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Articles from the February 8, 2024 edition


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  • Goat crisis spurs search

    Tim O Leary, Special to the Valley News|Updated Feb 10, 2024

    Hello again, friends and fellow travelers. I come before you today with an announcement and an alert. First the announcement: a stellar column written by your humble narrator last July – which ran under the headline "Writer reports his foray into farming" – has won me a prestigious promotion. I am now the official goat and chicken reporter for a media juggernaut that has become, by default, the lone surviving voice in a vast area that stretches from Bonsall to Lake...

  • FRHD expands its collaborative partnership with Palomar Family Counseling

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Regional Health District and Palomar Family Counseling Service, Inc. are pleased to announce an exciting expansion in their collaborative partnership. FRHD hosted an Open House at its Community Health & Wellness Center to officially launch this collaborative partnership and to spotlight the collective dedication to mental health and community support. What's included in this partnership are counseling services that are now available to the...

  • CWA contacts with Katz & Associates for capital improvements outreach

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    Even though the Fallbrook Public Utility District has detached from the San Diego County Water Authority and the Rainbow Municipal Water District is in the process of detaching from the SDCWA, CWA infrastructure remains in the FPUD and Rainbow service area and the CWA will have capital improvements projects which will impact local residents and businesses. The Tuesday, Jan. 23, CWA board meeting included approval of a professional services contract with Katz & Associates Inc. for as-needed outreach support services. Katz &...

  • New Year, New Baby: First Little Blue Penguin hatches at Birch Aquarium

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    LA JOLLA – For the first time, a Little Blue Penguin hatched at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California San Diego. The chick made its debut on New Year's Day in the aquarium's Penguin Care and Conservation Center in Beyster Family Little Blue Penguins. "Our team is beyond excited to welcome this adorable new addition to the Birch Aquarium family. Our penguin colony is truly a diverse group, comprised of individuals from five...

  • Kicking It – Valentines 2024

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to The Village News|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    It’s Valentine’s Day! Again, this year, I am amongst the lucky ones. I have a sweetheart. That was not always the case. No one knows better than I because for more than 25 years I dated lots and lots and lots of guys until finally at 59 I decided it was time to remarry. That’s when on that fine day I looked squarely in the mirror and had a one-on-one conversation with myself. With my experience in sales, I knew if I wanted a different result, I had to change what I was...

  • California Poison Control: Make a New Year's Resolution to protect children from cannabis edibles

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    CALIFORNIA – Children don't know that the colorful cannabis edibles wrapped in packages that often mimic familiar-looking brands of gummies, candies and other snacks can be risky for them to eat. but adults do. And according to California Poison Control, these edibles can increase the risk of accidental poisoning and send children to the emergency room. Edibles have become so pervasive that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of incidents in which children younger than 5 are eating edible cannabis products bein...

  • Stay sober and maintain healthy romantic relationships

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    Jody Boulay Special to the Village News Recovering from addiction is different for each person. There are circumstances where a person in recovery feels a need to pursue romantic relationships. Valentine’s Day can often create emotions that spark this desire. Generally, most health professionals recommend that people in early recovery from substance abuse wait about one year before pursuing a new relationship. However, there is no set-in-stone time limit, but it’s crucial never to lose sight of recovery goals. California...

  • Parkinson's Support Group to learn about mobility products

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    FALLBROOK – North County Parkinson's Support Group (NCPSG) Fallbrook invites everyone to join them for their monthly Parkinson's Support Group meeting, Friday Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to noon held at the Health and Wellness Center 1636 E. Mission Road. The speakers will be Ben Marsh and Kindra French from 101 Mobility and Sam Bosboom from Rollz Mobility. The topic is “Home Safety for Aging in Place & Mobility Products.” 101 Mobility is the largest full-line provider of mobility and accessibility equipment in the nation, and it...

  • County, San Diego Foundation launch Flood Response Fund

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    San Diegans who want to help local victims recover from this week’s severe storm can now make financial donations to a new Flood Response Fund. The county worked with the San Diego Foundation to set up the online fund. The San Diego Foundation will match donations up to $100,000. Money from the fund will only be directed to non-profits helping flood victims. The fund is not accepting any non-monetary donations at this time. Monday’s storm was the fourth wettest day recorded since 1850. The torrential downpours caused...

  • Dreaming of starting your own nonprofit organization?

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    Jean Larsen Executive Director Legacy Endowment Community Foundation In my career, I’ve been asked “what does it take to start up and run a nonprofit organization?” more times than I can count. I know this question comes from a deeply heartfelt place, asked by someone who is dreaming of the opportunity to make a lasting impact or to create a positive change from something they’ve experienced. Such inspirational planning can range from supplying cuddly soft teddy bears to every child entering a hospital emergency...

  • Rainbow allows non-resident ratepayers to be on standing committees

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    The Rainbow Municipal Water District has three standing committees. A member of one of those committees does not need to be on Rainbow’s board but needed to be a resident in the Rainbow Municipal Water District service area. A change in the committee’s policy now allows non-resident ratepayers to serve on those committees. A 4-0 Rainbow board vote Tuesday, Jan. 23, with one vacant seat, approved the change to Rainbow’s administrative code. Committees may be comprised of Rainbow board members, staff and legal ratepayers...

  • Workers of the Week have goals

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

  • California experiences third-worst teacher shortage in the U.S., new report reveals

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    GEORGIA – ProCare Therapy, a leading school therapy and teacher staffing agency, conducted an analysis of the ongoing teacher shortage crisis to raise awareness of the impact teachers have on the quality of education students receive. Nevada, Utah, and California have the highest teacher shortages. The new report highlights that elementary, language arts, social studies, and physical education teachers are most in demand. California has the third-highest rate of teacher shortages in the country, with a ratio of one teacher...

  • Growing School Gardens Summit to be held in San Diego

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – School gardeners from around the nation will be attending the Growing School Gardens Summit San Diego, March 15-18. This national school garden conference is to be held at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. Anyone involved in local school gardens is invited to attend with their garden friends, master gardeners and meet new gardeners at this weekend conference. It will provide them with ideas to improve their school gardens, provide garden education and connect them with new friends. The conference is hosted by Sp...

  • Review of all things Real Estate: What factors influence mortgage interest rates?

    Bob Hillery, CR Properties|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    When searching for a loan, most borrowers will seek the one that offers the lowest mortgage interest rate. A low interest rate means less expensive monthly payments, so the borrower will be saving money over the life of the loan. Below are the common factors that influence mortgage interest rates. One of the largest contributors to a mortgage rate is the borrower’s credit score report. A credit score is a summary of your borrowing history, including any late payments,...

  • County advertises for bids to resurface 24 Greater Fallbrook road segments

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    San Diego County approved the advertisement for bid and subsequent award of contracts to resurface road segments throughout the county including 24 road segments in Greater Fallbrook. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 Wednesday, Jan. 24, to authorize the director of the county’s Department of Purchasing and Contracting to advertise and award multiple construction contracts and to take other actions related to contracting for asphalt concrete overlay and slurry seal treatment projects on the roads. The...

  • Supervisors approve airpark runway rehabilitation contract bid and award process

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved the advertisement for bid and subsequent award of a construction contract to rehabilitate the runway at Fallbrook Community Airpark. The supervisors’ 5-0 vote Wednesday, Jan. 24, authorizes the director of the county’s Department of Purchasing and Contracting to take the necessary actions to advertise the contract for bid and to award the contract. County Airports is a division of the county’s Department of Public Works, and the motion also designated the director of...

  • Re: 'Echoes from the past: today's 'Know Nothing Party' [Village News, Letter, 2/1/24]

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    In response to Mr. Popovich’s letter, he likes history. So let’s delve into history. We get into the wayback machine…cue the organ, and bingo! Here we are in 1854. The Republican party was formed specifically to stop the spread, and eventually abolish, slavery. Read it, again, fact. Those rascally Republicans had the nerve to want to free blacks that could be called unwilling immigrants. They ran a guy for president, Abe Lincoln, later killed by a saintly Democrat. The saintly Democrats vehemently opposed abolition,...

  • The Compromised Plate: A call for real food over drugs

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    As a person who has struggled for decades with my weight, I have been researching the latest wonder drug for weight loss: Ozempic (semaglutide). I have seen doctors support it and say it is the way of the future. I have seen endorsements explaining that excess weight is not “your fault.” Of course, that resonates with me, because I certainly don’t want it to be my fault. But somehow I don’t believe that, and I know that the healthier I eat and the more I walk and...

  • Iowa caucus shows integrity of in-person voting

    Joe Naiman, Writer|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    The fact that none of the losing candidates complained about the legitimacy of the voting in Iowa’s presidential caucus shows the merits of maximizing in-person voting. Because a caucus requires electors to be present in person, there was no mail-in balloting. It eliminated any possibility of voter fraud, ballot harvesting or any other compromise to the integrity of the election system. The first controversy over absentee ballots involved an incumbent president running for re-election and being challenged by a former...

  • Wear red for women's heart health

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    February is American Heart Month, and this year Feb. 2 was National Wear Red for Women Day, which encourages people to wear red to help raise awareness about cardiovascular diseases. This year the Legislative Women’s Caucus has again supported a Senate Concurrent Resolution to recognize women’s heart health in the month of February. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reports that cardiovascular diseases are the nation’s leading cause of death for men and...

  • There is still a pay gap between women and men

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    Today is the 15th anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Jan. 29. Women in Assembly District 75 have the lived experience of pay that is unequal to their male counterparts. The Biden administration is taking steps to close the wage gap for federal employees by eliminating the use of salary history for new federal employees. Relying on salary history assumes that prior salaries were fairly established in the first place. As a result of the federal government’s pay equity practices the gender wage gap is already...

  • Preparing for wet weather

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

    It has already been a wet winter, with more rain expected. Witnessing the impact of the recent storm on our region, we are determined to minimize potential damage. I wanted to give you information to help prepare you for the next time a storm arrives. The County Office of Emergency Services urges everyone to take proactive steps by devising a plan, assembling an emergency go-kit, and staying informed through alerts. Here’s what you can do. · Have a go-kit to keep necessary...

  • When did bipartisanship become illegal?

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    I considered debunking Mr. Maynard’s stroll down memory lane (rising tide of Marxism) then I realized I needed only two words: total irrelevance. Done. Instead, here are some news items that caught my eye. The House just recently sent a bipartisan-supported bill to the Senate (yes, bipartisan). The bill, H.R. 7024 Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024, does provide some tax breaks for the wealthy, but it also provides a substantial increase in the child tax credit amount as well as an extension of eligibi...

  • Poll workers still needed for March Presidential Primary

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

    The Registrar’s office is seeking additional poll workers throughout the county for the March 2024 presidential primary election. Poll workers play an essential role in elections and can serve their community while earning a stipend. There is a particular need for poll workers who are bilingual in Chinese, Vietnamese and Filipino to work at vote centers located around North County, South Bay and East County. In addition, the Registrar’s office needs poll workers who are bilingual in Somali for vote centers in Oak Park,...

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