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Articles from the February 4, 2021 edition

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  • girl scout and Jeaneane Henson

    Bonsall Woman's Club supports Operation Thin Mint

    Updated Feb 9, 2021

    BONSALL – The Bonsall Woman's Club participated recently in Operation Thin Mint, a service-oriented program created by Girl Scout San Diego in 2002. The club has been supporting Operation Thin Mint for many years, and members of the Girl Scouts speak at each February general meeting. The project provides deployed military members with "America's favorite cookies and countless notes of support" as a reminder that their families and community have not forgotten the sacrifices th...

  • man cooking burger

    VFW raises funds with Hamburger Night

    Fallbrook VFW Commander Chris Ingraham and Fallbrook American Legion Commander Marti Sonniksen cook hamburger patties for customers during the VFW's fundraising Hamburger Night, Jan. 25. The 1/2 pound patties were donated to the post to cook during the event....

  • jockey riding horse

    Wildman Jack takes a big win

    Updated Feb 4, 2021

    Wildman Jack, who trained at the San Luis Rey Training Center as a 3-year-old in 2019, is on his way to winning the Grade 3 Palos Verdes Stakes race, Jan. 23, at Santa Anita Park, 4 1/4 lengths ahead of San Luis Rey newcomer Shashashakemeup. See story and more photos on page X-X....

  • SDG&E public affairs manager addresses Rainbow CPG about shutoffs

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter

    San Diego Gas & Electric public affairs manager Joe Galbadon addressed the Jan. 27 Rainbow Community Planning Group meeting to discuss the procedure for power shut offs in the event of fire risk. Galbadon was joined by SDG&E municipal advisor Maggie Sleeper in the presentation. The talk focused on the timing of power shutoff plans, the notification process, and measures SDG&E is pursuing to reduce future shutoffs. "The power shut offs are only used as a last resort," Galbadon said. "It creates a tremendous amount of...

  • 'Train Up a Child'

    Dr. Rick Koole, Life Pointe Church

    One of the best-known promises in the Bible is given to parents: "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not turn from it." (Proverbs 22:6) Dads play such an important role in raising kids and are cautioned against exasperating their children during the training process. "Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." (Ephesians 6:4) Following are some suggestions for dads from both...

  • Real Estate Round-Up: Attitude affects transactions

    Kim Murphy, Murphy & Murphy Southern California Realty

    At·ti·tude /ˈadəˌt(y)o͞od/ noun 1.a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person's behavior: "she took a tough attitude toward other people's indulgences" Synonyms point of view, view, viewpoint, vantage point, frame of mind, way of thinking, way of looking at things, school of thought, outlook, angle, slant, perspective, reaction, stance, standpoint, position, inclination, orientation, approach, opinion, ideas...

  • New vaccine 'Super Station' opens in San Marcos as pandemic drags on

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer

    A new “Vaccination Super Station” has opened in North County at California State University San Marcos while the San Diego region continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic. The Super Station opened on Jan. 31 and has the capability to vaccinate up to 5,000 people per day, according to county officials, although anyone who wishes to be vaccinated at the facility must make an appointment online at Hospitalizations are declining in the region; as of Saturday, Jan. 30, there were 1,3...

  • Congressman Issa named to powerful House committees

    Washington, D.C. – The House Republican Steering Committee selected Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) to serve on the powerful House Committee on the Judiciary and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Jan. 27, Issa released the following statement: “I am honored to return to service as a Senior Member of the Judiciary and Foreign Affairs committees this Congress. These committees stand at the forefront of our nation’s great challenges: protecting free speech, securing our border, reforming immigration, combating globa...

  • Dr. Jenna LeComte-Hinely

    What is your cancer risk?

    Dr. Jenna LeComte-Hinely, Health Assessment and Research for Communities|Updated Feb 4, 2021

    An important part of cancer prevention is knowing your personal level of risk. While there is no way to tell with absolute certainty whether you will develop cancer, doctors do know that age, gender, race and ethnicity are useful in gauging the level of risk each patient faces. Individuals who are at higher risk based on their demographics should increase the frequency of their cancer screenings. Age Increasing age is the most important risk factor for cancer, according to...

  • NFPA presents 'Faces of Fire/Electrical' video campaign series

    Updated Feb 4, 2021

    QUINCY, Mass. – The National Fire Protection Association and the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors have introduced the latest video interview of their six-part campaign series, “Faces of Fire/Electrical,” which features personal stories of people impacted by electrical incidents, demonstrating the need for continued education and awareness about electrical hazards at home and in the workplace. Dr. Victor Joe is the newest interview in the video campaign. As clinical professor of surgery and medical director of Unive...

  • Help to keep children smiling amid COVID-19

    Dr. Richard Gesker, UnitedHealthcare|Updated Feb 4, 2021

    COVID-19 has disrupted multiple aspects of daily life, including how people access dental care. That’s in part because many dental offices closed during the early part of the pandemic, and some people have stayed away since. In fact, dental care spending in the United States declined by an estimated 38% in 2020, with an additional 20% slump expected this year, according to the American Dental Association. As a result, fewer people may be accessing routine dental care that may help prevent oral pain and untreated disease. M...

  • COVID-19 hospitalizations still at very high levels in Southwest County

    Will Fritz, Associate Editor|Updated Feb 4, 2021

    It’s little surprise: while COVID-19 hospitalizations are down at some local hospitals, they rose at others in the latest data released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and coronavirus patients continue to make up an extraordinary percentage of those hospitalized in Riverside and San Diego counties. Coronavirus patients are in fact a majority of patients at all Southwest Riverside County hospitals except one, as well as at Palomar Medical Center Escondido, the closest San Diego County hospital to F...

  • pregnant woman with man

    County campaign aims to save black babies, mothers

    Jose A Alvarez, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 4, 2021

    Black infants in San Diego County are three times more likely to die at birth and 60% more likely to be premature than white infants. To continue to drive these numbers down, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency launched Black Legacy Now, an education and outreach campaign to improve health outcomes for Black babies and their mothers in the region, Jan. 28. The new campaign supports the county's Perinatal Equity Initiative, which is being funded with a $1.45 m...

  • Dr. Kelly Motadel

    County doctor appointed to Medi-Cal Children's Health Advisory Panel

    Jose A Alvarez, San Diego County Communications Office|Updated Feb 4, 2021

    The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency's child health officer has been appointed to a state board that provides advice on issues impacting children whose parents have limited income and resources. Dr. Kelly Motadel is one of 15 members on the Medi-Cal Children's Health Advisory Panel, which advises the California Department of Health Care Services on policy and operational issues that affect children on Medi-Cal. "I'm really looking forward to this experience...

  • butterfly

    Attract Painted Lady butterflies with lupine

    Updated Feb 3, 2021

    FALLBROOK – The Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui, is the most widespread butterfly on the planet, occupying all continents except Australia and Antarctica. Its name means "Butterfly of Thistle" and its global abundance is most likely due to its larvae feeding on such a wide variety of plants. The Painted Lady feeds on over three hundred different host plants. The Painted Lady is one of the types of butterflies that does not follow a seasonal migration pattern; some scientific evid...

  • Lantana

    Grow these 5 easy-to-grow plants in Fallbrook area

    Debbie Ramsey, Special to the Village News|Updated Feb 3, 2021

    With its mild Mediterranean climate, Fallbrook provides favorable weather conditions for growing a wide host of trees, plants, fruits, vegetables and ornamentals. For those that may not possess the world's greenest thumb, the following five selections might be worth considering, as many residents have experienced success with them. Lantana, (Lantana camara) Lantana is a hardy, colorful, drought-tolerant plant that trails attractively and can be used in myriad locations within...

  • Supervisors call for more lenient marijuana ordinance

    Joe Naiman, Village News reporter|Updated Feb 3, 2021

    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors began the process of developing a more lenient ordinance for the zoning of marijuana cultivation and sales, Jan. 27. A 4-1 vote, with Jim Desmond opposed, directed the development of Zoning Ordinance and Regulatory Code amendments which would repeal the existing ordinance restricting medical and recreational marijuana dispensaries and cultivation, allow the sale of edible and drinkable as well as smokable cannabis products and allow cannabis retail sales in areas with commercial and i...

  • cars on road

    Fallbrook residents raise alarm about speeding problems on Gum Tree Lane

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer

    Some Fallbrook residents are sounding the alarm about speeding problems in their area. Neighbors along Gum Tree Lane say they have been concerned for years, but their worries were realized with a dangerous crash on New Year's Day. The crash was "exactly at the spot we thought it would happen," said Tom Winter. "Gum Tree and Autumn Rose." The crash, he said, happened when a speeding driver who was coming over a hill in the area – and thus blind to the road conditions ahead ...

  • Millers named to dean's list and president's list

    Updated Feb 3, 2021

    WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – In recognition of academic performance, University of the Cumberlands announced that Caitlin Miller of Fallbrook was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2020 semester and Christian Miller of Fallbrook was named to the president’s list for the fall 2020 semester. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50, and be in good academic standing. To be eligible for the president’s list, students must be enrolled in at lea...

  • Jonathan Fierro

    FUHSD honors Dalton, Chisholm-Reyes, Riley and Fierro

    Updated Feb 3, 2021

    FALLBROOK – To begin the new year, the Student of the Month Committee has selected and honored four district seniors, nominated by Fallbrook Union High School District staff members. January Students of the Month from Fallbrook High School included Analiese Sandoval Dalton, Elliot Chisholm-Reyes and Elizabeth Riley, and Ivy High School selected Jonathan Fierro. In place of the community recognition breakfast, the students were celebrated with a caravan of staff, a...

  • What is a small business?

    Updated Feb 3, 2021

    WASHINGTON – The majority of U.S. businesses have fewer than five employees. Small businesses are often hailed as a vital segment of our national and local economies and a primary driver of U.S. financial growth. But just what is a small business? Is it based on a company’s number of employees or sales? Is it defined by the size of individual business locations, or “establishment,” or the size of the company, or “firm,” that owns those locations? Firm size To many, a small business is based on the amount of money it makes an...

  • FPUD sets Feb. 22 hearing for directors' per diem increase

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 3, 2021

    The Fallbrook Public Utility District has set a Feb. 22 hearing for a 5% increase in the per diem pay board members receive. The hearing was set Jan. 25 on a 4-0 FPUD board vote, with Jennifer DeMeo recovering from surgery. A 5% increase from the current $110.25 directors receive for attending meetings would equate to $115.76 for each meeting. “Most districts are a little bit higher,” Jack Bebee, general manager of FPUD, said. FPUD’s administrative code stipulated that per diem pay is to be reviewed annually, and any incre...

  • Zac Strain

    Fallbrook resident creates computer business to help those in need during the pandemic

    Lexington Howe, Staff Writer|Updated Feb 3, 2021

    Lifelong Bonsall and Fallbrook resident Zachary Strain found a way to turn the pandemic around for himself and his wife. "I spent a couple years in Saudi Arabia, my wife could only tolerate so many years of that," Strain said. "I decided it was time to come back, maybe find a job related to my degree." It was shortly after the pandemic hit. "Computers have always been my hobby, taking apart computers and troubleshooting problems, hooking up equipment, I've always enjoyed...

  • Survey finds 59% of Americans are starting 2021 with debt

    Updated Feb 3, 2021

    FALLBROOK – With many people wanting to start 2021 on the right financial foot, tackling debt may be at the top of the list. According to a recent survey from, 64% of Americans are starting 2021 with credit card debt. Whether they went over budget on holiday shopping or they want to get ahead of their finances this year, here are five tips to tackle debt from Rebecca Gramuglia, consumer expert at Cut back on frivolous spending. Take the time this new year to reset and curb any unnecessary spen...

  • Fallbrook Girls Softball now registering

    Updated Feb 3, 2021

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Girls Softball is one of the few sports currently open for youth this spring. Due to COVID restrictions, the season will start as practices only but Fallbrook Girls Softball is optimistic that there will be softball games this season! Softball games will be allowed within the County guidelines for Return To Safe Play once the County is back into the Red Tier. Fallbrook Girls Softball is affiliated with USA Softball and is following all protocols put out by USA Softball and the County. Currently in the P...

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