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  • Car burns on Mission Rd offramp

    Julie Reeder- AC Investigations|Updated May 21, 2024

    North County Fire Protection District responded to a car and vegetation fire that was reported at 2:46 pm on Tuesday, 5/21. The car was fully engulfed on the southbound Mission Rd offramp. Multiple units responded and the incident was closed out at 3:48 pm. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the car and keep it from burning very much vegetation. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is not known at this time....

  • Ending the school year strong with Students of the Month.

    Christine Eastman, Special to the Village News|Updated May 18, 2024

    North Coast Church hosted Fallbrook Unified High School District's final Students of the Month celebration for the year on Thursday, May 2. Here are our stars of the day to close out a great 2023-2024 school year. All four are from Fallbrook High School. Bailey Petersen (Nominated by Alana Milton) With an outstanding 4.1 GPA, Petersen isn't one to shy away from a challenge. Having picked up lacrosse on a whim her junior year (and of course becoming a stellar player) and being...

  • The Mill closed permanently last week after repeated visits from the County

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated May 18, 2024

    Tiffany Garcia and her business partner sold a furniture rental business in Carlsbad and they decided to move to Fallbrook. After she moved to Fallbrook, she spotted the old building which was an eyesore on the corner of Brandon and East Mission. She said, "When I stumbled across this property it was abandoned and had been taken over by homeless and druggies. It had been taken over by heroin addicts. There weren't any of the new floors and walls that are here now. There were...

  • Speech students compete at state level

    Updated May 18, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Three Migrant Education students and their Speech Teacher went to Monterey, California to compete in the Migrant Education State Speech and Debate Tournament 2024, May 3-5. Juliana Maldonado participated in the 12th grade English Speech and even though she has only been studying English for three years she did great. Adalinda Padilla participated in the 12th grade Spanish Speech and earned third place in her Prepared Speech. Julio Tovar Romero participated in t...

  • Garden club to feature 'Pest Management'

    Updated May 18, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Dr. Eric Middleton will be the guest speaker at Fallbrook Garden Club's May 28 general meeting. He joined University of California Cooperative Extension/San Diego as an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Advisor at the beginning of June 2022. Although he is based in San Diego County, Middleton is also responsible for IPM needs in Orange and Los Angeles counties. He works with growers and communities wherever pests are in issue, including in nursery and f...

  • Fallbrook's Railroad Heritage Park

    Updated May 18, 2024

    FALLBROOK – With the help of Southwest Boulder & Stone and Fallbrook's Community Benefit Program, the Fallbrook Village Association is in the next phase of completion of the new Railroad Heritage Park on the northwest corner of Elder and Main. The park will honor the past and educate a new generation about Fallbrook's rich agrarian past, present and future and the rail industry that made it possible. Southwest Boulder & Stone donated a beautiful stone that will feature the n...

  • NCTD pilot program to add FLEX service to Fallbrook community

    Updated May 18, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – To assess the effectiveness and viability of microtransit within its service area, the North County Transit District plans to initiate a Pilot Program that includes a staged launch NCTD+ Microtransit service within the geographic zones that were ranked the most suitable for the microtransit service. NCTD is evaluating Fallbrook/Pala as a tier 1 candidate for NCTD+ Microtransit pilot service, which is proposed to begin October 2025 and is subject to change. Through the Pilot Program, NCTD will launch two zones e...

  • North County Fire honors 107 year old

    Updated May 18, 2024

  • Hatch to mark 100 years next week

    Updated May 18, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Betty Hatch was born May 19, 1924, in Troy Ohio, the daughter of Harry & Blanch Helmick. With the famous depression in full swing the family, including her brother Maynard Helmick, moved to Glendale where her dad secured a job with Universal Studios. There, she met her future husband Stephen Hatch Jr., and they were later married in 1943 before her husband's deployment to France with the U.S. Army. Her brother Maynard enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Unfortunately M...

  • When life doesn't make sense

    Dr. Rick Koole, LifePointe church|Updated May 18, 2024

    It was about 11 years ago that my wife, Carolyn, and I struggled to decide whether or not to accept the invitation to pastor what is now LifePointe Church in the heart of Fallbrook. It was a difficult decision. We were very comfortable back in our home town of Grand Rapids, Michigan. In many ways it did not make much sense. My wife, Carolyn, headed the local pregnancy resource center, and I pastored a remarkable and loving church that was growing rapidly and had just finished...

  • Hope Clinic for Women celebrates families at Hope Walks

    Updated May 18, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Hope Clinic for Women will host "Hope Walks," a free family event at The Vineyard 1924, Saturday, June 15, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., 1924 E. Mission Road. After the Walk, coaches and dads from their new Fatherhood Program will host a Cornhole Tournament and Chili Cook Off with prizes for the winners. Funds raised at the walk will help keep the HCW Fatherhood Program running and help it to grow. The goal for this year is $20,000 in sponsorships for the event and p...

  • Steelhead protections could bring new water restrictions

    Christine Souza, California Farm Bureau|Updated May 18, 2024

    A state determination that Southern California steelhead trout merit additional protections could mean tighter water restrictions, according to agricultural groups and water districts. California Farm Bureau environmental policy analyst Justin Fredrickson said strengthening protections for the Southern California steelhead under the California Endangered Species Act "is going to ratchet things up regulatorily for affected water users." Though actions to protect steelhead will...

  • RMWD amendments to sewer capacity fees address changes in use

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

    Developers who connect their projects to the Rainbow Municipal Water District sewer system pay capacity fees to cover their project’s share of the existing infrastructure system. The April 23 Rainbow board meeting included amendments to the district’s Administrative Code to address capacity fees and monthly charges due to a change in use. The amendments were approved on a 5-0 vote. The changes included financing options for additional capacity fee payment. “You don’t want to discourage development, redevelopment,” said Rain...

  • Cal Fire reminds all to be prepared for upcoming wildfire season

    Kim Harris, Special to Village News|Updated May 18, 2024

    With state officials and climatologists saying hotter than average temperatures in Southern California could lead to an active wildfire season, CalFire is reminding residents to be prepared for this wildfire season. "Fires are mostly caused by the human factor," Cal Fire Battalion Chief Robert Carvalho told the San Francisco Chronicle. "For example, if a fire starts in someone's backyard, it's likely their lawn mower blade hit a rock and struck a spark." The National Oceanic...

  • Asphalt and Concrete Enterprises to repave Macadamia Drive

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

    Asphalt and Concrete Enterprises will be repaving a section of the 1500 block of Macadamia Drive in Fallbrook. The repaving is due to the previous pavement being damaged by Fallbrook Public Utility District activity. FPUD’s board voted 5-0 Monday, April 22, to approve a $78,678 contract with Asphalt and Concrete Enterprises, which is headquartered in Santee. “There was a leak. It caused damage to the road,” Jack Bebee, general manager of FPUD, said. An eight-inch main line ruptured along Macadamia Drive, and the aspha...

  • Supervisors approve MOU to continue Regional Helicopter Program funding

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

    One of the surcharges on motor vehicle registration fees helps to fund the Regional Helicopter Program in San Diego County, and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a new memorandum of understanding Tuesday, April 30, to provide the Sheriff’s Department with annual funding over the next five fiscal years. The supervisors’ 5-0 vote will provide up to $375,000 annually from fiscal year 2024-2025 to fiscal year 2028-2029. The funding will help support continued operation, maintenance and fuel for county-owned hel...

  • New cannabis program to address inequity in unincorporated area

    Shauni Lyles, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated May 18, 2024

    The county adopted a new equity program May 1 that helps people negatively impacted by the War on Drugs with cannabis business ownership in the unincorporated area. In January 2021, the Board of Supervisors directed county staff to develop a Socially Equitable Cannabis Program that provides fairness in business ownership in the regulated cannabis market by reducing the barriers to entry. As part of the wider proposed Socially Equitable Program, the Social Equity Entrepreneurs...

  • Planning group endorses Main/Aviation pedestrian improvements

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

    The County of San Diego desires to make pedestrian improvements at the intersection of South Main Avenue and West Aviation Road, and the county Department of Public Works proposal received the endorsement of the Fallbrook Community Planning Group. The planning group voted 13-0 April 15, with Lee DeMeo and Tom Harrington absent, to recommend approval of the DPW plans to continue improvements at the intersection. “Much needed, and we’re thrilled to have them improving that area,” said Fallbrook Community Planning Group chair...

  • FCPG supports South Mission Road runoff reduction plan

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

    Water quality is the County of San Diego’s goal in a planned stormwater runoff reduction project along South Mission Road between Main Avenue and Mission Oaks Road, and the plan now has the endorsement of the Fallbrook Community Planning Group. Lee DeMeo and Tom Harrington were absent April 15 when the motion to support the plan passed on a 13-0 vote. The plan includes aesthetic benefits as well as runoff reduction which benefits road users as well as water quality. “It will also beautify our town,” said Fallbrook Commu...

  • Participate in interviews for Citizen Law Enforcement Review Board's next executive officer 

    Sir Milo Loftin, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated May 18, 2024

    County residents will have the chance to join the interview process for the Citizens' Law Enforcement Review Board (CLERB) Executive Officer opening. One member of the public and one alternate will be randomly selected to represent each district at the May 28 CLERB meeting. The selected names will participate in the interview panel for the top two or three candidates. If you are interested in participating, email your name, address and the district you live in to...

  • San Diego Weekly Gas Price Update

    Updated May 18, 2024

    DALLAS – Average gasoline prices in San Diego have fallen 3.4 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $5.22/g today, according to GasBuddy's survey of 784 stations in San Diego. Prices in San Diego are 12.8 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 43.3 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. The national average price of diesel has fallen 4.6 cents in the last week and stands at $3.90 per gallon. According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in San Diego was priced at $4.66/g yesterday while the m...

  • Feeding San Diego needs volunteers for vital food rescue driver role that supports hunger-relief programs

    Updated May 18, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – Feeding San Diego, the county’s leading hunger-relief and food rescue organization, is calling on the community to help fill a specific volunteer role. The nonprofit, which is a Feeding America partner food bank, needs food rescue drivers to help pick up food from grocery stores and other food donors and deliver it to various partner organizations. These partners help get food to people experiencing food insecurity throughout San Diego County. This important volunteer role allows the organization to supply som...

  • Masonic Lodge awards scholarships

    Updated May 18, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Masonic Lodge No. 317 presented scholarships to Fallbrook High School students who demonstrated high ideals, financial need and involvement in their school and/or community. These students excel in academic, civic, and sports activities and plan on attending university after graduation. The awards were presented at the lodge's stated meeting dinner, and the students and their families were in attendance. This is one of the community-based programs that t...

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