Esther Kang

Changing the world, one business at a time

Changing the world, one business at a time

Palos Verdes native heads a philanthropic effort in East Africa Dianne Calvi began volunteering at a childcare center in San Pedro when she was 11 years old, as a member of the National Charity League. “I saw that there was such a difference between how I lived in Palos Verdes and the people who lived […]

 Alyssa Morin

GROWING TOGETHER – The Kellogg family garden business turns 90

GROWING TOGETHER – The Kellogg family garden business turns 90

This year, the Palos Verdes based Kellogg Garden Products company, a family-run fertilizer producer, turns 90 years old. And while the company is steeped in a rich history, it was also a trendsetter. “We were organic so much before it was cool–since 1925,” said Kathy Johnson, 51, director of sustainability for Kellogg and granddaughter of […]

 Bondo Wyszpolski

60 Shades of Burton Gray – post-abstract surrealist painter

You’ve taken your four-year-old son to church or to choir practice and you want him to sit still and somehow not be bored, so what do you do? Burton Gray’s mother handed him a pencil and a pad of paper. He was still too young to write his memoirs, but old enough to start drawing. […]

 Randy Angel

Lunada Bay Little League begins new tradition

Lunada Bay Little League begins new tradition

What tournament director Damian Capozzola envisions becoming a longstanding tradition, Lunada Bay Little League hosted the inaugural “Glory Days” adult softball tournament where players recalled the days of their youth while the next generation of diamond stars cheered on the “old-timers.” Held Jan. 24, the event served as a fundraiser through entry fees and donations […]

 Caroline Anderson

Trump gives land to RPV for preservation

Trump gives land to RPV for preservation

The Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes last month set aside almost 12 acres of land to be preserved as open space, free of development.

 Esther Kang

Ministry man: The force behind the revitalization of St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church

Ministry man: The force behind the revitalization of St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church

Dr. Rev. Sunny Kang was just 21 years old — a college junior in Wisconsin — when he accidentally founded his first church.

 Bondo Wyszpolski

Artist John Van Hamersveld’s endless summer

Artist John Van Hamersveld’s endless summer

Everyone has seen it, the movie poster for Bruce Brown’s “The Endless Summer.” John Van Hamersveld was barely into his 20s when he designed it on his kitchen table while living in Dana Point and working for John Severson at Surfer Magazine.

 Alyssa Morin

Finding his voice: Patrick Storey, a 26-year old autistic man, comes to life through song

The first time Jim Storey noticed his son Patrick’s vocal talent, they were in the car, listening to radio commercials. Patrick, now 26, is autistic, and has limited verbal skills. But even as a preteen, he could mimic voiceovers on stations like KROC so precisely even passing drivers would comment that they thought they were […]

 Randy Angel

Peninsula’s Yoshida named to CIF-SS Hall of Fame

Peninsula’s Yoshida named to CIF-SS Hall of Fame

During his 22 years coaching girls varsity basketball teams at Palos Verdes and Peninsula high schools, Yoshida claimed one national title (1992); two state titles (1991 and 1992) and six CIF-SS championships (1988 and 1991 at PV and 1992, 1996, 1998 and 1999 at Peninsula) in nine finals appearances. He and his school have twice […]

 Alyssa Morin

South Bay arts and entertainment calendar october 24-29

Arts and entertainment listings (including beer, wine, art, theater, books, music and dance) for the South Bay this weekend and beyond.

 Bondo Wyszpolski

Blowing Out the Candles – Palos Verdes Estates comes of age

Blowing Out the Candles – Palos Verdes Estates comes of age

Throughout October, Palos Verdes Estates is celebrating its 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee, culminating with a big shindig on Saturday at the Palos Verdes Golf Club. Tickets are $125 and available at PVE’s City Hall or online at pvestates.org. Last Thursday, renowned jazz pianist and PV resident David Benoit performed with his trio at Farnham Martin […]

 Alyssa Morin

Don Austin: A morning with PV’s new super

Austin took the reigns as superintendent in August. He spends many mornings, like Thursday, visiting schools in his district. His previous positions in education had him working with mostly high school-age students, and Austin has been enjoying getting to know the little ones.

 Bondo Wyszpolski

Going All the Way?-“Full Monty” at the Norris Theatre

Going All the Way?-“Full Monty” at the Norris Theatre

The warning shot comes out of the blue. “If you think you know what ‘The Full Monty’ is about, you don’t,” says James W. Gruessing, Jr., the artistic director of Palos Verdes Performing Arts. Gruessing also happens to be directing this amusing but dramatic musical, which opens, let me check my daybook, tomorrow evening at […]

 Kelley Kim

Learning for a lifetime: Rolling Hills man started a senior learning institution

Burt Cutler had an indisputable voracity for knowledge. It fuelled his weekly, 54-mile round-trip “schleps” from Rolling Hills to UCLA, where he would battle for a parking spot so he could participate in the school’s PLATO Society, a community of retired seniors who meet in member-led discussion groups to further intellectual growth.

 Alyssa Morin

PVPUSD welcomes new school chief

As school returned to session on the hill last month, Dr. Don Austin took over as superintendent for the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District.

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