Kevin Cody

Sean “Smitty” Smith passes after surfing in the morning, playing volleyball in the afternoon.

Sean “Smitty” Smith passes after surfing in the morning, playing volleyball in the afternoon.

Former AVP volleyball player Sean “Smitty” Smith passed away April 22, following a morning spent surfing and an afternoon spent playing volleyball in Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii. He was 52.

 Kevin Cody

Manhattan Beach new Roundhouse Aquarium will be ‘magic,’ Cambridge 7 architect promises

Manhattan Beach new Roundhouse Aquarium will  be ‘magic,’ Cambridge 7 architect promises

The Manhattan Beach City Council unanimously approved a $2.5 million redesign of the nearly 100 year old Roundhouse Aquarium by famed aquarium architects Cambridge Seven, of Boston.

 Kevin Cody

Jimmy Miller Surf N Turf is unique surfing and volleyball competition

Jimmy Miller Surf N Turf is unique surfing and volleyball competition

The 7th Annual Dig for Jimmy and Doug Surf and Turf contest attracted over 100 competitors, of all ages, for what is believed to be the world’s only surf and volleyball contest.

 Kevin Cody

Steampunk look no big deal in Manhattan Beach

Steampunk look no big deal in Manhattan Beach

Avalon Kennedy, Sylvester Northcole and Emma Hallon walked along the beach south of the Manhattan Beach pier Saturday afternoon in steampunk dress to assess the public’s reaction to people whose appearances violates conventional norms.

 Kevin Cody

Former DA, former Aerospace CEO propose differing challenges at Manhattan Beach Economic Summit

Former DA, former Aerospace CEO propose differing challenges at Manhattan Beach Economic Summit

Former DA, former Aerospace CEO propose differing challenges at Manhattan Beach Economic Summit

 Kevin Cody

Best of the Beach 2017 Comedy Club: Comedy & Magic

Best of the Beach 2017 Comedy Club: Comedy & Magic

Even the late “The Merchant of Venom” Don Rickles would have had a hard time finding something unkind to say about the Comedy and Magic Club and its owner mike Lacey. For nearly five decades Comedy and Magic has worked to erase the image of comedy clubs as seedy bars with bad sound systems and strippers. The club is a Cathedral to Comedy.

 Kevin Cody

El Segundo Olympic caliber pool to serve students, community

El Segundo Olympic caliber pool to serve students, community

For decades, South Bay swimmers dreamt of a local, Olympic caliber swim stadium. That dream was realized two weeks ago when the City of El Segundo and the Wiseburn School District broke ground on the El Segundo Aquatics Center. The center’s 53 meter, Olympic-sized pool will be flanked by 500 stadium seats.

 Kevin Cody

Manhattan Beach’s Smith was retired Naval officer, social leader

Manhattan Beach’s Smith was retired Naval officer, social leader

Don Smith, of Manhattan Beach, a retired Naval officer and social leader, passed away on April 26 at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance at the age of 92.

 Kevin Cody

Live Oak legend returns to Manhattan Beach basketball tourney

Live Oak legend returns to Manhattan Beach basketball tourney

After fighting their way through the early rounds of the annual Live Oak 3-on-3 basketball tournament on one of the hottest days of the year, the father-and-son-plus-one team known as Dad and Gramps had a clear strategy going into the finals Friday afternoon

 Kevin Cody

‘Sleepy Eyed Dave’ Letchworth was a seminal figure in South Bay dining

‘Sleepy Eyed Dave’ Letchworth was a seminal figure in South Bay dining

David “Sleepy Eyed Dave” Letchworth, a central figure in the South Bay bar and restaurant business, dating back to the Pier 52 and Schlumpfelder’s bars he owned in downtown Hermosa Beach in the early 1970s, passed away March 7, at age 78. His memorial service is Sunday, May 7 at his former Poncho and Wong’s restaurant in King Harbor.

 Kevin Cody

Spyder Surf hosts ’70s surf contest at Hermosa Beach pier

Spyder Surf hosts ’70s surf contest at Hermosa Beach pier

Judging from Mike Balzer’s photos, ’70s single fins appeared to work as well contemporary thrusters for the top surfers in Saturday’s ’70s Era surf contest held prior to the Hermosa Beach Surfers Walk of Fame inductions.

 Kevin Cody

Hermosa Beach celebrates city pier’s role in ‘La La Land’

Hermosa Beach celebrates city pier’s role in ‘La La Land’

The Hermosa Beach pier earned a place in film folklore with a scene in “La La Land” when star Ryan Gosling leaves the Lighthouse Cafe on Pier Plaza and wanders out on the pier, whistling “City of Stars.” But according to location manager Robert Foulkes, the Hermosa Beach pier wasn’t in the original script.

 Kevin Cody

Hermosa Surfers Walk of Fame Jim Graham helped set template for surfing lifestyle

Hermosa Surfers Walk of Fame Jim Graham helped set template for surfing lifestyle

2017 Hermosa Beach Surfers Walk of Fame inductee Jim Graham’s Hermosa Beach childhood helped form the template for the surfing lifestyle

 Kevin Cody

Sandro McIlroy remembered at SB Boardriders/Surf Concepts contest

Sandro McIlroy remembered at SB Boardriders/Surf Concepts contest

Saturday’s South Bay Boardriders/Surf Concepts surf was dedicated Sandro McIlroy, a SBBC contest competitor and student at Halstrom Academy in Manhattan Beach. McIlroy died Friday, April 7 in a skateboarding accident in Palos Verdes. The contest was paused late in the morning for a moment of remembrance..

 Kevin Cody

Hermosa Councilman Brutsch legacy includes Noble, South and Green Belt parks

Hermosa Councilman Brutsch legacy includes Noble, South and Green Belt parks

Former Hermosa Beach city councilman and former city treasurer Gary Brutsch passed away while driving from the gym to Eat at Joe’s, his favorite breakfast restaurant, on Tuesday, April 11. Brutsch was instrumental in the establishment of the Noble, Greenbelt and South parks.

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