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  • Scott Anders

    Cafe des Artistes pushes forward throughout the pandemic

    Lexington Howe, Staff Writer

    Scott Anders, owner of Cafe des Artistes, went into escrow three days before everything was shut down last March. "We took over (the cafe) at the beginning of last year," Anders said. "We're proud of what we do and I think our name is getting out there, business is picking up." When the pandemic caused businesses to close, many struggled. "I have to give credit to the art center who we lease the space from, because they really worked with us and helped us out a lot in many...

  • FUESD announces phase 4 reopening plan starting March 8

    Lexington Howe, Staff Writer

    Beginning March 8, Fallbrook Union Elementary School District will allow the return of the remaining fourth and sixth grade students to five days a week with the latest reopening plan. FUESD encompasses nine school sites, including two schools located on the United States Marine Corps Base at Camp Pendleton. “I am grateful to share that the first three phases of our district reopening plan have been safe and successful for the students and staff of FUESD schools,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Candace Singh said in a sta...

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    Sit back and relax with a luxury picnic in Temecula Valley

    Lexington Howe, Staff Writer|Updated Mar 3, 2021

    Phillip White, 21, started his new business, which delivers a personalized luxury picnic including environment and food, during the coronavirus pandemic. "My parents are both entrepreneurs, so that kind of is what sparked the whole thought process, just figuring out some kind of business I could do for myself," White said. "Watching them do their thing, it kind of just made me realize I want to be self-employed as well, so I was trying to think of something that would be...

  • Joel O’Laughlin

    O'Laughlin needs help to get to Oklahoma

    Lexington Howe, Staff Writer|Updated Feb 10, 2021

    Fallbrook resident Joel O'Laughlin lost his brother last year in an accident. Last February, O'Laughlin's younger brother, Shawn O'Laughlin, died in a vehicle accident, and left behind the love of his life and three young daughters in Oklahoma. O'Laughlin was devastated by the news. "I was shocked when my mom got the phone call," O'Laughlin said. "I could tell by her face; I was like, what the hell happened, and mom didn't want to tell me." O'Laughlin had called his brother th...

  • Zac Strain

    Fallbrook resident creates computer business to help those in need during the pandemic

    Lexington Howe, Staff Writer|Updated Feb 3, 2021

    Lifelong Bonsall and Fallbrook resident Zachary Strain found a way to turn the pandemic around for himself and his wife. "I spent a couple years in Saudi Arabia, my wife could only tolerate so many years of that," Strain said. "I decided it was time to come back, maybe find a job related to my degree." It was shortly after the pandemic hit. "Computers have always been my hobby, taking apart computers and troubleshooting problems, hooking up equipment, I've always enjoyed...

  • Map

    Can you spot some of the locals on these maps?

    Lexington Howe, Staff Writer

    Some original cartoon maps that gained a lot of attention in 2001 recently resurfaced. Brett Stokes, an illustrator of the original Fallbrook cartoon maps, put together several maps featuring businesses that had paid for advertising. While some people found the maps humorous, some of the depictions of things on the map near the businesses didn't make them too happy, and many of the maps were thrown away. Some individuals, however, still have a few. Rocio Ramirez Reynoso...

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    CT scans can detect COVID-19

    Lexington Howe, Staff Writer|Updated Jan 27, 2021

    An alternative to a swab test for COVID-19 is a CT scan which can be done at Universal Imaging Centers. Anke Ciling operates the Fallbrook location. "I was born and raised in Germany, came over here due to my husband, but I used to work for an orthopedic surgeon," Ciling said. "I did perform myself x-rays and I assisted with surgeries and intakes and made casts and such. So I have a large medical background I would say." For patients unsure if they have COVID-19, they can be r...

  • Outside of Shop Around the Corner

    Businesses continue to struggle, one retail shop permanently closing down during the pandemic

    Lexington Howe, Staff Writer

    A local shop in Fallbrook recently closed due to the pandemic. The Shop Around the Corner, which has been owned by Theresa Morris for a little over two years, closed its doors Thursday, Dec. 31 just before the new year. "I've only broken even from the beginning," Morris said. "I've only broken even which was fine until they started telling me what I can and cannot do." Morris was only allowed to have four people in her shop, which included her. "In the very beginning, I made...

  • construction of replica of Golden Gate Bridge

    A large Golden Gate Bridge replica stretches across a tiny riverbed in Fallbrook

    Lexington Howe, Staff Writer|Updated Dec 17, 2020

    A local Fallbrook couple has recreated the Golden Gate Bridge. A much smaller version, Chris Smith welded and created a Golden Gate Bridge replica for his father-in-law. "My father-in-law, he was born in San Francisco and raised there, and so he was from the old school San Francisco, and he just loved San Francisco and he always talks fondly about it," Smith said. His in-laws circumnavigated the globe for 11 1/2 years. "They went 56,000 miles on a sailboat," Chris Smith's...

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    Fallbrook resident illustrates first children's book

    Lexington Howe, Staff Writer|Updated Dec 16, 2020

    A Fallbrook resident recently illustrated her first children's book. "I've been drawing my whole life really, literally a 2-year-old drawing on walls and inside books, so it's just been a thing I've wanted to do my whole life," Summer Faught said. "I really wanted to take on freelancing and actually get my art out there, all my art that's just been sitting and collecting dust." Her grandfather, Frank Pangborn, has written poems and songs, and wrote a poem about a horse called...

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    'It's Contagious!' Local family creates fun card game out of the pandemic

    Lexington Howe, Staff Writer

    A Fallbrook family has created a viral card game. Lola and Tigre Pickett, along with their two kids, have created a fun, hopeful card game out of the COVID-19 pandemic. "First we had the whole pandemic experience," Tigre Pickett said. They started playing games from their game cabinet, but found that one of the card games they were playing was a bit too simplistic. They started creating their own game. "We grabbed some card decks we had in the house that we never use, like...

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    'It's never enough.' San Diego County supervisor weighs in on sliding back to purple tier

    Lexington Howe, Staff Writer|Updated Dec 9, 2020

    Counties continue to slide back into the 'purple' tier for COVID-19 cases, re-shutting down businesses whether the counties agree with the decision or not. Jim Desmond, who serves as District 5's San Diego County Supervisor, believes we're continuing to hurt small businesses and focusing on the wrong target, as San Diego County slid back from the red tier and into purple, reenforcing stricter restrictions that started Nov. 14. "We have seen a couple of dozen businesses who hav...

  • Kathaleen Quinlan

    Take a book and leave a book at the free little library

    Lexington Howe, Staff Writer

    Free books? A local Fallbrook resident marks the first year of the opening of her free little library, in which anyone can come by and get a book or give a book at her outside bookcase. Kathaleen Quinlan, who has lived at her current residence in Fallbrook for the past 52 years, first saw the idea of a little library from her niece five years prior. She had loved the idea but didn't know how she'd be able to make it work, due to the lack of sidewalks and street lights. "Three...

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    Fallbrook's November rent report can be found on Zumper

    Lexington Howe, Staff Writer|Updated Dec 2, 2020

    New rent prices for Fallbrook are up on Zumper, an online and app-based apartment finder. For those new to the service, Zumper can show the median rent, year-over-year change, and apartments for rent in a limited data report. For a studio in Fallbrook, data as of Nov. 21 shows a median rent of $1,100, with a 2% year-over-year change. There are currently two studio apartments for rent. For a one-bedroom apartment, median rent is currently $1,350, with a 0% year-over-year...

  • Murrieta City Council elections: DeForest ahead in District 3, Stone leading in District 4

    Lexington Howe|Updated Nov 5, 2020

    Four candidates are competing for the two open seats on Murrieta's City Council. The four candidates - Steve Brown and Lisa DeForest for City Council District 3, and David Kolk and Lori Stone for District 4 - qualified in late July and early August of this year to run for Murrieta City Council's two open seats. As of the morning of Nov. 4, DeForest was leading Brown in District 3, 4,172 votes to 1,185. In District 4, Stone was ahead of Kolk, 3,439 votes to 1,664, as Wednesday...

  • Eric and Penny Torman

    Former foster child creates foster care community network

    Lexington Howe, Staff Writer|Updated Nov 4, 2020

    Menifee resident Kaylee May is creating a community communications network called The Penny Project, named after her foster mother, for those who work together in the foster care system. "It started about a year ago – my foster mom passed away in April 2019," May said. "I had actually started an Instagram for the restaurant that I work at and I was on social media a lot, and I was seeing a lot of advertisements and stuff like that, and I came across one for a program called T...

  • Dr. Richard Shuldiner with special glasses

    Low vision doctor provides care for those on their last hope

    Lexington Howe, Staff Writer|Updated Nov 4, 2020

    Dr. Richard Shuldiner has seen over 10,000 patients in his lifetime for low vision care. "I started practicing back in the 1970s in Poughkeepsie, New York," Shuldiner said. "(I) went to a lecture somewhere about low vision and discovered there were no low vision doctors in my area, and I thought that people needed the service so I would learn how to do it." Shuldiner was trained and found there were few services available to the blind in the area, so he contacted New York...

  • Hot air balloons

    Guests fly up and away as they enjoy a Magical Adventure

    Lexington Howe, Staff Writer|Updated Oct 29, 2020

    The air was cool, and guests began to make a large circle as they watched what lay before them: a giant balloon sprawled out over a massive blue tarp, getting prepped for its morning flight. Magical Adventure Balloon Rides, a hot air balloon company that flies in Temecula Wine Country, Palm Desert and Del Mar, was started in 2003 by CEO Denni Barrett. Along with ballooning, Barrett also flies helicopters and airplanes and captains sailboats. "Most people are afraid of...

  • halloween decorations

    Halloween maze to raise money for 12-year-old lymphoma patient

    Lexington Howe, Staff Writer

    Fallbrook native Jeff Woodrey is back in Fallbrook this year with his Haunted Hallows, a haunted house maze whose funds will go to support a young girl who is battling cancer. Twelve-year-old Marilyn was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin's lymphoma. Woodrey was connected to the family by someone he knew in Rainbow. "I've raised money for three kids now that have cancer," Woodrey said. "It's very personal to me cause my two cousins passed away from cancer, and the first two kids...

  • Roman and Ana

    Local Mexican immigrants proud and thankful for America

    Lexington Howe, Staff Writer

    Fallbrook residents Ana and Roman immigrated to the United States from Mexico decades ago at different times, but their view of America remains the same, despite its current state – they love it here and consider this their country. "The first time, I didn't want to come to the United States, I'd just graduated from high school," Roman said. "But my mother brought me and my two other siblings for vacation after graduating. And obviously unbeknownst to me the plan was for us to...

  • home after water damage

    "We felt very bullied," local Fallbrook family claims lawsuit against FPUD

    Lexington Howe, Staff Writer

    In a harrowing experience for a local Fallbrook family, Shane and Liz Lingle and their two kids had damages to their home of up to $200,000, due to a water main bursting outside their home. The main belonged to the Fallbrook Public Utilities District. After going through the proper channels to try to get FPUD to pay for the damages according to their lawyer, FPUD denied the claim, which has resulted in a lawsuit filed by the family. "It was New Year's Eve, Dec. 31 of 2019,"...

  • Vounteers at the Fallbrook Food Pantry

    Fallbrook Food Pantry named Nonprofit of the Year and raises $138,000 for charity event

    Lexington Howe, Staff Writer

    The Fallbrook Food Pantry was recently named one of the Nonprofits of the Year in California. "Out of the entire state of California there are over 170,000 nonprofits," Shae Gawlak, executive director of the Fallbrook Food Pantry, said. "100 nonprofits were chosen in the state to receive the acknowledgement of Nonprofit of the Year, and we were one of them." Besides the acknowledgement, the pantry has also done well in fundraising this year, despite the pandemic. "We've...

  • A faucet embellished with a rabbit

    Fallbrook resident turns trash into treasures

    Lexington Howe, Staff Writer

    One man's trash is another man's treasure – this is true in the case of local resident Jerry Murphy who has repurposed and gathered items over the years to create fun and unique projects. The 30-year Fallbrook resident also volunteers for the Fallbrook Land Conservancy and the Fallbrook Beautification Alliance, helping clean up the community. "Over the years I've always been one for reusing things," Murphy said. There is a large shed on his property with rusted, vintage tin a...

  • Photo of a goat

    Nonprofits team up for support during evacuations

    Lexington Howe, Staff Writer

    With fires on the rise, Sale Ranch Animal Sanctuary in Temecula worked on a fire evacuation plan for their animals that includes support for surrounding communities including Fallbrook. The nonprofit sanctuary works to provide homes for animals that have been abused, neglected or need medical care and has many different animals: horses, donkeys, goats, sheep, rescue dogs, pigs and turkeys, just to name a few. Jaime Lee Purinton, a board member and volunteer, helped to create...

  • The bigger question: when and how can businesses begin to reopen?

    Lexington Howe, Staff Writer|Updated Sep 17, 2020

    Effective as of Aug. 31, California now has colored tiers which depict which county is more apt to be widespread in transmitting COVID-19 among its population than others. Tier 1 (widespread; purple) defines the "widespread" areas of COVID-19 transmission and has impacted most of Southern California as of data released Aug. 29. San Diego County moved itself out of Tier 1 and into Tier 2 Aug. 31, with Orange County following suit, Sept. 8. Tier 2 (substantial; red) is somewhat...

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