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  • Robert Stephen Roso, Jr.

    Updated May 8, 2024

    Robert Stephen Roso, Jr., born Feb. 13, 1979, passed away April 27, 2024, in Fallbrook. He is survived by his daughter, mother, father and sister. A viewing will be held Friday, May 10 at 11 a.m. with service starting at 12 p.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 621 Stage Coach Lane....

  • The war for our humanness: Embracing our amazing biology

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated May 2, 2024

    I believe that, as a species, we are in a battle for our very humanness. We are at a crossroads unlike any other in history. This is a moment where the very essence of our humanity is under siege, a war waged on multiple fronts, challenging us to redefine who we are and what we stand for. The battle for our humanness is multifaceted, touching upon technological advancements, medical interventions, censorship, and the fundamental narratives that shape our understanding of...

  • FAA offers collage demo and workshop

    Updated May 2, 2024

    FALLBROOK – On Saturday, May 18, Fallbrook Artists Association will hold its monthly general meeting and feature Karen Langer Baker as their demonstration artist. She will show a variety of collages she has created, many of them award winners in various shows, then take a drawing or painting that she has made in the past and show how to bring it to life with collage. Langer Baker has a long history as an artist. Eighty years ago, at age 8, she received her first of many schola...

  • 'Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812' is at The Cygnet Theater

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to The Village News|Updated May 2, 2024

    Dave Malloy set his musical career in motion by turning great literature into operettas. Stories like Moby Dick, the epic poem Beowulf and, now playing at The Cygnet Theater in Old Town, his 2012 award winning Off-Broadway play "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812." A larger-than-life vignette extracted from the middle of Tolstoy's dynamic work "War and Peace" Malloy has set Part 8 to music. To enjoy the full magnitude of this musical, rereading these 70-pages (chapters...

  • Preparing for the big day

    Updated May 2, 2024

  • County Airports leases extended

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 2, 2024

    When a fixed-base operator leases land from an airport owned and operated by the County of San Diego, the provisions of the lease usually include that the improvements become the property of the county at the end of the lease term. The lease period is intended to allow the fixed-base operators to recover their investments. The coronavirus shutdown limited revenue during that period, so the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved extensions of most County Airports leases. The supervisors’ 4-0 vote April 10, with T...

  • Social Security to expand SSI Rental Subsidy Policy

    Updated May 2, 2024

    WASHINGTON – The Social Security Administration has published a final rule, “Expansion of the Rental Subsidy Policy for Supplemental Security Income Applicants and Recipients.” The rule provides the second of several updates to the agency’s SSI regulations that will help people receiving and applying for SSI. “Our mission is to continue to help people access crucial benefits, including SSI,” Martin O’Malley, commissioner of Social Security Administration, said. “Simplifying and expanding our rental subsidy policy nationwi...

  • Why many homeowners don't want to sell

    Jane Kepley, Special to Village News|Updated May 2, 2024

    As you likely know, the housing market has been struggling with inventory for years. Years of low production from home builders certainly play a part in this shortage, but an increase in construction isn’t the fastest way to solve the issue. Existing homeowners – many of whom are currently hesitant to sell – factor in, too. Here’s what is keeping homeowners in place (and how it impacts housing supply). • Low inventory: As mentioned above, low inventory has a roundabou...

  • Official State Trees across America

    Roger Boddaert, Special to the Village News|Updated May 2, 2024

    Across America from sea to shining sea, trees blanket our great land including official state trees, which are native and grow in that specific state. Here is a listing to curb your curiosity, and a state that you might have migrated from and landed in California. 1. Alabama: Longleaf Pine Tree – Pinus palustris 2. Alaska: Sitka Spruce – Picea sitchensis 3. Arizona: Yellow Palo Verde – Parkinsonia microphylla 4. Arkansas: Loblolly Pine – Pinus taeda 5. California: Califor...

  • Rain and heat each cause problems for roses

    Frank Brines, ARS Master Rosarian|Updated May 2, 2024

    This year continued the signs of climate change with above-average rain as well as chaotic weather patterns nationwide along with repeated "atmospheric rivers" throughout California. Rose growth and development are dependent on weather, and flower production is particularly impacted by inconsistent temperatures, sun and water. All of this has made it more difficult for me to predict what to do and when to do it. Typically the first flush of blooms is expected after eight to 10...

  • Avoid intervening during baby wildlife season

    Updated May 2, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – A songbird who could have stayed with her siblings. A fledgling dove learning to fly and needing more time on the ground. Or baby rabbits left unattended by mom just out getting some food for the family. Every year, San Diego Humane Society's Project Wildlife program sees many well intended, but unnecessary, rescues of wild animals brought through their doors. With baby wildlife season underway, the organization is calling on the public to watch and wait before int...

  • Thousands of volunteers clean and beautify San Diego County at the 22nd annual Creek to Bay Cleanup

    Updated May 2, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – I Love A Clean San Diego estimated 4,000 registered volunteers will have removed over 80,000 pounds of litter and debris from streets, canyons, parks and shores in communities across San Diego County for the 22nd annual Creek to Bay Cleanup. “We are thankful for all the volunteers and sponsors, from all corners of San Diego County, who celebrated Earth Month with us at Creek to Bay this year,” Ann Marie Sack, director of community engagement at I Love A Clean San Diego, said. Results are still coming in from the 1...

  • County Assessor reminds business, aircraft, & vessel owners May 7 is the business personal property tax filing deadline

    Updated May 2, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk Jordan Z. Marks reminds all business, aircraft, and vessel owners that Tuesday, May 7 is the State of California-mandated deadline for filing unsecured business personal property statements. Filings must be postmarked on or before May 7 to avoid a 10% late filing penalty. The unsecured property tax bills are issued based on the statements filed by May 7 and must be paid before Aug. 31. Marks said, “As an advocate for San Diegans, my office and I try to reach eve...

  • Apostille event to deliver Sacramento services in San Diego May 13-14

    Updated May 2, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk Jordan Z. Marks will host a two-day Apostille Pop-Up Shop event, in partnership with the California Secretary of State, Monday, May 13, and Tuesday, May 14, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the San Diego County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 273, with free parking on-site. This event brings Sacramento representatives from the California Secretary of State office to provide apostille, an authentication service, on-site in San Diego. Currently, the California S...

  • The county's multibillion-dollar budget – How it works

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated May 2, 2024

    Imagine trying to put together a budget for nearly 3.3 million people in a region about the size of Connecticut. It's a big project and county staff has been working on it for months. They're now putting the final touches on a balanced, recommended budget for the new fiscal year that starts July 1. The numbers will be released May 2. Last year, the overall budget was $8.17 billion. How does this affect you? If you go out to eat, visit the beach, own a home or vote then the...

  • Worker of the Week is a paramedic

    Updated May 2, 2024

  • County warns of counterfeit Botox

    Cassie N. Saunders, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated May 2, 2024

    County health officials are warning people not to buy or use products labeled as "Botox" from unverified sources after a woman may have contracted botulism. Botulism is an illness caused by a toxin that attacks the body's nerves. A 43-year-old San Diego County resident bought a product labeled Botox from an unlicensed online source and brought it to a "Botox Party" in Mexico in March, where she was injected. The following day, she developed symptoms that were consistent with b...

  • Hospice needs volunteers who sew

    Updated May 2, 2024

    ESCONDIDO – The Elizabeth Hospice is seeking volunteers that can sew. Anyone who likes to sew and has intermediate sewing skills, is encouraged to join their team of volunteers who create keepsakes made from an article of a loved one’s clothing. The hours are flexible, and the work is rewarding. To learn more, contact Cindy at The Elizabeth Hospice at 760-294-5864. Submitted by The Elizabeth Hospice....

  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month

    Scott Knight, The Jason Foundation|Updated May 2, 2024

    Since 1949, Mental Health America and its affiliates across the country have led the observance of May as Mental Health Awareness Month by reaching millions through the media, local events and screenings. It raises awareness of trauma and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional and mental well-being of children, families and communities. Cities and businesses across the country hold various events to support mental health and open up the lines of communication. Many...

  • How to convince an addict to get help

    Stan Popovich, Special to the Village News|Updated May 2, 2024

    Many people who struggle with alcohol or drugs have a difficult time getting better. There are many reasons why these people do not get the help they need to get better. Many family members who see their loved ones struggle have a very difficult time in getting their loved ones assistance. Here are six suggestions on how to convince a person struggling with alcohol or drugs to get the help they need to get better. 1. Family intervention The most popular way to get someone the help they need is to do a family intervention....

  • Prioritizing prevention during Child Abuse Awareness Month

    Anita Lightfoot, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated May 2, 2024

    In observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month, a beautiful pinwheel garden was on display during a press conference in the Waterfront Park, April 23. Four hundred pinwheels were placed in the lawn to represent the 400 investigations weekly of children in San Diego County who may be victims of child abuse and neglect. Approximately 15% of those investigations become active cases. Chairwoman Nora Vargas, Promises2Kids and the county’s Child and Family Well Being Department teamed up for the annual event to raise awareness abo...

  • San Diego is the new epicenter

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated May 2, 2024

    San Diego is the new epicenter for migrants and illegal immigration. Last week alone, Border Patrol apprehended 9,000 illegal border crossers within the San Diego sector, including 206 Chinese nationals. This surge in illegal crossings has propelled San Diego to the unfortunate position of leading all nine southern border sectors in April, a trend unseen since the 1990s. Since Oct. 1, the San Diego sector has witnessed a staggering 214,855 apprehensions, representing...

  • Update: No more SVPs for rural San Diego County

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated May 2, 2024

    As you know, the placement of Sexually Violent Predators in rural areas of California, including San Diego County, has been an ongoing problem. SVPs have been placed in Jacumba Hot Springs, Campo, Boulevard, Borrego Springs and other locations, often near homes, parks and schools. Currently, the Department of State Hospitals oversees placement and contracts with Liberty Healthcare, which then seeks court approval. Courts sometimes intervene to deny inappropriate placements,...

  • Exciting days are here

    Updated May 2, 2024

    A pack of activities come for juniors and seniors now. For instance, Fallbrook High School will have Prom on May 4. I missed many teenage joys, like prom, because a drunk driver hit me when I was 16 in 1992. I graduated in 1993 in a wheelchair with hearing difficulties. After 32 years, my hearing is still damaged and I can walk as best as I can. I am used to my daily challenges but I am trying to prevent others from facing this. No one wants to live with these difficulties: I guarantee that. Believing you can drive like a...

  • Re: Re: 'The climes they are a-changin'' [Village News, Lewis Letter, 4/18/24]

    Updated May 2, 2024

    Only in America is Global Warming a political issue. That’s because only America has a political party that politicizes everything, with emphasis on anything that clashes with their anti-science and technology stance. And that is despite the fact that America rose to be a global power house largely because of its full embrace of science and technology. Former President Trump denounced Global Warming as a “Chinese hoax.” It’s obvious Mr. Lewis buys into that misinformation and is ignorant of the scientific method and the rol...

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