Mark McDermott

A Basq Kitchen opens up artful treasure trove: the Whatsits Galore Holiday Art Fair

A Basq Kitchen opens up artful treasure trove: the Whatsits Galore Holiday Art Fair

by Mark McDermott Let there be art, Ariel Perkins thought. Mondays are traditionally a night off in the dining industry. But Perkins, the assistant manager of A Basq Kitchen on Redondo Beach’s International Boardwalk, also happens to be an artist. And thus she had a vision in which her two worlds —  art and dining […]

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Veterans honored, meaning of their service pondered at Redondo Beach ceremony in election aftermath

Veterans honored, meaning  of their service pondered at Redondo Beach ceremony in election aftermath

by Mark McDermott Veteran’s Day was felt with particular depth last Friday at a ceremony in Veteran’s Park at which a young wounded warrior was given an American flag and a trio of elected officials spoke about the meaning of our soldiers’ service. Marine Corporal Jonathan Francis Carnes, 26, lost his lower right leg to […]

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Public funding of Redondo Beach Visitor’s Bureau funds comes under scrutiny

Public funding of Redondo Beach Visitor’s Bureau funds comes under scrutiny

by Mark McDermott The Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau and the more than $600,000 in annual funding it receives from the City of Redondo Beach came under intense fire Tuesday night as the City Council reexamined its contract with the Chamber. But every major hotelier in the city and several small business […]

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The legends of Live Oak crown a new hoop king

The legends of Live Oak  crown a new hoop king

by Paul Teetor It was only five minutes before the championship game of the 45th Annual Live Oak 3-on-3 Tournament when Bill “Missile” Austin got the bad news from a park ranger: his beloved little dog Stogie – a Pug-Beagle-Chihuahua mix who had spent the previous three hours turning strangers into new friends — would […]

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Measures C, EE passed overwhelmingly by Manhattan Beach voters

Measures C, EE passed overwhelmingly by Manhattan Beach voters

by Mark McDermott Down the street, the daughters of school board member Bill Fournell were in mourning. What had portended to be the election of the nation’s first female president, and perhaps the dawning of new era in which women more equally shared the mantle of leadership, had been dashed. Jeff Serota, co-chair of the […]

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A beautiful boy: How faith and community helped the Bisignano family survive the loss of their son Jonathan, and the lessons in love his life imparted

A beautiful boy: How faith and community helped the Bisignano family survive the loss of their son Jonathan, and the lessons in love his life imparted

by Mark McDermott Jonathan Bisignano was two years old and ready to see the world. His family was living in South Redondo at the time, and Jonathan was playing by himself in the backyard. Then he wasn’t. His mother Angela Bisignano looked outside and her son was nowhere to be found. Panic set in. He’d […]

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Police seek help in locating missing Manhattan Beach woman

Police seek help in locating missing Manhattan Beach woman

Police are seeking help in finding a Manhattan Beach woman who has been missing since Saturday afternoon. Nancy Paulikas was last seen 3 p.m. Saturday at the Los Angeles Museum of Art and History, according to the Manhattan Beach Police Department. Paulikas, 55, has brown/gray hair, blue eyes, stands 5’7, and weighs approximately 140 pounds. Paulikas was […]

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Motors + Art + Music: How South Bay Customs became the coolest place in the coolest town in the South Bay

Motors + Art + Music: How South Bay Customs became the coolest place in the coolest town in the South Bay

by Mark McDermott Every night during the dog days of the summer of 2007, a gunmetal grey 1950 Chevrolet pickup truck roamed slowly through the streets of Smoky Hollow. A long, tall, razor thin dark-haired man sat behind the wheel, surveying the buildings in El Segundo’s rundown warehouse district.   Michael Schreiber was looking for […]

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Missing Redondo woman is found safe

Missing Redondo woman is found safe

Police, family, and friends are searching for Aja Taormina, a 29-year-old Redondo Beach resident, who was last seen at work on September 26. Taormina is a family law lawyer for the Law Offices of William P. Glavin in Redondo Beach. After she’d not shown up for work for three consecutive days and had not responded to email or phone […]

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Artist Paul Roustan creates a South Bay take on Pink Floyd album cover body painting

Artist Paul Roustan creates a South Bay take on Pink Floyd album cover body painting

by Mark McDermott Artist Paul Roustan has recreated the famous Pink Floyd album cover body painting, but with a South Bay twist. All six of his models, and the art he drew on them over the course of five hours on a recent afternoon, are native to the South Bay. Roustan, an artist and photographer who […]

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Manhattan Beach native Matt Warshaw, the Oxford English Dictionary’s “Surf Consultant,” profiled in New Yorker

Manhattan Beach native Matt Warshaw, the Oxford English Dictionary’s “Surf Consultant,” profiled in New Yorker

by Mark McDermott  Matt Warshaw has been the go-to source for all matters relating to surfing’s history for every writer for the better part of two decades. The Class of 1978 Mira Costa grad and alumni Hall of Fame member has long been known locally for his comprehensive knowledge of surfing.  But now it’s official: […]

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Six new almumni inducted to Mira Costa Hall of Fame

Six new almumni inducted  to Mira Costa Hall of Fame

by Mark McDermott An actress, a diplomat, a high-powered sports entrepenuer, two athletes who became business leaders and a legendary surfer who became equally legendary as a captain of the surf industry comprise this year’s new inductees to the Mira Costa Hall of Fame. The six alumni will be honored  all day Friday, starting with […]

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Vivaha extraordinaire

   Neil and Sanam Chhabria begin a new life together by following four centuries of tradition with a three day celebration by Mark McDermott Sanam and Neil Chhabria were married August 20 in a traditional Hindu wedding, or Viva Neil and Sanam Chhabria begin a new life together by following four centuries of tradition with a […]

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Local scenes: Dan Janotta’s new paintings go on view at Java Man Saturday in Hermosa Beach

Local scenes: Dan Janotta’s new paintings  go on view at Java Man  Saturday in Hermosa Beach

  by Bondo Wyszpolski If you’re sipping coffee at Java Man this weekend there’s a good chance you’ll notice a change in the decor. Several new, large paintings by Dan Janotta are being installed this Saturday, but among the regular clientele they may have the ring of familiarity. That’s because Janotta has had his work […]

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South Bay Dining News: Korean powerhouse Kang Hodong Baekjeong comes to Torrance, Hey 19’s numerological specials, Chez Melange’s special dinner, and more…

by Richard Foss One More Down on 190th… Jimmy’s Sports Bar opened in a location that had devoured many restaurants, a high-profile spot with awkward entrances and exits. The food was good and they seemed to be doing well, but the sports bar and restaurant suddenly closed on July 26 after two and a half […]

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