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Fountain donation serves as memorial, adds to Main Ave. beautification

Motorists and pedestrians have quickly noticed a beautiful new fountain has been installed in front of the historic Elder House, located at the corner of Main Avenue and Elder Street in Fallbrook. Not only does the fountain serve as a memorial to a very special woman, it adds to the ongoing effort to beautify the community.

The bronze fountain, which is titled “Women in Paradise,” was donated by Craig Medoff in memory of his wife, Irene Medoff, who passed away in 2005.

“My wife and I were married for 58 years,” said Medoff. “We have two children and one grandchild from our marriage, which ended when she died on our 58-year anniversary. Irene was dedicated to the arts, and was anxious to see Fallbrook become an art community.”

According to Medoff, his wife had been heavily involved in community groups that “emphasized women’s rights, education and artistic development.”

The bronze fountain, which was made by Pescara Fountains and installed by Dennis Deuling Construction, has an inscription that reads: “In memory of Irene Medoff, our ‘Angel in Paradise’ 1923-2005. Dedicated to the enrichment of all women.”

The front of the Elder House was selected as the location to place the fountain, as it had ample space for the plans Medoff had for it.

“We are very happy to work with Mr. Medoff in his memorial to his wife, while also contributing to the beautification of Main Ave. and the front of our property,” said Julie Reeder, owner of the Elder House, which is occupied by Village News, Inc. “It has already added to the enjoyment of the community. During the Fallbrook Avocado Festival, several children had the opportunity to play in the fountain.”

Landscaping around the fountain is currently underway, and a special ceremony commemorating the fountain’s installation is being scheduled for the summer.

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