Mark McDermott

Free bike repair stations in the works

by Mark McDermott The Leadership Manhattan Beach Class of 2018 won approval at Tuesday night’s City Council to install three free bike repair stations in different areas of town. The four-and-a-half foot standalone public use “fix it” stations will include tools and an air pump to cover most basic repair needs. The location of each […]

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The boy and the pier: How Michael Greenberg transformed the loss of his son into a gift for the place that made him

First of two parts by Mark McDermott Michael Greenberg was in England on business when the call came that every parent fears most. It was April 7, 2015. His oldest son, 19-year-old Harrison Greenberg, was on the other side of the world. Harrison, heir to the family business, Skechers, was 90 days into a four […]

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Changing of the guard : Derrick Abell becomes the first African American police chief in local history

Changing of the guard : Derrick Abell becomes the first African American police chief in local history

by Mark McDermott Late in the summer of 1982, Ron Gueringer, an assistant football coach and defensive coordinator for Inglewood High School, noticed during the team’s first practices that one of his best players was wearing a pair of cleats held together by athletic tape. Derrick Abell was a defensive back and sometime wide receiver […]

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Manhattan Beach About Town

Budget workshop Join the conversation about the city’s financial future at a Community Budget Social on Tuesday, January 30 from 6-8 p.m. at the Joslyn Community Center. This social marks the beginning of Manhattan Beach’s two-year budget process; its intention is to obtain input from the public to identify new priorities or needs. At the […]

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Manhattan Beach city manager Mark Danaj officially let go

Manhattan Beach city manager Mark Danaj officially let go

by Mark McDermott Mark Danaj’s tenure as Manhattan Beach’s city manager officially ended Jan. 3 when the City Council unanimously voted to terminate his contract, three weeks after placing him on administrative leave. The decision was announced by Mayor Amy Howarth after a late night, closed session following last Wednesday’s council meeting. “After careful consideration, […]

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A changing of the guard MBPD Chief Eve Irvine is succeeded by Captain Derrick Abell

A changing of the guard  MBPD Chief Eve Irvine is succeeded by Captain Derrick Abell

    First of two parts by Mark McDermott Derrick Abell has an image in his mind, a long-ago encounter he has no memory of but is almost certainly happened. In the early 1980s, he was a student at Inglewood High School, a star football player headed for a Division 1 scholarship at Montana State […]

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City manager placed on leave, two other positions terminated in Manhattan Beach

by Mark McDermott In a unanimous closed session vote Thursday afternoon, the Manhattan Beach City Council placed City Manager Mark Danaj on paid administrative leave. City Attorney Quinn Barrow gave only a brief statement on the decision and no indication regarding its cause. “In that this is a personnel matter, the City Council will have […]

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Man rescued off 42nd St. dies afterward

Man rescued off 42nd St. dies afterward

by Mark McDermott L.A. County Lifeguards rescued a man who’d apparently lost his surfboard and got caught in a riptide last Wednesday in North Manhattan Beach. But the man subsequently lost consciousness, despite CPR efforts by lifeguards and paramedics. The rescue occurred off 42nd Street. Lifeguards had deployed a guard in the 42nd St. tower […]

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Where education begins

Where education begins

Grand View kindergarten teacher Dina Moll lays a joyful foundation   by Mark McDermott Early last Thursday afternoon, a chorus of “ehs” were echoing in Room 12 at Grand View Elementary School. Twenty-five kindergartners sat in a semi-circle around teacher Dina Moll, who was making a game out of a lesson regarding the pronunciation and […]

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Manhattan Beach About Town

Manhattan Beach About Town

  Irvine farewell The City Council on Tuesday night honored Chief of Police Eve Irvine, who after six years at the helm of the Manhattan Beach Police Department will depart at the end of the year. She will be sworn in as chief of police for the Torrance Police Department Jan. 9. Irvine was the […]

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City manager placed on leave, two other positions terminated in Manhattan Beach

City manager placed on leave, two other positions terminated in Manhattan Beach

  by Mark McDermott In a unanimous closed session vote Thursday afternoon, the Manhattan Beach City Council placed City Manager Mark Danaj on paid administrative leave. City Attorney Quinn Barrow gave only brief statement on the decision and no indication regarding its cause. “In that this is a personnel matter, the City Council will have […]

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In the lab, above the world: Meadows Elementary’s Joanne Michael brings the varied wonders of science to her students

In the lab, above the world: Meadows Elementary’s Joanne Michael brings the varied wonders of science to her students

  by Mark McDermott The young geneticists had decisions to make. Six legs, or four? Curly legs, or straight? Green or brown? Maybe most importantly, would their insect have a tail? “Six legs!” exclaimed a mop-haired blonde boy wearing a Green Bay Packer jersey. “I want green legs!” said a little girl with a plaited […]

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Pier Roundhouse project breaks ground

Pier Roundhouse project breaks ground

by Mark McDermott The $4 million Roundhouse Beautification Project broke ground Monday with more than a symbolic gesture. “We are not just doing a ceremonial groundbreaking,” said Mayor Amy Howarth to a crowd of about 100 at the end of the pier. “We are starting work today.” The project, which will transform the Roundhouse Aquarium […]

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Manhattan Beach About Town

Winter concert The Mira Costa High School bands will host their annual Winter Concert Friday night beginning at 7 p.m. at the MCHS auditorium. Under the direction of Joel Carlson, performances will include the  Symphonic Band, the Wind Ensemble, the Wind Symphony, and the Jazz Band. The concert will also be live-streamed at the “Mira […]

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Where education begins: Grand View’s Dina Moll lays a joyful foundation

Where education begins: Grand View’s Dina Moll lays a joyful foundation

Grand View kindergarten teacher Dina Moll lays a joyful foundation

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