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  • Store benefits animals through Dec. 24

    Updated Dec 7, 2022

    FALLBROOK – Since its inception 10 years ago, the Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary Christmas Store has become a much-anticipated annual event. This year the store opened in a new, and much larger, location at 746 S. Main. Shoppers will find everything from dog and cat paraphernalia to Christmas trees, wreaths and decorations, to clothing, linens and dishes, gift baskets, puzzles, games and books. All proceeds go to help the animal sanctuary, where homeless dogs and cats have a c...

  • A homebuyer's guide to using gift money

    Updated Dec 7, 2022

    Jane Kepley Special to the Village News Coming up with a down payment can feel like quite a hurdle. For millennials, who are currently the largest cohort of homebuyers, getting help with the down payment is fairly common – roughly 29% of younger millennials receive gift money from a loved one. Are you considering using gift funds during your home buying journey? It’s important to understand the rules surrounding this strategy when applying for a mortgage. Here’s what you need to know: Q: How much can you get? A: It depen...

  • Property taxes due by Dec.12; paying by e-check is fast and free

    Updated Dec 7, 2022

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister reminded property owners to visit https://www.sdttc.com/ to pay their property taxes soon or face penalties. The first installment of the 2022-2023 secured property tax bill is due no later than Dec. 12. “This year, because the usual tax deadline of Dec. 10 falls on a weekend, there are two extra days to pay,” said McAllister. “In September, the Treasurer-Tax Collector sent out 1,011,364 tax bills, which are expected to generate $8.06 billion for the County...

  • Review of all things Real Estate

    Bob Hillery, CR Properties|Updated Dec 7, 2022

    In preparation to write this column every week I do a lot of reading and research. I read this article and thought “Wow, he’s ever more optimistic than I am” and he invited me to share his article. Enjoy! Sign of the times: What the market could be signaling Peter Prudden It’s apparent that housing has started to take it on the chin as the Fed hits the brakes hard and fixed mortgage rates have surged. Home sales are slumping and house prices have started to roll over; clearly...

  • Simple tips to improve your status with mortgage lenders

    Updated Dec 7, 2022

    FALLBROOK – Owning a home is a dream shared by millions of people. Investing in property that can be owned within 15 to 30 years of closing on the home makes more financial sense to many than continuing to rent and having little to show for it over time. The first step to take when planning to enter the real estate market is to ensure that your finances are in order. Various factors will influence individuals’ ability to secure a mortgage, and these are some ways to make yourself more attractive to prospective lenders. Check...

  • Murrieta mother works to protect and empower all children

    Updated Dec 7, 2022

    Diane A. Rhodes Special to Village News When Jessica Smith found herself faced with unfamiliar issues affecting her children, such as suicide and human trafficking, she did not know where to turn for help. It led her to create a community outreach nonprofit organization that offers free resources to help other families who find themselves in uncharted waters. The main purpose of M.A.L.H.Y. Community Outreach Protective Services Inc. is to lead individuals "to accept their...

  • Maie Ellis Elementary holds Future Career Day

    Updated Dec 7, 2022

    FALLBROOK – Maie Ellis Elementary, Fallbrook's dual-language TK-6th grade school, hosted 30 community members to highlight their careers, Nov. 16. Presenters shared about their education, passion for their work, and pathway to get there. The students learned about careers in the military, police force, healthcare, technology, baking, the arts and more! Submitted by Maie Ellis Elementary....

  • BUSD approves intersession camps with B&GC

    Updated Dec 7, 2022

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Bonsall Unified School District board approved a memorandum of understanding with the Boys & Girls Club of North County to provide intersession camps during school breaks and non-school days for BUSD students during the 2022-2023 school year. The BUSD board voted 4-0 Wednesday, Nov. 16, with Michael Gaddis absent, to approve the MOU. The school district will pay the Boys & Girls Club $25 per enrolled student for each day. “We’re excited to partner with the Boys & Girls Club,” BUSD superint...

  • BUSD approves new contract with district teachers

    Updated Dec 7, 2022

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Bonsall Unified School District board approved a new collective bargaining agreement with the Bonsall Teachers Association. The agreement approved Wednesday, Nov. 16, on a 4-0 vote with Michael Gaddis absent includes a 6.5% raise for the teachers from the 2021-2022 salary schedule along with an additional 1% off-schedule salary increase. The increase as well as the rest of the collective bargaining agreement is for the 2022-2023 school year, and the agreement also creates an advisory commi...

  • How to make year-end charitable donations safely and responsibly

    Updated Dec 7, 2022

    Simona Valanciute Special to the Village News Many charitable organizations hold year-end or holiday giving campaigns to rally last-minute giving, and they have done so with success for decades. Year-end giving has helped countless nonprofits including my organization, San Diego Oasis, end the year on a positive note with a final burst of fundraising before turning the page to a new year with new fundraising goals. In most cases, no matter your motivation for donating funds at the end of the year, your financial gifts are...

  • Palomar's governing board to welcome three new trustees

    Updated Dec 7, 2022

    SAN MARCOS – Three new trustees were elected to the Palomar Community College District Governing Board in the Nov. 8 General Election: Judy Patacsil for Area 1, Michelle Rains for Area 4 and Jacqueline Kaiser for Area 5. In Area 1, which includes most of the district south of Highway 78 and west of Interstate 15, incumbent Mark Evilsizer is retiring after 20 years of service on the board. Patacsil ran against Frank Xu, and as of Monday, Nov. 21, led with 53.7% of the vote. In Area 4, the Trustee Area that reaches from I-15 e...

  • Worker of the Week styles hair with personality

    Updated Dec 7, 2022

    Yolanda Pineda is a hair stylist for men and women with over 25 years' experience. She's now working at the Indigo Blu Wellness Salon here in Fallbrook at 413A South Main Avenue. People just love her for her great personality and her friendship. Village News/DAvid Landry photo...

  • Silvergate Fallbrook receives 2023 Caring Super Star Award

    Updated Dec 7, 2022

    FALLBROOK – Silvergate Fallbrook announced the retirement community received the prestigious 2023 Caring Super Star Award for outstanding care in senior living by Caring.com, a leading senior living referral service and the nation's top site for retirement community reviews. It is the third award for excellence that Silvergate has garnered in the last year, including one from SeniorAdvisor.com and San Diego Union Tribune whose readers cast their votes for "Favorite" in the r...

  • Dig into tasty, nutritious potatoes

    Updated Dec 7, 2022

    Potatoes are a staple of many people's diets. Versatile, affordable and tasty, potatoes are, not surprisingly, included in myriad recipes. Potatoes are underground tubers that grow on the roots of the potato plant. Potatoes are from the nightshade family, which means they're related to tobacco and tomatoes. Potatoes are native to South America, and were likely brought to Europe, and later North America, by immigrants and tradespeople. In addition to their versatility and...

  • Healthy Habits for Bonsall & Fallbrook Folks – Sweat: Our body's air conditioning system

    Updated Dec 7, 2022

    Dr. Megan Johnson McCullough Special to the Village News We have 2.6 million sweat glands in our body, covering nearly every inch. Sweating, also known as perspiration, helps regulate our body's temperature. The arm pits, palms of our hands, face, and soles of our feet, are the most common areas that release this fluid. It is completely normal when our internal temperature rises, when the outside temperature heats up, and during times of high emotion, to get wet with sweat. Sw...

  • Testing reveals that 6 out of 10 fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills now contain a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl

    Updated Dec 7, 2022

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is alerting the public of a sharp nationwide increase in the lethality of fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills. The DEA Laboratory has found that, of the fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills analyzed in 2022, six out of 10 now contain a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl. This is an increase from DEA’s previous announcement in 2021 that four out of ten fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills were found to contain a potentially lethal dose. “More than half of the fentan...

  • Jean Marie Sawyer

    Updated Dec 7, 2022

    Jean Marie Sawyer passed away on Oct. 18, 2022. She would have turned 100 in December of this year. She was a caring daughter, wife, mother, grandparent, great-grandparent and friend to many. Jean was the only child of Albert and Ellen Germer and was born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. She married Clarence Armstrong in 1942 and had two sons, Craig and Brian. Jean moved to Pasadena, California and worked for Beckman Instruments before relocating to Tustin in the mid...

  • Sheriff's Log

    Updated Dec 7, 2022

    Nov. 26 200 blk S. Main Ave. Tampering with a vehicle Nov. 27 700 blk Iowa St. Medical Examiners Case - Death 1200 blk Bellver Cir. Prowler - Possession of controlled substance paraphernalia - Arrest made Nov. 28 3600 blk Palomar Dr. Found property 3700 blk Keri Way Suicide - Actual or attempt - 5150 - Mental Disorder - 72 hr observation 3200 blk Brook Hollow Rd. Criminal threats - Misc. incidents 600 blk Hillcrest Ln. Battery - Actions likely to cause harm/death of elder/dependent adult Nov. 29 4700 blk Pala Rd. Subject...

  • Re: 'Ahrens: Christian nationalism isn't Christianity' [Village News, Terrell Letter, 11-24/22]

    Updated Dec 7, 2022

    You may have come across "Gaslighting," Merriam-Webster's word of 2022, and figured that it was just a hip way of saying someone lied, but it's more than that. It's been described as a manipulative tactic to gain power and control of others, plant seeds of uncertainty in another person's mind. The self-doubt and constant questioning slowly cause people to distort their reality. Thus, the actual improvements in national security, employment and business prospects for all citizens under the Trump administration are gradually...

  • Biden's rise to political prominence

    Updated Dec 7, 2022

    Joseph Biden is a curious fellow with few notable accomplishments over his tepid career. In many respects, his checkered past can best be described as a vast wasteland littered with an endless array of gaffes. Yet this profoundly flawed figure has emerged from a career of obscurity and mediocrity to the spiraling towers of political nobility. This lifelong grifter has been jettisoned into the stratosphere of the exalted by his Party's peers. But for what reason? It's clear to anyone with a pulse that Biden is incapable of man...

  • San Luis Rey River Park coming soon

    Updated Dec 7, 2022

    Supervisor Jim Desmond 5th District As your County Supervisor, I support opportunities that promote the health and wellbeing of residents in North County. Going back to my time as mayor, I’ve been a big supporter of creating parks and trails. Coming soon to North County is the fully connected San Luis Rey River Park that will run approximately nine miles along the San Luis Rey River, south of State Route 76, from Oceanside to Interstate 15. The San Luis Rey River Park will create a dynamic open space legacy balancing r...

  • Homelessness: Real solutions needed

    Updated Dec 7, 2022

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron District 75 California has 30% of the nation’s homeless and over half of its unsheltered homeless; $17 billion has been thrown at the problem, yet homeless numbers continue to grow. Between 2019 and 2022, the homeless population increased by over 22,000. We have become a national embarrassment. So what can be done? Last session, my caucus introduced a comprehensive bill package with real Homelessness Solutions. The package included 15 significant pieces of legislation designed to deal with the r...

  • Transparency is the new National threat

    Updated Dec 7, 2022

    Julie Reeder Publisher Watching how people react to Elon Musk releasing, for transparency purposes, the Twitter files regarding how Twitter censored the New York Post's legitimate story regarding Hunter and Joe Biden’s influence peddling to China, Russia, Ukraine, etc,. is fascinating and sad. There was direct communication regularly between the Biden supporters in government and Twitter, and Facebook. Remember President Biden during his celebratory speech mentioning how he thought there should be a national security review o...

  • A Red Christmas wish list: an auto-switch and more ammo for my AR

    Updated Dec 7, 2022

    America looks forward to a dynamic future, with inspiring projects like Artemis, putting men, and women, on the moon. But Trump has less inspiring prospects for the rest of us, as he continues to re-litigate the 2020 election. Trump, in an address announcing his plan to run for the presidency in 2024, called the US "a cesspool of crime." That is absolutely, provably false. A graph of violent crime rates in the U.S. by year shows a peak violent crime rate of 758.2 (violent crimes reported per 100,000 population) in 1991. The...

  • Starbucks stay away

    Updated Dec 7, 2022

    There has been recent chatter of a Starbucks coming to River Village Plaza in Bonsall. I should be clear: we do not need it. We need to support our local shops rather than large multinational corporations. When you buy from Starbucks, you send your money outside of the Bonsall community. When you buy from local coffee shops, like Plume and Brew or Bonsall Donut, you help a family put food on their table. After years of shutdowns, inflation, and COVID, we need to rally around our community and its members. And trust me,...

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