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Articles from the June 13, 2024 edition


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  • Parkinson's Support Group topic is 'Avoiding fraud and scams'

    Updated Jun 13, 2024

    FALLBROOK – North County Parkinson's Support Group (NCPSG) Fallbrook invites anyone interested to join its monthly Parkinson’s Support Group meeting. Every fourth Friday of the month, the next meeting is June 28, 10 a.m. to noon at the Fallbrook Regional Health and Wellness Center, 1636 E. Mission Road The topic, “Avoiding fraud and scams,” will be presented by Heather Mitchell, San Diego County Sheriff's Crime Prevention Specialist. She has achieved successful community engagement throughout San Diego County. As a departm...

  • Young cat needs a home with friend

    Updated Jun 13, 2024

  • East building renovations at Silvergate Fallbrook elevate community spaces

    Updated Jun 13, 2024

    FALLBROOK – For the seniors who call Silvergate Fallbrook's retirement community home, major changes are in store this summer as the community prepares to renovate its East Building common area spaces from floor to ceiling. The ambitious remodel will bring about an array of exciting new amenities and upgrades that will further enhance the day-to-day living experience for residents. The centerpiece of the renovation efforts will be the new entrance improvements, featuring a w...

  • Asphalt & Concrete Enterprises receives FPUD as-needed annual paving contract

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    Two 5-0 Fallbrook Public Utility District board votes May 29 awarded paving contracts. One action approved an annual contract for as-needed paving work with Asphalt & Concrete Enterprises; the Santee company will receive up to $300,000 for each year of the contract which is initially for two years and may include up to two one-year extensions. The other contract was awarded to Peters Paving and Grading, which is based in Rainbow, and will pay the company $74,675 to repave 25 sites which currently have temporary paving. When...

  • FPUD approves $57,000 to repave Elder Street private road area

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    If the Fallbrook Public Utility District installs or replaces pipeline segments the pavement is removed. After the work is completed, the road is paved with temporary cold mix asphalt. The roadway will eventually need a longer-term resurfacing to meet San Diego County standards and to ensure that the road’s integrity is not compromised. The FPUD replacement of the water main pipeline along Elder Street created a question of how much of the private road segment between Shady Glen Drive and Debra Ann Drive should be replaced a...

  • 2024 Rodarte Emerging Filmmakers Showcase highlights Digital Media Pathway

    Updated Jun 13, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook High School's Digital Media Pathway highlighted student talent in the 2024 Rodarte Emerging Filmmakers Showcase. The annual showcase featured the award winning films of the Digital Media Pathway, including the artistic and emotional film "Jazz and Life" directed by Madison Lavin and Sam Deputy and the heartwarming and educational documentary "The Life of Raul Perez" directed by Gunnar Payne. The featured films were: "5 Steps to W Riz" directed by James S...

  • Elegancia Doble pianists to perform at the library

    Updated Jun 13, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Friends of the Fallbrook announce a Freaney and Friends free concert this month which will happen on Tuesday, June 25 at 1 p.m. in the Community Room at the Fallbrook Library. The concert will feature Elegancia Doble pianists Naomi Hobbs and Yumiko Oya. Elegancia Doble is a gifted duo having won first prize at the 17th Japanese Musician's Association of California Piano competition in 2016. Naomi Hobbs was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. She earned her music d...

  • Fallbrook girls 13th at CIF swim meet

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    Fallbrook High School’s girls placed 13th among Division I teams at the CIF swim meet May 1-4 at Granite Hills High School. “I was very pleased with it,” Fallbrook coach Sean Redmond said. The Division I swim preliminaries were held May 1; the Division II preliminaries took place May 2. The diving championship was May 3, and the swim finals were May 4. Those with the eight fastest preliminaries times in each swimming event qualified for the championship final and the next eight fastest times earned lanes in the conso...

  • Nine things you might not know you can do at the county library

    Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    Almost everybody knows the County Library is the place to go to get books, information and entertainment; all for free. But you may not know about all the things you can do at the County Library and with your library card – like learning a new language, exploring your family heritage, getting free seeds to plant in your garden, and even graduating high school. Yup. You can do all of that and more. Here are nine things you might not know you can do at a County library: Graduate high school If you’re one of those who did...

  • Fallbrook's Billy Allen shines at 2024 AVP Huntington Beach Open

    JP Raineri, Sports Writer|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    The 2024 beach volleyball season kicked off with a bang on Thursday, May 16, at the Huntington Beach Open. The tournament, which drew beach volleyball enthusiasts and sports fans from across the country, saw some of the sport's finest athletes competing for top honors. Among these athletes, one name stood out: Billy Allen from Fallbrook. Allen's performance at the 2024 AVP Huntington Beach Open was nothing short of extraordinary. Known for his defensive skills, Allen led the t...

  • Warrior mermen 13th at CIF swim meet

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    Fallbrook High School’s boys swim team took 13th place among Division I schools at the CIF meet, May 1-4, at Granite Hills High School, while Fallbrook senior Carson Vance was seventh in the 500-yard freestyle race and Fallbrook’s 200-yard freestyle relay team also took seventh place. “The boys did very, very well,” Fallbrook coach Bill Richardson said. The team position was an improvement from the 14th-place result last year. “It was kind of a surprise. We graduated quite a few kids last year,” Richardson said. The 2023 Fa...

  • Senior softball players needed

    Updated Jun 13, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Senior Softball is welcoming new players who are 50 plus years of age. Games are played at Ingold Sports Park Mondays thru Thursdays at 4 p.m. with warm-ups beginning at 3:30. Each team is scheduled to play two games per week. The league is currently looking for new players. Potential players must show for a screening prior to being placed on a team so that an appropriate placement on a team can be made. The league is currently in season #3 which started June 11. Interested players may email C...

  • Sigmon of Fallbrook attends national political advocacy event

    Updated Jun 13, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Marc Sigmon, agent and CEO of Marc Sigmon Insurance Agency LLC and the NAIFA-California, San Diego Affiliate Leader, joined around 500 other professional insurance and financial advisers, agents, brokers and employee benefits specialists from across California and the United States to attend the NAIFA Congressional Conference, an annual political advocacy event held by the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. Sigmon, a dedicated NAIFA member s...

  • County Supervisors approve appointment of new CAO

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    The County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously June 4 to appoint Ebony Shelton as the new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Shelton is the first Afro-Latina in county history to serve in the role. She will start her new position June 14. Shelton is a visionary leader who has dedicated her career to serving the community, most recently in a dual role as the county's chief financial officer and as a deputy chief administrative officer, overseeing the departments in the...

  • Worker of the Week brings Hawaii to Fallbrook

    Updated Jun 13, 2024

  • FPUD purchases pump skid to pump Red Mountain Reservoir water to De Luz

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    The Fallbrook Public Utility District has plans for a new pump station which will allow water from Red Mountain Reservoir to be pumped to De Luz. An analysis of the least expensive way to provide water to De Luz until that pump station is operational indicated that the purchase of a pump skid to pump Santa Margarita River Conjunctive Use Project supply from Red Mountain would be the most cost-efficient option, so the FPUD board approved a motion to acquire a pump skid Wednesday, May 29. The 5-0 vote authorizes the purchase...

  • Leader Jones and Senator Becker introduce legislation authorizing psychedelic medical treatment

    Updated Jun 13, 2024

    SACRAMENTO – On June 6, Senate Minority Leader Brian W. Jones (R-San Diego) and Senator Josh Becker (D-Menlo Park) introduced the bipartisan “Heal Our Heroes Act” as Senate Bill 803, which creates a narrow pilot program for military veterans and first responders to access psilocybin or psilocin for mental health treatments in a regulated setting. “As a dedicated advocate for veterans and first responders, I firmly believe it is our duty to support and heal the brave individuals who served our country and communi...

  • Journalism interns are vital to our future

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    Last week I started working with two bright young interns. Without knowing it, they give me hope. I was pressing forward in my week, despite my discouragement after talking to a young person who informed me that they don’t read, listen or watch any “long-form” content in order to better understand important issues, whether it’s news or any information that helps them be informed on issues ranging from politics to health, education, etc. They don’t ingest any content more than...

  • Border update

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    I wanted to give you an update on the current situation at our border and its broader implications for our country. Last week, reporter Bill Melugin spoke with a Turkish man who had illegally crossed into Jacumba, California, along with a group of other Turkish men. He revealed that he paid $10,000 to a cartel for assistance and expressed shock at how easy it was to cross the U.S. border without encountering any resistance. He warned that Americans should be "worried" about...

  • June is Alzheimer's Awareness Month

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    As with so many issues involving medical research and healthcare, San Diego County is ground zero in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease. Currently, it is estimated that 84,000 persons are living with Alzheimer’s disease in San Diego County, a number that is expected to increase to 117,000 by 2030. Another 250,000 San Diegans are caring for loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s, which is the county’s third leading cause of death. California now has over 720,000 residen...

  • County Cool Zones open as temperatures heat up

    Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    The County of San Diego opened its annual Cool Zones program June 3, just as the region is expecting to face its first potential summer-like temperatures this week. The Cool Zones program was created two decades ago. It was designed to give older adults, people with disabilities and people with health concerns free, safe air-conditioned shelters to visit to escape extreme heat. The program will run from Saturday, June 1 through Oct. 31. Cool Zone sites include the county's 33...

  • Students are home from school: 4 tips to address youth mental health

    Dr. Donald Tavakoli, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    As high school and college students finish their spring terms and prepare for summer, it’s a critical time to check their mental health and consider how to engage in conversations about it. It is especially important for college students, as the “Second Annual Student Behavioral Health Report” revealed a significant jump in self-reported mental or behavioral health concerns among college students as compared to high schoolers. The report found college students self-report a near-50% increase in anxiety, depression and suici...

  • Fathers should be talking to their children about drugs and alcohol

    Nickolaus Hayes, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    What does it take to be a responsible father? While there are countless answers to this question, it generally means playing an essential role in a child’s life and showing up daily. Generally, fathers provide abundant love, support and involvement, making sacrifices to ensure their children are loved and cared for. A father is always there for their children, offering guidance, support and education. The greatest joy for any father is seeing their children thrive, do well in life and be healthy. Things can happen in life, h...

  • How to convince someone to get help for their mental health

    Stan Popovich, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    There are many reasons why some people are reluctant to get help for their mental health or addiction issues. In addition, many people are not sure what to do when encouraging someone to get the help they need for their mental health. As a result, here are seven suggestions on how to convince a person struggling to get some assistance. 1. Talk to the person instead of talking at them: Nobody wants to be lectured or yelled at. The person who is struggling is scared and they need help in overcoming their fears and resistance to...

  • Are sugar substitutes bad for you? Yes

    Dr. Jennifer Brix ND, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    Sugar substitutes were once touted as a miracle food because they had no calories, needed no land for growing and didn’t appear to impact blood sugar levels or weight. Synthetic sugars have now been suggested to cause weight gain, increase cancer risk and play a role in cardiovascular disease. Common synthetic sugar substitutes include saccharin, aspartame, sucralose and erythritol. Some were discovered accidentally, while others were created with the goal of being the next big thing in the low-calorie or no-calorie sweetener...

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