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Rio Vista Blessing of the Animals on Sunday October 4

September 30, 2015
In honor of the blessed saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Joseph Catholic Church and Saint Brigid of Kildare Episcopal Church will hold a joint Blessing of the Animals at the corner of South 2nd Street and California Street (in the grassy area on the corner) at 1:00 pm on Sunday, October 4, 2015. Bring your companion animals, pets, reptiles, farm animals. The Reverend Lucretia Jevne and Deacon Bill Bolduc will bless them all!

We welcome all species. (Dogs on leashes please.) Or, bring photos of “departed” pets or pets that are not comfortable in a public setting. Come and bring your animals (dogs, cats, snakes, turtles…furred, feathered, scaly and smooth)! All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small. All things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.

This event is open to the community and everyone is invited. There will also be a special blessing for your animal companions that have passed on. For more information call 707-374-2667. We thank Pets 4 All for their sponsorship of this event.

Rio Vista, Fairfield, Suisun City Launch Water- and Energy-Efficiency HERO Program for Local Homeowners

September 30, 2015

SOLANO COUNTY, Calif., Last week. – The City Councils of Fairfield, Suisun City and Rio Vista launched the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program today. HERO PACE financing enables homeowners to make energy- and water-efficiency improvements and pay for them through their property tax bill. Property owners repay the assessment over 5 to 20 years while obtaining immediate savings on utility bills. Residents of Fairfield, Suisun City and Rio Vista may now submit applications for HERO financing.

Given the State of California’s newly-adopted regulations aimed at reducing urban water consumption by 25 percent, PACE financing is becoming a particularly appealing option for homeowners looking to conserve water in their yards and homes.

Five other municipalities in the county already offer HERO to their residents, including Benicia, Dixon, Vacaville, Vallejo, and the County of Solano for residents of unincorporated areas. All told, over 150,000 residents have access to this innovative financing program, which over the past year and a half has already generated $12.5 million dollars in economic stimulus for Solano County.

“Californians are looking to new and creative ways to conserve water and energy, and our homes are the best place to start,” said Fairfield Mayor Harry Price. “Now, through PACE programs like HERO, homeowners can finance efficiency improvements that make their homes more comfortable, reduce their utility bills, and support our local economy simultaneously.”

As California’s drought drags on, eligible retrofits give homeowners a fast, affordable way to lower water bills and conserve a desperately-needed resource. HERO has a wide variety of products to help homeowners save water, including high-efficiency toilets, faucets and showerheads; drip irrigation systems; rainwater catchment systems; gray water systems; and artificial turf and other drought-tolerant landscaping.

A wide variety of energy-saving products are available through HERO as well, including solar panel installations, whole-home heating and cooling systems, energy-saving windows and doors, roofing and insulation.

HERO has helped fund more than 43,000 residential efficiency projects totaling more than $877 million in financing in California. By stimulating home renovation activity, the HERO Program increases demand for local contractor services. HERO is estimated to have spurred the creation of more than 7,400 jobs in California since beginning in December 2011. Cities and counties benefit through economic stimulus and local job growth while helping their communities reach state-imposed water and energy savings goals.

HERO’s ongoing contribution to the environment is significant and growing daily. Water-efficiency projects that HERO has helped finance to date will save 1.4 billion gallons of water, or the equivalent of 44 million showers. An estimated 5.7 billion kWhs of energy are already being saved by projects completed to date. This is equivalent to the CO2 emissions from 35,000 homes’ energy use for a year. HERO’s consumer protection policy sets the industry standard for PACE financing, and offers more consumer protections than any kind of lending for home improvements, such as credit cards, HELOCs or other consumer loans. HERO requires contractors to: be licensed with the state, insured, and in good standing with HERO; obtain all required permits; meet fair pricing standards; and use products certified as energy efficient by the U.S. Department of Energy or water conserving by the Environmental Protection Agency. HERO-qualified contractors undergo extensive training aimed at ensuring customers are fully informed about the costs and benefits of the HERO Program. Finally, contractors are paid only when the homeowner signs off that the job has been successfully completed. HERO also staffs a hotline to respond to homeowner queries: 800-720-HERO. The HERO Program has now been adopted by 344 communities in California and is available to more than 10.5 million households. “This is a great opportunity for homeowners who want to go solar, or install other efficiency products, but who couldn’t previously finance the up-front costs.” said Blair McNeill, Vice President of Community Development for Renovate America, the company that administers the HERO Program. “With HERO these up-front financing barriers are removed.” Cities and counties need only pass a resolution to make PACE programs like HERO available to local property owners. The HERO Program has received numerous awards, including the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, the Urban Land Institute Best of the Best and the Southern California Association of Governments President’s Award for Excellence. Taking part in HERO is 100 percent voluntary for both jurisdictions and property owners. PACE financing is cost neutral to participating local governments.

To learn more about the HERO Financing Program, and to apply, property owners can visit or call 855-HERO-411 (855-437-6411).

RVFD will not Offer Free Rides During Bass Festival

September23, 2015

Free rides on the Fire Trucks during Bass Derby, is a decades old tradition in Rio Vista, but this year many children may be disappointed. This is the expected result from a change of policy at the Rio Vista Fire Department. Rio Vista Fire will no longer be giving fire engine rides to the public as part of the Bass Derby. While Fire Chief Alan Hartford concedes that he doesn’t want to disappoint the public, he says, “As Fire Chief, my job is to limit the liability to the city as a whole and to the fire department directly. Based upon the potential for injury we will no longer allow it to happen.”

Rio Vista Fire is not the first department to discontinue the popular fire engine rides in Solano County. Jay Huyssoon; former Fire Chief of Cordelia, had to discontinue the rides when Cordelia Fire’s insurance company became aware of the practice. “The board of directors ordered us not to give the public rides at all due to insurance requirements.” Stated Chief Huyssoon.

Rio Vista Fire will allow a limited number of citizen’s to ride in the Fire Engines in the Bass Derby Parade if they can ride safely, “As long as the passenger can be seat belted in the seat.” Explains Chief Hartford. Additionally, he adds, “We are evaluating ways to possibly modify the older vehicle to allow for the safe transport of the public.” But this will likely not be determined by Bass Derby this year.

Rio Vista Community Center Moving Forward

September 23, 2015
The Rio Vista Community Center is now an official non-profit corporation awaiting tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. The mission of the new corporation is to plan, build and operate a Community Center for all of Rio Vista. An interim Board has been selected and has begun working toward making a community center a reality.   <READ MORE>

Eight Raffferty’s all in Their Seventies at one Time

September 9, 2015

Rio Vista Resident Bill Rafferty has a family of good genes, good times and a love that has spread over many years. From April 2015 until August 2015 his family has eight siblings that are all in their 70’s. It’s a novelty that there’s 9 of them left and 8 are in their seventies this year.  <READ MORE>

HomeLife Senior Care Offers Rio Vista Residents Peace of Mind

September 9, 2015
When Angela and Vinny DiNicola found themselves in the position of providing care for an elderly family member, the couple learned firsthand the importance and need for quality in-home services. This experience led them to establish HomeLife Senior Care in 2010.  <READ MORE>

Rio Vista BeaconProfiles in Rio Vista:  Cindy Green

By Peg Richards-September 2, 2015

Most of us have rituals, some are small habits, but they are important to our sense of order. One of mine is going to the mailbox every Wednesday anticipating the Rio Vista Beacon will be among the bills and junk mail.  It’s something I take for granted. Maybe you do, too.   <READ MORE>

Public Hearing set for September 30th

September 2, 2015

There will be a public hearing set for Wednesday September 30, at 6:00 pm located at City Hall. There will be 2 items on the agenda. This meeting is conducted by the Planning Commission for the approving the site and architectural review no. 2015-003 for the approval of floor plans and elevations of model homes at Riverwalk as per vesting tentative tract map no. team 04-002.  <READ MORE>