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Articles from the January 23, 2020 edition


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  • Jackie Heyneman Park reopens

    Updated Jul 13, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Jackie Heyneman Park, a project of the Fallbrook Village Association located at College Street and South Mission Road, is now open after extensive improvements, including making it accessible. The park is open from 9 a.m. to dark. Its official reopening will take place, Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 10 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend. In the meantime, third grade students from Fallbrook STEM Academy have already taken a field trip to the park to learn about science a...

  • Canary owners can learn about show birds

    Updated Feb 14, 2020

    VISTA – North County Aviculturists, a club for pet bird owners and breeders, will have a demonstration on “Selecting Show Canaries from the Flock,” Saturday, Feb. 1, at 5:30 p.m. It’s time for canary owners to look over the canary chicks they’ve hatched and pick the ones that are show quality. The presenter is a top expert in the field, David Benites, who will be available to point out what to look for and how to keep show birds in great shape. So, come learn from an expert and see some of his best birds at Vista Masonic C...

  • James Clair "Jim" Russell

    Updated Feb 7, 2020

    James Clair "Jim" Russell, born Feb. 1, 1941, died Jan. 17, 2020, in the La Jolla Veterans Affairs Hospital surrounded by family. He is survived by six children (Tim Russell, Peggie Chilton, Melissa Johnson, Kevin Russell, Latitia Thomas, Eric Russell), their spouses, 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and his sister, JoAnn Heckathorn of Seneca, Pennsylvania. Jim was born and raised on a farm in western Pennsylvania. In 1959, he married Linda Master; they had five...

  • Warriors Boys Rugby falls to Mira Costa in hard-fought battle

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Jan 25, 2020

    Though the Fallbrook High School varsity boys' rugby remains winless on the young season, head coach Steve Hernandez is pleased with the way his young team played against Mira Costa High School (from Manhattan Beach) at Fallbrook High Saturday, Jan. 18. "The varsity game was the best they have played all year," he said. "Even when they were down by 17 points early in the game, once we scored our first try, our spirits lifted and (the team) put in a great effort to get to...

  • Harlow's brings exciting flavors to Bonsall

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Jan 25, 2020

    It has been quite a while since the announcement of a new restaurant coming to one of our cherished rural communities was met with such big expectations. Harlow's Cocktails, Bar and Restaurant seems poised to surpass them. At the very least, it would be fair to say there's nothing that compares to it within 30 miles, and the chances are good that the swank, but familiar restaurant won't stay hidden in Bonsall for long. Located at the former San Luis Rey Downs Golf Club,...

  • Real Estate Round-Up: May I have this dance?

    Kim Murphy, Murphy and Murphy Southern California Realty|Updated Jan 25, 2020

    The peak selling season for Fallbrook is coming up. The buyers are abundant. Many are moving from much higher cost areas in search of an affordable home in a less congested place. Many are moving here in search of a friendlier place to live. Sellers in Fallbrook, on the other hand, are leaving to find more affordable places to live, which generally is outside of California. Many seniors are searching for a new place to call home, so they can stretch their retirement savings...

  • Reduce backcountry fire hazards

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, Special to Valley News|Updated Jan 25, 2020

    It’s easier to prevent wildfires than to control them once they’ve started. That’s why I introduced Assembly Bill 19, which will provide $25 million for vegetation management along county-maintained roads. Auto-related wildfires are a major problem in California. In 2016 and 2017, almost 25% of local wildfires were vehicle-related. The Carr Fire, the state’s seventh largest, began when sparks from a flat tire ignited brush along a highway in Northern California. The fire ki...

  • Re: 'Pro-Life is a killer' [Village News, Miller Letter, 1/16/20]

    Updated Jan 24, 2020

    As I said before, America’s abysmal infant and maternal mortality rates are the direct result of reduction in reproductive health care caused by the “slash and burn” tactics used by pro-life activists. As usual, the brunt of the damage is taken by lower- and middle-income women. The statistics are normalized: all countries are evaluated by the same standard. The bottom line is mother’s-to-be and infants are “collateral damage” in the war on abortion. Why did Margaret Sanger’s son lie about her converting to Christianity?...

  • A sincere thank you

    Updated Jan 24, 2020

    The “Grinch” made a good try at stealing our Christmas by way of killing our furnace, Dec. 20. A panicked call to Luke of Quality Heating and Cooling brought him right over, and yes, it was indeed dead as the proverbial door nail. But all was not lost because, like the best Santa’s Helper Ever, but taller and without the silly hat and shoes, Luke reappeared at 8 a.m. on Christmas Eve and by noon we had a new furnace, and glorious, wonderful heat. And, he even built a new wood furnace floor to replace the one that had seen...

  • Attention auto accident witness

    Updated Jan 24, 2020

    Will the kind lady who witnessed my auto accident on South Mission Road on Dec.5 please call me. It is most urgent I speak to you, (760) 723-1350. Thank you so very much. Steve Plank...

  • California, the new age of Enlightenment?

    Updated Jan 24, 2020

    Coming of age for me in the mid-60s in California was a little bit like, "Happy Days," with a whole lot of "American Graffiti" and "Big Wednesday" mixed in. Back then we were the envy of the country and the epicenter of the "American Dream." Tens of thousands of Americans came to California drawn by their collective belief that they could overcome their humble beginnings. We had little crime, mathematically insignificant homeless population, and a small undocumented population as well. Life for all Californians was safe,...

  • Drug use has consequences

    Updated Jan 24, 2020

    For the last decade artists in the music industry have glorified drug use without making a mention of the consequences that they really cause. It went from glorifying drug dealing to glorifying the use of codeine, molly, weed, OxyContin, cocaine, you name it, and it’s referenced in at least one of your favorite artists songs. In the past 10 years, there have been a number of drug overdose deaths in the industry. From Mac Miller to Lil Peep, Whitney Houston, Prince, Tom Petty, Juice World, Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson and R...

  • What county supervisors do

    Supervisor Jim Desmond|Updated Jan 24, 2020

    5th District As we are now fully in 2020, I thought this would be a great time to talk about the current status of San Diego County. One of the questions I get asked most when I’m out is, what does a supervisor supervise? Well, there are five San Diego County supervisors, and we are in charge of a variety of things from public health, food stamps, Registrar of Voters and many other items. We also manage state and federal money for local programs. I have the privilege of not o...

  • The biggest mistake parents make when it comes to education

    Updated Jan 24, 2020

    This National School Choice Week, Jan. 26 to Feb. 1, I want to share with you one of the most common short-circuits that parents run into when choosing the right school for their child. That way, if you see it coming, you can run the other way. It starts with a thought like this: “Do I as a parent really know best about my child’s education? After all, I don’t have a graduate degree in education. There’s a lot of school jargon I’m not sure about. Should I let more equipped people make the calls about where and how my child...

  • Emily Wood Schupp Wilson

    Updated Jan 24, 2020

    Emily Wood Schupp Wilson died Jan. 9, 2020, at the age of 93. Emily was born in Phoenix, Dec. 18, 1926, to Alfred Adolph Schupp and Josephine Schaffer Schupp. She grew up in the Phoenix area and went to William and Mary College before attending the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, in the late 1940s. It was there that she met her future husband, Robert Wilson of Los Angeles. They were married in Tucson, Arizona, in February 1952, and after living at the Goodyear Ranch...

  • The quietest range on Camp Pendleton

    Updated Jan 24, 2020

    Lance Cpl. Kerstin Roberts Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Throughout the many ranges on U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, the crack of rifles and the thundering of artillery is a common occurrence. However, Camp Pendleton is also home to a range that emits little to no sound. This range is known as the Rattlesnake Canyon Archery Range and it provides archers of all backgrounds the opportunity to hone their craft. "We have our hunters who practice archery so they can be...

  • Inside the new Myrtle Boutique, Al Fresca Patio, Art of Life and Harlow's in Bonsall

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Jan 24, 2020

    While the closing of Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens and Nursery in Fallbrook is a sad one for many locals, the opening of Trademark Venues' new location at the old San Luis Rey Golf Club may ease the pain. Walking onto the property, the overall feel of the property still reminds one of the old golf course, but upon entering the courtyard, visitors notice the foliage and displays that are so reminiscent of the old Myrtle Creek property. Stepping into the Myrtle Boutique, it's...

  • Donovan given Community Collaboration award by I Love A Clean San Diego

    Updated Jan 24, 2020

    FALLBROOK – "It was an honor to thank Marta Donovan for her work bringing the community together through our Community Collaboration award," Nik Kennedy of I Love a Clean San Diego said. The award honors partnerships between nonprofits, municipalities, residents and corporations that support ILACSD's mission. Donovan, Fallbrook Beautification Alliance board member, graffiti abatement coordinator and Keeping Fallbrook Litter Free coordinator, was selected for the award in N...

  • Poll workers needed for March 3 election

    Tracy DeFore, San Diego County Communications Office|Updated Jan 24, 2020

    Poll workers, especially those who are bilingual in any one of six specific languages, are needed for the March 3 Presidential Primary Election. The registrar's office is required by federal law to provide bilingual speakers and voting materials to voters who speak Spanish, Filipino, Vietnamese and Chinese. In addition, a survey conducted by the University of California Berkeley showed a need for Arabic and Korean speakers at nearly 90 precincts across the county, so the...

  • Palomar Community College District aligns leadership to address the immediate future

    Updated Jan 24, 2020

    SAN MARCOS – At its regular monthly meeting Jan. 14, the governing board of the Palomar Community College District formalized the appointment of Jack Kahn, Ph.D., as acting superintendent and president of the district. Kahn has been serving in the capacity since Dec. 17, 2019, when former Superintendent and President Joi Lin Blake was placed on nondisciplinary administrative leave. Kahn previously worked as assistant superintendent and vice president of instruction. While Kahn takes on the leadership duties of the d...

  • New County Emergency Services Director to focus on partnerships, technology

    Yvette Urrea Moe, San Diego County Communications Office|Updated Jan 24, 2020

    The San Diego County Office of Emergency Services has a new director at the helm who arrives with experience both in the field and in our region. Jeff Toney served with the state overseeing its response to the deadly Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties and the Montecito mudslides in Santa Barbara County, both in 2018. He even helped with the recovery phase of San Diego County's Lilac Fire in 2017. Toney fills the role left open by Holly Porter, who was hired as...

  • Are you a mindful investor?

    Updated Jan 24, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Recently, we've seen an increased interest in mindfulness, although the concept itself is thousands of years old. Essentially, being mindful means living very much in the present, highly conscious of personal thoughts and feelings. However, being mindful doesn't mean acting on those thoughts and feelings – it's just the opposite. With mindfulness, decision-making is based on cognitive skills and a rational perspective, rather than emotions. As such, min...

  • Toastmasters to hold open house

    Updated Jan 24, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Some people would like to be more comfortable speaking to groups or leading meetings. Fallbrook Village Toastmasters is a club dedicated to helping its members improve their communication skills and self-confidence. Fallbrook Village Toastmasters was chartered in June 2014 as a chapter of Toastmasters International, which has 16,800 clubs in 143 countries. Every year since the club was formed, it has been named a President's Distinguished Club which is the h...

  • Climate justice talk set for Jan. 28

    Updated Jan 24, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Climate Action Team will present a talk about climate, equality and environmental justice led by anthropologist and environmental activist Dr. Cody Petterson. The talk will be held Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 6:30 p.m., in the Community Room at Fallbrook Library. Petterson will lead a thought-provoking discussion on the interdependence of the present economic, political and climate crises. He will describe why he believes it is impossible to achieve s...

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