Mark McDermott

Best Kids Boutique 2016: Bella Beach Kids

Best Kids Boutique 2016: Bella Beach Kids

Owned by lifelong Manhattan Beach resident Kris Mackerer D’Errico, Bella Beach Kids is a beloved staple for youth shopping here in the South Bay. D’Errico’s customers include her seventh grade Home Economics teacher, and the “little girls” she coached in soccer who are now new moms. “We have such a history in this town,” she […]

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The Third (Occasionally) Annual Froth Awards celebrates the South Bay’s burgeoning brewing community

  by Mark McDermott The South Bay brewing industry was launched somewhat inauspiciously in 2009 with two men, a minivan, and a frothy dream. Rich Marcello and Joel Elliott were surfers, best friends, and decidedly non-corporate; they wanted to do something they believed in, and something that connected people. They believed in good beer and […]

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A Night in Tunisia: Three chefs, two loves, one dinner, and life as a very moveable feast

by Mark McDermott Deep in the ancient Mediterranean port city of Tunis, Tunisia, in a tiny kitchen bustling with knives chopping, sisters arguing, and children scampering underfoot, amid the waft of vegetables stewing and meats roasting, a small, vivacious woman named Zina Marouani worked a sort of magic. Earlier that day she’d been to the […]

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The People of Knob Hill vs. Southern California Edison: Simona Wilson and her neighborhood fight against SCE over stray voltage exposure

A jury awarded Simona Wilson $4 million after she was exposed to stray voltage from SCE’s Topaz Substation in Redondo Beach. An appellate court issued a rare reversal. A new trial is currently underway by Mark McDermott and Ryan McDonald Three years ago, Simona Wilson took on a giant and won. Wilson was a 34-year-old single […]

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The Wood Brothers play the El Rey

by Whitney Youngs There’s something to be said about starting a band with your own sibling. You share a bond that transcends music and creativity. You are adjoined by blood and a history dating back to birth and childhood. Chris and Oliver Wood are two such siblings. And the Wood Brothers is one such band. […]

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Surfing Santa rewards local surfers with warm, fun waves

Surfing Santa rewards local surfers with warm, fun waves

Santa Claus was so pleased with how well behaved local surfers have been this past year that he made an early present of warm water and fun waves. To make sure the gifts measured up to his standards, he tested the waves during a couple of secret sessions at the Hermosa pier and El Porto […]

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Surfing Santa spotted in El Porto [PHOTOS]

Surfing Santa spotted in El Porto [PHOTOS]

  Surfing Santa was spotted in El Porto this year, as well, and the great surf photographer Kiyo Okada captured the jolly dude at his Old School finest.

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Kelly Slater introduces “the perfect wave” machine

A few years ago, Body Glove’s Robbie Meistrell made a proposal for a revamped Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach — one that would be equipped with new technology to produce a wave that new surfers could learn on and advanced surfers could practice with. The proposal didn’t move forward in Redondo Beach, but today the […]

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El Segundo earns “Most Business Friendly” award

El Segundo earns “Most Business Friendly” award

by Mark McDermott For the second time in less than a decade, El Segundo has been named the “Most Business Friendly City” among the 88 cities of Los Angeles County. The award, presented by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, recognized the city’s “tradition of excellence….taking a hands-on and active approach when partnering with […]

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Laughter and tango: Wilfred Sarr and his dancers

Laughter and tango: Wilfred Sarr and his dancers

by Mark McDermott Eight decades in, Wilfred Sarr has learned a new dance. The painter some regard as the South Bay’s Van Gogh (if Vincent had a sense of humor, danced, and lived through the 1960s) comes from a decidedly non-dancing people, religious Midwestern farm folk who took life altogether too seriously to let loose […]

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El Segundo’s Marie Fellhauer’s long journey to motherhood

El Segundo’s Marie Fellhauer’s long journey to motherhood

by Mark McDermott  Those who know Marie Fellhauer know her to be many things. She’s an El Segundo native who grew up to become an LAPD cop and then a councilwoman in her hometown. She’s tough and sweet and articulate and deeply devoted to her community. But those who really know Fellhauer also know that […]

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Manhattan Beach honors its military veterans [PHOTOS]

Manhattan Beach honors its military veterans [PHOTOS]

More than 200 people attended Manhattan Beach’s 18th Annual Veterans Day Multi-Generational Event late Wednesday morning. The event was hosted by Mayor Mark Burton and featured keynote speaker General Robert Ord, U.S. Army, and a Veteran’s Day address by the commander of the local US National Guard CDR 578th Brigade Engineer Battalion, LTC Gilbert Rolden. […]

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“Manhattan Beach from Above” video earns global recognition

“Manhattan Beach from Above” video earns global recognition

Manhattan Beach’s Scott McFarlane’s beautiful footage of Manhattan Beach from above garnered global attention this week as Gizmodo Español included his video on “10 FLIGHTS OVER THE PLANET VIA DRONE THAT WILL LEAVE YOU BREATHLESS,” following a featured stint on National Geographic Nederland. Writes McFarlane: Over the past few months, I have been busy capturing […]

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American Martyrs parish in Manhattan Beach gathers for 45th Fair

American Martyrs parish in Manhattan Beach gathers for 45th Fair

by Mark McDermott  Monsignor John Barry has a losing streak that is so uncommonly unlucky, it’s almost lucky. Barry, the legendarily dulcet-toned, charming and charmed Irish priest, has presided over his parish for 33 years. He’s never won the drawing. “Never one thing,” Barry said, not without a note of pride. “Not a nickel.” In […]

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Supervisor Don Knabe endorses Steve Napolitano to replace him

Supervisor Don Knabe endorses Steve Napolitano to replace him

by Mark McDermott Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe has endorsed his senior deputy, Manhattan Beach resident and former mayor Steve Napolitano, in the hotly contested race to replace the five-term, powerful and popular fourth district supervisor. In a statement issued Friday, Knabe suggested that Napolitano is the best candidate to continue his own legacy. […]