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He always carried a bag to collect empty bottles and cans. His name was Albert (Tapper) Torney. Everyone thought he was a bit eccentric and kids would tease and hassle him. Then it was discovered that he sold the empty bottles but only some of the cans. After he died in 1998 (age 86), his large collection of model cars made from aluminum cans was discovered. (Internet nugget forwarded by Marv Morganti)


Boston Globe Previews Pacific Coast Fog Fest

If you visit the Bay Area in late September, don’t miss the 31st annual Pacific Coast Fog Fest in the city of Pacifica, located 15 minutes south of San Francisco. The free event, which takes place on the (historically) sunniest weekend of the month, Sept. 24 and 25, includes live music on three stages, more than 200 arts and crafts vendors, a parade and, new this year, a replica of the Jaguar-turned-hearse from the cult classic film “Harold and Maude,” the final scene of which was shot at the cliffs of Mori Point in Pacifica. Participants of all ages can join in a competitive 5-mile run or non-competitive 3-mile walk during the Fog Jog and Stride, see a sand sculpture as it’s created, and attend the Family Fun Fest, where they can make giant bubbles and paint a real car. 650-465-8645, www.pacificcoastfogfest.com. (Boston Globe, August 18)

 


MidPen Housing Plan Bad for Entire Coastside

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We need volunteers to help lead this movement into the next phase. To help defray expenses, please mail a check to Resist Density at PO Box 215, Moss Beach, CA 94038 or donate using PayPal at www.resistdensity.org. Thank you for your continued support! Also, thanks to our neighbors north of the tunnels (we used to say north of the slide) who posted a message on NextDoor about MidPen's proposed development in Moss Beach. Pacificans are concerned about increased traffic on Highway 1 through Pacifica that would inevitably result from adding a high-density housing development in Moss Beach.

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Pacifica Taco Bell in the News—Again!

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"Pacifica has some excellent landmarks in full view from the Pacific Coast Highway. Sea Bowl forever! But we’re highlighting the greatest Taco Bell on the planet, in a beautiful wooden building with beach views, a walk-up window for surfers and the same prices as every other Taco Bell." (#23 on a list of tourism-free landmarks in the Bay Area, San Francisco Chronicle, August 17; note that locals say Highway 1, not Pacific Coast Highway, a Southern California thing)

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Space Lightning Over China

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While photographing the Perseid meteor shower on August 13, a sky watcher in China captured rare images of a "gigantic jet" leaping out of a thundercloud. The luminous purple and red structure stretched its tentacles almost to the edge of space before vanishing in full view of dozens of onlookers. Visit http://spaceweather.com for photos and more information about this phenomenon.

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