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Articles from the September 28, 2023 edition


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  • Stevie wonders "Are you happy? Or angry?"

    Updated Sep 28, 2023

    Steven Schindler Special to the Village News A year or so ago, I decided to pick up a sport I had stopped playing a couple of decades ago: ice hockey. The last game I had played in, when I was in my 40s, resulted in a trip to the E.R. Fortunately nothing was broken, except my enthusiasm for playing ice hockey. An opposing player apparently didn’t appreciate the fact that I had just scored a nice goal, and on the very next play, he cross-checked me from behind into the boards. It was a dirty play, and I think he received a t...

  • Modern Square Dance Lessons are coming to Fallbrook

    Updated Sep 28, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The Temecula Grape Stompers Square Dance Club will hold a beginning square dance class at Zion Lutheran's Fellowship Hall, 1405 E. Fallbrook Street starting Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 6:15-7:45 p.m. The first night of class is free, then $7 a lesson each week. Class will be open for two weeks for new dancers. Wear casual clothes and comfy shoes with smooth soles or bring a pair of nylon socks to wear over your shoes. The club was founded in 1980 and will be celebrating i...

  • RWC Fallbrook announces guest speakers for Oct. 13 meet

    Updated Sep 28, 2023

    FALLBROOK — The Republican Women of California’s Fallbrook club announces the guest speakers for the Friday, Oct. 13 meeting will be Steve Tuminello and Eileen Delaney. Steve Tuminello is the California State Director of the Sheriff’s and Peace Officer’s Constitution Association, who will teach constitutional education to law enforcement. Eileen Delaney is the President of the Fallbrook Planning Group. The meeting will take place at the Historic Mission Theater located at 231 North Main. The doors open at 9:30 a.m., and the...

  • Fallbrook Rotary Club honors outstanding FUESD students of the month

    Updated Sep 28, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Rotary Club proudly announces Jeremy Escobedo and Jizelly Ramirez as the Rotary Students of the Month for September 2023. These exceptional students from Fallbrook STEM Academy are recognized for their outstanding academic achievements and exemplary leadership. Each month, the Fallbrook Rotary Club selects two students from a Fallbrook school to celebrate their dedication to education and their positive impact within their school community. This m...

  • Fallbrook Village Rotary learns about the Foundation of Senior Care

    Updated Sep 28, 2023

    FALLBROOK – Donor Development Specialist Joanna Costello and Executive Director Perla Hurtado of the Foundation for Senior Care spoke at the Fallbrook Village Rotary club meeting Sept. 12 about helping seniors in Fallbrook. The Foundation for Senior Care, a nonprofit, charitable organization in Fallbrook established in 1979, is committed to providing services that help seniors maintain both physical and mental wellbeing, live independently as long as possible, and age with dig...

  • D'Vine Path offers Kindred Hearts support gatherings

    Updated Sep 28, 2023

    FALLBROOK – On every third Thursday, D'Vine Path will be hosting "Kindred Hearts," a support group for parents and caretakers of adult children with disabilities. Kindred Hearts provides attendees with a close-knit support system full of resources and welcoming arms. The group was originally started in 2020 by D'Vine Path Executive Director Lenila Lingad Batali and has continued to grow ever since. After noticing a need for support within the community, Batali began Kindred H...

  • Empowering Women: Prioritizing breast health through education and self-care

    Updated Sep 28, 2023

    Jacquelyn Long Medical Massage Specialist In today's fast-paced world, where the demands of daily life often take precedence, it's crucial to pause and reflect on the significance of women's health, particularly breast health. Breast health is not just a matter of physical well-being; it is intertwined with a woman's emotional and mental health, her self-esteem, and her overall quality of life. To ensure women can lead healthy and fulfilling lives, it is imperative to raise awareness about the importance of caring for their...

  • Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus at Los Peñasquitos Lagoon

    Updated Sep 28, 2023

    Shauni Lyles County of San Diego Communications Office A batch of mosquitoes collected from the north end of Los Peñasquitos Lagoon adjacent to Del Mar and parts of San Diego recently tested positive for West Nile virus, prompting county environmental health officials to remind people to protect themselves from mosquitoes that can transmit the virus to people. County officials said people should continue to follow the county’s “Prevent, Protect, Report” guidelines, including finding and dumping out standing water around homes...

  • Parents can learn all about safety awareness

    Updated Sep 28, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The San Diego County Sheriff’s Fallbrook Substation presents a “Parents Guide on Safety Awareness” class in English and in Spanish, Thursday, Oct. 5 from 6-7:15 p.m. at the Community Health & Wellness Center, 1636 E. Mission Road. This workshop is for parents with children aged 17 to 23 years old. Agenda topics include an introduction to local law enforcement, the importance of reporting suspicious activity, calling 911 versus the Sheriff’s non-emergency line, a human trafficking presentation, safe social me...

  • Mindful BODYs - Oceanside Addiction Treatment Center ready to help the community

    Updated Sep 28, 2023

    OCEANSIDE – Nearly 300,000 people in San Diego County have a substance abuse problem. The use of fentanyl has become rampant and approximately 84% of opioid-related overdose deaths in California were related to fentanyl. It is estimated that only 1 in 10 people facing addiction seek help for recovery. That means that of the 20.8 million people who meet the criteria for a substance abuse disorder (according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health), only 2.2 million received treatment of any type. Asking for help and find...

  • Notice of Preparation for Socially Equitable Cannabis Program is available for review

    Updated Sep 28, 2023

    SAN DIEGO COUNTY – The following document is ready for public review: Notice of Preparation Document and Public Scoping Meetings for a Draft Environmental Impact Report. Planning and Development Services (PDS) is seeking public and agency input on the scope and content of the environmental information to be contained in the Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) being prepared for the Socially Equitable Cannabis Program (Cannabis Program). PDS has prepared a Notice of Preparation (NOP), which describes the probable environ...

  • Worker of the Week offers great customer service

    Updated Sep 28, 2023

    Rubi Casas, manager of Auto International Insurance, is ready to help a customer find the best and most competitive auto insurance rates. Located at 1368 South Mission Road, Casas has 10 years of experience in the business and has been at this location five years. Her customers said they return due to her great customer service. Her goal is to own and operate her own Auto and Registration service in the near future. Village News/David Landry photo...

  • County Community Development Block grant applications open

    Updated Sep 28, 2023

    Cassie N. Saunders County of San Diego Communications Office The County of San Diego’s Housing and Community Development Services (HCDS) has opened the 2024-2025 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) project applications. Applications are available online, including a printable hard copy option at www.sdhcd.org. HCDS will accept applications through Nov. 10, 2023, at 5 p.m. The CDBG program aims to develop urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment and by expanding economic oppor...

  • Evacuations lifted after commercial building fire in Valley Center

    Updated Sep 28, 2023

    VALLEY CENTER - A Terra-Gen's battery power and storage plant commercial fire in Valley Center on Monday, Sept. 18, prompted an evacuation. The fire started around 5:15 p.m. at a building at Valley Center Road and Vesper Road, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. An evacuation center was established at Valley Center High School. Evacuation and shelter-in-place orders were lifted around 8:30 p.m., and all roads in the area affected by the fire were reopened,...

  • Four ways homeowners can use their equity

    Jane Kepley, Special to the Village News|Updated Sep 28, 2023

    Equity is the difference between your home’s value and your mortgage balance — and most homeowners have gained a lot of it over the past few years. Thanks to rising home prices, most homeowners are sitting on more equity than they might think. The typical homeowner had about $270,000 in home equity at the beginning of 2023. You can tap into home equity when you need it for home repairs, medical bills, college tuition or any other expense you might face. Here are four met...

  • Review of all things Real Estate: Economic and local real estate news plus a Public Service Announcement

    Updated Sep 28, 2023

    Bob Hillery CR Properties On Wednesday, Sept. 20, the Federal Reserve met and voted to not raise the prime rate but reserved the option of raising the prime rate one more time before the end of the year. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell prefaced his comments about the potential for further rate hikes by emphasizing that decisions will depend on “incoming data and their implications for the outlook for economic activity and inflation.” Which means that they will analyze the numbers and trends between now and the next two...

  • A free real estate fraud-fighting notification service is available

    Updated Sep 28, 2023

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego County’s Office of the Taxpayer Advocate, led by Assessor Jordan Marks, offers property owners “Owner Alert,” a free real estate fraud notification service. Owner Alert sends subscribers that register with the service an automated email notification anytime a document is recorded with the Recorder’s office that transfers title to the property or records a lien on a registered name. Marks said, “Owner Alert is a free fraud-fighting service from your San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk’s off...

  • Trikafta, revolutionary cystic fibrosis drug, wins $3 Million Breakthrough Prize

    Updated Sep 28, 2023

    Village News Staff Researchers behind the groundbreaking cystic fibrosis treatment, Trikafta, have been honored with the prestigious $3-million Breakthrough Prize. Sabine Hadida, Paul Negulescu, and Fredrick Van Goor, of Vertex Pharmaceuticals in San Diego, developed the drug which they report has significantly improved the lives of those suffering from the genetic disorder. Trikafta, targeting a specific protein associated with cystic fibrosis, has successfully extended the...

  • Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative to meet Oct. 12

    Updated Sep 28, 2023

    VISTA — Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland will host the North County Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative meeting Thursday, Oct. 12, at 9 a.m. The meeting will be held at United Methodist Church of Vista, located at 490 S. Melrose Ave., in the upper level Community Room. The event is free to the public, and complimentary coffee and pastries will be provided. The meeting’s guest speaker will be Megan House, Policy Advisor for County Supervisor Jim Desmond. House covers the area of Health and Human Ser...

  • Ready for wildfire: Grant funding to create wildfire prepared communities

    Updated Sep 28, 2023

    SACRAMENTO – Homeowners in six California counties will soon begin receiving home retrofits with ignition resistant materials to California’s most vulnerable populations as part of the California Wildfire Mitigation Program. The pilot home hardening initiative provides funding for defensible space and ignition resistant retrofits to harden approximately 2,500 homes in six counties over the next three years. The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prot...

  • Governor awards $20 Million for Tribal Homelessness and Housing Projects

    Updated Sep 28, 2023

    SACRAMENTO – On Sept. 22, California Native American Day, Governor Gavin Newsom announced $20 million in grants to 22 Native American tribes to support projects aimed at addressing housing insecurity and preventing and ending homelessness in their communities. The grantees span the state from San Diego County to Siskiyou County, and represent communities of varying sizes and capacities, including smaller and more rural tribes that often experience additional barriers to accessing funding and resources. Newsom said, “In Califo...

  • California cities, counties frustrated by homeless camps, complain to US Supreme Court

    Updated Sep 28, 2023

    By Carol Cassis The Epoch Times Some local officials filed a legal brief to the U.S. Supreme Court last week seeking guidance on dealing with homeless encampments, which they say have become out of control. The California State Association of Counties and the League of California Cities told justices in the brief, filed Sept. 19, that federal court rulings over the last five years have made addressing health and safety concerns surrounding homeless encampments “unworkable.” Some cities have enacted ordinances over the yea...

  • California Tribal Housing Bills AB 371 and SB 18 approved by state legislature

    Updated Sep 28, 2023

    PALA — The Pala Band of Mission Indians is pleased by the recent passage of California tribal housing bills AB 371 (Garcia) and SB 18 (Maguire) by the state legislature. The two bills are awaiting review by Governor Newsom. The legislation makes critical improvements to California's Tribal Housing Grants Programs and creates additional resources for tribal housing. “Tribes have the highest rates of poverty, substandard and overcrowded homes, homelessness, and failing or nonexistent infrastructure of any population in the sta...

  • Immigration failures

    Updated Sep 28, 2023

    Supervisor Jim Desmond 5th District For the past four days, we have witnessed an unprecedented influx of migrants from all corners of the world being dropped off at transit stations throughout San Diego County. At the time of writing this, over 5,000 individuals have entered our region, and the numbers show no sign of slowing down. Our immigration system appears non-existent, and people from far and wide are capitalizing on the federal government's apparent ineptness. Let me be clear: this situation is neither humane nor...

  • Repealing Proposition 13?

    Updated Sep 28, 2023

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron 75th District As many of you know, I work hard in Sacramento to fight taxes, fees and overbearing regulations. Californians continue to suffer under our excessively high cost-of-living, partly a result of the highest income, gasoline and sales taxes in the United States. Fortunately, we have Proposition 13 to keep property taxes in check, but those protections are now in serious jeopardy. Proposition 13, which limits yearly property tax increases to 2% for every property owner, remains one of the...

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