Restaurants offer opportunity to help tsunami victims

The death toll of the tsunami has risen to over 162,000 people, with thousands more still missing in one of the world’s worst natural disasters. Like so many others around the world, the thoughts of the people of this valley are with everyone who has been affected. Restaurant owner Alex Prestifilippo is joining efforts to […]

Shop in Temecula and reap the rewards with the Shop Temecula First program

In the month of November, two lucky people each won $1,000 in the Shop Temecula First program. The business winner was Brandon Bowyer, owner of Advanced Business Services, 42122 Rio Nedo in Temecula. The shopping winner was Keith Fairfield of Riverside. He won by filling out an entry form at the participating merchant. The program […]

Stater Brothers dedicates new store to fallen Wildomar Marine

More then 500 people attended the ribbon cutting ceremonies on Jan 12 as Stater Brothers CEO Chairman Jack Brown spoke to the crowd and dedicated an American flag and plaque in honor of United States Marine Lance CPL. Justin Hunt of Wildomar. Hunt was killed this past summer on July 6 during combat in Al […]

Woman takes shopping spree through Tower Plaza

The holidays were a little happier for Bonnie Tesch because she won a $250 shopping spree through the stores of Tower Plaza on Dec. 20. She spent $100 at Armstrong’s Nursery, $50 at Starbucks, $50 at Temecula Valley Wine Company, $30 at Scarcella’s and $20 at The Movie Experience. In the spirit of giving, Tower […]

Temecula Convention and Visitors Bureau launches Web site

The Temecula Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau will launch its new Web site,, in mid-February. The newly designed web site will promote Temecula Valley as an enticing tourist and business destination to drive visitors to the region. The web site will highlight the beauty of the Temecula Valley, supporting its brand image, “Where You […]

Mission Oaks Bank posts record numbers

Mission Oaks National Bank posted record results in the fourth quarter of 2004 that boosted earnings for the year ended Dec. 31 to $1.6 million, an increase of 56.1 percent from a year ago. In the fourth quarter, the Temecula-based community bank earned a record $589,000, or 31 cents a share, up 106.7 percent from […]

Water board elects officers

At its Jan. 5 meeting, the Board of Directors of the Western Municipal Water District elected officers. The term of office for the officers is one year. S.R. “Al” Lopez was elected president; Kevin D. Jeffries, vice-president; and Elizabeth L. Cunnison, secretary-treasurer. The board members are elected to four-year terms by the registered voters in […]

Murrieta Republican Women to meet

Murrieta Republican Women Federated is meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 10 a.m. at the resident of Sharon Dragonetti, 39828 Mount Blanc Avenue, Murrieta. Phone number: (951) 677-4465. Call Membership Chair Kari Johnson at (951) 943-9227 or e-mail her at to obtain information for membership.

Recall election delayed by Murrieta council

There was standing room only at the Murrieta City Council meeting last Tuesday night, where the council voted 3-2 to delay setting a date for an election to recall three of its five members. The three targets of the recall, Mayor Jack Van Haaster and Councilmen Doug McAllister and Kelly Seyarto, voted for the delay while […]

Stone’s seat filled on Temecula Council

The first Temecula City Council meeting of the new year took place Tuesday, January 11, at City Hall. It was a meeting without a full council, and one in over a decade to take place without the presence of Jeff Stone since his election to County Supervisor in Riverside. Much consideration was taken by the […]