Peninsula People

 Richard Foss

Road Rallye navigator

Road Rallye navigator

If you appreciate classic cars, the sight of them on the road makes your pulse beat a little faster. This is the environment they were built for, withthe engines roaring or put-putting and showing their striking silhouettes among modern, cookie-cutter vehicles. Peninsula residents enjoy a hefty dose of that experience one Saturday a year, when […]

 Yvonne Liu

A model ending

A model ending

Shortly after retiring in 2000 as president of toy maker giant Mattel, where he spent 22 years, Ned Mansour became the caretaker of Mattel executive Joe McKay. Mansour’s friend  had been diagnosed with colon cancer.  For six months, Mansour drove McKay to medical appointments at UCLA and ran errands for him. McKay was divorced and […]

 Richard Foss

Jujuya brings culinary happiness to the Promenade

Jujuya brings culinary happiness to the Promenade

I have long been a fan of “They Have A Word For It,” a book about language that illustrates the ways in the ways that complicated ideas can be expressed in a single word. There are words in other cultures that mean, “the person in an office who always seems to be wandering around” and […]

 Paul Teetor

Tough love and good groundstrokes

Tough love and good groundstrokes

When Robert Lansdorp’s daughter Stephanie threw a surprise 75 th birthday party for her dad at the West End Racquet & Health Club last November 15, it quickly morphed into something much more than just a party. “It became a celebration of his life and the positive influence he’s had on so many people,” recalled […]

 Chelsea Schreiber

Tackling the Tasmanian devil-Jack Bark and two Aussies paddle across 190 miles of bad water, from from Australia to Tasmania

Tackling the Tasmanian devil-Jack Bark and two Aussies paddle across 190 miles of bad water, from from Australia to Tasmania

Jack Bark grew up in a household obsessed. His father Joe Bark, the legendary waterman and founder of Bark Paddleboards, taught him the beauty of the ocean at an early age. Now, 20-year-old Jack has become a legendary paddleboarder himself, conquering races across the globe while passing competitors atop his family’s boards. “I’ve been paddleboarding […]

 Esther Kang

Back to the Roots: Founder of Valmonte Children’s Garden digs deep to find community on the Hill

Back to the Roots: Founder of Valmonte Children’s Garden digs deep to find community on the Hill

It all started three years ago, when Heffernan-Schrader spotted a patch of dirt at the driveway of her daughter’s preschool, Valmonte Early Learning Academy.

 Eddie Solt

THIS SATURDAY! showing of “RIDING GIANTS” Cabrillo Marine Aquarium FREE!

THIS SATURDAY! showing of “RIDING GIANTS” Cabrillo Marine Aquarium FREE!

This spectacular film is a comprehensive look at the history of surfing, from its origins as a tiny subculture to its widespread resurgence – and surfers’ ongoing obsession with the sport. Stacy Peralta directs this critically lauded opener to the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.CMA is turning the film screenings into a surfing celebration! Wear Hawaiian shirts, check out vintage a vintage woody wagon and surfboards and enjoy good eats from the “Meat in the Middle” food truck. (Ten percent of food sales will be donated to FRIENDS of CMA.)

 Alyssa Morin

PENINSULA MUSIC – David Stanton keeps the PV Symphonic Band in perfect harmony

PENINSULA MUSIC – David Stanton keeps the PV Symphonic Band in perfect harmony

Three years ago David Stanton retired from his career as a school teacher and literacy specialist. He is now busier than ever. For starters, he was appointed musical director of the Palos Verdes Symphonic Band in May of 2011. As the director, he is in charge of rehearsing the 70-member ensemble, planning their musical programs […]

 Special Contributor

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 […]

 Kelley Kim

Christmas in the middle of May: Three Palos Verdes financial advisers donate bikes to underprivileged youth

Larry Prutch, Cengiz Volkan, and Alan Goldstein founded the Prutch, Volkan, Goldstein (PVG) Group Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of disadvantaged children in the South Bay community. Since its inception, the foundation has hosted and funded its annual PVG Foundation Bicycle Giving, an event that takes place in May at which 100 kids between the ages of 7 and 18 are gifted with a brand new bicycle.

 Esther Kang

Sugar Queen: Palos Verdes-native author tells a heartfelt story based in the contemporary South

Sugar Queen: Palos Verdes-native author tells a heartfelt story based in the contemporary South

Author Natalie Baszile, a Palos Verdes native, draws from personal experiences to tell a heartfelt story about a female sugarcane farmer based in the contemporary South

 Esther Kang

Leading with Youth: The young principal at the helm of Palos Verdes High School

Leading with Youth: The young principal at the helm of Palos Verdes High School

At 37, PVHS Principal Charles Park is steering one of the best public high schools in the state to greater success

 Chelsea Schreiber

Palos Verdes’ valentine sweetheart Myla Azar honored

Palos Verdes’ valentine sweetheart Myla Azar honored

Photo by Richardson-Daniel Photography   Myla Azar has never been able to sing or dance, but she loves to sit in the audience and watch other people use their talents to entertain a crowd. “I’ve always been very musical in my head, but I don’t have any abilities to sing or dance or perform,” said […]

 Chelsea Schreiber

Mother-daughter team make dancing dreams come true in Palos Verdes

Mother-daughter team make dancing dreams come true in Palos Verdes

Mother and daughter dancing team and studio owners Dyan Lopez-Fiamengo and Breeonna Fiamengo want to bring Hollywood to the Hill. “Our goal here as a dance studio is to train our dancers to be successful in the industry,” Dyan said, adding that they currently have previous students working in both Hollywood and on Broadway. “We […]

 Rachel Reeves

Palos Verdes couple Plants with Purpose

Palos Verdes couple Plants with Purpose

As newlyweds, Cathi and Albro Lundy felt drawn to the Plant with Purpose vision; 30 years on, they remain committed members of its team.