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  • Speech students compete at state level

    Updated May 18, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Three Migrant Education students and their Speech Teacher went to Monterey, California to compete in the Migrant Education State Speech and Debate Tournament 2024, May 3-5. Juliana Maldonado participated in the 12th grade English Speech and even though she has only been studying English for three years she did great. Adalinda Padilla participated in the 12th grade Spanish Speech and earned third place in her Prepared Speech. Julio Tovar Romero participated in t...

  • Garden club to feature 'Pest Management'

    Updated May 18, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Dr. Eric Middleton will be the guest speaker at Fallbrook Garden Club's May 28 general meeting. He joined University of California Cooperative Extension/San Diego as an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Advisor at the beginning of June 2022. Although he is based in San Diego County, Middleton is also responsible for IPM needs in Orange and Los Angeles counties. He works with growers and communities wherever pests are in issue, including in nursery and f...

  • NCTD pilot program to add FLEX service to Fallbrook community

    Updated May 18, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – To assess the effectiveness and viability of microtransit within its service area, the North County Transit District plans to initiate a Pilot Program that includes a staged launch NCTD+ Microtransit service within the geographic zones that were ranked the most suitable for the microtransit service. NCTD is evaluating Fallbrook/Pala as a tier 1 candidate for NCTD+ Microtransit pilot service, which is proposed to begin October 2025 and is subject to change. Through the Pilot Program, NCTD will launch two zones e...

  • Asphalt and Concrete Enterprises to repave Macadamia Drive

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 18, 2024

    Asphalt and Concrete Enterprises will be repaving a section of the 1500 block of Macadamia Drive in Fallbrook. The repaving is due to the previous pavement being damaged by Fallbrook Public Utility District activity. FPUD’s board voted 5-0 Monday, April 22, to approve a $78,678 contract with Asphalt and Concrete Enterprises, which is headquartered in Santee. “There was a leak. It caused damage to the road,” Jack Bebee, general manager of FPUD, said. An eight-inch main line ruptured along Macadamia Drive, and the aspha...

  • New cannabis program to address inequity in unincorporated area

    Shauni Lyles, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated May 18, 2024

    The county adopted a new equity program May 1 that helps people negatively impacted by the War on Drugs with cannabis business ownership in the unincorporated area. In January 2021, the Board of Supervisors directed county staff to develop a Socially Equitable Cannabis Program that provides fairness in business ownership in the regulated cannabis market by reducing the barriers to entry. As part of the wider proposed Socially Equitable Program, the Social Equity Entrepreneurs...

  • Planning group endorses Main/Aviation pedestrian improvements

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 18, 2024

    The County of San Diego desires to make pedestrian improvements at the intersection of South Main Avenue and West Aviation Road, and the county Department of Public Works proposal received the endorsement of the Fallbrook Community Planning Group. The planning group voted 13-0 April 15, with Lee DeMeo and Tom Harrington absent, to recommend approval of the DPW plans to continue improvements at the intersection. “Much needed, and we’re thrilled to have them improving that area,” said Fallbrook Community Planning Group chair...

  • FCPG supports South Mission Road runoff reduction plan

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 18, 2024

    Water quality is the County of San Diego’s goal in a planned stormwater runoff reduction project along South Mission Road between Main Avenue and Mission Oaks Road, and the plan now has the endorsement of the Fallbrook Community Planning Group. Lee DeMeo and Tom Harrington were absent April 15 when the motion to support the plan passed on a 13-0 vote. The plan includes aesthetic benefits as well as runoff reduction which benefits road users as well as water quality. “It will also beautify our town,” said Fallbrook Commu...

  • Masonic Lodge awards scholarships

    Updated May 18, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Masonic Lodge No. 317 presented scholarships to Fallbrook High School students who demonstrated high ideals, financial need and involvement in their school and/or community. These students excel in academic, civic, and sports activities and plan on attending university after graduation. The awards were presented at the lodge's stated meeting dinner, and the students and their families were in attendance. This is one of the community-based programs that t...

  • Vallecitos School District to acquire wireless PA, bell, notification system

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 18, 2024

    The Vallecitos School District will be acquiring a wireless public address, bell and notification system. The district board had two vacant seats Tuesday, April 9, when the other three members supported the motion to obtain the system from Visiplex. The cost of the system, including freight and a 10-year license, will be $13,964. “That will improve our safety and security,” Meliton Sanchez, superintendent of Vallecitos School District and the district’s chief business officer, said. The school district will obtain 16 wirel...

  • Pratson set to graduate from University of Georgia

    Updated May 18, 2024

    ATHENS, Ga. – Arianna Cherie Pratson of Bonsall is among the more than 8,000 candidates for graduation in the University of Georgia’s class of 2024. Pratson earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing. “We are excited to celebrate the achievements of our University of Georgia students in the Class of 2024,” university President Jere W. Morehead said. “Commencement offers students, friends and families an opportunity to recognize the extraordinary dedication UGA students have shown during their time on campus. We look forward to...

  • Nick William Stamos

    Updated May 18, 2024

    Fallbrook sadly lost Nick William Stamos, husband of community leader Leticia Maldonado Stamos, on April 5, 2024. Born in Chicago in 1932, he and Leticia were happily married for 37 years and shared a blended family. His committal service was held at Miramar National Cemetery. Nick led a life of humility, kindness and service, including working alongside his wife for the Leer A Fallbrook literacy program and Boy Scouts of America. He was a master horse rider, a wonderful...

  • Richard Simon Schillig

    Updated May 9, 2024

    Richard Simon Schillig, known as "Dick or Dickie," 87, passed away peacefully on Tuesday April 23, 2024. Dick was born on May 8, 1937, in Glendale, California. Dick and his family moved to Fallbrook in the early 1970s and worked on their family avocado ranch, while building his landscape legacy he was known for. Dick is survived by his brother, Larry Schillig, who helped him get the Fallbrook Garden Center Nursery up and running. Dick is survived by the mother of his...

  • Theresa Maryann Kelly French

    Updated May 9, 2024

    A loving wife and best friend, Theresa Maryann Kelly French, born April 12, 1953, was called home April 27, 2024. During Theresa's 71 years of life, she was a loving mother, an adoring wife, a wonderful grandmother, and an exceptional friend. Forty-four of those years were spent in her husband's arms, who now sits here trying to capture the spirit and essence of the most wonderful and perfect lady he has ever known. It is difficult to put her realities into words for others...

  • Robert Stephen Roso

    Updated May 9, 2024

    Robert Stephen Roso, Jr., born Feb. 13, 1979, passed away April 27, 2024, in Fallbrook. He is survived by his daughter, mother, father and sister. A viewing will be held Friday, May 10 at 11 a.m. with service starting at 12 p.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 621 Stage Coach Lane....

  • Cupa Days shares tribal cultures

    Shane Gibson|Updated May 9, 2024

  • Terrier mix puppy is looking for a family

    Updated May 9, 2024

  • All aboard to Santa Fe, Part 2 of 4

    Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal, Special to The Village News|Updated May 9, 2024

    Easter Sunday, we took a Muni-bus ride to explore the city. I don't recall when we started doing this, if it was Chicago or Paris, but a senior pass is a bargain in any currency. We bounced down Galisteo Street over the Santa Fe River past the Rail Yard Arts District, the train depot, and all of the way down to the end of the line circling back to the downtown plaza. It took just over an hour to see the rest of the city at the senior bargain price of $1.00 each. Back in the...

  • Vallecitos School District purchases new portable classroom building

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 9, 2024

    The Vallecitos School District has purchased a new modular portable classroom building for Vallecitos Elementary School. A 3-0 Vallecitos School District board vote April 9, with two vacant seats at the time of the vote, approved the purchase of a 40 foot by 48 foot modular building from Mobile Modular Management Corporation. The cost of the building itself is $113,734.00 and when the foundation, haulage costs, and sales tax are included the total school district expense for the purchase will be $143,714.42. “I’m exc...

  • CWA defers capital project amendments

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 9, 2024

    The San Diego County Water Authority has deferred a proposal to defer seven Capital Improvement Program projects including the San Luis Rey Habitat Management Area Restoration. The specific proposed SDCWA board action was to approve the recommendation of the CWA’s Finance Planning Work Group to defer approximately $13 million in infrastructure projects and to increase the fiscal years 2024 and 2025 Capital Improvement Program appropriation amount from $183.9 million to $190.9 million to support bifurcation structures. The r...

  • Next Chipping Day is May 18

    Updated May 9, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Fire Safe Council is sponsoring another "chipping day" event Saturday, May 18 , from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Fire Station 4, 4375 Pala Mesa Dr. This event is open to all residents in the Fallbrook, Bonsal, Rainbow and DeLuz communities. Material that will be accepted for chipping includes branches, less than six inches in diameter, trimmed brush, palm branches and other cut vegetation. Brush must be free of mud, rocks and other debris. No tree s...

  • Palomar College student writers featured at May 10 Writers Read

    Updated May 9, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Each May, Palomar College students contribute to, edit, and publish “Bravura,” the college’s literary and arts journal – and they’re bringing the journal to Fallbrook. Writers Read at Fallbrook Library is delighted to host the students for a reading on Friday, May 10, from 6:30-8 p.m. Established in 1964,“Bravura” is an award-winning journal created each spring by student editors, with guidance from their advisors, Professors Clare Rolens and Stacey Trujillo. The journal features the prose, poetry, and vis...

  • Chanthabandith appointed to Vallecitos School District board

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated May 9, 2024

    Ritsa Chanthabandith has been appointed to the Vallecitos School District board to fill the vacancy for the Trustee Area 5 seat. The Vallecitos board meeting Tuesday, April 9, included a 3-0 vote to appoint Chanthabandith to the vacant seat. The Trustee Area 1 seat is still vacant; Chris Howells resigned from the board effective Feb. 12 after moving out of California. Chanthabandith will serve until December 2024, although she can seek a full four-year term in the November 2024 election. “She has a couple of students in t...

  • Bonsall High students visit Rainbow Water to explore careers in the water industry

    Updated May 9, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Rainbow Municipal Water District (Rainbow Water) hosted Bonsall High School students and staff for a field trip on April 25, where students took a guided tour through Rainbow Water headquarters to learn about STEM careers in the water industry. Over a dozen students were immersed in a behind the scenes look at the day-to-day operations of engineering, finance, information technology (IT), meter services, and water quality. The field trip was the third hosted by R...

  • San Diego County Sheriff is offering a Junior Women's Academy

    Heather Mitchell, Crime Prevention Specialist|Updated May 9, 2024

    I am excited to announce that the San Diego County Sheriff's Department will be hosting a Junior Women's Academy, Wednesday through Friday, June 12, 13, and 14, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at Palomar College, San Marcos Campus, 1140 W Mission Road. The goal is to provide a venue for Sheriff's Personnel to interact with high school-aged girls and introduce them to the many and varied employment opportunities within the San Diego Sheriff's Department. Participants will engage in...

  • Fallbrook High earns high National and Metro-Area Rankings in 2024 Best High Schools

    Updated May 9, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook High School has achieved remarkable recognition in the 2024 Best High Schools rankings, recently released by U.S. News. The school has secured notable positions both nationally and within the metro-area, affirming its commitment to academic excellence and student success. With the release of the latest rankings, Fallbrook High School stands proud among the top 40% of high schools nationwide, earning the esteemed status as a U.S. News Best High School. This accomplishment not only reflects the d...

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