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  • State looking to speed administration of COVID vaccines

    Updated Feb 4, 2021

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday, Jan. 4 the state is working to accelerate the administration of COVID-19 vaccines across the state, including expanding the number of distribution sites and the types of people who can give the shots. Newsom said the state has received nearly 1.3 million doses of the vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, and another 611,500 doses have been shipped to the state. As of Sunday, however, a total of 454,306 doses had actually been administered. “We are working aggressively to acc...

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    Jackie Heyneman turns 90 years old

    Christal Gaines-Emory, Intern

    Jackie Heyneman, a longtime resident of Fallbrook, celebrated turning 90 years old, Dec. 26, 2020. Her dedication to the community inspired others to throw her a socially distanced birthday parade to celebrate with her and thank her for being so active in Fallbrook. Heyneman has resided in Fallbrook since 1972 and she has been helping the community ever since. She was active in National Charity League, president of the PTA at Potter Jr. High, as well as a Girl Scout Troop...

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    State and county investigate citrus disease in Fallbrook

    Donna Durckel, San Diego County Communications Office

    State agricultural inspectors have detected bacteria on an insect that can cause a plant disease that is not harmful to people or animals, but is deadly to citrus trees and is a dangerous agricultural threat in routine pest trapping in Fallbrook. A routine spot check by the California Department of Food & Agriculture, Dec. 28, collected a group of four adult Asian citrus psyllids from a citrus tree on residential property in the Fallbrook area of San Diego County carrying the...

  • Little change from last week: Coronavirus surge continues in San Diego region

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer

    San Diego County public health officials have reported 3,520 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths as of Jan. 3, bringing the county's totals to 168,020 cases and 1,592 deaths. Jan. 3's cases marked the 34th consecutive day with more than 1,000 new infections, and the 25th overall with more than 2,000 new cases. It is the ninth time the 3,000-case mark has been crossed. A record 4,478 cases were reported Jan. 1. Of 14,419 tests reported Jan. 3, 24% returned positive, bringing the 14-day average rolling average to 12.5%....

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    Fallbrook Blanket Project gives Christmas presents for seniors

    FALLBROOK – In early December, the Fallbrook Blanket Project donated 43 knitted and crocheted lap blankets and afghans to the Fallbrook Senior Center to be given to local seniors in its Home-Bound Meals Delivery Program. The Home-Bound Meals Program has been serving local seniors for many years. The meals are prepared fresh daily by the senior center's Chef Rudy at the Fallbrook Community Center kitchen Monday through Friday. Senior center driver David delivers the meals to t...

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    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...

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    Remembering a Christmas quarantine

    Tom Frew, Special to Village News

    It was December 1970. Our Marine Corps company was quarantined. The quonset huts were nestled between the brown hills of U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton above San Clemente. The days could be hot. At night, a cool moist breeze blew in off the Pacific. I, Tom Frew, was a 17-year-old private in advanced combat training. Most everyone in the company had orders to go "WestPac," meaning the Western Pacific, meaning Vietnam, when training was complete. We had expected to...

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    First known case of more contagious coronavirus variant detected in San Diego County patient

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer|Updated Jan 6, 2021

    The first known case of a new and apparently more contagious variant of the coronavirus in California was found in a San Diego County patient, a county supervisor confirmed Wednesday, Dec. 30. San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said at the county's coronavirus briefing Wednesday afternoon that the variant had been detected in a 30-year-old man who developed COVID-19 symptoms on Dec. 27 and tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday. Fletcher said a Scripps...

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    Natural ways to ease arthritis pain

    Updated Jan 6, 2021

    FALLBROOK – A leading cause of disability in the United States and elsewhere, arthritis can be a debilitating disease. Pain and stiffness are the leading symptoms, and millions of people seek relief from arthritis every year. Contrary to popular belief, arthritis is not a disease of old age. The Arthritis Foundation says one in every five adults has arthritis, two-thirds of whom are under the age of 65. Even children can suffer from arthritis. A complex family of m...

  • Manage the fear and anxiety of the unknown

    Stan Popovich, Special to Village News|Updated Jan 6, 2021

    Almost everybody worries about what will happen in the future. The prospect of not knowing if something good or bad will happen in the near future can produce a lot of fear and anxiety. As a result, use these techniques and suggestions to manage this fear of dealing with the unknown. First, remember that no one can predict the future with 100% certainty. Even if the thing that you are afraid of does happen, there are circumstances and factors that you can’t predict which can be used to your advantage. For instance, let’s say...

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    It's time to get pruning tools in order

    Frank Brines, ARS Master Consulting Rosarian|Updated Jan 6, 2021

    Happy New Year – let's hope this one is an improvement over 2020! This month I'm going to help you get ready for the major late-winter pruning. (I'll provide details on pruning in my February column.) Check to see if there will be a rose care workshop at Rose Haven Heritage Garden (30592 Jedediah Smith Road in Temecula, just a few blocks north off of Temecula Parkway) in January. In our area – the corridor from Riverside to San Diego – this major...

  • FPUD working to reduce electricity costs

    Joe Naiman, Village News reporter|Updated Jan 6, 2021

    The Fallbrook Public Utility District is working with the California Public Utilities Commission to secure CPUC grant funding which will reduce FPUD's electricity costs. A non-voting item at FPUD's Dec. 7 board meeting addressed FPUD's efforts to reduce electricity expenses. The program would utilize Tesla battery walls and is expected to save FPUD more than $100,000 annually in electricity expenses. "That savings is really important," said FPUD purchasing/warehouse supervisor Kevin Collins. "Those energy costs are really...

  • Detachment committee introduces consultant

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jan 6, 2021

    San Diego's Local Agency Formation Commission has an Advisory Committee on the Fallbrook/Rainbow Detachment which met Dec. 7, and the focus of that meeting was to introduce consultant Michael Hanemann and provide feedback on his proposed approach. "I want to be helpful, I want to move this forward, but in a way you're all satisfied with," Hanemann said. The 10-member advisory committee does not make recommendations but seeks to identify and potentially resolve issues regarding the proposed reorganization in which the...

  • Folk music veteran John McCutcheon hosts online concerts

    Updated Jan 6, 2021

    SMOKE RISE, Ga. – Folk music veteran John McCutcheon has been a fixture on the scene for nearly 50 years. In that time, he’s built a unique bond with both a wide-ranging audience and one of the most diverse groups of presenters of any touring musician. On his annual tour of California each January, which is euphemistically dubbed his “Left Coast Tour,” for instance, he is regularly presented by proper concert promoters, community radio stations, peace and justice groups, folk music societies, regional environmental groups,...

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    Fallbrook Newcomers Club continues to welcome new residents

    Updated Jan 6, 2021

    FALLBROOK – Several new residents recently joined Fallbrook Newcomers Club and enjoyed the online December Holiday Party, with over 60% of the membership in attendance. It was a highly festive occasion with fun entertainment, a sing-along, drawings for gorgeous holiday baskets, and a live auction. As one member put it, "Best Zoom meeting yet! Lots of fun to be a part of this meeting. Great gifts presented and really enjoyed the spirit of the entertainer and all those who p...

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    The FAA Gallery welcomes 2021 with Looking Forward - Looking Back

    Updated Jan 6, 2021

    FALLBROOK – In the year of 2021 many are looking forward in order to feel a sense of hope for the future – both soon and farther away into the future. It's a chance to celebrate a New Year with different kinds of opportunities. The year 2019 ended with a celebratory fundraising gala honoring 50 years of art/artists, classes for growth, study, and fun encompassing remarkable exhibitions. In spite of obstacles, the Fallbrook Art Association artists and volunteers are ready to sh...

  • Three new members join the Palomar College governing board

    Updated Jan 6, 2021

    SAN MARCOS – Three new trustees were sworn into the Palomar Community College District Governing Board during its monthly meeting Tuesday, Dec. 15. The general election of Nov. 3 was the district’s first trustee-area election. Voters in Trustee Area 2, encompassing most of Escondido and the eastern third of the Highway 78 corridor, elected Christian Garcia, a high school teacher and longtime North County resident. Roberto Rodriguez was elected in Trustee Area 3, which includes much of Vista, stretches across uni...

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    Shining a light on success: AAUW mentee's successes speak volumes

    Updated Jan 6, 2021

    FALLBROOK – In the interest of providing positive stories from 2020, the American Association of University Women – Fallbrook will highlight the accomplishments of AAUW mentors and high school mentees in the upcoming months by asking "where are they now?" AAUW was founded in 1881 for the purpose of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, policy, philanthropy and research. By providing mentorships, scholarships, competitions such as Speech Trek and Tec...

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    Conservation leader Debi Turney finishes her master's studies

    Updated Jan 6, 2021

    OXFORD, Ohio – Fallbrook resident Debi Turney has been applying the tools of science, education and conservation to become a leader in the conservation community. In mid-December 2020, Turney earned her Master of Arts in biology from Miami University through Project Dragonfly. Since joining the Advanced Inquiry Program master's program in 2018, Turney has taken courses on the web from Miami University, while also participating in on-site and field studies at San Diego Zoo G...

  • Joy Morton

    Remembering memorable meals

    Wayne Yonce, Special to Village News|Updated Jan 6, 2021

    Most people living in the U.S. have had the good fortune of eating three meals a day for most of our days – a lot of meals. But how many do we remember? The remembered meals have been something special – something different. We remember where we were, who we were with and, sometimes, what we ate. Two meals I remember for their similarities and their differences were at the Yacht Club in Chicago, Illinois, and the Navajo Café in Compton, California. I was an inexperienced small...

  • Six local organizations receive SDG&E's Excellence in Energy award

    Updated Jan 6, 2021

    SAN DIEGO – Six public and private sector organizations in the San Diego region were recognized recently for their leadership in advancing an energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable future. For the 15th consecutive year, San Diego Gas & Electric’s Energy Showcase program honored local organizations that have made exceptional efforts to minimize their carbon footprint and maximize resource conservation. “These winners set a great example for others to follow. They’ve demonstrated that investing in clean and innovat...

  • Rainbow MWD approves change order with Kennedy/Jenks

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jan 6, 2021

    Tom Kennedy, general manager of Rainbow Municipal Water District, is not related to the principal with the Kennedy/Jenks consulting firm which has a contract with the district for the design of lift station projects. The contract had been for $1,434,485 and was scheduled to expire Dec. 31, but a 5-0 Rainbow board vote, Dec. 8, approved a change order increasing the contract to $1,674,108 while extending the contract until July 30, 2021. “I’m looking forward to this now six, almost seven-year contract getting wrapped up,...

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    Chamber CEO reflects on the year of COVID-19 and local business

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Jan 6, 2021

    Looking back on 2020, Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer Lila MacDonald says one word comes to mind when she thinks about how the town handled the pandemic and all that came with it. "The word that keeps coming to mind is resilient," she said in a phone interview. "When I went back and thought of everything, I think that we kind of forget things that we even went through. Especially in the beginning of 2020, when you look back at all the turmoil, not just...

  • 'Keep It Clean' webinar to show how pollutants travel

    Updated Jan 6, 2021

    SAN DIEGO – In San Diego – whether along the coast or further inland – the community’s pollutants are headed toward the ocean. Once there, they can have negative effects on San Diego’s residents, animals, communities and ecosystems. The interactive webinar “Keep It Clean,” from 10:30-11:30 a.m., Jan. 9, will help residents to better understand what common pollutants to look out for in their community, how pollutant migration happens and how to help prevent them from entering the ocean and other waterways. All ages can join...

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    Restart of high school sports season up in the air as of Monday

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Jan 6, 2021

    If all had gone to plan, the Fallbrook Union High School Warriors varsity football team would be playing it's first game of the season on Friday, Jan. 8. Unfortunately, not much has gone to plan in San Diego County, Southern California and the rest of the state with the COVID-19 pandemic running rampant. An expected update from the California Department of Public Health regarding the restart of high school sports competition had not yet been publicized, as of Monday, Jan. 4....

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