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  • Local sculptor installs unique work in Pasadena

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    When the city of Pasadena put out a public call for a sculpture to add to its Art in Public Places program last year, Kellan Shanahan decided to combine his experiences in art, architecture and computer programming to create a one-of-a-kind piece for his submission. He fabricated a small-scale model that earned him a spot in the second round where he was interviewed by the Pasadena City Council about his proposal. Once his project was chosen, building it took him three...

  • Avocado Festival is back for 37th year

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor|Updated Apr 17, 2024

    Along with the traditional avocado-related contests and activities, this year's Avocado Festival is featuring more local musicians, food and drink providers, growers and artists. Entertainment at the Main Stage will be provided by local groups Soul remedy, Raiz Muzik, and The Gin n' Tonix. Other performers include ballet folklorico groups, belly dancing and a jazz band. The Beer & Wine Garden will offer beer from Oscar's Brewing CO., wine from Fallbrook And Adobe Hill, and...

  • New ambulance now in service

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor|Updated Apr 17, 2024

    North County Fire Protection District dedicated its new advanced life-support ambulance at Fire Station 1 on April 10. Besides members of the NCFPD board, attendees included staff and board members of the Fallbrook Regional Health District which paid for almost half of the cost of the ambulance. Fire Chief Keith McReynolds said, "It has been a long time since we put one (ambulance) in service, in decades." He joined the district in 1990, when there were five engines and three...

  • Gala dinner helps grow Hope

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor|Updated 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...

  • Visible address signs are key to emergency response

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor|Updated Mar 28, 2024

    Having your address clearly marked on your house is important in case of an emergency, so first responders can find your home in a timely manner. In rural areas like Fallbrook, this is especially important as some residents live far off the main road listed as their address. For example, my friend Margaret, who just turned 87, lives roughly a mile off a main road in Rainbow. She fell in her kitchen on Feb. 29, suffering a compound fracture to her lower right leg. She said it took her an hour to reach her phone, then another h...

  • Stage Coach Lane pathway makes slow progress

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor|Updated Mar 14, 2024

    Constructing a pathway along Stage Coach Lane from Reche Road to South Mission Road has been a proposed project for Fallbrook since it was discussed at a virtual Fallbrook Revitalization Committee meeting, Nov. 16, 2020, but the project has not progressed very far since then. Part of the reason is that in order for a pathway or trail to be constructed, funding must be obtained and the right-of-way must be secured by the county. The proposed pathway is about two miles long. The...

  • Local hero recognized for Take Steps campaign

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor|Updated Mar 8, 2024

    The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation has named Fallbrook resident Jerica Sanford its Take Steps 2024 Honored Hero for its "largest and most impactful fundraising event." The foundation's website says, "Take Steps is a walk experience that brings communities together – letting inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients and their families know that they're not alone." The event is scheduled for June 2 at NTC Park at Liberty Station in Point Loma with opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. S...

  • St. Patrick to visit Fallbrook at free event

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor|Updated Mar 6, 2024

    Christ Church invites everyone in the whole community who wants to come and have fun to attend its free St. Patrick’s Day dinner event, Sunday, March 17 from 2-5 p.m. at 2000 Reche Road. The event will include a Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner and hot dogs for those who don’t like corned beef. Entertainment will be provided by live bands – bluegrass and Irish music as well as games and activities for children – a bounce house, face paint, leprechaun's treasure hunt – and a presentation on St. Patrick who will be available...

  • Fish Fry offers fish tacos this week

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    The Knights of Columbus at St. Peter the Apostle Church are working hard to provide a quality fish dinner at an affordable price. The prices for their Friday night meals during Lent have not gone up from last year; the child's plate price actually went down a dollar, to $5. Fried cod dinners are still $10 and include french fries and cole slaw; shrimp plates, salmon plates, and combo plates of cod and shrimp are each $15. Ice cream is served for dessert. I just found out that...

  • Niches offer new option to burial

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    Fallbrook Masonic Cemetery installed a columbarium section in its Hiram Garden in the middle of the cemetery on Dec. 1. The three columbaria can each house 36 urns of cremated remains and give families an option to burial in the ground. All regulations were followed in the columbaria's construction which was expensive, but Manager Kathy McGoldrick said people have been asking for a place for urns since she started working there in 2018. The cemetery is open to the public and...

  • LAFCO extends protest hearing to June 14

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor|Updated May 26, 2022

    Due to an old address being given out for the mailing of protest letters, causing some of the letters to be returned to their senders, the San Diego County Local Agency Formation Commission is extending the deadline for the submission of protest forms on the commission’s earlier conditional approval to expand Fallbrook Public Utility District’s activated functions to include (a) parks and recreation, (b) street lighting, and (c) roads and streets. While LAFCO is holding the originally scheduled protest hearing on May 31, at...

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    Pantry to hold food distribution June 30

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor|Updated Jul 9, 2021

    The Fallbrook Food Pantry will be holding its next Neighborhood Food Distribution Wednesday, June 30, from 9-10 a.m. at the parking lot on Pico Avenue, diagonal to LifePointe Church, and just north of Alvarado Street. Everyone is welcome to pick up fresh fruit and vegetables and dairy products. There are no qualifying requirements and no information is taken by the volunteers who run the event, which is held the last Wednesday of each month. The food is provided by the San...

  • Hope Walks fundraiser

    'Hope Walks' benefits local families: moms, dads and babies

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor|Updated Jun 24, 2021

    Saturday morning, June 19, was sunny but not too warm, making it good weather for a family outing the day before Father's Day. The occasion was "Hope Walks," a fundraiser for Hope Clinic for Women which was held at The Vineyard 1924 on East Mission Road. More than 70 participants of all ages took part in the walk and activities in the gathering space at the vineyard. There were two walking courses to choose from – one went up and down in between rows of grape vines while t...

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    Road Rally benefits senior services

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor

    Sending participants all over Fallbrook and Bonsall, the Foundation for Senior Care held a different kind of fundraiser Saturday, May 22. Thirty-nine people in 16 cars took part in the Road Rally event, collecting raffle tickets at businesses found by solving a variety of word puzzles. The clues led to participating locations and the scavenger hunt activity made it easy to maintain social distancing. A registration fee was paid for each car and the participants could buy...

  • One person killed in fiery crash, lanes shut down on I-15 South

    Lucette Moramarco|Updated Apr 23, 2021

    A two vehicle collision involving a box truck and a vehicle has left one person dead, according to CAL Fire. The crash, on southbound I-15 just north of Rancho California Road, was reported on Thursday, April 22 at 12:30 p.m. Officials reported that a blue sedan ended up under a box truck with both vehicles fully engulfed in fire in the middle lanes. The freeway was closed with just the center divide and the No. 1 lane open. According to witnesses on the scene, the truck...

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    Fallbrook's pioneers honored in virtual ceremony

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor

    Due to COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings, the Fallbrook Historical Society presented its annual awards virtually this year, on Dec. 6. The honorees were recognized for their contributions to the village of Fallbrook. Under the circumstances, there was a smaller number in attendance, but the awardees expressed their delight in accepting their awards. The first award, Vintage Business of the Year, was presented to Bill Atkins of All Star Physical Therapy. This award is given...

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    Coach Hery battles cancer

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor|Updated Dec 16, 2020

    Former Fallbrook resident George Hery is battling cancer in Texas where he moved last year to be close to his son. Hery, the first World Champion in Trampoline, came to Southern California looking for a quiet, little community and remembered Fallbrook from when he had sold Dean and Debbie Capelotti some equipment at their Fallbrook Gymnastics Club. He visited them and started coaching their students, becoming a fixture at the gym. According to Dean Capelotti, Hery ran the...

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    Create delicious dishes with leftover ham

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor|Updated Dec 2, 2020

    The only problem having leftover ham after your holiday dinner is deciding which of several ways to use it for another delicious meal. My favorite use for bits of ham is on pizza, with pineapple of course. When I was growing up, my mother made ham and potato casserole to stretch the leftovers, layering slices of potato with small pieces of ham and a flour-based sauce and baking it in the oven. It was a lot of work for her, but we all loved eating it. For breakfast, choices...

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    'Day of Gratitude' raises funds for Fallbrook Food Pantry

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor

    In an effort to raise money for the Fallbrook Food Pantry, Jen Phillips planned a "Day of Gratitude" at her Gracey Lane Farm for Nov. 7. The day consisted of two events, the first one being an artisan pop up, followed by a fine art exhibit opening of "Gratitude" in the Gracey Lane Gallery that afternoon. Phillips said, "Gracey Lane was proud to host a day of events to help raise awareness and money for food for children and their families in our local community through the...

  • Four incumbents and four newcomers elected to FCPG

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor

    As of Nov. 9, with 43,000 outstanding ballots county-wide, the election results for the Fallbrook Community Planning Group place four incumbents and four newcomers on the advisory group. The incumbents reelected are Roy Moosa, Stephani Baxter, Jack Wood and Lee De Meo. New to the group are Thomas Harrington, Anna Strahan, Ross Pike and Jacqueline Kaiser. Those not elected were incumbents Jim Loge and Jerry Kalman along with newcomer Collin Stephens. There is still one seat, which was not up for election, that is vacant....

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    Koi pond creates peace and quiet

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor

    The Fallbrook area is full of homes that are tucked away in hidden valleys where their occupants enjoy peace and quiet. Some homes, however, are close to major roads, but their owners find a way to create their own piece of paradise. The Ritter home off of East Mission Road is one such place. Ron and Judy Ritter moved there in 1985 and, while traffic can be heard from in front of the house, the backyard is quiet and peaceful, in large part due to their lily pond which is home...

  • One more candidate for FCPG answers the questions

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor

    Last week, Oct. 15, we ran answers from 10 of the 11 candidates for the Fallbrook Community Planning Group. Voters are able to vote for eight of the candidates. Collin Stephens’ answer to the first question was inadvertently left out, so it is below. Jim Loge was out of town when the questions were sent out, so he was not able to reply until this week. His answers are also below. Why did you decide to seek this seat? Collin Stephens: My wife and I chose Fallbrook to raise our family because of what it represents and o...

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    Eleven candidates are running to fill 8 seats

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor|Updated Oct 16, 2020

    There are eight seats up for election on the Fallbrook Community Planning Group and 11 candidates vying to fill them. There are 15 seats in the group with odd-numbered seats up for reelection. Incumbents Bill O'Connor and Karel Hanson chose not to run. Those incumbents who are running are Jerry Kalman, Roy Moosa, Stephani Baxter, Jack Wood, Lee DeMeo and Jim Loge. The candidates were all sent four questions to answer, but Loge did not respond by press time. His answers will ru...

  • Fallbrook teen responds to call for help

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor|Updated Jun 4, 2020

    Lucas Julien, 13 years old, saw a post online that said, "The Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary needs help," so he started a fundraiser for it on the Go Fund Me website, May 2. He wants to make sure Fallbrook and Bonsall residents know about it so they can pitch in to help the animals. Lucas posted, "During these hard times, the Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary continues to work hard to make sure all of its animals continue to live healthy and happy. They are forced to close to the public...

  • Cactus flowers bloom once a year

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor|Updated Jun 4, 2020

    My sister and I have had a barrel cactus for almost 20 years. Two years ago, it had a flower for the first time, the bloom coming as a surprise one day when I happened to go out on our little patio. A year later we moved to a house and had to experiment to find the best location for the cactus. Its skin turned red, probably from too much sun as all the rain we got made sure it got plenty of water. This time, the cactus surprised us with two flowers. A quick search of the...

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