Mark McDermott

Where education begins Grandview kindergarten teacher Dina Moll lays a joyful foundation

Where education begins  Grandview 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 Grandview 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 drawing of the letter “e.”   This was the 59th day of the […]

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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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Beach holidays – Manhattan Beach Pier Lighting

Beach holidays – Manhattan Beach Pier Lighting

Happy Holidays

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City design workshop to explore ways to better connect community

City design workshop to explore  ways to better connect community

  by Mark McDermott A workshop Monday night featuring two of the most prominent city designers in the United States will explore how the three Beach Cities could be better built to foster a more vital sense of community. Dan Burden, the Blue Zones Director of Inspiration and Innovation, was named by Time magazine as […]

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Manhattan Beach About Town: MBFD cancels spaghetti dinner, benefit for Sandy Casey

Manhattan Beach About Town: MBFD cancels spaghetti dinner, benefit for Sandy Casey

Cans for strings Bring two cans of food and get your guitar restrung for free at the Dietz Brothers Music open house on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event also features live music from noon to 4 and a Paul Reed Smith Guitars trunk show. All food donated will go to St. […]

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Manhattan Beach contemplates municipal broadband service

Manhattan Beach contemplates municipal broadband service

by Mark McDermott The City of Manhattan Beach is considering the creation of a Municipal Broadband Network that would provide residents and businesses with faster, lower cost internet service and better support “Smart City” initiatives such as synchronized street lights, community cameras, and parking meters that allow drivers to find parking spots through an internet […]

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Bearcoon comes to A Basq Kitchen for a special night of traditional food and song

Bearcoon comes to A Basq Kitchen for a special night of traditional food and song

by Mark McDermott “The Basques are noted for their love of singing. ‘On chant comme un Basque,’ You sing like a Basque, is a French expression for someone who sings loudly, well, and often.” Mark Kurlansky, “A Basque History of the World.” Among the scattered tribes of the Earth, few are quite so mysterious as […]

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Photos series explores every lifeguard tower along the Beach Cities  

Photos series explores  every lifeguard tower  along the Beach Cities  

    by Mark McDermott Every lifeguard tower in the South Bay has its own tribe. Many are multigenerational —  think of the volleyball crew at 16h Street in Hermosa or the legendary surfers of Hammerland. Photographer Jeff Poe recently shot all the towers. He will show his work as a “Lifeguard Towers of the […]

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Ninety-nine year old recalls bygone Manhattan Beach

Ninety-nine year old recalls  bygone Manhattan Beach

by Mark McDermott Anita Koontz Stichter vividly remembers the day in 1933 when the big earthquake hit. She was 15. Her family was living in a little house that her father had built, the first of several he’d build in fledgling Manhattan Beach. The home was on a dirt road rather hopefully named Walnut Avenue, […]

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Sheriff McDonnell visits Manhattan Beach Rotarians, addresses sanctuary city opposition

by Mark McDermott Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell became a target for immigration activists’ ire last March when he opposed Senate Bill 54, the so-called “sanctuary state” legislation prohibiting local and state police agencies from engaging in immigration enforcement. McDonnell was the featured speaker Monday morning at the Manhattan Beach Rotary Club’s weekly breakfast […]

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Free holiday parking is extended to a month in Manhattan Beach

by Mark McDermott City Council last week voted to extend free parking within the city from three weeks to four weeks this holiday season to help local retailers better attract business. Finance director Bruce Moe said each week meters are bagged costs the city $43,000. As a result, the cost of the annual tradition will […]

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Joan and Ron: a love story

Joan and Ron: a love story

Second of two parts. See part one here.  by Mark McDermott On the fifth to last day of her life, Joan Arias had begun to sink into silence. The doctors described a CT scan as showing cancers “everywhere” but her shortness of breath made chemotherapy inadvisable. She’d decided, at any rate, that enough was enough. […]

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Bicycle sharrows, routes to be added citywide in Manhattan Beach

Bicycle sharrows, routes to be added citywide in Manhattan Beach

by Mark McDermott The City Council Tuesday night unanimously approved the installation of signage and street markings throughout the city intended to make Manhattan Beach more bike-friendly. Bike route signs and shared lane markings, known as sharrows, will be added on several streets, including Marine, Pacific, Meadows, Redondo, and Ardmore avenues and Valley Drive. The […]

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