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  • Police helicopter currently search for female suspect

    Sheriff's ASTREA helicopter was heard today, February 13th, announcing the search for a possible 19 year old Hispanic, female suspect last seen running from the 500 block of Alturas Road in Fallbrook wearing a black hoodie with pink writing and displaying a weapon in a threatening manner. If anyone has anyone information they are asked to call 911 immediately...

  • Red Cross: Emergency need for donors

    SAN DIEGO — The American Red Cross has an emergency need for lifesaving blood amid the ongoing severe blood shortage. Blood and platelet donations continue to be critical to meet hospital demand and the public is urged to make an appointment to give now. The Red Cross has been distributing about 12% more blood products to hospitals across the U.S. compared to this time last year. The Red Cross needs to collect more than 1,000 additional blood donations each day to meet the current hospital demand and end the severe blood s...

  • Hollywood film brings awareness to World Day Against Trafficking event July 30

    HOLLYWOOD, CA.- Non-profit organization Artists For Change, Inc., today announced they will have a virtual screening of “Angie: Lost Girls” on July 30th for the ‘World Day Against Trafficking in Persons’ event. The film was directed by social impact filmmaker Julia Verdin with efforts of bringing awareness to the realities of sex trafficking. This special day of focus is globally promoted and founded by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Distributed by FreeStyle Digital Media, this award-winning feature film pr...

  • Junior Art of the Avocado participants

    Fourth Annual Junior Art of the Avocado Art Competition

    Sponsor Award "Avo Cutie" – Madilyn Meza, Fourth Grade Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce Pick "Avo Vision" – Eden Mills, Eighth Grade Pre-K – First Grade First Place: "Super Avocado" – Cash Anderson, Kindergarten Second Place: "Avocado Army" – Mason Meza, First Grade Third Place: "Avocanda" – Tessa Legge, First Grade Second – Fourth Grade First Place: "Fallbrook Avocado Family" – Elan Green, Fourth Grade Second Place: "Avocado of Everything" – Daniel Legge, Fourth Grade Thir...

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    Road Rally benefits senior services

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor

    Sending participants all over Fallbrook and Bonsall, the Foundation for Senior Care held a different kind of fundraiser Saturday, May 22. Thirty-nine people in 16 cars took part in the Road Rally event, collecting raffle tickets at businesses found by solving a variety of word puzzles. The clues led to participating locations and the scavenger hunt activity made it easy to maintain social distancing. A registration fee was paid for each car and the participants could buy...

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    Fallbrook remembers the fallen

    Veterans salute as the Fallbrook High School MCJROTC color guard presents the colors during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Fallbrook Masonic Cemetery to honor all service men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty, May 31....

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    Fallbrook welcomes Winchell's Donut House

    Christal Gaines-Emory, Writer

    Village News/Christal Gaines-Emory photos Fallbrook's newest donut shop opened to the public on May 26, and the community welcomed Winchell's Donut House with open arms. The new Winchell's Donut House is a family owned business run by Leonel and Reyna Ortiz and their daughter, Diana. Although Winchell's coming to Fallbrook was a surprise to many members of the community, this business plan was over 30 years in the making. The Ortiz family immigrated from Mexico 32 years ago...

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    VFW Auxiliary, Post 1924 installs new officers

    FALLBROOK – During the May VFW Auxiliary, Post 1924 meeting, the officers for 2021-2022 were announced; see photo. Since 1914, the VFW Auxiliary has united Americans from all walks of life with a common purpose: to improve the lives of veterans, service members and their families, and their communities. Its programs are designed to bring needed services, information and assistance to these target groups. Members must be citizens of the United States or a United States N...

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    Signature gathering approved to recall FUHSD board president

    Rick Monroe, Special to the Village News

    The county Registrar of Voters has given the green light to start gathering signatures to recall Diane Summers, president of the Fallbrook Union High School District. Proponents of the recall were first upset with the district's lateness in allowing high school students back in the classroom due to COVID 9 concerns. However, Heidi Roderick, who presented the request to the ROV on May 18 to initiate the recall, said other issues have also surfaced. "Diane Summers, board...

  • FUHSD to return to in-person meetings by July 12

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter

    In-person Fallbrook Union High School District board meetings will begin by July 12. A 5-0 FUHSD board vote May 24 approved a July 12 board meeting and subsequent meetings at Fallbrook High School's performing arts center. The June 28 meeting may also take place at the performing arts center, although uncertainty whether that facility has already been booked that day led to the decision to address the June 28 meeting at the June 14 virtual meeting. If the performing arts center is available for June 28 the district board...

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    Dispatching multiple units necessary for quality service

    Rick Monroe, Special to the Village News

    There are reasons for sending two or three fire units to a traffic accident or residential medical emergency. To some it may seem excessive, but for a person in distress, the help is their lifeline. They will certainly appreciate the multiple flashing lights and sirens that bring the needed support. "Fire engines have two to three people and ambulances have a paramedic and an EMT," said Captain John Choi of the North County Fire District. "Are five people needed? Absolutely!...

  • Brad Fox

    Fox named Citizen of the Year

    Brad Fox is the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce's 2020 Citizen of the Year. He was unable to attend the award ceremony so his picture was taken at the chamber office a week later. Fox leads the Fallbrook Homeless Advocacy which has opened a second transitional housing location in the area....

  • Ilsa Garza-Gonzalez and Narcisco Iglesias

    Groundbreaking held for high school construction

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter

    Construction work on the Fallbrook High School library, cafeteria, amphitheater, and restrooms will begin June 7, and the groundbreaking was held May 21. "It's an exciting time for Fallbrook High School," said Fallbrook High Principal Narciso Iglesias. Concrete seating will be provided for the outside amphitheater known as "the bowl," which will also be improved to current Americans with Disabilities Act standards. The work for the buildings will involve asbestos abatement...

  • Nicole Benitez

    'Chicksneyland' project beautifies a local chicken coop

    Christal Gaines-Emory, Writer

    When the pandemic first began, many local residents started working on large home improvement and beautification projects to occupy their time. Among these residents was Nicole Benitez, the creator of a Disneyland-inspired chicken coop for her chickens to enjoy. Benitez works as a talent agent out of Los Angeles and, last year, work came to a halt in Hollywood because of COVID-19. She was eager to begin a new, productive project to distract her from the pandemic, and this...

  • Miriam Key being awarded

    Chamber honors individuals, organizations

    Rick Monroe, Special to the Village News

    Village News/Shane Gibson photos PHOTO 4 – Miriam Key – Chamber Ambassador of the Year PHOTO 5 – David Zumaya – Chamber Member of the Year PHOTO 6 – John Alarcon, Major Market – Chamber Business of the Year PHOTO 7 – Rachel Mason, FRHD – Chamber Nonprofit of the Year PHOTO 8 – D'Vine Path staff – Chamber Nonprofit of the Year PHOTO 9 – Phyllis Sweeney – Lifetime Achievement Award PHOTO 1 – Retiring NCFPD Chief Steve Abbott, center, is honored with a proclamation from the San...

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    Supervisors approve contract process for new signals

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter

    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved the advertisement for bid and subsequent award of a construction contract for traffic signals at five intersections in unincorporated San Diego County including the intersection of Old Highway 395 and Rainbow Glen Road and the intersection of South Mission Road and Green Canyon Road. The supervisors' 5-0 vote May 19 authorized the director of the county's Department of Purchasing and Contracting to advertise a construction...

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    As drought intensifies, California seeing more wildfires

    Don Thompson, Associated Press

    SACRAMENTO – As California sinks deeper into drought it already has had more than 900 additional wildfires than at this point in 2020, which was a record-breaking year that saw more than 4% of the state's land scorched by flames. The danger prompted Gov. Gavin Newsom to propose spending a record $2 billion on wildfire mitigation. That's double what he had proposed in January. California's mountains and foothills are expected to see above-normal wildfire potential from June t...

  • 'Space' is theme and issue for elementary summer school

    Rick Monroe, Special to Village News

    Check your email and your elementary school student’s backpack to see if there’s an “invitation” to attend summer school. Dr. Lea Curcio, Director of Curriculum & Instruction for the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District, said the district has needed to be selective this year about who will be able to attend summer school on July 12-30. The invites were given out May 18-21. “They will be both emailed and backpacked home with the student from the classroom teacher,” Curcio said. She explained that there are a limited num...

  • FCPG recommends 'Village View Park' or 'Jacaranda Park'

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter

    What is currently being called Fallbrook Local Park by the County of San Diego will have a different name, and on May 17 the Fallbrook Community Planning Group provided its two preferred suggested names. The planning group voted 10-3 to recommend Village View Park and Jacaranda Park as the two names to be submitted to the county for consideration. Tom Harrington, Ross Pike, and Anna Strahan voted against the motion. Lee DeMeo and Jeniene Domercq were not able to participate in the meeting. In March 2020, the San Diego County...

  • Recall group plans signature gathering

    Rick Monroe, Special to Village News

    The effort to recall the president of the board of the Fallbrook Union High School District is progressing, according to one of the parents involved in the process. “We’re waiting for approval from the County Registrar of Voters,” said Nora Maier, one of two parents who submitted the Notice of Intention to Circulate a Recall Petition regarding Diane Summers, board president. The parents have said they don’t feel the board is responsive to parents about students at Fallbrook High School returning to full-time, in-pers...

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    Wild Wonders celebrates its 30th anniversary

    BONSALL – Jackie Navarro started Wild Wonders, a wild animal refuge in Bonsall, in May 1991 with just a few animals: an Amazon parrot, a boa constrictor, a opossum, a desert tortoise, and a chinchilla. Since then, it has moved to its current 10-acre location in Bonsall with over 100 animal ambassadors. Wild Wonders has provided tens of thousands of education programs for schools, libraries, scout troops, and other organizations, raised over $100,000 for Cheetah c...

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    Planning Commission allows only nearby neighbors to appeal Sandia Creek Drive gates

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter

    The county's Planning Commission rejected an option which would have allowed De Luz Heights and Rock Mountain residents rather than only property owners within 300 feet of the proposed gates on Sandia Creek Drive to have official appellant status in the appeal of an Administrative Permit for the gates. The May 14 action of the Planning Commission didn't consider the appeal itself but only determined who would officially be allowed to appeal. Four Planning Commission votes...

  • Maura Button and Shay Mandrayar

    BWC holds creative fundraiser

    BONSALL – The Bonsall Woman's Club held a very successful fundraiser Friday, May 7, at the lower level of Z Café in Bonsall River Village plaza. The committee members who worked to make this year's fundraiser so successful are Maura Button, chairman; Shay Mandrayar, co-chairman; Patty Merriam, crafts and advisor; Sydne Gilbert, Angel Benefactors and advisor; Marlene Rantanen, advisor; Mary Jane Poulter, president and advisor; Emily Manley, fourth vice president, Ways and Me...

  • Motorcycle safety takes everyone's attention

    SACRAMENTO – The warming weather and increasing number of vehicles traveling on California’s roadways offer a timely reminder of the importance of motorcycle safety awareness for motorcyclists and motorists alike. By recognizing May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, the California Highway Patrol emphasizes safe riding and driving practices for everyone. “Motorcyclists who are responsible, informed, and properly equipped can help reduce rider deaths and injuries,” CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray said. “Motorists are also key...

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    VFW Auxiliary supports chamber fundraiser

    Current VFW Auxiliary-Post 1924 officers, standing, Shara French, secretary; Dana McCarthy, president; Deb Bottomley, junior vice president, and Midge Thomas, treasurer, attend the Chamber of Commerce Avocado Open Golf Tournament with their tee sponsorship and players....

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