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  • Blood drive scheduled for Sept. 21

    Updated Sep 23, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Albertsons in Fallbrook is hosting a blood drive in partnership with the San Diego Blood Bank Monday, Sept. 21, from 1‑6 p.m. The blood drive will take place in the parking lot at 1133 S. Mission Road. Anyone 17 and older, who weighs at least 114 pounds and is in good health, may be eligible to donate blood. A good meal and plenty of fluids are recommended before donation. Appointment and photo identification required. Call (800) 469-7322 or visit http://www.sandiegobloodbank.org for more information. Sub...

  • SDG&E implements wildfire-safety improvements

    Updated Sep 17, 2020

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego Gas & Electric announced Thursday, Sept. 17 that it is implementing a slate of strategies designed to help prevent power line-sparked blazes and reduce the burdens of public-safety power shutoffs enacted during periods of high wildfire risk. Some of the enhancements already have been put to test early this fire season, with positive results, according to the utility. The programs, including ``strategic'' undergrounding of some equipment, target a 25% to 30% reduction, as compared with 2019, in the...

  • Number of suicides in San Diego County decreased in 2019

    Updated Sep 10, 2020

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - On National Suicide Awareness Day, San Diego County reported Thursday, Sept. 10 that the number of people who died from suicide in the region decreased last year. In the 2019 San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council's 2020 Report to the Community, 429 people died from suicide, 36 fewer than the 465 suicide deaths in 2018. The annual report provides a comprehensive look at suicide in the region and brings together data from multiple sources for the years 2015 through 2019. Other findings in the report...

  • SD County reports 284 new COVID-19 cases, 69 at SDSU

    Updated Sep 10, 2020

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego County public health officials reported 284 new COVID-19 infections and four deaths from the illness Thursday, Sept. 10, raising the county's total to 41,608 cases and 725 deaths. Three women and a man died between Aug. 31 and Sept. 6 and their ages ranged from early 60s to late 80s. All had underlying medical conditions. Locally, Bonsall has reported 45 cases, Pala 75 and Fallbrook 484. Fallbrook saw four new cases since yesterday. Of the 8,311...

  • Rattlesnake Tank paint recognizes high school seniors

    Updated Sep 10, 2020

    FALLBROOK – For anyone who has ever wondered why the water tank up the hill from South Mission Road is painted with numbers each year, here is a little Fallbrook history. Every year, the Fallbrook Public Utility District changes the painted numbers on "Rattlesnake Tank" to reflect the year the incoming seniors at Fallbrook High School will graduate. FPUD staff just painted over the "20," changing it to "21," to welcome the graduating class of 2021. The reason for the annual e...

  • SHERIFF'S LOG

    Updated Sep 10, 2020

    SHERIFF’S LOG Aug. 31 300 block N. Main Ave Fraud 100 block W. Beech St Petty theft 1700 block Bellington Ln Burglary 2100 block Reineman Rd Petty theft 300 block N. Orange Ave Burglary 5500 block Rainbow Heights Rd Vandalism 500 block E. Alvarado St Burglary 4700 block Pala Rd Vehicle burglary Sept. 1 Pala Mesa Dr @ S. Old Highway 395 Arrest: Possession of controlled substance 1400 block S. Hill Ave Vehicle vandalism Interstate 15 @ Highway 76 Arrest: Parole violation 3200 block Caminita Cortina Grand theft 2200 block S. S...

  • The show must go on, virtually

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to Village News|Updated Sep 10, 2020

    North Coast Repertory is reimaging theater. Its season opener, "Necessary Sacrifices" by playwright Richard Hellesen, can be seen from the comfort of your living room. Originally commissioned by the Ford Theater in Washington, Hellesen expanded on the original vision by including one of Abraham Lincoln's visitors to the White House. It was the first visit from Frederick Douglass, and amazingly as it sounds now, Douglass just walked in and asked to see Lincoln. His second...

  • P.E.O. honors scholarship winners

    Updated Sep 10, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The Santa Margarita Reciprocity Bureau of P.E.O. International honored the 2020 Fallbrook-Bonsall P.E.O. Scholarship recipients in a luncheon, socially distanced, Wednesday, Aug. 2. The scholarship awardees were Heather Holdo from Bonsall High School, and Jade Ingram and Chiara Kurnow, both graduates of Fallbrook High School. All three recipients were accepted to four-year colleges or universities. Each introduced themselves to the representatives of the five l...

  • Re: 'Why vote for Trump' [Village News, Letter, 09/03/20]

    Edmund White|Updated Sep 10, 2020

    Recently, a letter by Orolie Gubser answered the question “Why vote for Trump?” in great detail. Her reasons are my reasons and then some. One reason she mentioned was “I am voting for every unborn soul that Democrats want to murder.” This statement should be much more specific, and it is also made much more powerful when it is focused on the Democratic Party’s standard bearer, Joe Biden. Biden has said on many occasions that he is a “practicing” Catholic. Very recently, at the Republican Convention, Lou Holtz indicated tha...

  • The 2019-2020 session is history

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, AD-75 R|Updated Sep 10, 2020

    The 2019-2020 legislative session ended Monday, Aug. 31. During the two-year period, 5,423 bills of all types were introduced. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, we had two unexpected shutdowns, and in the last weeks, some members were absent and Senators were forced to vote remotely. At one point, there was an unsuccessful attempt to limit Senate debate to save time. In a normal year, the fate of much important legislation is often decided during the final few days, but...

  • How far is too far?

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated Sep 10, 2020

    How far is too far? Where do you draw the line? We have young people who have been raised in the most prosperous time in history in one of the most free societies on earth, if not the freest. And I believe our tolerance has opened the door to our possible downfall. Young people who are being used for political gain decry capitalism and corporate America, but they can’t live without their cellphone, internet, cars, scooters, clothing and food they buy in a drive-thru or just p...

  • The sky is green

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Sep 10, 2020

    The sky is green. Telling me differently won’t change the fact that the sky is absolutely green. Presenting me with photographic evidence otherwise, showing me scientific proof thanks to thousands of hours of hard work by unbiased scientists won’t convince me. The sky is green. Do you know how I know? Because I believe it to be green. Gone are the days of my reliance on elitist experts, proof and evidence. All I really need is my belief system, my echo chamber of associates, YouTube videos, my chosen political party lea...

  • During COVID-19 have you caught your neighbor in an act of heroism?

    State Sen. Brian Jones, 38th Senate District|Updated Sep 10, 2020

    In 2014‚ California Senate Concurrent Resolution 97 designated September as ‘California Heroes’ Month. It is a time when everyday heroes are to be recognized for their extraordinary acts of community service. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented so many challenges for our community‚ yet we have seen everyday heroes step up more than ever. For each neighbor who was hurting‚ another neighbor helped. This September‚ I would like to recognize all these California Heroes in my district. If you know of a California Hero who you wit...

  • Reparations, systemic racism and the Democratic Party

    Updated Sep 10, 2020

    It is hard to believe how we have got to the point that Democrats are intentionally fomenting racial discord between Blacks and Whites, and all for the expressed purpose of gaining political advantage and retaining a core constituency group. But alas, it is happening yet again. Kamala Harris, Joe Biden and even California state Sen. Holly Mitchell are all calling for reparations because of slavery and the historical mistreatment and repression of blacks in America. Slavery and systemic racism have become the preferred...

  • Two steps forward, one step back

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Sep 10, 2020

    Let’s start with the good news. Your continued pressure has been felt in Sacramento, and some businesses are able to reopen, at least partially. I’ve talked to many of you who didn’t know if your business would be able to survive any more shutdowns. I know those in the hair and nail salon industry go through extensive safety training to receive required state licenses, and I’m glad to see that they are able to open at full capacity with appropriate safety measures. Now, he...

  • 38 new coronavirus cases in Fallbrook since last week

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer|Updated Sep 10, 2020

    Fallbrook is reporting 474 coronavirus cases as of Sept. 7, an increase of 38 cases over a week prior. About 0.9% of the population of the 92028 ZIP code, which includes Fallbrook as well as Rainbow and De Luz, have tested positive for the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic earlier this year. The Fallbrook area remains about in the middle of the county’s distribution of coronavirus case rates – 92028 has the 35th highest rate of coronavirus infections per 100,000 people, and the 45th lowest rate. Nearby Bon...

  • COVID-19 interrupts Fallbrook art exhibits but not the artists

    Nancy Heins-Glaser, Special to Village News|Updated Sep 10, 2020

    Catching up with Fallbrook artist BJ Lane since Save Our Forest's Art Bench Auction to support Fallbrook's elementary schools' environmental education programs, Nov. 2, 2019l, has not been easy. A favorite at community events and gatherings, Lane is known for her commitment to Fallbrook's Wine & a Bite events, the downtown art scene and presenting local art talks about the creative process. Recently, she was fixing her rain-damaged studio, when the roof caved in and black mold...

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of North County provide hope to Fallbrook families

    Updated Sep 10, 2020

    FALLBROOK – During a time of need in the community, the Boys & Girls Clubs of North County is stepping up their efforts to serve Fallbrook families. Like many businesses in Fallbrook, the Boys and Girls Clubs of North County closed its doors in March in response to the initial COVID-19 outbreak; however, the pandemic did not stop the club's efforts to find new ways to serve the community. Club staff began working on an online, interactive program that any youth could gain acce...

  • Ninth annual Fallbrook Scarecrow Days starts Oct. 1

    Updated Sep 10, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Residents have been observed that scarecrows are gathering and discussing what they will wear and what to bring to the ninth annual Fallbrook Scarecrow Days – Oct. 1-31. Businesses and residents are encouraged to display scarecrows to help promote tourism and business. Fallbrook Scarecrow Days is one event that everyone can participate in and maintain their social distancing. Along with the Silent People and Pumpkin Heads, the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a scarecrow contest again this year. The...

  • Remembering 9/11 in Fallbrook

    Phyllis Sweeney, Special to Village News|Updated Sep 10, 2020

    Nineteen years ago, Sept. 11, 2001, an unexpected attack occurred in America. My desire and motivation for starting the Remembering 9/11 Art Competition was to remember this very tragic day in our history. The attack on 9/11 on American soil took us all by total surprise. The shock of the attack is still hard to comprehend. Residents of New York and Washington D.C. went to work or went about their day as usual. Many of them died that tragic day and so many of our first respond...

  • Republican group protests at Route 76 and Mission Road

    Updated Sep 10, 2020

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  • Five injured in crash involving semi, two other vehicles on I-15

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Sep 10, 2020

    North County Fire said five people were taken to area hospitals after a semi-truck overturned on northbound Interstate 15 around 2:44 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in a crash that involved two other vehicles in Fallbrook just south of Highway 76. North County Fire had begun a technical rescue associated with the incident, as CHP reported two people needed rescue in two different vehicles. “Impairment is not believed to be a factor within this collision,” according to CHP Officer Mark Latulippe. According to Latulippe, a truck tra...

  • Half-acre brush fire stopped in Fallbrook

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer|Updated Sep 10, 2020

    Firefighters contained a fire that broke out Sunday, Sept. 6, in a field near homes in Fallbrook. The blaze was reported at 11:51 p.m. in an area near Los Alisos Drive and Live Oak Park Road, according to information from Capt. John Choi of the North County Fire Protection District. According to Choi, fire crews arrived on scene shortly after the report came in and stopped the forward spread of the fire, which was initially estimated to be about a quarter acre in size before...

  • Coastal Clean Up Day includes Fallbrook

    Updated Sep 10, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Beautification Alliance will partner with I Love A Clean San Diego to participate in the 36th Annual Coastal Clean Up Day, Saturday, Sept. 26. Although Fallbrook is not considered a coastal community, studies have found that approximately 80% of coastal trash comes from inland watersheds. By cleaning up Fallbrook's streets, creek beds and canyons, citizens are also making a difference in the ocean's health. The event is a major part of I...

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