Kevin Cody

Manhattan Beach celebrates holidays with 29th Annual Fireworks show

Manhattan Beach celebrates holidays with 29th Annual Fireworks show

Thousands of Manhattan Beach residents wandered from house parties to the Manhattan Pier Sunday evening for the 29th Annual Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks show.

 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 […]

 Mark McDermott

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 […]

 Mark McDermott

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 […]

 Mark McDermott

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

 Mark McDermott

Beach holidays – Manhattan Beach Pier Lighting

Beach holidays – Manhattan Beach Pier Lighting

Happy Holidays

 Kevin Cody

South Bay firefighters fight ’round the clock to stop Ventura, Santa Clarita fires

South Bay firefighters fight ’round the clock to stop Ventura, Santa Clarita fires

South Bay fire fighters fought for 33 unbroken hours to protect homes threatened by the Thomas Fire in Ventura County this week, Area G (South Bay) Strike Team coordinator and Manhattan Beach Battalion Chief Mike Boyd said Wednesday morning.

 Tony Cordi

Veggie Grill owner linked into fellow Beach City residents

Veggie Grill owner linked into  fellow Beach City residents

by Tony Cordi The Beach Cities have become a hotbed for business creativity and execution, especially in the food industry. Over the past few years, we have seen an increasing number of new and exciting concepts begin here before expanding to multiple locations in other states. However, very few of these concepts truly break new […]

 Mark McDermott

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 […]

 Mark McDermott

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. […]

 Mark McDermott

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 […]

 Mark McDermott

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 […]

 Brad Jacobson

Steve and Brad Visit Michael Zislis at Rock N Fish

Steve and Brad Visit Michael Zislis at Rock N Fish

Old timers in Manhattan Beach shed tears when Hibachi went away but in it’s place rose Rock N Fish which is becoming it’s own icon. Steve Napolitano sits down with Rock N Fish owner Michael Zislis to learn what makes Rock N Fish so special.  This video was produced by Civic Couch.

 Brad Jacobson

A Local Icon, The Kettle Restaurant in Manhattan Beach (Video)

A Local Icon, The Kettle Restaurant in Manhattan Beach (Video)

The Kettle restaurant in Manhattan Beach, a local icon.

Civic Couch brings you another icon institution in the South Bay, The Kettle Restaurant in Manhattan Beach. The Kettle Restaurant has been serving their homestyle dishes in Manhattan Beach since 1973! This video was produced by Civic Couch for Talk About LA. 

 Mark McDermott

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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