Year in Review 2013
Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
Issue 01, Volume 18.
Metal sculpture celebrates trees in Fallbrook
A new metal sculpture was dedicated on Jan. 5, 2013 by Fallbrook Art in Public Places and its partner, Save Our Forest to adorn the historic downtown landscape in Fallbrook. Called “Roots,” the wall-mounted, outdoor piece is located near the corner of Main Ave. and Hawthorne Street on the side of a building. Stone receives Lifetime Achievement award
Gordon Stone, executive director of the Fallbrook Community Center, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by George Archibald on behalf of the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 26, 2013. McDonald’s to move to busiest corner in town
When it became public in Spring 2013 that fast-food giant McDonald’s had made arrangements to build a new restaurant on one of Fallbrook’s busiest corners (Ammunition and South Mission Roads), taking the place of three longstanding businesses, community opinion was split. Rodriguez named Principal of the Year
In Feb. 2013, Leonard Rodriguez, the principal of Potter Jr. High School, was named Middle Grades Principal of Year for San Diego County. Marching Warriors go pro at Petco Park
The Fallbrook High School Marching Warriors Band earned the honor of playing the National Anthem for 22,000 Padres baseball fans at Petco Park in San Diego on April 10, 2013. They also benefited from a fundraising opportunity provided by the Padres. Tragic death of Larry Robinson stuns community
Fallbrook resident and talented, lifelong musician Larry Robinson, 64, sustained fatal injuries during the course of a robbery at a music store in Old Town Temecula on March 22, 2013. Hundreds of fans, friends, and fellow musicians continue to mourn his death and the case remains unsolved. CEO reveals concern over Fallbrook Hospital
At the March 21, 2013 meeting of the Fallbrook Community Forum, Fallbrook Hospital CEO Kapua Conley stated that the hospital was experiencing a ‘serious’ loss of revenue due to some local physicians directing patients to out-of-town facilities. As a result, the future of the hospital has become a concern and high-profile topic in the community. Actor David Hasselhoff accepts award in Fallbrook
Popular actor David Hasselhoff personally accepted a Career Achievement Award from organizers of the Fallbrook International Film Festival in April of 2013 at the closing gala. Cunningham named Outstanding Superintendent of the Year
At the Small School District Association’s annual conference in Sacramento on April 11, 2013, Bonsall Union School District’s Dr. Justin Cunningham, above, was presented with the 2013 Charles Binderup Award for Outstanding Superintendent of the Year. Donoghue chosen Miss Fallbrook 2013
On April 20, 2013, Shavonne Donoghue, above, was crowned Miss Fallbrook at the annual pageant held at the Mission Theater. Julia Albanna was named Miss Teen Fallbrook. Ice Age comes to life in Fallbrook
Caltrans and the San Diego Natural History Museum (SDNHM) announced that fossilized remains of an Ice Age bison were found on April 10, 2013, during construction work on the new interchange at Interstate 15 and State Route 76. SDNHM fossil preparation technician Nikki Anderson, above, is shown clearing sediment away from the skull of the bison. Rhodes, Ahrend honored with awards
At its annual meeting on May 18, 2013, members of the Fallbrook Historical Society honored Neil Rhodes, right, as Pioneer of the Year and William (Bill) Ahrend as the Vintage Award honoree. Girls Rugby takes third national championship
The Fallbrook Girls Rugby Club U-18 team won its third national title at the 2013 Girls National High School Rugby Championships on May 19 in Racine, Wisconsin. The squad was comprised of 26 players led by captain Megan Pinson. O’Brien earns Hall of Fame honor
Fallbrook resident and college coaching icon Jim O’Brien was named to the American Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in Omaha, Nebraska. Numerous conference championships were won and many records were set by teams O’Brien coached. He was nominated for the honor by coaches in California, Arizona, Oregon, and Utah. McStay family remains discovered in desert
A tragic discovery in the Mojave Desert on Nov. 11, 2013 shed new light on one of the most puzzling law enforcement cases in recent history when authorities confirmed they had found the skeletal remains of the McStay family of four from Fallbrook. Joseph McStay, 40, his wife, Summer McStay, 43, and children Gianni, 4, and Joseph, 3, disappeared from their home in early February of 2010, never to be seen alive again. FHS film wins two ‘Best Documentary’ awards
A hard-hitting documentary made in early 2013 by Fallbrook High School film students, featuring ex-mobster Michael Franzese, won Best Documentary later in the year at the New York Los Angeles International Film Festival as well as Best Documentary Audience Choice at the Oceanside International Film Festival. FHS film wins two ‘Best Documentary’ awards
A hard-hitting documentary made in early 2013 by Fallbrook High School film students, featuring ex-mobster Michael Franzese, won Best Documentary later in the year at the New York Los Angeles International Film Festival as well as Best Documentary Audience Choice at the Oceanside International Film Festival.
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