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Articles from the November 5, 2020 edition

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  • Newcomers to host Zoom meeting Nov. 12

    Updated Nov 10, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Making new friends and exploring local resources and entertainment are key to feeling at home when someone moves to a new area. Newcomers to Fallbrook, De Luz or Bonsall within the past three years can enjoy all these benefits when they join the Fallbrook Newcomers Club. Even during these times of social distancing, members of Fallbrook Newcomers club continue to connect, enjoy fun online activities and learn about the area. At the next Fallbrook Newcomers online social meeting, Thursday, Nov. 12, guest speaker M...

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    Knowing and growing mushrooms

    Roger Boddaert, Special to Village News

    Do you ever wonder where all the fruits, veggies and exotic fruits have been grown that end up in the produce department at your local markets? Produce of all types make up a giant and complex world of agriculture with all its far-reaching tentacles, both local and beyond, that we take for granted when strolling with a shopping cart plucking a little of this and bags of that. Let's take the wild fungus that has been cultivated and collected for thousands of years, with a broad...

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    Day of the Dead is celebrated at Masonic Cemetery

    The grave of Juan Flores, who passed away Aug. 14, 2020, is decorated with various items, pictures and marigolds during a Día de los Muertos gathering at the Fallbrook Masonic Cemetery, Nov. 1. Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday where family and friends gather to celebrate the life of deceased loved ones....

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    Stay safe, stay informed when ASTREA flies overhead

    Updated Nov 5, 2020

    SAN DIEGO – A new San Diego County Sheriff's Department service is now available to keep everyone informed. Residents can now call or text "Hello" to 858-866-HELO (4356) to receive helicopter messages straight to their phone. The Sheriff's ASTREA (Aerial Support to Regional Enforcement Agencies) helicopter uses a loudspeaker when searching for a missing person or suspect. Announcements are also made during critical incidents such as a SWAT standoff, disasters, crowd m...

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    Fallbrookians take to the polls

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer

    Editor's note: Village News goes to print on Mondays, so results of the Nov. 3 election were not known at press time. Election Day was Nov. 3, but this year, California voters had the opportunity to cast their ballots even before then. While voters in the past had to request a mail-in ballot, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill in June to send all registered voters a ballot through the mail in order to allow Californians to limit their potential exposure to the coronavirus. And...

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    County includes nonprofits in Small Business Stimulus grants

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter

    The San Diego County Small Business Stimulus Program grants allocated by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors are not limited to for-profit businesses, and the allocations approved Tuesday, Oct. 27, included funding for the Boys & Girls Club of North County in Fallbrook and the Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society. The Boys & Girls Club will receive $5,000 which will help cover payroll, personal protective equipment and business activity expenses. The Fallbrook Gem and...

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    Voting with precautions in 2020

    San Diego County Registrar of Voters technical inspector Cassia Hazel sanitizes a plexiglass screen at her voter check-in table as in-person voting begins at the Fallbrook Community Center, Oct. 31....

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    Shop safely online with these tips

    Rebecca Gramuglia, Special to Village News|Updated Nov 4, 2020

    With Black Friday deals being announced early this year, it’s important to not only practice safe internet habits this month but also continue them as many head online to purchase holiday gifts this holiday season. And according to a recent survey from, the USA’s most generous cashback site, 88 percent of Americans will be doing the majority of their holiday shopping online. To help you safely navigate online shopping this holiday season, here are 10 tips. 1....

  • Kathy Cadmus donating blood

    Helping others with blood donations

    Updated Nov 4, 2020

    Kathy Cadmus relaxes as she donates blood to the San Diego Blood Bank during a blood drive hosted by American Legion Post 776 at the Fallbrook VFW, Oct. 28....

  • Estancia Senior Living to provide residents with personalized activity programs

    Updated Nov 4, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Opening in early 2021, Estancia Senior Living is proud to introduce exciting, personalized activity programs as part of their best-in-class services to its residents. A full array of robust social offerings will be available for its future residents to enhance their carefree and independent lifestyle. The dedicated Life Enrichment Director in conjunction with the Resident Council will plan and develop activity calendars that will be personalized to suit the residents’ passions, culture and personal pre...

  • Caring during the holiday season, make it stress-less

    Dr. Diane Darby Beach, Special to Village News|Updated Nov 4, 2020

    Well, the holidays are upon us and that means added stress for a caregiver. In prior years, you may have joyfully anticipated and participated in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season (including shopping, attending parties, tree decorating, cooking, etc.) Now, however, you may just want the whole thing over with. The additional stress of family gatherings, gift buying, cooking, and other obligations can become cumbersome. How can you, as a caregiver, better cope with this stress? Attend the Foundation for Senior...

  • Two pressure reducing stations to be included in Fairview infrastructure

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Nov 4, 2020

    The Rainbow Municipal Water District infrastructure to be funded by the planned Fairview development project will include two pressure reducing stations as well as water and sewer pipelines. Rainbow's Oct. 27 board meeting included a 4-0 vote, with Helene Brazier unable to participate, to approve an agreement between the district and D.R. Horton for the construction of the water district's infrastructure. "It's a pretty standard agreement," said Rainbow general manager Tom Kennedy. When D.R. Horton acquired the property from...

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    RatLite helps vehicle owners eliminate rodents as weather cools down

    Updated Nov 4, 2020

    SAN DIEGO – It's no secret. When the temperatures cool down at night in North County San Diego, rat and other rodent activity heats up. Local auto repair shops are reporting that rats are looking for warmth and shelter in cars and trucks and damaging interiors and engine wires, requiring costly repairs. Similar reports are coming in about rats getting into storage areas of RVs and even the heater enclosures of spas/pools. RatLite LLC, a North County San Diego-based startup t...

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    Preventing fungal disease on rose bushes

    Frank Brines, ARS Master Consulting Rosarian|Updated Nov 4, 2020

    Experiencing a summer of high temperatures, fires, smoke, ash and Santa Ana winds, residents look forward to having some relief. The weather has moderated slightly, and along with the change comes cooler nights with more moisture collecting on leaves. This moisture with the daily accumulation of ash and small dust particles provides a great environment for mildew, rust and black spot on roses. Black spot is the most common and important disease of roses found everywhere roses...

  • FPUD rejects bids for granulated activated carbon system

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Nov 4, 2020

    The Fallbrook Public Utility District will be repeating the bid process for granular activated carbon treatment system equipment. A 5-0 FPUD board vote Oct. 27 rejected both bids submitted earlier in the month and directed district staff to readvertise the procurement of the treatment equipment for bid. Because FPUD combines the district's November and December board meetings, the next FPUD board meeting will be Dec. 7 and the new bids are expected to be considered at that meeting. "The board voted unanimously to reject all t...

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    Getting in the Halloween spirit

    Updated Nov 3, 2020

    Julian Olson, 4, seen with the Miss Fallbrook Court, wins the best decorated pumpkin contest at the Fallbrook Farmers Market, Oct. 31....

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    Fallbrook Blanket Project displays handmade items at art show

    Updated Nov 3, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Hand knitted and crocheted items from the Fallbrook Blanket Project will be on display and for sale at the Art of the Holiday show at the Fallbrook Art Center from Nov. 7 through Dec. 24. Admission to this exhibition is free. The nonprofit Fallbrook Blanket Project will use the profits from sales to cover administrative costs and yarn supplies. Most items the project makes are donated to Fallbrook and North County charities. For more information, visit h...

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    'One Lap Around San Diego Bay' is a definitive guide

    Updated Nov 3, 2020

    SAN DIEGO – "One Lap Around San Diego Bay" gives San Diegans and visitors a guide to San Diego Bay along with the background to understand and appreciate their experience. For the first time a single book covers the entire San Diego Bay experience. It is a "must have" book for every San Diegan and San Diego bound traveler. Each of the 100 entries in "One Lap Around San Diego Bay" consists of an essay and photographs. The book contains over 220 pictures. The articles appear s...

  • Grace Barclay, Shannon Hollis, and Audrey Grey

    Rotary Club of Fallbrook builds for the future

    Updated Nov 3, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The Rotary Club of Fallbrook was one of six organizations that sent volunteers to a Project Mercy home building event in October. The club's president-elect, Allison Barclay, brought a group of young women to the event site in Chula Vista, where they spent their Saturday framing interior and exterior walls, building roof segments and joists, and painting plywood walls. COVID-19 safety protocols were in place as volunteers hammered, sawed and painted throughout t...

  • Brodak makes spring 2020 dean's list

    Updated Nov 3, 2020

    IRVING, Texas – Teresa Brodak of Fallbrook was one of nearly 600 University of Dallas undergraduate students named to the spring 2020 dean’s list for earning a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher. Brodak studying business. The University of Dallas, located in a metropolitan area of more than 8 million people, is a leading Catholic university widely recognized for academic excellence by well-known publications, organizations and accrediting bodies. Submitted by University of Dallas....

  • Nationwide opens search for 2020-2021 ag educators of the year

    Updated Nov 3, 2020

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Educators devote limitless time, and often their own resources, to help students pursue their passions. Through uncertainty, they’ve also shown agility and patience, as virtual and reformed learning environments have required them to pivot quickly and digitize their curricula. As the No. 1 insurer of farms and ranches in the United States1, Nationwide recently recognized six California teachers as finalists for the 2019-2020 Golden Owl Award®. In partnership with the California Farm Bureau® and the Calif...

  • Simpson Sandblasting given FPUD contract for 2.8M gallon reservoir

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Nov 3, 2020

    The painting and coating of the Fallbrook Public Utility District’s 2.8-million-gallon reservoir in De Luz will be performed by Simpson Sandblasting. A 5-0 FPUD board vote Monday, Oct. 26, approved a contract with Simpson Sandblasting for the Fontana company’s bid of $648,274. “The cost came in slightly higher than what we had budgeted for the project, but we are adjusting other projects to stay within the overall capital budget,” Jack Bebee, FPUD general manager, said. In 2012, FPUD developed a 10-year program to recoat...

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    County probation receives grant to supervise DUI offenders

    Yvette Urrea Moe, San Diego County Communications Office|Updated Nov 3, 2020

    The San Diego County Probation Department received a $371,485 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to supervise high-risk, repeat DUI offenders. DUI probation officers supervise individuals in San Diego County seven days a week during nontraditional hours, including weekends and holidays. In addition to enforcing sobriety, officers work with community partners to provide appropriate resources for each person and to assist them with their overall compliance with t...

  • SBA achieves historic small business lending for fiscal year 2020

    Updated Nov 3, 2020

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration announced fiscal year 2020 summary loan data of the financial assistance provided through traditional loan program lending as well as aid provided via the CARES Act. Loans guaranteed through traditional SBA lending programs exceeded $28 billion; however, enactment of the CARES Act dramatically increased loan volume guaranteed by the agency: In fiscal year 2020, the Paycheck Protection Program provided an additional 5.2 million loans worth more than $525 billion; the a...

  • Photos being accepted for 2021 Greater Fallbrook Area Sourcebook

    Updated Nov 3, 2020

    FALLBROOK – 2021 Sourcebook planning is underway and next year’s magazine is going to celebrate the beauty of the area. The Village News is looking for local people to submit photos representing Fallbrook, Bonsall, De Luz and Rainbow, and if anyone has photos of outlying areas, the staff will consider those as well. One of the reasons Village News believes this popular magazine is so well received and treasured each year is the variety of great photos it receives from talented people in the community with a great eye for bea...

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