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Articles from the November 3, 2022 edition


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  • Fallbrook chamber given $160,000 of Community Enhancement funding

    Updated Nov 9, 2022

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Oct. 25 actions of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors included allocating $160,000 of Community Enhancement funding for the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce. The supervisors' 5-0 vote allocates the money to the chamber, which will use it for operation, maintenance and event costs for the chamber's Visitor's Center, the Avocado Festival, the holiday parade, the Artisan Faire, window and tree lighting displays, marketing efforts, seminars, education, and community resources. Community...

  • Vote Centers now open for General Election

    Updated Nov 7, 2022

    Tracy DeFore County of San Diego Communications Office You don’t have to wait until Election Day to vote in person. Voters can now take advantage of early voting at 39 vote centers which opened Saturday, Oct. 29. The centers are around the county and will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 5, another 179 locations will open for a total of 218 vote centers open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All will be open again on Election Day, Nov. 8, when voting hours change to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can visit any vote c...

  • Bonsall nurse saves choking toddler

    Updated Nov 4, 2022

    Rick Monroe Special to the Village News Maria Bergandi was in the right place at the right time. She had the experience – being an ICU nurse and a mom – to become a heroine. The place was Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center. The date was Friday, Oct. 21, in the afternoon. The Bonsall woman was with two friends and nine children – three of hers. As she wandered through the pumpkin patch, there was some commotion and people screaming for help. A little boy, a toddler, was havin...

  • Planning Commission approves All Season RV Park permit modification

    Updated Nov 3, 2022

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The county’s Planning Commission approved a modification to the Major Use Permit for All Season RV Park. Two members of the Planning Commission were absent Oct. 21, but the other five approved the modification which will redesign the wireless communications facility monopoles to look like a false tree. The permit will be for a 15-year period and will expire on Oct. 21, 2037. All Season RV Park is in the 30000 block of Old Highway 395 and on the west side of the road which is the boundary b...

  • Review of all things Real Estate:

    Bob Hillery, CR Properties|Updated Nov 3, 2022

    Among home shoppers who thought 2022 would be their year, a pervasive sinking feeling is taking hold. They’re realizing the monthly payment for a home they thought they could afford is now hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars more than they would have paid earlier this year. Their home purchase dream is getting further and further out of reach. The reasons? Rapidly rising mortgage interest rates and inflation! These higher rates have wrought pain on the housing market, a...

  • Help is on the way for those at high risk of heart incident

    Updated Nov 3, 2022

    Shelby Ramsey Special to the Village News Lp(a) is a genetic disorder that quietly lurks in many people's bodies. It is seldom discussed, nor understood, yet can play a significant role in their future health. Unfortunately, 1.4 billion people globally have this disorder, but don't know it. "Lipoprotein(a), or Lp(a), is a distinctive particle with two components: a lipoprotein core that resembles LDL, along with a shell that contains apolipoprotein(a), or apo(a)."* It is an ea...

  • County's new chief geriatric officer to help advance elderhood in region

    Updated Nov 3, 2022

    Fernanda Lopez Halvorson County of San Diego Communications Office For the first time, a chief geriatric officer will help lead the county's efforts surrounding the health and wellbeing of San Diego's growing older adult population. Lindsey Yourman, MD will fill the role of chief geriatric officer, joining the county's Health and Human Services Agency Medical Care Services department. This position is one of the first of its kind in the state and nation for a local integrated...

  • Mineral evolution is topic for FGMS program

    Updated Nov 3, 2022

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society’s next meeting is at 7 p.m., Nov. 10 and will feature guest speaker Marcus J. Origlieri, Ph.D. His program will be on “Mineral Evolution: mineralogy in the fourth dimension.” Mineral Evolution is a new framework for understanding the mineral kingdom. It explains the origin of all mineral species, by first recording the initial appearance of a species. The process begins with the Big Bang event, and the first atoms created. What is...

  • The Elizabeth Hospice to host Job Fair Nov. 10

    Updated Nov 3, 2022

    SAN DIEGO COUNTY – The Elizabeth Hospice is seeking candidates to fill a variety of clinical and non-clinical positions including registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, children’s bereavement coordinator, intake coordinator, and more. Recruiters will be available to answer questions on Nov. 10 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Elizabeth Hospice headquarters located at 500 La Terraza Blvd, Suite 130, Escondido, 92025. Applicants can meet members of the leadership team, schedule a ride-along with one of the org...

  • Women invited to Festive Fall Brunch

    Updated Nov 3, 2022

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Women's Connection invites all women to attend a Festive Fall Brunch in honor of Veteran's Day and a Holiday Bake Sale in the ballroom of the Beverly Mansion at Grand Tradition Estates and Gardens, Friday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon, doors open at 9:15 a.m. The featured program will be Sandra Kopitzke and Richard La Fetra singing "Song of the Soldier," a musical review in honor of Veteran's Day. Guest speaker Yvonne Karlin, formally a San Diego r...

  • County needs feedback on proposed graffiti removal program

    Updated Nov 3, 2022

    SAN DIEGO – County Planning & Development Services is developing a program that would remove graffiti on private properties in the unincorporated county for free. Currently, private property owners are responsible for graffiti removal and even subject to code enforcement action such as citations if they do not remove graffiti on their property. The new program would utilize a contractor to respond to reports of graffiti and to remove graffiti on private property at no charge, with the property owner’s consent. The county is...

  • Community Read to feature 'Death on Ocean Boulevard'

    Updated Nov 3, 2022

    FALLBROOK – The Friends of the Fallbrook Library have announced that tickets are now on sale for the 2023 annual Community Read at Pala Mesa Resort, Saturday, Jan. 21. The event will feature New York Times bestselling author Caitlin Rother who will speak about her book “Death on Ocean Boulevard: Inside the Coronado Mansion Case.” Rother is a Pulitzer-nominated investigative reporter and her book investigates the controversial real-life mystery that captivated the nation’s attention. NYT bestselling author Michael Fleeman...

  • Charter school founder to speak to Republican Women

    Updated Nov 3, 2022

    FALLBROOK – The Republican Women of California – Fallbrook club’s guest speaker for Friday, Nov. 11 will be Dr. Jeff Barke, a primary care physician from Orange County and founder of the Orange County Hillsdale Charter School, who will be discussing the impact of the Covid lockdowns on health and education. The meeting will take place at the Historic Mission Theater 231 North Main. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m., with the meeting starting at 10:00. The cost is $10 and does not include brunch. RSVP no later than Monday, Nov....

  • Help needed for salute to veterans

    Updated Nov 3, 2022

    FALLBROOK – As a “Salute to our Veterans,” the Fallbrook Masonic Cemetery will honor those who have served and passed, at the cemetery. Help is needed in placing memorial flags on the veterans’ headstones, Thursday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. With over 200 members of the armed services to honor, many hands are needed to help. The cemetery is at 1177 Santa Margarita Dr. For more information, call 700-980-0013. Submitted by Fallbrook Masonic Cemetery....

  • Kicking It through the end of the year

    Updated Nov 3, 2022

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal Special to The Village News It’s fair to say fall has arrived. It’s visible from my office window. Signs are everywhere. Across cloudless skies, the crows swoop in to the crown of the persimmon tree. They pluck the hearts from the just ripened fruit. Our orioles have left for another year. In their passing, they have vacated the hummingbird feeder leaving it to the bees. Lots of migrating birds pause to dunk in the backyard bird baths while resident doves line the telephone wires waiting for the...

  • As water costs rise, avocado production falls

    Updated Nov 3, 2022

    For as long as anyone can remember, the avocado has been synonymous with the Fallbrook, Bonsall, and Rainbow areas. The nearby stretch of Interstate 15 is named after the bumpy green fruit and, of course, Fallbrook hosts the popular Avocado Festival each spring, a tradition that dates back to the 1940s. But a new report released by the County of San Diego earlier this month concludes that our region’s once thriving avocado industry – much of it concentrated in Fallbrook and Rainbow – is shriveling, due in large measure to th...

  • I was wrong

    Updated Nov 3, 2022

    It is easy to fool millions, but difficult to convince just one they have been fooled. Around a century ago, people were just not buying alligator pears. Which was bad news for the growers of this fruit. Few would even try it. They changed the name to avocado. Problem solved. Close to six decades ago, few seemed to be donating to “Save the Jungles.” People were thinking snakes, Piranhas and mosquitoes. So to get them thinking toucans, butterflies, and short people with rings in their noses, they changed the name of where the...

  • Time to fill shoebox gifts for Christmas

    Updated Nov 3, 2022

    As the area coordinator for the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child North San Diego County Area Team, I wanted to thank all those who packed shoeboxes for the OCC Ministry during the 2021 collection season in the surrounding Fallbrook and Bonsall areas. Over 3,100 individual shoeboxes were packed by the generous donors in our local area and were processed through the Drop-Off Location at CrossWay Community Church on South Stage Coach Lane. The Samaritan’s Purse Project OCC collects shoebox gifts filled with fun toy...

  • CDC adds COVID vaccines to childhood schedule despite thousands of reported serious side effects and no risk

    Updated Nov 3, 2022

    Julie Reeder Publisher In Sweden, health officials stopped recommending the COVID-19 vaccine for children under 12 because they saw “no clear benefit” and in Denmark, the government has suspended its national COVID-19 vaccination campaign. If, as an adult, someone makes a decision to take a risk from an experimental vaccine that has increased strokes, deaths, clots, neurological disease, etc in exchange for three months immunity, that's their right, but to mandate it for children who have no power and statistically no ris...

  • 'Kenny's Walk Across America' recognized here Nov. 4

    Updated Nov 3, 2022

    Rick Monroe Special to the Village News Fallbrook High School graduate Kenny Mintz will be recognized Friday, Nov. 4, by the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce. The football standout from the CIF champion Class of 87 at FHS completed a 3,000 walk from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. to Swami's Beach in Encinitas on Oct. 22. The journey – Kenny's Walk Across America – took six months and was undertaken to raise funds for veterans' causes and in honor of his mother, who die...

  • FHS celebrates Red Ribbon Week with Mika Camarena

    Updated Nov 3, 2022

    Rick Monroe Special to the Village News Mika Camarena, the wife of slain undercover DEA agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, was the special guest Thursday, Oct. 27, at Fallbrook High School for the inaugural ribbon-cutting event on campus for the school's Camarena Youth Prevention Crime Group. Each year, from Oct. 23-31, more than 80 million young people and adults show their commitment to a healthy, drug-free lifestyle by wearing or displaying the red ribbon during Red Ribbon Week...

  • High school test scores show improvement

    Updated Nov 3, 2022

    Rick Monroe Special to the Village News Board President Eddie Jones jumped the gun at the Oct. 24 board meeting of the Fallbrook Union High School District, excited to announce, "We're just getting some kind of early data,...but it sounds like Fallbrook has got some really good news," he said. "The data is a little overwhelming, but what we're seeing seems to be really positive, especially in the English arts side." "I'm really happy with the progress of the students and of...

  • 'Rockin' Around the Christmas tree' for 2022 Christmas in the Village

    Updated Nov 3, 2022

    FALLBROOK – Everyone will be "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" in the Friendly Village this year with the 2022 theme for the annual Fallbrook Christmas Parade chosen by the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce. Participants are encouraged to incorporate this theme in their window decorating downtown and on Christmas Parade floats. The annual Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. on Main Avenue in Fallbrook and will recognize the vast contributions of Jim and J...

  • Temecula City Council voices its objections to the Winchester Community Plan

    Updated Nov 3, 2022

    Tony Ault Staff Writer The Temecula City Council strongly objected to Riverside County’s recent Winchester Community Plan that could bring upward of 33,000 new homes to the area adjacent to Temecula’s northern boundary on Winchester Road at its Oct. 25 regular meeting. Mark Collins, assistant planner, said in his report that the Interstate 215 Policy Area for the Winchester area is related to an increase of residential density by 33,000 units, with traffic impacts, road and freeway mitigation measures, public service inf...

  • Further election coverage

    Updated Nov 3, 2022

    This is a statement from Bonsall Unified School District candidate Mark Jones, who wasn’t included in the candidate statements last week: Schools are following the political landscape and practicing exclusion as opposed to inclusion. Our district, board, superintendent, and school leaders should be advocates for all students, not just some students. I have a doctorate from USC. My research focused on sexual assault in post-secondary institutions; however, the impact of the K-12 culture and climate plays a crucial role in late...

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