Mark McDermott

Still life with Chef Guidone: Mangiamo’s longtime owner turns his attention to painting

Still life with Chef Guidone: Mangiamo’s longtime owner turns his attention to painting

    by Mark McDermott Ron Guidone has always been practical about art. Guidone owned, operated, and cooked at two downtown Manhattan Beach restaurants for four decades —  Talia’s, which closed four years ago, for 36 years, and Mangiamo, which he recently turned over to his wife, Lisa, for 34 years. While other high concept […]

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Manhattan Beach about town

Manhattan Beach about town

Older Adults open house The Manhattan Beach Older Adults program is hosting its first Open House on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Joslyns Community Center (1601 N. Valley Dr.). The event will feature interactive workshops and information about programs, including arts, drama, technology classes, trips, fitness activities, and games. Light refreshments […]

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Ron and Joan: A love story

Ron and Joan: A love story

A writer, a reader, and a life shared   by Mark McDermott Early in 1966, at the graduate library in the English Department at UCLA, Ron Arias found himself being dismantled, with playful ease, by a woman he’d just met. Arias was only 25 but already worldly and a little bit brash. He’d grown up […]

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Manhattan Beach school board forms parcel tax subcommittee

  by Mark McDermott The Manhattan Beach Unified School District Board of Education last week formed a subcommittee to explore the possibility of putting a parcel tax on the ballot in either June or November of next year. Under state filing deadlines for elections, the district has until January to decide on a June ballot […]

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Manhattan Beach School district will consider parcel tax

by Mark McDermott   The Manhattan Beach Unified School District is considering a parcel tax to address a slew of oncoming financial challenges. Farnaz Flechner, the executive director of the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation, gave a presentation at the school board last week in which she outlined the predicament MBUSD finds itself in. Despite the […]

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The return of Vicente Amigo

The return of Vicente Amigo

One of the world’s great living guitarists plays Redondo Beach by Mark McDermott Music has coursed through Vicente Amigo since he was a child. At age 3, he saw Paco De Lucia, the greatest flamenco guitarist of this age, playing on television. Something about the sound never again escaped him. As a boy growing up […]

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MBPD Explorer program looking for a few good kids

MBPD Explorer program looking  for a few good kids

by Mark McDermott Manhattan Beach Police Department Sgt. Tim Zins remembers what it was like to be 16. The Manhattan Beach native had no real idea what he wanted to do with his life. “I was kind of in that lost land,” Zins recalled. “Okay, do I want to go to college? Go to El […]

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Miller sentenced to nine months in jail after Judge rejects plea for probation

by Mark McDermott Manhattan Beach resident Jim Miller was sentenced to nine months jail time Monday morning in United States District Court. Miller, 68, a former attorney for the Securities Exchange Commission and later for Body Glove International, was convicted in June on five counts of wire fraud and four counts of filing false tax […]

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MB Local Produce Market Hit Hard by SCE Power Outage

MB Local Produce Market Hit Hard by SCE Power Outage

A Labor Day weekend nightmare

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Manhattan Beach, MBUSD on a mission to help a small town in Texas

Manhattan Beach, MBUSD on a mission  to help a small town in Texas

by Mark McDermott Ben Dale left Cleveland, Texas in 1985 with a truckload of memories. He played football on both sides of the ball, as tight end and defensive end, under the Friday night lights of rural Texas for the Cleveland High School Indians. He worked in a BBQ joint, The Shack, owned by his […]

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Seven new administrators head up 17-18 school year at MBUSD

Seven new administrators head up 17-18 school year at  MBUSD

by Mark McDermott There are a lot of new faces within the Manhattan Beach Unified School District as the school year commences. According to a staffing report given to the MBUSD Board of Education by Brian Lucas, assistant superintendent of human resources, 62 vacancies were filled between the end of the last school year and […]

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Manhattan Beach Police Beat

                                     Burglars busted A call from a vigilant neighbor led to the arrest of three men caught ransacking a parked, unlocked car on Pine Avenue last week, according to Manhattan Beach Police Department reports. On August 7 at about 2 a.m., police responded to what appeared to be a burglary in progress on Pine Avenue, […]

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MBUSD students’ AP scores confound expectations

by Mark McDermott   Mira Costa High School students are pulling off an unlikely academic feat, according to a report given to the Manhattan Beach Unified School District Board of Education last week. More students are taking Advanced Placement coursework, which usually means a lower percentage score well on AP testing. But since 2009, Mira […]

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MB/X, MBUSD unveil new West Field

MB/X, MBUSD unveil new West Field

by Mark McDermott The MB/X Foundation last week unveiled Mira Costa West Field, a new multi-sport, state-of-the-art turf field that will be ready for use by late September.   The $5 million project, which was jointly funded by the Manhattan Beach Unified School District, has been in the planning stages for seven years. Construction began […]

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Manhattan Beach Police Beat

Burglars busted A call from a vigilant neighbor led to the arrest of three men caught ransacking a parked, unlocked car on Pine Avenue last week, according to Manhattan Beach Police Department reports. On August 7 at about 2 a.m., police responded to what appeared to be a burglary in progress on Pine Avenue, near […]

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