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  • Fallbrook Library to reopen

    Updated Sep 23, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The San Diego County Library will begin offering in person service at all 33 County Libraries beginning Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. In person service will be available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a one-hour break in service from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. for sanitation of equipment. All customers will be required to wear facial covering. In person services will include access to public-use computers, access to free high-speed Wi-Fi, and access to the Library’s collection of over 1 mil...

  • Suez to improve Rainbow tank staircases

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Sep 23, 2020

    SUEZ North America will install additional tank fall protection improvements at Rainbow Municipal Water District reservoirs. Rainbow’s board voted 4-1, with Helene Brazier casting the dissenting vote, Aug. 25, to approve a change order to the 2018 contract. “This adds some additional safety enhancements for our steel reservoirs,” Tom Kennedy, general manager of Rainbow, said. In October 2018, Rainbow approved a $1,528,626 contract with Suez to install staircases in the district’s steel water tanks and railing systems on the...

  • Joe's Hardware serves Fallbrook throughout the pandemic

    Christal Gaines-Emory, Intern|Updated Sep 20, 2020

    When the restrictions from the coronavirus pandemic were first put in place, businesses had to make adjustments to continue providing their service to the public. In Fallbrook, one of these businesses was Joe's Hardware. Joe DeRoest opened Joe's Hardware in 2005, and the company has been serving the people of Fallbrook ever since. However, when the pandemic hit, Joe's Hardware was forced to adapt quickly to the new changes. Some changes they made include having to reduce...

  • Re: 'Reparations, systemic racism and the Democratic Party' [Village News, Letter, 9/10/20]

    John H. Terrell|Updated Sep 17, 2020

    Trying to politicize racism is a cheap-shot and trying to rewrite history to support that position is uncalled for. That said, there’s way more than enough racism to go round. Maynard manages to go off the rails fairly quickly, invalidating his position entirely. For example, he mentions the Northern Democrats in passing, not noting how significant their influence was on the Party. The slavery issue divided the Democrats: the North Democrats stood fast – and so did the Southern Democrats, precipitating the Civil War. Ele...

  • Thank you to our communities

    Bill OConnor|Updated Sep 17, 2020

    As I am not running for reelection for the Fallbrook Planning Group, I thought it appropriate for me to thank our communities for the honor of serving. The Fallbrook Planning Group is a vital part of our community and best serves us all with a varied and diverse group of dedicated, impartial and knowledgeable people. Everyone needs to pay attention to the local political races and make an informed decision for the best future of our region. Thanks. Bill O’Connor...

  • Bonsall Woman's Club champions schoolhouse restoration again

    Jennifer Leung|Updated Sep 17, 2020

    This spring and summer have been a busy time for the restoration of the Bonsall Schoolhouse. The interior restoration is almost complete; work included the rebuilding of a wall, installation of beadboard, painting all the interior beadboard and refinishing/repairing the existing hardwood flooring. The only things left inside are the doors, chalkboards and baseboards, which will be completed this fall. To say that this restoration effort is only possible because of the Bonsall Woman’s Club is not overstating. The Bonsall Educa...

  • Kicking It against cats and politicians

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to Village News|Updated Sep 17, 2020

    Should anyone be confused by the following rant, please recognize these words constitute only my opinion. I started out last year writing about my adventures in exercise, which also was “my opinion.” Consequently, my birthday plans crashed when I couldn’t leave this wonderful country due to the coronavirus. Consequently, I now write this column to purge my mind of empty useless trivia, random thoughts and unsolicited opinions for which it appears I have many. As it turns out,...

  • Our Republic is in peril

    Orolie Gubser|Updated Sep 17, 2020

    For reasons beyond my comprehension, the Democratic party insists that the government will solve all problems for everyone, especially minorities. Ronald Reagan said that the 10 most dangerous words are "I'm from the government and I'm here to help you." Government is the problem. What has happened to individual responsibility and independent thinking? Open your minds, Democrats, and see what is happening in this country to the jurisdiction of Democrat-influenced cities. Do you want to be a socialist country? I don't think...

  • In memory of Fallbrook's "GTO Man," Warren Lee Stuber

    Updated Sep 17, 2020

    In today's COVID-19 lifestyle, he might say, "Keep calm and burn rubber." Warren was born outside Detroit, Michigan, Sept. 15, 1935. He lost his life in a vehicle accident in Fallbrook, Feb. 5, 2019. He would have turned 85 this year. Having served in post-Korean War U.S. Army from 1955-59, he was a concerned veteran. His family legacy is auto engineering. He is survived by cousin Gerry Stuber and son Karl Stuber. Warren's many good friends often remember and still ask about...

  • The hypocrisy of COVID-19 versus economy

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Sep 17, 2020

    Everyday tens of thousands of people safely shop at big box retail and grocery stores where respectful San Diego shoppers obey the mask, social distancing and sanitation protocols. Churches, museums, restaurants and the zoo are now open, but to a limited 25% capacity. Legoland, street fairs and wedding venues have yet to open while liquor stores and marijuana dispensaries operate unabated. While big box retailers thrive, many small businesses are not afforded the same...

  • There Are No "Warriors" in Fallbrook

    Anson Black Calf|Updated Sep 17, 2020

    Recently, my attention was caught by the energetic voice of a young woman who briefly spoke about how racism in America is “endemic, multifaceted and self-maintaining.” And that was it. The next moment it was on to some other commercial subject matter on National Public Radio. But these words echoed in my head, and I repeated them out loud so I wouldn’t forget the simplicity of their truthfulness. I was amazed at how directly they were spoken and was relieved to know that racism in its many forms was finally being publi...

  • Celebrate Voter Registration Day by registering to vote in Fallbrook

    Updated Sep 17, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Americans will celebrate National Voter Registration Day with a massive cross-country effort to register voters Tuesday, Sept. 22, ahead of Election Day in November. In Fallbrook, volunteers will host two sites where voters can register, update their registration information and learn more about voting in the upcoming election while socially distancing. Northgate Market, 1346 S. Mission Road, in Fallbrook will be open from 9 a.m. to noon. Fallbrook High School, 2400 S. Stagecoach Lane, in Fallbrook will be open f...

  • COVID-19 shutdown causes TOT revenue losses

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Sep 17, 2020

    The coronavirus shutdown included the entire fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019-20, and the loss of Transient Occupancy Tax revenue for the April through June period contributed to a full-year decline from 2018-19 of $1,611,590.45, or 27.9%. The county collected $5,784,173.63 of TOT revenue for 2018-19 and $4,172,583.18 for 2019-20. The county's 2017-18 annual revenue was $5,105,749.14. The fourth quarter decrease of $914,496.83 from $1,344,106.50 in 2019 to $429,609.67 during 2020 equates to a 68.0% drop; the county had...

  • 23 new coronavirus cases in Fallbrook since last week

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer|Updated Sep 17, 2020

    Fallbrook is reporting 497 coronavirus cases as of Sept. 14, an increase of 23 cases over the week prior. More than 1% of the population of the 92028 ZIP code has now tested positive for the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, a threshold the area crossed for the first time this week. 92028 includes Fallbrook as well as Rainbow and De Luz. The 92028 ZIP code currently has San Diego County's 34th highest rate of coronavirus infections per 100,000 people, as well as...

  • Miller achieves Del Mar trainer championship, stakes win on final weekend

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Sep 17, 2020

    Peter Miller, who trains his horses at the San Luis Rey Training Center when he does not have them at the track where the meet is being held, is the trainer champion for the 2020 Del Mar Thoroughbred Club summer meet. "Thankful and grateful," Miller said. "I'm very appreciative of my team, everyone on the team." Miller ended the meet with 28 wins, including six victories in stakes races. His final stakes win of the meet occurred September 4 when Good With People won the I'm...

  • High school sports teams navigating season preparations

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Sep 17, 2020

    Marco Arias, head coach of the Fallbrook High School boys' varsity cross-country team, said he is fortunate to be coaching the sport he is. "We're one of the programs that actually is pretty fortunate that they give us a class for the team," Arias said. "I've been able to engage them through the classroom, the Google Classroom, setting up training schedules for them and making sure that they have training logs. Since we're not a club and we technically can't be on campus, on S...

  • More than 70% of San Diegans experienced issues with four basic needs

    City News Service, Special to Village News|Updated Sep 17, 2020

    A study released Thursday, Sept. 10, by the San Diego Association of Government found that more than 70% of survey respondents in San Diego County were experiencing issues with food, housing, utilities or employment at some point during the coronavirus pandemic. SANDAG partnered with the newly formed Recovery Coalition and surveyed 3,527 San Diegans living throughout the county in seven “Major Statistical Areas,” including 44% from the South Bay, 26% from an area including San Diego and La Mesa and 14% from an area inc...

  • More than 70% of San Diegans experienced issues with four basic needs

    City News Service, Special to Village News|Updated Sep 17, 2020

    A study released Thursday, Sept. 10, by the San Diego Association of Government found that more than 70% of survey respondents in San Diego County were experiencing issues with food, housing, utilities or employment at some point during the coronavirus pandemic. SANDAG partnered with the newly formed Recovery Coalition and surveyed 3,527 San Diegans living throughout the county in seven “Major Statistical Areas,” including 44% from the South Bay, 26% from an area including San Diego and La Mesa and 14% from an area inc...

  • New California law helps former inmate firefighters get jobs

    Don Thompson, The Associated Press|Updated Sep 17, 2020

    California's inmate firefighters will have a shot at becoming professional firefighters once they complete their sentences, under a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Friday, Sept. 11. The new law will allow state and county inmates who train as firefighters to seek to erase the criminal records that often are a bar to employment as firefighters or in other professions. The measure "will give those prisoners hope of actually getting a job in the profession that they've...

  • County offers Business Revitalization and Assistance Grant program

    Updated Sep 17, 2020

    SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has established the Business Revitalization and Assistance Grant program, a grant initiative administered by Planning and Development Services that provides funding to small-business and commercial property owners in the county’s unincorporated area to improve the front exterior of their buildings. For permanent upgrades such as painting, landscaping, lighting and the addition of outdoor dining or workspace, qualifying applicants can be awarded up to $8,000 and reg...

  • Volunteers wanted for Haunted Hallows

    Updated Sep 17, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The Haunted Hallows of Fallbrook will return to town next month, Oct. 23-31, from 6-9 p.m., in support of "Hope for Marilyn." With his Halloween creation, Jeff Woodrey plans to raise money for a 12-year-old girl named Marilyn who lives in Rainbow with her family. Marilyn was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin's lymphoma and is currently going through aggressive treatments to fight the disease. To volunteer to help, contact Woodrey at [email protected]. A...

  • Start building a holiday fund now

    Rebecca Gramuglia, Special to Village News|Updated Sep 17, 2020

    Timing is everything when it comes to saving for the holidays. So, to help you prepare financially – and mentally – for the most wonderful time of the year, here are 10 ways to start building a holiday fund. 1. Determine how much you’re willing to spend on the holidays. The holiday season can be stressful and expensive if you don’t have a strategy in place. To ensure your holiday season stays on budget, it’s important to set financial expectations and research items in advance. From gifts to food and anything in between, the...

  • Over 88% of households counted so far in 2020 census

    Updated Sep 17, 2020

    WASHINGTON – Over 88% of housing units have been accounted for in the 2020 census as of Sept. 8, with 22.7% counted by census takers and other field data collection operations and 65.5% of housing units responding online, by phone or by mail. Every day, the U.S. Census Bureau releases the 2020 census housing unit completion rate for the nation, all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In addition, the census bureau releases the completion rates for the nonresponse, follow-up operation by area census office. T...

  • FRHD offers drive-up coronavirus testing again

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer|Updated Sep 17, 2020

    The Fallbrook Regional Health District, North County Fire Protection District and other agencies are offering drive-up coronavirus testing again this month. The health and fire districts, along with Cal Fire San Diego and in cooperation with the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, will set up a drive-up testing site from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, at the FRHD Wellness Center property, 1636 E. Mission Road in Fallbrook. Drive-thru testing was already offered at the Wellness Center Sept. 15 and has been...

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