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Articles from the March 4, 2021 edition

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    Free water calendar features Fallbrook students' colorful artwork

    Updated Mar 8, 2021

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Public Utility District's "Be Water Smart'' calendars are now available at local stores in town. The free calendars can be picked up at Albertson's, Northgate Market, Major Market, Joe's Hardware, the Chamber of Commerce and Fallbrook Printing. The eye-catching calendar features artwork done by Fallbrook fourth-graders and illustrates the contest theme, "Be Water Smart." The images vividly depict the need for saving water. This is the first time F...

  • Ken Taylor

    Vallecitos Student of the Month ceremony honors 20

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter

    Twenty Vallecitos Elementary School students were recognized during the school's Student of the Month ceremony Feb. 23. The drive-through ceremony honored pre-school students Jonathan Flores and Isabella Lopez, kindergarten students Isabella Olvera and Saul Alvarez Reynoso, first-graders Matias Anaya, Jose Perez, and Mason Taylor, second-graders Aaron Duenas, Victoria Alvaro Mateo, and Leonel Zacarias and third-grader Madelyn Yanez. Also honored were fourth-graders Candelario...

  • Richard Stergulz

    Artists create meaningful art at The Green Art House

    Diane A. Rhodes, Special to Village News

    The Green Art House in Fallbrook was started with a twofold purpose in mind: to provide a teaching facility for artists of all levels and styles to create whatever they wanted and to be eco-friendly while doing it. Richard Stergulz and Leslie Sweetland co-founded the nonprofit about eight years ago with a vision to offer classes and events that promote art, art awareness and art education while encouraging and promoting public interest and understanding of art in its variety...

  • Jeff and Nancy Dai and family

    Great China Restaurant closes its doors after 35 years

    Christal Gaines-Emory, Intern

    Jeff and Nancy Dai, owners of the Great China Restaurant, said they are excited to announce their retirement after 35 years of owning and running their restaurant in Fallbrook. The restaurant officially closed on Sunday, Feb. 28. The Great China Restaurant has been serving Fallbrook residents seven days a week year-round, so the Dais are looking forward to a calming retirement, filled with free time that will be spent gardening and creating more memories with their children...

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    Public defender and probation department celebrate 10 years of Veterans Treatment Court

    Donnie Ryan, San Diego County Communications Office|Updated Mar 3, 2021

    In February, the San Diego County public defender and probation department celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the Veterans Treatment Court, a program that has helped more than 140 veterans and active-duty service members get specialized treatment instead of time in jail. Established in February 2011, Veterans Treatment Court is a specialty court that considers treatment in place of incarceration when sentencing a defendant who has served in the military and shows symptoms o...

  • sketch of a man

    Medical examiner adds new tech to 1981 cold case effort

    Yvette Urrea Moe, San Diego County Communications Office|Updated Mar 3, 2021

    The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office is putting current technology into a renewed effort to identify a man whose body was found nearly 40 years ago. His remains were discovered in a burning dumpster outside a Big Bear Market in the 9900 block of Mira Mesa Boulevard, Sept. 28, 1981. Despite efforts at the time, homicide investigators did not find any information to identify him. The San Diego Police Cold Case Unit is now taking another look at this case. Police...

  • Nate Baer, Jennifer DiMuzio and Kaylee Hard

    D'Vine Path students learn how to lead a healthy lifestyle

    Updated Mar 3, 2021

    FALLBROOK – With the challenges faced during 2020, self-care has not been a priority for everyone. Many people had to put their own needs on hold in order to take care of loved ones suffering from COVID-19, run errands for at risk family members and friends, help children conduct online school, adjust to working from home, and there was little to no time for exercise or healthy eating. According to the Center for Disease Control, the stress associated with COVID-19 has c...

  • Numbers of COVID-19 patients at local hospitals continue steep declines

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer|Updated Mar 3, 2021

    As has been the story for weeks now, coronavirus hospitalizations are continuing an extreme decline from the heights of the brutal third wave of the pandemic as vaccines continue to roll out to more and more members of the public. Those with COVID-19 are making up a much smaller share of patients in local hospitals these days – data released on Feb. 21 by the HHS department showed 21% of patients at Temecula Valley Hospital were coronavirus-positive in the week before the report, as well as 17% at Southwest Healthcare S...

  • woman by window

    Learn to cope with your emotions about cancer

    Jessica Young RN CBCN, Patient Navigator at Michelles Place|Updated Mar 3, 2021

    Each person's response to breast cancer is different. It is hard to hear the words, "you have cancer," "your biopsy report came back positive." You may not believe it or accept it. You may think "they" got it wrong. You might feel numb, frightened, sad or worried. As you learn more about your cancer and treatment options, this numbness may lessen. You may find yourself in a confusion mode and trying to cope with all different emotions. Initially, it is common to feel...

  • Top at home-repair blunders to avoid

    Updated Mar 3, 2021

    FALLBROOK – Home improvement projects should be exciting as they progress, with a positive outcome upon completion. However, some home repairs end up turning into an unorganized mess or a homeowner being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous worker. By avoiding some common mistakes and taking common-sense precautions, you can end up with renovations that ‘wow.’ Do not accept the lowest bid just because it is the cheapest on paper Smart homeowners shop around for everything – including work done on their home. But accepti...

  • rose

    Food and water produce the best rose blooms

    Frank Brines, Master Consulting Rosarian|Updated Mar 3, 2021

    Location, location, location! Depending on your location – or more specifically, that of your garden – you may have experienced frost damage to your roses and tender young plants recently. Even gardens in the same general vicinity may have different effects due to their prevailing micro-climates. Lately the temperatures have risen in the Temecula Valley which encourages roses to jump into life. They enjoy this weather. A regular schedule for irrigating should already have beg...

  • sprinkler

    Innovations in irrigation help homeowners to reduce water usage

    Debbie Ramsey, Special to Village News|Updated Mar 3, 2021

    Under a past 'Drought Alert,' San Diego County residents had to adhere to usage restrictions associated with that status by irrigating their landscape before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m., eliminating water waste from inefficient irrigation from runoff or overspray, not washing down paved surfaces and more. Those regulations had most home and business owners taking a hard look at their watering habits. Kyle Hawkins, commercial/wholesale sales manager for Grangetto's Farm & Garden...

  • Still no local vaccination event dates as of March 1

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer

    Dates for local vaccination events have still not been announced by the Fallbrook Regional Health District as the county continues to feel the effects of vaccine shortages, CEO Rachel Mason said in an email update at the end of last week. It wasn’t clear as of press time March 1 exactly when the health district will be able to coordinate vaccine events in the Fallbrook area, but Mason said in her Feb. 26 update that events should be announced sometime the week of March 1. “The (v)accination events that were either pos...

  • laptop distribution

    Palomar distributes hundreds of laptops, electronic resources to students

    Updated Mar 3, 2021

    SAN MARCOS – As students across the nation continue to learn remotely during the COVID-19 health crisis, Palomar College distributed laptop computers, printing cards, internet hotspots and webcams to hundreds of students on Thursday, Feb. 25. The effort was funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, and involved a drive-through distribution in Parking Lot 12 of the San Marcos campus that continued for most of the day. "We have been so humbled a...

  • Sierra Club Santa Margarita Group hosts 2021 photo contest

    Updated Mar 3, 2021

    TEMECULA – The Sierra Club’s motto is to “Explore, Enjoy and Protect” planet Earth. Help the Sierra Club Santa Margarita Group celebrate 2021 Earth Day by attending the Earth Day virtual fair Thursday, April 22, with photos that express the motto. The photo submissions will be divided by age group/grade bracket with elementary school submissions for kindergarten through fifth grade, middle/high school submissions for grades 6-12 and the adult category for people 18 or older. Categories include “Landscape” with mountain ra...

  • Deming earns honor roll distinction from the University of Kansas

    Updated Mar 3, 2021

    LAWRENCE, Kan. – More than 7,100 undergraduate students at the University of Kansas earned honor roll distinction for the fall 2020 semester, including Julia Deming from Fallbrook in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. The honor roll comprises undergraduates who meet requirements in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and in the schools of architecture and design, business, education, engineering, health professions, journalism and mass communications, music, nursing, pharmacy and social welfare. Honor roll criteria v...

  • picnic

    Sit back and relax with a luxury picnic in Temecula Valley

    Lexington Howe, Staff Writer|Updated Mar 3, 2021

    Phillip White, 21, started his new business, which delivers a personalized luxury picnic including environment and food, during the coronavirus pandemic. "My parents are both entrepreneurs, so that kind of is what sparked the whole thought process, just figuring out some kind of business I could do for myself," White said. "Watching them do their thing, it kind of just made me realize I want to be self-employed as well, so I was trying to think of something that would be...

  • FPUD Board approves payment to LAFCO for costs related to analyzing detachment proposal

    Updated Mar 3, 2021

    FALLBROOK –The Fallbrook Public Utility District board of directors has approved a payment to the San Diego Local Agency Formation Commission for processing and studying its proposal to leave the San Diego County Water Authority, which district leaders say will save Fallbrook ratepayers millions of dollars a year in water costs. “LAFCO requires applicants to pay for all costs associated with reviewing and analyzing their proposal,” said FPUD general manager Jack Bebee. “For us, this upfront expense is relatively minimal...

  • FPUD approves directors' per diem increase

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

    Board members of the Fallbrook Public Utility District will receive an increase in the per diem they are paid for attending board or other meetings on behalf of FPUD. The board voted 5-0, Monday, Feb. 22, to approve a per diem increase from $110.25 to $115.76. “We get a tiny raise,” Jennifer DeMeo, board president of FPUD, said. FPUD’s administrative code stipulated that per diem pay is to be reviewed annually, and any increase is limited to 5%. “This is an item that the board considers every year,” Paula de Sousa Mills, le...

  • Dr. Steven Campman

    County announces new Chief Medical Examiner

    Donnie Ryan, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Mar 3, 2021

    The County of San Diego has announced a new Chief Medical Examiner to lead an office with 57 personnel and a budget of $12.1 million responsible for the county's medicolegal forensic death investigations. Dr. Steven Campman, the former Chief Deputy Medical Examiner who had been filling the director position in an interim capacity for the past four months, has officially accepted the role on a permanent basis. In his new position as director, Campman said he hopes to continue...

  • Kelly Martinez

    Gore announces appointment of Assistant Sheriff Kelly Martinez to undersheriff

    Updated Mar 3, 2021

    SAN DIEGO – Assistant Sheriff Kelly Martinez will be replacing Undersheriff Mike Barnett who is retiring after 29 years of service to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and people of San Diego County. Barnett was thanked for his dedication and work to keep communities safe. Martinez joined the sheriff's department as a deputy in 1985 and was assigned to the Las Colinas and Descanso Detention Facilities. In 1988, she was assigned to the Fallbrook sheriff's substation w...

  • Fallbrook VFW hosts the "Share a Pair" hygiene drive for veterans

    Updated Mar 3, 2021

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1924 will be hosting a “Share-A-Pair” drive for homeless veterans. The drive will take place Saturdays and Sundays, March 6-7 and March 20-21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are asking for new pairs of socks, underwear and hygiene gear to be dropped off at 1175 Old Stage Road in Fallbrook. For more information, call the information line at 760-728-8784 or visit the Fallbrook VFW’s website at Submitted by the Fallbrook Veterans of Foreign Wars Po...

  • Grocery Outlet to host blood drive with San Diego Blood Bank

    Updated Mar 3, 2021

    FALLBROOK – Grocery Outlet is hosting a community blood drive in partnership with the San Diego Blood Bank, Monday, March 15, from 1‑6 p.m. The blood drive will take place in the parking lot at 1101 S. Main Ave. in Fallbrook. The blood bank will conduct antibody testing of each donation, but it is not a diagnostic test. It will not detect active COVID-19 infections or recent exposure. For all COVID-19 blood donation restrictions related to symptoms and exposure, visit Anyone 17 and...

  • FWC to learn about military baby showers

    Updated Mar 3, 2021

    FALLBROOK – The next Fallbrook Woman’s Club meeting will be held Tuesday, March 9, at 11 a.m. There is a business agenda and a guest speaker, Courtney Hilborn. She is vice president of “Operation Showers of Appreciation.” The organization hosts large scale baby showers for military families expecting a baby. It is a 100% volunteer, donation-based organization. OSOA has other programs to assist military families as well. Join us at the general meeting to hear from Hilborn and OSOA’s work. FWC member meetings are monthly,...

  • All invited to attend FUESD board meeting

    Updated Mar 3, 2021

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Union Elementary School District governing board will meet Monday, March 8, at 6 p.m. Meeting agendas and login information can be found at All parents and community members are encouraged to attend the meeting virtually. Submitted by Fallbrook Union Elementary School District....

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