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Articles from the April 6, 2023 edition


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  • Healthy Community Healthy You: Surf's Up – How did riding the waves come to be?

    Updated Apr 6, 2023

    Dr. Megan Johnson McCullough Special to the Village News Living in sunny Southern California, surfing is an activity we associate with our local beaches. Surfing's origins come from Polynesia several centuries ago. In Polynesia it wasn't just a hobby or sport, rather, surfing actually had religious affiliations and wasn't exactly "chill" or "laid back." Surfing was used to train Tahitians and Samoans for battle. Polynesians brought surfing to Hawaii. In Hawaii, surfing took...

  • Four days left to pay property taxes

    Updated Apr 6, 2023

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister reminds property owners that they have 4 days left to pay the second installment of their 2022-2023 property taxes before they are charged a late penalty. Taxpayers can quickly and easily pay their bills online at https://www.sdttc.com/. They will not be charged a convenience fee if they pay by e-check, or electronic check.  “So far, 34.76% of taxpayers have paid $1.4 billion in second installment payments,” said McAllister.  “Property tax...

  • St. Peter Thrift Store now takes credit card payments

    Updated Apr 6, 2023

    FALLBROOK – St. Peter Thrift Store is an active ministry of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Parish. Since it started in 2000, the store has given back to the community through various nonprofit organizations and has provided financial assistance through its Community Assistance Program from the sale of the generous donated items received at the thrift store. CAP consists of a Spanish representative and an English representative. They help individuals living in the areas of Fa...

  • Workers of the Week supply tires and repairs

    Updated Apr 6, 2023

    Samantha Escoto-Miranda shows her father, Hector Escoto, a re-order of parts list on the computer. The Tire Center can handle small and large repair jobs. This business is a family-run ownership and is located on 615 South Main Avenue in Fallbrook. Village News/David Landry photo...

  • Mary Ann Dooley

    Updated Apr 6, 2023

    Mary Ann Dooley was born in Baltimore, Maryland, August 17, 1931, to John and Angela (DiRusscio) DiEugenio. As a child, Mary Ann was an avid piano player. While attending grade school, she also attended the Peabody Conservatory Preparatory School for 2 years. In 1943, the DiEugenio family moved to Avondale, Arizona, to escape the cold winters of Maryland and enjoy a climate more conducive to her mother's allergy conditions. Mary Ann attended Phoenix Community College and...

  • Beverley Hazel Birchall

    Updated Apr 6, 2023

    We are heartbroken to announce that Beverley Hazel Birchall passed away on Dec. 29, 2022, at the age of 93. Beverley is survived by her husband of 65 years, Robert Joseph Birchall, and her three sons, Neil Cameron, Mark Birchall and Brian Birchall, as well as two grandsons, Matthew Birchall and Brandon Birchall, and one great-granddaughter, Shelby Birchall. Born on Dec. 24, 1929, in Los Angeles, Beverley lived in California nearly all her life, leaving only briefly to live in...

  • Winners of poetry and art contest announced

    Updated Apr 6, 2023

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook A Leer announces the winners of the 2023 Fallbrook A Leer/Reading Student Poetry & Art competition. This event is in coordination with Fallbrook Elementary Unified School District schools. Many peer teachers reviewed all submissions and were able to narrow them down to the most beautiful poems and pieces of art. With great anticipation, it is an honor to announce the three winners of this contest. The third grade winner is Zoe Paredes, a student in Ms....

  • FUHSD names Employees of the Month

    Updated Apr 6, 2023

    Rick Monroe Special to the Village News Four employees of the Fallbrook Union High School District were recognized by Superintendent Ilsa Garza-Gonzalez at the March 13 district board meeting. They are: Daniel Bachman is a social science teacher at Fallbrook High School. "Bachman's colleagues state that he is one of the best teachers they have worked alongside," the superintendent said. "He is professional and has great teaching skills. He teaches the senior students at FHS...

  • Movie on 'Stranger Danger' to be discussed

    Updated Apr 6, 2023

    SAN DIEGO COUNTY – Join the DA's Office and Palomar Health for a free screening and panel Q&A discussion on child abuse, April 21. The panel will feature participating survivors, Detective Jeff Udvarhelyi, Deputy District Attorney Ryan Saunders, Christina Shultz of Palomar Health Forensic Services. An interview-style documentary created by a child abuse detective to educate and encourage children and families with a more comprehensive approach to child sexual abuse using the four core pillars: prevention, investigation,...

  • Newcomers stay busy despite the rain

    Updated Apr 6, 2023

    FALLBROOK – Rain or shine, fun and adventure never stops with the Fallbrook Newcomers. With 20 plus regular monthly activities, everything from pickleball, card games and golf to cooking, book clubs and wine tours, only one or two were canceled during the recent deluge of rain. Nothing stops this group. If anyone is looking to expand their social circle and desires to be engaged in the community, Newcomers has something for every interest and provides countless...

  • Fallbrook Vintage Car Show fast approaching

    Updated Apr 6, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The 56th annual version of the Fallbrook Vintage Car Show and Swap Meet will be held Sunday, May 28, again at Bates Nut Farm, 15954 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center. Last year's turnout was tremendous, with over 400 show cars and 40 plus vendors. Go to www.fallbrookvintagecarclub.org to register a car or to obtain a swap meet booth space. It's that simple. Scroll down to the red buttons to choose an action. Completing the forms and paying can all be done online...

  • Theatre Talk takes in 'Present Laughter'

    Updated Apr 6, 2023

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal Special to The Village News In a sparkling debut at The Cygnet Theatre, scenic designer Tony Cucuzella's set shines in "Present Laughter." Unfortunately, his set is built so well, it averts the one very necessary component of a farce, door slamming. Nary a one. Adding to the panache is Elisa Benzoni's period costume design, Bonnie Durben's meticulous prop placements, and Colby Freel's spot-on-lighting design. On the other hand, the plague of every...

  • An open letter to Assemblymember Marie Waldron regarding AB 659

    Updated Apr 6, 2023

    Julie Reeder Publisher I understand that, thankfully, the Gardasil HPV vaccine mandate has been dropped for grades 8-12 in Assembly Bill 659, but the college mandate remains. Gardasil is yet another vaccine that is being pushed on healthy young people, despite hundreds of lawsuits presently being fought against it because of severe complications, including death, of young people who took the shot. Some video posts from parents show previously healthy young people laying in their beds, debilitated, trembling in constant pain...

  • Changing Times in Real Estate: Selling strategies to consider

    Updated Apr 6, 2023

    Ken Follis Compass Real Estate One of the main issues we are seeing as a result of the low inventory are some folks who are wanting to make a move but are hesitant on placing their home for sale because they are fearful of not finding an acceptable replacement home. However, they do continue to search for their next home, go to open houses and are looking to see what is out there in the area they want to move to. That process is valuable, as it can get these folks acclimated to where they want to go, so the focus can become...

  • What elements make up your credit score?

    Updated Apr 6, 2023

    Jane Kepley CR Properties When you buy a home, your credit score plays an essential role: it can impact what loans you're eligible for and the interest rate you get (which will affect your monthly payment costs). But what determines your score? The exact elements depend on which scoring method you're looking at, and lenders often use FICO. Generally speaking, credit scores range from 300 to 850 and are influenced by the following five factors: Payment history: Paying credit...

  • First investment? Here are some property tips

    Updated Apr 6, 2023

    FALLBROOK – Considering your first investment property? When done right, it can offer steady cash flow and financial security. It says a lot as to why successful entrepreneurs and investors like to acquire property as part of their investment portfolio. Keep these in mind as you purchase: Research the real estate market • Property values. Know what the actual values are in your area, not just general property value estimates in the media or online. Your local real estate...

  • Review of all things Real Estate: Effects of the Fed raising the federal funds rate…again

    Updated Apr 6, 2023

    Bob Hillery CR Properties The Federal Reserve announced it is raising interest rates by 0.25 percentage points following its March 21-22 meeting, bumping the federal funds rate to a target range of 4.75 to 5.0%. With the move, the Federal Reserve marked the ninth straight meeting that it raised rates aiming to rapidly reduce liquidity in the financial markets and tamp down high inflation. The Fed’s decision comes as inflation hit 6% year over year in February, still among the highest levels in decades though falling from...

  • Kicking It: A month in Paris Day 4

    Updated Apr 6, 2023

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal Special to the Village News Continued, Oct. 5, 2012: Finally, our biorhythms are aligning to our new time zone. Each of us are armed with a city map and bus pass, as we set out to discover Eiffel’s famous tower. Arriving at the bus stop, our number 69 just pulls away as we get there. Wouldn’t ya know? It’s a 30 minute wait until another one comes along. As it turns out, riding the Paris metro is a hoot. It’s an easy, cheap way to see the city. Which is why we gawk out the windows in wonder...

  • Re: 'Revisiting reparations' [Village News, Letters, 3/23/23]

    Updated Apr 6, 2023

    After a mind numbing word salad, Maynard gets to his misinterpretation of the status of California’s state budget. Here’s the actuality: “Governor Gavin Newsom released his proposed 2023-24 California state budget on Jan. 10, projecting a $22.5 billion shortfall that the administration would solve through a series of trigger cuts, delays or deferrals of spending authorized in earlier years, and withdrawals or reductions of planned one-time spending. The $223.6 billion spending plan would protect many ongoing...

  • Protecting animals, enhancing public safety

    Updated Apr 6, 2023

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron 75th District Ensuring the well-being of our pets and wildlife is one of my big priorities in Sacramento. I am a trained Project Wildlife Native Songbird Rehabilitator, and my experience raising orphaned and injured songbirds, and returning them to the wild, has guided me in legislation I introduce and support. I’m happy to report that most of that legislation has been signed into law. For example, my legislation created the Native California Wildlife Rehabilitation Voluntary Fund, allowing...

  • What do San Diegans think of SANDAG?

    Updated Apr 6, 2023

    Supervisor Jim Desmond 5th District Have you ever heard of SANDAG? It stands for San Diego Association of Governments and plays a vital role in our lives here in San Diego County. However, many are unaware of its existence and impact on our daily lives. In a nutshell, SANDAG is a regional transportation board that is responsible for all things transportation in San Diego County. It brings together all the local governments and decides on transportation planning, including roads, freeways, trains and rail. So, whether you are...

  • How to handle family estrangement

    Updated Apr 6, 2023

    Heidi Simmons Certified Life Coach There is an elephant in the room, and it is called family estrangement. Others refer to it as the silent epidemic. Today, we talk about a tough topic, “When adult children walk away from their mothers.” Statistics are very “sketchy” on this subject, because the number of mothers who have experienced this (past or present) is “under” reported. The reason for this is shame and embarrassment. One statistic I found to be quite disheartening was that 40% of all mothers (at one time)...

  • Time for Medi-Cal renewal

    Updated Apr 6, 2023

    Cassie Klapp County of San Diego Communications Office Medi-Cal recipients are being notified to renew their healthcare benefits. If you receive a renewal packet in the mail, please fill it out and send it back. If you receive a request for more information, or you need to update your address, please call 1-866-262-9881 or go online to https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/medi-cal. Completion of the renewal packet and updating benefits information are critical in order to keep...

  • Bite-sized tips for National Nutrition Month

    Updated Apr 6, 2023

    Fernanda Lopez Halvorson County of San Diego Communications Office March was National Nutrition Month, an annual month of action that promotes healthy habits and food choices. This year's theme, "Fuel for the Future," embodies why good nutrition is essential at every stage of life and lowers the risk for serious health problems like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity. Three behaviors including poor nutrition, tobacco use and lack of physical activity contribute to...

  • 4/20 celebrations and the influence on young people

    Updated Apr 6, 2023

    Jody Boulay Special to the Village News Much of the idea of 4/20 has moved from being a counterculture protest to more of a consumer-interest story within the media. Legal marijuana is a big business in California. The 4/20 festivities, like Hippie Hill, are another opportunity to promote the industry and its products, much like alcohol companies during the holiday season or St. Patrick's Day. Ignoring its influence on young people is hard when celebrities and social media influencers push brands and products. This is...

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