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From ‘57 to number 57

From ‘57 to number 57

by Robb Fulcher The Portuguese Bend National Horse Show was given little chance of success when it was founded 57 years ago. This month, from September 5 to September 7, the prestigious competition and family fair will celebrate its 57th year. The horse show has become one of the peninsula’s iconic events, earning national recognition […]

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Stage name

by Robb Fulcher The Norris Center for the Performing Arts is experiencing a growth spurt at age 32, with fresh community outreach efforts, bold additions to its state-of-the-art theater and pavilion, and a name change to Palos Verdes Performing Arts. The impetus for much of the center’s change came from a marketing survey headed by […]

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Grand Prize Writing: Remembering Wally Berger

Grand Prize Writing: Remembering Wally Berger

At one point of the interview, I asked Wally if he had any memorabilia from his playing days? He then turned to his wife and said, “Martha, would you please bring me those bats.” Moments later, I was holding Wally’s old 36-inch, 38 ounce bat — and The Babe’s bat from 1935. I was in Baseball Heaven.

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Writing honorable mention: 1968 through a different lens

Writing honorable mention: 1968 through a different lens

The year offered no rest for the weary. It began with the Tet Offensive followed by a massive walkout by East Los Angeles high school students. Then a sitting president decided not to seek reelection and MLK’s assassination. And just two days earlier Robert F. Kennedy was shot and killed just 20 miles away.

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Honorable Mention Writing: Class Clown

Honorable Mention Writing: Class Clown

I’m not quite sure when I developed my habitual desire to “pop off” in classrooms and release cynical, comical or provocative observations and commentary designed to disrupt my teachers and fellow students

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Honorable Mention Writing: Stickman

Honorable Mention Writing: Stickman

Porter walked along the Redondo Beach Pier. He was headed towards the International Boardwalk to a little waterfront bar where his friend Edison was waiting for him.

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Redondo Waterfront not an either/or question

Redondo Waterfront not an either/or question

After over 100 years, the Redondo Beach waterfront will soon be free of a power plant. AES has finally admitted, by presenting an initiative for voter approval next March, that their power plant is not needed.

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Redondo Beach players win mixed doubles title at 2nd annual Jester & Pharley Phund benefit tennis tournament

Redondo Beach players win mixed doubles title at 2nd annual Jester & Pharley Phund benefit tennis tournament

by Barbara Saltzman/Contributing Writer Daniel Rodriguez and Heidi Grimm, both of Redondo Beach, slammed their way to first place in A Division Mixed Doubles in The Jester & Pharley Phund’s Second Annual Benefit Doubles Tennis Tournament. The tournament, held June 21 and 22 at Alta Vista Park in Redondo, raised funds to provide copies of […]

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Strand House chef Franz creates cup cake worthy of Kings

Strand House chef Franz creates cup cake worthy of Kings

Strand House pastry chef Stephanie Franz, winner of the 2011 “Cupcake Wars,” created a slightly larger than usual cup cake for the 2014 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings.

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Letters

Firefighters truly meritorious My public and personal thanks to the Hermosa Beach firefighters. They exemplified the noblest ideals of community service in fighting the recent fire at my home. Thanks to all those helping disaster recovery.  “True merit…to serve mankind, one’s country, friends and family…” — B. Franklin, 1749. Jeff Lankford Hermosa Beach   Keep […]

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Letters for 6-12-14

Old ballot measure a waste of money Dear ER: The last June 3 Manhattan Beach City Council meeting was notable for Councilmembers Mark Burton, Tony D’Errico, and Wayne Powell voting to waste an estimated $48,000 of taxpayer money on a November 2014 election to solve a problem that does not exist. Way back in 1996 […]

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Beach Homes: Sophisticated Snoop 2014

Beach Homes: Sophisticated Snoop 2014

Story by Rebecca Foster Photos by Liz Chalmer The 41st Annual Sophisticated Snoop home tour, presented by the American Martyrs Parent Association opens the doors on one of the most modern and widely honored homes in the South Bay, as well as several newly completed, traditionally designed homes, plus a walk street update on the […]

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Letters to the Editor 5/29/14

The T-shirt connection Dear ER: I am an avid motorcycle rider and whenever I learn of a fallen fellow rider it grieves me. I live on the island of Palawan in the Philippines. So what is the connection? It is very difficult for me to find extra extra large T-shirts in the Philippines because most […]

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Letters 5/15/14

Skin’s what you eat Dear ER: Sad, but true. There is not a single mention in “Blister in the Sun” (ER May 8, 2014) about how skin cancer can be hugely influenced by what we eat. It is natural that nutrition is never mentioned as a preventive by the average MD today for most illnesses. […]

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PENINSULA CHARITIES – Outward turning: Volunteer extraordinaire Marion Martelli, who devotes herself to the struggling and less fortunate, begins to look to ‘legacy’

PENINSULA CHARITIES – Outward turning: Volunteer extraordinaire Marion Martelli, who devotes herself to the struggling and less fortunate, begins to look to ‘legacy’

by Robb Fulcher Marion Martelli doesn’t take her life on the Peninsula for granted. Moved by the struggles of others, she has served less fortunate people for decades. She has helped connect countless people with everything from homes, jobs, books and toothbrushes to education, and has helped female students struggle for equality in traditionally male-dominated […]