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Articles from the May 30, 2019 edition


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  • They get cars back on the road

    Updated Jun 6, 2019

    FALLBROOK – Sonny's Muffler & Auto is a family owned and operated business that just celebrated their 20th year serving the people of Fallbrook and surrounding areas. Sonny Johnson has been working on cars for over 35 years. He started out working as a jet engine mechanic while in the Air Force and worked next at a couple north county dealerships. In 1992, he started working for his father-in-law who owned Warner's Muffler and fell in love with creating customized exhaust. I...

  • Republican Women to hear from college group

    Updated Jun 6, 2019

    FALLBROOK – The Republican Women of California in Fallbrook will have their last general meeting for the summer, June 14, at the Pala Mesa Resort, 2001 Old Highway 395, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The speaker will be a young leader from Turning Point USA, San Diego State University Chapter, Skyler Shibuya, who is the founding member and president of the growing college campus organization in San Diego. Turning Point USA promotes free speech, limited government and free markets. The club will also be hosting its scholarship r...

  • Merritt opts not to testify in McStay family murder trial, both sides rest cases

    Jeff Pack, Writer|Updated Jun 1, 2019

    Closing arguments in the trial of Charles "Chase" Merritt for the deaths of the McStay family of Fallbrook were set to begin Tuesday, May 28, after press time, bringing a possible end to a trial that has lasted almost five months. The trial of Merritt, who did not take the stand, came to a heated conclusion Thursday, May 23, when both sides rested their case after several days of bickering between the prosecution and defense teams and a motion one day earlier from the defense...

  • Firefighters perform rope rescue along I-15 in Fallbrook

    Village News Staff|Updated Jun 1, 2019

    According to North County Fire, firefighters performed a side rope rescue for a driver that went over the side of Interstate 15 near Stewart Canyon Road at 5:52 p.m. Saturday, June 1 in Fallbrook. Traffic was not impacted and no information on the condition of the driver....

  • Woman dies after SUV plunges down embankment off Interstate 15 in Fallbrook

    Updated Jun 1, 2019

    FALLBROOK - A woman was killed when her SUV veered off Interstate 15 and plunged down an embankment in Fallbrook, authorities said Friday, May 31. The crash was reported around 6:10 p.m. Thursday on southbound Interstate 15 between Mission Road and Stewart Canyon Road, according to a California Highway Patrol incident log. A witness told a CHP dispatcher that an SUV "flew off'' the right side of the freeway and rolled multiple times down a slope, according to the incident log. The woman was taken to Palomar Medical Center in...

  • Brain health is this month's WOW topic

    Updated Jun 1, 2019

    FALLBROOK – The Woman of Wellness event, June 6, will feature Jeaneane Henson, a graduate of California State Polytechnic University Pomona, presenting “Brain Health; Identifying Risks and Discovering Solutions to Cognitive Decline,” in the Community Room at 1636 E. Mission Road in Fallbrook. Henson completed the Academy of Brain Health Performance certification from Harvard University as well as Dr. Daniel Amen’s Brain Health Certification course, with a desire to bring hope and solutions to those with a family history...

  • Landmark agreement on Santa Margarita River project signed by federal judge

    Updated May 31, 2019

    FALLBROOK – A lawsuit filed in 1951 has finally been settled as of April 29. After 68 years of litigation, planning and brainstorming, the Fallbrook Public Utility District and U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton jointly hailed the end of the lawsuit at a district board meeting, May 20. The Santa Margarita River Conjunctive Use Project was signed by U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel in April. It is a landmark agreement that finally, officially, settles how the two will shar...

  • Is anyone missing chicken eggs?

    Updated May 31, 2019

    Not long ago I was ambling down my driveway to get my morning paper. I glanced down to see an apparently unbroken chicken egg on the ground. I made a mental note of this and promptly forgot about the egg. The next morning, I spotted several more eggs where I had seen the first one. These eggs were broken and eaten. What was going on? I was wondering where these eggs were coming from. I live on Macadamia Drive, not far from Red Mountain. This occurred every day like clockwork. Eggs broken and eaten. I assumed some animal had...

  • Midyear budget adjustments provide $8,149 for Clemmens Lane Park

    Joe Naiman, Village News Correspondent|Updated May 31, 2019

    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has quarterly budget adjustments, and the adjustments approved, May 21, added $8,149 for the improvements to Clemmens Lane Park. The supervisors’ 5-0 vote transferred that amount from the county's general fund to cover the costs of an Americans with Disabilities Act access plan and special masonry inspections. Various factors normally cause the county to have more money than budgeted following the end of a fiscal quarter including staff turnover, which creates both vacancies and r...

  • Dear editor,

    Updated May 31, 2019

    I am writing to alert the public that a panel of state senators recently gutted common-sense legislation to protect everyone’s right to make their own solar energy without the utility getting in the way – and free ourselves from crushingly high electricity prices. It’s called the Solar Bill of Rights (SB 288 – Wiener) and it would have ensured that everyone can make and store solar energy on their property without punitive fees designed to discourage solar. The utilities lobbied our lawmakers to kill these provisi...

  • Enjoy our agricultural bounty

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron|Updated May 31, 2019

    The northern San Diego County region plays a big part in making California the nation’s leading agricultural state. Locally grown crops that include avocados, citrus, strawberries, grapes and cut flowers have put San Diego in the top tier of the nation’s agricultural counties. According to the San Diego County Farm Bureau, San Diego is the 10th largest farm economy out of more than 3,000 counties nationwide. I am a big supporter of local agriculture, and last week I was pro...

  • American Legion seeks World War II veterans

    Updated May 31, 2019

    Fallbrook American Legion Post 776 Chaplain Michael Bermudez, standing, visits with John Cardona, retired Army serviceman, at the senior lunch at the Fallbrook Community Center. Cardona was attached with the 2nd Armored Division in Germany after World War II. He is 95 years old now. Bermudez said he would like to visit other World War II veterans in the area; he can be contacted at (760) 586-9588. The American Legion meets at 1175 Old Stage Road, at 1 p.m., the first Saturday...

  • Practical Christianity is a practice of love

    Updated May 31, 2019

    FALLBROOK – What do people think of when they hear the word “Christianity?” For some, Christianity may have negative connotations. “But the Christianity I know,” Mary Alice Rose, practitioner of Christian Science healing and an international speaker, said. “The practice of love that Christ Jesus taught is a vital, crucial agent for healing in the world today.” Rose will give a talk called, “Practicing Christian Healing Today,” June 8, at 11 a.m., in the Fallbrook Library community room, 124 S. Mission Road, in Fallbrook. Ros...

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of North County is gearing up for summer camp

    Updated May 31, 2019

    FALLBROOK – Summer is just around the corner and the staff at the Boys & Girls Clubs of North County are getting ready to provide members with a fun and exciting way to spend their break. The club is available for school-aged children Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. for only a $30 annual membership fee. For those in need of programs before noon, the club offers their “Beat the Heat” program for just $25 a day or $100 per week. Pre-registration is required. Free lunch is available from noon to 1 p.m. for all child...

  • Senior Concerns Seminar focuses on caregiver economics

    Updated May 31, 2019

    FALLBROOK – Foundation for Senior Care will co-host an education seminar with one of California's leading elder law attorneys, Richard Scott Stewart, Esq. of California Estate and Elder Law. The no-cost seminar entitled, "Caregiver Economics" will be held Monday, June 10, from noon until 1:30 p.m. at the Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1620 S. Stage Coach Lane, in Fallbrook. While there is no charge for the session, registration is required since space is limited, and l...

  • Fallbrook chamber announces upcoming events

    Updated May 31, 2019

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce will be holding the following events in June and July. June 3 – First Monday Coffee at Chamber office; 8:30 a.m. June 3 – Educational Seminar presented by SCORE at Chamber office; 9:15 a.m. June 13 – SunUpper at Regency Fallbrook; 8 a.m. June 14 – Wine & A Bite Art Walk; 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. June 19 – SunDowner at Mission Theater, hosted by Sun Realty; 5:30 p.m. June 21 – New Member Welcome Breakfast; 8 a.m. at chamber office June 28 – Lunch Mob at Dominick’s Italian Delicatessen; Noon...

  • Marco Antonio Valencia

    Updated May 31, 2019

    Marco Antonio Valencia went to be with the Lord May 8, at the age of 57, after a hard fought battle with diabetes. He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Ann, and his son, Juan Antonio. He is also survived by his brother, Eduardo, and sisters Maria, Carmen, Teresa and Tonita and 26 nephews and nieces. His parents and three sisters had previously gone to be with our Lord, and now Marco is following them so that they may all dwell together in the house of our Lord. Born...

  • David B. Frost

    Updated May 31, 2019

    David B. Frost, of Fall River, Massachusetts, died May 11, 2019, in Fallbrook, California. He was 73 and suffered a heart attack, passing away at home. He was born January 6, 1946 to David Frost and Ella "Dot" Frost, both now deceased. David lived in Fall River, Massachusetts; Little Compton, Rhode Island, and for the last 18 years in Fallbrook with his wife. In his professional life, David worked in the transportation industry for 30 years as a tractor-trailer driver for...

  • Virginia "Ginny" F. Grossman

    Updated May 31, 2019

    Virginia "Ginny" F. Grossman died peacefully in her home May 18, after a brief illness. She was born in Glendale in 1932, the daughter of George "Bud" and Margaret Francis. Ginny graduated from Fallbrook High School and attended classes at Palomar Junior College. She worked as the assistant general manager for the Fallbrook Sanitary District for many years and became the office manager for Fallbrook Public Utility District until retirement. In retirement, Ginny played golf,...

  • Fallbrook Democratic Club to elect delegates

    Updated May 31, 2019

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting Thursday, June 6, at the Hilltop Center, 331 E. Elder St. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. The California State Democratic Party will award the Fallbrook club the ability to select five members as delegates representing Fallbrook at the Pre-Endorsement Conference in October. The club is currently seeking nominations. At the June meeting, they will vote to elect these r...

  • Dennis "Copy " Magee

    Updated May 31, 2019

    Dennis “Copy “ Magee was born on August 23, 1935, son of Paul and Delfreda Magee. He passed away May 24, 2019 in Temecula, California. He is survived by his son, Dennis Magee Jr.; sister LeeAnn Hayes “Magee”; four step kids, multiple nieces, nephews and cousins. Copy was raised on the Pala Indian Reservation serving two years in the US Army where he toured Europe as an Allstar baseball player. He is preceded in death by his wife of 15 years, Ona Reed, and his second wife, Judith Morse, of 35 years. He worked as a supervi...

  • Fallbrook Woman's Club installs new officers

    Updated May 31, 2019

    FALLBROOK – The new board of directors for the Fallbrook Woman's Club 2019-2020 year were installed in a Hawaiian lei-themed ceremony, May 14. The ceremony was conducted by outgoing President Diane Jansen and the incoming President Roxann Clouse. Each new officer was called to the front of the meeting and read their duties and presented with a lei. The leis were made of candies that had special meaning to correspond with their jobs. The new officers are: Treasurers Alice L...

  • Newcomers to meet one more time before summer

    Updated May 31, 2019

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Newcomers Club will host their last coffee meeting of the season Thursday, June 13, at 9:30 a.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1620 S. Stage Coach Lane, in Fallbrook. The Newcomers Club will be on hiatus until September while the new board makes its plans for the coming year. All new residents of Fallbrook, Bonsall, Rainbow and De Luz are invited to attend and find out more about the Newcomers Club and what social activities are offered. The f...

  • Free prediabetes and heart healthy classes offered in June

    Updated May 31, 2019

    FALLBROOK – Two free health education classes in June are scheduled for Fallbrook. “Pre-Diabetes, A Free Workshop to Help you Prevent Type 2 Diabetes” will be held Wednesday, June 12. “Heart Healthy Nutrition, A Free Workshop to Help Prevent Heart Disease” will be held Wednesday, June 19. Both classes will be offered from 1-3 p.m. and conducted at the Fallbrook Regional Health District community room, 138 S. Brandon Road. Classes will be taught by Janine Loescher and Christine Majocha, who are both registered dietitian...

  • CRTA to perform patriotic variety show in June

    Updated May 31, 2019

    FALLBROOK – The California Retired Teachers Association will be having their general meeting Wednesday, June 12, at 10 a.m. It will be held at the Golf Club of California, 3742 Flowerwood Lane, in Sycamore Ranch. The meeting will feature the annual variety show with a star-spangled theme. Make reservations by June 6, by calling Marilyn Wertz at (760) 723-3696. Submitted by California Retired Teachers Association....

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