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Articles from the October 15, 2020 edition

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  • JoAnn Lopez appointed to FUESD Governing Board

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer|Updated Dec 8, 2021

    JoAnn Lopez will serve on the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District Governing Board for the remainder of former board member Patty De Jong's term. FUESD's board voted 3-1 to appoint Lopez to fill the empty board seat Monday, Oct. 12, after interviewing two candidates – Lopez and Karen Arter – in open session. Lopez was sworn in at the same meeting. Sharing her qualifications with the board, Lopez said she worked as an educator for 30 years, primarily in the Vista Unified School District. "I worked as a teacher, as an ass...

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    Foundation for Senior Care's 'Reach Out' to be held virtually Oct. 24

    Updated Nov 2, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The Foundation for Senior Care's 15th annual fall benefit, Reach Out, will be held online via Zoom. This year's event will stream online via Zoom Saturday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. The close of the live stream event at 7 p.m. will be the beginning of a week-long silent auction to end on Oct. 31. Guests can attend this year's event from the comfort of their own home or join with a few family and friends for a "Watch Party." The event is free to attend but can be e...

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    A great horned owl visits Live Oak Park

    Great horned owl Mutaah flaps its wings during the filming of an educational video for San Diego County Park and Rec at Live Oak Park, Oct. 9....

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    Gems and minerals attract visitors to Fallbrook

    Gemstone collector Rick Beckham displays his gems for sale at the annual Fall Festival of Gems hosted by the Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society, Oct. 11....

  • New grant helps San Diego Sheriff's Department stop impaired drivers

    Updated Oct 14, 2020

    SAN DIEGO – The California Office of Traffic Safety has awarded the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department a $744,100 grant that will fund a year’s worth of special operations and campaigns designed to stop drivers under the influence of alcohol and drugs. “We are thankful to once again partner with OTS in our ongoing efforts to keep impaired drivers off San Diego County roadways,” Sheriff Bill Gore said. Impaired driving checkpoints, patrols and distracted driving/traffic enforcement will all be funded by the grant. Th...

  • CSUSM nurses receive $1.3 million grant for psych nurse practitioner program

    City News Service|Updated Oct 14, 2020

    Two California State University San Marcos School of Nursing professors received a $1.33 million grant to help build a pipeline of psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, the university announced Friday, Oct. 2. Catherine Baker and Nancy Romig were awarded the five-year grant from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, which doled out $17.3 million for seven programs. Baker is an assistant professor, and Romig is a professor emerita in CSUSM’s School of Nursing. Both are co-coordinators of the P...

  • Rainbow to speed up water meter replacements

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Oct 14, 2020

    The Rainbow Municipal Water District approved a series of measures intended to expedite the replacement of water meters. Rainbow's board voted 4-0, Sept. 22, with Helene Brazier not able to participate in the meeting, to approve a change order in the contract with Concord Utility Services for backfill and box placement, to amend the contract with Harris and Associates to provide additional construction management services, and to approve a rental agreement with Hawthorne Machinery for a vacuum. "This is an important project t...

  • New agricultural water rate program benefits San Diego County growers

    Updated Oct 14, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors has approved a new and Permanent Special Agricultural Water Rate structure that offers lower water rates to farmers in exchange for lower water supply reliability. Unlike the current transitional program, the new program will allow new participants to join as a way to strengthen the region’s multibillion-dollar agriculture industry. The program will take effect Jan. 1, 2021, replacing the current program that ends Dec. 31. The Water Authority will be wor...

  • Winter's coming, time to get discounted rain barrels

    Gig Conaughton, San Diego County Communications Office|Updated Oct 14, 2020

    It's still hot outside, but fall has officially arrived and that means the winter rainy season is just around the corner. It also means October is the perfect time to get a discounted rain barrel for as little as $25 to catch every drop, cut gardening water costs and protect beaches simultaneously. Thanks to San Diego County's Watershed Protection Program and the nonprofit Solana Center, residents can order a top-of-the-line, discounted $90 Ivy rain barrel online. And the...

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    Coordinate pruning and fertilizing with the weather

    Frank Brines, ARS Master Consulting Rosarian|Updated Oct 14, 2020

    The latest weather report verifies what gardeners suspected: August 2020 was the hottest August on record. We also experienced many 90+ degree days in September. Many areas recorded consecutive days of triple-digit temperatures. These temperatures are way out of the average and made it difficult to adhere to the "normal" schedule of garden activities. October promises to be unsettled too. Beginning with prediction of triple-digit temperatures accompanied by Santa Ana winds,...

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    Shoutout SoCal features Ragland

    Updated Oct 14, 2020

    RAINBOW – Natasha Ragland has been selected to be featured in Shoutout SoCal's online publication, recognizing artists and creatives in San Diego County and telling why they pursued a creative career. Ragland's feature can be found at As an example of her creative process, Ragland shared how she created the paintings in the photo. "To avoid the day to day monotony that we all feel d...

  • Celebrating Halloween safely amid coronavirus pandemic

    Katie Cadiao, San Diego County Communications Office|Updated Oct 14, 2020

    Halloween is just around the corner, but like so many other special occasions and events, the 2020 edition of the spookiest day of the year will have to look a little different due to the coronavirus pandemic. Many traditional Halloween activities pose a high risk for contracting or spreading COVID-19 because they typically bring together large groups of people that do not live in the same household. "While Halloween activities must change, we still want people to be able to d...

  • Scholarship program seeks California's top youth volunteers

    Updated Oct 14, 2020

    NEWARK, NJ – California's young changemakers have one month left to apply for scholarships, grants and more through The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Through Nov. 10, Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals are calling on middle level and high school volunteers to apply for local, state and national recognition through this prestigious program. California students in grades 5-12 are eligible for 2021 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful c...

  • Hofstra University recognizes spring graduates

    Updated Oct 14, 2020

    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – About 2,000 Hofstra University students earned their undergraduate, graduate or law degrees this spring and summer. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual commencement ceremonies were held Aug. 23. Fallbrook residents Donia Firooz earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and Alyson Sann earned a bachelor’s degree in political science, public policy and public service. Hofstra University is a nationally ranked private university that offers small classes and personal attention, with the resou...

  • Gomez earns associate degree

    Updated Oct 14, 2020

    ATLANTA – Georgia State University conferred an associate degree to Enrique Gomez of Fallbrook during the summer 2020 semester. More than 2,000 students earned degrees by Georgia State University at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s and professional degrees during the summer 2020 semester. Georgia State University, an enterprising urban public research university, is a national leader in graduating students from widely diverse backgrounds. The student body of nearly 52,000 demonstrates that students from all backg...

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    Palomar's GEAR UP grant continues for 2020-2021

    Updated Oct 14, 2020

    SAN MARCOS – A groundbreaking Palomar College program that helps prepare middle and high school students for college has received a grant renewal from the U.S. Department of Education, ensuring the work at four North County high school campuses will continue into 2021. The $1,190,400 grant will support GEAR UP classrooms that serve more than 3,300 students at Fallbrook High, Rancho Buena Vista High, Vista High and Valley Center High. "GEAR UP is doing the crucial work of r...

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    Learning the art of firescaping and home fire protection Part III

    Roger Boddaert, Special to Village News

    Making your home and community safer and surviving a wildfire is a process that will be well worth the effort to be prepared. Some projects can be done in a weekend or two, although it is essential to remember that routine maintenance must be a part of any long-term plan to reduce your home's vulnerability from wildfires. Wildfires can be challenging to control, and what is controllable is how you prepare your home and surroundings before fire threatens. A valuable link...

  • San Diego Sheriff's Department awarded grant to battle alcohol-related crime

    Updated Oct 14, 2020

    SAN DIEGO – Sheriff Bill Gore announced Oct. 5 that the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has been awarded a $97,500 grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control to battle alcohol-related crime. The grant is one of 50 awarded in California to local law enforcement agencies through ABC’s Alcohol Policing Partnership Program. These grants strengthen local law enforcement efforts by combining the efforts of local deputies, police officers and ABC agents. ABC agents have expertise in alcoholic beverage laws and can he...

  • SBA and Treasury announce simpler PPP forgiveness for loans of $50,000 or less

    Updated Oct 14, 2020

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program loans of $50,000 or less, Oct. 8. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars. “The PPP has provided 5.2 million loans worth $525 billion to American small businesses, providing critical economic relief and...

  • FPUD approves debt refinancing for wastewater treatment plant

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Oct 14, 2020

    The Fallbrook Public Utility District approved the refinancing of its debt for FPUD’s wastewater treatment plant. FPUD’s board voted 5-0, Monday, Sept. 28, to approve the authorizing resolution for the refinancing and to approve the form of the documents for the transaction. FPUD staff will finalize the documents closer to the sale of the bonds. The wastewater treatment plant was rehabilitated to increase the facility’s reliability and improve compliance with regulatory requirements, and the upgrades also allowed for stora...

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    Dickinson Family Farms paves the way, bringing organic Julian apples to Jimbo's

    Updated Oct 14, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Dickinson Family Farm Services has fostered a partnership between their clients – Bailey Creek Ranch and Jimbo's Naturally – to make organic Julian apples available to consumers across San Diego County for the first time this fall. Although San Diego has more small farms than any other county in the state, there is a wide gap between small farmers and local consumers. Dickinson Family Farms has managed to bridge that gap with one more ranch just in time for the a...

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    Bomb Squad Electric seeks to help the community

    Updated Oct 14, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Bomb Squad Electric, LLC, is a company created in honor of John Stotz, a devoted son, brother, husband, father, friend and Marine Corps veteran, as a means to strengthen the community and make strides toward the greater good of revitalizing the planet. Solar power is the center of the business, just as the Sun is the center of the universe. It provides a multitude of benefits, not only for the planet, but for the individuals who seek to improve environmental h...

  • Marching Warriors cancel trip plans

    Updated Oct 14, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Marching Warriors and Band Boosters are saddened to announce that they are no longer to make their planned trip to Hawaii. The Marching Warriors had been invited to participate in the historic 75th commemoration of the end of World War II. Due to COVID-19, the original 2020 commemoration and parade were canceled. After reviewing the options given the band, concerns of future events due to COVID-19 restrictions, and the inability to fully fundraise, it is with heavy hearts that the decision was made t...

  • Healing room reopens with prayer

    Updated Oct 14, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The Holy Spirit Prayer & Healing Ministry held its reopening Oct. 10. This team is available to pray, free of cost, for anyone who is suffering physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually. The healing rooms, located at 300 N. Brandon, Suite 22, are an accepting, loving, safe and confidential environment where anyone, Christian or not, can come and receive private prayer from a team of trained Christians who are called for this purpose. With the reopening, they will be following all safety precaution g...

  • Hospice to celebrate memory of loved ones Nov. 15

    Updated Oct 14, 2020

    ESCONDIDO – The community is invited to Light Up a Life, a special candle-lighting ceremony that celebrates the people whose lives have warmed their hearts and whose memories illuminate their lives. This holiday tradition, hosted by The Elizabeth Hospice, has been adapted to ensure public safety through social distancing. Attendees will stroll through a beautifully lit pathway of luminaria, while enjoying music, hearing inspirational messages and lighting a candle in memory of their special person. Guests and staff will r...

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