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  • UPDATE: Missing Girl Found at Camp Pendleton, Instagram Post Shows Marine in Handcuffs

    Village News Staff|Updated Jul 10, 2023

    CAMP PENDLETON - A 14-year-old girl who had been reported missing June 13, was found on Camp Pendleton by Military Police on June 28. An Instagram post by an account called @notinregz, which posts content shared by military personnel, showed an unidentified Marine in handcuffs being escorted by military police. The post also included what was said to be a handwritten logbook from Camp Pendleton that mentions the discovery of the girl on the base on June 28, however, the...

  • News you may not have heard

    Updated Jul 10, 2023

    On April 11, 2023, California Attorney General Bonta announced a $462 million multi-state settlement agreement with electronic cigarette maker, JUUL Labs, Inc., that was negotiated by the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and six other states. “Of that $462 million settlement amount, California will receive a total of $175.8 million. The money will help California fund research, education and enforcement efforts related to e-cigarettes.” "This settlement holds JUUL accountable for knowingly targeting our kids to hook the...

  • John "Jack" Donohue

    Updated Jul 10, 2023

    John “Jack” Donohue was born in Queens, New York July 4, 1937, as the third of six children. He passed away peacefully at home June 22, 2023, at the age of 85. Jack met his wife, Rita, while proudly serving as a U.S. Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton. Loving the town of Fallbrook, he settled there with Rita and together they raised their children, Scott and Kimberly. He was a heavy equipment operator and later acting foreman for San Diego County Department of Public Wor...

  • NEW UPDATE on Vegetation Fire in Bonsall

    Village News|Updated Jul 8, 2023

    UPDATE 07/06/2023 - Statement from CAL FIRE/SAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRE at 7:40 PM, " The fire is under control and the final acreage remains 3.5 acres." UPDATE 07/06/2023 - Statement from CAL FIRE/SAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRE at 2:21 PM, "Fire has been stopped at 3.5 acres. Resources will remain on scene for mop up for several hours." EARLIER 07/06/2023 - Statement from CAL FIRE/SAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRE at 1:43 PM, "Champagne BLVD will be closed in both directions and the outside lane of of...

  • Soroptimists install new board

    Updated Jul 8, 2023

    VISTA - Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland held its Installation of Officers during a brunch event Saturday, June 24 at Shadowridge Golf Club in Vista. This year's theme was "Teamwork Makes the Dream Work." The club, which includes members from Vista, San Marcos, Escondido, Fallbrook and Bonsall, is part of Soroptimist International, a worldwide volunteer service organization for women who work to improve the lives of women and girls locally and...

  • Resource fair includes free backpacks for children

    Updated Jul 6, 2023

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  • Lini Fonteyn Bennett

    Updated Jul 6, 2023

    Lini Fonteyn Bennett’s life journey ended at her home on June 4, 2023, after a valiant fight to keep going. Predeceased by her husband, Brad Bennett. Please see https://www.berry-bellandhall.com for details....

  • Sheila Reilly

    Updated Jul 6, 2023

    Sheila Reilly, of Fallbrook, passed away on June 28, 2023. She was born in Chester, England on Oct. 12, 1935. She excelled in tennis and lacrosse while in school. She became a teacher. She taught for the British Army schools in Bermuda and Hong Kong. She met her husband, Bill, at the Bermuda Bridge Club. Bill died in 2001 after 32 years of marriage. She was an animal over and her hobbies included bridge, sewing, knitting, and quilting. She was a keen fan of tennis and...

  • County holds cool zone event with weather warming up

    Updated Jul 6, 2023

    Gig Conaughton County of San Diego Communications Office County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Nora Vargas and county health officials held a press event Tuesday to remind people the County’s Cool Zone program gives them free, safe, air-conditioned sanctuaries to escape extreme heat as temperatures are expected to rise this weekend. A complete list of Cool Zone sites, their hours and locations is located online. The site includes a map feature where people can type in their address to find locations near them. People can a...

  • Three tips to help men make health a priority this summer

    Updated Jul 6, 2023

    Dr. Amit Arwindekar Medical Director UnitedHealthcare Global Summer is a great time to focus on fitness, especially for men. While for some men, their health may be a secondary concern, the summer months offer an opportune time to help raise awareness of the health challenges men face and encourage them to take action to improve their well-being. For instance, compared to women, men may experience some health conditions at higher rates, including heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. By highlighting this...

  • Up and down, a self-care article

    Updated Jul 6, 2023

    Leslie Salmon Special to the Village News I’m not talking about going up and down stairs – many of you are fully capable of that. What I speak about is getting up and down from the floor. As a certified yoga therapist and certified Anusara yoga teacher (with 25 years of experience), I ask clients and students to incorporate one thing into their daily activities: “Get up and down from the floor two times every day.” I could talk brain neuroplasticity, synapses, nerve impulses, neurotransmitters here, but the simple truth i...

  • What happens to your body when you give up sugar for two weeks?

    Updated Jul 6, 2023

    Village News Staff Giving up sugar entirely for a period of two weeks can have significant impacts on your body and overall well-being. Dr. Eric Berg explains the various changes that occur during this time and highlights the potential benefits. Let's take a closer look at what happens when you eliminate sugar from your diet. 1. Decreased sugar cravings: Consuming sugar triggers a hormonal response that leads to low blood sugar levels and subsequent sugar cravings. By eliminating sugar, you can break the cycle and reduce your...

  • Neighborhood Reinvestment Program, Community Enhancement grants no longer need Board of Supervisors approval

    Updated Jul 6, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Neighborhood Reinvestment Program and Community Enhancement Program grants awarded by the County of San Diego no longer need approval from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. The county supervisors approved the streamlining of the grants on a 4-0 vote, with one vacant seat, June 13. The supervisors’ action approved amendments to the county policies covering Neighborhood Reinvestment Program and Community Enhancement grants. The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program was originally called t...

  • BUSD adds Animal Science and Agriculture Enrichment staff position

    Updated Jul 6, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Bonsall Unified School District board approved a new Animal Science and Agriculture Enrichment Program Worker staff position. The board’s 3-0 vote May 17, with Larissa Anderson and Pascal Lapoirie absent, approves a memorandum of understanding with the Bonsall chapter of the California School Employees Association. The position will be a 12-month staff position and will be at salary range 13 of the Classified Salary Schedule, which equates to a salary for an entry-level employee new to t...

  • FPUD transfers $500,000 of annual appropriations from capital to operations

    Updated Jul 6, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Four days before the end of the 2022-23 fiscal year, the Fallbrook Public Utility District board transferred $500,000 of annual appropriations from capital improvement payments to administration, operations and maintenance. The 4-0 vote June 26, with Dave Baxter absent, adopted the resolution for the amended annual appropriations. The revised budget allowed for expenditures of $16,930,739 for administration, operations and maintenance while reducing the pay-as-you-go budget for capital project...

  • Workers of the Week build Fallbrook

    Updated Jul 6, 2023

    Domingo Chavez, right, and Arturo Chavez, a father and son team, work together to build the (now completed) ticket booth for Heritage Park located at the corner of Elder Street and Main Avenue. Domingo Chavez Construction Services has been servicing the Fallbrook community for over 30 years. Village News/David Landry photo...

  • County adopts new $8.17 billion budget

    Updated Jul 6, 2023

    Tracy DeFore County of San Diego Communications Office The County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a new $8.17 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2023-24 after public deliberations Tuesday. The adopted budget shows an increase of $806.4 million or 11% from last year. The county will also add more than 500 employees for a total of 20,387.25 staff years. Prior to the vote, Board Chairwoman Nora Vargas thanked her colleagues and the community for doing the hard work to create a budget that reflects our communities. “Now m...

  • NCTD awarded $29.3 million for zero-emission bus transition

    Updated Jul 6, 2023

    SAN MARCOS – The North County Transit District (NCTD) announced the award of $29,330,243 from the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Low or No Emission Vehicle grant program to purchase 23 zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric buses (FCEB). The award includes funding to train the existing NCTD workforce and develop an innovative apprenticeship program in collaboration with Palomar College. “This funding is critical to ensuring NCTD meets federal, state, and local goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and also...

  • New grant to help more San Diegans get online

    Updated Jul 6, 2023

    Fernanda Lopez Halvorson County of San Diego Communications Office The county is expanding its campaign to help more San Diegans get online. These new efforts will be rolled into the region-wide outreach efforts, allowing expansion thanks to a $500,000 grant from the Federal Communications Commission to tell people about the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The ACP provides qualifying households a discount of $30 a month toward their internet bill. People living on tribal lands are eligible for up to $75 toward their...

  • Here to serve

    Updated Jul 6, 2023

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron 75th District As the Assembly representative for the 75th District, which includes the eastern and northern two-thirds of San Diego County, I’m reaching out to let you know about the services available through my District Office (DO). My staff and I are honored and excited to represent you, and to provide any assistance you may need when dealing with state agencies. Navigating the state’s bureaucracy can be a challenge, and helping people bypass the busy signals and long wait times is an imp...

  • Re: 'Detransitionioners – A new need for community' [Village News, Letter, 6/22/23]

    Updated Jul 6, 2023

    Julie clearly does not understand the difference between gender expression and drag queens. Drag queens are not inherently trans women, nor is every trans woman a drag queen. We won’t even get into Drag Kings or Bio Queens - I don’t think Julie has the strength to clutch that many pearls at once. Drag queen story hours do not involve suggestive or inappropriate dancing. If Ms. Reeder is able to provide a video of inappropriate dancing specifically at Drag Queen Story Hour in a public library, I will be happy to revisit her...

  • America used to be beautiful

    Updated Jul 6, 2023

    My fellow Americans, the time has come to make a decision. Do we want “we the people” or do we want what the government dictates? The takeover is imminent if we close our eyes and let it happen. Consider your innermost feelings and desires for your family. Do you want to be governed by a bunch of bureaucrats or by you as an individual with God given rights for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? It has come to me through thoughtful prayer that President Trump with the help of God is our only hope to restore our cou...

  • Stevie wonders

    Steven Schindler, Special to the Village News|Updated Jul 6, 2023

    Have you noticed that about half the country thinks the other half is, well, nuts! And for the presidential election that is upon us, according to many in their own party, the two leading candidates aren't the sharpest tools in the tool shed. In fact, a recent poll has both major parties at just under 60% of their own members who don't want the current leaders to be on the ballot. And if you add in independents and undecideds, it's over 60% who want somebody else. As Casey...

  • Will the Supreme Court ruling on free speech be a crack in the dam of compelled speech?

    Updated Jul 6, 2023

    Julie Reeder Publisher In a narrow ruling last Friday, June 30, the Supreme Court majority ruled to protect artists and content creators’ free speech. Will compelled speech be challenged next? While free speech advocates hailed the decision, LGBTQ advocates are afraid it is part of a larger agenda. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg claimed Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”that the Supreme Court had an “agenda” other than keeping to the Constitution after it ruled in favor of a Christian web designer. Lorie Smith...

  • Supporting foster youth

    Updated Jul 6, 2023

    Supervisor Jim Desmond 5th District At the recent Board of Supervisors meeting, I put forward a necessary action to support Assembly Bill 1512, which holds significant importance for the welfare of foster youth. The issue at hand revolves around the historical practice in California counties where, upon the unfortunate circumstance of a child's parents passing away, foster care youth's social security benefits were collected by the counties. The counties utilized these funds to cover the expenses associated with the care of...

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