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Articles from the September 21, 2017 edition


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  • 'Operation Double Down' leads to 49 arrests today ­– many in Fallbrook

    Updated Sep 21, 2017

    SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Sheriff's Department reported this afternoon that from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. 49 people were arrested in North County when deputies served arrest and search warrants in Fallbrook, Bonsall, Encinitas, Vista, Oceanside, Rainbow and Lake Elsinore as part of Operation Double Down. Operation Double Down started in January 2017 as a follow up to Operation El Niño, which concluded in the summer of 2016 in Fallbrook. The goal is to disrupt the operation of drug dealers who fill the void of those ar...

  • Sheriff's Log, September 14, 2017

    Updated Sep 21, 2017

    Adress Date Description 1700 block Reche Rd., Fallbrook, CA 92018 August 29 Vehicle burglary 900 block Olive Ave., Fallbrook, CA 92018 August 30 Arrest: Misdemeanor bench warrant 7300 block W. Lilac Rd., Fallbrook, CA 92018 August 30 Petty theft from vehicle 300 block N. Main Ave., Fallbrook, CA 92018 August 31 Arrest: Possess narcotic controlled substance 1800 block E. Alvarado St. (1), Fallbrook, CA 92018 August 31 Possess controlled substance 1800 block E. Alvarado St. (2), Fallbrook, CA 92018 August 31 Arrest: Felony,...

  • Erik Rose wins two donated awards for beryl specimen

    Updated Sep 21, 2017

    Erik Rose won first place in the “One Mineral from San Diego County” category of the San Diego County Fair’s Gems, Minerals, and Jewelry competition, and his beryl specimen also won two donated awards. The morganite beryl with tourmaline and cleavelandite from the Stewart Mine in Pala won the Josephine Scripps Cup for the best mineral specimen from San Diego County, while also winning the Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society Award for the best mineral in San Diego County. “I ap...

  • Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society to host potluck, meeting

    Updated Sep 21, 2017

    FALLBROOK – After a busy summer primarily devoted to their booth and individual exhibits at the San Diego County Fair, members of Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society will gather for a fun, social evening Thursday, Sept. 14, beginning with a potluck, 6 p.m. at the FGMS building. The public is invited to attend the society’s regularly scheduled meeting that begins at 7 p.m. This evening will include a short business meeting recapping summer activities and announcing upcoming pla...

  • Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society museum closes after break in

    Updated Sep 21, 2017

    Thieves broke into the Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society (FGMS) museum at approximately 4 a.m. Sept. 10 and departed with some "priceless" stones. The museum is closed until further notice, according to FGMS president Gail Kerry. "It was a 'smash and grab' and it's a warning for all businesses that it can happen," said Kerry, who added that the bandits knew what they were looking for. "They made off with five large specimen tourmaline pieces," said Kerry. "They went after the five biggest tourmaline pieces." When asked about...

  • September is National Voter Registration Month

    Updated Sep 21, 2017

    SACRAMENTO – California Secretary of State Alex Padilla recognized September 2017 as National Voter Registration Month, Sept. 1, and urged all eligible citizens to register to vote or update their registration at www.registertovote.ca.gov. “Citizen participation in elections is the foundation of our democracy,” Padilla said. “As California’s chief elections officer, I want to ensure that every eligible citizen’s voice is heard in shaping the future of our state and nation by casting a ballot. The first step to casting a ballo...

  • Friendly Village Bridge Club continues bridge tournaments

    Updated Sep 21, 2017

    FALLBROOK – Club Champ winners Rick Kerbel and David Anding finished first overall Aug. 30, at the Friendly Village Bridge Club in Fallbrook. Second overall went to Milt Fader and Carolyn Swanson. Marilyn Rumsey and Carol Diwell finished first N/S and third overall. First overall B went to John Heberle and Elizabeth Youngman, and C winners were Charlie Hurd and Glory Riegg. Leaders for the month were Rick Kerbel, Milt Fader, David Anding, Carol Diwell, John Heberle, Carolyn Swanson, Marilyn Rumsey, Cle Nelson and Renee R...

  • Real estate prices go up, while volume points to a softening market

    Updated Sep 21, 2017

    FALLBROOK – Home prices rose while other metrics revealed slowing real estate activity in two prime North San Diego County housing markets, Jerry Kalman, a real estate agent with HomeSmart Legends here, reported Sept. 6. “There was some heavy discounting, particularly among properties that languished on the market. About one-fourth of the 63 sales in August were equal to or better than the original asking price,” Kalman said. “All but one of those that sold at a premium...

  • BWC contributes to schoolhouse restoration

    Updated Sep 21, 2017

  • FFA serving tri-tip dinner before football game this Friday

    Updated Sep 21, 2017

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook High School Future Farmers of America is once again offering its famous tri-tip barbecue dinners before all home football games. Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the agriculture department, which is located at the east end of the football field. The next home game and dinner is Friday, Sept. 15. Each meal includes tri-tip, beans, salad, dinner roll and a drink for $10. Call the agriculture department at (760) 723-6300 ext. 2508 for more information or just show up hungry. The f...

  • School counselors are a valuable resource for parents

    Updated Sep 21, 2017

    The American Counseling Association Special to Village News School counselors are certainly incredibly busy people, but our advice is that it’s your job as parents to make sure they are even busier this school year. We don’t mean creating busy work, but rather taking advantage of all your school counselors have to offer. School counselors can offer a wide range of assistance to both students and parents, yet, unfortunately, most parents know little about how much their child’s school counselor can offer. So this year, make...

  • Pala launches fundraising campaign to honor Native American veterans

    Updated Sep 21, 2017

    PALA – Pala Band of Mission Indians Chairman Robert Smith, retired U.S. Army veteran and Native American Chris Devers, and sculptor A. Thomas Schomberg dedicated a half-sized replica of “The Gift” in the hotel lobby of Pala Casino Spa and Resort Friday, Sept. 1, to launch its campaign to help raise funds for the American Indian Alaska Native Veterans Memorial Committee. Pala Casino Spa and Resort and the Pala Band of Mission Indians have partnered with the committee to educa...

  • Fallbrook Land Conservancy seeks accreditation

    Updated Sep 21, 2017

    FALLBROOK – Will Shakespeare, board chairman of the Fallbrook Land Conservancy (FLC), announced Sept. 5 that the local land conservation organization is applying for accreditation by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission. “Voluntary, independent accreditation will give the FLC greater credibility and respect with landowners, donors, public policy makers and other stakeholders,” Shakespeare said. “I believe it will enhance our efforts to protect open spaces, wildlife habitat, productive lands and the beautif...

  • San Diego County Library's most popular items

    Updated Sep 21, 2017

    SAN DIEGO – The most checked out items in the San Diego County Library system for the month of August were: Adult Fiction 1) The Whistler John Grisham 2) The Wrong Side of Goodbye Michael Connelly 3) Night School Lee Child 4) No Man’s Land by David Baldacci 5) Camino Island by John Grisham 6) Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware 7) Golden Prey John Sandford 8) Escape Clause by John Sandford 9) Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult 10) The Fix by David Baldacci Adult Non-Fiction 1) Hillbilly Elegy: a memoir of a family and culture in...

  • Toto salvages concert after Benatar cancellation

    Updated Sep 21, 2017

    Joe Naiman Village News Correspondent Regardless of how well Toto performed during the band’s Aug. 31 concert at Pala Casino’s Palomar Starlight Theater, initial expectations for the concert were likely not met. When the concert was first announced, Pat Benatar and Toto were both scheduled to perform. That was the case until the day before the concert, when a throat infection forced Benatar to cancel. Toto would be the sole band. Toto lead guitarist and vocalist Steve Lukather joked about Benatar’s absence, as the he opene...

  • Fallbrook Art Association seeks entries for fall show

    Updated Sep 21, 2017

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Art Association announces its fall show, Oct. 5-28, at Brandon Gallery, 105 N. Main Ave. The association is handling the show intake Sept. 29-30, and the opening reception will be held Oct. 7. This year’s judge is well-known artist Lyndelle Stonick, an art instructor with Saddleback College for more than 21 years who has enjoyed a very successful career as a professional artist. Adept at conveying color in all its subtleties of hue and temperature, Stonick has excelled as an artist in acrylic, oil...

  • Fallbrook Music Society presents ‘Four Women for Women’

    Updated Sep 21, 2017

    FALLBROOK – Continuing its successful Classical Sundays format, Fallbrook Music Society celebrates women composers in classical music with Quartet Nouveau, an all-female string quartet performing 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24 in the Fallbrook Library. Based in San Diego, Quartet Nouveau performs regularly as an ensemble in residence at the California Chamber Orchestra in Temecula. Known for their energizing and deeply emotional performances, Quartet Nouveau has earned a r...

  • Deal struck to move nuclear waste from San Onofre

    Updated Sep 21, 2017

    SAN DIEGO – Citizens’ Oversight announced Aug. 28 that it has reached a deal with Southern California Edison that requires relocating the approx. 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste from the San Onofre beach. The agreement sets up an overarching plan, including the use of top experts in spent nuclear fuel transportation, nuclear engineering, spent fuel licensing and radiation detection and monitoring to advise on issues related to proposed relocation to an off-site storage facility away from the delicate ocean ecosystem. “Le...

  • Water feature design and maintenance

    Updated Sep 21, 2017

    FALLBROOK – Homeowners can employ many different design techniques to create one-of-a-kind properties. Adding a water feature to a landscape is one such technique. Water gardens, koi ponds or fountains have been home landscaping trends for the past several years. Although water features can add an element of relaxation to landscapes, such features require maintenance to keep them attractive and running properly. The right design Homeowners should create a water feature d...

  • Volunteering is a great way to reduce senior stress

    Updated Sep 21, 2017

    The American Counseling Association Special to Village News As we age, few of us are going to be one of those smiling, gray-haired, fictional people that advertisers love to show. The reality is that many older Americans find themselves facing a variety of issues and problems that can bring substantial amounts of stress to their senior years. While any one of us can feel stress at any age, most stress-inducing events have a set deadline after which they end. A student might be anxious about an upcoming test or a businessman...

  • Two ways to get Medicare benefits

    Updated Sep 21, 2017

    Greg Dill Special to Village News At a family reunion last month, my Aunt Abby and Uncle Glen got into a squabble over the best way to get their Medicare benefits. Uncle Glen is an Original Medicare man and has been for nearly a decade. Aunt Abby prefers Medicare Advantage, which is similar to a health plan she had before enrolling in Medicare last spring. When they turned to me, asking me to referee and declare which form of Medicare is better, I gave them a big smile and answered, “Well, it depends.” Original Medicare and M...

  • San Diego suicides leveling off

    Updated Sep 21, 2017

    Jose A. Alvarez County of San Diego Communications Office After several years of continued increases, the number of people who commit suicide in the San Diego region has remained relatively the same. According to the San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council’s recently released 2017 Report to the Community, there were 431 deaths by suicide in 2016, four more than the previous year. “People are learning about the warning signs of suicide and reaching out for help,” county Supervisor Greg Cox said. “We hope we can turn th...

  • Annual screening for prostate cancer set for Sept. 30

    Updated Sep 21, 2017

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Regional Health District is teaming up with Dr. Philip Brodak of the Tri-Valley Urology Medical Group and the Fallbrook Family Health Center again this year to offer a free prostate cancer screening opportunity Saturday, Sept. 30 from 7 to 9 a.m. It will be held at Fallbrook Family Health Center, 1328 S. Mission Road (next to Northgate Market). Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the United States after skin cancer. It competes with lung cancer as the leading cause of death a...

  • San Diego County supervisors ratify hepatitis A emergency declaration

    Updated Sep 21, 2017

    James R. Riffel Special to Village News The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously ratified a declaration of a public health emergency in San Diego County Sept. 6 related to an outbreak of hepatitis A that has sickened nearly 400 people, 15 fatally. The emergency was declared by the county’s public health officer, Dr. Wilma Wooten, to gain further public awareness of the problem. In a presentation to the supervisors, Wooten said about two-thirds of the cases have been among people who were homeless or illicit d...

  • VanderLans wins steer wrestling at Tehachapi

    Updated Sep 21, 2017

    Jack VanderLans won the steer wrestling at the Aug. 18-19 Tehachapi Mountain PRCA Rodeo. The 2001 Fallbrook High School graduate had a time of 5.1 seconds on his Aug. 19 run to win the rodeo and the $1,104 first-place prize money. VanderLans also placed third in the tie-down roping with a time of 9.9 seconds, which added $830 to his earnings. “Tehachapi was great,” VanderLans said. “I drew real well.” Stock contractor Four Star Rodeo also supplied steers for the Sonoma County Fair Wine Country Rodeo, Aug. 5, in Santa Rosa, a...

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