Ryan McDonald

The Passion of Delfina: Local musician brings her socially conscious songs to the stage at the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair this weekend

The Passion of Delfina: Local musician brings her socially conscious songs to the stage at the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair this weekend

by Ryan McDonald The word “aspiration” is commonly taken today to refer to a goal or ambition, strongly desired. Its root, though, is in phonetics. An “aspiration” is the burst of breath that accompanies certain sounds of speech. Hold your hand in front of your mouth, say the word “put,” and you will feel it […]

 Mark McDermott

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 […]

 Ryan McDonald

Night of Noir at Manhattan Beach Public Library

“The Maltese Falcon” was the latest selection of the Big Read event, a county-wide program that selects books for people to read and discuss at library events. Last Wednesday’s event served as the kickoff of the series, and dozens of people to talk noir and listen to swing music from the Hollywood Rhythm Kings. The […]

 Ryan McDonald

Manhattan Beach skatepark set to open by year’s end

by Ryan McDonald Overcoming concerns about going over budget, the Manhattan Beach City Council approved a contract for the construction of a “skate spot” in an East Manhattan park at its Tuesday night meeting. Construction on the Marine Avenue Park skate spot will begin October 10 and is set to be completed by December 16. […]

 Randy Angel

Aviation pioneer celebrates her 95th birthday in Manhattan Beach

Aviation pioneer celebrates her 95th birthday in Manhattan Beach

By Randy Angel Written on Edna Davis’ birthday cake were the words 95 Years Young which was fitting because, although her body has slowed, her mind is a youthful as ever. Davis celebrated her 95th birthday at her Manhattan Beach home Sunday with dozens of friends and family. A popular topic of discussion among her […]

 Ryan McDonald

Residents hope that plan will keep downtown Manhattan Beach charming

by Ryan McDonald This is the third in a series of articles exploring stakeholder opinions on the forthcoming Downtown Specific Plan Carol Perrin arrived in Manhattan Beach in 2009 after leaving Bel-Air, one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Southern California. But despite Bel-Air’s vaunted reputation, for Perrin there is no question that her quality […]

 Kevin Cody

Marine Street Cafe in Manhattan Beach to become Brittany bistro

Marine Street Cafe in Manhattan Beach to become Brittany bistro

Marine Street Cafe, at Marine Street and Highland, closed last week after owner Skylar Tourigny and landlords Michael Leigh and Michael Quagletti were unable to agree on a lease extension. The neighborhood restaurant is to be replaced by a French restaurant, owned by an award winning chef from the Brittany area in France. Marine Street is the second, mid-priced Manhattan Beach restaurant in the the past month to be replaced by a more upscale restaurant.

 Ryan McDonald

Manhattan Beach council grills gas company over upcoming pipeline project

by Ryan McDonald Upcoming maintenance of natural gas lines in North Manhattan will require weeks of construction and may cause significant delays on major traffic arteries in the area, according to utility officials at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. The maintenance will consist of two projects: replacing existing pipeline, and installation of a second line. […]

 Ryan McDonald

Two school bonds headed for Manhattan Beach voters

by Ryan McDonald Two school bond measures, one primarily to improve elementary school facilities and another to upgrade the aging high school gym, will confront Manhattan Beach voters at the polls this November. Measure C would dedicate $114 million to campus safety, fencing and seismic upgrades, while Measure EE would appropriate $39 million to revitalize […]

 Ryan McDonald

About Town in Manhattan Beach

A Time for Noir It’s the stuff dreams are made of: The Manhattan Beach Library will host the kick-off party for the Los Angeles County library system’s “Big Read” event this Wednesday evening. The Big Read is a county-wide program that overlaps the school year and selects books for people all over Southern California to […]

 Kevin Cody

Popular Manhattan Beach sports bar Sharks Cove to become upscale Mex restaurant

Popular Manhattan Beach sports bar Sharks Cove to become upscale Mex restaurant

by Kevin Cody Scotty McColgan, whose family’s Hermosa Beach bars and restaurants have included Point 705, Mickey McColgan’s, Club Sushi and Sharks Cove, is selling his Manhattan Beach Sharks Cove to another local, family owned restaurant group. The downtown sports bar’s new owner will be the Newman family, whose restaurants and bars include two Baja […]

 Ryan McDonald

Manhattan Beach woman guides board members of nonprofits

by Ryan McDonald For many South Bay residents, joining the board of a nonprofit is natural step. The area’s high real estate prices attract people with corporate experience and strong sense of leadership. When combined with a philanthropic outlook, their achievements give them an inside track to a board position. But what do they do […]

 Ryan McDonald

Manhattan Beach City Council mulls updated construction regulations

by Ryan McDonald An attempt to make minor updates to the city’s regulations governing construction generated controversy at Tuesday night’s Manhattan Beach City Council meeting over concerns that the city was poised to enact rules that would stifle development in one of the nation’s most lucrative real estate markets. The controversy abated as it became […]

 David Mendez

Vista Sotheby to acquire Shorewood Realtors

Vista Sotheby to acquire Shorewood Realtors

by David Mendez Shorewood Realtors, which has been in the midst of Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings since mid-June, has struck an agreement to be acquired by Vista Sotheby’s International Realty. The asset purchase agreement was reached last Friday, August 5, according to Vista Sotheby’s CEO Rick Edler. In the agreement, Shorewood’s listings and pending transactions have […]

 Judy Rae

Mustang Abroad – Mira Costa student voyages into the wild north

Mustang Abroad Mira Costa student voyages into the wild north by Parnia Mazhar Every person has at least one life-changing experience that brings some form of clarity about the world he or she lives in. Seventeen-year-old Aaron Kissel has already experienced his. For 17 days, Kissel hiked through Waddington Range,  a treacherous stretch of mountainous […]

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