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  • Democratic club supports the food pantry

    Updated Feb 4, 2021

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Democratic Club has donated $500 to the Fallbrook Food Pantry. The need for food pantry services is critical during this time when so many in the community are food insecure. The Fallbrook Democratic Club recognizes this need and hopes other organizations will continue the effort to help others. Submitted by the Fallbrook Democratic Club....

  • Hass Avocado Board seats new Executive Committee

    Updated Dec 28, 2020

    MISSION VIEJO – The Hass Avocado Board has announced that four producers and importers have been seated to HAB’s executive committee. The 12-member board of directors elected the following members to serve for the 2021 board year. Newly seated HAB executive committee members include: Importer Jorge Hernandez from McAllen, Texas, as Chairman Producer Salvador Dominguez from Santa Paula, California, as Vice-Chairman Producer Ben Van Der Kar of Carpinteria, California, as Secretary Importer David Fausset of Port Hueneme, Cal...

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    Fallbrook VFW to give out Christmas dinner to those in need

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer

    Chris Ingraham, Post Commander of the Charles E. Swisher Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1924, is anticipating a big Christmas day for the post and its members and volunteers. "Even though we were basically shut down, we provide Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners to the community," Ingraham said. "We normally only do about 250 to 300 meals for Thanksgiving. We did 731 meals, and they were all delivered and take out. "With this current COVID stay at home order, we think we will...

  • Santa and Mrs. Claus with neighborhood children

    Santa and Mrs. Claus visit Potter Street

    Santa and Mrs. Claus visit with neighborhood children in a yard at Potter and Elder streets, Dec. 18. They also collected donations for the Fallbrook Food Pantry and the Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary....

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    The tallest, biggest, and oldest trees live in California

    Roger Boddaert, Special to Village News|Updated Dec 23, 2020

    California's topography ranges from the jagged coastal bluffs along the Pacific, to its valleys and low lying coastal mountains, and then climbs up to the Sierras' high peaks. Its climate is extreme, from the hot Death Valley (below sea level) to the towering Sierra Mountains reaching over 14,000 feet in elevation. The Mediterranean climate of Southern California allows us to grow a broad spectrum of plants from all over the globe while our mountains support vast forests from...

  • Suzanne Lemoine

    Veterans remembered at Fallbrook Masonic Cemetery

    Daughters of the American Revolution Regent Suzanne Lemoine helps display a wreath in honor of all deceased veterans during the annual Wreaths Across America event at Fallbrook Masonic Cemetery, Dec. 19....

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    To protect mental, physical wellness, stay close from afar

    Jose A Alvarez, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Dec 23, 2020

    The novel coronavirus pandemic has forced us into isolation and kept us away from family and friends. That can make for a difficult holiday season, which is usually spent gathering with others and is often the only time some family members see each other. Mental health experts say it's important to stay connected and reinforcing those relationships can make it easier to get through this challenging time. "Reach out to your loved ones and do it often," said Luke Bergmann,...

  • family exercising

    Consider these physical activity guidelines for children, adolescents and adults

    Updated Dec 23, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Staying healthy is a full-time job for people of all ages. While it might not always prove so easy to exercise or eat right, the benefits of healthy living are undeniable. According to the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, "prevention" refers to helping people avoid getting sick or identifying diseases early so treatment can begin. Immunizations and disease screenings are two vital components of preventive care, but children, adolescents and adults can take m...

  • Rod Serry, MD

    Palomar Medical Center Escondido first in county to receive heart valve procedure certification

    Updated Dec 23, 2020

    ESCONDIDO – Palomar Medical Center Escondido has received the Transcatheter Valve Certification from the American College of Cardiology for implementing evidence-based practices and meeting the highest quality and outcome standards for heart valve surgery. PMC is the first and currently only hospital in all of San Diego County to receive this certification. The ACC's Transcatheter Valve Certification is a rigorous one-year external review and certification process that p...

  • Take in the many benefits of houseplants

    Updated Dec 23, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The lines between the outdoors and indoors are being blurred. Homeowners build extensive outdoor living spaces so they can relax on weather-resistant furniture and cook in outdoor kitchens in their backyards. In addition, indoor three-season rooms full of bright, open windows that showcase outdoor vistas challenge the boundaries between outside and inside. For those working with limited budgets, there are some easy, inexpensive ways to enjoy the majesty of n...

  • A perspective on the pandemic

    Diana Barrows, Special to Village News|Updated Dec 23, 2020

    Thus far in the United States, we have had 16.5 million cases of SARS coronavirus (COVID-19) illness with 303,000 deaths (as of Dec. 16). That is a 1.8% death rate. Our population is 330 million. In the H1N1 influenza pandemic of 1918-19, about 675,000 people in the United States died. The population of the US in 1918 was 103 million. It is estimated that there were over 34 million cases. (U.S. combat deaths in WWI totaled 53,400.) Worldwide there have been 74 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,653,000 deaths. It is e...

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    Residents work to keep SR-76 clean

    Updated Dec 23, 2020

    BONSALL – Keep Fallbrook Litter Free Zone 15 captain Joe Beyer made his monthly report for the Support Bonsall & Fallbrook Team on their clean up of SR-76 from Wednesday, Nov. 30 to Monday, Dec. 14, detailing the team's efforts in an email. "We are still at it for Caltrans and San Diego County Public Works, working far, far separated due coronavirus guidelines," Beyer wrote. They filled 13 bags on the westbound side of 76 and four bags on the eastbound side for a grand t...

  • SDG&E to add 600 RCS radios

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Dec 23, 2020

    San Diego Gas & Electric will utilize 600 additional radios as part of the Regional Communications System. A 5-0 San Diego County Board of Supervisors vote December 8 authorized the execution of an agreement to add the radios for SDG&E, which will pay the county an estimated $5,086,620 for the additional participation, and authorized the county Sheriff to execute amendments, extensions, or revisions which do not materially impact the program or funding level. The agreement between the county and SDG&E covers the period from...

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    'Tis the season for recycling

    Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Dec 23, 2020

    The holiday season means gifts, packages, trees and yes – recycling. Now, recycling is probably not the first thing that pops into your mind when you think about the holidays. But the truth is Christmas and the holidays bring all kinds of recyclable things to our homes, from wrapping to all those packages from gifts and online purchases and yes, even our Christmas trees, if you're using a real tree. So, in keeping with the holiday spirit, the County Department of Public W...

  • FUESD to go all-virtual for 2 weeks in January, then add 5-day instruction for TK-3 starting on February 1

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer|Updated Dec 23, 2020

    Fallbrook Union Elementary School District students will return to all-virtual learning for a two week period after the upcoming two-week winter break, after which students in transitional kindergarten through third grade, as well as special education students, will be allowed to return to classrooms part-time five days a week. The FUESD board approved the district’s Phase Three reopening plan at its Dec. 14 meeting. Currently, students in grades TK-1 are on campus for half-days Monday through Thursday and learn virtually o...

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    Know the history behind beloved Christmas songs?

    Updated Dec 23, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Holiday traditions vary from family to family, but one component of the holidays that seems to be universally enjoyed is a good Christmas song. Music is piped throughout malls and stores to entertain shoppers, and favorite tunes may be on the radio or streamed through a digital music service as families decorate their homes. Many people may love Christmas songs and carols, but not everyone shares the same favorites. Thankfully, there's no shortage of material w...

  • James Newcomb

    The ghosts and more

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to Village News|Updated Dec 23, 2020

    It is a brave soul who has the courage to rewrite the semi-sacred words of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." That daring man is playwright Zander Michaelson. The outcome is worthy of the original. Naturally, this current pandemic has directors directing differently, like David Ellenstein at North Coast Repertory. To abide by all the convoluted regulations with the state-ordered distancing and so forth, this version of the famous tale is told by one actor performing all of...

  • Jack Ragland with painting

    Raglands paint to escape COVID-19 restrictions

    Updated Dec 23, 2020

    RAINBOW – In order to keep their equilibrium and sanity during this trying time, Jack Ragland and his daughter, Natasha Ragland, like to escape in their paintings to create a world of fun and festivity. These paintings were based on photos from the Fallbrook Avocado Festivals a few years ago, of the Citlali and Esperanza Ballet Folklorico dancers set in an imaginary hacienda. Submitted by Natasha Ragland....

  • Grace Bell

    December Students of the Month honored at home

    Updated Dec 23, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Union High School District Students of the Month were announced in early December with another caravan drive-by celebration to the four students' homes. Administrators and teachers, community representatives, and Student of the Month Committee members all greeted the students and their families with yard signs, balloons, and short speeches, praising the students and their accomplishments. Everyone looks forward to the traditional monthly breakfasts, when...

  • Leandro Francisco Joaquin

    A Christmas miracle comes to Boys & Girls Clubs of North County

    Updated Dec 23, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Every year, Boys & Girls Clubs of North County hosts a toy drive with the goal of providing each of their members a gift for the holidays. In years past, the club has had to purchase gifts to ensure no child leaves for the holiday break empty handed. This year with rising costs due to the pandemic, the club wasn't sure it was going to be able to afford the extra gifts. That's when the community of Fallbrook stepped in. "I've never seen an outpouring of support l...

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    On the Menu - Broccoli Cheddar Parmesan Soup

    Jamie Zeller, Special to Village News|Updated Dec 23, 2020

    Tis the season for delicious soup recipes! Who am I kidding? I love soup when it is 100 degrees outside. There is something to be said about having that cool crisp air outside, with the sound of the rain on the roof and the fireplace going while you eat a nice warm bowl of soup. I try to make my presentation nice even for home cooked meals. Sometimes, like anyone else, I just put the food on the plate and get to it. I was taught that you eat first with your eyes. That is why...

  • The 4 Ps every business needs

    Kyle Hotchkiss, Digital Marketing Specialist Reeder Media Digital Agency|Updated Dec 23, 2020

    You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again: this year has been rough. Businesses in every industry have been rocked to their core. For many businesses, marketing budgets were cut; events were postponed, and promotions had to be cleverer. Small businesses were hit the hardest. Many found themselves racing to find solutions that would help retain revenue and save profits. Many businesses had to reinvent the wheel and the restaurant sector was a prime example. Restaurants had to completely convert their business model onc...

  • Caron Lieber

    Lieber new FUESD board president

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer|Updated Dec 23, 2020

    A new era has begun on the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District's Governing Board. FUESD Board President Siegrid Stillman and Board Vice President Lisa Masten, both longtime board members, attended their last board meeting Nov. 30, and new board members Suzanne Lundin and Ricardo Favela were sworn in Dec. 14. Their inaugurations mark a big change for the board: it's now composed entirely of fresh faces, with the most experienced members – Caron Lieber and Susan Liebes ...

  • Fallbrook Motors dealership moves to service center

    Joe Naiman, Village News reporter|Updated Dec 23, 2020

    Tim and Rosie Redmond have owned Fallbrook Motors for 21 years and have owned Fallbrook Motors Service Center for six years. The dealership and the service center were combined into one location Oct. 1 with Fallbrook Motors moving from its long-time 213 West Elder Street location to the 549 East Alvarado Street address of the service center. "We're still selling cars," Rosie Redmond said. "We have kind of redefined our footprint of how we operate," Redmond said. "We've...

  • Jennifer DeMeo

    DeMeo to chair FPUD board in 2021

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Dec 23, 2020

    Jennifer DeMeo will be the Fallbrook Public Utility District board president for 2021. The Dec.7 FPUD board meeting included the election of the 2021 board officers. A 5-0 vote selected DeMeo as the board president and Dave Baxter as the vice-president. "It's just a very good group of people on the board, and I look forward to using my leadership skills in the position," DeMeo said. DeMeo is originally from the Long Island northern shore town of Glen Cove. She obtained a...

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