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  • Food drive to benefit Fallbrook Food Pantry

    Updated Feb 4, 2021

    FALLBROOK – Regency Fallbrook announced its upcoming food drive will benefit the community through the Fallbrook Food Pantry. On Tuesday, Nov. 17, Regency, 609 E. Elder St., will accept canned food and non-perishable items from the community between noon and 4 p.m. As an additional incentive, the Yogurt Palace is donating a free frozen yogurt to the first 50 contributors. For those unavailable to donate Tuesday, donations will be accepted until Nov. 19. Submitted by the F...

  • FUESD plans to send transitional kindergarten through 1st grade students back to in-person classes 4 days per week

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer|Updated Nov 12, 2020

    Fallbrook Union Elementary School District administrators are planning to send some students back to classrooms four days a week at the end of this month. Currently, FUESD is in “phase one” of its reopening plan, with most students attending school in-person two days a week in a “cohort” model, with one group in classrooms on Mondays and Wednesdays and a second group in classrooms on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and with students participating in virtual learning otherwise. Classrooms reopened in that format on Oct. 5. The pla...

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    Pumpkins, gourds and squash make fall colorful

    Updated Nov 12, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Halloween takes place during a time of year characterized by earthen-colored chrysanthemums, leaf-lined walkways and crisp autumn air. As colorful as the costumes children wear for trick-or-treating may be, nature's beauty is unsurpassed this time of year, and the scores of pumpkins, gourds and squashes on display only add to that colorful mélange. The Cucurbitaceae family may be best known for pumpkins, squash and gourds, but there actually are 800 species th...

  • Volunteers stocking the Angel Shop for the holidays

    Angel Society donations on the rise in a year of mostly lows

    FALLBROOK – Despite a temporary closure of its thrift shop, and diminished volunteer ranks, the Angel Society of Fallbrook has aided several local nonprofits and other worthy causes this year with donations totaling more than $37,000 since April. "I continue to be amazed at what the Angel Society has been able to accomplish, especially during these extraordinary times," said president Jean Dooley. Since its inception in 1978, the Angel Society has raised funds for local p...

  • Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz

    'American Pickers' to film in California

    Updated Nov 9, 2020

    NEW YORK – Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and their team are returning to California to film episodes of the hit series "American Pickers" throughout Southern California in December. Wolfe, Fritz and their team understand that with the proliferation of COVID-19, everyone is facing very uncertain times. The staff at American Pickers are taking the pandemic very seriously and will be following all guidelines and protocols for safe filming as outlined by the state and Centers for D...

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    Virtual Dash & Bash fund-raiser benefits students in need

    Updated Nov 9, 2020

    SAN MARCOS – Even the COVID-19 pandemic couldn't slow down Palomar College's annual Monster Dash & Bash 5K Run/Walk, which culminated in a virtual costume contest on Thursday, Oct. 29, after raising $15,000 for the Palomar College Foundation. During the event, some 192 participants logged their five kilometers, including one who participated virtually with her 80-year-old mother from Iowa, and one who walked carrying a "Palomar College Foundation" sign. Others braved snowfall...

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    San Diego Oasis receives $300,000 grant to create education hub for older adults

    Updated Nov 9, 2020

    SAN DIEGO – Cox Communications awarded a $300,000 grant to San Diego Oasis, a nonprofit organization on a mission to change the way people experience aging and pursue vibrant, healthy, productive, and meaningful lives through education and community service. This gift will empower San Diego Oasis to create the Oasis Innovation Center, a collaboration hub which will focus on the adoption of innovative technology for older adults, relevant to older adult wellness, healthcare, a...

  • Practice food safety at home

    Updated Nov 9, 2020

    FALLBROOK – In a typical day, few people may pay much mind to foodborne illnesses, but once a person gets sick from food poisoning, the experience is something they don't soon forget. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year 48 million people get sick from a foodborne illness. The CDC said that most instances of food poisoning are infections caused by various bacteria, viruses and parasites. Food safety can prevent many instances of food p...

  • NFPA receives grant to enhance fire and falls prevention program

    Updated Nov 9, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The National Fire Protection Association received a $526,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Fire Prevention and Safety program in support of reducing fires and falls among older adults, a key high-risk population. The funding will help broaden the reach and scale of Remembering When: A fire and fall prevention program for older adults through the development of updated digital training and resources, which are used by public health and safety officials for implementation in their com...

  • Kicking It against aging

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to Village News|Updated Nov 9, 2020

    Growing old is a privilege. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. In the inimitable words of Zorba in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” “You look so old.” I just don’t want to “look so old.” A little old is OK. After all, I don’t want to look too young. So, I ask myself, what is the right age? I for one liked the years from ages 43-50. After that, things started to really sag. Of course, I smoked then so I was trimmer. That always made me happy. Trimmer that is. Not that I am not happy to have stopped...

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    Construction involves planned shutdowns through February

    Updated Nov 9, 2020

    FALLBROOK – In just over a year, more than half of the water that pours from Fallbrook taps will be from its own backyard – the Santa Margarita River. Now one year into construction, Fallbrook Public Utility District has installed about 7,000 feet of pipeline, making the pipeline portion of the river project about 60% complete. The new segment runs from Alturas Road through part of town, ending at McDonald and Mission roads. The next step is to tie the new segment of pipe into...

  • Fentanyl, prescription drug deaths increase in San Diego County

    Jose A. Alvarez, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Nov 9, 2020

    The number of unintentional fentanyl deaths increased by 64% from 2018 to 2019, while at the same time prescription drug deaths rose nearly 12%. This is according to the 2020 San Diego County Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force Report Card released Nov. 5. The report card provides a variety of data to measure the prescription drug misuse problem in the region by looking at multiple factors and data points over the last five years in San Diego County. In 2019, a total of 645 people died of an unintentional overdose caused by...

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    Don't skip routine health care visits amid COVID-19 pandemic

    Katie Cadiao, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Nov 9, 2020

    The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency is urging San Diegans not to delay routine medical and dental care amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Physicians and dentists across the county are reporting that fewer patients are scheduling annual medical and routine preventive dental visits. County health officials are concerned about this trend because delaying necessary care can cause more severe health issues in the future. "Regular visits to your primary care physician...

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    Find a fantastic "new" old friend during Adopt a Senior Pet Month

    Updated Nov 9, 2020

    LOS ANGELES – At 14, with one eye and a heart condition, Minx was having a hard time finding an adopter. The sweet Dachshund mix originally came into Best Friends Animal Society in Los Angeles in 2018, underweight and with mange. After receiving veterinary care from Best Friends, Minx found a long-term foster home that helped him continue to blossom into a happy, healthy little dog, but the hope was that he would find his forever home. In July, Lorraine Hamblin logged on to B...

  • Rainbow to conduct pilot project test for cured-in-place lining

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Nov 9, 2020

    The Rainbow Municipal Water District will be conducting a test of cured-in-place lining for water transmission pipe. A 4-0 Rainbow board vote Oct. 27, with Helene Brazier not able to participate in the meeting, approved the professional services agreement with Sanexen Water, Inc., for $74,800 and appropriated that amount from the water capital fund for the project's budget. "This is a pilot project," said Rainbow General Manager Tom Kennedy. "We think this one has a really great potential," Kennedy said. "We can test and...

  • Nearly half of Californians have completed a home improvement project since the COVID-19 pandemic began

    Updated Nov 9, 2020

    LOS ANGELES – A new national PaintCare/Ipsos poll released recently showed that Americans worked on 50% more home improvement projects since the start of the pandemic than in the previous year. Forty-six percent of Californians completed one project or more and 65% of those projects including the use of paint. PaintCare, a national nonprofit organization created by paint manufacturers to operate paint stewardship programs, fielded the survey to highlight the importance of paint recycling education as the nation celebrates A...

  • County renews IRWM agreement

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Nov 9, 2020

    The Integrated Regional Water Management agreement between San Diego County, the city of San Diego and the San Diego County Water Authority was scheduled to expire Dec. 31, but the IRWM will be extended for at least another five years. The county Board of Supervisors voted 5-0, Wednesday, Oct. 28, to approve a new memorandum of understanding with the city and the County Water Authority. That agreement will cover the period from Jan. 1, 2021, to Dec. 31, 2025. The supervisors’ action also found the MOU to be exempt from C...

  • Here's what's happening in online theater

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to Village News|Updated Nov 9, 2020

    Theater is alive and well in San Diego County, and the good news is you can watch it in your pajamas. It’s all online. Congratulations go to New Village Arts in Carlsbad for their $5,000 grant award from California Humanities for their new program, “A Connection Toolkit in the Age of COVID-19.” San Diego Repertory Theatre has extended “JQA,” which stands for John Quincy Adams, until Nov. 30. Watch for my review next week. Additionally, coming Nov. 13 at San Diego Rep when...

  • Noel Glaser with paintings

    FAA names winners of fall art show

    Updated Nov 9, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Art lovers can catch Fallbrook Art Association's Fall Gallery Exhibit until Nov. 21. This outstanding multimedia fall show, which was judged by renowned watercolorist Helen Shafer Garcia and included cash prizes, is chock full of great art including honorable mentions and a full complement of special merit awards. There are newer artists along with award-winners known to Fallbrookians. Cash prizes recipients, ribbon winners and gallery team members always a...

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    The benefits of a new approach to learning for students

    Updated Nov 9, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The validity of the adage "necessity is the mother of invention" was on full display during the COVID-19 outbreak. People quickly had to learn to adapt to a new way of life, including an educational system that was transformed dramatically by social distancing guidelines. More than 76 million students are enrolled in United States schools, per the latest U.S. Census Bureau information. In a matter of days, millions of students who once attended classes in-person w...

  • Tips for when employees zone out in Zoom meetings

    Updated Nov 9, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The coronavirus pandemic changed the world into a planet of remote workers, but several months into the pandemic some companies and individuals are still grappling with the challenges of working apart. Employees have more distractions at home, and some can find it harder to focus. Questions persist, such as: Can video conferencing be as effective as in-person communicating? Will workplace culture – and production – suffer from a lack of traditional human interaction? “Many companies and employees weren’t...

  • NFPA to encourage community preparedness for electric vehicle adoption

    Updated Nov 9, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The National Fire Protection Association has received an award from the U.S. Department of Energy to help drive community preparedness for electric vehicle growth in the U.S. NFPA will oversee the three-year project in partnership with the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Vehicle Technologies Office’s Clean Cities Coalitions network, which will assist communities in evaluating their EV infrastructure, training programs, incentives, and code compliance readiness, and formulating a plan that...

  • Fee deferrals, zoning waivers extended

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Nov 9, 2020

    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved the extension of fee deferrals and zoning waivers which are intended to aid local businesses adversely affected by the coronavirus quarantine. A 5-0 vote, Tuesday, Oct. 27, directed the county’s chief administrative officer to continue the deferral of permit and plan check fees, export certification and direct marketing fees for local agriculture and price verification and scale devices registration fees. The fees will be deferred until March 31, 2021. The supervisors also c...

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    Chamber presents funds to REINS

    Updated Nov 9, 2020

    Half the proceeds ($4,000) of the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce annual charity golf tournament is presented to REINS, the chamber's charity partner; from left are REINS' Canece Huber and Debbie Shinner, with the chamber's Lila MacDonald, Jackie Toppin and Julie Hardesty. The tournament was held Sept. 25 at Pala Mesa Resort....

  • Avoid recycling mistakes with free webinar

    Updated Nov 9, 2020

    SAN DIEGO – I Love a Clean San Diego is hosting a free webinar Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 4-5 p.m. about common recycling mistakes and how to avoid them. The virtual, family-friendly event is free, but attendees must register beforehand. Register for this event at Submitted by I Love A Clean San Diego....

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