Week of April 4, 2024

  • BREAKING NEWS: Traffic on East Mission impacted by pipeline replacement

    Apr 9, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Severe traffic impacts started Tuesday, April 9 and will continue through Monday, April 15, on Mission Road at Minnesota to Olive Road, near Fallbrook Cafe. Drivers are asked to use alternate routes, like Alvarado Street (via Stage Coach Lane), or Brandon Road and Main Avenue. Fallbrook Public Utility District is having contractors tying in water lines. This year, FPUD is replacing over a mile of pipeline in central Fallbrook. With a projected cost of $3,574,950...

  • North County Fire extinguishes raging truck fire in De Luz

    Village News Staff and A.C. Investigations | Apr 11, 2024

    This morning, April 11th, at approximately 10:12 a.m. North County Fire received a call for a truck that exploded and caught fire while driving south on De Luz Rd. Officials on the scene have contained the situation but all traffic has been stopped at De Luz and Patton Oak Rd. so Adams' Tow could move through and clear out the charred remains of the truck. As of 11:10 a.m. the scene is still active and it is suggested you avoid the area. No injuries have been reported....

  • Injuries and arrest after crash on E. Mission and Macadamia

    Village News and AC Investigations | Apr 10, 2024

    A crash resulted in one person being transported to a local hospital and another was arrested on Wednesday. The crash was reported at 3:06 pm in Fallbrook at E. Mission and 1324 Macadamia Dr.According to the San Diego County Sheriff's Communications Center, Lt. Davis said that the call came in initially as just an incomplete call and afterward there was one arrest for a warrant. More will be reported on as information is available. There is no information...

  • San Diego County looks to update public on VMT mitigation program

    Submitted Content | Apr 9, 2024

    Update On Vehicle Miles Traveled Mitigation Program Dear Interested Stakeholder, We want to update you on our progress to implement the Board of Supervisors (Board) direction related to a Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) mitigation program. On March 1, 2023, the Board received a report on VMT mitigation program options and provided direction to continue coordination with outside agencies and jurisdictions, to estimate costs to project applicants, to solicit stakeholder input, and...

  • UPDATE: Man arrested for DUI after crash

    Village Editorial Staff and AC Investigations | Apr 7, 2024

    CHP arrested and booked John Gleason, 69, from Fallbrook for a DUI just after midnight this morning, April 7. His blood/alcohol level was reported to be .08 percent. Earlier in the day witnesses saw Gleason slumped over his steering wheel while driving west on Fallbrook Street, through a red traffic light at Main Ave. Gleason came to a stop after crashing into a tree behind Denny's and the ReMax Real Estate building. North County Fire first responders helped the man out of...

  • Car chases through Fallbrook

    Village Editorial Staff | Apr 5, 2024

    Two car chases were reported tonight. This is an early version story. There was a report to CHP at about 10:09 pm tonight, Friday, 04/05/24. A BMW and a blue truck were reported to be chasing each other. One of them was struck and on the right hand shoulder of the eastbound lanes on Sr76 near S.Mission Rd and just east of Thoroughbred. At 10:25 pm the CHP was on an active chase through Fallbrook following a black Honda. Last report was that the car was lost....

  • A Beacon of Hope: The story of Hope House Fallbrook

    Julie Reeder, Publisher | Apr 4, 2024

    In the "Friendly Village" of Fallbrook, a series of events unfolded, leading to the birth of a beacon of hope for many women in dire circumstances. It all began in November when Bonnie Vice reached out to the community in search of a dresser for a newcomer to their men's homeless ministry, the Jesus House. What came next was nothing short of a miracle, a testament to how a simple act of kindness can evolve into a monumental project aimed at serving the most vulnerable. Barry...

  • Blanket Project helps the less fortunate

    Apr 4, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Program parents at Solutions for Change were given hand-made blankets donated by the Fallbrook Blanket Project. Solutions for Change, a women's and family shelter in Vista, is a full service leadership development residential program with the mission to solve family homelessness. Over 60 blankets of all sizes and a dozen children's hats were donated to this shelter. For more information on the program, visit https://solutionsforchange.org/. The nonprofit...

  • El Jardin building to be demolished

    Village News Staff and AC Investigations | Apr 4, 2024

    The saga continues with the empty El Jardin restaurant property that has often been used as a homeless encampment. On multiple occasions the fire department, sheriff's department have dealt with the chaos happening there. Last Friday, March 29, Leo from Allstar Landscaping and Tree services and Junk Haul cleaned up the mess from the homeless camp that had taken residence inside the El Jardin building and outside on the patio. Found were kids toys, clothing, an old fireplace,...

  • Chipping Day helps make Fallbrook fire safe

    Apr 4, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Fire Safe Council sponsored a "chipping day" Saturday, March 16, in the open area at the corner of Alturas Road and West Aviation Road from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event supports the Council's community outreach program of creating a venue for local residents to bring their cut vegetation to a central site for disposal and ultimately supporting the effort to help make Fallbrook fire safe. Throughout the event, more than 24 residents from the...

  • Newcomers visit Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience Exhibit

    Apr 4, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Newcomers recently held an enjoyable Girls Just Want to Have Fun event led by member Eileen Weeks. The popular Girls Just Want to Have Fun events are a great way to make new friends while engaging in a variety of fun and creative activities which include get togethers at members' homes as well as attending local attractions and special events. The Beyond Van Gogh Exhibit tour took place Feb. 22 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The Newcomers thoroughly...

  • Worker of the Week cooks and serves

    Apr 4, 2024

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  • County Employees give $102K in grants

    Shauni Lyles, County of San Diego Communications Office | Apr 4, 2024

    The County Employees’ Charitable Organization distributed $101,507 in grants to 58 local nonprofit programs and the Employee Crisis Fund at its annual awards ceremony at the County Operations Center, Friday, March 29. Several local nonprofits, including health clinics, homeless service providers, after school programs and more, received grants. Among them was the Fallbrook Land Conservancy was given $1,037 to buy gardening tools (shovels, hoes) for its Environmental Education & Restoration Program. CECO has been the...

  • Social Security and OIG hold annual National Slam the Scam Day

    Apr 4, 2024

    WASHINGTON – The Social Security Administration and its Office of the Inspector General (OIG) partnered once again to raise public awareness about Social Security imposter scams during their fifth annual “Slam the Scam” Day on March 7. “As public servants, we must use every tool at our disposal to raise awareness and protect the American people against Social Security imposter scams,” said Martin O’Malley, Commissioner of Social Security. “Scammers use fear and deception to scare people out of their critical...

  • Sheriff Log

    Apr 4, 2024

    NOTE: While these reports have been taken straight from the Sheriff's Office, individuals are innocent until proven guilty. These addresses reveal the block number, not an exact location. March 26 1400 blk S. Mission Rd. Arrest - Felony bench warrant our agency 35600 blk Asturian Way Vandalism [$400 or less] March 27 2300 blk Via La Orilla Arrest - Obstruct/resist executive officer with minor injury, possess controlled substance, use/under influence of influence of controlled substance, manufacture/sale/possess etc. brass...

  • Gala dinner helps grow Hope

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor | Apr 5, 2024

    Hope Clinic for Women held its 19th Annual Inspiring Hope Gala March 15 at SonRise Christian Fellowship. With the support of the community, HCW has continued to offer its free services but needs help to keep growing along with the needs of its clients. Executive Director Carolyn Koole reported that on the services provided in 2023: 23 babies were born to moms in the program; 1,040 client visits provided 4,050 free services; 71 free pregnancy tests and 88 free ultrasounds were...

  • Revised Draft Fallbrook Sub Area Plan up for review

    Apr 4, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – The County of San Diego Planning & Development Services would like local residents’ feedback on the revised draft Fallbrook Sub-Area Plan. The plan aims to provide a long-term vision to revitalize Fallbrook’s village core by improving pedestrian mobility, access and safety, attracting and retaining residents, businesses, and visitors while maintaining the rural community character. The plan involves several components including: · Fallbrook Village Zoning Amendments · Updated Community Design Guidelines...

  • Fallbrook Woman's Club presents 'The Fallbrook Follies'

    Apr 4, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Woman’s Club is presenting a production, “The Fallbrook Follies,” on June 2 at the Mission Theater. It will be an afternoon of entertainment with music, dance, vaudeville acts, comedy and more with local talent. If anyone loves sharing the stage, there is space for them. The FWC is one of a few clubs to have the designation of owning its clubhouse. The Fallbrook Woman’s Club Carriage House is a historical building and is in need of updating and repairs. The purpose of this fundraiser is...

  • Medal of Honor Day marked at Pittenger's grave

    Apr 4, 2024

  • Scouts BSA is starting a new female Troop in Fallbrook

    Apr 4, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Scouts BSA is the all-girl version of the Boy Scouts – the Scouts in Troop 731G earn merit badges, camp, learn outdoor skills, hike, backpack, attend summer camp, do local fun activities such as bowling and earn Eagle rank just like a traditional Boy Scout Troop. In addition, Scouts BSA is an organization that teaches morals, ethics and life skills. Girls ages 10 to 18 are welcome to join and explore their interests, serve their communities and discover new...

  • Kids say the funniest things

    Apr 4, 2024

    Quotes from brothers Jameson, 7, and Seamus 5, over the years. Submitted by their mother Kathy Custer. (Cuddling on the sofa, near bedtime)... Jameson, age 5: "Is there such a thing as a Son Day?" (Excited that Jameson has finally taken an interest in the days of the week, after an entire school year of reviewing it every day)... Mom: "Yes! There is a Sunday!" Jameson: "When is it?" Mom: "Tomorrow. Today is Saturday, so tomorrow is Sunday." Jameson: "No, no, not Sunday. Son Day." Mom: "Yeah, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday..."...

  • Potter Jr. High salutes its Rotary Students of the Month

    Apr 4, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Union Elementary School District announced the commendation of two Potter Junior High School students, Isabella Magana and Bentley Nash, as Rotary Students of the Month by the esteemed Rotary Club of Fallbrook. Recognizing the significance of acknowledging students who demonstrate exceptional academic prowess and exemplary leadership qualities, the Rotary Club selects two students from a local school each month. Isabella Magana and Bentley Nash,...

  • State works to better adapt to extreme dry, wet periods

    Apr 4, 2024

    Ching Lee California Farm Bureau Federation As California farmers struggle through impacts of rapid swings between intense drought and severe deluge, the state's water chief emphasized the need to better manage flood flows and groundwater during wet periods to improve water supply reliability during dry periods. Karla Nemeth, director of the California Department of Water Resources, highlighted some of the work already underway during the state's weather whiplash in recent...

  • Financial checklist for home buyers

    Apr 4, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Planning to buy a home in San Diego? Let’s ensure you’re financially prepared with this Financial Checklist for Home Buyers. Financial checklist for home buyers • Do a financial checkup. Know your credit score, debt-to-income ratio, and savings. This will give you a clear picture of your financial readiness and help you set a realistic budget for your home purchase. It’s best to reach out to a mortgage officer or financial adviser. • Get pre-approved. Submit financial documents to a lender, who will...

  • Update your outdoor space for spring

    Jane Kepley, Special to Village News | Apr 4, 2024

    Spring is an excellent season for spending more time outdoors. And if your home has a sizable outdoor space, that’s even better. A patio or yard presents so much opportunity: You can play with your kids or pets, invite the neighbors over for a cookout, or simply relax and enjoy the weather as it warms. Before you do all of that, though, you should think about updating your outdoor space. Need help getting ready for spring? Here are some ideas: Install string lights. Give...

  • Vikings sweep first at Anza cross-country meet

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter | Apr 5, 2024

    Cottonwood Elementary School of Aguanga hosted a cross-country meet Thursday, March 14, for the small K-8 elementary schools and middle schools in northern San Diego County and southern Riverside County which participate in athletic tournaments, and Vallecitos Elementary School took first place as a team for both the boys and the girls while Vallecitos seventh-grader Rochelle Hernandez was the first girls individual finisher. "I'm really impressed with how well they did,...

  • FUESD to celebrate 51st annual Dornon Games with tradition and athletic excellence

    Apr 5, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The legacy continues as the 51st annual Dornon Games Track Meet will take place Saturday, April 20, at the Fallbrook Union High School stadium. This event, deeply rooted in Fallbrook tradition, promises to be a celebration of youth athletics and community spirit. The Dornon Games trace their origins back to the Fallbrook Street PTA and student council, under the visionary leadership of Don Dornon, a beloved teacher at the school. Following Dornon's death in...

  • Senior softball players needed

    Apr 4, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Senior Softball is currently looking for new players who are 50 plus years of age. Games are played at Ingold Sports Park Mondays thru Thursdays at 4 p.m. with warm-ups beginning at 3:30. Each team is scheduled to play two games per week. Potential players must show for a screening prior to being placed on a team so that appropriate placement can be made. The league is currently in season #2 which will end near the middle of June. The deadline for season #3 registration is June 15. The season #3...

  • Warriors girls dominate first two swim meets

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter | Apr 4, 2024

    A thunderstorm March 15 canceled Fallbrook High School’s swim meet against Valley Center that afternoon, but the Fallbrook girls began the season with two league victories. The Warriors opened their season March 5 at home against Mission Hills and won that 111-54 meet. The March 7 home win over Pacific Ridge had a 123-41 score. “It was good to see where we’re at and what we can do,” said Fallbrook coach Sean Redmond. A school can enter up to three swimmers or divers in each individual event. Each school can have...

  • Dr. McCaughan works in the world of equine athletes

    Apr 5, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Amid the rustling avocado groves and rolling hills in Fallbrook lies a sanctuary for a particular breed of athletes often overlooked – horses. Here in the community and throughout San Diego and Riverside counties, Dr. Marc McCaughan, a devoted equine veterinarian, makes it his choice every day to care for these athletes. For McCaughan, the journey into the world of equine medicine began long before he set foot in Fallbrook. Raised amid the avocado groves of...

  • Young terrier mix needs a fur-ever home

    Apr 4, 2024

  • FLC's Save Our Forest Environmental Education Program connects students with nature

    Apr 4, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook is known for its lush groves and open spaces, but many young people have little to no interaction with nature. Fallbrook Land Conservancy's Save Our Forest committee has been addressing this inequity by connecting students with the local ecosystem through its Environmental Education Program for 19 years. This volunteer-run program introduces students in local public schools to the benefits of native plants, while teaching natural resources conservation...

  • Use pest control to protect your roses

    Frank Brines, ARS Master Rosarian | Apr 4, 2024

    March greeted southwest Riverside County with an abundance of fresh new foliage and hopes for beautiful blooms to come. Maybe that's got you wondering: "How can I get better results this year?" Has doing the same thing year after year lived up to your expectations of good roses? Gardening is a partnership between you and your plants: How about letting your garden and your roses "speak" to you? Take a daily walk around your garden and get to know all that lives there. For...

  • "It's not magic, it's science:"

    Eric Rodgers, The Brain Energy Movement - Advocacy | Apr 4, 2024

    Medical Review by Chris Palmer, MD When I was in my 40s and 50s, everything was going well. I had a happy life with my wife and son. My optometry business was successful. But I wanted to die. I would ask my psychiatrist again and again: if everything is great, why can't I appreciate it? I never got a good answer to that question from my doctor. But luckily, I discovered the work of Dr. Chris Palmer, and I began to understand the connection between mental and metabolic health....

  • April is Parkinson's Awareness Month

    Apr 4, 2024

    Submitted by Irene Miller Parkinson’s Awareness Month is observed in April. It is an opportunity to increase awareness about the disease and its symptoms, as well as to support those that are affected. Parkinson’s is a long-term disorder where the central nervous system degenerates and that affects the motor system. Motor symptoms like trembling, stiffness, and rigidity are usually associated with Parkinson’s disease. Symptoms typically occur slowly. One side is often affected first, but as Parkinson’s disease...

  • County recommends syphilis screenings during pregnancy as infant cases rise

    Fernanda Lopez Halvorson, County of San Diego Communications Office | Apr 4, 2024

    Cases of babies born with syphilis have increased in San Diego County, reaching a record 35 in 2022, according to new data from County Public Health officials. Syphilis is a contagious bacterial infection that can be spread through sexual contact or from a birthing parent to a baby during pregnancy. That is called congenital syphilis and can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, major health problems in babies, and even death, if not treated. The number of congenital syphilis cases in 2022 is up from 30 in 2021 and includes two...

  • Second measles case of 2024 confirmed in county

    Cassie N. Saunders, County of San Diego Communications Office | Apr 4, 2024

    The second case of measles this year in San Diego County has been confirmed in a 47-year-old resident who had recently traveled overseas, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency announced Sunday, March 31. The most recent confirmed measles case in the county was in February 2024 in an unvaccinated infant who had also traveled overseas. These cases are not linked. The adult is currently hospitalized, but may have exposed others at a number of locations in...

  • Seven ways on how to stop constant worrying in your life

    Stan Popovich, Special to the Village News | Apr 4, 2024

    Do you find yourself worrying about everything that is going on around you? It can be very tiring and depressing to constantly worry about your family, your job, your health, and everything else that is happening. Having things out of your control is very scary. As a result, here are seven tips on how to overcome the cycle of worry and fear in your life. 1. Focus on the facts of your situation; not your thoughts: When people are stressed out, they rely on their fearful and depressing thoughts. Your fearful thoughts are...

  • Support teens to build healthy habits

    Stephanie Rubino ND, Special to the Village News | Apr 4, 2024

    As teens face rapid physical growth, puberty, and mood changes, they also develop increased autonomy and self-awareness. Engaging in health-promoting habits may not interest the typical teen; however, nutrition and lifestyle choices during this critical time influence their current health and impact their well-being as adults. As their key supporters, we can teach our teens how to live healthy lives today for a strong and confident future. Healthy eating for teens Getting your teen to consume nutritious food can be a...

  • A plethora of mistruths and lawsuits

    Apr 4, 2024

    We are witnessing a demonic force meddling in our body politics – one intent on extinguishing our Judeo-Christian foundations and our nation's constitutional underpinnings. Light years from its centrist beginnings, the Democrat Party has forsaken its guiding principles once grounded in liberalism – principles now buried in Montesquieu's hallowed grave alongside the scattered remains of his visionary insights. It's hard to imagine how the fabled Party of Camelot has become so tarnished and far removed from reality that...

  • The climes they are a-changin'

    Apr 4, 2024

    We need to seriously address the very real problem of global warming and the resultant climate change. Of the 195 nations in the world, 175 are of one accord regarding the Paris Climate Accords (4/11/2015) whose “central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius [3.6 degrees F] above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius [2.7 degrees...

  • More trees in San Diego

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District | Apr 4, 2024

    A few weeks ago, we made a significant stride by expanding our proactive tree planting program in the unincorporated area. The Board of Supervisors allocated $2 million towards procuring around 4,000 trees from various vendors. Alongside tree acquisition, these funds will be utilized for essential tasks such as removing dead or diseased trees and installing watering systems and necessary equipment. These trees are scheduled to be planted between spring and winter 2024. In the...

  • Term limits

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District | Apr 11, 2024

    There are 99 legislative chambers throughout the 50 states. Of these, 16 states have enacted term limits, including California. Other term limited states include Ohio, Florida, Missouri, Michigan, Arizona, Kansas and Nevada. Proposition 28, which was approved by 61% of California’s voters in 2012, established our current term limit system. California legislators may serve a total of 12 years – Senate terms are four years and Assembly terms are two. I’m now serving my...

  • Award winners named for 2024 Annual Signature Watermedia International Exhibition

    Apr 5, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Art Center's 15th annual Signature American Watercolor International Exhibition & Sale runs through April 14 in tThe Janice Griffiths Gallery. The center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays, 12-3 p.m. Admission is free daily for children and the military, $10 per person Wednesdays – Sundays for other community members and there is no admission fee on Tuesdays Docent tours are available by appointment. The exhibition and...

  • Avocado Festival offers entertainment, vendors and guacamole

    Apr 4, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook has long been known for growing avocados and sharing its love for them at their annual Avocado Street Festival. Held each year in the spring, this festival highlights the community's agricultural roots in a friendly, small-town atmosphere. Hundreds of booths line Fallbrook's Main Avenue, attracting thousands of people for a day of fun, food, music and avocado-themed contests. This year's festival will be held Sunday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m....

  • Plentiful St. Patrick's outings a treat for ears, tongue and feet

    Tim O'Leary, Special to the Village News | Apr 4, 2024

    And so I was clad in green with plenty of places to be seen. It was a St. Patrick’s Week to behold. An Irish soul with four places to go. There was dance and song, corned beef galore, brews, stews and much, much more. A wee church tossed a big bash on a wing and a prayer, with hopes it will flourish beyond compare. The four events made me ponder what it means to be a son or daughter of the Emerald Isle. It is a land of rocky soil and rugged beauty. There is joy, laughter,...

  • Redlands Symphony to perform in Fallbrook

    Apr 4, 2024

    FALLBROOK – A symphony in rural Fallbrook? Fallbrook Music Society is always evolving and presenting new and exciting programming to the area, and the concert Sunday, April 7, will be no exception. After a 10-year hiatus, the Redlands Symphony will be back in Fallbrook by popular demand, presenting a performance that pairs Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" with Piazzolla's "Four Seasons of Buenos Aires." "We look forward to sharing this experience with our community to spark...

  • FCC to move ahead with rural wireless broadband plan

    Apr 4, 2024

    WASHINGTON – Jessica Rosenworcel, chair of the Federal Communications Commission, called on the agency to move ahead with plans to make targeted investments in the deployment of wireless broadband services in rural communities, Wednesday, March 20. The proposed rules shared with her fellow commissioners would, if adopted by a vote of the full commission, relaunch the 5G Fund for Rural America. The FCC’s new and improved broadband coverage map, which the 5G Fund will use, shows that over 14 million homes and businesses...

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