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Articles from the April 22, 2016 edition

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  • FPUD opts against position on Sandia Creek Drive gate

    Updated Apr 22, 2016

    The Fallbrook Public Utility District (FPUD) owns property along the privately-maintained portion of Sandia Creek Drive and thus has the right to vote on whether to place a gate across that street. FPUD's board discussed the matter March 28. The official motion to support the gate failed with Don McDougal in favor and Milt Davies, Al Gebhart, Bert Hayden, and Charley Wolk opposed. “They decided against supporting the request,” said FPUD general manager Brian Brady. “They weren't taking an opposed position. They were takin...

  • FCPG supports recommendation of traffic signal for Green Canyon at Mission intersection

    Updated Apr 22, 2016

    The Fallbrook Community Planning Group (FCPG) voted unanimously to support the decision of the county’s Traffic Advisory Committee (TAC) to place the intersection of Green Canyon Road at Mission Road on the county’s Traffic Signal Priority List. “I think that road (Mission) is way too fast and I think we have to figure a way to slow it down,” said Tom Harrington, FCPG secretary, during a circulation committee meeting held six days in advance of the FCPG’s monthly meeting on April 18. “I think having a signal is one way to...

  • Willdan Financial Services gets contract from Rainbow MWD

    Updated Apr 22, 2016

    The Rainbow Municipal Water District has given Willdan Financial Services a professional services contract for a water and wastewater asset cost and capacity fee study. A 4-0 Rainbow board vote March 22, with Dennis Sanford absent, authorized the $115,285 contract with the Temecula company. “I think this is going to be a good process to go through so that our current ratepayers don't have any cost associated with new development,” said Rainbow general manager Tom Kennedy. In January 2015, the Rainbow board awarded a professio...

  • Second-generation farmer finds innovation at the heart of industry’s survival

    Updated Apr 22, 2016

    Tom Pfingsten Special to the Village News It had been two weeks since the first day of spring, and there was still fruit on the trees, which was odd. The orchard had been picked almost a month ago, yet there they hung – clusters of unmistakable green gold, the telltale Hass texture visible from 20 feet away. Robert Jackson stopped mid-sentence when he saw them, and then forgot what he’d been saying when thick clusters of avocado blossoms distracted him further. He had alr...

  • Fallbrook Rainbow Girls shine in Fresno

    Updated Apr 22, 2016

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Assembly of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls recently attended their Grand Assembly (state assembly) in Fresno. They met with other Rainbow Girls from across the state and competed in various activities like talent, arts and crafts, sewing and ritual (memorization) work. Their leaders are proud of the girls and how they did. Ariana Miller took first place in talent. Caitlyn Dawson received a first place for her photography and s...

  • A glimpse into the past

    Jack Story|Updated Apr 22, 2016

    Special to the Village News "On a group of rolling foothills" were the opening words of a song describing Fallbrook Union High School for many years. Most old-time alumni credit the composer of this song to a popular teacher back in the 30s named Kurt Reineman. The school is not at the location described in this song anymore. That property now belongs to Fallbrook Union Elementary School District and the Boys & Girls Clubs of North County. Fallbrook High School is presently lo...

  • Bonsall native serving aboard nuclear-powered submarine

    MC1 Steve Watterworth|Updated Apr 22, 2016

    Navy Office of Community Outreach Public Affairs PEARL HARBOR – Lt. j.g. Casey Burgener, a Bonsall native and 2000 Rancho Buena Vista High School graduate, is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard one of the Navy’s newest attack submarines, USS North Carolina. Burgener is the assistant operations officer aboard the Pearl Harbor-based boat, one of only 12 Virginia-class attack submarines in the Navy’s fleet. The Virginia class is comprised of the Navy’s newest and most advance...

  • Fallbrook Blanket Project completes 100th blanket

    Updated Apr 22, 2016

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Blanket Project recently completed its 100th blanket. Inspired by the national “Warm-Up America” initiative, Carmen Willard introduced the Fallbrook Blanket Project in late October 2014. The project consists of volunteers crocheting or knitting 56 7 x 9 inch patches, which are crocheted together into a twin-bed size blanket. The blanket is then donated to a worthy organization to be given to a needy person. Rebecca Lynn, head librarian at Fallb...

  • Chapman awarded Teacher of Excellence award

    Updated Apr 22, 2016

  • Kiwanis One Day project benefits San Diego food bank

    Updated Apr 22, 2016

    FALLBROOK – Members of Kiwanis Club of Fallbrook and Fallbrook High School Key Club helped package over 40,000 meals for the San Diego Food Bank on April 2. A total of 250 Kiwanians and their student-sponsored clubs joined together for Kiwanis One Day to complete the community service project, held at Toyota of Escondido....

  • Fallbrook Masonic Lodge honors local elementary teachers

    Updated Apr 22, 2016

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Masonic Lodge #317 showed its support of local educators on Thursday, April 7, by hosting a celebratory dinner where it honored the outstanding efforts of three local teachers during the organization's observance of Public Schools Month. The chairman of the Teacher of the Year committee, Anthony McLean, conducted the program. The three finalists for the Fallbrook Masonic Lodge's Teacher of the Year award were Amy Schwenke of Fallbrook Street E...

  • Many Metrics Point Toward Strong April

    Updated Apr 22, 2016

    FALLBROOK – Following a tepid February, real estate activity started the spring “selling season” in March with marked improvement in pricing and volume, Jerry Kalman, a Realtor® with HomeSmart Legends here, reported April 4. The average Fallbrook and Bonsall selling price of $532,000 per home reflected a six percent gain over the prior month and a seven percent increase over March 2015. Sales volume in the two communities was 19 percent better than in the prior March and a 58...

  • Memories of favorite Mother's Day meals requested

    Updated Apr 22, 2016

    FALLBROOK – The staff of the Village News would like local residents to submit a write up of their favorite Mother's Day dish or meal for a special feature in the May 5 issue. Recipes, descriptions, anecdotes and/or photos (.jpeg attachments) may be submitted to [email protected] or brought to the office, at 1588 S. Mission Rd., Suite 200. The deadline is Friday, April 29, at noon....

  • Sheriff's Log

    Updated Apr 22, 2016

    April 4 2400 block S. Stage Coach Ln. Commercial burglary April 6 2400 block S. Stage Coach Ln. Found narcotics April 7 5200 block Triple Crown Dr. Bonsall Trespassing 500 block Timber Feather Ln. Arrest: Recovered know stolen property April 10 4100 block Los Padres Dr. Petty theft 600 block Minnesota St. Residential burglary 2400 block Hummingbird Hill Lane 5150/Mental disorder 200 block Via De Amo Arrest: Felony commercial burglary April 11 5400 block Fairgreen Way False report of emergency 800 block S. Main Sexual battery...

  • Kendall Farms “Wine & Dine in the Flower Fields” – Elegance on a mountaintop

    Updated Apr 22, 2016

    After traversing a curvy road miles from town, I found myself on a mountaintop with my “Wine & Dine in the Flower Fields” invitation in hand. Before me was a large white tent, and from that tent emanated the sound of guests happily chatting. Occasionally they would clink their long-stemmed glasses. The soft yellow glow of Chardonnay was enchanting. The evening’s festivities were not just limited to drinking, however. Guests were treated to a bus tour of the farm, flower arrang...

  • Border patrol seizes 80 pounds of cocaine near Temecula

    Updated Apr 22, 2016

    TEMECULA (CNS) - Nearly 80 pounds of cocaine were seized from a motorist at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint near Temecula, authorities said today. The 76-pound seizure happened shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 15, just north of the Riverside County line, according to Border Patrol spokesman Mark Endicott. He said agents stopped the driver of a 2005 Honda Accord at the checkpoint based on suspicions he might be involved in illicit activity. A drug- sniffing canine was turned loose on the Honda and immediately...

  • Avocado half marathon has new route

    Updated Apr 22, 2016

    Just thought folks might like to know that some roads will be closed due to the Avocado half marathon and 5K race. It is being planned for Saturday, May 28, Memorial Day weekend. You can get more information at and see whether the race route will affect you this year as the route has been changed from last year’s race. Among the roads affected are parts of Winter Haven, Brooke Road and parts of Stagecoach. Those roads affected by the race will be closed from approximately 6:30 to 11:15 a.m. If t...

  • Thank you to the Good Samaritan

    Updated Apr 22, 2016

    On behalf of my mom, Jennifer Stevens, and her four children, I would like to thank the very kind lady who paid for my mom's hair cut at Mary Jane North Salon. A year ago our dad died from cancer. It has been very hard for our family and recently our mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has been very sick and has to have surgery very soon. My mom has been growing her hair since she was a young girl and it was very hard for her to lose her hair. A very nice lady offered to pay to have my mom's hair cut and styled....

  • Ramsey retired? This is no bueno!

    Updated Apr 22, 2016

    Shocking! Shocking is all I have to say. There’ll be great wailing, hand wringing and gnashing of teeth in Fallbrook forthwith. Fallbrook and the Village News will have a large set of shoes to fill in order to replace (managing editor) Debbie Ramsey. She had the pulse of this village and the insight to know what’s up, what’s down and what ought to be. She was always receptive to new ideas and breaking news (even though she mostly already had it). So Debbie, wherever you are, remember us while you enjoy the fruits resul...

  • San Diego Blood Bank holding drive in Fallbrook April 25

    Updated Apr 22, 2016

    FALLBROOK – The San Diego Blood Bank will accept blood donations at the Fallbrook Albertsons (1133 S. Mission Rd.) on Monday, April 25, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Anyone age 17 and older who weighs at least 114 pounds and is in good health may qualify to give blood. A good meal and plenty of fluids are recommended prior to donation. All donors must show picture identification. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-4MY-SDBB (469-7322) or visit

  • Overeaters Anonymous meetings in Fallbrook

    Updated Apr 22, 2016

    FALLBROOK – Local residents who have a problem with food are not alone. Overeaters Anonymous (OA), a new weekly 12-step meeting based on the steps and principles of Alcoholic Anonymous (AA), will hold meetings on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. at the Hilltop Center basement (331 E. Elder St.). Currently, this is the only OA meeting in Fallbrook but more can be started as needed. Attendees can park in the church parking lot and walk down the right side of the building to the room below. All are welcome and there are no dues, fees, w...

  • Garden club presents 'Natives with Greg Rubin'

    Updated Apr 22, 2016

    FALLBROOK – Greg Rubin, owner of California’s Own Native Landscape Design, will present the program at the Fallbrook Garden Club's meeting on Tuesday, April 26, at the Fallbrook Community Center (341 Heald Lane). Rubin will focus on using local plants to add color to the garden. Rubin has been working with California native plants since 1985. His specialties include landscapes that cover an array of garden styles while providing year round appeal, low maintenance, water efficiency, rich habitat, and fire-resistance. Gue...

  • Haber to speak on gun violence prevention education

    Updated Apr 22, 2016

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Democratic Club will have Judy Haber from the Brady Campaign as its speaker at the Hilltop Center (331 E. Elder St.) on Thursday, May 5. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. for social time, with the meeting commencing at 7 p.m. Haber is a retired elementary teacher who is creating safer communities through gun violence prevention education. As the chairperson of the San Diego County Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, she recently a...

  • Wine, Blues and Brews coming April 30

    Updated Apr 22, 2016

    BONSALL – The WBB will happen again – for the 21st consecutive year – on Saturday, April 30. The WBB is Bonsall Rotary's annual Wine, Brews and Blues Festival. This fundraiser was started in 1995 and quickly outgrew a single room in River Village. In fact, it also outgrew circus-tent sized events at the Pala Mesa and Lawrence Welk resorts before heading to a much larger venue, the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, where the event will be held again this year. Atten...

  • Smog Bros. approaching 10-year anniversary in Fallbrook

    Updated Apr 22, 2016

    The fact Smog Bros. is approaching its 10-year anniversary of doing business in Fallbrook tells you owners Moe El Farra and Josue Gonzalez are doing something right besides making sure vehicles aren’t polluting the air and harming the environment. El Farra and Gonzalez are longtime Fallbrook residents and longtime friends who opened Smog Bros. in 2007. They have amassed a loyal following through the years by providing quality customer service. Gonzalez is very blunt in describ...

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