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Articles from the April 25, 2024 edition

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  • Carlsbad boat drops

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    Last week, I stood alongside the Mayors of Carlsbad, Vista, and San Marcos and the Deputy Mayor of Oceanside to address a pressing concern that affects us all: illegal immigration and maritime smuggling. Just this past Saturday, another incident unfolded as a boat raced into our shoreline, endangering surfers, swimmers, and our community. Ten individuals disembarked, fled into a Carlsbad neighborhood, and were whisked away in an SUV. What's deeply troubling is that we do not...

  • Recital at Regency entertains the residents

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

  • Theatre Talk: 'The 39 Steps'

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to The Village News|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    If you wish to be in on the joke, watch Alfred Hitchcock's 1926 "The 39 Steps" first. Then see the new play at New Village Arts in Carlsbad. If you don't watch it, you may fall into the same chasm I did wondering what the blazes was A.J. Knox up to? And why? All was revealed after I watched Hitchcock's film noir on YouTube this morning. That's when I got it! The play is absolutely brilliant. It went from, "oh, golly, will I be banned from another playhouse for telling the trut...

  • Chamber annual awards luncheon set for June 5

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce is presenting its Annual Awards and Installation Luncheon Wednesday, June 5, at Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens, 220 Grand Tradition Way, in Fallbrook. Located inside the magnificent Arbor Terrace, seating for this special event begins at 11:30 a.m. and the luncheon program begins at noon. This event will recognize citizens who give so much and make Fallbrook the extraordinary community that it is. Another aspect of the program is the installation of the incoming board of d...

  • Worker of the Week shares good news

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

  • Children & Money: The Essentials

    Elena Czarnowski, Special to the Village News|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    In the whirlwind of parenting, managing money conversations with children can feel like navigating uncharted waters. Yet, it’s a crucial aspect of their development that sets the stage for their financial future. Let’s break down the essentials. Parents are the frontline educators in the realm of money matters; however, it’s essential to approach these conversations with empathy and understanding, considering each family’s unique dynamics. Start teaching children about money early, involving them in simple tasks like countin...

  • Mary Fay Pendleton students dive into real-world business experience

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Students from Mary Fay Pendleton School of Fallbrook Union Elementary School District embarked on an enriching and educational field trip Monday, April 1, to BizTown, a dynamic mini-city experience located in San Diego. The 10,000-square-foot facility is designed to provide students with hands-on exposure to real-world business operations, bridging the gap between classroom learning and practical application. BizTown offers a unique opportunity for students to i...

  • Community Resource Navigator empowers families in rural areas amidst growing challenges

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

    FALLBROOK – In a landscape marked by evolving community needs, Katia Elizondo Márquez, the dedicated Community Resource Navigator for the Fallbrook Regional Health District, has been instrumental in bridging critical gaps and empowering families in rural areas. Through strategic partnerships with local organizations, including school districts and key community service providers, Elizondo Márquez has spearheaded impactful initiatives to address pressing issues such as men...

  • Helping students to be proactive about preventing blue light exposure

    Dr. Premilla Banwait, Special to the Village News|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    Learning in a modern classroom often depends less on textbooks and more on technology. Most students are accustomed to virtual learning and often rely on technology to stay connected with teachers and complete assignments. This reliance on digital devices may put students at higher risk of eye issues such as nearsightedness or digital eye strain – especially when combined with screen time at home. “Outside activities still rank at the top of the list of favorite activities for most kids – but playing on digital devices and w...

  • DEA encourages communities to make every day take back day

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has launched a new campaign encouraging the public to make Every Day Take Back Day by utilizing year-round collection sites to dispose of unneeded and unwanted medications. For more than a decade, DEA has worked with state and local law enforcement partners to host National Prescription Drug Take Back Days each year to help Americans rid their homes of unneeded medications. The Take Back program has received an overwhelming response from communities across the country. In...

  • Protein is a vital fuel for child development

    Karlene Karst BSc Nutrition, Special to the Village News|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    As a nutritionist, mother of three, chief cook and married to an Italian man with a huge extended family, my entire world revolves around eating. Every day from morning to night, food occupies my mind, from what is in the fridge to what we are going to eat for meals and snacks, plus the questions, “Will they eat it, and will they like it?” Today, I have more time, and my kitchen is manageable; however, it was not always this easy. As a new mother 16 years ago, I remember feeling overwhelmed with meal preparation, which surpri...

  • Temecula baby in need of life-saving transplant

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

    TEMECULA – With the cost of a life-saving transplant often exceeding $800,000, most transplant families are unable to shoulder that financial burden. The Children's Organ Transplant Association is a national 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses. In Temecula, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local toddler, Dean Baker. Dean is the son of Ashley and Darrik Baker...

  • Hospital CEO Wetton promoted to group vice president of California

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

    TEMECULA – Southwest Healthcare Temecula Valley Hospital announces the promotion of Darlene Wetton, CEO of Temecula Valley Hospital, to group vice president of California. In this new capacity, Wetton will oversee a portfolio of health care facilities within the Southwest Healthcare network across Southern California. "Elevating Darlene to group vice president is a testament to her remarkable leadership and unwavering dedication," Eddie Sim, president of acute care division fo...

  • Dual meet win over Bulldogs positions Warrior mermen for league championship

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    Regular-season standings account for half of the formula which determines the final league positions for the Valley League swim championship with the other half based on positions at the league championship meet. In an April 19 dual meet between the two Valley League boys teams which entered the competition in Ramona with undefeated records, Fallbrook defeated Ramona to take that advantage into the April 25‑27 league meet in Fallbrook. "It's great going undefeated. It was v...

  • Sherrif's Log

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

    NOTE: While these reports have been taken straight from the Sheriff's Office, individuals are innocent until proven guilty. These addresses reveal the block number, not an exact location. April 14 200 blk E. Fig St. Spousal/cohabitant abuse with minor injury 3600 blk Pico Rd. Medical examiners case - Death April 15 1800 blk Dorothea Av. Petty theft Old River Rd. / Montrachet St. Found property 400 blk W. Clemmens Ln. Missing juvenile/runaway April 16 5700 blk Kensington Way Grand theft - Theft of motor vehicle...

  • Warriors come up two runs short

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

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  • Fallbrook girls gain edge in girls swim league championship quest

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    Fallbrook High School and Ramona High School are the only two Valley League swim teams with on-campus pools, and the April 19 meet at Ramona may have given Fallbrook a league championship. Regular-season standings account for half of the formula which determines the final league positions and the other half is based on positions at the league championship meet. Fallbrook's 103-83 victory April 19 gave the Warriors a final Valley League record of 7-0 in dual meets while Ramona...

  • Warriors reach state girls basketball regional final

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    Fallbrook High School’s girls basketball team was invited to the state basketball playoffs, and the Warriors won three games in the state Division IV tournament before losing in the regional final. The Warriors had state playoff wins over Kennedy High School of Granada Hills, El Camino Real High School of Woodland Hills, and Oceanside High School. Grossmont High School advanced to the state final with a 57-52 victory over the Warriors in the March 5 regional final. “The state playoffs are hard because you don’t really know...

  • Rebuilding California cities

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    In 2011, the legislature worked in an effort to abolish California’s Redevelopment Districts. Although some RDAs were poorly managed, their abolition deprived cities of an important tool that had often been successfully used to stimulate business, create new housing and revitalize blighted areas, especially for older cities Last Week, the Assembly Local Government Committee, on which I serve as Vice Chair, passed Assembly bill 2945 (AB 2945) introduced by Assemblyman David A...

  • Opinion: Murrieta School board votes to uphold Parental Rights

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    In a recent defiant move against state directives, the Murrieta Valley Unified School Board in Southern California has stood firm in its decision to retain a policy requiring parental notification if a student wishes to identify as transgender, becomes suicidal or is involved in violence. This act of resistance, fueled by a commitment to parental involvement and local autonomy, is a reminder of the rightful authority school boards wield in shaping educational policies...

  • Re: 'Higher wages bring layoff' [Village News, Letter, 4/11/24]

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

    My lifetime friend Rod Smith who lives in Fallbrook shared the article "Higher wages brings layoffs," a very well written and factual article by the way. Rod asked for my thoughts and I sent the email below to him. Upon reading my email Rod asked me to submit my email to your paper. So here is what a small business owner and entrepreneur thinks. A new policy of any sort is spun with the idea of good intentions with politicians knowing full well or even denying what the actual results will be. Whoever proposes such ideas...

  • Re: 'Get Out the Vote' [Village News, Letter, 4/18/24]

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

    The country needs your vote. Only twice have I ever agreed with Mr. Terrell (I don't remember the first), but I do agree with "Get Out the Vote." This is the most important election of our lifetime. I am voting for President Trump for the following reasons. It is to support the First Amendment and free speech; however, I feel like the far left activists are taking great advantage of that amendment with their hate speech. "Death to America" is taking free speech too far. I'm voting for the Second Amendment and my right to defe...

  • Re: 'Blanket Project helps the less fortunate' [Village News, 4/4/24]

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

    Thank you so much for the wonderful front page picture and article! I am sorry to take so long in thanking you but the publicity has created more "business" for me and, along with preparing for a rare visit from our Vermont daughter and family, I have been overwhelmed. We have also responded to a request to teach crocheting at the high school as a new after school activity. Busy, busy. I was contacted to pick up a new yarn donation which has ended in helping a 77 year old combat veteran clear out his home of his wife's many...

  • A question for voters

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

    California’s population last year was 38.9 million, hardly changed from 38.3 million a decade earlier. Yet in those 10 years, our state budget more than tripled in size – growing from $91 billion to $301 billion. That unprecedented increase in spending has not only failed to achieve anything meaningful in our lives, but by most measures, we’re worse off. Compared to other states, we pay among the highest income tax, highest capital gains tax, highest gasoline tax, highest sales tax when local rates are included with the s...

  • Re: 'La Paloma Good News Club celebrates Easter' [Village News, 3/28/24]

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

    Thank you Lucette, Julie and Team for the nice article in the paper. Our kids loved it! Their parents were so surprised and the office manager at La Paloma texted me. We continue to enjoy all the wonderful things our neighbors in Fallbrook do to make the town a giving and thoughtful place to live. Because of the Village News, we get to know what others are doing. Colleen Sharp Good News Club, La Paloma Elementary...

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