Monday morning report, Oct. 19

Five things to know this Monday morning: 

1.) George Mueller, the NASA engineer and "father of the space shuttle," died last week at his Irvine home. He was 97. 

"As head of NASA’s Office of Manned Spaceflight, with the title of associate administrator, Dr. Mueller bore much of the burden of seeing to it that the space agency’s Apollo program met the challenge Kennedy issued in a celebrated 1961 address: landing a man on the moon — and bringing him back — by the end of the 1960s," writes the Washington Post

Here is an interesting read on Mueller's Apollo testing, and details on his visit to Downey in 1967. 

2.) Downey graduated its latest Community Emergency Response Team class over the weekend. They're pictured here taking the oath from Battalion Chief Jay Ibey. 

The next CERT class is scheduled for spring 2016. 


3.) The Porto family was honored Saturday for their charity work, receiving the "Humankindness Award" from Glendale Community Hospital. 

From the Glendale News-Press

"The bakery helps numerous organizations in greater Glendale including Glendale Healthy Kids, the Glendale Police and Fire Department and the Glendale YWCA as well as organizations in Los Angeles and efforts around the world.

"Each day, Porto’s bakery offers any remaining baked goods to the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles, which serves men, women and children experiencing homelessness.

"When disaster strikes, one can always count on Porto’s to launch a fundraiser that the entire community can support, said Ron Farina, executive director of the American Red Cross, Glendale Chapter."


4.) Bob's Big Boy, which is celebrating its sixth anniversary today, will host a "Trunk or Treat" cruise night this Saturday from 4-8:30 p.m. 

The event is free for spectators, and $5 for cars that want to participate. Bring the kids for trick-or-treating, costume contests, 50-50 raffles, music, and more. 


5.)  The latest issue of "The Pride," the St. Pius X - St. Matthias Academy student newspaper, is out