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Articles from the April 11, 2024 edition


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  • Documentary and panel discussion honor women

    Updated Apr 14, 2024

    FALLBROOK – A community screening of "Women Talk: Women of History," a documentary featuring undersung women heroes was held Saturday, March 23 at Fallbrook Library in the community room. "Women Talk: Women of History" was crafted by noted artists and creatives of the Fallbrook community inspired by local organizations AAUW, Fallbrook Scarecrow Days and the art/artistry of BJ Lane during the pandemic. The goal was to recognize undersung women she-roes through time. AAUW m...

  • Fallbrook Chamber offers events in April

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce has several upcoming events planned. They include: Monday, April 15 – Employment Law Workshop presented by Jorden, Buechner & Serranzana, 10 a.m. at the chamber office; free for members/$10 for non-members. RSVP to Jackie at the chamber. Tuesday, April 16 – Volunteer Fair at Fallbrook Senior Center, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A great opportunity to sign up to volunteer with a nonprofit organization in the community. Sunday, April 21 – 37th Avocado Festival Wednesday, April 24 – Pr...

  • Col. (Ret.) Allen B. Clark

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    Col. (Ret.) Allen B. Clark, age 100, of Corte Madera Ca passed away on March 11, 2024. He was born in Meadsville, Virginia, on Sept. 9, 1923, and was the son of Alpha Beta Clark and Flossie Blanche Clark both of Virginia. He was the sixth of seven children, all of whom predeceased him as did his wife Virginia Myers Clark and son Allen Bedford Clark. He is survived by his son Aric B. Clark and wife Helen of San Rafael, California, and daughter-in-law Diana Clark of Gilbert,...

  • Paul Bourque

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    Long time Fallbrook resident Paul Bourque passed away peacefully at Palomar Medical Center on March 8, 2024, following a valiant effort fighting lung conditions. Paul is survived by wife Iris and two sons, Justin, wife Carly and grandsons Gage and Gunnar of Lakeside, California; Andre and partner Brianna Mulrooney and step-grandson Troy of Portland, Oregon, and stepdaughter, Shauna Segundo of Rancho Santa Margarita. Other surviving family members include sisters Anne Marie (Jo...

  • Writer makes another centenarian friend, all the while pondering a wondrous trend

    Tim O Leary, Special to the Village News|Updated Apr 12, 2024

    I have often wondered whether longevity is an elixir for those who love life. Lately I have found myself pondering centenarians, how they give us joy for today and hope for the future. I have been blessed to be befriended by many centenarians in my beloved Fallbrook. Come now, dear reader, as I introduce you to some and we together may we marvel over the mystery and magic of living to 100 and beyond. My first friend to stretch her life well past 100 was cantankerous Betty...

  • County Blood Drive celebrates 40 years of saving lives

    Cassie N. Saunders, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Apr 12, 2024

    On Tuesday, April 2, the county kicked off its 40th annual blood drive, an event that has grown to become one of the largest donor events of its kind in the region. In partnership with the San Diego Blood Bank, the county this year has added two more sites, bringing the total to 24 locations where people can sign up to donate in April. Last year, county employees donated 435 pints of blood, enough to save more than a thousand lives. This year’s goal is 501 pints of blood. Each one-pint bag has the potential to help up to thre...

  • Drug education shouldn't be off the table during 4/20 Day

    Marcel Gemme, Special to the Village News|Updated Apr 12, 2024

    4/20 Day celebrations are popular across the state; if you are partaking in the festivities, California will have it all. Cannabis has been legal for adults in the state since 2016 and is taxed and regulated similarly to alcohol. Like alcohol it has become quite mainstream, and it remains a popular drug for many young people. Because of social media, 4/20 Day can be sensationalized much the same as drug and alcohol use is on social media platforms. Parents and educators can have a positive impact on children and students...

  • Healthy cooking class offered April 14

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    RAINBOW – Karen Houghton, R.N., is offering a Naturally Gourmet Cooking Class Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. at the Fallbrook Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1200 Rainbow Valley Blvd. The class will teach how to fix vegetarian plant-based cuisine and how to boost the immune system. Space is limited, so anyone wanting to attend should pre-register by calling 760-387-7311 or emailing [email protected]. They can leave a message with their name and number of people a...

  • Alternative treatments for Parkinson's to be discussed

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    FALLBROOK – North County Parkinson's Support Group Fallbrook invites anyone interested to join their monthly Parkinson's Support Group meeting, Friday April 26, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Fallbrook Regional Health and Wellness Center- 1636 E. Mission Road. The guest speaker, Dr. Ana Maleki, MDS, will talk about Alternative Treatments for Parkinson’s. Medications are usually the first treatment for people with Parkinson’s disease. But there may come a time when one’s medications no longer work for one’s needs. DBS is a safe and...

  • Re: 'Scouts BSA is starting a new female Troop in Fallbrook' [Village News, 4/4/24]

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    I saw an article in the paper for an all girls Boy Scout Troop run by a woman. Why would a girl join such a group when she could join the Girl Scouts? Can boys join this Boy Scout Troop? How about Transgirls? It couldn’t be illegal. Is there some agenda her, hmmm? J. Schembri...

  • CORRECTION

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    In a press release from the Fallbrook Fire Safe Council, “Chipping Day helps make Fallbrook fire safe,” published in the April 4 issue of the Village News, it misquoted John Duling as saying he lost his home in the 2002 Gavilan fire. His home did not burn but many of his neighbors lost their homes then....

  • Tribal health

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Apr 12, 2024

    Last week, Assembly Bill 1965 (AB 1965), introduced by Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio (D – Baldwin Park), passed the Assembly Health Committee, where I serve as Vice Chair. Once implemented, AB 1965 will take aim at the public healthcare crisis impacting tribal communities throughout California. Health disparities impacting American Indian and Alaska Native communities include opioid overdose death rates, which are higher among the AIAN population than any other group. Diabetes p...

  • Higher wages bring layoffs

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated Apr 12, 2024

    Pizza Hut announced it would lay off over 1000 workers after the $20 an hour minimum wage increase. Foster’s Freeze shut down several stores. Other chains are either raising prices or cutting staff. Those consequences couldn’t have been unintended, right? More layoffs are likely imminent. It seems like a nice thing to do for the fast food workers, but the outcome may actually be that they may lose their jobs altogether. It just seems that the more the government int...

  • Re: 'The climes they are a-changin'' [Village News, Letter, 4/4/24]

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    John Terrell's letters typically involve pushing the Left's talking points. His latest one is about man-made global warming, an emergency according to much of the mainstream media. This was promoted 20 years ago by Al Gore (a major fossil-fuel hypocrite who famously claimed to have created the internet) who told everyone to quit debating a problem that is "settled science." The unfortunate reality for Democrats is that the man-made global warming hysteria has been fizzling out. It may still upset teenagers or college...

  • Implementing a pilot program to enhance support for people with serious mental illness at affordable housing developments

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Apr 12, 2024

    The issue of homelessness is not just about lacking shelter; it's about individuals grappling with mental illness. In our pursuit of solutions, it is crucial to recognize that a significant portion of the homeless population is affected by Serious Mental Illness (SMI), with estimates suggesting that 21% fall into this category. Placing individuals with SMI in environments ill-equipped to meet their needs not only undermines their potential for success but also poses risks to...

  • Kicking It – In the teeth

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to The Village News|Updated Apr 12, 2024

    First of all, I am a lazy person. And let me assure you, retirement hasn’t made me any less lazy. As it turns out, I have actually developed it into a skill set. And it seems, I am very good at it! This doing nothing. Which has given me way too much time to watch TV. Which leads me to the second most glaring truth. Why does every person from news anchors to game show contestants sport Dudley-Do-Right-Dazzling-Hollywood-White smiles? It seems sparkly-white choppers are the n...

  • Bonsall Rotary honors BUSD student and show choir

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    BONSALL – The Bonsall Rotary Club held two events in March honoring Bonsall Unified School District's students. First, in early March, the philanthropic organization which promotes "service above self" honored Bonsall High School student Orlando Mencias. A junior at Bonsall High School, Mencias was recognized for his outstanding academic achievements as well as his leadership on the Bonsall Varsity Baseball Team. Mencias, who is the son of middle school teacher and high s...

  • DAR honors Staricka for good citizenship

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Monserate Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution recognized a "Good Citizen" from the St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School. This outstanding student was Luc Staricka, an eighth grade student who exhibits the qualities of a good citizen in his home, at school, and also in his community. Luc exhibits many qualities of a good citizen, but one that the teachers and staff at his school recognize and appreciate is that Luc works with a special needs student o...

  • Swan inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    BATON ROUGE, La. – Marcelina Swan of Fallbrook was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Swan was initiated at University of Maryland Global Campus. Swan is among approximately 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10% of seniors and 7.5% of juniors are eligible for...

  • The Scholarship Phenomena

    Jean Larsen, Legacy Endowment Community Foundation|Updated Apr 12, 2024

    Each year, I have the honor and privilege of interviewing Fallbrook and Mission Vista high school seniors who apply for a college or trade school scholarship from one or more of our endowed scholarship funds. I am not alone, for there are about 15 other organizations in the region who offer scholarships and also interview applicants. Honestly, I think I’m speaking for everyone who has participated in these interviews, nothing compares to hearing first-hand about the lives and career plans of such amazing, bright, dedicated an...

  • Social Security to remove barriers to accessing SSI payments

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    WASHINGTON – The Social Security Administration published a final rule, “Omitting Food from In-Kind Support and Maintenance (ISM) Calculations,” March 27. The final rule announces the first of several updates to the agency’s Supplemental Security Income regulations that will help people receiving and applying for SSI. “A vital part of our mission is helping people access crucial benefits, including SSI,” said Martin O’Malley, Commissioner of Social Security. “Simplifying our policies is a common-sense solution that r...

  • Worker of the Week handles the counter at Mickey-D's

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

  • Vallecitos school board approves design contract for new portable classroom building

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Apr 12, 2024

    The Vallecitos School District will be adding a new portable classroom building to Vallecitos Elementary School, and the Tuesday, March 12, Vallecitos board meeting approved a design contract for the new classroom. A 3-0 vote, with two vacant seats, approved a contract for architectural and engineering services with MGPA Architecture. The Carlsbad company will be paid $26,200 for the work. “We’re excited to see that one through,” Meliton Sanchez, superintendent of Vallecitos School District and the district’s chief busines...

  • Freaney and Friends concert to feature pianist Spath

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Friends of the Fallbrook Library announce this month's Freaney and Friends free concert will be held Tuesday, April 23, at 1 p.m. in the Community Room at the Fallbrook Library. It will feature pianist Kristen Spath. Spath is a Boston, Massachusetts native, becoming a Southern California transplant in 2002. Originally, Spath trained as a classical pianist at the South Shore Conservatory of Music located in Hingham, Massachusetts; but soon Spath's passion d...

  • FAA offers drawing demo and plein air competition

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    FALLBROOK – On April 20, Fallbrook Artist Association will hold its monthly general meeting and feature Francesca Bailey as their demonstration artist. Bailey will use basic techniques and tips to improve accuracy and skill in drawing from life. Bailey loves to draw people, places, and things with graphite pencil, colored pencils, and pen. Her favorite kind of drawing is en plein air, in other words, on location and outside. She has written and illustrated two children's b...

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