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Articles from the October 21, 2021 edition


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  • State Route 76 closed due to vehicle fire

    Kim Harris, Managing Editor|Updated Oct 22, 2021

    The eastbound lanes of state Route 76 at Gird Road in Fallbrook were closed due to a vehicle fire earlier today Caltrans reported. North County Fire Protection District responded to the two-car, non-injury collision, which was first reported at 12:30 p.m. Motorists experienced some delays while firefighters battled the blaze, which was knocked down at 12:55 p.m., NCFPD spokesperson John Choi said. "The sedan rear-ended the pick-up truck and the sedan caught fire," Choi said,...

  • Monserate Winery holds 'soft' opening

    Updated Oct 22, 2021

    Rick Monroe Special to the Village News Monserate Winery is open. Long-time Fallbrook residents Jade and Julie Work purchased the former Fallbrook Golf Course in 2016 for $4.1 million with the desire to preserve the beauty and integrity of the land, dotted with 100-year-old oaks, towering sycamore trees, and tranquil lakes. After 56 years, the public golf course had fallen on hard times and developers were ready to snatch it for homes. "It would be tragic to turn all this...

  • Local dentist sponsors girls soccer team

    Updated Oct 22, 2021

    Dr. Flores, third from right, donates to the Fallbrook High girls soccer team; he is seen with some of the soccer players, from left, Abby Petersen, Paige Gartner, Mikayla Gioia, Flores, Adriana Madrigal and Rori Gartner. Village News/Courtesy photo...

  • Miller celebrates birthday with two wins including stakes race

    Updated Oct 22, 2021

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter San Luis Rey Training Center trainer Peter Miller celebrated his 55th birthday Oct. 2 with two wins in Santa Anita Park races including the Grade 2 City of Hope Mile Stakes. "Very special birthday," Miller said. The City of Hope Mile Stakes was the third race on Oct. 2. Mo Forza, who was ridden by Flavien Prat, took the lead in the stretch and won the one-mile turf race by half a length over second-place Smooth Like Strait. "Mo ran like the cha...

  • Anti-mandate rally draws 250 participants

    Updated Oct 22, 2021

    Rick Monroe Special to Village News The signs told the story: "Stop the Mandate," "Say NO to Tyranny," "I am not an experiment," "Not Anti-Vax, Anti-Mandate," and "Mama Bears Are Awake." And many more, all hand-made. Others carried American flags. About 250 moms, dads, grandparents, and children participated Friday, Oct. 15, in the first anti-mandate rally sponsored by Fallbrook Freedom Fighters, a newly formed group that is opposed to the state mandates for school children...

  • Issa-sponsored bill to protect tribal land clears key House Committee

    Updated Oct 22, 2021

    WASHINGTON – Bipartisan legislation to facilitate the Pala Band of Mission Indians' work to protect the sacred San Diego County site known locally as Gregory Mountain cleared a key House Committee, Oct. 14, by unanimous consent. H.R. 1975 – The Pala Band of Mission Indians Land Transfer Act of 2021 – was authored by Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-50) and cosponsored by Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-51). The legislation authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to transfer appro...

  • Surveillance equipment stolen from vacant building

    Updated Oct 22, 2021

    Rick Monroe Special to Village News The theft of surveillance equipment from the former McDonald's building on South Main Street has resulted in a large "CASH REWARD" sign on the fence the thief used to climb to gain access to the property. Charlie Snowder, owner of MVW General Contractors, said the theft occurred the evening of Monday, Oct. 11. His alarm went off saying the security equipment was off-line, but he said he assumed it was a loss of power. The next morning when...

  • Inaugural North County Cup is a huge hit

    Updated Oct 22, 2021

    FALLBROOK – On Oct. 1, golfers from Riverside and San Diego County came to Journey at Pechanga for the inaugural North County Cup benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of North County. The event, which included 18 holes at Journey and an awards banquet at Pechanga, helped raise over $55,000 for the Club. "We had such an incredible response from the community for this inaugural event," said Allison Barclay, CEO of the B&GC of North County. "None of this would have been possible w...

  • Waldron honors Favela during Hispanic Heritage Month

    Updated Oct 22, 2021

    ESCONDIDO – Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron joined civic leaders and dignitaries from across San Diego County to recognize Hispanic Heritage Month, Oct. 15. Lido Favela, Fallbrook Honorary Mayor in 2018, was honored for her years of dedicated service to Fallbrook nonprofits including the Fallbrook Senior Center and Thrift Shop, the Homebound Meal Program, and many other groups that serve the community. Submitted by the office of Assembly Republican Leader Marie W...

  • Re: 'Vaccine mandates, what to do response' [Village News, Forrest Letter, 10/14/21]

    Updated Oct 22, 2021

    Dear Sandra, Did you even read what I wrote and do your own research or are you just relying on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC for your misinformation? All of these paid professional liars have a political agenda that you are feeding right into. I would be mad if my news media were gaslighting, manipulating, disrespecting me and outright lying to me to further their agenda! Kinda like the lying reporter telling us that the BLM and Antifa were "peaceful protestors" while we watched the burning down of Portland. Did you read Ms....

  • No offshore oil drilling

    Updated Oct 22, 2021

    Supervisor Jim Desmond 5th District Last week, I got a call that I knew was a possibility, but I hoped I wouldn’t get. Oil balls had been found in Oceanside and Carlsbad. Despite not knowing if they were from the Long Beach oil spill, we jumped into action. I joined many colleagues from throughout North County for a press conference on Carlsbad State Beach, providing information to the public. Most importantly, there is no immediate threat to the public. A boom has been deployed around several sites, including the Agua H...

  • A salute to agriculture

    Updated Oct 22, 2021

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron AD-75 At the San Diego County Farm Bureau’s annual celebration, I was proud to present Ken Altman with an Assembly Resolution honoring him as "Farmer of the Year." As owner of Altman Plants, the largest nursery in the United States, located right here in the 75th Assembly District, Ken has been active in California agriculture for decades. He represents the best of San Diego agriculture. His service includes the Dean’s Advisory Committee for California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo...

  • How the peacock preserved his power

    Updated Oct 22, 2021

    While Northern California burns indiscriminately, it's become just another year without the leadership and the prudent forest stewardship required to bring these cataclysmic fires to an end. Of course, the Governor continues to conveniently blame Climate Change to deflect his ineptitude and lack of managerial acumen. And while our farming communities urgently request the precious water resources and infrastructure repairs they need to feed our state, the Governor defiantly ignores their impassioned pleas for help. And yes,...

  • Blanket Project says 'Thank you'

    Updated Oct 22, 2021

    The volunteers with the nonprofit Fallbrook Blanket Project extend our thanks to local thrift stores for their generous donations of yarn; thank you St. Peter's Thrift Store, Angel Thrift Shop, Hidden Treasures Thrift Store and St.John's Thrift Shop. They have all contributed yarn to help us knit and crochet all sizes of blankets and items for those in need. We also thank those who have housed our weekly gatherings to socialize as we make our creations. Thank you to the Fallbrook Library, the Fallbrook Village Association...

  • COVID-19, prevention is the cure

    Updated Oct 22, 2021

    Julie Reeder Publisher I lost a cousin last week to COVID-19. If you are losing a loved one to COVID, you shouldn’t have to fight the hospital as well. His children weren’t allowed to see him until the end, and just for five minutes. They were also asking the hospital to treat him with Ivermectin, but the hospital refused. From what I’ve learned, early intervention with Ivermectin is the most useful, but honestly, if someone is dying, what’s the risk? They’re dying! It reminds me of an employee I had 20 years ago that was...

  • Patriots unite

    Updated Oct 22, 2021

    Why are we allowing this beautiful country of ours to go to hell in a handbasket? Are we cowards? Afraid to stand up to evil, which is what the progressive left is? Speaking of progressives, did you know that Progressive Insurance is owned by George Soros? To me, that is frightening. Too much influence – too much influence over the masses. What about one hundred million dollars worth of "wall" equipment laying in rusted piles, paid for by "we the people?" Now it’s wasted by the Biden decimation of our country. What do we do?...

  • Crime specialist's medical episode demonstrates 'We need community just as much as they need us'

    Updated Oct 22, 2021

    Rick Monroe special to Village News When Heather Mitchell gave her Oct. 13 presentation at Aurora Heights about Neighborhood Watch and crime prevention, she brought pink cookies to thank the residents for their help with a "little" medical episode she had on Sept. 9. The treats were to thank the residents for their help in September. "That evening, I was scheduled to do a Neighborhood Watch/Crime Prevention Presentation for this community," the crime prevention specialist said...

  • UCLA doctor says diabetes on the rise; global obesity escalates

    Updated Oct 22, 2021

    Shelby Ramsey Special to the Village News Diabetes has reached "a crisis level over the last several decades," according to Dr. Rashmi Mullur, an endocrinologist with UCLA Health. A common link appears to be the primary culprit. "We are still experiencing what we consider our 'obesity epidemic' that has been in motion since the early 80s," said Mullur. "This, in turn, has fueled an increase in [Type 2] diabetes." Although a slight plateau in obesity was noted in 2010, Mullur...

  • County announces $9 million in funding for childhood obesity programs

    Updated Oct 22, 2021

    Katie Cadiao County of San Diego Communications Office The County of San Diego and its partners announced $9 million in funding to address childhood obesity. The funding is a combination of three separate grants that will support programs that address the root causes of childhood obesity, including barriers to healthy eating and exercising. The grants will fund the work of several organizations within the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative, a public-private, multi-sector partnership bringing together over 400...

  • Waldron bill to expand addiction treatment signed into law

    Updated Oct 22, 2021

    SACRAMENTO – Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron announced Oct. 11 that her bill to fund Medication Assisted Treatment programs for people in jail or community supervision who struggle with substance use disorder has been signed into law. Assembly Bill 653 will create a grant program to give counties flexible funding to provide addiction treatment to a population where it can do the most good. “We need to break the cycle of addiction and incarceration, and this bill is a step in the right direction,” said Waldron. “MAT...

  • BWC members show their wares during business fair

    Updated Oct 22, 2021

    BWC members show their wares during business fair...

  • The pandemic within the pandemic

    Updated Oct 22, 2021

    Joseph Kertis Special to the Village News October is here, and that means Domestic Violence Awareness Month is upon us. This month is a designation that is observed annually in America to spread awareness about the important issue of domestic violence. The intent is to spread awareness and information and help people connect with resources. But this year, with so many serious public health issues afflicting our nation, it would be easy for the event to pass by without receiving the attention it deserves. In October 1987, the...

  • Survey finds young adults with mood disorders often don't receive care

    Updated Oct 22, 2021

    ARLINGTON, Virginia – Young adults with a mood disorder are having a much harder time than adults when it comes to addressing their mental health, according to new analysis of national survey data. The 2021 Mood Disorder Survey was conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Younger adults (18–34) experience greater concerns about the judgment and stigma they may experience from seeking out treatment. When they do seek out treatment, they have greater difficulty in accessing aff...

  • Fallbrook Music Society adds to its leadership team

    Updated Oct 22, 2021

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Music Society Board of Directors is pleased to announce the recent appointments of two new executives to its leadership team. Liz Jamieson-Dunne joins as a member of the organization's board of directors, and Judy Siodmak has been appointed executive director. "I'm thrilled to welcome Liz and Judy, two proven leaders, to Fallbrook Music Society," said Bob Freaney, FMS President. "Both of these talented women bring skill, expertise and business acumen,...

  • Sheriff's Department gets a grant to battle alcohol-related crime

    Updated Oct 22, 2021

    SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Sheriff's Department has been awarded a $97,500 grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to battle alcohol-related crime. The grant is one of several 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 help communities red...

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