Week of February 22, 2024

  • Young man transported to hospital after being jumped

    Julie Reeder | Feb 24, 2024

    A call for battery came into the Sheriff's dispatch at about 9:21 pm on Saturday night from the 300 block of N. Main Ave. at El Toro Market. Sheriff's deputies and North County Fire arrived on the scene to find a 17-year-old man who witnesses reported was jumped by multiple male subjects. The young men fled the scene in a vehicle, according to San Diego Sheriff's Lt. Tingley. The victim was transported with unknown injuries to Palomar Hospital. More...

  • CHP Motorcycle and SUV collide at Mission Rd. & I-15

    Feb 23, 2024

    Today, February 23rd, at approximately 11:10 a.m. first responders received a call for assistance due to a traffic collision on the bridge over the I-15 Freeway at Mission Rd. The bridge has been closed until further notice and detours are in place. More details will be shared once they become...

  • Writer ponders Fallbrook favorite for seniors: comfort food, conversation, music and more

    Tim O Leary, For those not in the know, S | Feb 22, 2024

    Special to the Village Newst. Patrick's Month is well underway. It begins after Valentine's Day and comes to a foot-stomping finale on March 17. During this gala period, and beyond, my Irish heart indulges in the riches of comfort food, conversation, dancing, music and more at the Fallbrook Community Center. All this unfolds for me simultaneously at the weekday lunches served by the Fallbrook Senior Center. I reveal this at great risk, as I may be slammed by my fellows for...

  • California Attorney General announces charges against local resident

    Feb 22, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – California Attorney General Rob Bonta, on Feb. 16, announced charges against the alleged ringleader of an organized retail crime scheme that spanned 21 counties and involved an estimated $8 million worth of beauty products, as well as multiple members of her organized retail crime ring. The investigation was conducted by the California Department of Justice (DOJ), California Highway Patrol (CHP), Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Postal Inspection Service along with Ulta’s Loss Prevention Organized...

  • Local woman falls prey to sophisticated AI scam on Valentine's Day

    Julie Reeder | Feb 22, 2024

    In a distressing incident on Feb. 14, a local woman, Valerie Thruelsen, became the latest victim of a sophisticated scam operation, leveraging artificial intelligence to exploit the trust and financial resources of unsuspecting individuals. The scam unfolded over the course of the day, five hours to be exact. It involved a series of phone calls that manipulated her into believing her granddaughter was in legal and medical jeopardy following a car accident, which was said to...

  • FUESD Governing Board approves new collective bargaining agreement

    Feb 22, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Union Elementary School District (FUESD) is pleased to announce the approval of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the Fallbrook Elementary Teachers Association (FETA) at the Feb. 15 Governing Board Meeting, underscoring a commitment to collaboration and support for educators. Superintendent Monika Hazel expressed gratitude towards FETA and FUESD leadership for fostering an atmosphere of understanding throughout the negotiation process. "We deeply value the dedication of our...

  • NCFPD approves staffing for additional paramedics ambulance

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter | Feb 22, 2024

    Three actions during the Dec. 12 North County Fire Protection District board meeting involve increased ambulance staffing for the district. One approved action will add a fourth advanced life support ambulance in the district. Another action directed NCFPD staff to apply for a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's U.S. Fire Administration and directed district staff to develop a financial plan to support...

  • Foundation for Senior Care hosts Comedy Night

    Feb 22, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Foundation for Senior Care announces, "Stand Up For Seniors," an evening of stand-up comedy sponsored by Silvergate Retirement Residence & Memory Care Suites. Aimed at raising funds for older adults in need, "Stand Up For Seniors" will take place Saturday, March 9, at the Mission Theater, 231 N. Main Ave. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the show will run from 6-8 p.m. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Proceeds from this event will directly fund...

  • BWC shows appreciation to Big Heart recipient

    Feb 22, 2024

  • FUESD invites PTA leaders to monthly roundtable talks

    Feb 22, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Union Elementary School District has announced the launch of its new monthly PTA Roundtable meetings, exclusively designed for PTA leaders and Superintendent Monika Hazel. These meetings aim to foster collaboration, exchange ideas, and strengthen the vital partnership between district leaders and PTA leaders. Recognizing the significance of communication and relationship-building between district leaders and PTA leaders, Hazel emphasized, "PTAs are...

  • Social Security Administration updates Equity Action Plan

    Feb 22, 2024

    WASHINGTON – Increasing access to programs and improving service are the main goals of the updated Equity Action Plan released by the Social Security Administration, Feb. 14. “We will administer our programs equitably by reducing administrative burdens and reaching underserved people,” said Martin O’Malley, Commissioner of Social Security. “In line with the Administration’s whole-of-government approach to deliver better outcomes for the American people, I’m pleased to share our Equity Action Plan 2023...

  • Social Security publishes proposed rule for payroll information exchange to reduce improper payments

    Feb 22, 2024

    WASHINGTON – The Social Security Administration published a proposed rule, “Use of Electronic Payroll Data to Improve Program Administration,” describing the agency’s plans for accessing and using information from payroll data providers to reduce improper payments, including overpayments, which improves service to customers, Feb. 15. Unreported, late reported, and incorrectly reported earnings are often a cause of overpayments for people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and...

  • Worker of the Week makes coffee and art

    Feb 22, 2024

    Shannon Ralls fills a coffee pot at the Fallbrook Coffee Company, 622 S. Mission Rd. Ralls has been the manager for two years. Her goal is to be a highly successful freelance artist. Her work is in pet portraits but not limited to. Her work can be seen at https://shayrallsart.wordpress.com/. Village News/David Landry...

  • Authors critique group seeks members

    Feb 22, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fiction authors looking for a free critique group are welcome to join a group that meets in Fallbrook every other Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. For more information, call 760-723-0233. The next meeting is Feb. 28. No science fiction, horror, erotica or pornography is...

  • FAS resale shop to hold Grand Opening

    Feb 22, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary's Whiskers and Tails Resale Gift Shop is holding an official Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Friday, Feb. 23, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 746 S. Main Ave., (next to Meineke). The nonprofit store will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be food and drink, a silent auction, special treats, fun shopping and more. Guests' best dressed and well-behaved pets are welcome to Fallbrook's exciting newest shopping experience and...

  • FCAT presents an alternative to SDG&E

    Feb 22, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Climate Action Team will present Mark Hughes speaking on behalf of Power San Diego in a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. Hughes is a mechanical engineer who spent his career (1978 to present) working in the electric power generation industry. This includes working for Kansas City Power and Light (an investor-owned utility) and Southern Electric International, an independent power producer. The last phase of his career was spent at Solar...

  • BUSD offers free college during high school

    Feb 22, 2024

    BONSALL – In early 2021, Bonsall Unified School District began forging the path to make Bonsall High School an Early College high school. Partnering with Palomar College, Bonsall High School administration, led by counselor Eryn Barker, started exploring mutually beneficial ways to expand student opportunities at the relatively new Bonsall High School. An Early College program provides students with the opportunity to take college classes on a college campus while still in...

  • Fallbrook-based company addresses summer learning loss through innovative STEM programs

    Feb 22, 2024

    FALLBROOK – In a bid to combat the persistent issue of Summer Learning Loss and inspire students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines, Kid Laboratories, a new company based in Fallbrook, has emerged with a mission to unlock the fullest potential of tween students. At the helm of this groundbreaking initiative is Elena Czarnowski, a seasoned professional who transitioned from the technology sector to pursue her passion for science and...

  • Rotary Club of Fallbrook honors FUESD Students of the Month

    Feb 22, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Union Elementary School District is delighted to announce the commendation of two exceptional sixth-grade students, Camila Guzman and Grayson Legg, as Rotary Students of the Month by the Rotary Club of Fallbrook. Recognizing the significance of acknowledging students who demonstrate exceptional academic prowess and exemplary leadership qualities, the Rotary Club in partnership with FUESD carefully selects two outstanding students from a local...

  • Which flooring material is best for you?

    Jane Kepley, Special to the Village News | Feb 22, 2024

    Whether you’re buying an existing home, building a new one or just considering renovating your current place, understanding different floor types – and the unique pros and cons of each – is important. A home’s flooring will obviously impact its overall aesthetic, but its durability can influence your costs as well as how you’ll clean and maintain the home. Are you considering new flooring or a new home? Keep these floor material pros and cons in mind as you do....

  • Review of all things Real Estate: Empower change by taking action

    Bob Hillery, CR Properties | Feb 22, 2024

    When speaking with out-of-town real estate clients there are often questions about what is there to do in Fallbrook, how can they get involved? Fallbrook has over 150 nonprofit organizations, but if none of those represent their interests then a suggestion is that they might create their own movement and the below article suggests ways to make that happen. Enjoy and thank you Janet. Empower change by taking action in your community for the causes you believe in By Janet...

  • San Diego homeowners urged to pay property taxes online

    Feb 22, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister is urging San Diego homeowners to pay this year’s property taxes online, as recent rains have flooded the County Administration Center and are impacting the department’s ability to process physical mail and checks. “Officials are calling this a ‘thousand-year storm’ for good reason – the rainfall has been tremendous and the impact real,” said San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister. “We urge taxpayers to go online now to...

  • Four Fallbrook wrestlers place at CIF division tournament

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter | Feb 22, 2024

    The CIF Division II wrestling tournament took place Feb. 10 at Orange Glen High School, and four Fallbrook High School wrestlers placed among the top eight in their weight class. Nic Brockson reached the final of the 126-pound division before losing to an exchange student in the championship match and settling for second place. Devin Huntington took third among 150-pound grapplers. Ricky Lopez was the sixth-place matman in the 108-pound class. Cruz Arroyo placed eighth in the 190-pound bracket. “I was really pumped up,...

  • Warriors finish boys rugby season with 3-5 record

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter | Feb 22, 2024

    Fallbrook High School’s boys rugby team finished the 2023-24 season with a 3-5 record. “This year was different,” said Fallbrook coach Sierra Arteaga. The 2022-23 Warriors had a 7-1 record before losing in the Southern California Interscholastic Rugby Federation’s championship match against Cathedral Catholic. The SCIRF had only one division last season. This year, the teams were divided into Division I and Division II. Fallbrook was in Division I with Cathedral Catholic and St. Augustine, which had two losses last...

  • Warriors hold Bulldogs to three points in girls basketball win

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter | Feb 22, 2024

    Fallbrook High School’s girls basketball team is believed to have set a school record for fewest points allowed in the Warriors’ 56-3 victory Jan. 31 at Ramona High School. “Our defense was all over the place,” said Fallbrook coach Trae Harrison. Although Ramona entered the game with a 3-16 record, the Bulldogs hadn’t scored fewer than 15 points in a game since their season-opening 74-14 loss to El Camino. On three occasions during those 19 games, Ramona was held to 15 points including the Warriors’ 68-15...

  • Affordable health screenings coming to Temecula

    Feb 22, 2024

    TEMECULA – Residents living in and around the Temecula area can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. Grace Presbyterian Church will host this community event on March 15. The site is located at 31143 Nicolas Road in Temecula. Screenings can check for: · The level of plaque buildup in your arteries, related to risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke and overall vascular health. · HDL and LDL...

  • County's Love Your Heart event encourages San Diegans to know their blood pressure numbers

    Feb 22, 2024

    Cassie N. Saunders County of San Diego Communications Office The County’s Love Your Heart campaign is celebrating 13 years of supporting San Diegans in understanding the importance of heart health through a variety of ways, including hosting no-cost blood pressure screenings at locations throughout the county and Mexico. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and the second leading cause of death in San Diego County and Mexico. In 2022, nearly 5,000 people died in San Diego County from heart...

  • Burn Institute to hold annual Firefighter Boot Drive

    Feb 22, 2024

    SAN DIEGO -- On Thursday, March 7, local firefighters will take to the streets for the Burn Institute Annual Firefighter Boot Drive. Hundreds of uniformed firefighters will be stationed at intersections across the county to collect donations for the Burn Institute's fire and burn prevention education and burn survivor support services. North County Fire personnel will be found on Ammunition and South Mission Road from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. collecting donations; 100% of the...

  • Life's reset button

    Feb 22, 2024

    Kate Rhéaume, ND Special to the Village News Feeling sluggish and burned out, and reaching for the “Life Reset Button” only to realize there isn’t one? Fortunately, there is a course of action anyone can take to start fresh, stay balanced, and feel rejuvenated, and the best news is, it’s not complicated. Let us start with movement. Being active is the most cost-effective mood booster and stress buster money can buy. Exercise is as effective as medication in treating low mood and helps reshape brain structure to...

  • TVH achieves milestone with 100th transcatheter aortic valve replacement

    Feb 22, 2024

    TEMECULA – Southwest Healthcare Temecula Valley Hospital (TVH) announced the successful completion of its 100th Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure, marking a significant milestone in the hospital's commitment to providing advanced cardiovascular care to the community. TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure that treats aortic valve stenosis, a condition where the heart's aortic valve becomes narrowed, restricting blood flow. The procedure is an...

  • Small changes during Heart Health Awareness Month can put California seniors on path to better health

    Feb 22, 2024

    Dr. Damanpreet Jamarai UnitedHealthcare February is Heart Health Awareness month, a great time to start on the path to better heart health and wellbeing and to understand the risk factors that can contribute to heart problems. Late last year, the America’s Health Rankings report highlighted a startling fact: heart disease is one of eight chronic conditions that has reached record highs since the report began tracking health and wellbeing in the United States. Despite a decline in deaths tied to heart disease, it remains...

  • AFS seeks host families

    Feb 22, 2024

    AFS has been a leader in the field of student exchange for more than 60 years. Each year we like to place one or more students in Fallbrook who will attend Fallbrook High. We are receiving applications now for students who will be arriving in mid-August for the either fall semester or for the next school year. We have some outstanding candidates with varied interests and many countries of origin. I would like to talk to any families that might be interested in hosting them. We are also interested in talking to high school...

  • Missing and murdered people

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District | Feb 22, 2024

    San Diego County’s tribal communities are all located within the 75th Assembly District – we have more sovereign tribal governments than any county in the nation. Their safety, security and prosperity are very important to me, and for our region. That’s why the second annual Missing and Murdered Indigenous People (MMIP) summit, which took place in Sacramento Feb. 12 and 13, was so important. The event was sponsored by the Yurok Tribe and the Wilton Rancheria from...

  • Our supply chains are at risk

    Feb 22, 2024

    Trump recently made this statement: “Look at even, things like supply change, things we never even heard about. You never heard that term. Everything worked under me.” He was actually referring to supply chains. But his claims he never heard of supply chains and that everything worked under him are provably false. For source, search on: “MTN Confused Trump: Supply Change. You Never Heard That Term.” It’s true that not everybody is familiar with supply chains, but everybody should know this: every commodity, and...

  • Novel legal arguments will likely need Supreme Court decisions

    Julie Reeder, Publisher | Feb 22, 2024

    I have not written a lot about former President Trump or his legal troubles. It’s a bit overwhelming, but I believe, like Vivek Ramaswamy said during a CNN interview on Aug. 8, 2023, that it’s all political to keep Trump off the ballot. I believe his opponents view him as so evil that the end justifies the means. Ramaswamy said regarding the Trump indictments, “On principle, we should not be a country where the party in power uses police force to indict their political...

  • A modest proposal

    Feb 22, 2024

    I am sure many residents of Fallbrook and the North County have been inundated by numerous advertising flyers from at least three of the candidates running for the 75th Assembly district. To be frank, all of these three candidate's advertisements are poorly worded, lack basic common decency, seem to be void of any content that relate to the duties required for an elected member of the state assembly. Primaries used to serve the function of giving political parties the opportunity to find out who in their respective groups...

  • Border Update

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District | Feb 22, 2024

    The chaos at our border has reached alarming levels, with over 90,000 border encounters in San Diego alone in the past five months. This surge is not just a matter of numbers; it's a symptom of a system failing to enforce the laws designed to protect our nation's borders. The Federal Government's failure to effectively enforce immigration laws has tied the hands of Border Patrol agents, exacerbating the crisis we are witnessing. Despite having clear laws in place, we are...

  • FAA announces February art show winners

    Feb 22, 2024

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  • The Bakers score big in February

    Feb 22, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Karen Langer Baker has received first place awards in two different exhibitions this month. One first place winning piece, "Gourds on Display," is a complicated monotype print that she described in detail on "How It's Made," which can be found on Escondido Art Association's Instagram site. Her acrylic and collage, "Red Ball," received a first place award in Fallbrook Art Association's February exhibit while her watercolor, "Memories," received a second place...

  • Pala concert allows Yesterday band to commemorate Beatles legacy

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter | Feb 22, 2024

    On March 15, 2015, yesterday was March 14, 2015. Prior to August 1965, yesterday meant the previous day. On Aug. 6, 1965, the Beatles released their Help album whose songs included "Yesterday," and in 1989 Don Bellezzo founded a Beatles tribute band called Yesterday. The Yesterday tribute band members live in the Las Vegas area and performed at Pala Casino's Events Center on Feb. 2, 2024. Beatles drummer Ringo Starr performed on that same stage with Ringo Starr and His All...

  • San Diego Weekly Gas Price Update

    Feb 22, 2024

    DALLAS – Average gasoline prices in San Diego have risen 6.3 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $4.78/g today, according to GasBuddy's survey of 784 stations in San Diego. Prices in San Diego are 22.1 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 6.0 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. The national average price of diesel has risen 10.0 cents in the last week and stands at $4.09 per gallon. According to GasBuddy price reports, on Feb. 19, the cheapest station in San Diego was priced at $3.99/g...

  • County Supervisors approve Gun Violence Reduction Work Plan

    Feb 22, 2024

    Shauni Lyles County of San Diego Communications Office The County Board of Supervisors approved a work plan to reduce gun violence activities in San Diego County. The Board voted to receive the Gun Violence Reduction Work Plan, using recommendations from the Gun Violence Community Needs Assessment Final Report authored by Health Assessment and Research for Communities. The plan includes 17 actions for the County to take to protect against and prevent firearm-related violence. The Board also approved a staff position to...

  • New county report to address inequity in the region

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office | Feb 22, 2024

    Jobs and finances, food systems, health, and housing – data shows these areas have some of the largest equity gaps in the San Diego region. The Office of Equity and Racial Justice (OERJ) released the County's first Equity Indicators Report on Wednesday. The report comes in the wake of the county's declaration of racism as a public health crisis in January 2021. Many residents in San Diego County face oppression due to their race and ethnicity, gender, immigration status,...

  • Medical Examiner establishes Douglas Hardy murdered by blunt force trauma

    Julie Reeder and AC Investigations | Feb 22, 2024

    At about 4:21 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9, Fallbrook Sheriff deputies were called to a scene in the 1600 block of South Mission Road after receiving a disconnected distress call, according to San Diego Sheriff's Lt. Joseph Jarjura. Upon arrival, Sheriffs found a man to already be deceased. The Medical Examiner's Office determined the preliminary results for cause of death to be blunt force trauma and the manner of death was a homicide. The victim was positively identified as...

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