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Rescue Dogs — and a Rabbi — Help Prisoner Find Redemption

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VACAVILLE, CALIFORNIA — Soon after Jon Grobman was released from prison, where he had once thought he would die, he headed back inside voluntarily — this time with canine sidekicks.

Grobman was returning as the newest hire of a nonprofit group, Paws for Life K9 Rescue, that had been instrumental in his own long and difficult road to redemption.

He won’t easily forget the words of the judge who sentenced him to life without parole. “If I felt that you had any promise to ever amount to anything in your life, I wouldn’t give you this sentence,” Grobman recalled the judge saying.

The takeaway, Grobman said, was that “he determined I had no value to anyone or anything in this world.” Sixteen years later, his voice still shakes from the memory.
Raised in a nonobservant Jewish family in the affluent Bay Area town of Hillsborough, California, Grobman had been in trouble for years. He’d begun experimenting with drugs at a young age, continuing as he struggled with emotional issues. When his parents sent him to a child psychologist as a teen, the doctor molested him (along with many other young boys, including several Jewish victims, over the span of decades).

Stealing to fund his drug habit into adulthood, Grobman continued to get in trouble with the law. In 2005 he ran afoul of California’s “three strikes” law, which suggests a 25-years-to-life sentence for anyone convicted of three felonies.

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Nut Tree Plaza site of National Literacy Day celebration

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VACAVILLE — The Academy of 21st Century Learning partnered Wednesday with the Solano County Library and the Joyful Art Studio for a Literacy Awareness Night at the Nut Tree Plaza.

The idea was to promote literacy for children on National Literacy Day.

“It’s one of our global challenges where we can really make a difference and take part locally,” said Erin Dwyer, the vice president of operations at the academy. “Through literacy, we can create a better society for all of us.”

The library had a table to give parents and children information about their services. They were also signing up those who needed library cards. Cristie Barron, meanwhile, of the Joyful Art Studio, was showing children how to decorate book marks with a variety of painting supplies.

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All Bay Builders Offers Extensive Remodeling Services in Vacaville, CA Read more: https://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/all-bay-builders-offers-extensive-remodeling-services-in-vacaville-ca#ixzz75yyUbF8y

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Vacaville, CA – All Bay Builders is a family-owned company offering remodeling services to commercial and residential clients in the Vacaville community. The company works with experienced and passionate professionals in all its projects. It partners with subcontractors and season carpenters for quality and creative results.

The veteran-owned company now has more remodeling services to offer. One of the key services in its operations is kitchen remodeling. Thanks to its experience working with commercial and residential clients, the Vacaville Kitchen Remodel company helps clients achieve all types of remodeling designs. Whether the client wants a custom or a classic design, the company works with professionals with unmatched experience.

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A rabbi and rescue dogs helped this US prison lifer find freedom and redemption

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VACAVILLE, California (JTA) — Soon after Jon Grobman was released from prison, where he had once thought he would die, he headed back inside voluntarily — this time with canine sidekicks.

Grobman was returning as the newest hire of a nonprofit group, Paws for Life K9 Rescue, that had been instrumental in his own long and difficult road to redemption.

He won’t easily forget the words of the judge who sentenced him to life without parole. “If I felt that you had any promise to ever amount to anything in your life, I wouldn’t give you this sentence,” Grobman recalled the judge saying.

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Vaca parks, recreation commission to review arts programs, park project

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VACAVILLE — The Parks and Recreation Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the City Council Chamber, 650 Merchant St.

The public can view the meeting online at local access TV channel 26.

The commission will hear presentations from Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre manager Rachel Morgan and On Stage Vacaville president Lisa Hilas.

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Vacaville council needs more study on Oak Grove apartments

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VACAVILLE — A proposed Oak Grove low-income apartment project on the corner of Orchard Avenue and West Monte Vista Avenue continues to be unpopular with its potential neighbors.

The City Council voted Tuesday to explore alternate sites while also keeping the current location in play with some downsized modifications.

That decision passed 4-2 with Councilmen Gregory Ritchie II and Roy Stockton dissenting. Mayor Ron Rowlett recused himself over any potential conflicts of interest with this project.

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Vaca Boys & Girls Club inducts new alumni at fundraising breakfast

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VACAVILLE — The bells tolled several times Wednesday morning as the Vacaville Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club hosted its sixth annual Wake Up Your Heart Breakfast.

The event kicks off the new school year while raising money for the organization. Those attending need only ring the school bell to announce their donation.

Emcee Khalil Macklin kicked off the event noting the reasons he supports the organization. His sons are part of the group.

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Vacaville native, world-class shoe designer good as gold

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VACAVILLE — When Yuto Horigome of Japan won a gold medal in the inaugural street skateboarding competition at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, a famed Vacaville native was, in a way, right along for the ride.

That’s because Nike’s world-famous skateboard shoe designer, Stefan Janoski, grew up right here in Solano County and, for a time, in a home with his father Hank Janoski and his mother Margi Stern atop Mount Vaca.

Most every shoe that Janoski designs now features the brand label on the tongue that includes his city of origin, Vacaville, California.

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National Night Out returns to Solano neighborhoods

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FAIRFIELD — Neighborhoods throughout Fairfield, Suisun City and Vacaville will host National Night Out festivities from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

National Night Out brings neighbors together with city employees, police and fire staff members to heighten crime prevention and build a police-community partnership. It also encourages neighbors to get to know each other better and form their own partnerships against crime in their communities.

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Solano CHP honors fallen officer with freeway dedication

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When traveling along interstate 505 in Vacaville, drivers will notice a new sign: a special tribute to a fallen California Highway Patrol officer, beloved by many in Solano County.

CHP motorcycle Kirk Anthony Griess, was killed on August 10, 2018 in Fairfield when a Chevrolet pickup truck struck him as he was conducting an enforcement stop.

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