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Articles from the October 8, 2020 edition

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  • County Employees Help Charitable Organizations with Annual Grants

    Updated Nov 2, 2020

    SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Employees’ Charitable Organization is now accepting applications for 2021 CECO grants. Grant applications must be received by Monday, Nov. 2. Since 1956, CECO has funded local nonprofit programs with the mission of lending a hand toward addressing the diverse needs in San Diego. CECO is funded by the generosity of the employees and retirees of the County of San Diego. One hundred percent of contributions are redirected to the local community. In 2020, CECO distributed $132,277 among 83 loc...

  • Keeping bees benefits a garden in Fallbrook

    Fallbrook resident and beekeeper Scott Garnes opens his beehive during his routine checkup of the hive. Garnes aspired to create an apiary to help promote pollination of his home garden – not for producing honey as so commonly assumed. In spring of 2020, he began studying and acquiring the supplies needed to have a beehive of his own. This past July, he was able to attain his first bee colony. He found a homeowner who needed a colony of bees removed from a bag of hockey equipment. Garnes successfully removed the colony and w...

  • FPUD approves final change order for Winter Haven Road pipeline replacement

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Oct 8, 2020

    Unforeseen conditions caused a change order to the Fallbrook Public Utility District contract to replace the pipeline along Winter Haven Road, but it was the only change order needed in the contract to replace approximately 2,570 feet of pipeline. The Sept. 28 FPUD board meeting included a 5-0 vote to approve the change order and also to approve the notice of completion for the project. The $52,445.38 change order brought the total contract amount to $802,845.36. Kirtley Construction, which does business as TK Construction, w...

  • Produce being sold at the Farmer's Market

    Farmers market opens on Main every Saturday

    Juan Villegas of Canyon View Farm sells produce at the Fallbrook Main Avenue Farmers Market. Vendors interested in joining the farmers market can visit or call 760-728-5845....

  • Vounteers at the Fallbrook Food Pantry

    Fallbrook Food Pantry named Nonprofit of the Year and raises $138,000 for charity event

    Lexington Howe, Staff Writer

    The Fallbrook Food Pantry was recently named one of the Nonprofits of the Year in California. "Out of the entire state of California there are over 170,000 nonprofits," Shae Gawlak, executive director of the Fallbrook Food Pantry, said. "100 nonprofits were chosen in the state to receive the acknowledgement of Nonprofit of the Year, and we were one of them." Besides the acknowledgement, the pantry has also done well in fundraising this year, despite the pandemic. "We've...

  • Child sitting in hospital bed

    Haunted Hallows to raise funds for lymphoma patient

    Updated Oct 7, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The Haunted Hallows of Fallbrook returns to town this year, Oct. 23-31, from 6-9 p.m., after being held in Rainbow last year. Creator Jeff Woodrey also has a new cause to support, "Hope for Marilyn," a GoFundMe campaign 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. There is no entry fee to enter the Haunted H...

  • Angelica Orozco on Alzheimer's walk

    Fallbrook resident goes on solo walk for Alzheimer's

    Christal Gaines-Emory, Intern|Updated Oct 7, 2020

    On the morning of Sept. 26, Angelica Orozco began her solo walk through Fallbrook to end Alzheimer's. After her grandfather was diagnosed with dementia in 2014, Orozco promised her grandmother that she would take care of him. Her grandmother died shortly after that, and Orozco has been caring for her grandfather ever since. When he was first diagnosed, Orozco fully immersed herself in all the information she could find. It wasn't until 2016 when she learned about the annual...

  • Water storage tank

    FPUD amends design services contract for CUP

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Oct 7, 2020

    The Fallbrook Public Utility District's professional services contract for the Santa Margarita River Conjunctive Use Project has been amended. A 5-0 FPUD board vote Sept. 28 added $733,655 to the contract with Infrastructure Engineering Corporation to provide design services for the Conjunctive Use Project. The contract amendment also revises the scope of work to reflect additional demands on IEC. The Santa Margarita Conjunctive Use Project being pursued by FPUD, Camp...

  • Green lawn

    Learn the art of firescaping Part II

    Roger Boddaert, Special to Village News|Updated Oct 7, 2020

    In my last writings on the art of firescaping, I gave a broad overview of some basic concepts to this vital subject for you and yours to consider around your home, and phase II will expand on that. In years past, we would think of the autumn months as the most important time of year to be aware of fires after a hot and dry summer. This is no longer the case for the fire season has extended throughout the year's calendar due to the unique climate and weather changes occurring...

  • Hawktober Virtual Series showcases birds of prey at county parks

    Updated Oct 7, 2020

    SAN DIEGO – County park rangers will share fun, fascinating details about hawks, owls, kestrels, and falcons through educational videos filmed onsite at county parks. One or two birds will be introduced in each video that explore their physicality, where they live, how they hunt, what they eat and other fun facts. The stars of this month, Penelope, Mutaah, Violet and Turbo, also have their own limited-edition trading cards that will be offered to park visitors. These sessions will be presented online via Y...

  • Kicking It in the kitchen

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to Village News|Updated Oct 7, 2020

    The COVID-19 virus was the inspiration for Church Ladies Potluck. After watching endless hours of cooking shows, not one show celebrated the ladies who share their prized recipes with their friends after services. And now our second episode of Church Ladies Potluck is on YouTube. It has really been fun to do. Local videographer Cassidy Mitchell has done a bang-up job. For future episodes, we’re lining up interested congregations. It’s free to each church. Now that we have two...

  • Felix Cavaliere singing and playing the keyboard in concert.

    Felix Cavaliere's Rascals to resume touring Oct. 16 at Pala

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Oct 7, 2020

    Felix Cavaliere's Rascals will be performing at Pala Casino's Starlight Theater on Oct. 16, which will be the first classic band concert at Pala since the coronavirus outbreak and will also be the first concert for Felix Cavaliere's Rascals since the shutdown. "We're looking forward to it," Cavaliere said. "Everybody's really anxious to play. We really miss it." Felix Cavaliere's Rascals last played in Florida during February. "Everything has been kind of postponed or delayed...

  • Picture of Joe Oakes

    FAA presents a new demo season and a smashing fall exhibit

    Updated Oct 7, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Art Association kicks off a new season of members only in person artist demos and workshops with the widely-recognized acrylic painter Joe A. Oakes – a popular colorist whose vibrant works jump off the page – Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. To be part of the full day of art, sign up for Oakes' workshop from 1-4 p.m. too. Looking at Oakes' works is eye opening with the depth of color and images seeming at once unique and yet familiar. The paintings demon...

  • Artwork of raccoons eating avocado

    Art of the Avocado celebrates its artists

    Updated Oct 7, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Fifteen years ago, two artists made a difference in the Fallbrook art world. They created an art competition that was not juried – that anyone could enter. There was only one restriction to entering –you had to see an avocado somewhere in the artwork. And so, the Art of the Avocado art competition was born. Those artists were George and Gayle Bamber; sadly, George passed away in 2017. This year, 2020, is the 15th anniversary of the competition which has conti...

  • NCL's San Luis Rey chapter announces annual membership drive

    Updated Oct 7, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The San Luis Rey Chapter of National Charity League Inc., the nation’s premier mother-daughter volunteer organization, announced its annual membership drive and began accepting applications from women with daughters in sixth grade through eighth grade who reside in Fallbrook, Bonsall, Vista and some areas in Oceanside. Over the past year, the chapter has donated approximately 2,700 community service hours. Some of their local partners include Fallbrook Land Con...

  • FUESD budget in good position despite pandemic

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer|Updated Oct 7, 2020

    In spite of the havoc wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District is in a decent financial position moving into the 2020-2021 school year, the district’s director of accounting said. Cindi Martin, director of accounting for FUESD, presented the district’s financial reports from the 2019-2020 fiscal year to FUESD’s governing board at its Sept. 28 meeting. She said the district could increase its reserve funds in the last year while dealing with pandemic-related challenges. Martin said...

  • Biola students named to dean's list

    Updated Oct 7, 2020

    LA MIRADA – More than 1,500 students were named to the Biola University dean’s list in spring 2020. Those honored students included Fallbrook residents Noah Bedard, Madison Britton, Mikaela Foster, Zachariah Schroeder and Hannah Strege as well as Bonsall resident Lily McGill. Biola students are placed on the dean’s list to honor those with a GPA of 3.6 or higher while enrolled in 12 or more credits and whose cumulative GPA is at least 3.2. “Inclusion in Biola University’s dean's list is reserved for students who demonstra...

  • Bowl of tomatoes

    Garden club hosts a virtual summer picnic

    Updated Oct 7, 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 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...

  • A faucet embellished with a rabbit

    Fallbrook resident turns trash into treasures

    Lexington Howe, Staff Writer

    One man's trash is another man's treasure – this is true in the case of local resident Jerry Murphy who has repurposed and gathered items over the years to create fun and unique projects. The 30-year Fallbrook resident also volunteers for the Fallbrook Land Conservancy and the Fallbrook Beautification Alliance, helping clean up the community. "Over the years I've always been one for reusing things," Murphy said. There is a large shed on his property with rusted, vintage tin a...

  • The written agenda of the meeting

    FUHSD board votes in favor of layoffs, new positions

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Oct 6, 2020

    During the Monday, Sept. 28 meeting of the Fallbrook Union High School District Board of Trustees, board members voted unanimously to approve a resolution discontinuing services and laying off classified positions within the district. According to the resolution text, "To increase efficacy and maximize services to students and families, the restructuring of certain classified positions needed to be addressed to ensure efficient and effective delivery of services. In a few...

  • Investment Pool Balance Chart

    County Investment Fund earns highest rating: AAA

    Updated Oct 6, 2020

    SAN DIEGO – Dan McAllister, treasurer-tax collector of San Diego County, announced that the San Diego County investment pool received top ratings from a nationally recognized statistical rating organization, Tuesday, Sept. 29. Fitch Ratings confirmed the investment pool's "AAA" rating for its highest underlying credit quality, or lowest vulnerability to default, and a very low sensitivity to market risk. This marks the 21st consecutive year the investment pool has received t...

  • 5 ways to build your savings

    Rebecca Gramuglia, Special to Village News|Updated Oct 6, 2020

    With National Savings Day approaching Oct. 12, this year’s “celebrations” may be more important than ever. According to a recent survey from, 30% of Americans have been saving more in the past six months. Spending and saving overview In the past six months, what best describes your approach to money? · In the middle – Spend and save within your means. (62%) · Save – Better to be safe than sorry. Aiming for long-term financial security. (30%) · Spend – Money will keep coming. Enjoy what has been well-earned. (...

  • Bronze is being poured into mold

    VETART casts a novel idea in fundraising

    Updated Oct 6, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Corporate losses due to the Coronavirus could spell doom for small nonprofits like the Veterans Art Project. Steve Dilley, who founded VETART in 2009, has come up with a unique response to the program's budget deficit. Beginning Sept. 30, VETART will thank donors of $7500 or more by casting their face, or a face of their choice, in bronze. "A life-cast face has a different presence than a photograph or a small model," Dilley said. "You can see yourself the way othe...

  • Community input needed on path/trail

    Updated Oct 6, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Community Planning Group is having a Zoom Community Workshop to discuss Fallbrook’s priority for a path/trail along Stage Coach Lane from South Mission to Reche Road. This has been a serious safety concern for many years. Attending will be representatives from the County’s Public Works and Parks & Rec departments. All residents are invited to participate. Community input is important and welcome. The Zoom meeting is Oct. 14, 12:30 p.m. To join the meeting, go to https://us02web.zo...

  • crafts on display on table

    Christ the King holding 34th Annual Fall Craft Faire

    Updated Oct 6, 2020

    FALLBROOK – All are invited to the 34th Annual Fall Craft Faire Saturday, Oct. 17, from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Christ The King Lutheran Church, 1620 S. Stage Coach Lane, enter from Brooke Road. The annual Fall Craft Faire has been going on for 34 years at Christ The King and has developed into a dynamic resource that is strongly committed to supporting several local charitable organizations, such as Ronald McDonald House, Women's Resource Center for Abused Women and C...

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