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Articles from the April 7, 2016 edition


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  • Sheriff's Log

    Updated Apr 7, 2016

    February 27 2200 block Riverview Rd. Dept. vehicle accident, non-injury March 18 500 block E. Dougherty St. Vehicle burglary March 21 1400 block S. Mission Rd. Phone threat March 23 4700 block Oak Crest Rd. Assault March 24 2400 block S. Stage Coach Ln. Arrest (Juvenile): Minor possess marijuana on school grounds 2400 block S. Stage Coach Ln. (#1) Battery, fight 2400 block S. Stage Coach Ln. (#2) Battery, fight March 25 S. Vine St. @ E. Elder St. Arrest: Prohibited person possess ammunition; evade officer w/wanton disregard...

  • Fallbrook Union High School District elects not to have deputy next year due to co-payment cost

    Updated Apr 7, 2016

    The Fallbrook Union High School District (FUHSD) will lose its resource officer in the 2016-2017 academic school year due to finances, despite the great work performed by the Sheriff’s deputy. According to FUHSD superintendent Hugo Pedroza, this has nothing to do with Detective Morgan Fomby’s work; as a matter of fact, Fomby has been praised for her outstanding work on the high school campus. "Detective Fomby has done absolutely nothing wrong at all," said Pedroza. "We lov...

  • Gird Road site deemed best location for new Bonsall High School

    Updated Apr 7, 2016

    The completion of a site selection study for the new Bonsall High School has indicated that the planned Gird Road site is the preferred location. The Bonsall Unified School District (BUSD) contracted with G. Wayne Oetken and Associates for a site selection study which included demographics, student population growth, facilities, needs, community response, related developer fee impact, boundary studies, and other elements necessary for a comprehensive review and the planning for construction of the new Bonsall High School. An...

  • Fallbrook Hospital site, annex buildings put up for sale by Fallbrook Healthcare District

    Updated Apr 7, 2016

    Final approval of future sale must go before voters The Fallbrook Healthcare District (FHD) board of directors has put Fallbrook Hospital and its annex buildings up for sale and is working to make sure that the prospective buyer or buyers use the facilities to provide medical services to the community. Fallbrook Hospital closed in December 2014 after Community Health Systems (CHS) of Tennessee ceased its lease of the facility. The FHD board issued an informational "message to...

  • Bonsall Woman's Club fashion show May 6 to benefit local charities

    Updated Apr 7, 2016

    BONSALL – On Friday, May 6, the Bonsall Woman’s Club (BWC) will be holding a fabulous Luncheon and Fashion Show at Vista Valley Country Club. This event is a perfect way to celebrate – a couple of days early – Mother’s Day with mom, daughter, or a special friend, and avoid the crowds. Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8. The theme of this year’s event is: "I Feel Like a Woman, Look Good to Feel Good." Fashions will be provided by Aston’s Boutique. Suzanne Chadwick, from the Hanna...

  • A glimpse into the past by Jack Story

    Updated Apr 7, 2016

    Jack Story Special to the Village News I see that the annual Fallbrook Avocado Days celebration is coming up soon and it causes me to think about the community celebrations that were held here in past years. In my lifetime, I can recall the annual Future Farmers Day Parade which I have read began in 1934, the year I was born. I have, hanging on my wall at home, a picture of me sitting on a horse all dressed up in a cowboy outfit getting ready to ride in the Future Farmers...

  • BUSD approves fire station property transfer

    Updated Apr 7, 2016

    The Bonsall Unified School District has approved the agreement which would sell the property containing the North County Fire Protection District's former Station 5 back to the school district. The agreement was approved on a 4-0 vote March 9 with Erin English absent. "We sent that back to the fire district," said BUSD superintendent Justin Cunningham. The 0.64-acre parcel of land is on Old River Road adjacent to Bonsall Elementary School. In 1981, the Bonsall Union School District sold the property to the Fallbrook Fire...

  • Students enjoy ‘California Thursdays’ menu

    Updated Apr 7, 2016

    FALLBROOK – On March 17, William H. Frazier School took part in a district-wide celebration of locally-produced foods that are served in Fallbrook elementary school cafeterias every Thursday, highlighting “what local looks like.” The day's special menu at Frazier, from farm to lunch tables, included California free range herb chicken and California brown rice, California strawberry yogurt, and muffin tops from a local bakery. The “Super Salad Bar” special contained local kal...

  • Thayer earns Eagle Scout rank

    Updated Apr 7, 2016

  • Smith of Pacific Sotheby's International Realty offers a soiree during Realtor caravan

    Updated Apr 7, 2016

    FALLBROOK – Real estate agent Amelia Smith of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty decided to shake up the usual Wednesday Realtor caravan in Fallbrook by throwing a party on March 30. It was Smith's intent to create something special and memorable. Agents from within the community and beyond were compelled to preview her listing, have fun in the process and remember it long after the event. "I try to infuse a bit of whimsy into my caravan open houses," said Smith. "It...

  • Drug bust in Anza has regional implications

    Updated Apr 7, 2016

    A major, multi-agency drug bust in Anza last week resulted in multiple arrests and thousands of marijuana plants being confiscated from the illegal grows that were shut down, according to law enforcement officials. While the Riverside County Sheriff's Dept. executed the bust, due to some of the individuals' connectivity to San Diego County, authorities from both counties were involved. The bust began in the early morning hours of March 30 when Riverside officers were joined...

  • UPDATE: Two-alarm fire damages 127 West Social House; investigators say cause was electrical in nature

    Updated Apr 7, 2016

    Story by Debbie Ramsey and Julie Reeder North County Fire responded to a fire at 127 W. Elder Street, Fallbrook, this morning at 3:55 am. The property, historically known as the "Elder House" currently houses the restaurant 127 West Social House, owned by Faro Trupiano. According to North County Fire Division Chief Brandon Lucore, the fire appears to have started in the kitchen of the restaurant, although there were no individuals working in the restaurant at that hour. "The...

  • Miss Fallbrook and her court receive scholarships

    Updated Apr 7, 2016

  • REINS first Spring Hop Egg Hunt a success

    Updated Apr 7, 2016

    FALLBROOK – REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program celebrated the beginning of Spring with their inaugural Spring Hop Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 19. More than 200 kids and families gathered at the REINS ranch to participate in the Spring Hop Egg Hunt. Kids with baskets in tow eagerly awaited the start of the hunts to begin searching for eggs around the ranch facility. Once the beginning of the hunt was announced, kids wasted no time scouring the straw, flowers, and bushes for...

  • The treasures of the Chivor Emerald Mine to be disclosed April 14 at free program held by Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society

    Updated Apr 7, 2016

    Program to showcase brilliantly beautiful findings in Columbia FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society (FGMS) invites the public to a presentation on Thursday, April 14, by renowned gemological historian and photojournalist, Robert Weldon, G.G. (Graduate Gemologist), who will share his personal adventures rediscovering the famous Chivor Emerald Mine in Colombia. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. at the FGMS building, 123 W. Alvarado Street. Weldon followed in t...

  • St. Peter's students excel in science fair

    Updated Apr 7, 2016

    FALLBROOK – St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School is proud to announce that its students had four science fair projects accepted into the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair held at Balboa Park in March. Engineering, science, and medical society members and professionals served as judges. The students were interviewed, projects and documents were reviewed, and prizes were awarded. Emily Rotunda, an eighth grader, took first place in Behavioral/Social Sciences for a...

  • $206,000 in funding looks promising for local park

    Updated Apr 7, 2016

    CSA No. 81 advisory board recommends funding for improvements to Jackie Heyneman Park The County Service Area No. 81 advisory board has recommended the use of $206,000 of Park Land Dedication Ordinance funding for upgrades to Jackie Heyneman Park. The park is located at South Mission Road and Beech St. The actual governing body of CSA No. 81, which covers parks in Fallbrook, DeLuz, and Rainbow, is the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. The county's Department of Parks and...

  • Warriors win boys volleyball league opener

    Updated Apr 7, 2016

    The Valley Center High School boys volleyball team traveled to Fallbrook High School on March 24 for a match against Fallbrook. The Fallbrook squad prevailed in four games to give the Warriors a 1-0 record in Valley League play along with a 6-7 overall record entering Spring Break. "That was a big one for them," Fallbrook coach Chip Patterson said of the Warriors winning their league opener. The league victory broke a 73-match league losing streak for Fallbrook, which had not...

  • Reche Road reopens following collision between two vehicles

    Updated Apr 7, 2016

    Authorities are working on reopening Reche Road (2:40 p.m.) following a collision between two vehicles on the roadway between Carriage Lane and Gird Road. An emergency call went out at about 1:40 p.m. today, Thurs., April 7, reporting a head-on collision at the site, involving a white Honda Civic and a black Toyota Tundra pickup. "It wasn't exactly a head-on collision, but close to being one," said North County Fire public information officer John Buchanan, who said the...

  • Rose Mary (DiFrancesco) Johnson

    Updated Apr 7, 2016

    Rose Mary (DiFrancesco) Johnson died March 20, 2016. Rose was the daughter of immigrants from Italy. Born in Hartford, Conn. on April 24, 1918, she was raised by her loving parents in New Britain, Conn. She met her future husband, Charles Graham Johnson, before the start of World War II and they corresponded for the duration. After Graham was released from service, they married in 1946. Their son, Thomas, arrived in 1948 and their daughter, Nancy, came along in 1949. They all...

  • Harry John Griffiths

    Updated Apr 7, 2016

    Harry John Griffiths, 1936 – 2016, was a driven and self-made man who had a heart of gold and always put family first. This exceptional father, grandfather, husband, and individual passed away on Saturday, March 12, 2016, but his legacy lives on in his loving family and his pioneering contributions to agriculture. He will forever be remembered and respected by his wife, Diane Griffiths; his son, Michael Griffiths; and his daughters, Cathy Puckett and Beth Parsons, as well a...

  • Salvador Covarrubias

    Updated Apr 7, 2016

    Salvador Covarrubias passed away Easter morning, March 27, 2016. He was born September 24, 1962 in Fallbrook. He enjoyed spending time with his family, playing softball, and watching the Chargers. His laughter and presence will be missed. He is survived by his mother, Maria; brothers Hector and Elfego; daughter Lavonne; grandchildren Sean and Allison, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Alejandro, and sisters, Guadalupe and Marielena....

  • Re: ‘Teacher raise offer disrespectful? To whom?’ [Letter, Village News, 3/24/16]

    Updated Apr 7, 2016

    In response to Mr. Stitle, most respectfully, a quick check of the FUESD salary schedule shows that in order to earn the $80,000 per year Mr. Stitle cited, one of our elementary teachers would have to have a Masters Degree and 14 years of teaching experience. Only eight percent of Americans have a Masters Degree, so to compare Fallbrook teachers to that number or to the average wage earner in California is inaccurate. Furthermore, it is a gross misrepresentation that teachers work 40-hour weeks. Most elementary teachers work...

  • Abortion is legal in California

    Updated Apr 7, 2016

    It’s clear that the Fallbrook Pregnancy Resource Center has provided valuable services for thousands of pregnant women over the years. However, when your writer states that "someone…will listen to their circumstances without an agenda," that’s a little less clear. The center is avowedly pro-life (or anti-choice, if that’s your position). According to their website, "FPRC does not refer clients for abortions or to abortion providers as it would violate our mission to provide life-affirming care to those in pregnan...

  • Protecting lost and abandoned animals

    Updated Apr 7, 2016

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron AD-75 (R) After over 70 years of debate, I have introduced legislation that, for the first time under California statute, will prohibit the acquisition of live animals abandoned at public or private shelters for use in laboratory research. By the 1940s several states passed "pound seizure" legislation, which required shelters to provide dogs and cats to research institutions, either directly or through "Class B" dealers which served as animal...

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