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  • Kicking It – Who's Counting?

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to The Village News|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    The results are in. I mailed 20 Christmas cards last December and got six back. Even so, I was about to give up when my Las Vegas niece sent me my only Happy New Year’s greeting. The picture of her family is on one side and a hand-written personal message on the other. Score points for Kristi. Two days later, I got a Christmas card returned by the postal service as undeliverable because I failed to put the unit number next to the street name. I just resent that. Another 66...

  • Don't top trees

    Roger Boddaert, Special to the Village News|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    The topping and butchering of trees in any community is like a plague from time to time. This destructive pruning practice of cutting back large branches to stubs leaves wounds that invite bugs, decay and disease that can enter a tree. When the general public sees more and more of this indiscriminate cutting of trees, it becomes acceptable, and it definitely is not. Topping can destroy a tree's natural shape, its beauty and grace. It saddens me for I know that people pay top...

  • Ancient oak falls at Live Oak Park

    Updated Feb 29, 2024

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  • Fallbrook residents advocate for trees Part 2 of 2

    Updated Feb 29, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The year 1997 was a busy year for Save Our Forest with two major happenings. A grant from California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection awarded Save Our Forest $28,400 for 410 new trees. This was a huge undertaking, but Fallbrook businesses jumped in to help. Advanced Concrete cut concrete for tree sites, and Gene Hayden Bobcat Specialties did the rough digging of the holes for planting. A SOF appeal to AmeriCorps to come and spend three months in the...

  • Mothers sue Merck alleging wrongful deaths of daughters from HPV vaccine

    Updated Feb 29, 2024

    By Naveen Athrappully The Epoch Times Pharma company Merck is facing two more lawsuits against its human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil, alleging that the shots led to the death of two children. The lawsuits were filed on behalf of two mothers who “contend the HPV vaccine caused serious autoimmune and neurological dysfunction, ultimately resulting in the deaths of their daughters,” according to a Feb. 16 press release by Wisner Baum, the law firm representing the plaintiffs. The complaints against Merck cite the...

  • Zoning Administrator authorizes Linda Vista Drive parcel split

    Joe Naiman, Village News Correspondent|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    San Diego County’s zoning administrator made findings which will allow for a 10.28‑acre parcel in the 3600 block of Linda Vista Drive to be subdivided into four lots. Dahvia Lynch, who is the director of the county’s Department of Planning and Development Services, has the actual authority to approve the parcel split along with a site plan, but the Thursday, Feb. 22, decision of Zoning Administrator Conor McGee found the project to be exempt from further environmental review. The California Environmental Quality Act...

  • County auction of 468 properties could bring in over $3,800,000 in tax revenue

    Updated Feb 29, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister announced bidder registration is now open for the 2024 online property tax auction. The auction site opened with a total of 468 properties for sale. “The properties for sale have been in tax default for five or more years. In accordance with the California Revenue & Taxation Code, it’s time to get the properties back on the tax roll generating revenue for public services,” said McAllister. “Our online system makes it simple to research and bid on a...

  • Rain or shine, Encore is where the fun happens

    Updated Feb 29, 2024

    Rain or shine, Encore is where the fun happenscool, rainy weather of the winter season, Encore members continue to enjoy gathering together...rain or shine! The February monthly meeting brought many members out, in spite of the rains, to listen to guest speaker Deputy District Attorney Scot Pirrello. Pirrello discussed today's latest scams that are succeeding in multi millions of dollars of criminal activity just in San Diego County alone. Members walked away from the meeting...

  • Fallbrook Newcomers hosts a walkabout hiking event

    Updated Feb 29, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Newcomers, the community organization dedicated to welcoming and promoting friendship among Fallbrook residents, recently held a fun and invigorating Walkabout event led by Newcomer member Marcia Stuart. The popular monthly Walkabout activity is a great way to get some exercise and make new friends while exploring beautiful scenery at various local hiking trails and nature preserves. The Walkabout took place Feb. 13 at Lake Calavera Preserve bordering...

  • Artist Koutsenko to teach at Paint N' Sip

    Updated Feb 29, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Woman's Club will host renowned artist Igor Koutsenko at its upcoming Paint 'N Sip fundraiser, entitled "Discover the Artist in You." A resident of Menifee, Koutsenko originally emigrated from the Crimea before settling in Oklahoma City. Ultimately, he ended up in sunny California, where he creates beautiful art, which is not only collected by private individuals, it also hangs in the Riverside Art Museum. The Fallbrook Woman's Club is thrilled to...

  • Republican Women to hear from Supervisor Desmond

    Updated Feb 29, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Republican Women of CA – Fallbrook will hear from San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond as its guest speaker Friday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Historic Mission Theater. Also scheduled to speak is John Toma, who will discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on local businesses. There will also be a special tribute to Rush Limbaugh. Men are welcome. Tickets are $10; RSVP at http://rwcfallbrook.org. Submitted by Republican Women of CA – Fallbrook....

  • Oak trees to be planted at the park

    Updated Feb 29, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Save Our Forest is holding a tree planting festival at Live Oak Park, Saturday, March 9 at 10 a.m. In the spirit of National Arbor Day, 12 oak trees will be planted. There will also be a few surprise guests. Volunteers are needed and they should wear a sunhat, sunscreen and gloves. Tools will be provided on site. For more information, contact Roger Boddaert, 760-728-4297 or [email protected]. Submitted by Save Our Forest....

  • Resources for adults with developmental disabilities shared by D'Vine Path

    Updated Feb 29, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Local nonprofit D'Vine Path has been offering vocational education to neurodivergent adults since 2019. The mission of D'Vine Path is to help their participants achieve their goals while offering a wide range of educational paths and continued opportunities for personal and professional growth. D'Vine Path has become a safe haven for neurodivergent people, impacting more than 900 people in San Diego County with the services provided at the program. While the...

  • Cooking Connections: FUESD's Kitchenistas program fosters family wellness

    Updated Feb 29, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Union Elementary School District announced the launch of its "Kitchenistas" program as part of its Expanded Learning Opportunities initiative. The program aims to empower parents with valuable culinary skills, promoting healthy cooking and meal preparation within the community. The inaugural session of the Parent Kitchenista classes kicked off with a special focus on District English Learner Advisory Committee/Parent Advisory Committee, showcasing the c...

  • Learning to be 'mindful'

    Shelby Ramsey, Special to the Village News|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    The course I took focused on utilizing mindfulness when in stressful situations such as relationships, work, medical pain, panic, and general anxiety. I signed up for an eight-week series of classes. Each class varied a bit and participation was necessary. We had homework, which included writing down times during the day when we felt different emotions and the circumstances surrounding them. We wrote down what we ate, if we ate it mindfully, notes on the texture, taste, and...

  • Six tips on how to discuss your mental health with others

    Stan Popovich, Special to the Village News|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    It can be frustrating to struggle with your mental health and to get your family and friends to understand where you are coming from. Although most people may be understanding, there is usually one or two people who will make things more challenging for you. As a result, here are six suggestions on how to deal with the people you know regarding your mental health situation. 1. Listen to the professionals: Your friends may mean well, but when it comes down to it, the professionals are aware of your circumstances more than anyo...

  • Take care of the intake valve to your heart

    Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna, Special to Village News|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    When I first started the fire service, I knew the importance of staying fit as firefighting is a strenuous job. I worked out regularly and ate right. I would make healthy meals like taco salads, stuffed eggplant, chicken and vegetable meals, but the older guys hated them. They wanted their “meat and potatoes” or “structure burgers” filled with grease and a side of fries. I caught a lot of grief for my healthy heart-smart meals. Some would even order pizza to satisfy their cravings after picking at my meals. Back...

  • Voices for Children unites for a heartfelt cause: local children in foster care

    Updated Feb 29, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers are everyday people who are appointed by a judge to advocate for a child or sibling group in the foster care system. They work to ensure youth are safe and cared for and advocate for them while they are in the child welfare system to ensure their voices are heard and needs are met. Voices for Children is the nonprofit organization in San Diego and Riverside Counties that recruits, screens and trains these compassionate and dedicated volunteers. Although CASAs work...

  • Giant pandas set to return to California

    Updated Feb 29, 2024

    SACRAMENTO – California could become the first state in the U.S. to welcome a new pair of giant pandas in the latest round of a collaborative conservation effort with China. The San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance announced that it has signed a cooperative agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association and filed a permit application with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. According to reports, two pandas could arrive by the end of the summer. "California and China s...

  • Chairwoman delivers her second State of the County address

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Nora Vargas gave her second State of the County address during an evening presentation Wednesday, Feb. 21. The chairwoman talked about the county’s many accomplishments over the last year, but said she was particularly proud of the community for rallying together to help flood victims from the devastating Jan. 22 storms. She postponed her original date for the State of the County address to host a Day of Service. The chairwoman said 1,000 volunteers responded to help more than 1,000 fa...

  • Vista Fire Chief to speak at Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative meeting

    Updated Feb 29, 2024

    VISTA – Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland will host the North County Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative meeting Thursday, March 14, at 9 a.m., at United Methodist Church of Vista, 490 S. Melrose Ave., in Vista. The event is free to the public, and complimentary coffee and pastries will be provided. The guest speaker will be Vista Fire Department Chief Gerard Washington. He will speak about how firefighters are now being trained to spot and assist...

  • Help county set budget priorities

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    It is not released until May, but the county is already working on the budget for the next fiscal year. And thinking about what to prioritize in a volatile economy. That’s where you come in. The county wants your help. You’re invited to fill out a survey on Engage San Diego County to tell us which services are most important to you, https://engage.sandiegocounty.gov/countybudget24-26. Your responses will be considered in balance with other critical factors to set budget priorities for this and future budget cycles. And...

  • No more SVPs for rural San Diego County

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    The placement of Sexually Violent Predators (SVPs) in rural areas of California, including San Diego County, is an ongoing problem. Since the 75th Assembly District covers most of rural northern and eastern San Diego County, I am very pleased to join Senator Brian Jones (R – San Diego) as co-author of Senate Bill 1074. In San Diego County, SVPs have been placed in Jacumba Hot Springs, Campo, Boulevard, Borrego Springs and other locations, often in residential neighborhoods...

  • $6 million spent. Now what?

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    The County of San Diego is on the brink of depleting the $6 million in local tax dollars utilized to fund transportation and other items for migrants entering the country. I have consistently opposed using local funds for federal responsibilities, as I firmly believe that local tax dollars should not be used to compensate for federal ineptness. These funds should have been directed toward tackling urgent issues within our county, such as homelessness and public safety. The...

  • Democracy weighed down by voter fraud, immigration, the judicial system, and politicians

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    One of the pastors in our town told me he received six ballots for the last election. Another friend let me know yesterday that she voted, but the code on her in person ballot was for Penasquitos and did not match the code on her mail in ballot, which was Fallbrook. She said, “Problems abound.” In an interview with the Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton this week, he offered a comprehensive insight into the complexities surrounding Texas voter fraud, immigration, and the...

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