Mary Stella Cuicchi Jones

March 23, 1936 - July 27, 2018

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Mary Stella Cuicchi Jones passed away on Friday, July 27, 2018. She was born on March 23, 1936, to Frank and Phill Cuicchi in Greenville, Mississippi. Soon after graduating from Shaw High School in 1954, she met and married Russell N. Jones on March 1, 1957. An Air Force man at the time, they met at a basketball game.

Looking for work, they traveled to Illinois and eventually came to California in 1958. They quickly entered in the fast-food restaurant business, working alongside founders of local Downey establishments El Taco and Plaza Guadalajara, as well as famous chains such as Taco Bell, Baker’s Burgers, and Wienerschnitzel.

With assistance from Glen Bell, founder of Taco Bell, coupled with additional investment from her parents, Mary and Russ started Taco Quickie in 1963. Over a 54-year career, they oversaw restaurants in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Maywood, Lynwood, and Bell Gardens. Their Quickie Dog restaurant was once featured in a Los Angeles Magazine article listing them as a classic choice along with the likes of Hot Dog on a Stick, Larry’s Chili Dog, Pink’s, Oki Dog, and Tommy’s.

The last remaining restaurant in Bell Gardens closed on October 8, 2017. Mary and Russ prided themselves in providing jobs for countless employees, including for a number of relatives from their home state of Mississippi.

Inspired by her parents who had run a grocery store, Mary successfully juggled entrepreneurship with running a household. Following in Mary’s footsteps of being very active–basketball, yearbook staff, homecoming queen, and Miss Shaw High School–she made sure her daughter did the same. She coached, was a team mom, and dance mom. She led countless excursions and camping trips for Girl Scout Troop 1239. A masterful fundraiser, she excelled at cookie and calendar sales, firework stands, hot lunch days, and 50/50 drawings. One of her proudest accomplishments came as President of Downey Girls Ponytail Athletic Association and having a sign installed at Independence Park.

She is survived by her husband of 61-years, Russell; daughter Pamela (Jeff). She was predeceased by a daughter, Kathryn. She is also survived by a sibling Paul (Rosemary).

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a favorite charity in honor of Mary. In recognition of her passion for sports and commitment to helping others, the family would like to highlight the following for consideration:

Bishop Amat High School Boys Basketball (14301 Fairgrove Avenue, La Puente, CA, 91746.   Checks should be made out to Bishop Amat and specify “Boys Basketball” in the memo line).
UCLA Softball (UCLA Athletic Department, Atten: Emily Lerner, PO Box 24044, Los Angeles, CA 90024. Checks should be made out to UCLA Foundation and specify “UCLA Softball” in the memo line).

LMU LionsFund for Softball (

Please indicate that the gift is in memory of “Mary Jones”. Sympathy notes and words of support may be expressed at

DUSD creates activity pass for seniors

DOWNEY – Downey Unified has announced the creation of a “Senior Activity Pass” that will grant Downey seniors free admission to most athletic events, musicals and plays at DUSD schools. 

The pass, which has no expiration date and no cost to the pass holder, would allow free access to most events with the exception of away games, Downey v. Warren rivalry games, tournaments, CIF events and any outside provider events.  

While the admittance is free, there may be times when the pass holder would need to pick up tickets ahead of time to guarantee a seat. 

Senior citizens interested in obtaining a pass should call Downey Unified at (562) 469-6511 or (562) 469-6513 to arrange an appointment to have your photo taken for a custom pass.

Downey Unified is in the initial phases of creating additional passes which will include a Downey Unified Employee Pass and an Alumni Pass, which will be offered to graduates or former attendees of Downey Unified schools. 

More details will be shared once these items become available.

Free or reduced price lunch available for lower-income Downey students

DOWNEY – Over the summer, Downey Unified announced that it is again participating in the policy to serve nutritious meals every school day under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and Afterschool Snack Program. 

Effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019, children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals if the household income is less than or equal to the federal guidelines. Please see chart below:

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Households who receive benefits through CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR will receive a notification letter in the mail saying that all children automatically qualify for free meals and they do not need to turn in an application for approval. 

Children who meet the definition of foster, homeless, migrant, or runaway are eligible for free meals. 

Contact the Food Services Department if any child in the household is not on the notification letter. The household must let Food Services know if they do not want to receive free or reduced-price meals.

If your child participated in the free and reduced-price meal program last school year, a letter with information about the program and how to apply will be sent to the household. 

Households that want to apply for meal benefits must fill out one application for all children in the household and give it to the Food Services Department located at the Downey Unified School District. 

Applications are available in the main office at each Downey Unified school as well as online applications can be submitted through  

For help filling out this application, please contact Monica Stebok, (562) 469-6672, or Marisol Alarid, (562) 469-6674. 

You will be notified by mail if your application is approved or denied for this program.  Households may turn in an application at any time during the school year. If you are not eligible now, but your household income goes down, household size goes up, or a household member starts receiving CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR, you may turn in an application at that time. 

Information given on the application will be used to determine eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school officials. The last four digits of the Social Security number from any adult household member or marking that you do not have a Social Security number is required if you include income on the application.

Households that receive Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals by filling out an application.

Foster children are eligible for free and reduced-price meals and may be included as a household member if the foster family chooses to also apply for the non-foster children on the same application. Including foster children as a household member may help the non-foster children qualify for free or reduced-price meals. 

If the non-foster children are not eligible, this does not keep foster children from receiving free meals.

Your child’s eligibility status from last school year will continue into the new school year for up to 30 school days or until the Food Services Department processes your new application or your child is otherwise certified for free or reduced-price meals. 

Temporary eligibility will expire on September 26, 2018. After the 30 school days, your child will have to pay full price for meals, unless the household receives a notification letter for free or reduced-price meals. 

Downey Unified’s Food Services Department is not required to send reminders or expired eligibility notices.

If you do not agree with the decision or results of verification, you may discuss it with officials from Downey Unified’s Food Services Department. One also has the right to a fair hearing, which may be requested by calling or writing the hearing official: Director, Food Services, 11627 Brookshire Ave., Downey, 90241, (562) 469-6671.

Please contact Downey Unified’s Food Services Department at (562) 469-6672 for more information. 

Your end-of-summer concert bucket list

Summer is coming to end but that doesn’t mean the fun is over quite yet. We made a list of awesome concerts in Los Angeles that would make for a perfect addition to your 2018 summer bucket list.


J Cole

Hip Hop artist, J Cole, will be performing at the Staples Center. Get your tickets here.


Go back in time to the 1980’s with the electronic group, Erasure at The Wiltern. Here’s the link.

The Beach Boys

What better way to enjoy the last bit of summer than listening to one of the most famous surf bands in the U.S. Check out their concert at the Los Angeles County Fair.

Kali Uchis

Performing in the Observatory, R&B artist, Kali Uchis’ tickets can be purchased here.

Blood Orange

Tickets to see this unique artist can be found here, where he will be performing at the Greek Theatre. 

Beyonce and Jay Z

The ultimate duo will be performing together at the Rose Bowl Stadium. Get your tickets here.

Childish Gambino with Rae Sremmurd

This duo will be entreating guests at the L.A Forum. Here’s the link.

Ziggy Marley

Performing great reggae music is Ziggy Marley who will be at Roxy Theatre. Get your tickets here.


Another great concert for reggae fans is the group Rebolution. Here’s the link for their performance at the Pacific Amphitheater.

Mac Demarco

Indie favorite Mac Demarco will be performing at the Telegram Ballroom. Get your tickets here.



It's August, but fall sports season starts next week

DOWNEY -- The fall sports season is quickly approaching at Warren High School and the Bears have several games, matches and meets scheduled in August right as fall classes begin. 

The girls’ volleyball team is scheduled to play their first game against Santa Fe at Warren on Thursday, August 16, and the football team also has a scrimmage scheduled against San Dimas at Warren at 5 p.m. on the same day.

The Bears are scheduled to host Whitney at Warren in girls’ tennis in their first scheduled match on Wednesday, August 22, and the girls’ golf team will be competing in their first competition against Whitney at the Los Amigos Golf Course on Thursday, August 23. 

The Bear football team will host St. Anthony’s on Friday, August 24, in their first official football game and the boys’ water polo team will travel to Santa Fe to play the Chiefs in their first scheduled water polo game on Thursday, August 30. 

Boys’ cross country will compete in the Mark Cover Classic at Carbon Canyon Reginal Park on Sept. 1 in their first scheduled cross country meet and the girls’ cross country team is scheduled to compete at the Laguna Hills Invitational on Sept. 8 in their first scheduled cross country meet. 

Warren High School also has a new Athletic Director. Former Athletic Director Russ Heicke is now an assistant principal at Warren and Samantha Miyahara is the new athletic director. 

All of Warren’s coaches and athletes are looking forward to the start of their respective seasons. 

WARREN FOOTBALL: The Warren High School football team will begin their 2018 football season when they host St. Anthony’s of Long Beach on August 24. 

The Bears finished last season with an overall record of 6-4 and were 2-3 in San Gabriel Valley League play. The Bears did not qualify for postseason play last season due to their losing record in league play.

St. Anthony’s finished last season with an overall record of 8-4 and a Santa Fe League record of 3-0. The Lancers defeated Norwalk, 31-19, at St. Anthony’s in the first round and were then defeated by Ridgecrest Burroughs, 32-7, in the second round of the C.I.F. Division 9 playoffs. 
Due to their success over the past few seasons, St. Anthony’s will now compete in Division 7.

The Lancers will also change from the Santa Fe League to the Del Rey League and will now compete against the likes of the Harvard-Westlake Wolverines, the La Salle Lancers, the St Genevieve Valiants and the St. Paul Swordsmen.

Warren finished preseason play last season with a record of 4-1. The Bears played well and were a 37-36 loss against Don Lugo at Warren in week 1 away from a perfect preseason. 

The Bears struggled in league play when they suffered three straight losses. The Bears were defeated by Paramount, 50-7, in week 7, were defeated by Gahr, 46-42, in week 8 and fell to cross-town rival Downey, 41-27, in week 9.

Warren hopes to execute better in league play and qualify for a spot in the Division 7 playoffs. Coach Lara, his staff and players are all looking forward to the start of the 2018 football season. 


DOWNEY FOOTBALL: The Downey High School football season will officially begin when the Vikings travel to Trabuco Hills to play Santa Margarita next Thursday night at 7 p.m. 

The Viking’s unofficial season will begin at 5 p.m. Friday when they host Orange Lutheran in a scrimmage. The Orange Lutheran Lancers finished last season with an overall record of 6-6 and were 0-5 in Trinity League play.

The Vikings finished last season with an overall record of 11-3 and were 4-1 in San Gabriel Valley League play. Downey finished second in league play behind league champion Paramount, who narrowly defeated the Vikings, 21-20, in overtime.

The Vikings made a nice run in C.I.F. postseason play but were defeated by Cajon of San Bernardino, 54-28, in the C.I.F. Division 4 championship game.

The Santa Margarita Eagles finished last season with an overall record of 7-4 and were 3-2 in Trinity League play. Santa Margarita defeated Downey last season at Downey 56-0 in week 1. Rancho Santa Margarita was defeated by Murrieta Valley, 59-56, in the first round of the C.I.F. Division 1 playoffs.

Downey will be led this season by senior captains Danny Ruiz (DB/RB), Malcom Perry (LB/RB) and Anthony Lopez (DL). Senior quarterback Kijjon Foots and senior Noah Skobis (ATH) will also lead an explosive Viking offensive attack. 

Coach Williams, his staff and players are all looking forward to the start of the 2018 football season.


ST. JOHN BOSCO: The fall sports season is quickly approaching at St John Bosco High School and the Braves have several games, matches and meets scheduled in August as fall classes begin.  

The St. John Bosco football team is scheduled to scrimmage the Mayfair Monsoons at 4:30 p.m. Friday on the soccer field at St. John Bosco. 

The Braves host their first official game of the season at the newly completed and dedicated Panish Family Stadium next Friday night at 7 p.m. against Timpview High School of Provo, Utah. The Braves are currently ranked No. 1 nationally in the Xcellent Top 25 Poll and Trinity League foe Mater Dei is ranked second. 

According to the St. John Bosco website, “reserved seats season ticket packages are now available on a first-come first-served basis at a cost of $330 per seat.” The site continues by saying “in addition to admission to all six regular season home games, season ticket holders receive first option to buy reserved section seats in the event the Braves have home playoff games.” 

The Braves’ water polo team will be competing in their first scheduled game at the Long Beach Poly Tournament on Friday, August 24, at 4 p.m. and the cross-country team travels to Griffith Park on Saturday, Sept. 1, to compete in their first scheduled meet at the Jeff Nelson Invite. 

Calvin David “Dave” Chappell

September 6, 1951 - July 25, 2018

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Calvin David “Dave” Chappell, 66, was born on September 6, 1951 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and entered into Heaven on July 25, 2018 in Long Beach, CA.

Dave was an engineer in the aerospace industry for over 30 years. He was a Veteran of the United States Air Force and earned an Honorable Discharge for his years bravely fighting for our freedom.

Dave leaves behind his loving family: Wife, Kathleen Chappell, Son, Patrick Webb, Daughter, Wendy Webb Glenn (Stevo), Daughter-in-law, Stephanie Davis Chappell (Jason’s widow), former Daughter-in-law, Gretchen Valdivia, his Grandchildren, P.J. Webb, Faith Webb, Skylar Webb, Abbygail Webb, Destenee Webb, Cassandra Haywood, Robert (Kate) Steadward, Tiffany Lockman, Katie (Rick) Moore, Brittany Claire, Michael Lakatos, Melony (Tony) Macias and Ashley (Ryan) Smith.  He is also survived by 12 Great-Grandchildren, Brother, Steven R Chappell, Sister, Louise Chappell (John) Cromarty and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dave was met at Heaven’s gate by his loving Son, Jason Kristopher Chappell who was Killed in Action in Iraq in 2004, his Brother, Richard Chappell, his Great-Granddaughter, Brinley Moore, all who preceded him in death.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 10:00AM at Calvary Chapel Downey and interment will be held on Monday, August 6, 2018 at 12:45PM at Riverside National Cemetery. The Patriot Guard Riders will escort our Veteran to the cemetery.

For more obituary information and to leave condolences to the family, go to our website,  562-699-0916.