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Articles from the March 14, 2024 edition


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  • Colorectal cancer screenings matter

    Updated Mar 14, 2024

    VISTA – Vista Community Clinic wants to talk about something important – colorectal cancer and life-saving screenings. Colorectal cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the colon or rectum. It is also known as “colon cancer.” And there are things that can be done to catch it early and even prevent it. Screenings for colorectal cancer can be simple, and some can be done from the comfort of home. These screenings can possibly catch problems early on, before they turn into something bigger. When colorectal cancer is caught...

  • Stage Coach Lane pathway makes slow progress

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor|Updated Mar 14, 2024

    Constructing a pathway along Stage Coach Lane from Reche Road to South Mission Road has been a proposed project for Fallbrook since it was discussed at a virtual Fallbrook Revitalization Committee meeting, Nov. 16, 2020, but the project has not progressed very far since then. Part of the reason is that in order for a pathway or trail to be constructed, funding must be obtained and the right-of-way must be secured by the county. The proposed pathway is about two miles long. The...

  • Escondido Creek Conservancy offers Outdoor Education Elevated festival in Hidden Meadows

    Updated Mar 14, 2024

    ESCONDIDO – The nonprofit Escondido Creek Conservancy will host Outdoor Education Elevated, a family-friendly outdoor festival at its Mountain Meadow Preserve headquarters in the Hidden Meadows community of Escondido Saturday, April 6, to introduce the community to its new headquarters and involve attendees in its outdoor education programs. The 693-acre Mountain Meadow Preserve was created by a partnership of the conservancy, San Diego County Parks and Recreation and U.S. M...

  • Love and friendship of shelter pets worth more than a pot of gold

    Yvette Urrea Moe, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Mar 14, 2024

    County Animal Shelters are trying to find homes for homeless pets by waiving fees for some pets and for some adopters. Pets offer positive health benefits for people, more than a pot of gold. No matter if they're a Siberian Husky, a German Shepherd, a Chihuahua, a Russian Blue or a Siamese cat, during March, everyone's Irish at the San Diego County Animal Shelters. Of the pets in shelter care, over 40% of dogs and cats have been waiting for their furever home for over 30...

  • Find the right pet at the Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary

    Updated Mar 14, 2024

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  • CWA approves rate redesign recommendation

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Mar 14, 2024

    A CWA board vote Thursday, Feb. 22, approved the recommendation of the CWA’s Finance Planning Workgroup. The calendar year 2025 changes include apportioning 40% of the transportation charge as a Transportation Fixed Rate allocated to member agencies by a seven-year rolling average with the current volume-based Transportation Rate designed to recover the remaining 60% of the forecasted annual revenue requirement. The CWA currently allocates its Customer Service Charge, Storage Charge and Supply Reliability Charge based on r...

  • Whitaker named to dean's list at Biola University

    Updated Mar 14, 2024

    LA MIRADA – Bethany Whitaker was named to Biola University's Dean's List for academic excellence. Whitaker, a Music major from Fallbrook, was one of approximately 1,600 students who were named to the dean's list in fall 2023. 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 academic studies. T...

  • Fallbrook A Leer names student winners

    Updated Mar 14, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook A Leer is celebrating its 20th annual day of literacy and service on Saturday, March 23 at Maie Ellis Elementary School,400 West Elder St. Check in begins at 9:15 a.m. and activities go until 2 p.m. This event is in honor of Cesar Chavez's life work and legacy to improve the lives of immigrant workers and families. A Leer announced the following local student poetry contest winners: Third Grade: Embry Burton – Mary Fay Pendleton Elementary Fourth Grade: S...

  • Running towards excellence: Live Oak Elementary's Fun Run raises the bar

    Updated Mar 14, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Live Oak Elementary School, part of the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District, hosted its highly anticipated Annual Fun Run on Friday, Feb. 16. The event, organized by the Parent-Teacher Association, proved to be a resounding success, bringing together students, parents, and community members for a day of fun-filled activities and fundraising. The Fun Run serves as the primary fundraising initiative for LOE, with proceeds supporting essential programs and r...

  • Whitaker named to dean's list at Biola University

    Updated Mar 14, 2024

    LA MIRADA – Bethany Whitaker was named to Biola University's Dean's List for academic excellence. Whitaker, a Music major from Fallbrook, was one of approximately 1,600 students who were named to the dean's list in fall 2023. 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 academic studies. T...

  • Community Champions: FUESD's volunteer heroes transform education

    Updated Mar 14, 2024

    FALLBROOK – In the heart of Fallbrook Union Elementary School District, the spirit of community thrives through the invaluable contributions of volunteers. The commitment of individuals who selflessly dedicate their time to support students and educators has become a cornerstone of our educational ecosystem, fostering an environment where every child can flourish. Volunteers play a pivotal role in the success of students, providing additional resources, mentorship, and a n...

  • Rainbow Water appoints new board member to Division 3

    Updated Mar 14, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Rainbow Municipal Water District Board of Directors announced the appointment of Cari Dale to the Division 3 vacancy. Dale, a resident of Fallbrook since 2001 with 30 years of management experience in water and wastewater utilities, was sworn into office at the Tuesday, Feb. 27, board meeting. Dale is the former director of water utilities for Oceanside, where she oversaw over 150 professionals in the full-service water, wastewater and recycled water programs....

  • Turning your tax situation from an ugh into a hug

    Jean Larsen, Legacy Endowment Community Foundation|Updated Mar 14, 2024

    As the often-dreaded tax season approaches, I’m going to give a gentle reminder to think about those year-end plans. Yes, those 2025 plans. I know, I can practically hear the “ugh” as you’re reading, but seriously, yes, planning now will allow people to reap tax rewards a year from now. In full disclosure, I do not have any kind of crystal ball; however, with the Federal Reserve halting its interest rate hikes, possibly making several decreases by summer, and the stock market doing a bit of a happy dance for the first t...

  • Worker of the Week fixes more than computers

    Updated Mar 14, 2024

  • Re: Kicking It: 'Who's Counting?' [Village News, Letter, 2/29/24]

    Updated Mar 14, 2024

    Dear Elizabeth, I appreciated your column "Who's Counting?" and recognized myself! My mom always sent photo cards every Christmas since I was born (55 years ago). When grandbabies came along, they were included too. I continued the tradition when my first child was born (31 years ago). A photo card of the baby, then the second baby, sometimes with the adults, sometimes without. When I got divorced and moved to another state, I made sure the kids and I were featured prominently to let everyone know we were doing okay. One...

  • WPATH report shows transgender medicine is neither scientific nor medical

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated Mar 14, 2024

    Mia Hughes, a researcher at Environmental Progress, has released a 250-page report following the revelation of leaked files from the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). It appears a seismic shift in the perception of "gender-affirming care" is imminent. The documents, now publicized by the think tank Environmental Progress, cast a long shadow over what has been considered progressive and compassionate healthcare for transgender individuals,...

  • Migrant shelter in San Diego?

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Mar 14, 2024

    Earlier this week, I stood as the lone dissenting voice against looking into a Long-Term Migrant Transfer Site and Respite Shelter in San Diego. My decision stems from a deep concern about the implications of supporting such a facility in our community. I refuse to be complicit in perpetuating a failed and broken immigration system. Accommodating the overflow of individuals crossing the border unlawfully is not a sustainable solution. Rather than addressing the root causes of...

  • Hope House will help women and children

    Updated Mar 14, 2024

    American women are under increasing demands from their families and society at large. Women are overly represented in the demographics of violence, poverty, joblessness, homelessness, poor health, addiction and psychological illness. They are under attack from conflicting social images of sexuality, motherhood, professional life, marriage and personal responsibility. The challenges of childbearing, child nurturing and family cohesion falls mainly to women. It is often a challenge that women tackle with insufficient personal...

  • Women in leadership

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Mar 14, 2024

    March is Women’s History Month, and it serves as an important reminder of the progress we’ve made in the past 100 years. In 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified granting women the right to vote nationally. California had granted women the right to vote in 1911, but it wasn’t until 1918 that the first four women were elected to the Legislature. Women’s Suffrage was not a partisan issue. When the 19th Amendment passed Congress, over 80% of Republicans and 50% of Democra...

  • Kicking It - What to wear?

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to The Village News|Updated Mar 14, 2024

    Much to my delight, the March edition of a famous lady’s fashion magazine arrived recently. Although, just like in times past, the anticipation proved greater than the issue to my disappointment. My question is who wears this pricey stuff? For instance, this particular issue discusses the increased cost of luxury goods like the iconic Chanel quilted-flap- bag with shoulder chain. It has doubled in price since this presidency selling now for $10,000 per. Not that it was in m...

  • Parkinson's Support Group to learn about lifestyle modifications

    Updated Mar 14, 2024

    FALLBROOK – North County Parkinson’s Support Group Fallbrook invited the community to attend its monthly Parkinson’s Support Group meeting, Friday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to noon. The group meets the fourth Friday of every month at the Fallbrook Regional Health and Wellness Center, 1636 E. Mission Road in Fallbrook. The speaker will be Dr. Khashayar Dashtipour, who will share the topic, “More Days with Good on Time.” Dashtipour is an associate professor of neurology and basic sciences at Loma Linda University and serves as...

  • County public health officials report 17% rise in TB last year

    Fernanda Lopez Halvorson, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Mar 14, 2024

    County Public Health officials are reporting a 17% increase in active tuberculosis cases in San Diego County. In 2023, 243 cases of TB were reported, exceeding the average of 205 cases in 2021 and 2022. Over the last 10 years, reported cases have ranged from an annual high of 264 in 2019 and a low of 193 in 2020. TB is a disease that is passed through the air from person to person when someone who is sick with TB coughs, speaks, sings or breathes. TB cases in recent years declined during the pandemic, likely because of...

  • Take in flavonoids for physical and mental acuity

    Julia Solnier Ph.D., Special to the Village News|Updated Mar 14, 2024

    You may have heard about flavonoids before, but did you know that a higher intake of dietary flavonoids is associated with improved physical and mental health and a greater quality of life? Flavonoids – are they important? Flavonoids are a large group of plant compounds, also called “phytonutrients,” with more than 6,000 known compounds that are widely distributed throughout the plant kingdom. In fact, flavonoids are an integral part of our daily plant-based diet as they can be found in fruits like apples, berries, citrus fru...

  • Feeding San Diego receives $129,900.93 from CVS Health to support its year-round hunger-relief and food rescue programming

    Updated Mar 14, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – Feeding San Diego has received its first grant from CVS Health Corporation (CVS Health). The $129,900.93 received will go towards the hunger-relief and food rescue organization’s general operating budget that maintains the non-profit’s year-round hunger-relief programming. Funds come from generous donations from CVS Pharmacy customers as part of a “round up” register campaign for Feeding America in 2022. The non-profit’s programs support San Diegans across the county by providing access to nutritious food at no...

  • Due to January flood, all CalFresh recipients can purchase hot, prepared food for limited time

    Cassie N. Saunders, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Mar 14, 2024

    All CalFresh recipients and new Disaster CalFresh recipients can use their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Card to purchase hot and prepared food for a limited time due to the Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for the Jan. 22 storms and flooding. With a few exceptions, CalFresh EBT cards usually can only be used to purchase shelf-stable foods. Through April 3, 2024, all CalFresh recipients can purchase hot and prepared food at any authorized EBT retailer. The...

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