said no […]

Gov. Brown signs clean-air vehicle legislation

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law several bills designed to boost use of clean-air vehicles in California. One bill signed Sunday allows 15,000 additional electric and partial zero-emissions vehicles, or 70,000 total vehicles, to get green stickers that allow driving in carpool lanes even when solo. Another requires freeway high-occupancy toll lane operators […]

Some California wells run dry amid drought

EAST PORTERVILLE — Hundreds of domestic wells in California’s drought-parched Central Valley farming region have run dry, leaving many residents to rely on donated bottles of drinking water to get by. Girl Scouts have set up collection points while local charities are searching for money to install tanks next to homes. Officials truck in water for […]

SBDC schedules free workshop for small businesses

FAIRFIELD — The Solano Community College Small Business Development Center is offering a pair of free workshops this week. It will offer “The Basics of Getting Started with Social Media” on Wednesday. Participants will learn how they can use social media as a free or low-cost way to market their business. Participants should bring a laptop computer […]

‘Maze Runner’ races past ‘Tombstones’ with $32.5M

NEW YORK — The young-adult adaptation “The Maze Runner” raced to the top of the box-office with $32.5 million, giving a budding franchise a quick start out of the gate. The 20th Century Fox release easily outpaced the $13.1 million debut of Liam Neeson’s hardboiled private eye thriller “A Walk Among the Tombstones” and the $11.9 […]

Cordelia Rotary to host Senior Center fall dinner

FAIRFIELD — Tickets are on sale for the Fairfield Senior Center Fall Dinner, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. The Cordelia Rotary Club will serve a roasted chicken dinner that includes beverage and dessert. Everyone in the community is welcome. The deadline to purchase tickets is Monday. Tickets may be purchased […]

Library visit prompts memories of 2 hoops games

I have written before about my mediocre basketball skills when I played at Armijo High School. I was nicknamed “Air Wade” years before there was an “Air Jordan.” My moniker was not bestowed adoringly upon me because of my leaping ability, but rather derisively stuck on me because during one game I shot four free throws, missed them all, […]

CHP offers teen drivers class

VACAVILLE — The California Highway Patrol will offer teenage drivers and their parents a Start Smart class designed to enhance the driving skills of teen motorists. Start Smart includes a review of the rules of the road, some video clips and related movies designed to inform parents of the restrictions on teen drivers and give […]

NASA’s Maven explorer arrives at Mars after year

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA’s Maven spacecraft arrived at Mars late Sunday after a 442 million-mile journey that began nearly a year ago. The robotic explorer fired its brakes and successfully slipped into orbit around the red planet, officials confirmed. “This is such an incredible night,” said John Grunsfeld, NASA’s chief for science missions. Now […]

Fairfield teen scouts books

FAIRFIELD — What happened Sunday in a garage off Green Valley Road will go across the world. Boy Scouts of America, Troop 482 in Fairfield, helped Ben Gribi collect books for his Eagle Scout project to send about 10 boxes of books as part of the Books for Africa drive. “It was about not thinking […]

Golf tourney to help uninsured children

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Coalition for Better Health will have its eighth annual Classic for Kids Golf Tournament and Dinner on Friday. The location will be the Eagle Vines Golf Club in Napa County. Organizers call the tournament the cornerstone to raising money for the Solano Kids Insurance Program, or SKIP. The event has raised more […]

Idealists made mess of 20th century

Some of the folks who went to the renovated courthouse opening Thursday might have glanced at the World War I memorial there. Those who died were told that they were volunteering to “make the world safe for democracy” and that this was “the war to end all wars.” Ah, that was many wars ago. President […]

September 22, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged , | 5 Replies