Mark McDermott

Beach Sports – The quest of Glitter Diesel

Beach Sports – The quest of Glitter Diesel

Katie Griffith’s goal is to become the first female professional baseball pitcher

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Measure EE New Mira Costa gym design unveiled

Measure EE  New Mira Costa gym design unveiled

by Mark McDermott The Manhattan Beach Board of Education last month received a look at early designs for the new Mira Costa athletic facility, a proposed 70,500 sq. ft. building that will replace the aging Fisher Gym and provide the campus and the community with a new focal point. The $39 million building, funded through […]

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Rom com dram ‘The Big Sick’ is timely commentary on modern love [MOVIE REVIEW]

Rom com dram ‘The Big Sick’ is timely commentary on modern love [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Kailee Andrews/www.cinemacy.com   There’s a scene in The Big Sick, when the lead character, Kumail, gets in an argument with his Pakistani Muslim immigrant family, at a diner. As things get heated he takes a moment to swivel his head around, repeatedly shouting to other customers, “It’s okay, we hate terrorists! We hate terrorists!” So yeah, The […]

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Kids become builders, engineers in MakerSpace program in Manhattan Beach

Kids become builders, engineers in MakerSpace program in Manhattan Beach

by Mark McDermott The project site was crowded and a bit noisy, with frequent shrieks filling the air coming from a crew of about twenty rough and tumble workers who showed up early on a Friday morning brimming with energy for the task at hand. They had come to build. Some had circled this day […]

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Bomb scare at Manhattan Village mall, nearby residences, is called off; source was ‘suspicious luggage’ left at Chili’s

Bomb scare at Manhattan Village mall, nearby residences, is called off; source was ‘suspicious luggage’ left at Chili’s

by Mark McDermott The alert at the Manhattan Village mall and nearby residential community issued by Manhattan Beach Police Department Friday afternoon advising evacuation has been called off. The source of the alert, issued via the Nixle messaging system by MBPD, was suspicious luggage left behind at Chili’s Grill and Bar in the mall complex. According to […]

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Manhattan Beach police request residential evacuation of parts of Manhattan Village

Manhattan Beach police request residential evacuation of parts of Manhattan Village

From the MBPD Nixle alert system:  “The Manhattan Beach Police Department is requesting the residents of 20-62 Village Circle and 7-26 Westport in the Manhattan Village to evacuate their residences due to police activity.  We are requesting the residents to go to the Manhattan Village Community Center or a friend’s house but to avoid the […]

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Woman sexually assaulted on Ardmore; police find surveillance film of suspect

Sexual assault A woman was sexually assaulted late Saturday night on Ardmore Avenue, according to Manhattan Beach Police Department reports. The woman reported that she was walking to her car on the 800 block of Ardmore at about midnight when a man approached her from behind, knocked her to the ground, and assaulted her. The […]

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City of Manhattan Beach, activists prepare legal fight against Vista Del Mar lane closures

City of Manhattan Beach, activists prepare legal fight against Vista Del Mar lane closures

  by Mark McDermott The City of Manhattan Beach is exploring its legal options to force the reopening of lanes shut down by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation on Vista Del Mar, a key commuter route north for many South Bay residents that was put on a “road diet” nearly a month ago as […]

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Residents fight Vista Del Mar lane closures

Residents fight Vista Del Mar lane closures

by Mark McDermott On the Tuesday after Memorial Day weekend, Pat Mendelson arrived home from work later than usual. His wife, Karla, knew immediately something was wrong by the mournful look on his face. “What happened?” she asked. “Who died?” “They closed lanes on Vista Del Mar,” he replied. Mendelson has commuted for 20 years […]

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Manhattan Beach Education Foundation hosts annual fundraiser

Manhattan Beach Education Foundation hosts annual  fundraiser

by Mark McDermott Saturday night will be a night of celebration at the annual Wine Auction at the Manhattan Beach Country Club. Hundreds of supporters of local schools will gather at the event, which features more than 40 local restaurants, 70 vintners, breweries, and distilleries, and over 300 volunteers all working together to provide, in […]

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Lane closures cause South Bay commuter gridlock on Vista Del Mar, Culver Boulevard

Lane closures cause South Bay commuter gridlock on Vista Del Mar, Culver Boulevard

by Mark McDermott Manhattan Beach resident Dave Davis has been commuting for 15 months to his job with 20th Century Fox in Century City. Unlike many more reluctant commuters, Davis has enjoyed his daily drive, in part because a good chunk of it has an ocean view along Vista Del Mar. “I’ve had a lovely commute,” […]

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Tony’s Secret War : The Redondo pier’s godfather and his unheralded heroics in WWII

Tony’s Secret War : The Redondo pier’s godfather and his unheralded heroics in WWII

[this article was originally published on January 19, 2011] by Mark McDermott The letter was handwritten in a carefully printed script in the dark of night. Like so many members of his generation, Tony Trutanich was a devoted correspondent to his loved ones. But in a letter  written to his newlywed wife, Doris, from a […]

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Manhattan Beach Country Club sold for $73 million

Manhattan Beach Country Club sold for $73 million

  by Mark McDermott The Manhattan Beach Country Club has been sold to Bay Club for $73 million in a deal that will also net the City of Manhattan Beach $730,000. The Bay Club Company, a luxury health club operator, originating in San Francisco, has been expanding regionally. It will take over operations of the […]

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SoCalGas line project disrupts North Manhattan Beach

SoCalGas line project disrupts North Manhattan Beach

The El Segundo Gas Loop project is in its final stages

  by Mark McDermott Jeremy Gonzalez lives right off Highland Avenue in North Manhattan Beach and works the graveyard shift just down the street at the Scattergood power plant in El Segundo. In February, he saw crews from the Southern California Gas Company begin work a few blocks away from his home, digging trenches, creeping […]

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Mirror twins who beat cancer together cycle Tour de Pier

Mirror twins who  beat cancer together  cycle Tour de Pier

Annual cancer fundraiser is expected to draw 1500 riders and raise $1 million

  by Mark McDermott Claudia Levin and her identical twin sister Colleen came into the world 15 seconds apart. The so-called mirror twins —  Claudia is left-handed and outgoing, Colleen right-handed and more reserved — have followed each other closely ever since. This closeness took a tough turn last year. In early January, Colleen received […]

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