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Articles from the May 19, 2022 edition


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  • FUESD honors teacher, employee of year

    Updated May 30, 2022

    Rick Monroe Special to the Village News The Teacher of Year and Employee of Year in the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District share a common thread. They each have the assignment to keep their responsibilities running. For Breena Bogikes, physical education instructor at William H. Frazier Elementary School, it's to keep her students running – as well as doing other physical activities. For Tom O'Malley, lead mechanic in the transportation department, it's to keep the dis...

  • Youth sports grants

    Updated May 18, 2022

    Supervisor Jim Desmond 5th District Last year, I introduced an effort at the Board of Supervisors to waive youth sports fees in San Diego County. Kids have suffered greatly over the last two years, from virtual learning to not being able to play the sports they love. Youth sports participation is down in San Diego County, and I don’t want money to be the reason. Through the action, the board made the decision to allocate $2 million towards a grant program for youth sports and youth camp tuitions. Managed by the County of S...

  • Talk to your teens about drugs, do not avoid the conversation

    Updated May 18, 2022

    Marcel Gemme Special to the Village News Deadly overdoses have spiked among teens as drug use has seemed to drop. Researchers from UCLA found that teens face serious danger from the kinds of drugs circulating in California and nationwide. Drugs include synthetic opioids like fentanyl and benzodiazepines. According to experts, drug use among teens is not becoming more common. Yet, teens were also insulated from the dangers of fentanyl because it was not a common drug experimented with by teens. Unfortunately, this is no...

  • Regional Health District considering $2.2 million budget

    Updated May 18, 2022

    Rick Monroe Special to the Village News Trustees of the Fallbrook Regional Health District held a public hearing on the evening of May 11 to review the proposed $2.2 million budget for 2022-2023. Several residents attended the meeting in person, but none commented to the board. The board will meet again on June 8 to vote on the budget. Chair Howard Salmon requested CEO Rachel Mason present a more detailed comparison of the current fiscal year to the proposed budget with percentage of change for each category. Projected...

  • Parkinson's Support Group to learn about emergency preparedness

    Updated May 18, 2022

    FALLBROOK – North County Parkinson's Support Group Fallbrook is holding its next meeting Friday, May 27, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Fallbrook Regional Health District's Health and Wellness Center, 1636 E. Mission Road. The guest speaker will be Rex McCoy; Lt. Commander USN, retired and NCPSG Board Director; his presentation will be on "Emergency Preparedness, Aware and Care." McCoy retired from the Navy in 1990 and he and his wife settled in Southern California where he began his second career as a software quality assurance e...

  • South Korea's alternative civilian service may violate international standards

    Updated May 18, 2022

    SAN DIEGO – As the world prepares for International Conscientious Objector Day on May 15, more than 800 Jehovah’s Witnesses in South Korea have chosen to perform alternative civilian service instead of compulsory military duties. Under the current ACS format, these young men are prisoners by definition, because they are forced to live and work in prison facilities. The republic’s 36-month ACS is the longest in the world, twice the length of active military service, and thus considered punitive. Experts inside and outsi...

  • 5K Fun Run and Walk to support mental and physical health in the community

    Updated May 18, 2022

    VISTA – North County San Diego-based Vista Community Clinic is holding its fourth annual 5K Fun Run and Walk Sunday, June 12 at a new location – Brengle Terrace Park in Vista. The new course is scenic and has plenty of areas to explore. All ages are welcome and this family-friendly event allows each participant to set their own pace. So bring your kids, neighbors, or furry friends and join us to support a great cause. VCC is hoping to reach residents from all around San Diego County to participate, as they work together to...

  • Sheriff's Log

    Updated May 18, 2022

    May 4 200 block E. Fallbrook Street Petty theft/vandalism May 5 400 block Ventasso Way Petty theft 3700 block Olive Hill Road Suicide 500 block S. Main Avenue Arrest: drunk in public, alcohol, drugs, combo S. Old Highway 395 @ Tecalote Canyon Report of shooting, vandalism, vehicle theft 100 block of S. Mission Road Fraud 400 block E. Fallbrook Street Arrest: drunk in public, alcohol, drugs, combo May 7 500 block W. Aviation Road Arrest: on a felony bench warrant Dulin Road @ S. Old Highway 395 Assist other agency in felony...

  • Newsom proposes $18.1 billion inflation relief package

    Updated May 18, 2022

    SACRAMENTO – As people throughout the country face increasing costs due to global inflation, Governor Gavin Newsom proposed an $18.1 billion inflation relief package to get money into the pockets of Californians, a spokesman for the governor said. “We enacted the most comprehensive economic stimulus program in the nation last year, getting billions in immediate relief to millions of Californians. But many folks are still struggling, especially with high costs due to inflation, so we’re leveraging this historic surplus to ge...

  • California's Cradle-to-Career Data System will track pre-K through adulthood

    Updated May 18, 2022

    SACRAMENTO – The Office of Cradle-to-Career Data has signed legal agreements with 15 education, social service, and workforce entities, which allow for the creation of data sets on student progress from pre-K through college and employment, which was announced at the May 11 Governing Board meeting. “These milestones make progress toward creating a transformative statewide data system that will link together existing data on education, workforce, financial aid, and social services to create tools for use by students, fam...

  • William Guthrie Shinner

    Updated May 18, 2022

    William Guthrie Shinner, 72, of Fallbrook, California passed away on April 25 surrounded by his loved ones. Bill was born on Feb. 10, 1950, in Los Angeles to William and Phyllis Shinner. He attended Loyola High School and then went on to graduate from the University of Southern California with a business major and MBA. He met his soulmate, Deborah Louise Hilgesen Shinner, on the sands of Hermosa Beach in the Summer of '69. Together they had three children, April, Kim, and Scot...

  • Garden club program will be a guide to garden hand tools

    Updated May 18, 2022

    FALLBROOK – Jodi Bay will be the guest speaker at the Fallbrook Garden Club's May 31 general meeting, presenting "The Essential Guide to Garden Hand Tools." Garden hand tools are as big a part of gardening as seeds and plants. Selecting and using the right tool makes the work easier and safer for the plant and the gardener. The presentation will cover the different types of tools, their uses and what will work best for a particular task. Additional topics to be shared are a...

  • Rio Prado Park acquisition moved to fiscal year 2022-23

    Updated May 18, 2022

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Modifications in the county’s Capital Improvement Needs Assessment plan will move land acquisition and other funding for Rio Prado Park to fiscal year 2022-23. The May 10 San Diego County Board of Supervisors meeting included a 5-0 vote to add six capital projects to the 2022-23 timeline of the five-year plan. The six projects have a combined estimated cost of $29,750,000 including $5,000,000 for Rio Prado Park. The Capital Improvement Needs assessment reflects the county's facilities’ nee...

  • Emergency $0 bail order during pandemic ends

    Updated May 18, 2022

    San Diego County Sheriff's Dept. Effective May 15, the Emergency Modification to the Bail Schedule, commonly known as "Zero Bail," was rescinded. In March 2020, an executive order gave the Judicial Council of California and its Chairperson, the Chief Justice of California, the authority to take actions necessary to maintain access to the essential operations of the California's court system while protecting the health and safety of California residents, including incarcerated persons, during the COVID-19 pandemic. A...

  • Bingo Night raises funds for community projects

    Updated May 18, 2022

    RAINBOW – Rainbow Valley Grange #689 is using upgraded Bingo equipment for its monthly fundraising game. Bingo is played the fourth Thursday of each month and the "new" equipment is on loan from the Fallbrook Senior Center which discontinued its Bingo Night pre-pandemic. The nonprofit's game night raises funds for community service projects including donated prizes for two kids' contests at the San Diego County Fair. Other projects will include a community garden. Bingo N...

  • Fallbrook VFW to conduct Memorial Day Ceremony

    Updated May 18, 2022

    FALLBROOK – The members of Charles E. Swisher VFW Post 1924, its Auxiliary and the American Legion Post 776 would like to invite the community to honor and remember those that gave their lives in service to this great country. Activities on Memorial Day weekend include: · Saturday, May 28 – 9 a.m. – Flags will be placed along the drive way and smaller flags will be placed at graves of known veterans at Fallbrook Masonic Cemetery. All are welcome to come and help. · Monday, May 30 – 11 a.m. – There will be a Memorial Da...

  • Gene Edwin Saunders

    Updated May 18, 2022

    In loving memory of a life filled with love and laughter: Gene Edwin Saunders (79) passed away peacefully on Jan. 3 after a long, brave battle with cancer. Gene was born to George and Faleta Saunders of Fallbrook on June 19, 1942. He attended Fallbrook schools, including FUHS Class of 1960. He then joined the navy, serving as computer electronics technician (ETN-2) for three years. This valuable training led to his distinguished 38-year career with NCR. In 1964, Gene married S...

  • Sheriff releases shooter description from earlier alleged shooting incident

    Village News Staff|Updated May 18, 2022

    This is a breaking news story. Reports of an alleged shooting came in late afternoon on Tuesday, May 17, at I-15 and 76. A Sheriff’s spokesman said the alleged shooter suspect is a black adult male in his 20’s, unknown clothing, driving a white unknown model Mercedes. The spokesman said the alleged victim description is unknown and was in a black vehicle, unknown model. Earlier reports stated “An anonymous woman just reported witnessing a shooting as she was getting off the freeway at the light on Highway 76 and I-15. She c...

  • Joshua Padro Bertran Hayek

    Updated May 18, 2022

    Joshua Padro Bertran Hayek peacefully passed away March 30, 2022, surrounded by his family. Joshua died from complications associated with a recent diagnosis of leukemia. Sweet Joshie was born in Fallbrook, California March 3, 2004, to John and Linda Hayek. Brothers Aidan, Quinton, and sister Kate miss him dearly. His extended family with whom he spent countless good times is heartbroken, but so committed to celebrating Joshua's life forever. Josh participated in horseback rid...

  • Kicking It in an unsafe place

    Updated May 18, 2022

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal Special to The Village News The tell is in the arch of the swing. It signifies the lightning quick lift off of a majestic Hooded Oriole male as he springs from the hummingbird feeder into flight back to his mate. We are blessed to enjoy two, yes, two breeding pairs of Hooded Orioles in our garden. They have returned faithfully to nest and raise their young for about eight years. The males fly in first to scout locations usually in mid-March. They are followed by the dainty ladies a few weeks...

  • CDC shows COVID shots unnecessary for children

    Updated May 18, 2022

    Julie Reeder Publisher Now that Big Pharma is firmly in bed with the Food and Drug Administration, children’s COVID vaccines don't need to hit even the low 50% efficacy targets anymore. The FDA’s de facto regulator-in-chief Peter Marks suggested this when he spoke to Congress in a May 6 briefing. Marks told Congress they would probably authorize the vaccines anyway, despite the fact that in pediatric vaccine trials, both Pfizer and Moderna appear not to have cleared even the 50% bar which is the FDA’s minimum efficacy stand...

  • An unconvinced resident about detaching from the San Diego County Water Authority

    Updated May 18, 2022

    I attended the Joint Town Hall Meeting hosted by Fallbrook Public Utilities District and Rainbow Municipal Water District May 2. The purpose of the meeting was for district staff to meet with residents to explain and garner support for a proposal whereby both districts would sever their membership with San Diego County Water Authority and join Eastern Municipal Water District in Riverside County as water purveyor for Fallbrook and surrounding areas. I appreciate that our county Supervisor, Jim Desmond, was in attendance to...

  • Re: 'In response to Terrell's and Zajic's letters' [Village News, Parmenter letter, 5/5/22]

    Updated May 18, 2022

    Mr. Parmenter, as an acknowledged young person, should be encouraged to participate in public discussions, but in a civil manner. I hope that he appreciates how fortunate he is to have the Village News print his letter. My objective here is to offer some thoughts to Mr. Parmenter on how not to respond to a person that you don't know, who has a differing opinion about a subject. In particular, it is your personal attack on Ms. Benson's character, over 'transgender rights.' In time, you'll come to see that the...

  • A reliable water supply is necessary

    Updated May 18, 2022

    Rarely do things stay the same. They either get better or they get worse. The reliability of our water supply is getting worse and something needs to be done, something other than telling us to use less and less. There is no good end game for that approach. The idea that we are again facing more draconian water restrictions is a result of politicians refusing to focus on the problem. A reliable water supply is directly related to the health, safety, and welfare of the constituents they have pledged to serve. Billions of gallo...

  • Homelessness: proven solutions

    Updated May 18, 2022

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron District 75 California has 12% of the nation’s population, yet we have 30% of the nation’s homeless. This administration has spent $17 billion on the problem, but the homeless population has surged. Californians are fed up. There are solutions available, but current leadership won’t consider them. One thing is certain – throwing money at homelessness hasn’t worked. Take a look at San Francisco’s program to provide permanent supportive housing for the homeless. The city spent $160 million, bu...

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