Richard Foss

The Chocolate Life: Jeffray Gardner and Marsatta Chocolates finally find a home

The Chocolate Life: Jeffray Gardner and Marsatta Chocolates finally find a home

Jeffray Gardner and Marsatta Chocolates finally find a home

by Richard Foss You probably wouldn’t think of running a small gourmet chocolate company as a subject for high drama, but the experience of Jeffray Gardner of Marsatta Chocolates suggests otherwise. In the past three years he has gone through some extraordinary experiences while moving his business from Redondo Beach to Torrance. The business was […]

 Special Contributor

Local Islamic community finds solace, hope in Torrance’s embrace

Local Islamic community finds solace, hope in Torrance’s embrace

by Saima Fariz Torrance has long offered its Islamic community a safe and welcoming space to express their faith within. In the face of the 2016 election results, Muslims in the city remain steadfast in demystifying their religion with positive messages of identity and inclusion. Using simply the word “hope” to describe her faith, 16-year […]

 Judy Rae

Spotlight on the Hill – And the GRAMMY Goes to…

Spotlight on the Hill – And the GRAMMY Goes to…

The Torrance Memorial Foundation hosted a dinner party at the GRAMMY Museum at LA Live

 Judy Rae

Beach charity – Halloween ball for Pediatric Therapy

Beach charity – Halloween ball for Pediatric Therapy

For the 21st year, the Depot’s Michael Shafer hosted the Pediatric Therapy Network’s Halloween Ball

 Ryan McDonald

‘Flaring’ at the Torrance Refinery under scrutiny

by Ryan McDonald Tall flares and billowing black smoke released from the Torrance Refinery earlier this month have prompted added concern from nearby residents and increased scrutiny of the refinery from regulators, which may lead to broader reforms for refineries all across Southern California. The South Coast Air Quality Management District, the local agency tasked […]

 Richard Foss

Dining with a view (of the clothing department)

Bazille, tucked away inside Nordstroms, is a hidden gem

The South Bay has had a fair number of restaurants themed around art, including eateries named after Picasso, Matisse, Boccaccio, and other painters ancient and modern. This is usually an excuse to decorate the place for the appropriate century, hang a few impressionists or old masters, and get to the more important business of ordering […]

 Kevin Cody

Mayor thanks arts community at Excellence in Arts Awards

Last Sunday, nine local artists who have made significant contributions to Torrance’s art community were honored at the 39th Annual Torrance Excellence in Arts Awards ceremony.

 Judy Rae

Spotlight on the hill – Kenny G performs at Honda Evening Under the Stars

Spotlight on the hill – Kenny G performs at  Honda Evening Under the Stars

Kenny G performs at Honda Evening Under the Stars Event Proceeds will benefit Torrance Memorial Pediatrics, Providence TrinityKids Care, a program of Providence TrinityCare, and Vistas for Children. Saxophonist and Grammy Award-winning star Kenny G performed for guests at the  30th Annual “Honda Evening Under the Stars Children’s Healthcare Gourmet Food and Wine Tasting Festival.” […]

 Judy Rae

Beach charity – Switzer Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Beach charity – Switzer Celebrates 50th Anniversary

For half a century, Switzer Learning Center has offered schooling for approximately 100 students

 Richard Foss

“From Cows to Concrete”: A history of farming in the South Bay

Judith Gerber documents Torrance’s farming history and revives its future

  by Richard Foss   When I met Judith Gerber at the café at Nordstrom’s, she glanced at the stylish fashions with curiosity. “This isn’t the kind of place I usually shop,” she confessed. “I’m a farm girl.” That might seem like an odd statement from a Torrance native, but as Judith documented in the […]

 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 […]

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