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Articles from the July 4, 2024 edition


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  • Kickin it: In my lifetime, I've witnessed…

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to The Village News|Updated Jul 4, 2024

    I keep thinking of Kipling’s poem “If” and have come to admire it more each year. Because in my lifetime I’ve witnessed some things that are amazing and others that are downright immoral. And every time I think I’ve seen it all, something proves me wrong. It seems corruption has become the new normal. I’ve lived through tragedies like the death of my son, watched the execution of JFK followed by his brother Robert, and then Martin Luther King, Jr. I’ve watched in horror whi...

  • Extended School Year and Migrant Summer School programs launch with exciting new initiatives

    Updated Jul 4, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Extended School Year (ESY) program has begun, offering enriching educational experiences to 220 students, including those with disabilities and typical students. This year, the ESY program was hosted by La Paloma Elementary, San Onofre School, and the Mike Choate Early Education Center, operating five days a week from June 4 to July 1. The ESY program focuses on maintaining progress towards Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals through a dynamic O...

  • Blanket project teaches students to crochet

    Updated Jul 4, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Students at Fallbrook High School are joining a partnership with the Fallbrook Blanket Project and are learning to crochet. Volunteers from the Fallbrook Blanket Project are teaching the students the correct steps for successful crocheting. Students are earning community service credits with the completion of each 7x9 inch patch. These beautiful, crocheted patches will be then be joined to become a blanket. The Fallbrook Blanket Project will then donate these b...

  • Caceres named to the dean's list at Bates College

    Updated Jul 4, 2024

    LEWISTON, Maine – Dalila Caceres of Fallbrook was named to the dean's list at Bates College for the winter semester ending in April 2024. This is a distinction earned by students whose grade point average is 3.92 or higher. Caceres is majoring in anthropology at Bates. Bates is internationally recognized as a leading liberal arts college, attracting about 2,000 students from across the U.S. and around the world. Since 1855, Bates has been dedicated to educating the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a...

  • Taylor honored with second and third place awards in SPJ journalism contest

    Updated Jul 4, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – Nathalie Taylor, a Reeder Media associate for 21 years, took home second and third place awards at the San Diego Society of Professional Journalists Awards Banquet. The awards were especially significant because the writer only wrote four stories within the judging time frame. Taylor has won 109 professional journalism and writing awards since 2004. The event was held at Stone Brewing Bistro & Gardens in Point Loma on June 27. Taylor's second place award was in t...

  • Worker of the Week works on Camp Pendleton

    Updated Jul 4, 2024

  • DA warns of purse snatchers targeting elderly women at supermarkets

    Updated Jul 4, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – In the wake of a criminal case filed against three defendants, San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan is warning the public about criminals targeting elderly women at shopping centers throughout the county to steal their purses while they shop. Three defendants have been arrested and arraigned in a current case that involves 15 separate victims, most of whom are elderly Filipino/Asian women between the ages of 64 and 89. The incidents happened between January and April of this year in the cities of S...

  • Fallbrook Chamber announces July events

    Updated Jul 4, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce is holding the following events in July. Wednesday, July 10 – Wine Trail begins; purchase a package at the chamber office, 111 S. Main Ave. Thursday, July 11 – SunUpper at the chamber hosted by AAUW Fallbrook, 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 17 – SunDowner hosted by Ringers Cocktail Lounge, 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 26 – Lunch Mob at noon at The Coal Bunker Wednesday, July 31 – Wine Down Wednesday at Monserate Vineyards & Winery, 4-7 p.m. Call the chamber for more details on any of these ev...

  • GCI Construction to replace Main Avenue sewer main

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jul 4, 2024

    GCI Construction, Inc., was awarded the Fallbrook Public Utility District contract for the Main Avenue Sewer Main Replacement Project. FPUD’s board voted 4-0 June 24, with Dave Baxter out of town, to award a $391,000 contract to GCI Construction. The work will replace approximately 400 linear feet of eight-inch polyvinylchloride (PVC) pipe and four manholes on Main Avenue and Elder Street. Normally FPUD sewer main rehabilitation entails relining sewer mains in place, which is a more cost-effective way to upgrade old c...

  • When should a child go to a chiropractor?

    Shelby Ramsey, Special to the Village News|Updated Jul 4, 2024

    Making decisions regarding a child's health seems to be a constant. Have you ever wondered when a child should go to a chiropractor? Does your child have any of these symptoms? · Trouble latching · Acid reflux · Gas · Difficulty pooping · Colic · Recurrent ear infections · Bed wetting · Growing pains In Dr. Mandi McCoy's experience, the top reason for chiropractic care in her infant patient population is difficulty with latching. She explains the link below that's worth sharin...

  • Exercise safety first when hiking in the heat

    Yvette Urrea Moe, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jul 4, 2024

    There are hundreds of hiking trails available to San Diego County residents and visitors, but it can be dangerous, and even deadly, to not take the heat into consideration before lacing up your boots. Over the weekend, a 50-year-old woman died after leaving a group of hikers she was hiking with and setting out on her own in the Black Mountain Open Space Park in the City of San Diego. The county routinely closes parks in remote areas due to excessive heat to protect hikers,...

  • County reports increase in Mpox cases

    Fernanda Lopez Halvorson, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jul 4, 2024

    County public health officials are reporting seven new Mpox cases in May and June and encouraging vaccinations ahead of summer festivals and events. The rise in cases mirrors increases in Los Angeles which recently reported 10 new cases. So far this year, the County has reported an average of one to two new Mpox cases per month. Four of the recent cases were among people who had not been vaccinated against Mpox. "It's important for people to get both doses of the JYNNEOS...

  • California to expand funding for children's hospitals, serve state's sickest kids

    Updated Jul 4, 2024

    SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Children's Hospital Association (CCHA) announced June 25 an agreement to expand health care for children in the state. The agreement will provide additional funding for the Department of Health Care Services to support California children’s hospitals now and in the future. This funding will help support medical care for critically ill children and those fighting the most serious and life-threatening diseases. “In California, our children are not just our future – they are...

  • VCC announces medication assisted treatment program for individuals seeking recovery from opioid use disorders

    Updated Jul 4, 2024

    VISTA – Vista Community Clinic announces its Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program, aimed at providing comprehensive support and treatment for individuals struggling with an Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). The MAT program at VCC combines the use of medication management by a primary care clinician, to control withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings, with counseling and behavioral therapies to provide a whole-patient approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. “This program is an important part of Vista Com...

  • Summertime eye health tips

    Archana Dubey MD, Special to the Village News|Updated Jul 4, 2024

    Eye health is an important factor in our overall well-being. Yet 65.3% of California children don’t regularly see an eye doctor. With many kids out of school for the summer, screen time may add up quickly and potentially contribute to health issues, making it a great time to shine a spotlight on vision health. That can include a focus on preventing or treating nearsightedness, also known as myopia, which can affect our ability to see far-away objects clearly. Importantly, childhood onset of myopia has been linked to a g...

  • 'Liberty and Justice for all' (or just some)?

    Updated Jul 4, 2024

    July the Fourth: certainly a day to celebrate. But it also is a day that warrants some contemplation of our rights and responsibilities. And in that regard I've been thinking about our Pledge of Allegiance. When we are called to military duty or military support duty, we are contractually bound to obey. That is the price of the safety, security, and rights we receive in return. But I'm also looking at the part that says: "with liberty and justice for all". That is still only an ideal: we have plenty left to do. For some time...

  • Senate Minority Leader Jones lauds U.S. Supreme Court on its Grants Pass ruling

    Updated Jul 4, 2024

    SACRAMENTO – Senate Minority Leader Brian W. Jones (R-San Diego) issued the following statement, June 28, applauding the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on City of Grants Pass v. Johnson (Grants Pass), which found that the city of Grants Pass, Oregon, may enforce its ordinances prohibiting camping on public property and fining violators: "Today’s decision rightly empowers state and local officials to compassionately clear encampments. Californians should not have to tolerate the encampments that have taken over our com...

  • Not so friendly village business

    Updated Jul 4, 2024

    Last week our tractor got stuck while mowing weeds. My husband took our truck down to pull it out. The truck got stuck in an animal burrow, about 150 feet down our side yard from the street. We called AAA as we have a Premier membership; Fallbrook Quality Towing arrived. We were told AAA only pays for off-roadway towing up to 100 feet. We were shocked when the price quoted to pull the truck up 150 feet was $450. We paid the amount as we needed the truck out. Of course we expected to pay for the service, no one works for...

  • Re: 'Surprise, surprise, the government used 'Russian Disinformation' laptop as evidence' [Village News, Reeder letter, 6/20/24]

    Updated Jul 4, 2024

    With our modern-day 24/7 news cycle, with one story after another usurping the headlines every month, week, day, and even hour, coupled with our massive societal “Attention Deficit Disorder,” the sleight-of-hand maneuvers the media plays upon us are simply too easy to perform. As a society, we are overwhelmed with news and our attention span is horrifically weak – and so we get played, over and over and over again. Julie Reeder’s article on how information within the news often goes unvetted, and how it plays into the han...

  • Supreme Court ruling is a good start to 40 years of bureaucratic overreach

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated Jul 4, 2024

    The recent Supreme Court decision to strike down the "Chevron deference" doctrine marks another pivotal shift towards restoring democratic rulemaking. Most people will be unaware of how important this decision is for America. When people complain about the “permanent Washington class” ruling us instead of the representatives we vote for, this is part of what they are referring to. This Supreme Court 6 to 3 ruling turns around the way that agencies, who may be politically or...

  • Time to enforce common sense solutions for homelessness

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Jul 4, 2024

    Last week's Supreme Court decision affirming cities' authority to ban camping on public sidewalks marks a significant victory for common sense. This ruling is paramount for the safety and well-being of our community and for restoring the lives of those suffering. It's time for the city and county to restrict all sleeping on sidewalks. Enabling addicts to continue using is not compassionate. We wouldn't allow our friends or family members to spiral into addiction without...

  • San Diego's Affordable Party

    Updated Jul 4, 2024

    San Diegans know how expensive life has become. Whether you live in Coastal San Diego or North County, prices seem to rise daily. News reports describe our county as “impossibly unaffordable.” While San Diegans do our best to fight against inflation and provide for our families, we could use some more help from our politicians to cut irresponsible spending and the inflationary consequences that follow. It simply does not have to be this way. Better policies and San Diego’s proud history show a brighter future can and must...

  • Welcome to the Grand New Party

    Updated Jul 4, 2024

    For years, the two political parties were practically indistinguishable from one another, except for eight glorious years when the expansion of government came to a grinding halt. But when Reagan's second term ended, the administrative state found its footing and slowly slithered back into our lives. Seven years later, despite Clinton's predictions and prognostications, the era of big government was far from over. In the ensuing years, the administrative state's tentacles would encroach on our lives in unimaginable ways that...

  • Budget trailer bills

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District|Updated Jul 4, 2024

    The main state budget bill passed prior to the June 15 constitutional deadline, and the Governor had until June 30 to sign it into law (and use his line item veto pen). But many trailer bills that fund specific state programs were still being voted on last week. Trailers that passed last week included a bill that will establish a permanent foster care provider rate structure based on the needs of the child. Rates will follow the child, not the placement location. Legislation...

  • Deadline for 50th FUHS reunion is July 15

    Updated Jul 4, 2024

    In the past 50 years, have you gained some weight, lost some hair, added some wrinkles, lost some agility, and graduated from the FUHS Class of 74? We know exactly where you can go and be with people just like you. The FUHS 50th Reunion for the Class of ’74 is happening on Aug. 3, with some special pre- and post-events in the works. Let’s get together and reconnect with old friends, share our stories, have dinner together, listen to our music and dance the night away at the Pala Mesa Resort. The last day to register is Jul...

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