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Articles from the November 30, 2023 edition


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  • Church roof repaired!

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    I want to personally thank our Fallbrook family, Jan, and beyond for your donations, gifts, financial support, love, open hearts of giving and prayers, to my request for aid in repairing the roofs and water damage to the Methodist church on Winter Haven Road. They are totally repaired and paid for from all your responses. God is great! As is our Fallbrook family. Thank you again! Always in my prayers, God bless, Ken Stetson...

  • Hospice of the Valleys honors the memory of loved ones at Love, Light & Remembrance event

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Tim O’Leary Special to the Village News Many trails crisscross Temecula. One of those trails recently took your humble storyteller to the wine country for a yearly event that seeks to soften the sting of death and despair. That outing – the sixth annual Love, Light & Remembrance Evening – drew about 90 people to Wilson Creek Winery. It marked my introduction to luminaries, an encounter that took place amid thoughts of loss and lamentation. Others and I were fed and comforted, all at the same time, as we decorated and then...

  • The kids are home for the holidays; how's their mental health?

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Dr. Archana Dubey Special to the Village News As the holiday season approaches, students across the country are wrapping up their papers and exams for a long holiday break. For many, it is a time to rest, recharge and catch up with friends and family. It can also be an important opportunity for the adults in students’ lives to check in about their mental health and wellness. In college, our kids’ lives are full of new experiences; while exciting for many, navigating academic pressures and a growing independence can also bri...

  • San Diegan dies from Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Fernanda Lopez Halvorson County of San Diego Communications Office San Diego County public health officials are raising awareness of a disease known as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever following the death of a San Diego resident who traveled to the Baja California region before becoming ill. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is a disease spread by ticks to humans and dogs. Some areas where these ticks may bite people and animals are hiking trails and grassy or wooded areas, typically...

  • How you can donate plasma and save a life

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    State Point Media Millions of people around the world rely on plasma to treat a range of conditions, including rare inherited diseases, severe burns and trauma, liver disorders, and for cancer supportive care. What are the benefits for the donors? Health check: Before donating plasma, donors undergo a health screening. This can help identify any unknown health issues early on. Regenerative properties: The human body quickly regenerates the plasma donated, usually within 24 to...

  • Legacy Endowment distributes year-end grants

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    FALLBROOK – As Fallbrook and Bonsall's regional community foundation, Legacy Endowment distributed more than $525,000 in generous grants and annual distributions Nov. 16, hosting an "open office" for donors, board members and stakeholders. The day-long reception replaced an annual dinner in order to give individuals, interested donors, and agency representatives a more personal opportunity to learn more about each other. Grants were awarded from its Elisabeth Wilson E...

  • Workers of the Week serve their community

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Azucena Gonzalez, left, is Hidden Treasures' assistant manager. After more than two years there, her goal is to continue the Hidden Treasures mission to serve her community. Alexis Castillo Espinoza, right, is a store sales associate and her goal is to be a horror story writer and graphic artist. Hidden Treasures is a thrift store at 913 South Main Ave....

  • Check once, check twice, check your receipts so your holiday's nice

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Gig Conaughton County of San Diego Communications Office The shop-shoppingest time of the year is back. And that means it’s a perfect time to remind all of us – always, always double-check your receipts so you don’t get accidentally overcharged by faulty cash registers and price scanners. Online shopping has gotten huge. But most of us are still trekking to the shopping mall and stores. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s recently released E-Commerce Third Quarter 2023 report, ecommerce made up 15.6% of all retails sales....

  • NCFPD seeks Neighborhood Reinvestment grant for UTV

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The North County Fire Protection District will be pursuing a Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grant from the County of San Diego for a utility task vehicle. A 5-0 NCFPD board vote Nov. 14 approved a draft grant application and a resolution for NCFPD staff to submit the application to the County of San Diego. The request is for $58,898, which is the estimated cost of the acquisition. “The district has an interest to purchase a utility task vehicle,” said NCFPD Fire Chief Keith McReynolds. “We...

  • Legionnaires tie Rams in soccer opener

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Bonsall High School's boys soccer team opened 2023-24 play Nov. 17 with a 2-2 tie against Borrego Springs High School at Ingold Sports Park in Fallbrook. "This is a huge step forward," said Bonsall coach Ennis Pipe. Last year, Bonsall had a 1‑16 record, including 1-9 in Patriot League play. The Legionnaires lost their first 14 games, and their first match of the 2022-23 season was a 9-0 loss to Guajome Park Academy. The 2022-23 win was against...

  • Seven Warriors named all-league for girls volleyball

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Seven members of Fallbrook High School's 2023 girls volleyball team were given all-league recognition by the Palomar League coaches while Fallbrook coach Chip Patterson was named as the league's coach of the year. Claire Nordeen was selected to the all-league first team. Aaliyah Arce and Grace Nordeen received second-team berths. Alexa Van Eik, Janice Garcia, Samantha Valdez, and Taylor Thomas were recognized at the honorable mention level. "I...

  • Rivera earns all-CIF berth

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter At the CIF San Diego Section cross country meet, the first 10 finishers in each race are given all-CIF first-team recognition and the next 10 runners across the finish line earn all-CIF second-team status. This year's section meet took place Nov. 11 on the Morley Field course in San Diego, and Fallbrook High School senior Jose Rivera finished 19th in the Division II boys race to receive a berth on the all-CIF second team. "Him making...

  • Sofia Echeverria reaches third round of CIF tournament

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Sofia Echeverria, who is a junior at Mission Hills High School but lives in Fallbrook and took lessons at the Fallbrook Tennis Club, reached the third round of singles competition at the CIF individual tournament Oct. 30 through Nov. 4 at the Balboa Tennis Club in San Diego. Three Fallbrook residents participated in the CIF tournament although the other two were eliminated in the first round of singles play. Echeverria’s sister, Victoria, is a freshman at Mission Hills and also took lessons a...

  • Warriors girls 10th as team at CIF cross country meet

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Despite the loss of their top runner to illness, the Fallbrook High School girls placed 10th among Division II teams at the CIF San Diego Section cross country championship meet Nov. 11 at Morley Field in San Diego. Cross country team scores add the positions of a school's first five finishers; the sixth and seventh finishers from each team are not scored but can add points to opponents' totals. Fallbrook had a total of 250 points. “I’m really proud of the girls who ran today,” said Fallb...

  • Warriors pin four varsity opponents to open wrestling season

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Four Fallbrook High School varsity wrestlers pinned their opponents when the Warriors opened their 2023-24 season Nov. 16 at Ramona High School. In a girls match, sophomore Madelie Mendez pinned her Ramona opponent. The three Fallbrook boys who won by fall are sophomore Jaden Gomez, senior Devin Huntington, and sophomore Jordan Anicete. Ramona had the superior team score for both the boys and girls, Nov. 16. The Bulldogs won by a 42-15 margin...

  • D'Vine Path promotes pollinator habitats with MRCD

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    FALLBROOK – D'Vine Path is constantly evolving in order to better accommodate and educate its students. Recently, the nonprofit partnered with the Mission Resource Conservation District (MRCD) in a Xeriscape Project to promote pollinator habitats through native plants. According to MRCD Natural Resource Programs Manager Lisa Dibbell, xeriscaping is a landscaping design practice that strives to conserve water by reducing or eliminating the need for supplemental irrigation. This...

  • Review of all things Real Estate:Conflicting opinions

    Bob Hillery, CR Properties|Updated Nov 29, 2023

    This week’s article is a conglomeration of comments and thoughts from several prominent real estate economists. It’s interesting that highly educated people don’t always agree, and in some cases, they appear to have conflicting opinions of the same data. The comments from Lawrence Yun actually appear to conflict his own statements when he cites that “buyers recoiled in shock at the highest mortgage interest rates in a generation,” but then he reiterates that we are still exp...

  • NCFPD approves pre-paid purchase agreement for Type 1 fire engine

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The North County Fire Protection District approved a purchase agreement for a new Pierce Type 1 fire engine. The NCFPD board voted 5-0 Nov. 14 to purchase the engine from South Coast Fire Equipment, Inc. Although the fire engine will not be delivered until 2027, the NCFPD board approved pre-payment which will cost the district $975,256.89 including sales tax and fees. “That will ultimately save the district over $150,000,” said NCFPD Fire Chief Keith McReynolds. Type 1 trucks are designed to...

  • Sheriff's Log

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Nov. 20 400 blk Meadowood St. Burglary - Commercial 800 blk Hillpark Ln. Missing juvenile/runaway Nov. 21 3900 blk Reche Rd. Death 1100 blk S. Mission Rd. Petty theft - Motor vehicle parts 900 blk Alturas Rd. 5150 - Mental disorder - 72 hr observation 300 blk N. Mission Rd. Exhibit deadly weapon other than firearm and display in a threatening manner Nov. 21 800 blk Winterhaven Rd. Burglary - Commercial Nov. 22 5400 blk Villas Dr. Arrest - Disturbance, fight - Under the influence of controlled substance 2100 blk Morro Rd....

  • New Sheriff helicopters serve as a regional public safety asset

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    County News Center County of San Diego Communications Office Two new state-of-the-art helicopters joined the San Diego County Sheriff's Department air fleet as part of the department's commitment to safeguarding communities. Sheriff Kelly A. Martinez unveiled the new fire helicopter and patrol helicopter, a $21 million investment for the two, Nov. 21, at the Aerial Support to Law Enforcement Agencies base in El Cajon. These helicopters support first responders in meeting the...

  • It's Toys for Tots Time at 5 county airports

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Gig Conaughton County of San Diego Communications Office Making a child smile. It may just be the best feeling anyone can ever get – especially during the holiday season! And you can get that joyous feeling with a little help from the county and the Marine Corps. All you have to do is drop off a new, unwrapped toy in a Toys for Tots donation box at one of five county airports. Donation boxes are already out at McClellan Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, Gillespie Field in El Cajon, Fallbrook Airpark in Fallbrook, Ramona Airport i...

  • Sheriff's Reentry Services honored

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is being recognized by the San Diego County Taxpayers Association (SDCTA) for giving men and women in county jails a second chance to successfully prepare for their return to their communities. During the SDCTA's Golden Watchdog and Fleece Awards on Nov. 16, the Sheriff's Department received the "Public-Private Partnership Award" for the groundbreaking work being done by Sheriff's Reentry Services. Accepting the award were Sheriff Kelly Martinez, Assistant Sheriff T...

  • Homelessness in California

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron 75th District California has almost one-third of the nation’s homeless population despite having only 12% of the U.S. population. In recent years, we have thrown $20 billion at the problem, yet homelessness is growing. In fact, it’s gotten so much worse that we have become a national embarrassment. Nationwide, this is not the case. For example, over the past 10 years, while our homeless population has increased by 43%, it has decreased 25% in Texas. And California spends 13 times more per hom...

  • Kicking It with A.I.

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal Special to The Village News I’d like to grab the guy around the neck that thought up Artificial Intelligence (A.I.). Thinking it was a good idea, no less, that person is wonkers. Keep in mind, it is no doubt “they” who are responsible for it. “Not we the people.” You know who they are. The ones that are so self-assured, and frequently without concrete proof, asserting their absurd ideas upon the rest of us. (Like the buffoons in D.C.). It is these “they” I am after. You know the very people who re...

  • Broken immigration system

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Supervisor Jim Desmond 5th District Over the past two months, many people have asked me, what is the actual situation at our southern border? The fact is the immigration process is completely broken. In the past two months, over 40,000 migrants have been dropped in San Diego County. These are the numbers that we know about and don't include the "Gotaways," which have been over 1.5 million in the past five years. Due to the end of Title 42, which used to keep asylum seekers in Mexico, our Border Patrol agents are becoming de...

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