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Articles from the April 16, 2020 edition


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  • How COVID-19 has affected the class of 2020

    Updated Apr 30, 2020

    Kate Calhoun Intern Fallbrook High School announced March 13 that students would not attend school as they traditionally did from that day forward due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Students were told they would not physically return to school until April 14, the date they were previously scheduled to return from spring break, and would participate in distance learning in the meantime. Most students were not surprised by the announcement and figured they would return to school...

  • Missionary doctor says the coronavirus projection for Malawi is 'pretty bleak'

    Updated Apr 17, 2020

    Rick Monroe Special to Village News When the last plane with fleeing foreigners left Malawi in March, medical missionary Christina (Metzler) Miller and her husband, Greg, decided to stay. She works in a small hospital in a rural town in the African country they've called home the past three years. The coronavirus in the land-locked, third-world country is expected to be devastating. "I was called to be a missionary 16 years ago, and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to...

  • Real Estate Round-Up: Shelter in place

    Kim Murphy, Murphy and Murphy Southern California Realty|Updated Apr 17, 2020

    It’s now week four, and for better or for worse, we are all “sheltering in place.” I’m sure many of you are wondering why I would say “for better or for worse,” and here is why. Not being a scientist, I have nothing to add to the discussion of the health implications of COVID-19. I, like you, read many articles on the subject and find a diverse perspective within the medical and social sciences community. The leaders in the U.S., and California, have adopted the “shelter in...

  • Couple elopes amid a whirlwind of circumstances

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Apr 17, 2020

    Despite all the trials and tribulations that it took to get Sadie, 25, and Armand Rack, 26, married, the newly wedded Temecula couple regret nothing. The young couple, who met more than eight years ago just after high school and recently lived in Bonsall, were secretly married at the historic Orange County Courthouse. "The local courthouses were a bit plain and we wanted something with character so we had our hearts set on the old Orange County Courthouse," Sadie Rack said....

  • San Jacinto fault is 'potentially dangerous,' expert says

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer|Updated Apr 17, 2020

    As though Californians needed more natural disasters to contend with on top of an ongoing pandemic, a magnitude 4.9 earthquake centered near rural Anza rattled much of the southern part of the state Friday, April 3. While the quake was not powerful enough to cause any damage, mild-to-moderate shaking could be felt across a wide swath of Southern California, not just in Riverside County but in heavily populated Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange counties as well. Many Californians have probably heard about the San Andreas...

  • County budget moved back, capital projects to be suspended

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Apr 17, 2020

    San Diego County’s 2020-2021 budget hearings will not be in June as has been the case in past years and capital projects will be suspended. The announcement by Helen Robbins-Meyer, chief administrative officer of San Diego County, was made during the March 24 San Diego County Board of Supervisors meeting as part of update on the coronavirus epidemic. Robbins-Meyer cited the cost of containing the coronavirus outbreak in conjunction with lost revenues for the decision. “We will suspend all of our capital projects,” Robbi...

  • Palomar's nursing, dental programs donate PPE to local hospitals

    Updated Apr 17, 2020

    SAN MARCOS – Surgical masks, eye shields, disposable gloves: For decades, items like these have been staples in hospitals and classrooms alike, barriers to infection and cross-contamination. But as COVID-19 spread around the country, filling emergency rooms and forcing medical classrooms like Palomar College's to move to remote learning for the semester, faculty took action. It became apparent that one-way Palomar College could help in the current crisis was to donate its s...

  • Top antiviral benefits of elderberry

    Updated Apr 17, 2020

    BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. – Natural antiviral substances have been used for centuries to fight common infections, but interest has grown around elderberries, a purple berry long used for its cold and flu-reducing properties. Researchers believe elderberry’s antiviral properties may be valuable in the widespread prevention and treatment of influenza and other viral illnesses. Elderberries, small, dark purple berries grown on the Sambucus tree, are well known for their cold and flu-fighting properties. Used medicinally for cen...

  • Life without touch: Reflections by one who touches

    Updated Apr 17, 2020

    Laurel Lozzi Special to Village News As the world rapidly changes, time slows down. When everything feels so wrong, the birds sing to us of all that is right in the world. Headlines remind us of the many who have died, while the new buds on the trees remind us of renewal. A call from a longtime friend or distant relative reminds us of what's important in life, while we no longer hug those close. We creatively adjust to life's new protocols, while we pause our planning in the...

  • Kicking It: Telecommuting and staying mentally healthy

    Elizabeth Youngman Westphal, Special to Village News|Updated Apr 17, 2020

    You’ve heard the old saying that something good can come from something bad. Right? I found mine. Telecommunicating with my doctor. Luckily for me, it wasn’t for COVID-19. Actually, I scorched my wrist while pan frying sliced potatoes. It was just a small spot on my right wrist. I didn’t even notice it at the time. Except a few days later, it went from a hardly noticeable spot to a roaring infection the size of a silver dollar. As you may have discovered, the doctor’s offices...

  • Winter gardens are still producing

    Mary Jo Bacik, Special to Village News|Updated Apr 17, 2020

    April is the ideal time to plant a summer garden in Fallbrook, but many gardeners are finding that after the beautiful March rains, they are still busy harvesting vegetables from their winter garden. With a year-round opportunity to plant and harvest, it is hard to keep up with the bounty, and I always find myself playing catch-up at the end of each season, trying to make space for new plants. As the weather heats up this month, many of the vegetables that are referred to as...

  • Earth Day is a 50-year-old celebration

    Roger Boddaert, Special to Village News|Updated Apr 17, 2020

    Earth Day is an annual event held around the world, April 22, to demonstrate the need for environmental protection and is celebrated by over 1 billion people globally. First celebrated in 1970, it now includes events coordinated by Earth Day networks in more than 193 countries and is 50 years young this year. Man has dwelt on this planet for a long time. Spring has been the season for rebirth, with the singing of birds to rejoice in regrowth. Now in many parts of the world,...

  • NFPA urges added caution for home fire safety during COVID-19 pandemic

    Updated Apr 17, 2020

    QUINCY, Mass. – As the public largely remains at home in response to COVID-19, the National Fire Protection Association urges added caution for home fire safety in the days and weeks ahead. According to NFPA, cooking, heating, and electrical equipment are among the leading causes of home fires year-round. “We already see the majority of fires happening in homes,” Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy at NFPA, said. “As people spend much more time at home and engage in activities that significantly contrib...

  • FUESD board praises Singh for pandemic response

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer|Updated Apr 17, 2020

    In a jointly-signed letter, the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District’s governing board lauded the district’s superintendent, Candace Singh, for her leadership during the coronavirus pandemic crisis. In January, the board was split 4-1 in granting a salary increase to Singh, with board member Caron Lieber clashing with the majority and casting the sole ‘no’ vote. Singh earned a bit under $330,000 in 2018. But the board was united in highlighting “the leadership and integrity we have witnessed of FUESD Superinte...

  • Bird club hopes to meet in June

    Updated Apr 17, 2020

    VISTA – North County Aviculturists, a club for pet bird owners and breeders, regrets that it will not schedule a meeting in May. The group’s leaders want everyone to be safe and stay home. They do hope to see a return of confidence in holding gatherings and if so, will schedule a June auction. Details will follow next month. For more information, go to www.ncabirdclub.com. Submitted by North County Aviculturists....

  • Bonsall Woman's Club makes masks for Palomar Hospital

    Updated Apr 17, 2020

    BONSALL – While their community may have been put in an altered lifestyle, modified lockdown and “stay at home” scenario when compared to the usual lifestyles, it does not mean Bonsall Woman's Club members have to take the coronavirus pandemic sitting down. During difficult times, adapting, improvising and overcoming is their motto. The women in BWC are active members of the club because they have the needs of the community forefront in their minds. One such is Bea Liner who s...

  • Coronavirus shutdown hurting events, wedding industry

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Apr 17, 2020

    On a typical spring Monday afternoon, it isn't likely to find Don McDougal tooling around his garage working on little projects around the house. It is also unlikely to know that the weekend before, nobody but the Grand Tradition Estate and Garden's grounds crew and a few assorted staff even set foot on the 30-acre property that McDougal's home overlooks. About the only thing happening at one of the most popular wedding and events venue in the region is some minor projects...

  • Local artist Fish paints mural on Fallbrook School of the Arts building

    Updated Apr 17, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook School of the Arts is sporting a fresh new mural on the east side of its building. The mural was designed and painted by Dixon Fish, a well-known local artist. This contemporary mural was commissioned by the board of Fallbrook Arts Inc. to replace a previous painting that had slowly faded away after many years. Since the east end of the school is so visible from Alvarado Street, Fish said that he "thought the mural needed a big splash of color so t...

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of North County still serving the community

    Updated Apr 17, 2020

    FALLBROOK – In accordance with recommendations from county and state health officials to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the doors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of North County have been closed to the public since March 16. Yet even without children filling their halls, the club staff have been hard at work serving the community. Through the use of their Facebook and Instagram accounts, the staff have created a new, fun and engaging online curriculum that includes science, art,...

  • Dentist celebrates 45 years in the village

    Updated Apr 17, 2020

    Rick Monroe Special to Village News Fallbrook's senior practicing dentist, Dr. Philip C. Roberts celebrated his 45th year serving the community April 1. Like so many nonessential businesses, his office was closed – but it was still a very special day. "We had a nice celebration with friends, staff and former staff, plus our family," the dentist said. "We didn't see them face-to-face, but it was a nice alternative with nonstop phone calls, text messages all day long. "My w...

  • SBA clarifies eligibility of faith-based organizations to participate in paycheck protection and economic injury disaster loan programs

    Updated Apr 17, 2020

    WASHINGTON – Jovita Carranza, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced that SBA issued guidance clarifying that all faith-based organizations impacted by the coronavirus are eligible to participate in the paycheck protection program and the economic injury disaster loan program, without restrictions based on their religious identity or activities, to the extent they meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the CARES Act that was passed by Congress, signed into law by President Donald Trump and i...

  • Apply these 5 business survival strategies during the COVID-19 crisis

    Updated Apr 17, 2020

    RIVERSIDE – In response to local partners seeking help to provide Riverside County businesses with accurate information on resources available, Inland Empire Center Small Business Development Center offers information that would be useful to business that need recovery assistance in navigating through this global COVID-19 pandemic that is affecting business survival. The following business strategies can be used during a crisis like COVID-19 or any economic downfall. Use this time to review and understand how the business is...

  • Vintage Car Show is rescheduled to Aug. 23

    Updated Apr 17, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Doug Allen, president of Fallbrook Vintage Car Club, and the club's car show chairs, Steve Shapiro and Michael McGuire, have announced that due to the current health crisis along with important state and local mandates on public gatherings, the Fallbrook Vintage Car Club has determined it is in the public's best interest to reschedule their 55th annual Fallbrook Vintage Car Show. The new date is Aug. 23, and it will still be held at Potter Jr. High School in F...

  • FUHSD uses bus stops to deliver lunches

    Updated Apr 16, 2020

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  • Rotary Club of Fallbrook to raise money for local charities

    Updated Apr 16, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Members of the Fallbrook Rotary Club are conducting a “Non-Event Fundraiser” to assist three local nonprofits: the Boys & Girls Club of North County, the Foundation for Senior Care and the Fallbrook Food Pantry, in dealing with the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. While club members dig deep into their own pockets, they are publicizing a postcard notice with the goal of obtaining needed community financial support for these three vital local organizations. Residents are asked to send their tax-d...

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