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Articles from the June 16, 2016 edition


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  • Sgt. Maj. Thomas helps Camp Pendleton personnel ‘Stay Moto’

    Updated Jun 16, 2016

    On Thursdays and Fridays, people entering Camp Pendleton through Fallbrook’s Naval Weapons Station gate don't have a choice – they're going to get a dose of "Moto." "Moto" is the abbreviation Marine Sgt. Maj. Mykul Thomas (Ret.) uses for motivation, a word he lives by. Motivating people to have a great day is what motivates Thomas to stand at the gate from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., every Thursday and Friday, checking credentials and delivering motivational words to everyone who dri...

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of North County celebrate annual Great Futures Awards

    Updated Jun 16, 2016

    FALLBROOK – With over 100 guests in attendance, the Boys & Girls Clubs of North County celebrated the achievements of its members and staff at the annual Great Futures Awards. Youth members are recognized in the areas academics, athleticism, sportsmanship, and citizenship. The Youth of the Year is also named, the highest award a club can bestow on one of its members. This year’s award went to Genesis Aaron from Fallbrook Street Elementary. Staff and volunteers are also rec...

  • FPUD selects Anderson to fill board vacancy

    Updated Jun 16, 2016

    Bob Anderson has been selected to fill the vacancy on the Fallbrook Public Utility District board. Anderson was chosen to fill Seat No. 1, which became vacant after Bert Hayden retired from the board. Anderson and Steven Hartshorn applied for the vacant seat, and after the candidates were interviewed May 23, FPUD board members Milt Davies, Don McDougal, and Charley Wolk voted to place Anderson on the board while Al Gebhart voted for Hartshorn. "They were both from my perspective well-qualified candidates, and both presented...

  • Downtown property owners ask county to vacate alley

    Updated Jun 16, 2016

    A group of property owners are asking the County of San Diego to give up possession of the alley that runs behind their buildings on Main Ave. between Fig St. and Alvarado St. in downtown Fallbrook. Vince Ross, vice president of the Fallbrook Village Association, said the group filed an Application to Vacate with the county on May 27. "It was filed by a civil engineer," said Ross. "This is the first step, and it's a complicated process because of all the departments involved." The alley runs behind the following businesses...

  • RMWD approves joint agreement to improve Golf Green Estates

    Updated Jun 16, 2016

    The Rainbow Municipal Water District (RMWD) approved a joint agreement for the improvement of the future Golf Green Estates development. The new agreement was approved on a 5-0 Rainbow board vote May 24. "That's a pretty standard development agreement that we do," said Rainbow general manager Tom Kennedy. In March 2013, the county's Planning Commission approved the Golf Green Estates tentative parcel map and site plan, which subdivides 29 acres into 94 residential lots and eight homeowners' association lots. Decomposed granit...

  • Good news for Fire Tax Fee protesters

    Updated Jun 16, 2016

    Is the Fire Tax fee really legal or is it an illegal tax under Proposition 13? That is still the question that thousands of California rural property owners and the Howard Jarvis Association are still asking. The group has challenged the constitutionality of this tax in court on behalf of Californians, who are encouraged to file a petition in protest if they want a potential refund. To qualify for a refund if they win, California residents must have filed a “Petition for Redetermination” with the responsible agencies and must...

  • A glimpse into the past – Old Timers Picnic

    Updated Jun 16, 2016

    Jack Story Special to The Village News A few years back, Hilda Roche approached me about taking over the responsibility of organizing the annual Old Timers Picnic, which is now called The Community Picnic. She felt if the annual meeting was to continue, I should be the one responsible. Hilda and her friends had been in charge of this event for well over 50 years and felt the need to pass it on. I was involved in Historical Society affairs at the time (as usual), and it seemed...

  • Grand Tradition announces new Summer Concert Series

    Updated Jun 16, 2016

    FALLBROOK – Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens, known for being an exclusive private event venue, is opening its gates to the public with some extraordinary concerts. The Eden-like, 30 acre property, having several towering waterfalls, pristine rolling lawns and an iconic heart shaped lake, becomes the playing field for multiple live music performances, providing an all-encompassing music, food and wine festival. Each Signature Event will include as many as six different performances throughout the gardens and main stage and...

  • Barbara Taylor showed at California State Fair 85 years ago

    Updated Jun 16, 2016

    Barbara Bristol Taylor of Fallbrook showed her cattle at the California State Fair 85 years ago. That may be longer ago than any other Fallbrook resident. Taylor lived at the Bryndunne Ayshire Farm, her grandfather John Hanner’s dairy cattle ranch in Franklin, which is about 15 miles south of Sacramento, when she showed her cattle through the local 4-H Club in the 1930s. "I probably started when I was about six or seven showing our registered Ayrshires," Taylor said. Taylor w...

  • The remains of a social house

    Updated Jun 16, 2016

    Tom Pfingsten Special to the Village News On a Wednesday night in early April, Faro Trupiano climbed into his car outside 127 West Social House, the restaurant he’d opened a year earlier inside a relatively ancient building on the corner of Main and Elder, and drove home. He’d spent the evening at his other place, Trupiano’s Italian Bistro, and on his way out of town, he noticed the lights were still on at 127 West, which he refers to by the digits “one-two-seven,” as if by...

  • Sheriff's Log

    Updated Jun 16, 2016

    June 1 1200 block Rainbow Valley Blvd. Theft of elder/dependent adult June 2 2400 block S. Stage Coach Ln. 5150/Mental disorder 200 block W. Clemmens Ln. Theft by use of access card information 700 block W. Fallbrook St. Miscellaneous incidents June 3 4100 block Holly Ln. Arrest: Felony, obstruction/resist executive officer with minor injury 800 block E. Alvarado Missing juvenile/runaway 1100 block S. Vine Vandalism; participate in criminal street gang 1700 block Winterwarm Dr. Arrest: Felony bench warrant 5200 block S....

  • Graduates visit elementary students to motivate them

    Updated Jun 16, 2016

  • Conley graduates from University of Northern Colorado

    Updated Jun 16, 2016

    FALLBROOK – Celene R. Conley of Fallbrook High's graduating class of 2010 graduated from the University of Northern Colorado at spring commencement ceremonies on May 7. Conley earned a bachelor of arts in sociology with an emphasis in family studies and psychology. She will continue her education at the University of Northern Colorado graduate masters program to earn her MA degree in school counseling. Conley wants to continue serving others as a future school counselor. S...

  • Local real estate market is in full swing

    Updated Jun 16, 2016

    FALLBROOK – When Kim Carlson and Ken Follis were asked about what is happening in the real estate market, their responses were quite positive. Some of the many factors for the current market conditions revolved around the low interest rates, plentiful buyers in the market place, and the fact that this area is gaining in popularity as a desired destination for all categories of home buyers. The area is "ripe for expansion," said Follis. "With the new developments, the c...

  • Median home price rises throughout San Diego County

    Updated Jun 16, 2016

    SAN DIEGO − The median sales price of homes in San Diego County rose last month, while the number of residences that changed ownership fell, according to San Diego Association of Realtors (SDAR) figures. The price of a single-family home that sold in May was $570,000, or $10,000 more than the month before. The cost was 9 percent higher than May 2015, the SDAR said. In May, just over 2,200 houses changed hands, down two percent from April and three percent lower than the same month last year, according to SDAR data. For c...

  • Gilmore drives for Camp Pendleton in Firefighters Destruction Derby

    Updated Jun 16, 2016

    Brian Gilmore drove for the Camp Pendleton Fire Department in the Firefighters Destruction Derby which was contested June 4 and was part of the Fire and Safety Exposition at the San Diego County Fair. "I just had a great time," Gilmore said. "It was a different experience. It was fun." In 1995 the Cajon Speedway, the Burn Institute, and local fire departments collaborated for an annual night which included fundraising and promotions for the Burn Institute, a pre-race parade of fire trucks, an American flag raised from a fire...

  • Camp Pendleton sewage spill finally discovered

    Updated Jun 16, 2016

    CAMP PENDLETON – A sewage spill that went undetected for nearly three years likely sent in excess of 807,000 gallons of waste onto property in the northwestern reaches of Camp Pendleton before being discovered two weeks ago, the Marine Corps disclosed today. Base officials reported no health problems or risks resulting from the protracted leak of contamination, which emanated from a pipeline connecting to restrooms at a training pool near currently dry Cristianitos Creek. Authorities believe the problem began in the summer o...

  • Parkinson's Association has new program

    Updated Jun 16, 2016

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Parkinson’s Support group will hold their monthly meeting on Friday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to noon. Patti Garay, San Diego Parkinson's Association new education director will be speaking this month on "New and Exciting Changes in the Parkinson's Association." Garay will discuss services and opportunities available from the Parkinson's Association, future directions and the new "Good Start" program. The program will be followed by a time of sharing, coffee and refreshments. The meeting is held in sup...

  • Historical society to host annual community picnic

    Updated Jun 16, 2016

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Historical Society will host its annual Community Open House and picnic on Sunday, June 26, at 11 a.m. at the Historic Society Barn, located at 1730 South Hill Ave. at Rocky Crest Drive, just off S. Mission. Residents can come and meet their neighbors at this free event which is always well attended. They can bring a picnic lunch for their family or purchase street tacos or cheese quesadillas at the Open House for approximately $5 per person. Due to recent changes in county requirements, this e...

  • Paving work on S. Mission scheduled for week of June 27

    Updated Jun 16, 2016

    FALLBROOK − Noelle Denke, public affairs official for the Fallbrook Public Utility District, reports that FPUD will be doing paving work on South Mission Rd., between Olive Hill Rd. and Overland Trail, beginning the week of June 27. [The work has been rescheduled from the original starting date of June 20.] Denke said the work, which will affect traffic, will be performed between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The paving is the final step in a three-month construction project that required replacing a section of sewer main p...

  • Drinking with Jesus author debuts new book

    Updated Jun 16, 2016

    FALLBROOK – Pastor Jim Jones will hold a book release party on Thursday, June 23, 7 p.m., at The Espresso Lounge, 139 S Main Ave. He will read excerpts and address questions about his book, “Leaving Christianity to Follow Jesus.” Food will be provided by Trupiano's, live musical performances will include The Shift and Dulaney & Co. and there will be open discussions of his new book, providing a casual, welcoming event. From the mastermind behind the local, somewhat controversial, Drinking With Jesus series, Jones takes his l...

  • 'Lobster on the Green' set for Sept. 16

    Updated Jun 16, 2016

    FALLBROOK – The Rotary Club of Fallbrook will hold its annual “Lobster on the Green” fundraising event on Friday, Sept. 16, at the Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens. This gala event begins at 5:30 p.m. and includes an evening of appetizers and champagne with a silent auction, followed by a lobster and filet dinner and live auction. Net proceeds are reinvested in local community charities that support youth, seniors, Fallbrook beautification and the arts, as well as supporting international projects. This year’s “Servic...

  • Band mini-camps underway at Fallbrook High

    Updated Jun 16, 2016

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook High School Marching Warriors will be back at it again for another season of excellence and travel. The summer will be busy as hard-working students and staff members prepare to begin their 2016–2017 competitive season. The journey began Wednesday, June 15, with the first of a series of mini-camps, held every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fallbrook High School until the primary band camp. Band camp officially runs from Monday, July 18, thr...

  • There's no need for a delay in releasing police body cam footage

    Updated Jun 16, 2016

    Village News Editorial State legislation is working towards public transparency, but it's not quite there yet. It seems to follow the old adage "One step forward, two steps back" in terms of how individuals are given pertinent information about law enforcement laws. Around the country, body cameras on police officers have been implemented. This is meant to provide transparency in how the public is dealt with on a regular basis, and footage can be used in court as evidence against a suspect or as a way to exonerate a police...

  • Saying goodbye and thank you

    Updated Jun 16, 2016

    Sadly, The Country Porch Antique Mall is closing after several years in Fallbrook. The last day is Thursday, June 30. Please stop in and wish the owner, Carol Hall, all the best for the future. Carol is one of the nicest, fairest, and friendliest mall owners I have ever met. She is so kind and sweet, and just like a mother to me and those who work with her. Carol always has some great conversation to share if you stop in the shop. Thank you Carol for bringing this wonderful store to Fallbrook and for all your kindness over...

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