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Articles from the June 15, 2023 edition


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  • Rate of aging slowed with young plasma transfusions

    Updated Jun 22, 2023

    Village News Staff Aging can be understood as gradual, progressive deterioration simultaneously affecting different organ systems. People with a faster Pace of Aging tend to experience more rapid aging-related declines in physical and cognitive functions. Your genes play an important role in your health, but so do your behaviors and environment, such as what you eat and how physically active you are. Evidence suggests that intervention to slow Pace of Aging could preserve functions lost with aging and extend one’s health...

  • Supervisors approve ambulance agreements for SDCFPD

    Updated Jun 15, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The San Diego County Board of Supervisors, who are also the board members of the San Diego County Fire Protection District, have given the SDCFPD the primary responsibility for ambulance services within the SDCFPD boundaries. On behalf of the Board of Supervisors, the 4-0 vote May 23, with one vacant seat, authorized the county’s chief administrative officer or her designee to enter into a contract with the San Diego County Fire Protection District for exclusive provision and/or management...

  • Alvand Construction given BUSD contract for SMS/BHS security fence

    Updated Jun 14, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The May 17 meeting of the Bonsall Unified School District board included approval of a contract for Alvand Construction, Inc., to construct a security fence around the campus shared by Bonsall High School and Sullivan Middle School. The board’s 3-0 vote, with Larissa Anderson and Pascal Lapoirie absent, authorized a public works contract with Alvand Construction. The Poway company will be paid $311,850. “We make students feeling safe and welcome a priority at all times and continue to impl...

  • NCFPD updates facilities replacement plan

    Updated Jun 14, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The North County Fire Protection District has updated its District Facilities Replacement Plan. The NCFPD board voted 5-0 May 23 to approve the revised plan. The District Facilities Replacement Plan will be a guideline for decisions on future capital facility projects and includes timeframes for capital facility renovation or replacement projects. The previous District Facilities Replacement Plan was approved by the board in October 2020. “A lot has changed in the way of funding in the last...

  • Freaney and Friends concert to feature Kirichenko

    Updated Jun 14, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The Freaney and Friends free June concert will be held Tuesday, June 27 at 1 p.m. in the Community Room at the library and will feature celebrated Ukrainian pianist Dmitry Kirichenko. Kirichenko began his musical education under the Soviet system which selected only the best and most talented students for artistic study. At the age of 17 he was accepted into the Stolyarsky School of Music. His determination and brilliant artistic ability earned him recognition and acceptance into one of the higher education...

  • Theatre Talk for June

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to The Village News|Updated Jun 14, 2023

    Grab your phone to book the hottest shows as they hit the area. Starting June 27 for one week only, Broadway San Diego is bringing “Six, the Musical” to the Civic Theatre. For your tickets, go to https://www.broadwaysd.com/. Closer to home at the California Center for the Arts, June 24 and 25, is the perfect show for a nostalgic review: “’S Wonderful, ‘S Marvelous, The Songs of Gershwin.” It should be S’Well at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido 92025,...

  • All-female band from North County releases first single

    Updated Jun 14, 2023

    FALLBROOK – Go Scarlet is an all-female rock band hailing from North County/Fallbrook and the surrounding areas. According to band member Heather, united by their love for music and a shared determination to make their mark, these four women have overcome challenges, both on stage and in their diverse lives. Composed of mothers, teachers, businesswomen, and community advocates, Go Scarlet embodies the spirit of hard work and resilience. Since their formation in the winter...

  • Garden club to give awards, install officers

    Updated Jun 14, 2023

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Garden Club will hold its last general meeting of the 2022-2023 season Tuesday, June 27. The program will include club honors and awards and the installation of 2023-2024 officers by Adele Kelly, past Director of Palomar District Garden Clubs, Inc. General meetings are held at the Fallbrook Community Center, 341 Heald Lane, with social time at 12:30 p.m., business at 1 p.m. and the program at 2 p.m. The public is welcome. For further information relating to the club and its activities, visit...

  • Pittenger House to be honored by Clampers

    Updated Jun 14, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The Southern California Chapter of E Clampus Vitus (Clampers), a fraternal organization with the purpose to preserve the heritage of the American West, will be dedicating a monument and plaque at the Pittenger House on Saturday, June 17, 11 a.m. at the Fallbrook Historical Society Heritage Center. The public is invited to attend and tour the Pittenger home and the Fallbrook Historical Society Museum at 1760 Hill Avenue, (corner of Rocky Crest Road and Hill Avenue). The Fallbrook Historical Museum and Pittenger...

  • Rotary Club of Fallbrook offers July 4th breakfast

    Updated Jun 14, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The Rotary Club of Fallbrook is hosting an Independence Day Pancake Breakfast, Tuesday, July 4, at the Fallbrook Community Center, 341 Heald Lane. A breakfast of pancakes, sausage, orange slices, coffee, and orange juice will be served from 8-11 a.m. The cost is $12 for adults, $5 for children ages 4 to 12, and free for children 3 and under. The American Legion and the Sheriff's Volunteer Patrol will have booths in front of the community center from 8-11 a.m. The...

  • Radio club's annual Field Day is June 24/25

    Updated Jun 14, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club will be participating in Field Day 2023, an emergency preparedness exercise, Saturday, June 24, 11 a.m. till Sunday, June 25, 11 a.m. The public and ham radio operators are invited to visit the site at Frazier Elementary School's athletic field, 1835 Gum Tree Lane Fallbrook. Map and latest information can be found at http://www.fallbrookarc.org. The club also assists in community events such as the Fallbrook Avocado Festival, Harvest Faire and parades. During the Lilac fire, the...

  • Real Estate 101: Home appraisal vs. valuation

    Updated Jun 14, 2023

    FALLBROOK – When someone wants to buy or sell a house, they need to know how much it’s worth. Home appraisals and valuations are methods used to determine the value of a home, but they differ in terms of how they are done and their purposes. We’ll help you understand the difference between these two. What is a home appraisal? A home appraisal involves a certified appraiser physically visiting the property and considering various factors to determine its value. The appraiser visits the house and looks at different...

  • BUSD approves addendum to EIR for school on Citro land

    Updated Jun 14, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Bonsall Unified School District and Tri Pointe Homes, which owns the land of the Citro development, have identified a preferred site for an elementary school to be built on the Citro property. Citro was called Meadowood in January 2012 when the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved the development and certified the project’s Environmental Impact Report. The likely specific location of the elementary school led the school district to develop an addendum for the EIR, and a 3-0...

  • Fallbrook Art Center announces the new director

    Updated Jun 14, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Art Center announced the appointment of Brenda A. Andrews as its new director effective June 13. Andrews brings a wealth of experience and a passion for the arts to the position, and is excited to lead the organization into a new era of growth and innovation. She is an accomplished artist and arts administrator, with over 15 years of experience in the field. She has worked with a variety of arts organizations, including museums, galleries, and...

  • Child care benefit empowers Sheriff's employees with options

    Updated Jun 14, 2023

    SAN DIEGO COUNTY – Finding and vetting childcare isn't always easy. It is even more challenging for first responders who work varied shifts, weekends and holidays to keep our communities safe. As an agency committed to the well-being of its sworn and professional employees, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department is proud to support our staff with a new benefit. Need childcare? There's an app for that. Beginning July 1, Sheriff's Department employees will have free...

  • Worker of the Week is an award-winning principal

    Updated Jun 14, 2023

    Father Arturo Uribe of St. Peter the Apostle Church awards Shawna Taitano the "Distinguished Principal of the Year Award" while some of the students from St. Peter’s School watch. Taitano beat out 50 other school principals in the Diocese of San Diego. The award was announced at a banquet held May 10 and she is this week’s Worker of the Week. Village News/David Landry photo...

  • Live Oak has an effective principal

    Updated Jun 14, 2023

    As most readers are aware, many of the local schools concluded this past week for summer break. First, congratulations to all advancing students, faculty and staff throughout the community. Here, I personally wanted to recognize the school that my family attends, Live Oak Elementary. In recent years, the local schools have adopted the “Leader In Me” program for their students following the well regarded book, the “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” The book is so applicable to life, if you haven’t read it, I...

  • Flag Day & June Gloom

    Updated Jun 14, 2023

    Are any traditionalists out there tired of the rainbow-pride flags, and now, trans-flags being shoved down our throats in the month of June? They are drowning out the Grads and the Dads. Growing up, June was the month of brides – traditional brides and traditional marriage – hence the term, "June Bride." Also, growing up, we learned that the rainbow was God's miracle in addition to His promise never to flood the earth again. See Genesis 9:11-17. Incidentally, I've owned a rainbow-colored umbrella before it was stolen as...

  • Oh the ironies of a two-tier system of justice

    Updated Jun 14, 2023

    Julie Reeder Publisher Ironically, former President Donald Trump was indicted again (likely to keep him from winning in 2024) on the very same day that the House Oversight Committee viewed the FBI document 1023 form with allegations that President Joe Biden took bribes in exchange for actions as Vice President. The 1023 form came to light from a credible FBI whistleblower who knew of its existence as well as many others. The FBI defines an FD-1023 as “one of many forms the FBI uses to collect and catalog information for...

  • Congestion pricing

    Updated Jun 14, 2023

    Supervisor Jim Desmond 5th District We've known for a while now that SANDAG, the federal government, and the State of California have been looking to implement a per-mile tax. This hasn't been met with enthusiasm by voters throughout the country. However, now there's a synonym for the per-mile tax that is making its way to Southern California – "congestion pricing." According to reports, LA Metro is preparing to release a blueprint for congestion pricing, meaning that motorists will have to pay for the privilege of using...

  • Re: 'Dear Senator Jones…' [Village News, Letter, 6/8/23]

    Updated Jun 14, 2023

    I debated writing a response to Rick Reiss’s opinion letter, “Dear Senator Jones…” I thought to myself, “what would a Sister do?” A Sister would pay it no mind and focus on the next charity Bingo or Pictionary night. But I’m not a sister. And classifying an organization that has helped so many, that exists to spread joy and stand up for marginalized people as a bigoted hate group is something I object to. Comparing The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to a minstrel show is a false equivalency; the Catholic...

  • Kicking It: A Month in Paris, Day No. 11

    Updated Jun 14, 2023

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal Special to The Village News As one day folds into the next, we continue to explore the various neighborhoods in the 7th arrondissement. Today, Oct. 18, we board the #63 south to the St. Germain des pres Church bus stop. Heading toward the front steps of the cathedral, we are stopped by a guard. He explains that today the church is closed for Frank Alamo’s funeral. Who? When we get back tonight, I look up his bio. It turns out, Frank had some success as a pop singer from 1960-1965, but in ’65, h...

  • Writer's LAFCO hearing takeaway helps spur a contemplative moment

    Updated Jun 14, 2023

    Tim O’Leary Special to the Village News A recent public hearing over the fate of our future water costs and services turned out to be a bust. But the foreboding remarks by a Fallbrook community leader caused me to explore my own observations. But before I can peer into our region’s prospects, I should set the stage. On June 5, a dozen of us concerned citizens boarded a bus chartered by the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce. The bright yellow school bus seemed strangely empty, almost cavernous. Many of our thoughts drifted...

  • Are you turning 65 this year? Here's what you need to know about Medicare options

    Updated Jun 14, 2023

    Dan Tufto Humana California Medicare President More than 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day. That’s more than 3.6 million new people learning to navigate Medicare each year. If you were born in 1958, you are joining the 6.69 million individuals in California eligible for the government’s health insurance program this year. Here are the key things I recommend people understand before enrolling in Medicare to get the health insurance coverage that best fits their lifestyle. 1. Know their initial enrollment period. If...

  • Topic for Parkinson's Support Group is managing movement disorders

    Updated Jun 14, 2023

    FALLBROOK – North County Parkinson's Support Group Fallbrook invites anyone interested to join its monthly Parkinson's Support Group meeting, Friday June 23, 10 a.m. to Noon, at the Fallbrook Regional Health and Wellness Center 1636 E. Mission Road. The speaker will be Dr. Kash Dashtipour, a movement disorder specialist. The topic will be “I Brake for Moments not Parkinson's – Recognizing On & Off Periods.” Dr. Dashtipour is a board-certified neurologist sub-specializing in a variety of the movement disorders such as...

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