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Articles from the March 10, 2022 edition


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  • North County Fire promotes and badges new officers

    Updated Oct 14, 2022

    Chloe Shaver Writer Intern The North County Fire department held a badge pinning ceremony on March 2 to celebrate the district's new employees and recent promotions. Those promoted were Todd Parmelee, Sam Russell, and Ryan Lewis. New hires were Thomas Castillo, Brock Rutledge, Daniela Vargas, and Celestino Chavez. Each employee was joined by family members who pinned their badge on, and Chief McReynolds spoke about their accomplishments and the highlights of each person's...

  • Saul Alinsky's teachings

    Updated Mar 17, 2022

    I ran across an interesting article when the headline caught my attention. The headline read..."The Useful Idiot Strategy Of The Left." So, before any of you come out attacking me for being mean, or telling me what a wonderful person you are and how awful I am, you need to look at the writings and organizing of Alinsky, Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, and currently Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. When I first read the title I thought, wow this is a little derogatory, although we do have many uneducated people and call them...

  • Parkinson's Support Group meeting to feature sculptor Jim Helms

    Updated Mar 11, 2022

    FALLBROOK – The monthly Fallbrook Parkinson's Support Group meeting will be held Friday, March 25, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Fallbrook Regional Wellness Center, 1636 E. Mission Road. Fallbrook has an amazing number of highly-regarded professional people, artisans and community service providers. Guest speakers at the meeting will be Jim Helms and his wife, Victoria, who are dynamic members of the Fallbrook community and the Parkinson's Support group. His talk is titled "...

  • Allergies recognized as sixth leading cause of chronic illness

    Updated Mar 11, 2022

    Shelby Ramsey Special to the Village News Recognized as the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States*, allergies come in many varieties and affect both children and adults. Foods, medicines, pollen, and more bring about coughing, sneezing, hives, rashes, headaches, itchy eyes, a runny nose, and more to those allergic to them. In some cases, an allergic reaction can be fatal. Dr. Robert Ziering, who has specialized in treating adult and pediatric allergies an...

  • Mobile crisis response teams successfully operating countywide

    Updated Mar 11, 2022

    José A. Álvarez County of San Diego Communications Office County of San Diego officials and community partners announced Feb. 28 the early results and the launch of a broad, public awareness campaign for a program providing a specialized response to people experiencing a mental health, drug or alcohol-related crisis. Since the Mobile Crisis Response Teams began services in January 2021, the non-law enforcement program has responded to 672 referrals and successfully linked o...

  • Experts team up to reach youth about dangers of drug abuse

    Updated Mar 11, 2022

    Rick Monroe Special to the Village News Whether speaking to a crowded high school auditorium of students or the single parent who attended a March 1 community meeting, Rockwell "Rocky" Herron has a clear message about the current threats of vaping, drinking and drug abuse. It's a life or death matter. Fentanyl or another drug. Now, he's taking the message of the threat of these addictions to both schools and parents through a program of the San Diego County Office of...

  • Three selected as 'Fallbrook's Finest'

    Updated Mar 11, 2022

    Rick Monroe Special to the Village News Ilsa Garza-Gonzalez, superintendent of the Fallbrook Union High School District, announced three individuals as "Fallbrook's Finest" for February at the school board meeting on Feb. 24. Angela Goode is the payroll/benefits technician for the district. "Angie, as she is commonly known by all, treats everyone with respect and graciousness and answers questions thoroughly and patiently," the superintendent said. "She works relentlessly to...

  • MCJROTC team to compete in National Academic Bowl Championship

    Updated Mar 11, 2022

    FALLBROOK – Through all the obstacles students have faced over the last two years, Marine Corps JROTC cadets have risen to the challenge through their participation in the 2021-2022 JROTC Leadership & Academic Bowl. The cadets from Fallbrook Union High School have proven their ability to overcome and succeed despite those obstacles. After advancing through two intense phases of online competition, the FUHS MCJROTC Academic Team composed of CameronJoe Cruz, Sean Daley, Erin H...

  • Bedard named to dean's list at Biola University

    Updated Mar 11, 2022

    LA MIRADA, Calif. – Noah Bedard was named to Biola University's dean's list for academic excellence. Bedard, a Fallbrook resident and political science major, was one of nearly 1,800 students who were named to the dean's list in fall 2021. Biola students are placed on the dean's list to honor those with a GPA of 3.6 or higher while enrolled in 12 or more credits and whose cumulative GPA is at least 3.2. "Inclusion in Biola University's Dean's List is reserved for students who demonstrate exceptional performance in their a...

  • FUESD test scores higher on mid-year report

    Updated Mar 11, 2022

    Rick Monroe Special to the Village News Despite students missing in-person learning much of the prior school year, STAR testing scores improved in the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District according to a progress report presented at the Feb. 28 school board meeting. The report, based on the district’s Local Control and Accountability Plan, is likely a “first-time, one-time” state mandated assessment. The annual report will still be required at the end of the school year. This mid-year assessment was to help evaluate the...

  • Fallbrook Senior Center announces new executive director

    Updated Mar 11, 2022

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Senior Center recently welcomed back Susie Gonsalves as its new executive director. Gonsalves served with the senior center as operations manager for eight years before leaving in 2019. When an extended leave of absence kept the previous executive director confined to home, Gonsalves agreed to return in the role of interim director in November. Gonsalves accepted the permanent appointment to executive director of the Fallbrook Senior Center effective...

  • Three things to know when building and maintaining credit

    Updated Mar 11, 2022

    Rebecca Gramuglia Special to the Village News March marks National Credit Education Month. When was the last time you pulled your credit report? Well, according to a recent study from Consumer Reports, you may find at least one error (reported by more than one-third of participants) alongside errors with your personal information (reported by nearly 30% of participants). And according to a recent survey from TopCashback.com, 58% of Americans prefer to use a credit card when shopping. The latter survey polled a cross-section o...

  • Treasurer-Tax Collector updates investment policy to consider ESG investments

    Updated Mar 11, 2022

    Updated investment policy prohibits County from investing in securities in the fossil fuel industry SAN DIEGO – San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister joins the growing movement by government agencies to consider environmental, social and governance factors when investing public funds. The San Diego County Investment Pool, which reached $13.58 billion in January reviews its investment policy annually and updates it as needed. This year’s update will consider ESG practices when evaluating securities aimed at...

  • Pala Casino, Spa and Resort partners with Live Fast Motorsports

    Updated Mar 11, 2022

    MOORESVILLE – Live Fast Motorsports and Pala Casino, Spa and Resort announced their partnership for the NASCAR Cup Series' Fontana, Fall Las Vegas, and Phoenix Finale races, in February. The two companies entered this strategic partnership to provide NASCAR fans and west-coast locals with increased awareness and access to one of the top Casino, Spa and Resorts in southern California. The agreement combines professional stock car racing and SoCal's entertainment capital. Pala C...

  • 40-megawatt battery storage project moves forward on E. Mission property

    Updated Mar 11, 2022

    Village News Staff There have been questions from residents on social media lately wondering what is being built in the 1400 block of East Mission Road. The project can be seen from the road as you drive west of Stage Coach Lane. The answer is a 40-megawatt battery storage facility, built by AES Energy Storage which is the largest battery storage facility in the San Diego region. The county's Planning Commission approved the project on June 26, 2020, according to a Village...

  • Jimenez, Fluck, Gallegos and Sim honored as Students of the Month

    Updated Mar 11, 2022

    Lucette Moramarco Associate Editor The Fallbrook Union High School District honored its latest set of Students of the Month March 3 at North Coast Church. The honorees were Jenny Jimenez of Oasis and Fallbrook High students Dawson Fluck, Damon Gallegos and Nolan Sim. FUHS Superintendent Ilsa Garza-Gonzalez started off the ceremony with an update on what's been going on at the high school. She said that during the pandemic when everything was shut down, her advisory council hel...

  • It's official: No mask mandate for FUESD

    Updated Mar 11, 2022

    Rick Monroe Special to the Village News Beginning Monday, March 14, students in the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District will not be required to wear masks at their schools. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced lifting that mandate on Feb. 28 and, the same evening, FUESD Superintendent Candace Singh told the school board that the district may do likewise. Singh explained to the board that she wanted to wait to see if the San Diego County Public Health Department would follow the governor’s new policy. After that proved to not h...

  • Real-Estate Round-Up: politics and real estate value

    Kim Murphy, Murphy & Murphy Southern California Realty|Updated Mar 11, 2022

    Politics and real estate are not mutually exclusive. Most everything that happens in politics which becomes governance, impacts property. I am reminded of the Realtor Code of Ethics Preamble that begins: “Under all is the land. Upon its wise utilization and widely allocated ownership depend the survival and growth of free institutions and of our civilization.” Much of what I grew up believing is being challenged today, and if I am completely honest, has been challenged as far...

  • Science doesn't matter – Only compliance – Be a goose stepper

    Updated Mar 11, 2022

    Julie Reeder Publisher The California legislature supermajority of Democrats, not immune from pharmaceutical contributions, has introduced the most pro-pharmaceutical, oppressive, and strictest set of COVID-19 bills to date in the nation, including outlawing doctors’ freedom of speech. Become a goose stepper or else! Science doesn’t matter. A goose stepper – according to the Urban Dictionary – is someone who blindly follows a political or religious movement for the sake of nationalism or imposing their views onto others....

  • Rising energy costs are a problem

    Updated Mar 11, 2022

    Last week, I sent a letter to Governor Newsom and the California Public Utilities Commission to immediately implement measures to alleviate rising energy costs. The State of California is expected to have at least a $45.7 billion budget surplus in 2022. These are taxpayer dollars that should be used to lower the energy bills for all San Diegans. You can read the letter below and I will keep you updated on the progress. Dear Governor Newsom, As Supervisor of the Fifth District representing North San Diego County, I am writing...

  • You can help California's native wildlife

    Updated Mar 11, 2022

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron AD-75 Assembly Bill 1031, which I introduced in 2017, is having a big impact on the welfare of California’s native wildlife. The bill provides funding to help injured, orphaned or sick wildlife receive care and rehabilitation provided by nonprofit rehabilitation organizations throughout the state. Through the Native California Wildlife Rehabilitation Fund set up under AB 1031, taxpayers can voluntarily check off a deductible contribution when they file their individual state tax returns. On a d...

  • Ukraine's Alamo moment

    Updated Mar 11, 2022

    We have been engaged in nation-building most of my life, trying to bring democracy to failing nations whose people had little understanding of liberty, much less any interest in becoming a "free people." But the plight of the Ukrainians seems eerily familiar to our unique history, a haunting similarity to our beginnings. In 2014, tens of thousands of Ukrainians stood in Kyiv's Independence Square in defiance of the long arm of Moscow's authoritarianism. Determined to throw off the shackles of communism, they dawned their new...

  • Kicking It – Return to the gym

    Updated Mar 11, 2022

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal Special to The Village News The impetus to restart my visits to the gym happened after I saw a picture of a pudgy woman standing behind two cute grandkids. At that moment, it hit me all over again. It was that picture that forced me to take that one-big-step that holds us all back. I opened the front glass door and walked into the gym. I will have had eight daily visits before this column hits ink. Even though I will be in Anchorage for two weeks, I did the one thing “I feared the most.” Yeah, I r...

  • Seeking information

    Updated Mar 11, 2022

    My name is Amber. Jim was my older brother. He was loved! On Oct. 3, 2021, James (Jim) Rose was reported to have walked down your street prior to 12:20 in the afternoon. He was found deceased in Fallbrook Community Center at the intersection of East Fallbrook and McDonald Road. This would be directly behind the thrift shop. He was wearing blue jeans and a dark hoodie. White male, age 64, 234 pounds, wearing glasses. possibly carrying a blue and white rope. If you witnessed him walking, saw him with anyone, or witnessed...

  • Brother, can you spare a dime?

    Updated Mar 11, 2022

    This appeal was up close and personal many years ago when the depression hit and countless people of all classes were hurt. Recovery was slow and difficult, but it happened. Now we ask ourselves “Brother, can you spare some time?” Can you give a little to make big things happen? That is the question. Come join a community effort on March 27 to help ready the community for the annual Avocado Festival. Destination Fallbrook on April 27 is our opportunity to put Fallbrook on the path for increased tourism, a goal that has bee...

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