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Articles from the October 22, 2020 edition


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  • Will Shakespeare

    FCAT is fighting for our planet

    Updated Nov 2, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Will Shakespeare, climate reality leader and past chairman of Fallbrook Land Conservancy will speak at a Zoom meeting Oct. 27 starting at 6:30 p.m. His talk, "Fighting for our Planet," is hosted by the Fallbrook Climate Action Team. Shakespeare said, "There's hope if we act. It's not just doom and gloom though I will address the good, bad and ugly." The goal is to leave people with ideas as to what they can individually do, though by themselves it's not enough. "...

  • Lianna Arnold

    Arnold, Collings, Contreras and Philo named Students of the Month

    Updated Oct 22, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The first four recipients of Fallbrook Union High School District's Students of the Month for the 2020-21 school year have been announced. October Students of the Month are seniors Lianna Arnold, Kaitlyn Collings, Daniel Contreras and Kyleigh Philo. Although, due to current limitations on large gatherings, they could not be recognized at the monthly breakfast that the Student of the Month Committee has been hosting for the past 23 years, the students each r...

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    Cheer Club trains for sports season

    Updated Oct 22, 2020

    The Fallbrook Warrior Cheer Club members train together at the Fallbrook High School stadium, Oct. 15. After being screened, the squad stays active while following social distancing guidelines....

  • koi fish

    Koi pond creates peace and quiet

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor

    The Fallbrook area is full of homes that are tucked away in hidden valleys where their occupants enjoy peace and quiet. Some homes, however, are close to major roads, but their owners find a way to create their own piece of paradise. The Ritter home off of East Mission Road is one such place. Ron and Judy Ritter moved there in 1985 and, while traffic can be heard from in front of the house, the backyard is quiet and peaceful, in large part due to their lily pond which is home...

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    Rainbow students return to school

    Vallecitos Elementary School first grade student David Valazquez has his temperature taken before entering campus as students return to class at the Rainbow school, Oct. 20....

  • Roman and Ana

    Local Mexican immigrants proud and thankful for America

    Lexington Howe, Staff Writer

    Fallbrook residents Ana and Roman immigrated to the United States from Mexico decades ago at different times, but their view of America remains the same, despite its current state – they love it here and consider this their country. "The first time, I didn't want to come to the United States, I'd just graduated from high school," Roman said. "But my mother brought me and my two other siblings for vacation after graduating. And obviously unbeknownst to me the plan was for us to...

  • CWA provides PSAWR eligibility guidelines

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Oct 21, 2020

    The San Diego County Water Authority approved a permanent Special Agricultural Water Rate program late last year but did not include any criteria. On Sept. 24, the SDCWA approved an ordinance adopting the program and setting eligibility criteria. The CWA action establishes the Permanent Special Agricultural Water Rate program effective Jan. 1, 2021, and grants existing Transitional Special Agricultural Water Rate program customers eligibility to participate in the PSAWR program on a temporary basis through June 30, 2021, whic...

  • trash bags by road

    Volunteers cleanup the southern part of Fallbrook

    Updated Oct 21, 2020

    During a road cleanup at the end of September, a Fallbrook/Bonsall group filled 29 buckets with trash....

  • Chris and Kim Murphy

    Bitter goes from benches to Bolero

    Nancy Heins-Glaser, Special to Village News|Updated Oct 21, 2020

    The more things change in art, the more they don't remain the same, especially not now during our time of COVID-19. What's trending now may not be what was in November 2019. But thank goodness artists keep one step ahead based on their own goals of artistic excellence. No one had any idea of the days that were to follow Save Our Forest's Take A Seat auction fundraiser for environmental classroom education Nov. 2. Since that time, some artists have applied skills to making...

  • painting of wind mills

    Air Pollution Control District's kid's calendar contest is back

    Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Oct 21, 2020

    The "calend-air" contest is back! San Diego County's Air Pollution Control District is calling on local student artists to submit their original artwork illustrating the importance of clean air in the district's 2021 Kids' Calendar Contest. The annual contest is a cool way for local kindergarten through 12th grade students to see their art get published and to make a difference by helping the APCD reduce air pollution and protect the public. Students are invited to mail their...

  • Wreaths Across America Radio to air holiday greetings from deployed troops

    Updated Oct 21, 2020

    COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine – During a time of year when families have empty seats at their tables, and deployed troops are missing home, Wreaths Across America Radio airs messages from troops from across the country and overseas and encourages folks at home, to send a holiday greeting to them in the form of an internet radio greeting. The “Holiday Greetings” program provides American military families and civilians the opportunity to extend holiday greetings and thanks to service members and veterans through our inter...

  • man and woman toasting

    Theater online with North Coast Rep

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to Village News|Updated Oct 21, 2020

    Two terrific shows are now available to view online. How do I know they're terrific? It happens they are from two very creative places. David Ellenstein is back in the director's chair with North Coast Repertory's newest show "Same Time, Next Year." Written by Bernard Slade and first produced on Broadway in the 70s followed by a wildly successful movie, Slade is also the creator of television's long running series "The Partridge Family." Accidentally meeting at an inn in...

  • band

    Fallbrook Music Society presents world music with Quarteto Nuevo

    Updated Oct 21, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Continuing its Classical Sundays format, Fallbrook Music Society presented a one-of-a-kind ensemble, Quarteto Nuevo, beginning Sunday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m. Winners of the Beverly Hills National Auditions competition, Quarteto Nuevo merges western classical, eastern European folk, Latin and jazz with razor-sharp precision. Headlined by Fallbrook favorite, Damon Zick on soprano saxophone, the ensemble melds the music of ancient worlds, contemporary cultures and the m...

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    Blanket Project supports animal sanctuary fundraiser

    Updated Oct 21, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Blanket Project supported the Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary by donating a star-shaped Christmas hand-crocheted blanket to be in a silent auction at their fundraising Christmas Store. The store, located near Major Market on Main Avenue, will be open from Nov. 7 through Dec. 29, Tuesdays through Sundays with varying hours. New and gently used holiday items can be donated to this store, the largest annual fundraiser for the no-kill, all volunteer run sanctu...

  • students at school

    Vallecitos School District to compensate teachers for coronavirus impacts

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Oct 21, 2020

    The agreement between the Vallecitos School District and the Vallecitos Educators Association has been amended to account for the teachers' additional activity due to coronavirus impacts. A 5-0 Vallecitos School District board vote Oct. 13 approved the addendum to the agreement with the teachers. The amendment covers teacher testing, hybrid on-campus student days, and a teacher preparation day. "We just continue to work collaboratively to help support our distance learning...

  • David Jones

    Bonsall Unified board update on eve of schools reopening to students

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Oct 21, 2020

    With Bonsall Unified School District planning to welcome students back to campuses with a hybrid schedule on Monday, Oct. 19, the BUSD Board of Trustees heard a report Wednesday, Oct. 14 from Superintendent David Jones and district staff. The board reviewed the Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan Recommendations and the staff gave a presentation on the process, steps and decision making in preparation for reopening the schools. Superintendent spoke passionately about...

  • Board of Supervisors honors Melo

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Oct 21, 2020

    The Oct. 13 proclamations of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors included one for 2008 Fallbrook High School graduate Jose Melo. Melo's current education affiliation is Valley Center Middle School, and he was chosen as a 2020-21 San Diego County Teacher of the Year. The five teachers who were San Diego County Teacher of the Year recipients were honored by the Board of Supervisors. "It was a real honor receiving this proclamation," Melo said. "It's good to know that the public is appreciating the hard work of...

  • What to do in the emergency room after an accident

    Andrew Zucker, Zucker Law Firm|Updated Oct 21, 2020

    Imagine the worst of the worst: an emergency room visit. The ER has many implications, all of them “unfun,” but unfortunately that’s why I felt the need to discuss it. At The Zucker Law Firm, we prepare you for and help you through the worst. Let’s imagine a situation where you or a loved one has been in a car accident. Maybe it was serious enough to warrant an immediate emergency room visit. Maybe you’re going after the incident, to “cover your bases.” I’d like to note th...

  • LAFCO approves San Diego County Fire Protection District

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Oct 21, 2020

    San Diego County's Local Agency Formation Commission approved the creation of the San Diego County Fire Protection District. LAFCO's board voted 8-Oct. 0 5 to remove the fire protection and emergency services latent powers from County Service Area No. 135, the San Diego County Regional Communications System, and to create a separate fire protection district. "I'm impressed," said LAFCO executive officer Keene Simonds. "There was no pushback." Although nobody spoke in opposition or submitted written comment against the...

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    First members selected for county's new redistricting commission

    Tracy DeFore, San Diego County Communications Office|Updated Oct 21, 2020

    Eight members of the San Diego County's new Independent Redistricting Commission were selected during two random drawings at the Board of Supervisors' meeting, Oct. 13. Clerk of the board staff drew the names from a pool of 59 qualified applicants. Originally, there were 60 but one withdrew after he was accepted for another redistricting commission. Nearly 300 people had applied to serve on the county's volunteer commission. The commission will redraw the boundaries for the...

  • FBI warns of potential charity fraud associated with the COVID-19 pandemic

    Updated Oct 21, 2020

    WASHINGTON – Many Americans want to help during the COVID-19 pandemic by contributing to charities, but the FBI is warning that scammers also want to help – they want to help themselves to your money. Nationwide, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies have received reports of scammers fraudulently soliciting donations for individuals, groups and areas affected by COVID-19. They are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to steal your money, your personal information or both. Don’t let them. Charity scams often occur when a sca...

  • Bond refunding will save taxpayers $21.2 million

    Updated Oct 21, 2020

    SAN MARCOS – Taxpayers in the Palomar Community College District will save $21.2 million in future debt payments as a result of a bond refunding process that was completed on Thursday, Oct. 15. In order to take advantage of uncommonly low interest rates, “We performed a careful analysis of how we might optimize savings to our taxpayers, and identified about $200 million of Series C bonds that were eligible for refunding,” said Yulian Ligioso, the acting assistant superintendent/interim vice president of Finance & Administrati...

  • Spencer and Michele Howard as pirates

    Prizes offered for Halloween costumes

    Updated Oct 21, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Roseland Nursery and Fallbrook Regional Health District are sponsoring a Halloween Costume Contest which is open to all Fallbrook, Bonsall and Rainbow residents, businesses and pets. First, second and third prizes will be awarded in three categories: Kids, Business and Pets. Entries will be accepted through midnight, Nov. 1. To enter, email a high resolution photo to [email protected] with Halloween Costume Contest in the subject line. Participants should i...

  • Historical society museums open on Sundays

    Updated Oct 21, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Historical Society is now open at The Heritage Center at Rocky Crest Road at Hill Avenue Sundays from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Visitors can enjoy the new exhibits in air-conditioned comfort in the Main Museum, The Pittenger House, the Gem & Mineral Room and The Ford Room, watch historical videos, research their family’s history, delve into the collection of local newspapers from over a hundred years, talk to the knowledgeable docents about Fallbrook’s rich agricultural and railroad history and just have...

  • scarecrows dressed as women

    FWC to honor veterans

    Updated Oct 21, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Woman's Club is holding its meetings via Zoom to comply with the governor's mandate, as well as the California Federation of Women's Clubs. The club's board members are meeting regularly online via Zoom and in person, following social distancing protocols. Member meetings are monthly, on the second Tuesday of each month. FWC invites community members to join the meetings as a guest or new member. November's member meeting will be a tribute to v...

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