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Articles from the May 17, 2024 edition


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  • SHERIFF'S LOG

    Updated May 22, 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. May 6 E. Mission Rd. / N. Brandon Rd. Arrest - Indecent exposure - Obstruct/resist peace officer/emergency medical technician 600 blk Sancado Terrace Missing adult 300 blk E. Alvarado St. Domestic violence - Battery: spouse/exspouse/date/etc 1400 blk McDonald Rd. Grand theft: money/labor/property May 7 1600 blk Reche Rd. 5150 - Mental...

  • Vallecitos School District to acquire wireless PA, bell, notification system

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 18, 2024

    The Vallecitos School District will be acquiring a wireless public address, bell and notification system. The district board had two vacant seats Tuesday, April 9, when the other three members supported the motion to obtain the system from Visiplex. The cost of the system, including freight and a 10-year license, will be $13,964. “That will improve our safety and security,” Meliton Sanchez, superintendent of Vallecitos School District and the district’s chief business officer, said. The school district will obtain 16 wirel...

  • Pratson set to graduate from University of Georgia

    Updated May 18, 2024

    ATHENS, Ga. – Arianna Cherie Pratson of Bonsall is among the more than 8,000 candidates for graduation in the University of Georgia’s class of 2024. Pratson earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing. “We are excited to celebrate the achievements of our University of Georgia students in the Class of 2024,” university President Jere W. Morehead said. “Commencement offers students, friends and families an opportunity to recognize the extraordinary dedication UGA students have shown during their time on campus. We look forward to...

  • Lifetime support switch turns on for Youth Music and Engineering Scholarship

    Jean Larsen, Legacy Endowment|Updated May 18, 2024

    I’ve been feeling a very odd tug of regret recently that I did not know Richard or Mary Jane Weeks. Richard died many years ago, and last November, I was informed of Mary Jane’s death. They both lived long lives. He was an engineer, and she was a homemaker. There’s not much more I can share, and I truly wish there were. Perhaps they chose to live under-the-radar, so to speak, because in this age of mass technology with ancestry, genealogy, social media, print and online archives, there’s simply very little to be found. Much o...

  • Supervisors accept library donations

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 18, 2024

    Donations to San Diego County which exceed $5,000 in value must be approved by the county Board of Supervisors, although the traditional procedure for the County Library system has been to ratify the donations twice a year. The donations from July 1, 2023, to Dec. 31, 2023, were approved by a 5-0 county board of supervisors vote Tuesday, April 30. The county supervisors approved $500,420.59 of cash and non-cash donations for the six-month period including Friends of the Fallbrook Library donations valued at $19,584.87. The...

  • Rainbow MWD approves $10M financing agreement for capital projects

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 18, 2024

    The Rainbow Municipal Water District will be paying for $10 million of capital projects and equipment with a loan. A 5-0 Rainbow board vote April 23 approved a resolution authorizing an installment purchase agreement with U.S. Bank to finance the infrastructure and equipment. The loan will begin as a line of credit with a variable interest rate before converting to a 4.7% fixed rate for the remainder of the ten-year period. “We’re hoping to use the debt to help keep our cash reserves healthy and prevent any type of shock rat...

  • Worker of the Week has a passion for cooking

    Updated May 18, 2024

  • Vallecitos School District gives 5% raise to classified employees

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 18, 2024

    The Vallecitos board voted 3-0 Tuesday, April 9, with two seats vacant at the time of the vote, to approve the salary schedules for fiscal year 2023‑2024. The 5% increase matches that given to the certificated employees. “We felt comfortable with that raise,” Meliton Sanchez, superintendent of Vallecitos School District and the district’s chief business officer, said. The pay for specific groups of classified employees is based on steps. The district has 22 steps. “The board voted to increase that schedule by 5 percent r...

  • Healthy Habits – IT band syndrome: Injury to movement

    Megan Johnson McCullough Ph.D., Special to the Village News|Updated May 18, 2024

    Iliotibial band syndrome is a pain many workout enthusiasts, runners and cyclists can experience. The area affected is near the outside of the hip and/or the outside of the knee. The IT is a band of strong tissue that runs from the hip to the tibia which is below the knee joint and at the top of the shin bone. The responsibility of the band is to stabilize the knee when you move; however, excessive training, poor biomechanics, tight muscles and little flexibility and/or...

  • Parkinson's Support Group to learn about driving smart

    Updated May 18, 2024

    FALLBROOK – North County Parkinson's Support Group Fallbrook invites anyone interested in learning more to join its monthly Parkinson’s Support Group meeting, held on the fourth Friday of each month. This month’s meeting is on Friday, May 24, 10 a.m. to noon at the Fallbrook Regional Health and Wellness Center, 1636 E. Mission Road. The topic will be “Age Well, Drive Smart” with a talk given by Jake Sanchez, CHP Public Safety Officer. Sanchez was hired by the California Highway Patrol in February 2001. Prior to being hir...

  • TVH honored with national service excellence award for commitment to exceptional patient care

    Updated May 18, 2024

    TEMECULA – Temecula Valley Hospital, a cornerstone of healthcare in the community, is thrilled to announce having earned the esteemed Universal Health Services, Inc. 2023 Service Excellence Award. This national recognition, presented annually by UHS President and CEO Marc D. Miller, celebrates TVH's dedication to delivering unparalleled patient care and service quality. At the heart of this accolade lies the powerful testimony of Steffani Natter, whose remarkable journey of s...

  • Help keep emergency rooms ready by giving blood or platelets

    Updated May 18, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – When every second counts, blood products can provide lifesaving care. The American Red Cross asks the public to give blood or platelets during Trauma Awareness Month in May to keep hospitals prepared for all transfusion needs, including emergencies. Type O blood donors and donors giving platelets are especially needed right now: Type O negative is the universal blood type and what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine a patient’s blood type in the most serious situations. Type O pos...

  • Talk to your veterans about substance misuse

    Michael Leach, Special to the Village News|Updated May 18, 2024

    There is a growing problem within the veteran community. Substance use, addiction, and overdose have impacted many veterans’ lives. Unfortunately, the stigma that surrounds addiction prevents countless veterans from seeking help. We must continue to destigmatize the discussion about addiction, focus on helping veterans, and highlight how drug education and early intervention play a significant role in reducing substance use, especially with alcohol. Alcohol is often the catalyst that leads to addiction for many people as i...

  • PHMG detects 'suspicious activity' shuts down phones, patient portal

    Village News Staff|Updated May 18, 2024

    Palomar Health Medical Group has shut down its phone lines and patient portal while it investigates “suspicious activity on certain computer systems within its network.” Fallbrook’s Graybill Medical Group is part of PHMG and is included in this shutdown. According to an NBC 7 news report, in a letter to patients dated May 6, PHMG said it detected the activity on May 5. PHMG took the affected systems offline, to “prevent the spread of any potential malware and launched an investigation into the nature and scope of the event,...

  • Mental health facts that can help someone you know

    Stanley Popovich, Special to the Village News|Updated May 18, 2024

    I dealt with fear and anxiety for over 20 years and there are 21 facts that I discovered during my mental health struggles that can help anyone who struggles with fear and anxiety. Knowing these important mental health facts can save someone you know a lot of time and money in the long run. 1. Getting help for your mental health is the best thing you can do. 2. Ignoring your mental health issues will only prolong the problem. 3. Running away from your mental health issues does not work. 4. There is no such thing as a quick fi...

  • Aces play the Zefurs in Senior Softball

    Updated May 18, 2024

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  • Khoury twins are two highest girls pole vaulters at league meet

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 18, 2024

    For the fourth consecutive year, Fallbrook High School had the two best girls pole vault heights at the Valley League track and field championship meet. This year’s meet took place May 3 at Valley Center High School. The Khoury twins, who are seniors, had the two highest girls pole vaults. Sahara Khoury cleared 11’0” and Maya Khoury had a height of 10’6”. “It’s delightful,” said Fallbrook pole vault coach Jim Curran. “I’m very happy,” Sahara Khoury said. “It was definitely satisfying to me.” The Khoury twins placed first and...

  • Legionnaires one match away from boys volleyball league championship

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 18, 2024

    Last year Bonsall High School’s boys volleyball team had a 3-18 record including two forfeit wins, and the Legionnaires were 3-7 in Pioneer League play. This year the team had a regular-season record of 17-14 including an 11-3 mark in Pioneer League competition which was one match short of sharing the league championship. “I was pretty happy,” said Bonsall coach Jesse Stock. Bonsall High School added boys volleyball in 2023 after enough boys expressed interest for a team. Most of the 13 boys on last year’s team were freshme...

  • Nick William Stamos

    Updated May 18, 2024

    Fallbrook sadly lost Nick William Stamos, husband of community leader Leticia Maldonado Stamos, on April 5, 2024. Born in Chicago in 1932, he and Leticia were happily married for 37 years and shared a blended family. His committal service was held at Miramar National Cemetery. Nick led a life of humility, kindness and service, including working alongside his wife for the Leer A Fallbrook literacy program and Boy Scouts of America. He was a master horse rider, a wonderful...

  • Votaw, Rivera, Carmona win boys track and field league championships

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 18, 2024

    High school track and field team league championships are determined based on the results of dual meets. Individual league championships are given to the winner of each event at the league meet, which for the Valley League this year took place May 3 at Valley Center High School. The boys league champions included three Fallbrook High School seniors. Damien Votaw cleared 14’0” to win the boys pole vault, and Fallbrook senior Aiden Bernier had the second-place height of 13’6”. A time of 4:34.15 gave Jose Rivera the 1,600-meter...

  • Re: 'The spiraling demise of our nation' [Village News, Maynard letter, 5/9/24]

    Updated May 18, 2024

    So we have another screed from Magaworld, otherwise known as Earth 2, claiming the imminent demise of America and all those values held dear by “real Americans.” To start, we will concur on one point – the protests on college campuses sympathetic to Hamas are a disgrace, and one can certainly sympathize with the Palestinian people without being anti-Semitic. The indiscriminate slaughter of Palestinian women and children is horrendous and must be addressed, but blaming Jewish people as a whole for Netanyahu’s war tactics is no...

  • Helping young women achieve

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated May 18, 2024

    Encouraging young women to fulfill their life’s potential by taking full advantage of available educational opportunities is one of my passions. As a member of the Legislative Women’s Caucus, I am happy to spread the word about the Minerva Scholarship program, established by the Women in California Leadership Foundation to educate, support and empower young women and girls. The foundation is committed to providing select young women of good character and demonstrated accomplis...

  • Gas tax rising again

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated May 18, 2024

    As you know, we're facing a critical situation with soaring gas prices, escalating energy and utility costs, out-of-control housing expenses, and relentless inflation driving up the prices of goods and services. Many of our fellow Californians, including seniors on fixed incomes and hardworking families, are finding it increasingly difficult to afford even the most basic necessities. With these challenges, it is inconceivable that the State of California is once again moving...

  • The Mill closing is reminiscent of my own experience

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated May 18, 2024

    The Mill closing is sad. It’s a loss for our town and I have to believe if we were incorporated as a city, it wouldn’t have happened. We would have more influence and control over our own businesses and our own Department of Planning and Services or Land Use. What was a neglected rundown property at the entrance to town, a haven for drug addicts, heroin users and the homeless, was transformed into a beautiful building and a hip, cool business. It was different. It was fun, and...

  • Bonsall High School's Mock Trial club is a valuable program

    Jeffrey Lee, Village News Intern|Updated May 18, 2024

    The Mock Trial club has been a great experience for me at Bonsall High School. In fact, I have decided to go into law and have already been accepted at two schools, including UC Berkeley. When I examine how Mock Trial has benefited me, the impact this club has had is shown through all areas of my life. When I was a freshman and deciding what clubs would be best for me, it was vastly different from what I was used to. I thought it wouldn't hurt to try something out of my comfort zone. Because of this single decision, I discove...

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