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Articles from the August 24, 2023 edition


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  • A thank you to our supporters

    Updated Aug 23, 2023

    The Rotary Club of Fallbrook’s BBQ for the FUESD staff would not have been possible without the generosity of the following: Grocery Outlet's donation of hamburger buns, water and chips; the Grand Tradition's donation of its ice bath, water coolers and serving trays; a discount from Ace Party Rentals; and the use of facilities and staff at Ingold Park. Dale J. Mitchell...

  • Matava named 2022 Farmer of the Year

    Updated Aug 23, 2023

    ESCONDIDO – San Diego County Farm Bureau named Mary Matava of Oceanside as SDCFB's 2022 Farmer of the Year. Matava has more than 40 years of experience assessing the agronomic suitability of Southern California soils and over 25 years of manufacturing organic soil amendments used by farmers throughout Southern California. Matava's professional experiences have contributed to her success in farming and the large impact she has had volunteering with a wide range of nonprofit o...

  • Sanchez to continue lacrosse career at UW-Eau Claire

    Updated Aug 23, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The high school lacrosse season of Taylor Sanchez ended May 16 when Fallbrook High School's girls lacrosse team lost the Warriors' CIF Division II semifinals match to Our Lady of Peace. Her lacrosse career will continue in college as a member of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire team. "I'm really excited to play lacrosse in college. I'm playing at a different level. I'm excited to meet a new team," Sanchez said. "Her athleticism and her...

  • Scrimmage shows need for Warrior spikers to improve passing

    Updated Aug 23, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Scores of scrimmages are not officially reported, and the purpose of scrimmages is to assess how a team’s players perform against an opponent whose strategies are unknown. Fallbrook High School’s girls volleyball team thus won’t be assessed an official loss for the result of the Warriors’ Aug. 11 scrimmage at home against Temecula Valley High School, but Fallbrook head coach Chip Patterson assessed a need to avoid losses during the regular season. “We just didn’t pass well,...

  • Water polo season begins with a scrimmage

    Updated Aug 23, 2023

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  • Warriors perform well at CIF track and field meet

    Updated Aug 23, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Fallbrook High School’s track and field athletes didn’t win any CIF championships this year, but for the most part they performed to their potential at the CIF preliminaries and finals. “It went very well for the ones that we qualified,” said Fallbrook head coach Marco Arias. “It was a good meet overall.” The league champion in each event qualifies for the CIF preliminaries, as do other athletes with qualifying times or distances. This year’s CIF Division II preliminaries were he...

  • Langer Baker wins awards for two paintings

    Updated Aug 23, 2023

    Karen Langer Baker's acrylic painting, "Lovin' the Afternoon," was recently awarded third place by judge Cathy Carey in North Coastal Art Gallery's 71st Fine Art Annual Open Juried Show in Carlsbad where it can be seen through Sept. 4. Village News/Courtesy photo...

  • Dynamic trio 'TAKE3' opens Fallbrook Music Society's new season in style

    Updated Aug 23, 2023

    FALLBROOK – Hailed as "wonderful musicians who have a bridge to the past and a pathway to the future," TAKE3 returns to Fallbrook to open the Music Society's 46th Season Sunday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. TAKE3 is making Fallbrook the first stop of their upcoming 60-city U.S. tour. "TAKE3 enjoys getting back to their roots of Classical programming and takes pride in making this music accessible to audiences who may not have the opportunity to hear it," Bob Freaney, president of...

  • Theater talk: 'Evita'

    Updated Aug 23, 2023

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal Special to The Village News Estupendo! Fantastico! Director Sean Murray's authentic approach to detail in "Evita" includes a mostly Latin cast, historic footage and it's delivered with a solid Spanish dialect. It feels right. When most people cannot recall the names of America's first ladies, they are familiar with the legend of an obscure woman from the Argentine pampas thanks to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Had it not been for them, history...

  • Baker's collage wins first place at Escondido art show

    Updated Aug 23, 2023

    Larry Baker's collage, "The Illustrated Man," was awarded first place in Escondido Art Association's theme show on Consciousness. It can be seen at their gallery at 121 W. Grand Ave. through Sept. 1. The same piece was featured recently in the Fallbrook Library's invitational exhibit of mixed media collages. Village News/Courtesy photo...

  • The Cinema Foundation and D'Place Entertainment announce the Second Annual National Cinema Day, America's Day at the Movies Aug. 27

    Updated Aug 23, 2023

    LOS ANGELES – The Cinema Foundation & D’Place Entertainment announced, Aug. 21, the return of National Cinema Day coming to a theater near residents this Sunday, Aug. 27. Building on the unprecedented success of last year’s inaugural National Cinema Day, the Cinema Foundation is calling on film fans across the country to gather for a national day to celebrate the magic of the movies on the big screen. The second annual National Cinema Day celebrates the power of movies to bring people all together, and discounted...

  • Wealthlynk is ready to provide financial services

    Updated Aug 23, 2023

    FALLBROOK - Scott Weber and Julia Routh cumulatively have over 38 years in the financial sector. They recently decided to part ways with a local bank in Fallbrook and start their wealth planning business, Wealthlynk, so that they are able to do more planning with their clients. They are eager to provide comprehensive financial services to the community. Weber and Routh said they believe in a holistic approach to finances, making the plan very unique to each individual. They...

  • Celebrating Ware's 20 years with the Boys & Girls Clubs of North County

    Updated Aug 23, 2023

    FALLBROOK – When anyone meets Lisa Ware, they immediately notice her warm smile and sparkling blue eyes. She is the vice president of operations for Boys & Girls Clubs of North County, and this month she celebrates her 20th work anniversary. Originally from Illinois, Ware, her husband Chris Ware and daughter Jamie Ware moved to Fallbrook 28 years ago when Chris was in the Marines. Lisa's first job with the Boys & Girls Clubs of North County was as a site supervisor...

  • Worker of the Week works out safely

    Updated Aug 23, 2023

    Emmanuel Torres, the Anytime Fitness Club administrator, sits on the weight bench, getting ready for his off-the-clock workout. His fitness coach, Levi Vargas, spots him because safety comes first. The Anytime Fitness Club is located at 855 South Main Ave., Suite B, in Fallbrook. Village News/David Landry photo...

  • Village News seeks community investors for expansion

    Updated Aug 23, 2023

    Village News and Valley News have shown great resilience in publishing over 25 years and the Publisher Julie Reeder announced that the company is searching for community members who are able to come alongside and invest in the expansion of the news and marketing company. Village News, and its sister papers Valley News, Anza Valley Outlook and magazines and websites, have been able to reach millions of people over the years as well as consistently generate over a million dollars annually. The company has a loyal employee base...

  • A thank you to all the volunteers

    Updated Aug 23, 2023

    The Fallbrook Community responded to a request from Save Our Forest to help with a huge weeding party on Saturday Aug. 12. Overwhelmed with the huge crop of weeds on the Pico Promenade where Save Our Forest was given permission to create a tree-shaded pathway in 1997, the group asked for help. Members of community organizations and individuals responded with a grand total of 60 volunteers. Within 2 ½ hours of the start time at 8 a.m., the weeds were down, bagged and later hauled to the waste and recycling facility. A...

  • Let's rename Pro-Life

    Updated Aug 23, 2023

    Let’s call Pro-Life what it really is: Partial-Life. Its single objective is for every pregnancy to produce a live infant. That’s it. Whether the infant dies shortly after, whether the mother survives, whether the mother can provide for a child – none of that matters to the so-called Pro-life movement. I don’t call that Pro-Life and neither should you. I’m for Full-Life, where the objective is for a healthy pregnancy producing a healthy infant, who will go into a family fully able to support it. The Partial-Life mov...

  • Carl DeMaio files California Voter ID Initiative for 2024 ballot

    Updated Aug 23, 2023

    SAN DIEGO – The California Election Integrity Initiative of 2024 would impose reforms to ensure voter rolls are properly maintained, citizenship and eligibility status is verified, and a valid driver’s license is used to verify the identity of all voters for in-person and vote-by-mail ballots. Reform California Chair Carl DeMaio filed a statewide ballot initiative recently with the attorney general’s office that would amend the California state constitution to require voter ID be used in all future state elections and...

  • Trump is not above the law

    Updated Aug 23, 2023

    Two separate groups of everyday Americans, fulfilling their civic duty by serving on a grand jury, have now issued two separate indictments of Donald Trump for his efforts to overturn the will of voters, even after he knew he’d lost the 2020 election. These are the most serious indictments thus far because they deal with a conspiracy to overturn the foundation of our democracy: the vote of the American people. There can be no more serious crime than a conspiracy to overturn the foundation of our democracy itself. It’s...

  • Area 1 voters, please support Lief Hansen

    Updated Aug 23, 2023

    I am writing to share my understanding and observation of one of the candidates available to elect through mail-in only ballots postmarked by Sept. 19. This exceptional gentleman and candidate is Lief Hansen. Many in our Friendly Village already have known Lief Hansen for years as he has been very involved with the youth in Fallbrook as a coach and mentor. Lief Hansen is a pro-parents' rights candidate who will also consider our teachers' expertise and input. Plus, Lief Hansen is a Latino father of four wonderful boys who...

  • California leads

    Updated Aug 23, 2023

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron 75th District The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), along with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), recently approved a demonstration project in California to provide pre-release services and improved access to care for persons being released from jails and prisons. Nationally, 80% of individuals released from prison each year have a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). In 2021, I introduced AB 1214 to provide Medicaid coverage, including coverage for drug addictions for...

  • Veteran and family muster

    Updated Aug 23, 2023

    Supervisor Jim Desmond 5th District I am excited to announce a special event to unite our veterans and military families in a supportive and inclusive environment. This event is organized in partnership with the San Diego Veterans Coalition and is designed to provide updated information on benefits, resources and connections tailored to your needs. It will be held Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Veterans Association of North County (VANC), located at 1617 Mission Ave., Oceanside, CA 92058. This gathering is a uni...

  • To the Fallbrook community on the special election

    Updated Aug 23, 2023

    We have the good fortune in Area 1 to have a Special Election coming up! Also, some other good news is that the Special Election will not be using any money for any school programs as a past Op Ed suggested without doing due diligence of fact checking. FUHSD received $1 million in unexpected money from the State for a refund from completing the construction of a building. It was found during the audit and the State paid it out. Fortunately, FUHSD also has plenty saved and set aside from certain earmarked funds that were...

  • Our contractor is exceptional

    Updated Aug 23, 2023

    We have always enjoyed living in our small town of Fallbrook where there are locals who genuinely care about the customer. Antonio (Tony) Guzman, the owner of AGM General Construction, is one of these people. We recently used his company for remodeling our master bathroom shower/tub area. His ability and knowledge are exceptional, and he was extremely easy-going and personable throughout the entire process. Tony walked us through what to expect as far as cost, time involved, etc., and emphasized the importance of getting us...

  • Kicking it: Making hard decisions before you die

    Updated Aug 23, 2023

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal Special to the Village News It only stands to reason that when it comes to the hard stuff, like everyone else, I push it to the back of my mind. That is until I had a big health hiccup. Now that the time to avoid it has passed, I have to do it. Which is why at first, I thought I’d just update my current Trust. However, the attorney we met with only writes new ones. It turns out, I’ll have a new revised Trust as will VJ. Mostly, I want to manage my own healthcare. Which is why VJ is my...

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