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Articles from the July 14, 2022 edition


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  • Combustible materials on condo balcony leads to damaging fire

    Karen Ossenfort|Updated Jul 25, 2022

    A condo in Bonsall had combustible materials on the balcony, July 19, which lead to a fire. A neighbor called the fire department with a report of smoke coming from the condo on Del Cielo Este in Bonsall. When firefighters arrived they saw the second story balcony on fire. As a result they brought fire hoses through the front entrance to the condo to start their fight against the balcony fire. The reporting call came in at 5:38 p.m. and crews were there within five minutes to battle the blaze. Vista Fire and Oceanside fire...

  • Re: 'Theatre Talk About 'The Taming of the Shrew'' [Village News, 6/23/22]

    Updated Jul 18, 2022

    I suspected that I’d be writing a rebuttal to Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal’s June 23 review of the latest Old Globe production of “The Taming of the Shrew” as soon as I read it – but first my “hooked on Shakespeare” friend and I had to see it for ourselves. So, no Elizabeth, there’s no way “Poor ol’ Bill (Will) would be rolling in his grave” at seeing this production that you rated 4 out of 10. He would have loved it for its originality and spunk. If the great Bard was anything like the creative, worldly wise dramatist depict...

  • Schools hiring at North County Education Job Fair

    Updated Jul 15, 2022

    SAN DIEGO COUNTY – School districts and charter schools in North County will be hiring for a variety of teaching and non-teaching positions at a special Careers in Education Job Fair July 23. The job fair, organized by the San Diego County Office of Education, will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at the North County Regional Education Center, 255 Pico Ave. in San Marcos. “Attendees will have an opportunity to meet directly with human resources representatives from multiple north county districts and charters as well as other dis...

  • Philip Wells

    Updated Jul 14, 2022

    With a broken heart, I am letting friends of Philip Wells know that he passed away on June 21, 2022, at age 84. He left his worn out body in the arms of Della, his adoring wife and best friend of more than 50 years. Phil was born in Mountain Home, Idaho on April 24, 1938, the 13th of 14 children to Allen Clay Wells and wife Alta. He grew up in Pine, a tiny rural community and attended a one room schoolhouse. Phil's family moved to the "city" when he went to high school where...

  • Residents will benefit from upcoming 'Chipping Day'

    Updated Jul 13, 2022

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Fire Safe Council is sponsoring a “chipping day” from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13 at Fire Station 4, 4375 Pala Mesa Dr. (corner of Pala Mesa Dr. and Old Hwy 395) in Fallbrook. Chipping Day is an opportunity for the community to bring trimmed branches, less than six inches in diameter, trimmed brush, palm branches and other cut vegetation to have the material chipped or shredded. Brush must be free of mud, rocks and other debris. No tree stumps will be accepted. This event is open to all c...

  • Hawaiian culture hulas to the library July 16

    Updated Jul 13, 2022

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Library will host a free special event of Hawaiian Cultural Experience at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 16 in the Community Room. The Hawaiian Cultural Experience will include a presentation of Hawaiian history, Hula dancing and lau kapala (leaf stamping). The whole family will enjoy an afternoon of music, dancing, crafts and learning the history of the island state, a spokesperson said. The library is located at 124 South Mission Road. Call (760) 731-4650 for information. Submitted by Friends of the F...

  • Judy Ann Barrick

    Updated Jul 13, 2022

    Judy Ann Barrick went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at the age of 81. She passed away peacefully while surrounded by her family. Judy was raised in Vista, California and married to her high school sweetheart of 60 years. They were long-time residents of Fallbrook, still living in the same home they built in 1984. Judy was passionate about her love for Jesus, her family, friends and gardening. She is survived by her husband, Bob; her children,...

  • Ada "Chick" Mahr

    Updated Jul 13, 2022

    Long-time Fallbrook resident Ada "Chick" Mahr died of natural causes on June 24. Born in Summerland, CA in 1920, she married her sweetheart, Herbert C. Mahr, who built homes in the Fallbrook area after moving here in 1919. He preceded her in death in 2002, having celebrated over 60 years of marriage. Chick worked at Fallbrook area schools for many years and was known and loved as the cheerful lunch lady by Fallbrook alums and a favorite at the many alumni events she so...

  • Pearl Marsh

    Updated Jul 13, 2022

    Pearl Marsh, 95, passed away May 10, 2022, at the Motion Picture & Television Fund Retirement Community in Woodland Hills, California, where she had been a resident for the past seven years. Born Pearl Lillian Clarke in Wyoming and raised in Colorado, she would move to Los Angeles and marry her husband, Spurgeon (Steve) Marsh in 1950. They lived in Los Angeles until moving to Fallbrook in 1972. Pearl was a very active member of the community, serving on the Board of Directors...

  • CAST Dance Academy celebrates three decades of theater arts and dance education

    Updated Jul 13, 2022

    FALLBROOK – CAST Dance Academy enters its 30th season of theater arts and dance education in Fallbrook this year. Jennifer Craw carries on the traditions of her mother, Patricia Hornsveld, founder of CAST Dance Academy in 1993, with an ongoing, yet renewed commitment to her community in 2022. Longtime Fallbrook residents Patricia and Hank Hornsveld have been dedicated to their small town since making it their home in the mid to late 1960's. Raising their two daughters there w...

  • Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition returns $38,093,619 to San Diego taxpayers

    Updated Jul 13, 2022

    SAN DIEGO – United Way of San Diego County, 211 San Diego, and the San Diego County Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition are excited to announce that through their collaborative efforts to provide free tax preparation services to the community, a total of $38,093,619 were returned back to San Diego County individuals and families through federal and state tax refunds. “For nearly 20 years, our organization has proudly led the San Diego EITC Coalition in collaboration with 211 San Diego to help hard-working families claim the...

  • FUHS JROTC team takes fifth place

    Updated Jul 13, 2022

    FALLBROOK­­­­­ – Fallbrook High School's JROTC JLAB (JROTC Leadership & Academic Bowl) team placed fifth out of 258 Marine Corps JROTC teams. They were part of the top 3% of all JROTC from the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps JROTC teams. There were four teams representing San Diego County and the Scripps Ranch team placed first out of the Air Force teams and was the overall National Champion for the fifth time. Submitted by the FUHS JROTC....

  • California Connections Academy graduates 982 students

    Updated Jul 13, 2022

    SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – California Connections Academy, a network of six tuition-free online public schools serving students in grades TK-12 across 32 counties in California, celebrated 982 graduating high school seniors at two in-person commencement ceremonies in June. The virtual school held a Northern California commencement ceremony at San Joaquin Delta College on June 20 and a Southern California commencement ceremony at the OC Fair & Events Pacific Amphitheater on June 23. School administrators, teachers and families c...

  • Vallecitos School District approves $3.375M budget

    Updated Jul 13, 2022

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Vallecitos School District approved a $3,375,169.96 budget for fiscal year 2022-23. A 5-0 Vallecitos School board vote June 28 approved the budget. The amount is down 13.8% from the $3,916,439.80 budget the school district had for fiscal year 2021-22. “We are hopeful. We are optimistic about our new budget, but yet we are cautious. We recognize that we have declining enrollment, we are excited that the budget has new programs that will benefit our students,” said Vallecitos School Dis...

  • French named to spring 2022 dean's list

    Updated Jul 13, 2022

    MCMINNVILLE, Oregon – Linfield University announces that Joel French of Bonsall earned dean's list honors during the spring 2022 semester. The dean's list identifies undergraduate students who have earned a term GPA at least equivalent to a cum laude (at least 3.650 GPA) for a given semester. It is computed following the posting of grades at the end of each semester. French is currently a student on Linfield's McMinnville campus pursuing a degree in applied physics: engineering focus. Linfield University is an independent, n...

  • Need for horses results in Ida Needa Drink victory

    Updated Jul 13, 2022

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Walther Solis, who trains San Luis Rey Training Center filly Ida Needa Drink, had planned to run her next during the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club summer meet rather than at Los Alamitos Race Course. At the request of the track, Solis entered Ida Needa Drink in the fourth race July 10 at Los Alamitos. "They needed another horse. They called me," Solis said. Solis already had Lady Audubon in the five-furlong dirt race for 2-year-old fillies who had...

  • Wagner recovers from covid, 25th in Nike Outdoor Nationals

    Updated Jul 13, 2022

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter A bout with covid kept Rose Wagner from practicing from the Nike Outdoor Nationals track and field meet June 16-19 in Eugene, Oregon, but she was able to compete in the girls pole vault June 19 and placed 25th. “It was an amazing experience,” Wagner said. The meet at Hayward Field, which is the University of Oregon’s track and field stadium, included the emerging elite competition June 18 and the elite pole vaulting June 19. Wagner, who set the Fallbrook High School girls pole vault schoo...

  • Howley scores tying run in win over tournament champions

    Updated Jul 13, 2022

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter During the Triple Crown International Challenge youth softball tournament June 24-26 in Westminster, Colorado, Baylee Howley scored the tying run in her team’s win against the eventual tournament champions and also threw out three base runners trying to steal. Although Howley is a lifelong Fallbrook resident, one of her grandfathers was born in the Philippines and she was part of the Filipino national youth softball team which participated in the 2021 and 2022 Triple Crown International C...

  • How to join a senior softball team

    Updated Jul 13, 2022

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Senior Softball teams play Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at Ingold Sports Park off Olive Hill and Mission. Game time is 4 p.m. The league is in its 22nd year and is open to players from 50 up. The oldest players are 80 and Diane Hein is in the Senior Softball Hall of Fame. Anyone interested in joining them can visit the players most weekdays at 3:30 p.m. at Field #2 at Ingold to stretch, practice, and get a good feeling about joining them for a season. Teams warm up approximately one half hour b...

  • Liberty or bondage?

    Updated Jul 13, 2022

    Recently we celebrated Independence Day. Less than 250 years ago, the United States of America became a new nation among the other nations of the world when on July 4, 1776, the second continental congress declared its independence from England and from its King. The declaration not only outlined the many grievances against the king but proclaimed to the rest of the world why it is altogether proper that people who are being oppressed have the right and the responsibility to throw off an oppressive government and to assume...

  • Budget bright spots

    Updated Jul 13, 2022

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron 75th District Last week, the Governor and his supermajority allies in the legislature agreed on final budget trailer bills for the new fiscal year. Spending will reach a record $307 billion. While I have concerns about many of the budget’s priorities, there is some good news. Bright spots include increased funding for education. There will be a historic increase in the Local Control Funding Formula base grant for public schools. There will be more money for home-to-school transportation, for s...

  • Re: 'Pro-life Clinics povide choice for women who need help' [Village News, Reeder letter, 6/30/22]

    Updated Jul 13, 2022

    Dear Ms. Reeder, Regarding your op-ed piece, there were points with which I agreed but some points I felt were oversimplified or facts omitted. One of the main points of your piece was to say that pro-pregnancy/anti-abortion clinics have been attacked recently, assumedly due to the recent Supreme Court decision. I agree with you that any attack or violence against any group or organization is abhorrent and should be condemned. You cited 24 pro-pregnancy clinics that have been attacked in the last month. Most were vandalized...

  • Helping those in crisis

    Updated Jul 13, 2022

    Supervisor Jim Desmond 5th District Homelessness/behavioral health (mental health and addiction) are connected, and are major issues of concern to the majority of San Diegans. I’ve had families ask me, what do they do, where do they go if they have a loved one in a mental health crisis? Where can the police take someone having an episode on a street? A Crisis Stabilization Unit is the place for them, open 24 hours a day/7 days a week, for anyone needing assistance. Think of it as an emergency room, but for someone suffering f...

  • Election mailings should not be paid for with our taxes

    Updated Jul 13, 2022

    I was somewhat surprised to receive a formal, public document in the mail from our congressman, Mr. Issa, a few days ago. I realize that we are in an election cycle and many elected officials like to send us updates on the critical work they are performing on behalf of their constituents. When the material received is more of an election promotion and paid for by our hard-earned tax dollars, I have to wonder why this sort of material is sent via the United States Postal Service. I assume there is a very clear division...

  • Kicking It: Summer is here!

    Updated Jul 13, 2022

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal Special to The Village News It is official. “Teachers let the monkeys out.” Summer has arrived! In our house, summer came thundering down the hallway one morning last week by way of the sweet scent of a freshly cut watermelon. I was too sleepy at 6 a.m. to hear that unmistakable sound of a ripe melon being cracked open, but I was sure drawn to the kitchen for a taste of its juicy, rosy heart. Ya know you have a good one when its pink juice slues down your wrist. Summer is everywhere. My hus...

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