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  • Chamber golf tournament tees off Sept. 25

    Updated Oct 1, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Chamber's Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Pala Mesa Resort is scheduled for tomorrow, Sept. 25 and everything is ready to go. All the fun starts midday, with check-in at 11 a.m. and shotgun start at 1 p.m. Tournament play is enhanced by a fabulous lunch, an opportunity drawing, a virtual silent auction, contests and golf awards. A portion of the proceeds will benefit REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program, a local nonprofit where children and a...

  • Veteran Frances Price turns 100 years old

    Christal Gaines-Emory, Intern|Updated Sep 29, 2020

    On Sept. 14, Frances Price celebrated a milestone birthday surrounded by family and friends. They were able to have a socially distant birthday celebration to commemorate her turning 100 years old. Price has lived in Fallbrook since 1954, and she raised her two sons, Chuck and David, in Fallbrook with her late husband David Price. "I love it here in Fallbrook," Price said. "I raised my family here, this is home to me." When she first came to Fallbrook, Price said it wasn't as...

  • Medicare open enrollment is Oct. 15 through Dec. 7

    Gregory Wright, UnitedHealthcare|Updated Sep 24, 2020

    Medicare open enrollment season is quickly approaching. During this time, Medicare beneficiaries make important choices that affect their medical costs, the doctors they see and prescription coverage for next year. Whether they are enrolling in Medicare for the first time or looking to change their coverage during Medicare’s annual enrollment, Dr. Anne Docimo, chief medical officer of UnitedHealthcare and responsible for outcomes of more than 50 million Medicare members, is offering some useful tips and information to help s...

  • Local vintners, "two Teds," receive awards

    Updated Sep 23, 2020

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  • FUESD tentatively plans to reopen Oct. 5

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer|Updated Sep 23, 2020

    Fallbrook Union Elementary School District administrators gave details on their tentative plans for restarting in-person instruction next month, should San Diego County keep new coronavirus cases low enough to remain in the public health tier that will allow such a move. Officials at FUESD’s Sept. 14 Governing Board meeting provided a look at a hybrid reopening plan that will provide in-person learning two days a week and virtual learning the other three, with both elementary and middle school students divided into two c...

  • American Legion stays busy, offering salmon dinner

    Updated Sep 23, 2020

    FALLBROOK – As the world crawls toward fall 2020, members of American Legion Post 776 in Fallbrook are challenged to find a new normal in the face of COVID-19, fires, smoke and ash. While forced to cancel many activities, members remain busy. They hosted a successful salmon dinner fundraiser earlier in the year and decided to do it again. The delicious blackened salmon was a huge hit and they hope those who missed it will join them on Sept. 25, 4-8 p.m. The meal includes r...

  • The story behind another art bench

    Nancy Heins Glaser, Special to Village News|Updated Sep 23, 2020

    During the Nov. 2, 2019, bench fundraiser for Save Our Forest, seven people stepped up to purchase the artwork of seven well-known artists in Fallbrook. The original white oak benches that were being replaced due to wear, were made by Robert Olds beginning in 1996. The special art auction helped underwrite costs for Save Our Forest's Environmental Education program. Fourth and fifth grade students of the Fallbrook Elementary School District are given this special program that...

  • Garden club hosts a virtual summer picnic

    Updated Sep 23, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Garden Club held its annual summer picnic virtually this year. However, families were the beneficiaries of all home-grown fruits and vegetables. More pictures and recipes can be found at www.fallbrookgardenclub.org. While visiting the website visitors can also check out the continuing virtual flower show, Busy Bees (kids') activities, a listing of local nurseries/garden suppliers, community resources, and links to Pest Notes, Plant Database and m...

  • SDG&E announces wildfire safety advancements for 2020 wildfire season

    Updated Sep 23, 2020

    SAN DIEGO – Building on its commitment to wildfire safety, San Diego Gas and Electric is implementing new and additional wildfire safety tools and enhancements in 2020 that will help prevent powerline wildfire ignitions and reduce impacts associated with public safety power shut-offs. Some enhancements were tested early this fire season, by the first set of Santa Ana winds and elevated fire weather conditions last week, and the results were positive. Enhancements include new physical improvements to SDG&E electrical i...

  • 'Necessary Sacrifices' is an invitation to eavesdrop

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to Village News|Updated Sep 23, 2020

    It is a brilliant opener for North Coast Repertory's 39th season. Like other local theatres NCRep has gone online. Playing online until Oct. 11, "Necessary Sacrifices" is an imagined-historical work by playwright Richard Hellesen about conversations between Abraham Lincoln and his visitor Frederick Douglass. Albeit there are no written accounts of what actually was said, no notes by Lincoln exist of either of the two meetings, just the same, both meetings were documented in...

  • SD Farm Bureau scholarships awarded to local ag students

    Updated Sep 23, 2020

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego County Farm Bureau recently announced its 2020-2021 scholarship recipients. Each year scholarships are awarded to outstanding students who are pursuing a degree in agriculture, horticulture or a closely related field. Primary criteria for awards are career goals, work experience, financial need, grades and written expression. Secondary criteria are extracurricular activities and academic honors. This year, 12 scholarships were awarded to 10 deserving students, with awards ranging between $1,000 to $5,000...

  • State of the Chamber event highlights Fallbrook Strong

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Sep 23, 2020

    The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce's State of the Chamber event was unlike any other in the business-promoting organization's history. First, the entire event held Wednesday, Sept. 16, was shorter in length than any held previously. Secondly, no food was provided, though guests were encouraged to purchase something from a chamber member restaurant before joining the party. Oh yes, thirdly, nobody was allowed to physically attend either. That's of course because the entire event...

  • California State Parks passPORTS program goes virtual for K-12 students

    Updated Sep 23, 2020

    CALIFORNIA – The school field trip to California State Parks is being reimagined thanks to a new partnership between California State Parks, Parks California and Computer-Using Educators. California is home to some of the country's most unique and precious cultural, natural and historic resources, and a new passPORTS online adventure will help make it possible for students from across the state to experience them. The new pilot program, passPORTS, will use a blended access a...

  • 23 new coronavirus cases in Fallbrook again

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer|Updated Sep 23, 2020

    The Fallbrook area is reporting 520 coronavirus cases as of Sept. 21, an increase of 23 cases over last week – the exact same increase in cases from the week before that. More than 1% of the population of the 92028 ZIP code has tested positive for the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. 92028 includes Fallbrook as well as Rainbow and De Luz. The 92028 ZIP code currently has San Diego County’s 35th highest rate of coronavirus infections per 100,000 people, as well as the 43rd lowest rate in the county. Nearby Bon...

  • Charles family receives keys to HFOT home in Fallbrook

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Sep 23, 2020

    Normally at a Homes for Our Troops Key Ceremony event, those in attendance to welcome home the family would watch with joy in seeing children running around the property, in and out of rooms, enjoying their very own new space. But due to COVID-19 and restrictions, this time, the people tuning in on a Zoom call would just have to take the family's word for it Saturday, Sept. 18, when Marine Corporal Darryl Charles, along with his wife Desiree Mercardo, and their son, Kingsley,...

  • Fallbrook Music Society presents rare violin octet, Hutchins Consort

    Updated Sep 23, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Music Society continues its 43rd Annual Concert Season with Hutchins Consort, a new violin family. This concert is free and "on demand" beginning Sept. 27 on the Fallbrook Music Society homepage, FallbrookMusicSociety.org. "We're excited to present Hutchins Consort, not only because this violin octet is considered among the rarest instruments in the world, but also because this performance will once again, demonstrate just how far traditional i...

  • 'A Weekend with Pablo Picasso' is now online

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to Village News|Updated Sep 23, 2020

    San Diego Repertory Theatre’s one-man show “A Weekend with Pablo Picasso,” written and performed by Herbert Siguenza, is available online through Oct. 14. It is 80 minutes of charming, sophisticated adult content. When I saw this show last year at New Village Arts it was spectacular. As Siguenza is a resident artist at San Diego Rep, this performance will no doubt be equally as fabulous. Visit https://www.sdrep.org/ for your $35 ticket to view with your adult family membe...

  • FUESD seeks candidates for open school board seat

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer|Updated Sep 23, 2020

    The Fallbrook Union Elementary School District is soliciting applications to fill the governing board seat vacated by former board member Patty De Jong, who announced in August that she was stepping down. FUESD’s board voted 3-0, with Lisa Masten absent, Thursday, Sept. 17, to fill De Jong’s seat for the remainder of her term – which was set to end in 2022 – through an appointment process. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 30, Singh said. Board members Caron Lieber and Susan Liebes will serve on a provisi...

  • Administrative court rulings require school districts to provide in-person special education services

    Updated Sep 23, 2020

    GUASTI, Calif. – The forced school district closure during COVID-19 has been a challenge for students, parents, and teachers alike. The struggle is even more pronounced for students in special education. During state closure, many school districts stopped providing services to students in special education. In the California Office of Administrative Hearings, Administrative Judge Cara Lucier recently ruled in favor of a student in Pleasanton. The student argued that distance learning did not compare to the in-school l...

  • Artists capture nature in Plein Air Contest

    Updated Sep 23, 2020

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  • Tips for saving money shopping online

    Rebecca Gramuglia, Special to Village News|Updated Sep 23, 2020

    While these last six months have been like no other, many have had to adjust their routines and finances. And according to a recent survey conducted by TopCashback.com, the USA’s most generous cashback site, 42% of Americans have been spending less money in the past six months. To keep the savings strong and the momentum going, here are 10 must-know online shopping tips to save big. 1. Comparison shop. Even during popular sale times of the year like Black Friday and Prime Day, it’s always a good idea to compare prices. Bef...

  • Renewable energy zones to be explained at FCAT meeting

    Updated Sep 23, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Climate Action Team will present a talk about Green Energy Zones Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. Pierre "Pete" Beauregard, a Ramona rancher, will be the speaker. The Wednesday date is a change from the group's usual date on the last Tuesday of the month. Beauregard is the owner and builder of Casa Aguila, San Diego's first net zero energy home. He is a successful farmer using advanced irrigation methods and sustainable planting. He will talk a...

  • Open enrollment choices can have big financial impact

    Brian Schrock, Edward Jones Financial Advisor|Updated Sep 23, 2020

    FALLBROOK – It’s that time of year again, where, if you work for a medium-to-large employer, you’ve got some decisions to make because it’s open enrollment time. Of course, depending on your situation, you may have been working remotely for a while, but, even so, you will likely have the opportunity to review your benefits package and make changes. And you’ll want to make the right moves, because your choices can have a big financial impact on your life. So, take a close look at these key areas of your benefits program: Healt...

  • New study finds Fallbrook and Rainbow Water districts have subsidized the Water Authority by nearly $50 million

    Updated Sep 23, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Two North County water districts have been paying more to the San Diego County Water Authority than the benefits they receive from the authority, according to a comprehensive analysis released recently. The study, conducted by San Diego-based London Moeder Advisors, concludes that the Fallbrook Public Utility District and the Rainbow Municipal Water District have collectively paid $49.5 million more to the Authority over the past 10 years when compared to the benefits these districts have received from the a...

  • Fallbrook Woman's Club to display scarecrows

    Updated Sep 23, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Woman’s Club had its first meeting of the club’s calendar year this month via Zoom. The FWC is complying with the state’s mandate, as well as the California Federation of Women’s Clubs, by not holding regular in-person monthly meetings. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month via Zoom, for now. Advice is available on the use of the Zoom app for members and guests requesting more information. The meetings are social, fun and are focused on participating in community events and serving t...

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