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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.)
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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
At 37, PVHS Principal Charles Park is steering one of the best public high schools in the state to greater success
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 […]
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 […]
As newlyweds, Cathi and Albro Lundy felt drawn to the Plant with Purpose vision; 30 years on, they remain committed members of its team.
In 1978, Andrea Sala graduated from Palos Verdes High School as senior class president. Today, as the longest-running director of the Palos Verdes Education Foundation, she’s raising millions of dollars to benefit the next generation of scholars.