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  • Fallbrook singer-songwriter featured in Bluegrass Today

    Village News staff|Updated Feb 7, 2024

    Fallbrook singer-songwriter B.K. "Nick" Nicholson was recently featured in Bluegrass Today magazine and Bluegrasstoday.com. Nicholson is not your typical musician. You may find him in front of the local grocery store sharing his musical ability, in church doing worship, or with band members providing entertainment at a festival or event. He is a multi-instrumentalist who not only performs in two Southern California bands, High Mountain Road and his own band, Desperado...

  • Large cabbage grows in Fallbrook

    Updated Feb 7, 2024

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  • CHP increases presence in Fallbrook

    Julie Reeder and Tony Campbell|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    The California Highway Patrol has increased their presence in Fallbrook, according to CHP motorcycle Officer Zach Fullmer who was out patrolling and watching for speeders on South Mission Road with fellow Officer Wade Bartholomew on Saturday, Jan. 27. There was also a CHP car in the area that morning as well. To view the CHP in action, go to https://youtu.be/2WjHtrVTdOk. Officer Fulmer said they are trying to come to Fallbrook a couple of times a week as a result of the...

  • FPUD sets Feb. 26 hearing for directors' per diem increase

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

    The Fallbrook Public Utility District has set a Feb. 26 hearing for a 5% increase in the per diem pay board members receive. A 4-0 FPUD board vote Jan. 22, with Charley Wolk absent, set the Feb. 26 hearing date for the increase. The pay for meetings would increase from $127.63 to $134.01. FPUD's Administrative Code stipulates that per diem pay is to be reviewed annually, and any increase is limited to 5%. A recommended increase requires a public hearing to be set, and the increase will not take effect until at least 60 days...

  • Boy Scouts hold food drive

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Boy Scout Troop 731 conducted a food drive for the Fallbrook Food Pantry and Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary at Major Market on Jan. 20. Even in the [at times] heavy rain, the Scouts were in front of Major Market asking for donations. Thanks to the kindness and generosity of the Fallbrook residents, the Scouts collected 470 lbs. of canned food for the food pantry and 130 lbs. of food for the animal sanctuary. In addition, cash donations of $300 was split between the f...

  • Bonsall Rotary honors BHS student Paola Santos Marquez

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    BONSALL – The philanthropically minded Bonsall Rotary Club honored Bonsall High School student Paola Santos Marquez at their weekly meeting on Thursday, Jan. 18. A junior at BHS, Marquez was recognized for her outstanding academic achievements as well as her leadership and generous spirit. Marquez, who is part of the multilingual learner community, takes part in the BHS Ballet Folklorico group, the Spanish Club, Speech & Debate team, and Mock Trial. "Paola is a dream student....

  • Volunteers needed to advocate for San Diego County youth living in foster care

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – Community members can make an impact on a foster child by participating in Voices for Children's annual "Your Voice, Their Future" volunteer recruitment campaign. The campaign, taking place now through May 1 for National Foster Care Awareness Month, aims to recruit new Court Appointed Special Advocates to serve 150 local youth in foster care currently on Voices for Children's waitlist who are in immediate need of a CASA volunteer. With the New Year, many people m...

  • Free tax preparation, filing service offered at senior center

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Free federal and California tax preparation is again being offered at the Fallbrook Senior Center, 399 Heald Lane, starting Feb. 1. Volunteer AARP/IRS trained tax preparers will be available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., by appointment. Non-appointment requests (walk-ins) are welcome for 2023 tax year in the morning only. Non-appointment requests are accepted depending on whether there are enough counselors to do so on the day and time requested. Call 760-728-4498 to schedule an a...

  • Adicoff named to Mississippi State University's fall 2023 president's list

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    MISSISSIPPI STATE, Miss. – Rebekkah Adicoff of Bonsall is among 4,503 students named to the Mississippi State University fall 2023 president’s list. Students on the president’s list achieved a 3.80 or better GPA, based on a 4.0 scale, while completing at least 12 semester hours of coursework with no incomplete grades or grades lower than a C. For more information, visit http://www.msstate.edu. Submitted by Mississippi State University....

  • Kids say the funniest things

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Quotes from brothers Jameson, 7, and Seamus, 5, over the years. Submitted by their mother Kathy Custer Seamus, age 3: "How does the baby get in the momma's belly and then how does it get out?" (Mom pauses to think; unsure how to answer.) Seamus: "Does he walk, drive, ride a bike...?" __________________ Seamus, age 3: "Momma are you finking about what I'm finking about?" Mom: "Well that depends; what are you thinking about?" Seamus: "Nofing." ___________________ Nanny: "I'm feeling a little under the weather." Jameson, age 5:...

  • Hanlon named to University of Alabama fall 2023 dean's list

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Stephanie Hanlon of Fallbrook was named to The University of Alabama dean’s list for fall semester 2023. The university named 13,950 students to the dean’s list during the fall semester 2023 who earned an academic record of 3.5 or above or the president’s list with an academic record of 4.0. The UA dean’s and president’s lists recognize full-time undergraduate students. For more information, visit http://www.ua.edu. Submitted by University of Alabama....

  • Bring the world to your home this coming fall

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    LAGUNA BEACH – ASSE International Student Exchange Programs, a nonprofit public benefit organization, invites local families to discover the many rewards of hosting a foreign exchange student. ASSE students come from more than 50 countries worldwide: France, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Ukraine, Japan, Australia and more. They are between the ages of 15 and 18 years, and they are excited to experience American culture, family life, school, sports. etc. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host f...

  • Kuhn named to Kettering University's fall 2023 dean's list

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    FLINT, Mich. – Matthew Kuhn of Fallbrook was named to Kettering University’s fall 2023 dean’s list. He is majoring in mechanical engineering. The dean’s list recognizes overall academic performance based on the student’s term GPA. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must satisfy the following requirements: be a degree-seeking student with a minimum term GPA of 3.5, no grades below B and a minimum of 16 earned credits for the term. Kuhn was among more than 300 students named to the fall 2023 dean's list. For more in...

  • Hundreds of volunteers join annual point-in-time count

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Fernanda Lopez Halvorson County of San Diego Communications Office Once a year, around 1,500 volunteers walk the streets of San Diego County before the sun comes up as part of the region's Point-in-Time Count to find people experiencing homelessness. The annual survey, called We All Count, is led by the Regional Task Force on Homelessness and provides a one-day count of the number of people experiencing homelessness in San Diego County, including those in emergency shelters...

  • Review of all things Real Estate

    Bob Hillery, CR Properties|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Let’s say that your home is in the perfect location, you've already updated the interiors and painted your doors and walls in popular, sought-after colors all to raise your property's value. What else can you do to squeeze out an even bigger payday once you decide to sell? It's time to turn your attention to landscaping. But landscaping can be very expensive. Several years ago when I investigated doing a backyard makeover, I interviewed a landscape engineer who came highly r...

  • When should you consider a new home?

    Jane Kepley, Special to the Village News|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    As a homeowner, there may come a time when your current home just isn’t what you need it to be. You might be able to update or add on to your property, but that may not be enough to change the circumstances. In some scenarios, buying a new place is the only viable option. But how do you know when you’ve hit that point? Here are four situations in which you should consider whether a new place is the right choice. 1. A changing household: Whether you’re having more child...

  • Fallbrook Newcomers attend a festive holiday party at Pala Mesa Resort

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Newcomers, the community organization dedicated to welcoming and promoting friendship among Fallbrook residents, recently held a fun and festive Holiday Party at the lovely Pala Mesa Resort hosted by Newcomers Events Director Candice Kelly. The Newcomers' annual Holiday Party provides an opportunity for members to enjoy socializing, great entertainment, dancing and a delicious full course buffet dinner at a lovely venue. The Holiday Party took place Dec....

  • Encore kicks off 2024

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Encore Social Club started the new year with their monthly coffee meeting, and hosted guest speaker Frank Brock from the Fallbrook Substation Senior Volunteer Patrol (SVP). SVP is designed to draw upon the experience of citizens aged 50 and over in the community, providing a valuable resource to the Sheriff's Department. SVP's perform a multitude of functions for the department including crime prevention, citizen assistance, vacation home checks, and phone calls a...

  • Roses reset the clock in winter

    Frank Brines, Master Rosarian|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Winter in Southern California is usually short and sometimes confusing. For roses and many other plant types, winter is a time of dormancy, resetting the clock and readying resources for a burst of growth in spring. There are a few things you can do to help this process along and get them ready for a great year of rose blooms. Pruning is the most significant of these. If you haven't begun or finished pruning by now, don't fear. There is still plenty of time to have blooms for...

  • SDG&E urges caution around downed power lines

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – With the current rainstorm over the region, San Diego Gas & Electric urged the public to exercise caution around downed power lines. During rainstorms, power lines may become damaged or fall, potentially posing a threat to those nearby. It is crucial for customers to stay safe, be vigilant and take necessary precautions to avoid potential dangers associated with downed power lines. SDG&E recommended customers follow the following safety measures. Stay away from down lines. Always assume that downed power lines a...

  • San Diego County to update fire guidelines

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – Notice has been given that San Diego County intends to adopt an update to the county “Guidelines for Determining Significance and Report Format and Content Requirements for Wildland Fire and Fire Protection.” The proposed guidelines can be reviewed at https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/pds/Public_Review_Non-CEQA.html. Comments on the guidelines must be sent to the Planning & Development Services at 5510 Overland Ave, San Diego, CA 92123 and should reference the project name: County Of San Diego Guidelines...

  • Supervisors approve donation for long-term vegetation fire retardant

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

    Due to the $5,000 valuation threshold for which donations to the County of San Diego must be approved by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, the $60,000 donation the Fire Safe Council of San Diego County offered to the San Diego County Fire Protection District went before the county supervisors Jan. 23. The vote was 5-0 in favor. The money will fund the purchase of long-term fire retardant for high fire risk areas. In addition to accepting the donation, the motion authorized Board of Supervisors Chair Nora Vargas to...

  • Sheriff Log

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    NOTE: While these reports have been taken straight from the Sheriff's Office, individuals are innocent until proven guilty. These addresses reveal the block number, not an exact location. Jan. 22 200 blk Clayton Parkinson Ct. 5150 - Mental health evaluation - 72 hr observation 1300 blk E. Mission Rd. Violation of domestic violence court order: Simple battery 200 blk W. Clemmens Ln. Arrest - Disorderly conduct: under the influence of drugs 1300 blk S. Mission Rd. 5150 - Mental health evaluation - 72 hr observation 700 blk W....

  • Assemblymember Marie Waldron announces expanded Right to Try legislation

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Marie Waldron (R – Valley Center) introduced AB 1944, legislation to allow patients with rare and ultra-rare diseases to work with their doctors to seek cutting-edge individualized treatments, Jan. 29. Rapid advances in medical innovation enable researchers to design treatments specifically tailored to individual patients based on their genetic information. Sadly, many patients with rare diseases will never have the opportunity to try these groundbreaking treatments. The current FDA clinical tri...

  • Embracing love and memory: Valentine's Day for older adults

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Vicky Gemme Special to Village News While Valentine’s Day is often associated with young love, it is also a very significant milestone for many older adult couples who have spent their lives together. It is a day to not only celebrate lasting love but to reflect on the memories they have shared. And while this day may be joyous for some, for others who may have lost their significant other, it can be a challenging time that requires additional support. Aging adults can celebrate Valentine’s Day in various ways. With such a ri...

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