Kevin Cody

Marine Street Cafe in Manhattan Beach to become Brittany bistro

Marine Street Cafe in Manhattan Beach to become Brittany bistro

Marine Street Cafe, at Marine Street and Highland, closed last week after owner Skylar Tourigny and landlords Michael Leigh and Michael Quagletti were unable to agree on a lease extension. The neighborhood restaurant is to be replaced by a French restaurant, owned by an award winning chef from the Brittany area in France. Marine Street is the second, mid-priced Manhattan Beach restaurant in the the past month to be replaced by a more upscale restaurant.

 Kevin Cody

Lakers’ Walton leads volleyball team to Hermosa Beach Labor Day Weekend victory

Lakers’ Walton leads volleyball team to Hermosa Beach Labor Day Weekend victory

New Lakers head coach Luke Walton proved over the Labor Day weekend that he can still lead on the court and bring home a championship.

“After going to the finals six times, it’s good to finally win one,” Walton said after leading his team to victory in a close championship match at the 59th Annual Hermosa Beach 17th Street Labor Day Weekend Volleyball tournament in Hermosa Beach.

 Kevin Cody

Catalina Classic 2016 Photos by Chris Aguilar

Catalina Classic 2016 Photos by Chris Aguilar

Photographer and videographer Chris Aguilar followed paddleboard maker Joe Bark and his Bark Surf Tech paddlers across the Catalina Channel during the Catalina Classic Paddleboard Championships. Bark paddler Max First won the unlimited division and Bark paddler Lachie Lansdown set a record in the stock division. Jack Bark finished second in the stock division. (ChrisAguilarMedia.com)

 Kevin Cody

Brown’s Catalina Classic victory is second summer channel victory

Brown’s Catalina Classic victory is second summer channel victory

Abby Brown, 18, of Santa Barbara, became the first rookie and youngest person ever to win the Catalina Classic and only the second woman to have won the Classic and the Molokai races in the same year.

 Kevin Cody

First repeats Catalina Classic win, Lansdown sets stock record, Brown doubles down

First repeats Catalina Classic win, Lansdown sets stock record, Brown doubles down

As hundreds of Catalina Classic paddlers and their escorts gathered at Catalina Island’s Two Harbors Saturday evening to listen to race instructions and race lore from Buddy Bohn, the founding director’s voice wobbled. On his mind was Bob Hogan, a father of the 32-mile paddleboarding marathon with a 51 year tradition. Hogan was a Los Angeles County lifeguard when he organize the inaugural Manhattan Beach International Paddleboard Race in 1955.

 Kevin Cody

Lakers, UCLA enter partnership, Walton praises young team

The Los Angeles Lakers and UCLA Health announced their partnership in the Lakers’ new, two-story, 120,000 square foot training facility Wednesday morning, during a construction site press conference. New coach Luke Walton took the opportunity to praise number two draft pick Brandon Ingram and 7-foot-2 rookie center Ivica Zubac, of Croatia.

 Kevin Cody

El Camino College’s new president Dena Maloney encourages business partnerships

El Camino College’s new president Dena Maloney encourages business partnerships

This past February, Dena Maloney was named the sixth president in El Camino college’s six decade history and its first female president. Maloney keeps a copy of the 1947 Warrior yearbook in her office for reasons other than the obvious fondness for her father, a member of the College’s inaugural class. The yearbook is a reminder of El Camino’s future.

 Kevin Cody

Popular Manhattan Beach sports bar Sharks Cove to become upscale Mex restaurant

Popular Manhattan Beach sports bar Sharks Cove to become upscale Mex restaurant

by Kevin Cody Scotty McColgan, whose family’s Hermosa Beach bars and restaurants have included Point 705, Mickey McColgan’s, Club Sushi and Sharks Cove, is selling his Manhattan Beach Sharks Cove to another local, family owned restaurant group. The downtown sports bar’s new owner will be the Newman family, whose restaurants and bars include two Baja […]

 Kevin Cody

Hermosa Surfer’s Walk of Fame 2016 inductions bring together old friends

Hermosa Surfer’s Walk of Fame 2016 inductions bring together old friends

Hermosa Beach’s annual Surfer’s Walk of Fame inductions are an occasion for longtime surf friends to get reunite. This year’s induction of John Leininger, Chip Post, Ted Robinson and Kelly Gibson, all exceptionally well liked, brought out together an even larger than usual number of old friends.

 Kevin Cody

Easy Reader 46th Anniversary Writing and Photography Contest Winners

Easy Reader 46th Anniversary Writing and Photography Contest Winners

The winner of this year 46th Anniversary Easy Reader Writing contest recalls his immigration from Greece to Manhattan Beach, while the winning photographer takes a fresh look at a familiar landmark

 Kevin Cody

HB Surfing Walk of Fame: Pioneer Hermosa Beach surfer Chip Post credits his youth surfing to his career in public service

HB Surfing Walk of Fame: Pioneer Hermosa Beach surfer Chip Post credits his youth surfing to his career in public service

by Kevin Cody During the summer of 1962, Chip Post was with Roy Breen in his Ford in the alley behind Post’s home on 17th Street in Hermosa Beach, when the Beach Boys’ “Surfin’ Safari” came on the radio. “My first thought was, wow, surfing’s on the radio. My next thought was, it’s over. It’s […]

 Kevin Cody

Bhumitra’s journey from Indian boarding school to Palos Verdes prominence

Bhumitra’s journey from Indian boarding school to Palos Verdes prominence

Arun Bhumitra opened his first cell phone store in 1987 on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance. Today the Palos Verdes resident and his brother Maxy, who lives in New York, own 200 cell phone stores with 800 employees in 18 states, plus a cell phone store in Brussels and a software company in Ireland.

 Kevin Cody

Los Angeles County honors guards for lifesaving, Supervisor Knabe for saving guards

Los Angeles County honors guards for lifesaving,  Supervisor Knabe for saving guards

Los Angeles County Lifeguard Ivan Wilkins received the Distinguished Service Award during the International Surf Festival last week for assisting in this rescue of a 5-year-old boy at 42nd Street in Manhattan Beach last October. Photo by Steve Gaffney (SteveGaffney.com)

 Kevin Cody

International Surf Festival paddleboard races attract elites, parents and kids

International Surf Festival paddleboard races attract elites, parents and kids

The International Surf Festival’s two paddleboard races attracted over 200 competitors this past weekend, ranging from elite paddlers to kids accompanied by their moms and dads.

 Kevin Cody

Brazil’s Fresia, Manhattan Beach’s Seth put on Olympic level performance

Brazil’s Fresia, Manhattan Beach’s Seth put on Olympic level performance

Brazil’s Yuri Fresia put on an Olympic level performance in winning the Men’s Open at the International Surf Festival Surf Contest. “I just got here and I am having fun,” he said.

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