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  • Herman de Ru

    Updated Jun 12, 2020

    Herman de Ru died May 20, 2020. Born in 1931 in the city of Leiden in the Netherlands to Cornelis and Wilhelmina, Herman was the youngest and last remaining of seven children. He married Elly Wijtsma July 3, 1958, and they soon after immigrated to California, where they lived for 35 years in Whittier. He started with Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital on their opening day and spent the remainder of his career there. After his retirement, Herman and Elly spent a year in Surin...

  • Sticking to budget can boost your emergency fund

    Updated Jun 8, 2020

    FALLBROOK – During the coronavirus pandemic, our health concerns – for ourselves and our loved ones – have been at the top of our minds. But financial worries have been there, too, both for people whose employment has been affected and for investors anxious about the volatile financial markets. And one aspect of every individual’s total financial picture has become quite clear – the importance of an emergency fund. In normal times, it’s a good idea for you to keep three to six months’ worth of living expenses in a liquid,...

  • Fallbrook High holds virtual ceremony, graduates to pick up diplomas in person

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Jun 4, 2020

    Fallbrook Union High School seniors and their families were able to watch a virtual graduation ceremony Wednesday, June 3, but received news Tuesday that there will be another series of events to celebrate seniors, this time in person. Within the next two weeks, the school will welcome seniors back for a drive-thru ceremony to hand each student their diploma. The diploma ceremonies will be done alphabetically, as determined by the school. It is a small victory for the school,...

  • County, Rady Children's Hospital to test 2,000 daily for COVID-19

    Jose A. Alvarez, San Diego County Communications Office|Updated Jun 4, 2020

    The County and Rady Children's Hospital have launched a new initiative to test up to 2,000 children and their families daily for COVID-19 over the next six months. Developed with the support of the county's T3 Strategy of "test, trace and treat," the COVID Collaborative for Children will include testing at Rady hospital, clinics, as well as at the locations of Rady's health care partners. Rady Children's Hospital officials said children and their parents can get a test during...

  • Miss Fallbrook Pageant can be watched live online

    Updated Jun 4, 2020

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  • Real Estate Round-Up: Fallbrook, it's time to show your support!

    Kim Murphy, Murphy and Murphy Southern California Realty|Updated Jun 4, 2020

    I’m writing this May 29, and Fallbrook is open for business. Couples, families, groups are walking up and down the block. So, where are you? The merchants along Main Avenue and throughout town are ready for you to support them again. I know it has been a long time, so maybe you need to be re-introduced. On Main Avenue between Alvarado and Hawthorne, we have four clothing-focused shops. There’s 100 Main, Mimi’s Boutique, Pressed and Blessed Clothing Co. and Caravan. They all o...

  • FHS names May Students of the Month

    Updated Jun 4, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The Student of the Month Committee has announced the May 2020 Students of the Month from Fallbrook Union High School District, including Mikhail Beath, Nicole Dulin, Maya Rink and Delana Sehnert. Nominated throughout the school year by educators, the business community and charitable organizations, senior students for this honor are selected by criteria that include excellence in academics, school service and activities, community service, leadership and c...

  • Fallbrook High becomes an International Baccalaureate World School

    Updated Jun 4, 2020

    FALLBROOK – After a three-year journey, Fallbrook High School was approved by International Baccalaureate to be officially named an IB World School. Instead of hearing the news in a packed school board meeting in the library with balloons and streamers, Fallbrook Union High School District residents got the news at home in a Zoom teleconference meeting. Fallbrook High was previously approved as a candidate school for the traditional IB Diploma Programme in June 2018 and later for the IB Career-related Programme in December 2...

  • Fallbrook teen responds to call for help

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor|Updated Jun 4, 2020

    Lucas Julien, 13 years old, saw a post online that said, "The Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary needs help," so he started a fundraiser for it on the Go Fund Me website, May 2. He wants to make sure Fallbrook and Bonsall residents know about it so they can pitch in to help the animals. Lucas posted, "During these hard times, the Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary continues to work hard to make sure all of its animals continue to live healthy and happy. They are forced to close to the public...

  • Fallbrook residents protest death of George Floyd

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer|Updated Jun 4, 2020

    A few dozen protesters turned out May 30 to the corner of Mission and Ammunition roads in Fallbrook to show solidarity with George Floyd - the black man who died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes - and the rest of the Black Lives Matter movement. The demonstration came one day after a larger protest in Temecula turned into a tense standoff with sheriff's deputies once the Riverside County Sheriff's Department...

  • CWA approves detachment conditions resolution

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 4, 2020

    The San Diego County Water Authority will oppose the detachment of the Fallbrook Public Utility District and the Rainbow Municipal Water District from the SDCWA unless certain findings can be made. A May 28 SDCWA board vote approved a resolution that the CWA will oppose the detachment unless it can be demonstrated that FPUD and Rainbow can guarantee that all obligations promised to their own ratepayers are met, that the detachment will not adversely affect the other 22 CWA member agencies or the county as a region, that the...

  • Fallbrook reports 7 more COVID-19 cases, drops to 9th lowest infection rate in county

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer|Updated Jun 4, 2020

    Fallbrook no longer has the second-lowest rate of per capita coronavirus infections in San Diego County – in fact, it dropped several slots to ninth place as of June 2. There were 30 reported coronavirus cases in Fallbrook, up from 22 a week ago. Bonsall, on the other hand, reports seven coronavirus cases, just one more than a week earlier. The 92028 ZIP code – which also covers Rainbow and De Luz – now has 62.1 coronavirus cases per 100,000. The ZIP codes with lower per capita coronavirus cases than Fallbrook at press time...

  • Capt. Robert "Bob" Bowman turns 100

    Updated Jun 4, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Capt. Robert "Bob" Bowman celebrated his 100th birthday, Sunday, May 17. Born in Nampa, Idaho, he learned to fly in civilian pilot training at Boise in 1940. He joined the Navy during World War II where he was a flight instructor. He eventually flew off aircraft carriers. After four years as a Navy pilot, Bowman joined United in 1945 as a first officer based in Portland, Oregon. During this time, he flew all of United's Douglas aircraft from the DC-3 to the D...

  • Maintaining good mental health is essential

    American Counseling Association, Special to Village News|Updated Jun 4, 2020

    The last few months have left many people feeling shaken. Life can be more difficult and harder to manage when they are so strongly affected by things far outside their area of control. But one of the secrets to getting through difficult times is for people to focus more heavily on those areas of their lives which they can control. A starting point is their physical health. While that certainly means doing all they can to minimize exposure to the COVID-19 virus, it also means working to stay in the best physical condition...

  • What to expect if a contact tracer calls you

    Jose A. Alvarez|Updated Jun 4, 2020

    County of San Diego Communications Office If you get a call from a number you don’t recognize, don’t automatically ignore it. The person on the other end could be calling from County Public Health Services to tell you you’ve been exposed to COVID-19. The County has been scaling up its contact tracing efforts as some stay-at-home restrictions are eased and people are out more and heading back to work. Contact tracing is done by local and state health departments when certain infectious diseases are reported. This is a class...

  • What to expect if a contact tracer calls you

    Jose A. Alvarez|Updated Jun 4, 2020

    County of San Diego Communications Office If you get a call from a number you don’t recognize, don’t automatically ignore it. The person on the other end could be calling from County Public Health Services to tell you you’ve been exposed to COVID-19. The County has been scaling up its contact tracing efforts as some stay-at-home restrictions are eased and people are out more and heading back to work. Contact tracing is done by local and state health departments when certain infectious diseases are reported. This is a class...

  • Health district puts tax dollars back into community through grant program

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer|Updated Jun 4, 2020

    It’s something that all but the best-informed Fallbrook residents may be unaware of. But the Fallbrook Regional Health District has been giving grant money – close to a million dollars of it annually in recent years – to local nonprofits and some businesses to help improve the quality of life for residents of not only Fallbrook, but Bonsall, Rainbow and De Luz as well. According to the district’s website, its Community Health Contracts program gives funding to registered nonprofits that can provide health services to residen...

  • 'A year's worth of suicide attempts in four weeks': The unintended consequences of COVID-19 lockdowns

    Updated Jun 4, 2020

    Jon Miltimore Foundation for Economic Education The costs of the government responses to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic have been severe. New evidence suggests they could be even worse than we imagined. An ABC affiliate in California reports that doctors at John Muir Medical Center tell them they have seen more deaths by suicide than COVID-19 during the quarantine. “The numbers are unprecedented,” Dr. Michael deBoisblanc said, referring to the spike in suicides. "We've never seen numbers like this, in such a short period of tim...

  • Insects and butterflies benefit the garden

    Roger Boddaert, Special to Village News|Updated Jun 4, 2020

    Pollinators are essential for our food supply and the plant diversity we find in nature across our nation is up against some severe threats. There are hundreds of species of native bees that pollinate so many of our food crops, as well as the iconic monarch butterfly. The average backyard is home to thousands of insects. Only about a tenth of them are destructive; most of them are either beneficial or harmless. Yet the chemical industry promotes deadly bug killers, the use of...

  • Cactus flowers bloom once a year

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor|Updated Jun 4, 2020

    My sister and I have had a barrel cactus for almost 20 years. Two years ago, it had a flower for the first time, the bloom coming as a surprise one day when I happened to go out on our little patio. A year later we moved to a house and had to experiment to find the best location for the cactus. Its skin turned red, probably from too much sun as all the rain we got made sure it got plenty of water. This time, the cactus surprised us with two flowers. A quick search of the...

  • National GI Film Festival announces new leadership

    Updated Jun 4, 2020

    SAN DIEGO – Organizers of the GI Film Festival San Diego, a military-themed film festival that presents films and events for, by and about military service members and veterans, announced KPBS as the sole producer of the national film festival, May 19. All activities will now originate in San Diego, including the awards competition, judging and in-person film screenings. The full festival was moved to May 18-23, 2021, allowing for additional time to plan screening events outside of current COVID-19 limitations. This change al...

  • Kornelsen announced as Student Research and Creative Works Expo winner at UA Little Rock

    Updated Jun 4, 2020

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Caroline Kornelsen, of Fallbrook was among the University of Arkansas at Little Rock students announced as winners of the 2020 Student Research and Creative Works Expo, May 1. Kornelsen, an undergraduate student, won third place for the physical science category for “Investigation of Forster Resonance Energy Transfer in Ionic Materials.” Students presented more than 150 research and creative works during the premiere student research event. Student proje...

  • Reopening to meet your needs

    Updated Jun 4, 2020

    Zucker Law Firm Special to Valley News It’s official. On Monday, May 18, Gov. Gavin Newsom conceded to most California counties seeking to enter Phase 2 – or some modified version of it – allowing some steps forward. It means a gradual progression toward the reopening of businesses and the revival of local economies. It means more of that “getting back to normal” that has struck headlines across the country and become highly sought after the longer everyone has been cooped up and stuck at home. It means the opportuni...

  • Local organic olive oil producer wins a gold medal

    Updated Jun 4, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Pitchouline Organic Olive Oil, located in Fallbrook, was awarded a Gold Medal at the prestigious New York International Olive Oil Competition, May 14. Jeanene and Fabien Tremoulet, owners and producers, commented to NYIOOC, "The DeLuz Valley of San Diego county offers a unique climate with a Mediterranean-like microclimate providing our olive trees a perfect blend of daytime heat and low nighttime temperatures. "Right from the infancy of our vision, we believed t...

  • Gilby celebrates her 101st birthday

    Updated Jun 4, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Woman's Club honored 30-year member Betty Gilby as she celebrated her 101st birthday Sunday, May 31. Members of the FWC, AAUW and the Veterans of ForeignWars Post 1924 gathered in the parking lot of the FWC's clubhouse to sing and clap as she was driven multiple times around the parking lot in the very decorated car of her caregivers. Club members were dressed in Gilby's favorite colors, red, white and blue. A World War II vet, Gilby is the oldest m...

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