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Articles from the June 20, 2024 edition


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  • Healthy Habits: Oatmeal – A grain for your health

    Dr. Megan Johnson McCullough, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 23, 2024

    Advocates for oatmeal as their breakfast have some valid credibility for their choice. This whole-grain food can do plenty of positive things for your health. Eaten with water or milk of some type, oatmeal, when not mixed with sugary toppings, won't let your body down. One cup of oatmeal has 166 calories, 4 grams of fiber, about 3 grams of fat, and almost 6 grams of protein. There are different types which include crushed, rolled, steel cut, and oat groat. Some like it hot...

  • Worker of the Week refurbishes furniture

    Updated Jun 21, 2024

  • La Paloma Good News Club finishes strong

    Updated Jun 21, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The kids, parents and teachers clapped and cheered as the children received their well-earned trophies at the end of the school year. Good News Clubs all over North County celebrated in the same way. Along with lessons about Jesus and games, the children are challenged to learn 15 Scripture songs. It is so much fun with hand motions and great music. They can learn as many as they want, and the prizes are different sized trophies, the largest being 15" tall. This ye...

  • 21 Greater Fallbrook roads on county road resurfacing list

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    The preliminary County of San Diego list of road segments to be resurfaced includes 21 in Greater Fallbrook. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 June 5 to adopt a resolution with the list of projects to be funded by Fiscal Year 2024-25 Road Repair and Accountability Act revenue. The road segments include 14 in Fallbrook, four in Bonsall, two in Pauma Valley, and one in Rainbow. The Road Repair and Accountability Act was passed by the state legislature in 2017 and raised the gas tax by 12 cents per gallon...

  • Woolen named to dean's list at University of Maryland Global Campus

    Updated Jun 20, 2024

    ADELPHI, Maryland – Sanay Woolen of Fallbrook was named to the dean's list for the spring 2024 term at University of Maryland Global Campus. To be eligible for the honor, a student must complete at least six credits during the term, earn a grade point average of at least 3.5 for the term, and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 at UMGC. University of Maryland Global Campus was founded more than 75 years ago specifically to serve the higher education needs of working adults and military service members. Submitted byUniversity o...

  • Assessor's office offers free red envelopes to new parents during Year of the Dragon

    Updated Jun 20, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County office of the Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk, which issues birth certificates, is reminding new parents throughout the county that a free red envelope is available with every birth certificate throughout the entire 2024 Lunar New Year, which is designated as the Year of the Dragon. The current Lunar New Year, celebrated by Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and other Asian and Asian-American communities, began on Feb. 10, 2024, and runs through F...

  • BUSD adopts updated developer fees

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    The Bonsall Unified School District approved an update to the district’s developer fee rates. A 3-0 BUSD board vote May 15, with Michael Gaddis and Pascal Lapoirie absent, approved the new developer fees. The new fees per square foot are $5.17 for new residential development, $0.84 for new enclosed or covered commercial or industrial development, and $0.25 for new rental self-storage facilities. The new fees will take effect July 14, or 60 days after the approval of the resolution adopting the new rates. “We don’t deter...

  • SSI marks 50th anniversary

    Updated Jun 20, 2024

    WASHINGTON – This year, the Social Security Administration celebrates 50 years of administering the Supplemental Security Income program. President Richard Nixon signed the bill in 1972, and in January 1974, SSA began issuing the first SSI payments to nearly 4 million eligible people. The goal of the SSI program was to aid aged, blind, and individuals with disabilities with very limited income and resources. Fifty years later, the SSI program remains a lifeline by providing cash assistance to about 2% of the U.S. p...

  • Going native in your garden, Part 3

    Roger Boddaert, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    Perhaps by now you have taken the first steps to either refurbish your existing garden or create a whole new sustainable habitat that is both earth friendly and conserves water. In parts 1 and 2, I laid out the various specifics you need to consider to get started including layout, soil preparation, irrigation and hardscape. Today, we will focus on plant selection. I have listed my personal favorites and most suitable plants to consider as part of your new landscape. Trees,...

  • Kicking It Around the Garden

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to The Village News|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    When I think about planting a garden today, I’m thinking about a few pots of herbs for the kitchen along with an Early Girl tomato plant or two. It’s a modest effort compared to my youth when growing up on a Kansas farm. Just the thought of planting a few veggies takes me back to the one-acre garden my mother planted every year. At 12, I was too self-centered to realize the work she put in to feed our family of three. She planted rows and rows of tomatoes, sweet corn, pot...

  • 2024 Water Quality Report is only available online

    Updated Jun 20, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Public Utility District's annual Consumer Confidence Report, or CCR, contains detailed information on water quality tests performed in 2023. These sampling tests ensure that the district's water meets regulatory standards. FPUD's tap water met or exceeded all state and federal requirements this year, as in years past. The CCR became available recently at https://www.fpud.com/news-publications. It will also be available at the Fallbrook Library, F...

  • Tips and tricks for easy organic waste recycling

    Updated Jun 20, 2024

    SAN DIEGO COUNTY – With the summer season upon us, I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) and the County of San Diego provide tips on recycling organic waste, including how to keep green bins odor and pest-free. According to the county’s Department of Public Works, about 40% of the waste in landfills is organic waste, which includes food waste, food-soiled paper, and yard trimmings. When organic waste decomposes in a landfill, without the presence of oxygen, methane is produced, a potent greenhouse gas and driver of global climate...

  • TAC recommends retention of Flowerwood Lane 25 mph speed limit

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    The county’s Traffic Advisory Committee has recommended that the 25 mph speed limit on Flowerwood Lane between Knottwood Way and Gird Road be retained. The June 7 TAC vote to recommend retention of the speed limit along that 1.35-mile segment with recertification of that speed limit for radar enforcement was unanimous. Any TAC recommendation for a regulatory action must be approved by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, and the county’s Department of Public Works (DPW) expects an Oct. 9 Board of Supervisors hea...

  • More than 58,000 screened for 'Love Your Heart'

    Cassie N. Saunders, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    San Diego County released its 2024 Love Your Heart Report June 10 showing the annual February public health campaign gave more than 58,000 people free blood pressure checks and potentially saved 806 people from medical emergencies like strokes or heart attacks. In February, the county and its partners performed and collected results from a combined 58,079 blood pressure readings. Locally, 193 sites offered free blood pressure checks. Sites were also offered throughout M...

  • Mt. San Jacinto College Nursing Program to expand enrollment, addressing critical nursing shortage

    Updated Jun 20, 2024

    TEMECULA – Mt. San Jacinto College announces a significant expansion of its Nursing program to address California's critical shortage of nurses. Following a rigorous full program review by the California Board of Nursing, authorization was granted on May 23 to increase the program's annual enrollment from 48 to 72 students. The Board's review underscored the exceptional quality of MSJC nurses and highlighted the urgent need for more nursing professionals nationwide. Starting in the spring of 2025, the Nursing program will w...

  • County assisting as CalFresh enrollment breaks records

    Cassie N. Saunders, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    The county is experiencing record enrollment in the CalFresh food supplement program. As of June 1, CalFresh benefits are being received by more than 398,000 eligible people in the region, which is a 5.8% increase compared to the same month in 2023. Over 539,000 persons have been enrolled at different points over the last 12 months. The record month coincided with the celebration of CalFresh Awareness Month. “We’ve seen this trend steadily increase as the need increased” said Rick Wanne, director of County Self-Sufficiency Se...

  • Transitional Bridges offers compassionate alternative to plastic belongings bags

    Updated Jun 20, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – Transitional Bridges, a San Diego-based nonprofit focused on inspiring compassion and improving end-of-life care through art, has created Transitional Belongings Bags, a compassionate and eco-friendly alternative to the plastic bags hospitals use to hand over belongings to loved ones after a patient has died. The concept was first introduced 17 years ago by the Irish Hospice Foundation Hospice Friendly Hospitals Program to promote dignity and sensitivity when r...

  • Prevent underage intoxication and potentially save lives

    Yvette Urrea Moe, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    With schools out for summer for many teens and children, the risk of them gaining access to alcohol goes up when parents are at work and teens may be unsupervised. Minors often get alcohol or marijuana in one of these ways: from older friends, strangers willing to buy it for them, store clerks who fail to check IDs, online, friend's parents and sometimes their own parents. The Sheriff's Department is reminding adults that it is against the law to provide alcohol or marijuana...

  • Caution! Adult language

    Updated Jun 20, 2024

    The Republican Party’s position regarding human reproduction is that a life begins at the moment of conception. Actually, it’s not a “moment”: it may take up to 24 hours for the egg to accept the sperm, completing the conception. That is representative of the Party’s profound science ignorance. However, when they say a “life,” they mean a person. They say all human life begins at conception. Well, every person on this earth or ever was on this earth did begin as a fertilized egg. True, but irrelevant. What is relevant, and...

  • State of North County

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    Last week, we held our State of the North County event, and it was great to see so many people who make our region unique. For those who couldn't attend, I'd like to share the key points from my address, which outlined our shared vision for a prosperous and thriving North County. This vision isn't just an aspiration; it's a collective mission that requires each of us to contribute our unique talents. Together, we are a powerful force for positive change. Our potential is...

  • California's new budget

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    Last week, the Legislature passed the Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 -2025. The Governor will have until June 30 to sign the budget, which goes into effect July 1. Over the coming weeks/months, a series of trailer bills to fund specific programs must be passed, and since the Governor has line-item veto powers, additional programs may still be cut. The state’s constitution mandates a balanced budget. This budget eliminates the $45 billion deficit for FY 2024-2025, along w...

  • Surprise surprise, the government used 'Russian Disinformation' laptop as evidence

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    Last week, the government used the Hunter Biden laptop as evidence against him as they prosecuted him for gun crimes related to the paperwork he turned in. The irony is that there was a larger coverup with intelligence agency employees, leaders, and former associates in the attempt to interfere in the election between Biden and Trump by saying the Hunter Biden laptop was Russian Disinformation. It later was found that the laptop was indeed genuine and had all kinds of...

  • Property tax deadline approaching

    Updated Jun 20, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister is reminding the 41,245 property owners who did not pay all their 2023-2024 property taxes there is still time to avoid additional penalties if the bills are paid by June 30. “On July 1, unpaid bills will go into default and receive an additional $33 redemption fee plus penalties of 1.5% each month,” said McAllister. “That penalty adds up to a hefty 18% per year but is avoidable if payments are received by the June 30 deadline.” Taxpayers can quickly and easi...

  • Mortgage prepayment: What to consider

    Jane Kepley, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    Paying off your mortgage early could save you money on interest paid over the life of the loan. It can also free up money to put toward other goals, like saving for retirement. Despite these perks, though, prepaying a mortgage isn't right for everyone, and there may be some downsides to this strategy. Are you thinking of paying off your mortgage early? Check out some pros and cons to consider before you do. Pros: You'll pay significantly less interest. You could potentially...

  • Prepping your San Diego home for summer

    Elisabeth Lentulo|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    FALLBROOK – As summer approaches in San Diego, it’s time to get your homes ready for the sunny days ahead. Let’s get your home in tip-top shape for the season – below are some items to tick off your home upkeep checklist! • Do an A/C check-up: Keep your cool all season long by making sure your air conditioning is good to go by giving it a once-over. Schedule a check-up to ensure it’s running smoothly and swap out those filters for clean, cool air. • Clear the gutters: Thos...

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