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Articles from the December 16, 2021 edition


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  • Garage catches fire on East Aviation

    Updated Dec 17, 2021

    FALLBROOK – North County Fire has reported a residential building single story fire at 400 E. Aviation. The fire was started in the garage by a candle. Flames did not spread to the home but were contained to the garage. No one was hurt or displaced. The call came in at 9:57 a.m., Friday, Dec. 17. Everyone is asked to avoid this area for now....

  • Joyce Phyllis Miller

    Updated Dec 16, 2021

    In Memoriam He said, "If ever there is a tomorrow when we're not together, there is something you should always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart, I'll always be with you." A.A. Milne Joyce Phyllis Miller passed away at her beloved home in Fallbrook, on a beautiful day, full of sunshine and birds singing on Tuesday morning, Nov. 30,2021. She was surrounded by love...

  • Donors needed now to address historically low blood supply

    Updated Dec 16, 2021

    SAN DIEGO – Nearly two years into the pandemic, everyone has earned a holiday break with their family and friends. But as the nation gathers again for celebrations this season, the American Red Cross, which provides 40% of the country’s blood, is facing historically low blood supply levels. Busy holiday schedules, breaks from school and winter weather all contribute to a drop in blood and platelet donations this time of year. Those factors, combined with the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, make it vital for donors to mak...

  • Fallbrook Freedom Fighters continues battle over school mandates

    Updated Dec 16, 2021

    Rick Monroe Special to the Village News Fallbrook Freedom Fighters had public rallies on Highway 76 the past two months, but for December the group has a new plan. The growing number of parents will continue its presence at board meetings of the local school districts, to make it clear they don’t want to see students mandated to be vaccinated for COVID-19. They also want the current mask requirement for students repealed. The new emphasis, according to coordinators Courtney Stevens and Lindsay Jones, is through a letter-writi...

  • Vaccine mandates are few for Fallbrook workers

    Updated Dec 16, 2021

    Rick Monroe Special to the Village News While many people in the county are facing a mandate to be vaccinated or lose their jobs, there are few public agencies and employers in the Fallbrook area that require workers to be vaccinated for COVID-19. All public-school employees are required to be vaccinated, and Sheriff deputies and the military are facing immediate mandates. Individuals who live in the area but work as first responders elsewhere – notably nurses and hospital workers in the county – are required to be vac...

  • Rainbow adopts Resolution of Necessity for 7 parcels

    Updated Dec 16, 2021

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Rainbow Municipal Water District adopted a Resolution of Necessity for seven legal parcels which will be needed for Rainbow’s Lift Station No. 1 replacement project including temporary construction easements. Rainbow’s board voted 4-0 Dec. 7, with Pam Moss absent, to adopt a Resolution of Necessity for the seven parcels with three different ownerships and to authorize Rainbow General Manager Tom Kennedy to proceed with actions necessary to acquire the interests in the properties. “Wh...

  • A Christmas reminder

    Updated Dec 16, 2021

    Dr. Rick Koole LifePointe Church The Jewish people had been waiting for what seemed like an eternity for the fulfillment of God’s promise to send a deliverer. And they were pretty certain he would arrive in the little town of Bethlehem. After all, centuries before, the prophet Micah had written, "But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.” They knew where he would arrive, and they were somewhat cer...

  • Registrar holding meetings for input on county's Election Administration Plan

    Updated Dec 16, 2021

    Tracy DeFore County of San Diego Communications Office The Registrar of Voters office is holding a series of consultation meetings inviting the public to have a say in creating the county's new Election Administration Plan. The meetings began Thursday, Dec. 9, and continue through January. The plan describes how the registrar's office will administer elections under the Voter's Choice Act. The public can give input on where to locate vote centers and ballot drop boxes. Attende...

  • Farwest given Rainbow MWD contract for Rainbow Valley Cathodic Protection Project

    Updated Dec 16, 2021

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Farwest Corrosion Control Company was awarded the Rainbow Municipal Water District contract for the Rainbow Valley Boulevard Cathodic Protection Project. A 4-0 Rainbow board vote Dec. 7, with Pam Moss absent, granted the bid protest Farwest filed against low bidder Corrpro Companies, Inc., and awarded Farwest the contract for the Downey company’s bid amount of $524,703.14. The board also made findings that the project is categorically exempt from California Environmental Quality Act review. I...

  • Bonsall Sponsor Group to return to in-person meetings

    Updated Dec 16, 2021

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Bonsall Sponsor Group will be returning to in-person meetings as of the January 2022 meeting. The sponsor group’s Dec. 7 meeting was virtual and included a 5-0 vote to return to in-person meetings. “I like in person,” said sponsor group member Dawn Apsley. The sponsor group had been meeting at the Bonsall Community Center prior to the coronavirus outbreak. No sponsor group meetings were held from April 2020 to September 2020, and the first virtual meeting occurred in October 2020. The B...

  • Foundation for Senior Care announces board president Roger Shaver

    Updated Dec 16, 2021

    FALLBROOK – The Foundation for Senior Care, a pioneering nonprofit founded in 1979 by the former Fallbrook Hospital Auxiliary to establish resources and programs for seniors and adults with disabilities, is excited to announce Roger Shaver is its new board president. Shaver said, "After my retirement from a career in healthcare, I found myself wanting to continue my service in a meaningful way in the healthcare arena. I reviewed the mission statements and visited a few of the...

  • Warrior boys 11th in CIF cross country meet

    Updated Dec 16, 2021

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Fallbrook High School's boys finished 11th among Division II schools at the CIF San Diego Section cross country championship meet Nov. 20 at Morley Field in San Diego. Cross country team scores add the positions of a school's first five finishers; the sixth and seventh runners are not scored but can add points to opponents' scores. Fallbrook had a total of 333 points; the score of 10th-place Valhalla was 332 points while Rancho Buena Vista was...

  • Warriors begin winning boys basketball games

    Updated Dec 16, 2021

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Fallbrook High School’s basketball team began the 2021-22 season with four consecutive losses, but the Warriors won their first game of the season Dec. 6 and then won their next two games Dec. 7 and Dec. 9. “It was a good week,” said Fallbrook coach Jonathan Terry. “It was a nice turnaround from the first four games.” The Warriors began practice Nov. 6, but several of the players are also on the Fallbrook High School football team whose sea...

  • Warrior gridders honored at post-season banquet

    Updated Dec 16, 2021

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The post-season banquet to honor Fallbrook High School’s 2021 football team was held Dec. 5 on the Zion Lutheran premises. “What a nice way to honor a great group of kids,” said Fallbrook head coach Troy Everhart. The players voted for four of the team awards while the coaches selected the Coaches’ Award and Heart of the Warrior Award players. The vote for Offensive Most Valuable Player produced a tie, so sophomore running backs Chris Bausch and Marquise Washington both received the award....

  • Legionnaires fifth among Frontier Conference boys cross country teams

    Updated Dec 16, 2021

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Bonsall High School’s boys cross country team placed fifth in the Frontier Conference championship meet Nov. 10 and Bonsall senior Ethan McFarland finished fourth in the boys race. “All in all they did amazing. They were awesome. The athletes were just incredible,” said Bonsall coach Michelle Verdugo. NTC Park at Liberty Station, whose name reflects the location’s previous use as the Naval Training Center in San Diego, was the site of the league championship meet. The course was 5,000 meters...

  • FCC to help households to connect with Broadband

    Updated Dec 16, 2021

    FALBROOK – The Federal Communications Commission has launched a temporary program to help families and households struggling to afford Internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. E...

  • Christmas is a time for giving

    Updated Dec 16, 2021

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce held its annual Christmas of Giving event Dec. 8, but it is not too late to make a donation to one of the four chosen nonprofits. Donations are being accepted until Dec. 20. Checks can be dropped off or mailed to at the chamber office, 111 S. Main Ave. The four nonprofits are Fallbrook Arts Inc., Fallbrook Garden Club, Fallbrook Music Society and the Fallbrook Trails Council. For more information, call the chamber, 760-728-5845. Submitted by the Fallbrook Chamber of C...

  • Health Care – The Work Continues

    Updated Dec 16, 2021

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron AD-75 I recently spoke at the Southern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference in San Diego. The daylong discussions covered a wide range of health care initiatives and policies that impact all Californians. During my presentation, I discussed major topics slated by the legislature for next year. This year we dealt with telehealth, opioids and substance abuse, access to health care, Medi-Cal and mental health. My legislation included creating a grant program framework for Medication...

  • Re: 'Promises: empty words or real commitments?' [Village News, Letter, 12/2/21]

    Updated Dec 16, 2021
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    By now everyone has heard of Trump Derangement Syndrome, often abbreviated as TDS, which is that bizarre hatred and fixation on anything "Trump." A typical characteristic of TDS, which has remarkable persistence and is likely chronic, is a tendency to lash out angrily at any mention of Trump. Another is the inability to admit to any positive accomplishments ever done by President Trump, no matter how glaringly obvious. Which brings me to John H. Terrell's letter of Dec. 2, entitled "Promises: empty words or real...

  • Behavioral Health Court

    Updated Dec 16, 2021

    Supervisor Jim Desmond 5th District Far too often those suffering from behavioral health issues end up in our jails. While I believe that those violating our laws should be held accountable, without the proper assistance to manage their mental illness, the cycle of being released and ending up back in jail will continue. A few months ago, I took a tour of the Behavioral Health Court and was inspired to see a renewed outlook on life for those who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness and are involved in the crimina...

  • Good people

    Updated Dec 16, 2021

    Over 20 years ago, I was managing a 24-hour business in town. During the night, the water heater decided it was no longer going to function. What fun, right? So, I contacted a man named Ed Shobe of Shobe Plumbing. I was amazed that he arrived within 10 minutes. I was impressed with what happened next. He popped right out of his work vehicle and identified himself with just the biggest smile. So, where is this water heater? I recalled him asking and I imagined in a tone of voice that mocked a medieval knight about to face...

  • Letter to the Publisher

    Updated Dec 16, 2021

    Ms. Julie Reeder, this long-delayed letter is written to express my appreciation for your accomplishments as Editor and Publisher of The Fallbrook Village News, the contents of which, after my many years of reading, stand out as somewhat unique in comparison to the other newspapers I’ve read over many years. While my wife's parents, who moved to Fallbrook back in 1973 from Flintridge/ La Canada, had often mentioned what a wonderful community it was, I had no full appreciation of the extent of its uniqueness! Growing up in H...

  • Tis the season to be 'California Dreamin'

    Updated Dec 16, 2021

    In December 1965, the Mama's and the Papa's hit single "California Dreamin" was released, slowly moving up the charts to be atop the Billboard song list. Inspired by a cold snap on a dreary New York winter's day, two collaborating songwriters wrote a song dreaming of California's sunny days. Michelle Phillips penned the lyrics while her bandmate husband John added the hypnotic melody that would transcend the lives and imaginations of a generation of teenagers across the land. California Dreamin', the song that immortalized...

  • Re: Re: 'How can so many be duped?" [Village News, Benson letter, 11/1 8/21]

    Updated Dec 16, 2021

    I will refer to Benson as the author. The author purports to have “read the science of COVID-19.” However, there’s no indication of that in her letter. For instance, the author begins by incorrectly stating that prior vaccines were well tested for years before use. The Salk polio vaccine certainly was not. It did take them over a year, but it wasn’t because they were more meticulous. That was in 1953: their problem was they didn’t have the computers and specialized software to rapidly collate and analyze their test data like...

  • Isaac J. "Ike" Perez

    Updated Dec 16, 2021

    Isaac J. "Ike" Perez was born October 13, 1934, in St Croix Island, U. S. Virgin Islands to parents Juan Perez and Haydee (Villafane) Perez. He was raised and educated in Puerto Rico. After college, he moved to the United States where he made his home for the remainder of his life. Ike and his wife Jan (Hays) Perez were the proud parents of a son, Gary Guy Perez. Both his former wife and their son preceded Ike in death. Ike recently moved to southern Utah where he died of...

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