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Articles from the July 9, 2020 edition


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  • High school Fall Sports training to resume July 30, Aug. 1 – for now

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Sep 23, 2020

    According to Fallbrook Union High School athletic director Patrick Walker, no concrete decisions have been made as to when summer athletic training will resume in advance of the CIF Fall Season. Given the fluid nature of county and state mandates being issued because of the coronavirus pandemic, you could say that school officials are dealing with a playing field with constantly moving goalposts. “We are looking at both the CIF guidelines, recommendations from the State Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, and our North...

  • Gallery invites artists to display their work

    Updated Jul 9, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Gallery for the Arts, 105 N. Main Ave., in Fallbrook invites local artists to a free one-month gallery showing during July of one art piece that features what local artists have been creating during the "lock-down" period. Gallery owner Ron Wylie said he hoped to stimulate interest in the downtown area as he has found that there are many out of town visitors frequenting the gallery as they begin to "venture out once again in a brave new world." Art pieces may...

  • FAA opens spring show at The Gallery

    Updated Jul 9, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Stay safe. Wear masks. Wash hands. These are the mantras of all officers, members and supporters of the Fallbrook Art Association's The Gallery as it opens up for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic closed most all art galleries and offerings in March. The new art show was installed June 23 and consists of 44 artworks: paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, collages and assemblages. "The Sun and The Moon" show opens without the benefit of a...

  • Kidding around is part of business at Smog Bros, but make no joke about guarantee of $5 for recheck

    Updated Jul 9, 2020

    Rick Monroe Special to Village News Don't expect a full-on comedy routine, but when Fallbrook drivers get their state smog certificate from Smog Bros, they should be prepared for a good laugh while spending the 15-30 minutes having their vehicle checked. Owners Moe Elfarra and Josue Gonzalez believe having a sense of humor is something to be appreciated. By making a customer comfortable, they said they hope to have repeat business. Apparently, their plan is working. They've...

  • Temecula CHP investigates 'suspicious device threat' at Temecula DMV

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Jul 9, 2020

    The California Highway Patrol Temecula office continues an investigation into a bomb threat that was called into the Temecula office of the California Department of Motor Vehicles Thursday morning, July 2, causing the office to be evacuated for more than two hours. According to Officer Mike Lassig, CHP officers were dispatched to the location on Diaz Road in Temecula and arrived on the scene at 10:27 a.m. Officers immediately evacuated the building of all employees and visitors and conducted an internal and exterior search...

  • Moramarco named CIF Model Coach

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jul 9, 2020

    The CIF has a Model Coach Award, and one of the 2019-2020 recipients is Pat Moramarco, a 1982 Fallbrook High School graduate and current Vista High School girls' basketball coach. "It's obviously a great honor. It's a little bit of a surprise because it comes from the state, not the section," Moramarco said. "It's a great accomplishment, and I really appreciate that." The CIF Model Coach Award program was created by the CIF State Federated Council to recognize coaches who...

  • Downtown Fallbrook readies for business-centric street closure

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Jul 9, 2020

    If all goes well and a surge of new coronavirus cases hitting the county calms down, some downtown Fallbrook businesses could have the opportunity to spread out a little in hopes of bringing more business to the area. According to Lila MacDonald, CEO of Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce, Main Street will be closed from 4-8 p.m. Fridays allowing businesses on the route to expand out into the street. The road will be closed from Hawthorn to Fig streets with Alvarado Street...

  • Bonsall ballet dancer earns scholarship from Royal Ballet

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Jul 9, 2020

    Bonsall ballerina, Keliah Peterson, 14, said she hopes to fulfill her dream of studying full time at the Royal Ballet School in England. Her mother, Hope Peterson, isn't quite ready for that just yet, however. "If you had told my husband and me that we would be considering allowing a minor child to move away from home, let alone move across the ocean, we would have told you that you were crazy," Hope Peterson said. "It's only because in the very specific career is that she is...

  • County announces ban on many indoor business operations, including bars, restaurants

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer|Updated Jul 9, 2020

    After two weeks of rising COVID-19 cases, San Diego County public health officials have halted all indoor operations in businesses such as bars, restaurants, museums, zoos, cardrooms, theaters and family entertainment centers. Outdoor dining will still be permitted for restaurants, as will delivery and takeout. The restrictions, which took effect the morning of July 7, will be in place for at least three weeks. Breweries and pubs serving food must stop all on-site consumption, whether that be indoor or outdoor, but are...

  • Celebrating the 4th of July in Fallbrook

    Updated Jul 9, 2020

  • Hand sanitizer is an easy solution

    Megan Johnson McCullough, Special to Village News|Updated Jul 9, 2020

    Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to avoid getting sick and spreading germs; however, in certain situations, soap and water are not available. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, using alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can be effective when handwashing is not possible. Alcohol concentration between 60% and 90% can successfully help kill germs. Application must involve spreading the sanitizer over the entire hand....

  • Learning to relax is a great idea

    American Counseling Association, Special to Village News|Updated Jul 9, 2020

    You may not think of relaxing as a skill that needs to be learned. Doesn’t relaxing just happen without our really thinking about it? Unfortunately, thanks to the current health crisis, relaxing has become more difficult to accomplish for many. While there have always been things that made us stressed or anxious, today’s problems really are more serious and deep reaching. The impact of COVID-19 has affected the way each person feels, even if we haven’t been ill ourselves or know anyone who has been. It’s a 24-hour a...

  • Foundation for Senior Care receives support for elderly programs

    Updated Jul 9, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Recognizing the unique kinds of support needed to support seniors in North San Diego County, many organizations, prominent citizens and local nonprofit organizations made much-needed donations in the first half of the year to keep Foundation for Senior Care programs up and running for area elderly. Keith Birkfeld, executive director for the Fallbrook-based organization, noted that some emergency funding was earmarked to continue many transportation services...

  • Develop goals to help overcome fears

    Updated Jul 9, 2020

    Stan Popovich Special to Village News Do you have a difficult time distracting yourself from your fears and anxieties? If so, developing some goals in your life may help you out. Here are some reasons why developing goals in your life can help you overcome your fears. 1. Goals help you to focus: Developing goals will help you manage your fears because goals will distract you from dwelling on your anxieties. For instance, you have to finish a report by the end of the week. If you focus on finishing your report, it will...

  • First purpose-built crisis stabilization unit set to open

    Updated Jul 9, 2020

    ESCONDIDO – Palomar Health officially unveiled its new Crisis Stabilization Unit July 1, showcasing the two-story, 6,000 square foot prefabricated building; constructed off-site, then assembled and attached on location. When the facility accepts its first patients in the next few days, it will become the first purpose-built CSU in the county, designed as a place of refuge for people suffering a temporary behavioral health episode. The facility is strategically located adjacent to the Palomar Medical Center Escondido...

  • Residents get tested for the coronavirus

    Updated Jul 9, 2020

  • NFPA offers 5 key tips for safely enjoying outdoor activities this summer

    Updated Jul 9, 2020

    QUINCY, Mass. – With COVID-19 continuing to place limitations on social activities and engagements, people may increasingly turn to grilling, fire pits and other at-home outdoor activities this summer. With that understanding, the National Fire Protection Association is providing important reminders and guidelines for safely enjoying these activities. “Use of outdoor, fuel-based equipment like grills, fire pits, and campfires do present potential fire hazards, but by following some basic precautions and guidelines, those...

  • NFPA offers 5 key tips for safely enjoying outdoor activities this summer

    Updated Jul 9, 2020

    QUINCY, Mass. – With COVID-19 continuing to place limitations on social activities and engagements, people may increasingly turn to grilling, fire pits and other at-home outdoor activities this summer. With that understanding, the National Fire Protection Association is providing important reminders and guidelines for safely enjoying these activities. “Use of outdoor, fuel-based equipment like grills, fire pits, and campfires do present potential fire hazards, but by following some basic precautions and guidelines, those...

  • Camp Pendleton offers a fishing culture for anglers of all walks of life

    Updated Jul 9, 2020

    Lance Cpl. Broc Story Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Although early methods of fishing were developed as a means to procure sustenance, fishing is also one of the oldest sports known to mankind. Today, many enjoy partaking in the sport of fishing simply to relax and be around friends and family. Through the development of the sport, a rich culture of friendship and spiritual fitness has been established. This culture is extended throughout Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton...

  • New seeds help guarantee a robust summer vegetable garden

    Updated Jul 9, 2020

    Mary Jo Dempsey-Bacik Special to Village News So I'm a seed saver. That can be a good thing or a bad. This year, for me, it was a little bit of both.  The good, or benefit, is that I collect seeds each year from the plants I let flower, such as cilantro, parsley, arugula and dill. If I don't harvest the seeds soon enough some will fall to the ground and plant themselves. That too can be good or bad, because although I appreciate the help, they don't always choose the...

  • Everything is new but the name at Café des Artistes

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Jul 9, 2020

    In case you were wondering, Scott Anders knows all about the restaurant business. "I've been in restaurants my whole life," Anders said. "I'm 45, so, since high school. My parents had one. When I was in grade school, my grandparents owned one franchise, Lum's, that used to be popular back in the 60s, 70s and 80s. I have many, many friends from the restaurant business that have their own back in St. Louis and in L.A. I've done everything from fast food management to fine dining...

  • Palomar welcomes new head of student services

    Updated Jul 9, 2020

    SAN MARCOS – Vikash Lakhani, Ph.D., the new assistant superintendent/vice president of student services at Palomar College, began his duties Wednesday, July 1, coming to North County from California State University Bakersfield. "We're thrilled to have Dr. Lakhani on board as our new head of Student Services," Jack Kahn, Ph.D., interim superintendent and president of Palomar College, said. "Palomar's student services plays a crucial role in making sure our students have a...

  • Vasquez Rodriguez awarded $1,000 Northgate scholarship

    Updated Jul 9, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Edgar Vasquez Rodriguez, a graduate of Fallbrook High School, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship for migrant education students by Northgate Market. Vasquez Rodriguez is from Guatemala and arrived in Fallbrook in December 2017. Maricela Garcia, program advocate for migrant education at FHS, said, "Edgar is a student who works hard and is very responsible. When Edgar started FHS, he knew that it was not going to be easy being in a new country and his biggest ob...

  • Fore takes over as The Palmdale Aerospace Academy principal

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jul 9, 2020

    At one time, Chris Fore was a Fallbrook High School football player and later a Fallbrook High School assistant coach. He subsequently became a head coach and athletic director at other schools, and for the past two years, he has been the assistant principal at Yucca Valley High School. As of Wednesday, July 1, Fore took over as principal of the middle school and high school portion of The Palmdale Aerospace Academy. "Real excited about a new opportunity," Fore said. Fore and...

  • SCW given Rainbow MWD contract for Vista Valley Villas Pressure-reducing Station

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jul 9, 2020

    SCW Contracting Corporation received the Rainbow Municipal Water District contract to install the new Vista Valley Villas Pressure-reducing Station and associated infrastructure. The company based in the town of Rainbow was awarded the contract on a 5-0 vote by Rainbow Municipal Water District board members Tuesday, June 23. The contract value of $334,700 matches the SCW bid for the project. The Rainbow board action also found the work categorically exempt from California Environmental Quality Act review. “This is part of...

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