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Articles from the September 21, 2023 edition


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  • California Connections Academy students return for 2023-2024 school year

    Updated Sep 22, 2023

    SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — California Connections Academy schools, a network of tuition-free online public schools serving students in grades TK-12, began its 2023-24 school year today, welcoming students as they log on for their first day of virtual learning. Since 2004, California Connections Academy has provided a high-quality online learning experience, serving more than 8,200 students from cities and towns across the state. California Connections Academy has a dedicated team of educators who understand the unique dynamics...

  • Kicking It while exploring new places

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to The Village News|Updated Sep 20, 2023

    Besides the joy of spending time with the grandkids, additionally, I get a special reward every time they burst through the front door. You see, from where I sit on the far sofa, I get to enjoy a perfectly framed picture of one branch of our blooming Jacaranda tree in the front yard. Speaking of wondrous views, we have another one from the kitchen window. Throughout the day from sunup to sunset, we watch Oriole families chow down the nectar in the onetime hummingbird feeder. N...

  • Supervisors accept roadside vegetation management program grant, authorize contracts

    Updated Sep 20, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved the acceptance of a federal grant for a roadside vegetation management program intended to increase wildfire preparedness in unincorporated San Diego County and authorized the issuance of solicitations for contracts. The 4-0 vote Aug. 29, with one vacant seat, authorized the acceptance of a $1,500,000 Community Project Funds Grant from the United States Forest Service and authorized the director of the county’s Department of Purchasing and...

  • Annual Charity Golf Tournament

    Updated Sep 20, 2023

    FALLBROOK - Calling all golfers! The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce is inviting golfers to register for the Fallbrook Chamber's Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Vista Valley Country Club, scheduled for Friday, Sept 29. All the fun starts bright and early with registration at 7 a.m. and a shotgun start at 8:30 am. Tournament play is enhanced by a grab and go breakfast, Bang the Gong contest, a Helicopter Ball Drop, an opportunity drawing, contests on the course, golf awards...

  • Happy 65th anniversary to Joseph and Norma Sanfilippo!

    Updated Sep 20, 2023

    Joe and Norma met at the age of 14 years old in Massapequa, Long Island, New York. They have been residents of Fallbrook for over 35 years. Their four loving children and three grandchildren wish them much happiness and many more blessings ahead....

  • Climate effect on coral reef ecosystems

    Updated Sep 20, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Climate Action Team (FCAT) will present Orion McCarthy in a Zoom meeting Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Originally from Maryland, fifth-year PhD student Orion McCarthy is studying marine biology with a focus on coral reef ecology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. His research has taken him to beautiful destinations to learn about changes in these critical ecosystems with changes in climate. McCarthy studies how coral reefs in...

  • Harvest Faire is coming next month

    Updated Sep 20, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce will once again host the annual Harvest Faire on Sunday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Avenue in historic downtown Fallbrook. This faire will include local artisan craft vendors, as well as a beer and wine garden, pony rides, pie baking contest, pumpkin and costume contests, live music, local foods, fall-themed treats, nonprofits with crafts for kids and more. Also on display will be an abundance of locally handcrafted...

  • FWC's annual Day of Service, seeking donations

    Updated Sep 20, 2023

    FALLBROOK — Fallbrook Woman's Club is hosting their annual Day of Service Sept. 30, 2023, to collect needed items for Michelle’s Place and Unhoused Fallbrook High School students. Everyone is invited to stop by and drop off items such as toiletries and school supplies during the event, located at Carriage House at 238 W. Mission from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Needed toiletries include sanitary items, deodorant (scented and unscented), wipes, dry shampoo, combs/brushes, hair ties, toothbrush/toothpaste, tissues, slipper socks,...

  • Trumpet player to give concert at Fallbrook Library

    Updated Sep 20, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The Freaney and Friends free September concert will be held Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. in the Community Room at Fallbrook Library and will feature musician Elizabeth Howard. Howard is a native of San Diego. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Boston University and a Master of Music from Yale University, both for trumpet performance. She has performed with the San Diego Symphony, Orchestra Nova, and at the Old Globe. Outside the classical music scene, she is...

  • Santa Barbara Trio to perform unique concert in Fallbrook

    Updated Sep 20, 2023

    FALLBROOK - The Santa Barbara Trio will make its debut appearance in Fallbrook on Sunday, Sept. 24 at the Mission Theater. Presented by Fallbrook Music Society, the trio will offer the audience an engaging program with works ranging from classical composers such as Tchaikovsky to an adaptation of Lord of the Rings for trio. Santa Barbara Trio was created by internationally recognized pianist Jacopo Giacopuzzi. No stranger to the Fallbrook stage, Giacopuzzi has performed in...

  • Quilt guild holds workshop on new pattern

    Updated Sep 20, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Quilt Guild had the pleasure of having Jeff Warner as their September speaker. Warner shared his exciting trunk show called "The Shape of Bargello." Members then had the opportunity to participate in Saturday's workshop creating the "Kaleidoscope Snowflake." Guild meetings are held the first Thursday of the month at the Fallbrook Community Center, 341 Heald Lane. The Oct. 5 meeting will begin with the program at 1 p.m. Submitted by the Fallbrook...

  • Sheriff Log

    Updated Sep 20, 2023

    September 10th 9/10/2023 4700 blk Pala Rd Shoplift - Petty Theft(Shoplift) Victim #1 - Victim Of Petty Theft(Shoplift) 9/10/2023 Pankey Rd@Pala Rd Suspicious Vehicle - Possess Controlled Substance Arrestee #1 - Warrant/Probable Cause Arrest-Existing Case - Arrested For 1. Possess Controlled Substance 2. Misdemeanor Other Agency's Warrant 9/10/2023 3700 blk Oakview Ct Domestic Violence - Spousal/Cohabitant Abuse With Minor Injury - Victim #1 - Apparent Minor Injury - Arrestee #1 - Probable Cause Arrest-New Case - Arrested For...

  • Mission Theater to celebrate 75 years in Fallbrook

    Updated Sep 20, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The Mission Theater is holding a 75th anniversary special event, Saturday, Oct. 7; doors open at 6 p.m. The community is invited to attend the celebration which includes a slideshow presentation, complimentary glass of champagne, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary piece of cake. The event also features a screening of the first movie ever shown at the theater, in 1948, “Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein.” Pre-sale tickets are $20, tickets bought at the door are $25. To purchase tickets...

  • Healthy habits for Bonsall and Fallbrook folks – Melanoma and protecting our skin from cancer

    Updated Sep 20, 2023

    Dr. Megan Johnson McCullough Special to the Village News The most serious type of cancer is melanoma. Cancer develops in cells called melanocytes which are the cells that make melanin. We get our skin color (pigment) from melanocytes. Therefore, melanoma is often generalized as skin cancer. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the major cause of this skin condition, which can come from the sun and/or UV tanning beds. If detected early, melanoma can be treated. Limiting...

  • Boys in foster care need male advocates and role models to speak up for them

    Updated Sep 20, 2023

    SAN DIEGO — Often, children in foster care do not have a reliable male figure or positive male role model in their lives. These children need good experiences with men who will keep them safe. Voices for Children recruits and trains caring volunteers, known as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), to provide supportive services for youth in foster care and advocate for their needs. The organization is currently in high need of compassionate and empathetic men to step up and become volunteer CASAs to advocate for boys...

  • FARE and CVS partner for The Teal Pumpkin Project, bringing safe and inclusive offerings to food allergy community

    Updated Sep 20, 2023

    MCLEAN, VA — FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education), the nation’s leading non-profit organization engaged in food allergy advocacy and largest private funder of food allergy research, and CVS Pharmacy, part of the Pharmacy & Consumer Wellness division of CVS Health, one of America’s most trusted health care solutions brands, have again joined forces to promote food allergy inclusivity during major holidays and observances throughout the year. Starting with FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project this Halloween season, CVS...

  • Good News Club® programs to start in October

    Updated Sep 20, 2023

    Colleen Sharp Special to the Village News On Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 2:30-3:45 p.m., a new and exciting Good News Club will start at Fallbrook's Live Oak Elementary School in the multi-purpose room. Megan Dixon and her team will lead children ages 5-12 in a Bible lesson, missionary story, memory verse lesson, games and singing. Signed permission slips are required and they will be handed out a week in advance, or parents can sign up online. Registration will also be available...

  • Kids say the funniest things

    Updated Sep 20, 2023

    Quotes from brothers Jameson, 7, and Seamus, 5, over the years. Submitted by their mother Kathy Custer (At grandma and grandpa's home, kitchen drawers and cupboard doors are opening then slamming shut)...Boom! Slam! Boom! Tutu: "Jameson, may I help you find something?" Jameson, age 3: "Yes, I'm looking for Grampy." ___________ Jameson, age 3: "It's not time for me to get out of the bathtub. Look, my fingers don't look like pineapples yet." __________ Mom:"I heard you had a visit from a Pirate today. Did he leave his booty?"...

  • We have adjourned

    Updated Sep 20, 2023

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron 75th District The Legislature adjourned Sept. 14. We will reconvene for the second half of the 2023 – 2024 session Jan. 3. Several of my bills received final legislative approval last week. These include AB 1233, to help reduce opioid-related deaths in tribal communities by mandating assistance to tribal governments applying for naloxone and other opioid antagonist medications. AB 829 will allow courts to order persons on probation for animal abuse to undergo mental health evaluations and counse...

  • Choosing the next President

    Updated Sep 20, 2023

    The importance of the next presidential election cannot be overstated. It should be a referendum on the abysmal economy and the societal upheaval that Biden and his Democrat cronies have served up for us. By every metric, Joe and his court jesters at the DNC have failed to meet their rudimentary obligations to the American people. So, who will lead us out of this quagmire: Cornel West, Pence, Nikki Haley, Newsom, or none of the above? RFK Jr. would undoubtedly make a far better choice for President than the grifter-in-chief....

  • Discussing politics with family and friends

    Updated Sep 20, 2023

    I’m old enough to remember a time when people with opposing political views could have a spirited discussion about the candidates they were supporting. Although minds were seldom changed by the end of the discussion, the parties, more often than not, remained on friendly terms. That no longer seems to be the case in our current emotionally charged political environment. Thinking back to the Stevenson-Eisenhower (1952/1956) and Kennedy-Nixon (1960) presidential contests, I don’t recall anything approaching the level of...

  • Human trafficking town hall

    Updated Sep 20, 2023

    Supervisor Jim Desmond 5th District As you may be aware, San Diego ranks among the top cities in the nation for human trafficking. This is a harrowing issue that affects far too many lives in our community, and it is our responsibility to do everything in our power to stop it. In our ongoing commitment to combat this pressing problem, we have recently introduced legislation to educate our students about the signs to look for when approached by potential traffickers. We believe that education is a vital tool in preventing...

  • Re: 'Hello Village News Readers, I'm back!' [Village News, Wilson letter, 9/7/23]

    Updated Sep 20, 2023

    We’ve been graced with the great announcement from Linda Wilson “Hello Village News Readers, I’m back” after taking a mental health break. I now understand a little better of why the left is so delusional and hateful. They suffer from the indoctrination of their fake news and mental illness caused by the left’s lies. So as compassionate humans, we need to save them from themselves with real news reporting which is what the Village News does. I feel sorry for your husband if you are letting the people you hate so...

  • I have some questions that I would love some feedback on in letters next week.

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated Sep 20, 2023

    The issues surrounding minors, transgender, gender-fluid, non-binary, etc don’t seem to be going away. This life-changing, family-changing cultural phenomena is complex and controversial. Teenage gender transitions and the impact on families and individuals involved can be permanent and sometimes fatal. For that reason, we have to discuss it continuously, especially as all these issues work their way through the courts, and so far, our Governor and our AG seem to be on the...

  • Re: 'Will America continue with liberty…' [Village News, Reeder editorial, 9/14/23]

    Updated Sep 20, 2023

    Julie asked the rhetorical question: "Will America continue with liberty and justice for all, one nation under God?" The short answer is you can't continue something that doesn't already exist. Liberty and justice for all is our ideal, but we are too far off the mark today. Cases of racism are regularly in the news. A two-tier system of justice prevails. Wealthy people can afford to spend millions on expert lawyers to defend, delay, and buy their way out of jail time. The poor may spend days in jail, just waiting for their...

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