It’s hard to believe that October is behind us and Thanksgiving, Christmas and 2014 are looming close on the horizon. Thanksgiving, is by-and-far my favorite day of the year. There is just something about getting together with family and friends to give thanks for all of the wonderful things that have happened over the past year that makes my heart happy.
I love the traditions of the holiday and long before the leftovers have a chance to get cold in the refrigerator, one of my favorite annual holiday traditions begins. My husband and I don our cold weather gear and armed with shopping lists and enough coffee to keep a herd of elephants awake for a week, we head out to stand in line to get those amazing steals at our favorite stores. Black Friday is a long standing tradition in my house and like many others looking to save a few pennies, I want to make my money stretch as far as I can.
After researching statistics for the Shopping Local article on pages six and seven, I am revamping my plan this year and, you guessed it, shopping local. Spending money at local merchants can reap big benefits for our cities, towns and villages. A 52-percent return to the local community is nothing to laugh about; it leads to jobs and boosts the economy. Higher tax revenues result in more of pretty much everything for our communities. I encourage you to explore the option of shopping local this year too.
Veterans Day is right around the corner and to recognize the sacrifice and service of those who have served in the armed forces, staff-writer Michael Crane took the time to speak with Jack Parkinson, an 89-year-old World War II veteran. It’s important to remember that freedom isn’t free and Fallbrook celebrates these brave men and women with an annual parade honoring their service. This year’s event is Tuesday, Nov. 11. Please take the opportunity to go out and thank a veteran for his or her service and read Jack’s story on page 20.
Also in this edition are articles about two very different restaurants. Ray Flores spent some time at A Delight of France Bakery and Bistro in Escondido, while I chose to visit a long-time Fallbrook favorite, Dominick’s Sandwiches at the Main Street location. Both restaurants were infused with unique flavors that quickly set the mouth watering and left both Ray and myself anxious to go back for more.
This issue is packed with information on everything from Temecula’s Winterfest to Welk Theater’s 2014 season so pour yourself a cup of coffee, sit back, relax and enjoy everything The Boulevard has to offer.
Until next time,
Kim Harris, editor
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