Ryan McDonald

Refining the refinery: Last year’s ExxonMobil explosion could lead to big changes at Torrance plant

by Ryan McDonald Eighteen months after an explosion hit the oil refinery in Torrance, shockwaves are still being felt. The blast energized Torrance residents, prompting families to organize into dedicated advocacy groups. Now, with regulators and politicians paying increasingly close attention, critical changes to the refining process at the facility —  ExxonMobil at the time […]

 Judy Rae

Beach Charity – Ambassadors Hear Cancer Survivor’s Story of Resilience and Gratitude

Beach Charity – Ambassadors Hear Cancer Survivor’s Story of Resilience and Gratitude

Beach charity Ambassadors Hear Cancer Survivor’s Story of Resilience and Gratitude Members of the Ambassador Program, an annual support group of Torrance Memorial, came together at Shade Hotel Manhattan Beach to learn how their donations were supporting the medical center’s lifesaving work. Oncology is one of four services supported through the Ambassadors. Dr. Hugo Hool […]

 Randy Angel

Torrance teens claim Babe Ruth World Series championship

Torrance teens claim Babe Ruth World Series championship

By Randy Angel Watching his players warm up for championship game of the Babe Ruth 13-15 year-old World Series, Torrance head coach Rob Ybarra remembered his own moment in the spotlight a decade earlier. Ybarra was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2006 World Series held in Clifton Park, N. Y. but this time he […]

 Judy Rae

Spotlight on the Hill – Freighthouse Art and Furnishings

Spotlight on the Hill – Freighthouse Art and Furnishings

Sara Balough’s new designer showcase store Freighthouse in old Torrance joined the 2nd annual Torrance Artwalk

 Mark McDermott

A welcoming Crescendo: The Salvation Army’s $6 million new music center opens the world of music to kids

A welcoming Crescendo: The Salvation Army’s $6 million new music center opens the world of music to kids

by Mark McDermott When a flugelhorn player and a trombonist cross paths, wondrous things sometimes happen. When the Salvation Army is thrown in the mix, something akin to a miracle may unfold. Garry Lawerence and Kevin Larrson are two Englishmen horn players abroad. A few years ago, Larrson, the Southern California division music director for […]

 Judy Rae

Beach charity – Torrance Memorial Golf Tournament

Beach charity – Torrance Memorial Golf Tournament

The 30th annual Torrance Memorial Golf Tournament

 Ryan McDonald

South Bay mediation clinic takes tiffs out of the courts to save time, money

by Ryan McDonald Imagine you have a tree on your property. Its roots are on your lot, but a limb extends onto your neighbor’s, and periodically drops pine cones onto his car. The tree has sentimental value for you, while your neighbor says it has to go. It’s the kind of sticky situation that could […]

 David Mendez

Sharpening the Blades: Brian Ortega’s road to UFC 199

Sharpening the Blades: Brian Ortega’s road to UFC 199

  by David Mendez Later on, 25-year-old Brian Ortega will look back at his first week of training camp as just another night of sharpening his blades. But three minutes into his fifth and final round of sparring, in his first week of a grueling training camp, the rising mixed martial-arts star is looking worn […]

 Judy Rae

Beach Charity – Richstone Family Center’s 21st Annual An Affair of the Heart

Beach Charity – Richstone Family Center’s 21st Annual An Affair of the Heart

John Getzelman and his family and Wells Fargo Capital Finance were honored at the Richstone Family Center’s 21st Annual An Affair of the Heart

 Judy Rae

Providence Little Company of Mary dedication of the Rosalind F. and Michael N. Halikis Reception Room

Providence Little Company of Mary dedication of the Rosalind F. and Michael N. Halikis Reception Room

Providence Little Company of Mary The Providence Little Company of Mary Foundation honored Rosalind F. Halikis on Feb. 9th with the dedication of the Rosalind F. and Michael N. Halikis Reception Room in the Women & Children’s Health Unit at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance.  Rosalind’s one million dollar anchor gift catalyzed […]

 Judy Rae

Beach Charity – Pediatric Therapy Network Mardi Gras

Beach Charity – Pediatric Therapy Network Mardi Gras

Pediatric Therapy Network celebrated its 5th annual Mardi Gras evening at the Miyako Hotel in Torrance.

 Bondo Wyszpolski

Whimsy and Wonder

Whimsy and Wonder

A mid-career survey of ceramic work by Keiko Fukazawa opens tonight at El Camino College Keiko Fukazawa must be having loads of fun. Her whimsical ceramic creations often make us smile but at the same time they are elegant and thought-provoking. Christopher Knight of the L.A. Times recently devoted lots of ink to her exhibition […]

 Bondo Wyszpolski

Sound and Vision

Sound and Vision

Georgette Gantner brings live music to a local picture gallery Last month the Torrance Art Museum tried something a little different. In the main gallery, surrounded by four walls of art, a small jazz combo performed. It was a soft opening, you might say, and the turnout was modest, but the event heralded a new, […]

 Kevin Cody

El Camino College President Tom Fallo’s “boundless spirit” transformed campus

El Camino College president Tom Fallo helped transform 50-year-old campus physically and academically during his 20-year tenure, according to college trustee Bill Beverly.

 Judy Rae

Beach Charity PTN Halloween ball celebrates 20th Anniversary at The Depot

Beach Charity PTN Halloween ball celebrates  20th Anniversary at The Depot

The 20th Annual Halloween Ball benefiting the Children of Pediatric Therapy Network

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