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  • February brings best of Fallbrook to the Students of the Month once more

    Christine Eastman, Special to the Village News|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    North Coast Church hosted Fallbrook Union High School District's Students of the Month celebration Thursday, Feb. 1, keeping the momentum of the new year going strong. This month's killer representatives are Fallbrook High students Maya Bellazetin, Sam Bruton and Jasmine Hernandez. Oasis High School was represented by Anay Garcia. Here are a few character highlights from this month's super stellar kids: Bellazetin, nominated by FUHS teacher Shavonne Donoghue, leads the pack...

  • This month's rock stars of Fallbrook

    Christine Eastman, Special to the Village News|Updated Jan 11, 2024

    North Coast Church hosted Fallbrook Union High School District's Students of the Month celebration on Thursday, Jan. 4 – the first SOM to ring in the new year. The hardworking recipients of this month's awards are Fallbrook High students Daryl Batac, Kiyisa Brown and CameronJoe Cruz. Ivy High School is being represented by Bethany Rodas. Here are a few character highlights from this new year's kick-off event: Daryl Batac (Nominated by FHS teacher Alana Milton) Leading the pa...

  • Valles of Disney's 'McFarland, USA' visits Bonsall West Elementary

    Christine Eastman|Updated Nov 6, 2019

    Special to Village News "Imagine being in a rowboat. The goal is to get across the river. Sometimes the current is with you and sometimes it's not. You have to use those oars to make it across and it's going to get hard. But you have to do something or else you go backward and get in trouble." That's what cross-country legend Thomas Valles of Disney's "McFarland, USA" told hundreds of star-struck children at Bonsall West Elementary Oct. 28. This was no ordinary motivational...

  • Early education makes a better world

    Christine Eastman, Special to Village News|Updated Sep 9, 2019

    Diane and Paul Garrett of Fallbrook, through their family foundation BetterWorld Trust, commissioned University of California San Diego's School of Education and NP Strategies to research what early childhood education looks like in Fallbrook. The study is called "Early Care and Education in Rural Communities: Opportunities and Impediments to Improve Access in Fallbrook." It looks at the direct needs of a community, as voiced by licensed Fallbrook preschool and day care...

  • Vandalism and graffiti on the rise

    Christine Eastman, Special to the Village News|Updated Aug 5, 2019

    Busted up flower pots on Main Street. Rocks hurled through windows at Starbucks, Pedro's Tacos and the Angel Shop. Trash strewn about town that takes hundreds of volunteer hours to clean up. Over a 50% increase in graffiti over the past year.* Eagle Scout projects being defaced. Concerns over open-flame cooking at homeless encampments. Parks being vandalized daily. This is not "fake news." Some argue that crime, vandalism and litter aren't very big problems given Fallbrook's s...

  • Homeless advocacy, something to talk about

    Christine Eastman, Special to Village News|Updated Jul 1, 2019

    The Fallbrook Homeless Advocacy group, led by Brad Fox and eight local churches, hosts outreach events once a month. Blaine Vice, a local business owner and member of Fallbrook Homeless Advocacy, said that one of Fallbrook's homeless men, "Kevin," is off the streets. He's clean and sober, getting the medical treatment he needs to work again and living with friends in Carlsbad. And he has a room with his name on it at a transitional home come Sept. 1. Vice attended Fallbrook...

  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes storm local schools

    Christine Eastman, Special to the Village News|Updated Aug 23, 2018

    Not a Christian? Doesn't matter – keep reading. Fellowship of Christian Athletes is not solely for Christians – or athletes. Certainly, it was founded for and around athletes and Christ-followers, but ever since its inception in 1954, FCA has engaged, equipped and empowered children to build integrity, serve, foster teamwork and exemplify excellence. Giving a shoutout to Jesus is a bonus, but not a requirement by any means. FCA is about challenging coaches, athletes,...

  • Rasta Paw fundraiser is cool event

    Christine Eastman, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 2, 2018

    The second annual Reggae & Arts Festival – Rasta Paw – held recently at Casa Estrella's beautiful outdoor venue is estimated to have brought in $20,000 to benefit the Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary, along with the Fallbrook Riders Field and SNAP, the lovingly nicknamed "neuter scooter." Turns out sipping jalapeno cucumber margaritas and eating street tacos for a cause works. This year's event was spectacular and featured eight reggae bands, including headliner Fluid...