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Articles from the April 27, 2023 edition


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  • Barbara Bristol Taylor – A life well-lived

    Updated Jul 28, 2023

    Nathalie Taylor Special to the Village News "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." ~ Psalm 116:15 On April 8, 2023, my mother, Barbara Bristol Taylor, age 100, passed peacefully in her sleep at home in Fallbrook. A remarkable woman, she was respected and liked by all who knew her. Barbara was soft-spoken, kind, and loving. She had a heart full of unconditional love for family and friends. She loved Jesus Christ, and was a faithful prayer warrior, prayi...

  • Chorale dinner show was a fun evening

    Updated Apr 27, 2023

    The annual fundraising dinner show put on by the Fallbrook Chorale on April 15 did not disappoint. “The Brooktown Diner” is a cleverly written story which takes main characters Walter and Cynthia aka Wally and Cissy back in time to their meeting and subsequent romance at the diner in Fallbrook. Members of the chorale wrote the script and then incorporated the wonderful music of the fifties to complete the telling of the story. The amazing set design easily transforms from Walter and Cynthia’s Fallbrook living room, back...

  • Ramon (Al) Cazarez

    Updated Apr 26, 2023

    Ramon (Al) Cazarez, 57, of Temecula, California passed away on Monday, April 10, 2023, after a hard battle with Covid pneumonia. Al was born on July 11, 1965, to Efren and Carmen Cazares in Tijuana, Mexico. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; daughters, Courtney Jones and Brianna Speck; sons-in-law, Brant and Jacob; grandsons, Owen and Noah; mother, Carmen; sisters Leticia Bee, Maria and Carmelita Cazares; brothers, Joel, Henry and Michael Cazares; and many nieces &...

  • Lorraine A. Crosson

    Updated Apr 26, 2023

    Lorraine A. Crosson, 91, passed away on April 6, 2023. She was born on July 8, 1931, on Staten Island, N.Y. to William and Anna Behan. She was the third of four children (their only girl). She loved her family and had always wanted to be a nurse. She graduated from St. Mary's Hospital School for Nursing, Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1952. Immediately, she began working for Staten Island's U.S. Public Health Service Hospital, caring for merchant seamen. She always said that she loved...

  • Intervention specialist added to job of Vivian Banks Charter School principal

    Updated Apr 26, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The job description and functions of the Vivian Banks Charter School principal have been modified. A 4-0 Bonsall Unified School District board vote April 17, with Michael Gaddis absent, approved the new job description in which the principal will also be an intervention specialist. “This is going to leverage that position,” said BUSD superintendent Joseph Clevenger. Vivian Banks Charter School had a 2021-22 enrollment of 92 students. “It’s a very small school and we have a full-time princip...

  • FUESD students attend arts and dance camp for spring break

    Updated Apr 26, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Art Center and the Cast Academy of Dance hosted an exciting art and dance camp for students during their spring break, providing a fun and engaging learning experience for the students of the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District. The camp was open to students from all grade levels, providing an opportunity for them to explore various forms of art and dance, including painting, drawing, and contemporary dance. "We are thrilled to have p...

  • MAAC and Palomar College partner to offer 2-year early care & education apprenticeship program

    Updated Apr 26, 2023

    SAN DIEGO – As leaders in child development and early education, MAAC, or Metropolitan Area Advisory Committee, partnered with Palomar College and Early Care & Education Pathways to Success for the pilot of its Next Level: Early Care & Education Apprenticeship Program – the only one in San Diego County. Twenty-five participants will receive free college coursework in child development, paid on-the-job training at MAAC’s Early Learning Centers and additional support such as tutoring, technology and job-readiness train...

  • Volunteers promote literacy with Day of Service

    Updated Apr 26, 2023

    FALLBROOK – According to organizers, the 19th annual Fallbrook A Leer/Reading & Family Literacy Project, Cesar Chavez Day of Service & Learning on Saturday, April 15, was a huge success. With more than 150 families in attendance, including 175 parents and approximately 220 children, this day of literacy had an important impact on the local community. Thirty pre-K children participated in the Children's Literacy Arts & Crafts Circuit and created beautiful works of art, while a...

  • Worker of the Week offers quality vehicles

    Updated Apr 26, 2023

    David Di Mercurio shows a just sold quality pre-owned truck to a new customer. He has been a new car broker here in Fallbrook for the past 16 years and, after the pandemic, has seen an increase in sales of affordable vehicles. Main Street Motors is located at 507 South Main Ave. Village News/David A. Landry photo...

  • BUSD increases teacher summer school pay

    Updated Apr 26, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter In November, the Bonsall Unified School District board approved a new collective bargaining agreement with the Bonsall Teachers Association. The April 17 BUSD board meeting included approval of a “side letter” increasing teacher pay for summer school and the Extended School Year special education program. The 4-0 board vote, with Michael Gaddis absent, increases the hourly pay for summer school and Extended School Year teachers from $40 to $55. An estimated 20 teachers will receive that extra...

  • Discover Fallbrook at chamber community expo

    Updated Apr 26, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The public is invited to "Discover Fallbrook," the chamber of commerce's free annual community expo on Friday, May 19 at The Vineyard 1924, at 1924 E. Mission Road, from 3-6:30 p.m. Firehouse Que & Brew will be there with their food truck; a no-host bar will be provided by the Vineyard at 1924; exhibitors will have giveaways and more! Listen to the music of the Gin 'NTonix with friends and colleagues. These local business and nonprofit companies have a lot to o...

  • SDG&E submits rate reform proposal designed to stabilize and lower energy bills

    Updated Apr 26, 2023

    SAN DIEGO – Seeking to provide financial relief for low-to-moderate income customers while supporting California’s climate goals, San Diego Gas & Electric has submitted a proposal, along with other California utilities, to reform how consumers are charged for electricity. “We have listened to and heard from our customers that fundamental change is needed to provide bill relief,” SDG&E CEO Caroline Winn said. “When we were putting together the reform proposal, front and center in our mind were customers who live paycheck...

  • San Diego County Board of Supervisors approves anti-tobacco grant funding

    Updated Apr 26, 2023

    Cassie Klapp County of San Diego Communications Office Strengthening efforts to prevent youth smoking, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved the acceptance of more than $1.6 million in funding from the California Department of Justice Tobacco Grant Program, April 4. The grant will fund enforcement-related activities ensuring businesses in unincorporated San Diego County follow the proper protocols required to maintain their license to sell tobacco products. The funds will be distributed over three years,...

  • D'Vine Path students utilize CalABLE program for services

    Updated Apr 26, 2023

    FALLBROOK – According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately one in four adults in the United States has a disability. San Diego County offers many services for the disabled community, including D'Vine Path and the vocational education they provide. D'Vine Path aims to empower individuals with developmental disabilities through teaching them necessary life skills and providing individualized vocational training. Another program in California that provides helpful s...

  • Foundation for Senior Care serves community needs

    Updated Apr 26, 2023

    Rick Monroe Special to the Village News Patty Sargent, executive director of the Foundation for Senior Care, says the lifeblood support the organization receives from the Fallbrook Regional Health District is essential. Without the four grants for $140,000 from the health district awarded earlier this month at the annual presentation of community grants, the senior care program would be dead. "It's truly needed," she said in an interview last week. "We're seeing a real...

  • Supervisors recognize Parkinson's Awareness Month

    Updated Apr 26, 2023

    Holding a Proclamation honoring Parkinson’s Awareness Month are, from left, Pete Miller (North County Parkinson’s Support Group attendee), Irene Miller (Fallbrook Support Group leader and NCPSG board director), and Mike Lowrey (NCPSG Fallbrook attendee). The proclamation, signed by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, was presented at Supervisor Jim Desmond’s booth at the Avocado Festival, April 23. Village News/Courtesy photo...

  • Hope Clinic for Women celebrates families at Hope Walks

    Updated Apr 26, 2023

    FALLBROOK – This past year, Hope Clinic for Women (HCW) impacted the futures of families in Fallbrook facing unplanned pregnancy. Their choice to partner with the clinic allowed them to experience the hospitality for which this community is known. Time spent with trained client advocates provided these families with opportunities to learn and grow as parents and individuals and to make informed choices that have lifelong impacts on them and their families. In 2022, HCW h...

  • Pala Band Of Mission Indians partners with Harm Reduction Coalition of San Diego on first naloxone vending machine on sovereign land

    Updated Apr 26, 2023

    PALA – The Pala Band of Mission Indians is partnering with Harm Reduction Coalition of San Diego to install the first naloxone vending machine on sovereign land. Funded through San Diego County, the machine is located at the Pala Fire Department and will be a tool in reducing fentanyl overdoses and preventing opioid-related deaths. It is the first machine of its kind to be placed on Tribal land in the United States. With Native American tribes being amongst the most impacted by the opioid crisis, it is an important example o...

  • Sacramento politicians want to force a welfare housing project in your neighborhood – Here's how you stop them

    Updated Apr 26, 2023

    Carl DeMaio Special to the Village News Consider this scenario: you open the newspaper and learn that a massive government-subsidized housing project for low-income and homeless individuals has been proposed for your neighborhood. Because you are concerned that the project is too dense for your local roads to handle – and you fear that these projects are highly associated with increased crime – you immediately contact your local city council representatives to urge them to vote against approving the project. Unf...

  • Re: 'Yetis, unicorns, and Fauci's covid myths' [Village News, Maynard Letter, 4/13/23]

    Updated Apr 26, 2023

    Maynard made a futile attempt to impugn Dr. Anthony Fauci’s character. Here’s what you need to know about Dr. Fauci. He was director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (1984–2023) chief of the Laboratory of Immunoregulation, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (1980–1923). In his distinguished and unblemished career, he won the following “awards and honors: National Medal of Science, Presidential Medal of Freedom (2008), Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedica...

  • Fighting back against Sexually Violent Predators

    Updated Apr 26, 2023

    Supervisor Jim Desmond 5th District I’m pleased to say that at our last Board of Supervisors meeting, we unanimously passed a resolution to support Senate Bill, 832, which would prioritize public safety when placing Sexually Violent Predators. I want to thank Senator Brian Jones' for his leadership and authoring SB 832, which would demand transparency from the Department of State Hospitals and require them to consider their properties and state prison properties for placement. SB 832 would also prevent an SVP from being p...

  • CORRECTION

    Updated Apr 26, 2023

    In the article “Fallbrook’s BOLD graduates cultivate avocado growth,” published in the April 20 issue, the name of one of the graduates, Hillary DeCarl, was inadvertently spelled without the “l”. The Village News apologizes for this error....

  • Re: 'Revisiting Reparations' [Village News, Terrell letter, 4/6/23]

    Updated Apr 26, 2023

    Separating the wheat from the chaff. In his latest sanctimonious rant, "JT" asserts that the Democrat Party is not to blame for slavery or racism in America, when the preponderance of historical evidence suggests otherwise. I admire "JT's" hubris, even though his assumptions bear little resemblance to the historical record. In truth, Democrats obstructed blacks from voting, owning property, and exercising their inalienable rights for more than 100 years following the end of the Civil War. In 1964, President Johnson, a...

  • Re: Re: 'Does Nikki Haley qualify as a natural born citizen?' [Village News, Willis letter, 4/13/23]

    Updated Apr 26, 2023

    Hmmmmm, how did we get here? Ms Willis, in the 3/9/23 edition of the Fallbrook Village News, made a statement that Nikki Haley was not qualified to be the U.S. president, because she was not a “Natural Born Citizen.” This statement was probably based on the fact that Nikki Haley’s parents were not U.S. citizens at the time of her birth. However, the term “natural born citizen” is not defined anywhere in the written U.S. constitution. There is mention of a person not born in the U.S. but born of U.S. citizen parents as a U.S....

  • Scholarships for women

    Updated Apr 26, 2023

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron 75th District One of my passions in public service is encouraging young women to fulfill their life’s potential by taking full advantage of available educational opportunities. As a member of the Legislative Women’s Caucus, I am happy to spread the word about the Minerva Scholarship program. Now in its fourth year, the scholarship was established by the Women in California Leadership Foundation to educate, support and empower young women and girls. The foundation is committed to providing sel...

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