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Articles from the April 2, 2020 edition


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  • Most local school districts to be closed indefinitely during pandemic

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer|Updated Apr 8, 2020

    When local school districts first announced temporary closures as part of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, they expected the closures to only last until sometime next month, with Fallbrook, Bonsall and Rainbow schools variously announcing reopening dates in early-to-mid-April. But Tuesday, March 17, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said it was uncertain if schools would be able to reopen at all before the current school year ends in June. After that statement, school di...

  • UPDATE: Preserves remain open but parking lot is closed

    Updated Apr 4, 2020

    UPDATE: Effective April 4, 2020, the Los Jilgueros- Preserve parking lot will be closed until further notice. Please be advised that the FLC has been contacted by the Sheriff's Department and informed that vehicles parked with the intent to access ANY preserve may be cited for violation of the health order. FLC urges you to educate yourself on the most recent health order, which can be found here: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/community_epidemiol...

  • Mary Patricia "Pat" Rogondino

    Updated Apr 3, 2020

    Mary Patricia "Pat" Rogondino, 77, died peacefully Friday, March 20, 2020, with family by her side. Born in Los Angeles, May 22, 1942, she moved to Fallbrook from Palo Alto in 1999. Pat is survived by her husband, Michael Rogondino, daughter Michal Anne Rogondino and spouse Karen Kolonick, daughter Erin Schultz and husband Roark Schultz, daughter Katy Rogondino and fiancé James Williams and five grandchildren, Ryan, Andrew, Miles, Magnus and Piper. Her doctors called her "the...

  • Women's Connection brunch canceled

    Updated Apr 3, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Women’s Connection will sadly have to cancel its April 17 brunch at the Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens due to COVID – 19. Organizers are hopeful that things will start to get back to normal again soon, so that they can resume their monthly program in May. Submitted by Fallbrook Women's Connection....

  • Toilet paper shortage could impact FPUD, Rainbow sewer systems

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Apr 3, 2020

    The shortage of toilet paper is causing some residents to utilize other wiping substances and, when toilets are flushed with some of those alternatives, local sewer lines are impacted. "The primary issue we have when people do that is backups in the sewer," Jack Bebee, general manager of Fallbrook Public Utility District, said. "We've seen an increase in our maintenance needs related to dealing with items such as flushable wipes," Tom Kennedy, general manager of Rainbow Munici...

  • Open or not open? Businesses in town weigh the options

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Apr 3, 2020

    Driving down Main Street in Fallbrook on a Monday afternoon didn't seem all that different from driving down the road any other day. Drive-thru at local fast-food restaurants were busy with cars in line, banks had widely spaced lines of folks waiting outside to go in, cars and trucks packing the parking lots at local hardware stores. As those essential-type businesses continue to do the work they are allowed to do, there are little pockets here and there in town that seem to...

  • Enjoy hot cross buns this Easter

    Updated Apr 3, 2020

    FALLBROOK – A number of foods are enjoyed during Easter celebrations, from hard-boiled eggs to ham to roasted lamb. Sweets such as candies and chocolates also take center stage on Easter Sunday. In addition to these traditional favorites, hot cross buns have become must-haves for many Easter celebrants. Hot cross buns are yeast-based sweet buns that are lightly spiced and studded with raisins or currants. The tops are marked with a cross that is often piped with icing. W...

  • Rio Prado park is a threat to seniors on Dulin Road.

    Updated Apr 2, 2020

    I am writing about the Rio Prado Park that the San Diego County is going to build right next to Rancho Monserate Country Club which is a 55-plus mobile home park off state Route 76 and Old Highway 395. The only way in and out of our community is a little two-lane road called Dulin Road. It runs smack down the middle and divides our community in half. I’d say 95% of any traffic on this road since the 70s is residence-based. We have always been the ones to maintain this road, such as lawn care, irrigation, planting, etc., w...

  • COVID-19 update

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Apr 2, 2020

    These are interesting times that we are living through. While the situation remains fluid, I wanted to update you on the latest regarding the coronavirus and what we are doing in San Diego County. As per Gov. Gavin Newsom’s orders, the entire state of California is under a shelter in place order. All Californians are being asked to stay at home if you do not need to go out for essential reasons. These reasons can include buying food, picking up medications and exercising as l...

  • Remember Kenny Rogers

    Updated Apr 2, 2020

    In 1980, after graduating college, I had an accident that left my vocal cords damaged. After much vocal therapy, I was able to talk again but was warned I would always have a rough, coarse rasp in my voice. For someone who was writing songs and singing prolifically, it was devastating news. Then someone introduced me to the music of Kenny Rogers. That rough masculine voice was an inspiration. I went on to eventually become a worship leader for 10 years, embracing my vocal difference instead of hiding it. Recently, Kenny went...

  • Pickup service not available at the library

    Updated Apr 2, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Because of the County’s quickly moving response to the novel coronavirus, San Diego County’s 33 branch libraries, will not be able to offer the curbside pickup service they had planned, and all branch libraries and the County’s two bookmobiles are closed. However, library patrons can still can still digitally access all the Library’s e-books and e-magazines around the clock – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – by downloading the Libby app for e-books or Flipster (under e-books and e-magazines) for e-magazines l...

  • Embrace time at home

    Updated Apr 2, 2020

    FALLBROOK – According to a recent Reuters report, about 101 million residents are being asked to stay at home. With schools shifting to online classes, bars and restaurants closing to patrons and most people working from home, Americans are spending more time at home than ever before. So, what are they doing with their time? To help residents embrace their introverted side, here are six stay-at-home activities to consider before Netflix or snacking get old from Rebecca Gramuglia, consumer expert at TopCashback.com. O...

  • Teachers and students miss each other

    Updated Apr 2, 2020

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  • McCarthy to start chiropractic internship

    Updated Apr 2, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Cheyenne McCarthy was recently "pinned" to celebrate completing the rigorous academic portion of her doctor of chiropractic at Palmer College of Chiropractic West. This ceremony signifies her transition to treat outpatients as a chiropractic student intern. She and her colleagues each received gold Palmer West lapel pins for their white clinic jackets. The doctor of chiropractic is a year-round, intensive program with curriculum in diagnostic imaging, d...

  • San Diego Oasis engages older adults during COVID-19 isolation

    Updated Apr 2, 2020

    SAN DIEGO – California Gov. Gavin Newsom recommended all Californians age 65 and up to self-isolate in their own homes to help “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 community spread. Likewise, San Diego County made similar recommendations. “Social distancing” is the term being used, and it goes against what experts have suggested for seniors for decades. According to the AARP, more than 8 million adults are affected by isolation, and the physical health risks are detrimental. With COVID-19, residents can only expect isolation...

  • Trump admin moves toward promoting broader use of face masks

    ZEKE MILLER and MIKE STOBBE Associated Press|Updated Apr 2, 2020

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is formalizing new guidance to recommend that many, if not almost all, Americans wear face coverings when leaving home, in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. The recommendations, still being finalized Thursday, would apply at least to those who live in areas hard-hit by community transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19. A person familiar with the White House coronavirus task force's discussion said officials...

  • Visit The Flower Fields of Carlsbad

    Roger Boddaert, Special to Village News|Updated Apr 2, 2020

    San Diego County has many great horticultural venues that grow all types of plants in the Mediterranean climate of Southern California. The Carlsbad Flower Fields is one of spring's most floriferous fields that grows a bounty of flowers year after year. This all began when Luther Gage settled in the area in the early 1920s and introduced the ranunculus flowers which eventually began known as the Giant Tecolote Ranunculus bulbs. The Spanish name Tecolote came from the owls that...

  • Workers struggle with sudden layoffs

    Will Fritz, Associate Editor|Updated Mar 31, 2020

    A month ago, the United States was in the midst of the longest uninterrupted economic expansion on record. Unemployment levels in the United States have been at historic lows for the last several years – February’s national unemployment rate of 3.5% was the lowest in half a century. The coronavirus pandemic put a stop to that record. The week of March 15, as businesses that have been forced to shut down during the pandemic began laying off workers, more than 3 million Americans who were left without jobs filed for une...

  • County treasurer-tax collector to accept penalty cancellation requests in response to coronavirus

    Updated Mar 31, 2020

    SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office announced that it understands and shares the public’s concern about the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Many taxpayers have asked if the county can postpone the April 10 tax deadline; however, state law governs when property taxes are due and payable. The second installment of property taxes is still due no later than April 10. For those who are directly impacted by the coronavirus and are unable to pay on time, they can file a penalty cancellation reque...

  • SDG&E has plans in place to maintain service reliability

    Updated Mar 31, 2020

    SAN DIEGO – With California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order calling for all individuals living in California to stay at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, San Diego Gas and Electric announced Friday, March 20, several steps the company has taken to protect the health and well-being of its employees, customers and communities and to maintain service reliability. “We have a special responsibility to continue our operations in challenging times like these and the last thing we want our customers to worry about is havin...

  • SDG&E has plans in place to maintain service reliability

    Updated Mar 31, 2020

    Energy sector employees designated essential critical infrastructure workforce SAN DIEGO – With California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order calling for all individuals living in California to stay at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, San Diego Gas and Electric announced Friday, March 20, several steps the company has taken to protect the health and well-being of its employees, customers and communities and to maintain service reliability. “We have a special responsibility to continue our operations in challenging times...

  • San Diego assessor, recorder, county clerk offices close March 23   

    Updated Mar 31, 2020

    SAN DIEGO – In accordance with the San Diego County health officer order regarding the COVID-19, starting Monday, March 23, the county assessor, recorder and county clerk’s offices closed their doors to the public and suspended all over-the-counter services until further notice. “San Diego County residents are encouraged to visit our website, www.SDARCC.com, for online services and forms that can be completed by mail.” Ernest J. Dronenburg, assessor, recorder and county clerk for San Diego, said, “Our staff is continuin...

  • Try these 8 tips for working at home

    Reeder Media|Updated Mar 31, 2020

    Kyle Hotchkiss Digital Marketing Specialist The world around people is changing, while one business after another is closing or adjusting operations amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. Casinos are closing, events are being postponed, workers are being laid off and some people are being asked to work from home or have chosen to work from home. Working from home can be an adjustment for those who are used to working at the office and operating with several different people and navigating through phone calls and meetings all...

  • See the unviewable art at the library

    Updated Mar 31, 2020

    FALLBROOK – In those days before everyone stayed home and worried about the pandemic, a new art exhibition was hung at the Fallbrook Library. The library is, of course, now closed so the art is unviewable. The exhibition, titled "Our Fragile Planet," was prompted by the upcoming 50th anniversary of Earth Day April 22. Although the focus now is not on the environment, everyone certainly realizes the fragility of life on this planet. The Village News provided the accompanying s...

  • Cancellations and Postponements

    Updated Mar 31, 2020

    Due to new regulations pertaining to the coronavirus, all monthly group meeting as well as the following events have been canceled or postponed: April 3 –The Knights of Columbus Fish Fry & Bake has been postponed until restrictions have been lifted. April 4 – Fallbrook Woman's Club's "Who killed Claudio Vanderbilk, America’s Darling of the Super Rich and Famous?" mystery luncheon has been postponed. April 2 – Student of the Month breakfast has been postponed. April 2 – Fallbrook Village Association Revitalization Committee...

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