Celebrating last month’s opening of Chase Bank in downtown Hermosa Beach, in the former Bijou Theater building, at 1233 Hermosa Ave., are branch manager Don Inman (center, with scissors) and fellow Chase employees Anna Ruiz, Isis Padilla, Bobbi Verdugo, Nouah Mohamed, Raymond Leong, Beth Domingo and Vishal Sharma. Photo by Amy Berg
Homes end year on uptick
South Bay home price sales averaged $718,710 last December, up 8.8 percent from December 2011, according to a report by the South Baty Association of Realtors. The median price was $500,000, up 8.7 percent from December 2011. Condominiums and Townhomes also showed improvement. The average price was $467,244, up 5.6 percent and the median price was $395,000 up 17.9 percent.
Despite just 245 single family homes on the market in December, down 48 percent from a year ago, 245 homes were sold, up from 211 a year ago. Condominium/townhome sales totaled 123, up 10.8 percent from a year ago. The number of units on the market last month was 241, down 62 percent from a year ago.
Celebrating the opening of FlexCity Fitness last week in Hermosa Beach are Betsy Clevenstine and her staff and Hermosa Chamber executive director Maureen Hunt. FlexCityy offers different cardio and strength building classes each day. It is located at 600 Pacific Coast Hwy., Hermosa Beach. To learn more visit FlexCityFitness.com
Dine LA by the bay
The Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation is encouraging South Bay residents to celebrate Dine L.A. this week by dining out at one of the nearly 400 South Bay residents with the Clean Bay Restaurant certificate in their window. Certified restaurants have adopted storm water runoff prevention measures.
“It’s a mutually beneficial program. By keeping our ocean clean, restaurants benefit from tourists who come to enjoy the bay,” said Elaine Jeng, P.E., Acting Principal Civil Engineer for the City of Redondo Beach. The City inspects restaurants six times per year, Jeng noted.
South Bay certified restaurants are listed on SantaMonicaBay.org.
Boeing Employees Community Fund representative Julie Jelski (second from right) presented a $17,000 check last week to Cancer Support Community board member L.J. Stogsdill and executive director Judith Opdahl. The grant will help fund the Redondo Beach Cancer Support Community’s new Kids Community program for children with family members diagnosed with cancer.
Schools knead the dough
American Martyrs School finished first, Meadows School second and Mira Costa High third in the Fifth Annual Manhattan Bread and Bagel Schools Knead the Dough gift card sale contest. Schools received 20 percent of the revenue from sale of $100 gift cards. Over 25 local schools shared in the $7,500. Manhattan Bread and Bagel is located at 1812 N. Sepulveda. Blvd., Manhattan Beach.
Fun with Redondo candidates
The Redondo Beach Fun Factory invites residents to meet candidates in the city’s council and mayoral races on Friday, Feb. 8. The candidates’ supporters will receive a complimentary gift. 5 to 8 p.m. The Fun Factory is on the International Boardwalk in KingHarbor. RedondoFunFactory.com.
Young Pros in the Shade
The newly formed 310YP (Young Professionals) meets Thursday, Jan. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach. The non profit helps young professionals to network while donating to local charities. $10, complimentary appetizers, music by Vox DJs. 310yp.org.
Trova Home Care comes to SouthBay
Susan Manley has opened a new Trova Home Care service in the South Bay to provide personal care, including meals, medication reminders, and errand running for homebound residents.
For more information call (310) 543-5326, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit TrovaHomeCare.com.
Low cost lung scan
Torrance Memorial Medical Center’s Thoracic Oncology Program is offering reduced-cost CT Lung Screening Program for persons with a high risk of lung cancer.
CT scans, which often cost thousands of dollars are being offered for $350. The screenings are suggested for asymptomatic individuals ages 50 to 74 who have a significant smoking history. A physician referral is required.