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  • Rose Sparkle Punch recipe is one of 280 recipes to be in free Holiday Cookbook

    Updated May 5, 2023

    Judith Bell Food Editor All of which brings me to one of my favorites: Rose Sparkle Punch. It is attractive, tasty, affordable, and flexible. Depending on the occasion and number of persons attending, the recipe can be doubled…even quadrupled. And, for whatever reason, a non-alcoholic rose wine could replace the alcoholic wine. This will be in the free Holiday Cookbook. This is not a purist’s punch. It is an ideal choice for family affairs and even small business entertainment. When my husband, Herb Ketcham, and John Lac...

  • Fallbrook battles Valley Center in lacrosse

    Updated May 5, 2023

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  • Carmona wins high jump at Escondido Invitational

    Updated May 5, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Escondido Invitational track and field meet was held April 21 at Escondido High School, and Fallbrook High School junior Sammy Carmona won the boys high jump. Carmona had a height of 6’1”. Four other boys cleared that height. A high jumper or pole vaulter has three chances to clear each height and misses at that height or at lower heights are used as the tiebreaker. “Sammy’s having an incredible season,” said Fallbrook head coach Marco Arias. The high jump win at the Escondido Invitatio...

  • Fallbrook Chorale now preparing for next show

    Updated May 5, 2023

    FALLBROOK – Members of the Fallbrook Chorale said they appreciate the support given to them by the community for a successful fundraiser, "The Brooktown Diner," April 15. They are now rehearsing for their Spring Concert to be held Saturday, June 17 at 2 p.m. More details will be coming. Submitted by the Fallbrook Chorale....

  • Pala Casino Spa Resort announces Summer Concert Series

    Updated May 5, 2023

    PALA – Pala Casino Spa Resort announced their annual Summer Concert Series, starting with country singer Chris Young Friday, May 5, at 8 p.m. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. in the recently remodeled outdoor Starlight Theater. Tickets are on sale at the Pala Box Office, http://www.palacasino.com or http://www.etix.com. “We are excited to kick off our annual Summer Concert Series with an amazing performance by country star Chris Young, ” said Coley McAvoy, Pala Casino Spa Resort Spokesperson. “We look forward to seeing...

  • Newcomers club offers something for everyone

    Updated May 5, 2023

    FALLBROOK – April showers brought some flowers, and the girls and some guys enjoyed them on a recent outing to the Carlsbad Flower Fields. Other activities that month included manning the information booth at the annual Avocado Festival, hiking the wetlands trails at Batiquitos Lagoon, cooking with friends and much more. With twenty-plus regular monthly activities, everything from Pickleball, card games and golf, to cooking, book clubs and wine tours, there is truly s...

  • Sunshine brings out roses and pests

    Updated May 5, 2023

    Frank Brines ARS Master Rosarian ' This year continued the signs of climate change with below-average temperatures and above-average rain and snowfall as well as chaotic weather patterns nationwide. 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...

  • Two cellists to perform at Fallbrook Library

    Updated May 5, 2023

    FALLBROOK – Freaney and Friends have added an additional free May concert for Tuesday, May 9, at 1 p.m. in the Community Room at the Fallbrook Library, 124 S. Mission Road. Freaney’s guests will include cellists Nathan Le and Ruslan Biryukov. Nathan Le is a graduate of the New England Conservatory/Harvard dual-degree program. His artistry has been nationally and internationally acclaimed. In 2015, he was invited by the first lady of Armenia to perform in a music festival commemorating the centennial of the Armenian gen...

  • FBA to hold Community Clean Up Day

    Updated May 5, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Beautification Alliance, partnering with I Love A Clean San Diego, will host a Fallbrook Community Clean Up Day, 9 a.m.-11a.m. Saturday May 13. Volunteers of all ages are invited to grab buckets, work gloves and litter grabbers to walk Fallbrook downtown streets to pick up litter and recyclables, as well as to clean up trash dumped along the Pico Promenade walking path and waterway. FBA and ILACSD will host a check-in table at the parking lot below the Fallbrook Branch Library at 124 S. Mission in d...

  • BUSD to pursue CalSHAPE grant

    Updated May 5, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Bonsall Unified School District will be seeking a California Schools Healthy Air, Plumbing, and Efficiency Program (CalSHAPE) grant from the California Energy Commission. The April 17 board meeting included a 4-0 vote, with Michael Gaddis absent, to adopt a resolution in support of the CalSHAPE grant application. The resolution authorizes acceptance of a grant award of up to $399,360. “We’re excited about this opportunity,” said BUSD Superintendent Joseph Clevenger. CalSHAPE includes two g...

  • Volunteers took part in the region's largest environmental cleanup

    Updated May 5, 2023

    SAN DIEGO COUNTY - As of 3 p.m., April 22, I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) reported more than 5,000 registered volunteers, at 107 sites, removed over 57,000 pounds of litter and debris from streets, canyons, parks and the coastline in communities across San Diego County for the 21st Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup. “Although numbers from cleanup sites are still coming in, we can safely say we have reached our goal this year,” said Ann Marie Sack, Director of Community Engagement at ILCSD. “We are thankful for all the volun...

  • Things to avoid before applying for a mortgage

    Updated May 5, 2023

    FALLBROOK – Planning to buy a home? The key is to prepare and maintain excellent financial health. And we’re not just talking about the down payment. Improve your chances of getting approved for a home loan and be eligible for better interest rates and terms – here are some things to avoid before applying for a mortgage: Making big purchases If you just bought a car or did advance shopping for furnishings, this will take a big hit on your credit record and debt-to-income ratio and could hurt your mortgage application. Avoid...

  • Review of all things Real Estate: What the "experts" are saying now about the economy and real estate

    Updated May 5, 2023

    Bob Hillery CR Properties Strong homebuyer demand is providing more support for home prices than economists at Fannie Mae expected at the beginning of the year, but forecasters at the mortgage giant expect tight for-sale inventory will keep sales “subdued” for the rest of the year. In their latest monthly forecast, economists with Fannie Mae’s Economic and Strategic Research (ESR) Group said they expect the Federal Reserve to implement a final 25-basis rate hike in May and then bring rates back down by the end of the year...

  • Changing Times in Real Estate: Summer fun

    Updated May 5, 2023

    Ken Follis Compass Real Estate Here we are in May already, and our thoughts may be turning to having some enjoyable times and making memories in our homes, yards and local parks. As we do, there are several ideas and thoughts as to what may be the best summertime amenities to have in your yard for that fabulous staycation. Of course, everyone is different, but there are some favorites we all can agree on for sure. First and foremost to me would be a nice covered outdoor sitting area. We have such great breezes in our area, th...

  • FPUD board ratifies emergency pipeline repairs on North Main Avenue and Acacia Lane

    Updated May 5, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter If emergency circumstances exist the Fallbrook Public Utility District general manager has the authority to approve contracts exceeding the $22,000 threshold, which requires FPUD board approval, although such contracts must be officially ratified at the next FPUD board meeting. FPUD general manager Jack Bebee made such an emergency declaration after multiple leaks occurred on North Main Avenue and Acacia Lane pipelines, and the FPUD board ratified the contract Bebee approved Monday, April 24....

  • Fallbrook girls attend STEM event at CSUSM

    Updated May 5, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Union Elementary School District recently hosted a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) event for girls at California State University San Marcos. The event brought together female STEM professionals to teach the students about the exciting opportunities available to them in STEM fields. The girls participated in hands-on STEM activities and took a tour of the Cal State San Marcos campus. They also heard from inspiring female S...

  • BUSD revises independent study policy

    Updated May 5, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Bonsall Unified School District made independent study a formal program for the 2021-22 school year. The April 17 BUSD board meeting approved revisions to the independent study policy. Michael Gaddis was unable to attend that board meeting, but the other four board members all supported the revisions to the policy. Many of the changes reflect updated state policies regarding independent study. “We continue to see that there are families and students who are thriving with independent s...

  • BUSD approves contract for Old Bonsall Schoolhouse ADA ramp

    Updated May 5, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Bonsall Unified School District board approved a construction contract with TMP Services to install a ramp meeting Americans with Disabilities Act standards at the Old Bonsall Schoolhouse. The BUSD board vote to approve the contract was 4-0 with Michael Gaddis absent. TMP Services, which is based in Riverside, will be paid $7,305.61 for the work. “We’re very excited about that,” BUSD superintendent Joseph Clevenger said. The white clapboard schoolhouse on Old River Road opened Aug. 26, 1...

  • FUHSD board president selected to state position

    Updated May 5, 2023

    Rick Monroe Special to the Village News Eddie Jones, a trustee of Fallbrook Union High School District, was recently elected as a member of the California School Boards Association Delegate Assembly, representing Region 17. This region, which includes San Diego and Imperial counties, is one of the largest CSBA regions in the state. Jones will join 20 other school board members from the San Diego area in representing 42 school districts at the state level. His term as a...

  • Chamber to hold annual awards and installation luncheon

    Updated May 5, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce is presenting its annual Awards & Installation Luncheon Wednesday, June 7, at Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens, 220 Grand Tradition Way. Located inside the 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 community that it is. Another aspect of the program is the installation of the incoming b...

  • BUSD board rejects SMS/BHS security fence bids, approves inspection services contract

    Updated May 5, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Although the Bonsall Unified School District board rejected all bids to construct a security fence around the campus shared by Bonsall High School and Sullivan Middle School, the fence contract will be re-bid and the Monday, April 17, BUSD board meeting also included approval of a contract for construction inspection services for the fence. The BUSD board approved a recommendation to reject the bids and re-bid the project. The construction inspection contract will be awarded to Quality...

  • San Diego County collects more than $1 billion in property taxes in a day

    Updated May 5, 2023

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister’s office announced that it broke a record by collecting more than $1 billion in property tax payments in a single day on April 7. “The Treasurer-Tax Collector’s office received a record-breaking $1,337,127,037 in property taxes on April 7. This is the first time we’ve collected over a billion dollars in a single day, and it speaks not only to San Diego’s growth as a region, but also to our responsible taxpayers stepping up and paying what they owe,” said...

  • BUSD to use SDCOE anti-phishing program

    Updated May 5, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The San Diego County Office of Education created a phishing simulation software called Red Herring which is for the sole purpose of cybersecurity awareness activities. The Bonsall Unified School District will be among the districts using that software. A 4-0 BUSD board vote Monday, April 17, with Michael Gaddis absent, approved an agreement for the Bonsall district to use the SDCOE phishing simulation software. The agreement period ends March 24, 2024, although it may be renewed. The school...

  • Gas leak reported on Wisconsin Ave in Fallbrook

    Village News staff|Updated May 5, 2023

    A gas leak was reported at 264 N. Wisconsin Ave in Fallbrook at 11:07 am. SDGE is on the scene as well as North County Fire Protection District with engines and paramedics. NCFPD Battalion Chief was on hand as well. This is a breaking story and more will be reported as information becomes available. Please avoid the area until the incident is cleared....

  • Man and dog require first responder attention

    Village News and AC Investigations|Updated May 5, 2023

    This morning at 10:31 am, May 1, there was a medical emergency call on S. Main Ave and Ash St. There was a man who appeared to be unconscious and possibly homeless, according to witnesses on the scene. There was also a small dog which appeared to have a rope too tightly around it's neck. When the Sherriff's Department and NCFire responded, the man appeared to be in pain, yelling, saying he was tired of being beaten up and robbed. It was a 5150 call, which is a mental health...

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