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Articles from the February 1, 2024 edition


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  • Disappointing vote

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    A few weeks ago, I shared the unfortunate news that a judge deemed a Sexually Violent Predator, Alvin Quarles, for placement back into San Diego County. For over three years, Mr. Quarles terrorized our communities, committing heinous acts of rape against a dozen women. Last week, we had a Board meeting and I brought forward an item to support Congressman Darrell Issa's federal legislation, "Stopping Sexually Violent Predators Act." This bill would prevent Sexually Violent...

  • Flood victims should watch for mold

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Flooding from the Jan. 22 torrential storms was bad enough, but now residents cleaning up their damaged homes face the threat of mold. The longer materials stay wet, the more likely mold will grow. It takes only two to three days for mold to form. Mold can pose health problems, especially for young children, seniors and those who are already ill. Long-term exposure can affect anyone. To take care of it, flood-impacted residents can hire a licensed mold remediation contractor w...

  • Six reasons why you should take your mental health seriously

    Stan Popovich, Special to the Village News|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Many people underestimate the impact that mental illness can have on an individual or family. It can be difficult to admit that you have a mental health problem in your life. Secondly, it can be just as difficult in getting the people you know to understand your situation without making any kinds of judgments. As a result, here are six reasons why you should make your mental health an important priority in your life. 1. Your situation will improve if you get help: Your anxieties and fears can be challenging to manage and...

  • High blood pressure linked to poor gut health

    Dr. Karen Jensen, Special to the Village News|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    High blood pressure is a significant risk factor for human health. In the U.S., 116 million people experience hypertension, and in Canada, it’s one in five adults. Recent research on gut microbiota and high blood pressure has received increased attention showing an association between the two. Gut microbiota is key to human health, and maintaining gut microbiota health is essential. The gut microbiome, what is it? The gut microbiome is an ecosystem that contains a diverse population of microorganisms, including yeasts,...

  • John E. Chadwick

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    John E. Chadwick, aged 80, of Los Angeles, Calif., passed away on Jan. 15, 2024. Born on Aug. 13, 1943, in Birmingham, England, John was a man of exceptional character and dedication, whose life was a testament to the virtues of hard work, love, and commitment. A former Fallbrook/Bonsall resident, John was the beloved husband of Suzanne, with whom he shared 56 unforgettable years of marriage. Their partnership was the cornerstone of their lives, filled with mutual support and...

  • Terry Lee Draper

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Terry Lee Draper died in Texarkana, Texas on January 11, 2024. She was born in Oceanside, Calif. And lived many years of her life in Fallbrook. She graduatred from Fallbrook Union High School in 1966. She married Jeff Painter and they had two children, Robert and Jennifer. They were divorced and she married Don Draper and had a daughter, Erin. Terry was employed for many years by doctor offices in Fallbrook and Murrieta as a front office receptionist. She was very good with th...

  • Larry Pierce Knight

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    In loving memory of Larry Pierce Knight, born in Atlanta, Georgia on July 5, 1942, and died Jan. 22, 2024, in Fallbrook, Calif. at the age of 81. Larry grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, attended St. Louis Country Day School, and graduated from St. Louis University with a B.A.in Political Science. Larry had an illustrious career in sales and marketing in the chemical and electronics industries. He was also chairman of the Microwave Integrated Circuits (MIC) Workshop, an...

  • Joellen Beckstrom Maddock

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Joellen Beckstrom Maddock was 100 years old when she passed away peacefully on Dec. 29, 2023, in her home surrounded by family. Joellen was born on Oct. 8, 1923, to Ruth and Lawrence Beckstrom in Los Angeles, California. She grew up in Los Angeles and Arcadia with her brothers Andy and Eric. She graduated from Monrovia Arcadia Duarte High School and attended Occidental College. Joellen (Jo) married her husband, Jack, in 1943, and they moved to Fallbrook in 1946 where they...

  • Maurice Carrie Van Roekel

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Maurice Carrie Van Roekel, 85, of Temecula, passed away Jan. 16, after battling Dementia and respiratory issues. Maurice’s health had been in decline. She spent her last years with such loving assisted caretakers at Chateau at Harveston, and Pam Miller, Maurice’s loving cousin. Maurice was born Jan. 1, 1939, to George W. Crowe and Lucille C. (Buck) Crowe. Maurice grew up in Hot Springs, Arkansas where she attended Lakeside High School. Both popular and active, Maurice part...

  • Nora May Garcia

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Nora May Garcia passed away Jan. 18 in Escondido, California. She was preceded in death by her sisters Janice Spruell, Lisa Dean, and brother Donald Garcia. She is survived by her sisters Rita Miranda, Alexis Garcia, Cynthia Sluder, Pauline Grisham, Norma Barela, Virginia Garcia, and many nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held at the Pala Cemetery on Monday, Feb. 5, 2024 at 10 a.m. Berry-Bell and Hall Mortuary is handling arrangements....

  • Warriors control the Eagles on the court

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

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  • Featherstone announced as tournament host for the Fallbrook Open benefitting the Drew Mings Foundation

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Asher Tour is pleased to announce Colin Featherstone, a current member of the Korn Ferry Tour, will be the official Tournament Host of the 2024 Fallbrook Open. Featherstone is a 2007 graduate of Fallbrook High School and played his college career at San Diego State before turning pro in 2012. He will assist with promoting the event and will also compete in the event. "I played the Asher Tour early in my career," said Featherstone. "They have some really...

  • CIF revises lacrosse playoffs

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    The CIF San Diego Section’s Board of Managers revised the playoff structure for boys lacrosse and girls lacrosse. A unanimous vote Wednesday, Jan. 17, reduced the number of Open Division teams in the playoffs from eight to six. That will result in two fewer teams in the combined Open Division and Division I playoffs, but the Division III playoffs will be expanded from 12 to 16 teams so two additional boys teams and two additional girls teams will qualify for the postseason. “I think it will result in closer games,...

  • CIF modifies ban against in-season clinics and college identification camps

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    The CIF San Diego Section modified the CIF bylaw prohibiting tryouts or practices with outside entities during a sport’s CIF season. With the exception of Escondido Union School District Superintendent Jon Petersen, every CIF Board of Managers member present at the Jan. 17 meeting voted for the change which now allows CIF San Diego Section athletes to participate in college identification camps, specific sport camps, clinics, and group trainings which are not under the auspices of any youth club, travel team, or outside...

  • Girls softball season starts this month

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The 2024 Spring Fallbrook Girls Softball season is about to begin! Assessments have just passed but they are still in need of a few players for all their divisions from 6u to 14u. Register online at www.fallbrookgirlssoftball.com. Age divisions range from 3 to 14 years old and serve the communities of Fallbrook, Bonsall, De Luz, Rainbow, Pala, Horse Creek and Camp Pendleton. The spring season runs from February through April with the All Star season following in May. Games take place during the week and on...

  • Voter information pamphlets go out to registered voters for March Presidential Primary Election

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Tracy DeFore County of San Diego Communications Office Voter information pamphlets are on their way to the County's 1.9 million registered voters for the March 5 presidential primary election. When you receive your pamphlet, check the back for your party registration. Your political party preference determines which presidential primary candidates will appear on your primary election ballot. The Registrar urges voters to review each political party's rules if you plan to vote...

  • Beware of price gouging and fraud in storm's aftermath

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Tracy DeFore County of San Diego Communications Office San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan is warning businesses and scammers not to take advantage of consumers by price gouging or other fraud schemes during a state of an emergency – doing so can result in prosecution and jail. As a result of the damage and devastation caused by the severe storm on Jan.22, the County of San Diego has proclaimed a local emergency on behalf of the Board of Supervisors in anticipation that resources and assistance from the state...

  • Fallbrook Chamber announces February events

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce has several upcoming events planned. They include: Monday, Feb. 5 – First Monday Coffee at Chamber office, 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8 – SunUpper at Chamber office, hosted by Mary Kay/Cindy Gobrecht, 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16 – Business Breakfast Club, 9 a.m. (location TBD) Wednesday, Feb. 21 – SunDowner hosted by Fallbrook Village Rotary Club at Fallbrook Regional Health District office on Brandon Road, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 29 – Dinner Mob at Harry’s Sports Bar &...

  • Worker of the Week knows all about car repair

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

  • Re: 'The WHO wants to remove your rights and sovereignty [Village News, Reeder letter, 1/18/24]

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    After the end of a college semester on Nazism many decades ago, my professor concluded with this chilling statement: “And this is what the Nazis accomplished – without computers.” In today’s world of theatrical politics and troubled times, many of us are nervously scanning the horizon for the next flamboyant manifestation of a Hitler or Stalin, but our search will be in vain. Computers have now arrived, and so too has a new form of Authoritarianism, deceptively dressed in a dull techno-bureaucratic garb. This...

  • Re: "Writer ponders public transport…" [Village News, 1/18/24]

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Thank you, Tim O’Leary, for your thought-provoking article in last week's Village News. As an English country girl born-and-bred, for the first 20 years of my life I took local bus transportation for granted. Very few of us had access to any motorized vehicle until we were well beyond puberty, and most women of my mother’s generation never learned to drive, so I always took public transportation (busses and trains) for granted. When my late husband and I emigrated to California, that changed rapidly – and I rather reluc...

  • Mental health priorities

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    In 1967, many state hospitals serving persons with mental illnesses were closed, but local programs to address their needs were inadequate. In 1991, oversight of mental healthcare was placed under county control, but by 2004 it was evident that this realignment hadn’t improved the situation. In 2004, voters approved Proposition 63, the California Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). The MHSA focuses on developing programs aimed at prevention and early intervention, housing, su...

  • Echos from the past: today's "Know Nothing Party"

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    The recent vitriolic editorials by Joe Schembri and David Felker clearly reflect the distorted views of today’s Trumpian Republican Party. Their diatribes remind me of the outcries of the fear mongering ideological nativist party of the mid-1850s, the “Know Nothings.” The Know Nothing Party was a nativist political movement which emerged in this country in the early 1850s. Officially it was first known as the Nativist American Party before 1855 and later became known as the “American Party” – echoes of the...

  • The rising tide of Marxism in America

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    It was a balmy morning, not unlike most summer days in the Windy City, with light winds blowing off Lake Michigan. The year was 1968; the Beatles had just released their White Album. The DNC was poised to select their presidential candidate at their national convention, and our nation was embroiled in an embittered war in the jungles of Indochina, nearly nine thousand miles away. Outside the convention doors were militant factions from the Students for a Democratic Society, the Chicago Seven, and other loosely affiliated...

  • Jacarandas are not native

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    This is an open letter to Save our Forest. Please stop planting jacaranda trees in Fallbrook. They are not native to California. They are dirty trees. The leaf shed is astronomical. Who is going to clean that up? SOF has planted jacaranda trees by Fallbrook Cafe on Brandon which has a creek next to it. That leaf shed will clog the waterway. The new bus stop is located there. I cannot imagine the messy disaster of waiting at that bus stop. Now I'm reading that Save our Forest has planted jacaranda trees on Pico Promenade,...

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