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Articles from the November 24, 2022 edition


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  • It's Toys for Tots time at county airports

    Updated Nov 26, 2022

    Gig Conaughton County of San Diego Communications Office One of the best feelings anyone can get during the holiday season comes when you put a smile on someone else's face – especially when it's on the face of a child. The county and Marine Corps can help you get that good feeling! Just drop off a new, unwrapped toy in one of the annual Toys for Tots donation boxes between now and Dec. 10 at one of five county airports: Fallbrook Airpark in Fallbrook, McClellan Palomar A...

  • Resident Panel Event at Silvergate Fallbrook showcases surprising reasons to move

    Updated Nov 25, 2022

    FALLBROOK – Seniors curious about retirement community living came out to hear a special Resident Panel Discussion Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Silvergate Fallbrook. Resident panelists gave compelling reasons for why they ultimately decided to move to senior living, including how it improved their feeling of independence; how it gave their families better peace of mind; and, how it allowed them to be more socially active than when they were isolated at home. "Deciding to transition...

  • Traffic safety grant of $500,000 to fund impaired driving enforcement

    Updated Nov 25, 2022

    SAN DIEGO COUNTY – The California Office of Traffic Safety has awarded the San Diego County Sheriff's Department a $500,000 grant that will fund a year's worth of special operations and campaigns designed to stop drivers under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Impaired driving checkpoints, patrols and distracted driving/traffic enforcement will all be funded by the grant. "Thanks to our partnership with OTS, we will be able to continue our ongoing traffic safety efforts t...

  • Fallbrook's Finest recognized by FUHSD

    Updated Nov 25, 2022

    Rick Monroe Special to the Village News Fallbrook's Finest for October were recognized by Superintendent Ilsa Garza-Gonzalez at the Nov. 7 meeting of the Fallbrook Union High School District. The employees selected were Jose Olvera, counselor at FHS; 1st Sgt. Michael Stout, USMC, JROTC instructor; and Emily Toone, director of education services for the district. Board members saluted the trio with a certificate. "Mr. Olvera has been a wonderful addition to our counseling team,...

  • NCFPD to purchase Dodge Ram for fleet service vehicle

    Updated Nov 25, 2022

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The North County Fire Protection District will acquire a Dodge Ram for use as a fleet service vehicle. A 5-0 NCFPD board vote Tuesday, Oct. 25, approved the sole source purchase of the 2022 Dodge from Jim Manning Dodge, which is in the Tulare County town of Dinuba. The NCPFD cost including taxes and fees will be $237,674.43. The existing fleet service vehicle is 23 years old. During summer 2021, the fire district ordered a Ford F-550 from Downtown Ford in Sacramento, but supply chain delays...

  • Worker of the Week tends customers at VFW

    Updated Nov 25, 2022

    James Duncan tends bar at the VFW Charles E. Swisher Post 1924 located at 1175 Old Stage Road; he's been there for the past 12 years. He held the position as House Committee Chairman for three years and is now the VFW Bar Manager and Cook. Volunteers are welcome. Village News/David Landry photos...

  • No big changes in student numbers in FUHSD

    Updated Nov 25, 2022

    Rick Monroe Special to the Village News Enrollment at the three schools in the Fallbrook Union High School District has remained relatively constant the past several years. Trustees reviewed a report by Brenda Mefford, chief business officer for the district, at their Nov. 7 board meeting. Her slide presentation showed current enrollment at Fallbrook High School was 1,924, compared to 1,959 in 2021-2022 and 1,964 in 2020-2021. Going back to the prior five years, attendance ranged from 1,985 in 2019-2020 to 2,050 in...

  • Conservative candidates win Fallbrook school board races

    Updated Nov 25, 2022

    Rick Monroe Special to the Village News The two school districts serving Fallbrook will have some major challenges and agenda items to address in the coming weeks. The two boards will install new trustees at their respective meetings, both on Dec. 12. Three incumbents in the Fallbrook Union High School District decided not to run for re-election and they will be replaced by two newcomers, each supported by conservative groups. There were no candidates for District 2, which serves the Camp Pendleton area, so new trustees...

  • Decision on fired teacher's case expected Dec. 1

    Updated Nov 25, 2022

    Rick Monroe Special to the Village News A Fallbrook teacher who was dismissed by the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District in October 2021 will have her day in court on Thursday, Dec. 1 as she continues her fight against the termination. Jennifer Humphreys was dismissed for refusing mandatory weekly testing for COVID-19 while she was unvaccinated. The Commission on Professional Competence (CPC) ruled by a 3-0 vote in June that her dismissal should be reversed, and she could return to teaching with back pay. However, the...

  • Legacy makes a difference in people's lives

    Updated Nov 25, 2022

    Lucette Moramarco Associate Editor Legacy Endowment Community Foundation held its fifth annual Endowment Celebration Nov. 16 for both donors and beneficiaries in Pala Mesa Resort's Ballroom. Executive Director Jean Larsen gave an update on the foundation's investment status; Legacy has $14 million in invested assets and has granted $10 million to area nonprofits since 1994. The funds are invested for long-range perpetual yield, Larsen said, so they are surviving years' long bo...

  • NCFPD to seek CDBG funding for ADA parking

    Updated Nov 25, 2022

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The North County Fire Protection District will be seeking Community Development Block Grant funding to provide parking areas meeting Americans with Disability Act standards. The NCFPD board voted 5-0 Tuesday, Oct. 25, to approve a resolution authorizing staff to submit a request for CDBG funding to San Diego County’s Department of Housing and Community Development Services. The application will request funding for ADA parking at Station 3 in Rainbow and at the NCFPD administrative h...

  • NCFPD adds visitor parking, electrical work to Station 2 renovations

    Updated Nov 25, 2022

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Additional work on the North County Fire Protection District’s Station 2 will be performed as part of the renovation of the Winterwarm station. The NCFPD board meeting included a 5-0 vote Tuesday, Oct. 25, to approve a change order to the NCFPD contract with Reed Family Enterprises Inc. The change order will provide for additional visitor parking and for additional electrical work. Reed Family Enterprises will be paid an additional $26,000. Station 2 in the 2100 block of Winterwarm Drive w...

  • Neighborhood Reinvestment grants given to Center for the Arts, Miss Bonsall pageant

    Updated Nov 25, 2022

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Nov. 15 San Diego County Board of Supervisors meeting included Neighborhood Reinvestment Program allocations to Fallbrook Center for the Arts and to the Vista Skatepark Coalition which produces the Miss Bonsall pageant. The supervisors’ 4-0 vote, with Terra Lawson-Remer absent, approved grants of $40,000 to Fallbrook Center for the Arts, Inc., and $12,000 to the Vista Skatepark Coalition. The money for Fallbrook Center for the Arts will be used for capital improvements, and the supervisors...

  • Sheriff-Elect appoints senior staff

    Updated Nov 25, 2022

    SAN DIEGO COUNTY – The next Sheriff of San Diego County is beginning to form her leadership team with a new undersheriff and assistant sheriff. Sheriff-elect Kelly A. Martinez is appointing Assistant Sheriff Rich Williams as her second in command. Williams began his career in 1992 working at various detention facilities. His first patrol assignment was at the San Marcos Sheriff's Station. He was promoted to Sergeant and Lieutenant working undercover assignments, as well as supervising staff at courthouses, inmate t...

  • San Diego is a military town

    Updated Nov 25, 2022

    Supervisor Jim Desmond 5th District San Diego County is home to one of the nation’s largest populations of veterans. As of 2021, more than 200,000 veterans call San Diego County their home. Although San Diego County is historically known as a military town, our veteran unemployment numbers are higher compared to other counties. As a veteran of the U.S. Navy, I’ve made it a priority to do all we can for those who protect our country. Last month, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an effort to increase rec...

  • Nonprofits are a crucial part of Fallbrook and Village News editorial

    Updated Nov 25, 2022

    There are almost 200 local nonprofit organizations and we are so thankful for the work they do. Local organizations are helping the hungry, the seniors, the veterans, the homeless, youth, the physically challenged, the emotionally challenged, the animals, artists, our parks and open spaces and even businesses. There’s literally something for everyone and much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Season. If you are new to town, please reference your 2022 Sourcebook Magazine and find the nonprofit organization listings and e...

  • Re: 'Singh settlement amount nearly $400,000' [Village News, 11/10/22]

    Updated Nov 25, 2022

    Let me be clear about one thing – What happened with Dr. Candace Singh is not a good thing for FUESD, but it is of her making and has been in the making for years, with the support of the former board, of which Caron Lieber was also a member albeit in the minority. And it should be known that Dr. Singh’s negotiated exit package is a complete lack of respect and regard for the children and their families she claimed to be so “passionate” about serving and a super middle-finger to the community of Fallbrook, not to mention...

  • Writer returns to fold after journey through the Valley

    Updated Nov 25, 2022

    Tim O’Leary Special to the Village News Hello, dear reader. It is wonderful, yet a bit daunting, to walk again in your midst. The good Lord has carried me through the Valley of the Shadow, and now I am back, either to your pleasure or your chagrin. A few of you may remember me from Temecula’s glory days. That was when a growth-choked and traffic-snarled burg in southwest Riverside County was anchored by a cadre of volunteers who latched onto a huge parcel of developer-donated land. Those hearty souls – with just their tract...

  • Ahrens: Christian nationalism isn't Christianity

    Updated Nov 25, 2022

    The headline above is part of the title of an article by Tim Ahrens that appeared in the Columbus Dispatch (8 Nov 2022). This is the gist of the article: "Christian nationalists falsely teach that there is no separation of church and state – and that conservative Christians should seize complete power by any means necessary." Tim Ahrens is the senior minister at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Downtown Columbus. And why is this relevant? Because this mix of faux religion and power politics is precisely what T...

  • Native American Heritage Month

    Updated Nov 25, 2022

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron 75th District November is Native American Heritage Month, a national celebration recognizing Tribal history and sovereignty. San Diego County is home to more Indian reservations than any other county in the United States. These sovereign tribal governments all lie within the 75th Assembly District, and as their representative in Sacramento, the commemoration has special significance for me. Self-government is essential so that tribes can protect their unique cultures and identities to enrich the...

  • 'Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree' is the theme for Christmas in the village

    Updated Nov 25, 2022

    FALLBROOK – "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" is the lively theme for the 2022 Fallbrook Christmas Parade, which will be presented by the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce Saturday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. Participants are encouraged to incorporate this theme in their window decorating downtown and on Christmas Parade floats. The parade will unfold along Main Avenue and a highlight will be the recognition of the vast contributions of Jim and Jean Dooley, the Co-Grand Marshals. They a...

  • Christmastime fundraising for Fallbrook's animals

    Updated Nov 25, 2022

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Blanket Project donated handmade blankets to the Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary Christmas Store to be sold along with many other treasures to raise funds for the animal sanctuary. The store is now open until Christmas Day. This year, the Christmas Store is at 746 South Main, across from Major Market and next to Meineke Car Care and is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to Christmas decor, the store w...

  • Fallbrook Historical Society Christmas Open House coming soon

    Updated Nov 25, 2022

    FALLBROOK – The holidays are just around the corner and it’s evident with preparations well underway for this year’s Fallbrook Historical Society Christmas Open House scheduled to take place Sunday, Dec. 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. This year’s theme is “A Toyland Christmas” and will feature activities in every building at the Heritage Center, located at the corner of Rocky Crest and Hill Avenue. One of the highlights will be a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Donald J. Rivers Interpretive Center, also known as “The Barn....

  • Chorale presents its Christmas Concert Dec. 10

    Updated Nov 25, 2022

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Chorale’s Christmas Concert, entitled “Sing of a Merry Christmas,” will be on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m., at SonRise Christian Fellowship, 463 S Stage Coach Lane. The chorale will be singing many favorite Christmas carols as well as a few new arrangements; selections will include “Masters in This Hall,” “What Star is This,” “White Christmas,” “Glory to God from the Messiah,” “Sing of a Merry Christmas” and many more. Tickets are $20 each, $10 for military and students with ID, and free for children 1...

  • FMGS to hold Holiday Boutique

    Updated Nov 25, 2022

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society will hold their annual Holiday Boutique on two Saturdays, Dec. 3 and 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in their main meeting room at 123 W. Alvarado St. For sale will be handmade jewelry, unique earth science gifts, ancient fossils, mineral specimens and more from talented FGMS members. The Gem & Mineral Museum and Gift Shop (with great gift possibilities at amazingly low prices!) will also be open with free admission. For further details, call the FGMS office, 760-728-1130 or email i...

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