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Articles from the November 9, 2023 edition


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  • CASA volunteers connect military service to Voices For Children's mission

    Updated Jan 19, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – For Veterans Day, Voices for Children, an organization that recruits and trains caring volunteers, known as Court Appointed Special Advocates to provide guidance and support services for youth in foster care is honoring its CASA volunteers who have served in the armed forces, including José from San Diego County. From being called to serve at a young age to applying their life skills and dedicating their time to support children in foster care, they are dedicate...

  • The Pollinator Project is topic for garden club meeting

    Updated Nov 8, 2023

    FALLBROOK – Donna Payton, San Diego Master Gardener and the current Co-President of Poway Valley Garden Club, will be the guest speaker at Fallbrook Garden Club's Nov. 28 general meeting. Payton enjoys growing plants that provide food and habitat for pollinators, such as butterflies, native bees, as well as for birds. She chooses plants which are easy to grow in our climate, colorful, and drought tolerant. Payton started "The Pollinator Project" in the Poway Valley Garden...

  • Kids say the funniest things

    Updated Nov 8, 2023

    Quotes from brothers Jameson, 7, and Seamus, 5, over the years Submitted by their mother Kathy Custer (3-year-old Jameson talking with the Nanny) Jameson: “I love my mom cause she is nice. Let’s keep her.” ——— (Our dog, Ipo, has fur-color markings of white on his paws and the rest of his body is brown) Jameson: “Does Ipo wear the same white socks every day?” ——— Mom: “You sure have gone pee a lot today.” Jameson: “I’m a drinking machine. Drinking machines never eat. They just drink, drink, drink....

  • Review of all things Real Estate: Proposition 19 and how it can save you (and your family) a lot of taxes

    Bob Hillery, CR Properties|Updated Nov 8, 2023

    As our real estate market is in a quiet phase due to the time of year, I have been looking around for interesting subject matter to report in my weekly article, and I came upon Proposition 19. Even though the real estate market isn’t a fast-moving train right now, a friend of mine is utilizing Prop 19 after the passing of her mother, so regardless of market activity, it is a salient subject. I’ll hit the wavetops to create interest, but I am by no means an expert. My...

  • Supervisors approve land exchange of Citro property between Fallbrook and Bonsall school districts

    Updated Nov 8, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter In California, the transfer of territory between multiple school districts requires approval from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors after the county Board of Education submits a resolution for the boundary change. The Thursday, Oct. 24, meeting of the county board of supervisors approved a modification of the boundaries of the Bonsall Unified School District, the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District and the Fallbrook Union High School District. The county supervisors’ 4-0...

  • MCC Fall Celebration brings the community together

    Updated Nov 8, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The Mike Choate Early Education Center opened its doors to parents, families, and students for a festive and memorable MCC Fall Celebration. The event served as a heartwarming gathering of the school community, offering a morning filled with entertaining fall games, lively music, and tasty snacks. "The MCC Fall Celebration was all about bringing our school community closer, and it did just that," said Sarah D'Errico, FUESD Coordinator of the Mike Choate Early...

  • Fall happens around BUSD

    Updated Nov 8, 2023

    BONSALL – Fall has been a fantastic time of year for fun happenings in the Bonsall Unified School District. In addition to Back to School nights, students, educators, and families were offered a vast array of activities to celebrate their community. Bonsall's elementary schools hosted fundraisers sponsored by their PTA organizations. Bonsall West students had their annual jogathon and were treated to their principal, Mr. Camacho, participating in "Colt Pride" by wearing a...

  • Musical duo Yu&I has a fresh take on violin and guitar

    Updated Nov 8, 2023

    FALLBROOK – Movie themes. Haunting gypsy songs. Popular refrains. Whatever is beautiful and lends itself to a soaring violin and an intricate guitar will be presented by YU&I Duo in Fallbrook Music Society's free concert Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. Violinist YuEun Gemma Kim and Guitarist Ines Thomé captivate audiences with their charisma and virtuosity as they present arrangements ranging from traditional to boundary breaking. The program will feature music with popular...

  • FUHS remembers Dia De Los Muerto

    Updated Nov 8, 2023

    The staff at Fallbrook Union High School remember their loved ones with a Dia De Los Muerto display in one of their rooms. Village News/Courtesy photo...

  • BUSD approves two new Bonsall High School courses

    Updated Nov 8, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Bonsall Unified School District board approved Bonsall High School course descriptions for two new courses. The board’s 5-0 vote Oct. 18 adds Intermediate Computer Science Systems Programming and Intermediate Product Innovation and Design to the courses Bonsall High School students may take. Both will be part of the school’s Career Technical Education (CTE) program. “We continue to expand career and college preparatory courses we offer on campus,” said BUSD superintendent Joseph...

  • Stevie Wonders: 'Get off my lawn!'

    Updated Nov 8, 2023

    Steven Schindler Special to the Village News I don’t have a lawn, but I think most people understand what “Get off my lawn!” infers. Sometimes you just have to let off some steam when you observe children, or people of any age, behaving badly. So here are my pet peeves with regard to people who either don’t have a clue or, frankly, don’t give a damn. Dog walkers Firstly, most everyone knows that you are supposed to pick up after your dog and not leave their poop on the ground. And most everyone carries doggie poop b...

  • Reining in theft

    Updated Nov 8, 2023

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron 75th District California department stores have been raided by people walking out with thousands of dollars in stolen goods. Los Angeles County, the Central Valley and the Bay Area have been the most impacted, though it’s affecting the entire state. Why is this happening and what can be done? One of the major contributing causes appears to be the passage of Proposition 47 in 2014. Called the “Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act by its supporters (and who wouldn’t vote for that?), the...

  • Safeguarding our communities in the face of wildfires

    Updated Nov 8, 2023

    Supervisor Jim Desmond Fifth District In recent weeks, we’ve reveled in the tranquil weather and witnessed the advent of the Santa Ana winds, signaling a heightened risk of wildfires. While a few blazes have ignited, our gratitude extends to the tireless firefighters who swiftly contained these potentially catastrophic threats. Throughout my tenure on the San Diego Board of Supervisors, fire safety has been an urgent and unwavering priority. Recognizing the pressing need to fortify our region’s defenses against wildfires,...

  • Open letter to Jim Desmond regarding Bonsall Community Park

    Updated Nov 8, 2023

    I’m in receipt of Mark Kieser’s email of 10/25/23 wherein he discussed how he arrived at his conclusion that Bonsall should have a highly active park, Plan A. His email referenced that he received input from Vista, Fallbrook, other surrounding areas. Please be advised that Vista and Fallbrook and other surrounding areas have no influence of any kind in Bonsall and vice versa. The Bonsall Community Sponsor Group (BCSG) unanimously voted for Plan B on Feb. 4, 2020. BCSG is the only final word regarding everything that...

  • Vallecitos celebrates Red Ribbon Week

    Updated Nov 8, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Red Ribbon Week is held annually in late October to promote drug use prevention and awareness. Vallecitos Elementary School had Red Ribbon Week events all five school days Oct. 23-27. "I'm really proud that we were able to educate them here to make good life choices because each decision they make can affect their whole life," said Vallecitos Principal Michelle Peace. Red Ribbon Week was first proclaimed by the United States Congress in 1988, a...

  • Time change reminder to check for safety

    Updated Nov 8, 2023

    Yvette Urrea Moe County of San Diego Communications Office Besides setting your clocks back one hour last Sunday morning for Daylight Saving Time, it's time to consider doing five more things to keep your family safe. 1. Check all your home's smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure they are working, and check fire extinguishers to make sure they are not expired. At most, it takes 10 minutes to check your devices and make sure they are functioning properly or not expired....

  • Fatal DUI numbers remain high in San Diego County

    Updated Nov 8, 2023

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan announced Thursday, Nov. 1, that her office is receiving an $810,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for the 10th year in a row to prevent and prosecute impaired driving deaths and DUI-drug cases. The grant award comes as San Diego County fatal DUI numbers remain at an all-time high. In 2022, 33 people were killed in 32 DUI-related crashes. So far in 2023, there have been 25 people killed. “We have a specialized team of prosecutors and...

  • The power of plant protein

    Updated Nov 8, 2023

    Jennifer Brix, ND Special to the Village News Going more plant-based is an exciting endeavor, and there are many reasons that incorporating more plant-based food into your diet is healthy for you and the planet. Animal-based foods have the highest negative environmental impact out of all food groups. To create 1 lb. of beef requires 7 lbs. of plant protein, produces more greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and uses more water, cropland, and fertilizer. It is a more expensive process while being less sustainable and can...

  • Master Gunnery Sergeant Tim Kirk addresses Marines during the 247th Marine Corps Birthday Celebration

    Updated Nov 8, 2023

    Village News Staff Every year, Marines, their spouses, and communities across the world celebrate the Marine Corps Birthday. Last year, on Nov. 5, Fallbrook resident, retired Master Gunnery Sergeant and Epic Realty Group Owner and Realtor@ Tim Kirk, was invited by a friend and client to be the guest speaker and address Marines at the 247th Birthday Ball celebration in Bogota, Colombia. There were approximately 700 attendees at the Grand Hyatt in Bogota, home of the second...

  • Pacific Venture Charter Service receives 2023 Best of Oceanside Award

    Updated Nov 8, 2023

    OCEANSIDE – PacificVenture Charter Service has been selected for the 2023 Best of Oceanside Award in the Sportfishing category by the Oceanside Award Program. The company is owned and operated by Fallbrook resident Capt. Chuck White. Each year, the Oceanside Award Program identifies companies that it believes have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business...

  • Prepare for the seasons of a lifetime

    Updated Nov 8, 2023

    Jean Larsen Legacy Endowment Community Foundation I was reminded the other day how our lives can be viewed from the perspective of four seasons. As youngsters and teens, we are living our freshest and most “green” lives very much like a bountiful spring, growing ourselves in a hundred different ways all at once. When we have figured out who we are and what we want to accomplish, the summer season holds our adult years. By this season, we’ve settled into a lifestyle and our work earnings are dedicated to building a home...

  • Worker of the Week manages three locations

    Updated Nov 8, 2023

    Fernando Gonzalez is the Kentucky Fried Chicken store manager, located at 1077 S. Mission Road. Gonzalez has been with this store since 2004 and is currently operating two others. His goal is to become a District Operations Manager for the KFC chain. This branch contributes to the community by helping the Fallbrook Food Pantry with donations, and schools like La Paloma Elementary and Fallbrook High, donating gift certificates for the students of the month. Village News/David...

  • Chamber announces November events

    Updated Nov 8, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce has several upcoming events planned for the month. They are: Thursday, Nov. 9 – SunUpper at Hair Lounge, 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 – Veterans Day Parade down Main Ave., 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15 – SunDowner at Cogir Senior Living, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25 – Artisan Faire with Farmers Market on Main Avenue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call the chamber for more details on any of these events, 760-728-5845. The chamber office is located at 111 S. Main Ave. Submitted by the...

  • Celebrate veterans' stories with Writers Read at Fallbrook Library

    Updated Nov 8, 2023

    FALLBROOK – Writers Read at Fallbrook Library, a free monthly author series with open mic, will feature the members of the Veterans' Writing Group of San Diego County on Friday, Nov. 17. The reading is from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., in the library's Community Room, and begins with an open mic for poetry and prose. The Veterans' Writing Group encourages and supports creative writing by military veterans of all conflicts, from WWII onward. The veterans meet monthly in North County...

  • Ceremonies to honor anniversary of Gettysburg Address

    Updated Nov 8, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Sgt. Wm. Pittenger Camp 21 will hold ceremonies for Remembrance Day Saturday, Nov. 18, to commemorate the 160th anniversary of Lincoln giving the Gettysburg Address. As descendants of soldiers and sailors of the Union Forces during the Civil War, the group observes this event yearly in Gettysburg and elsewhere across the country. The community is invited to join them to celebrate this event and remember the “Boys in Blue.” Ceremonies will begin at 2 p.m. at the...

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