Around & About

Happenings Around the Peninsula

+ St. Peter’s by the Sea Reopens 

Sunday, November 7 marked a long-awaited reunion for the faith community of St. Peter’s by the Sea Presbyterian Church. The sanctuary, its exterior distinguished by PV stone and a copper clad roof, was filled inside with members and friends celebrating return to a renovated worship space. Esthetic improvements and extensive technology upgrades brought excitement and hopes for sharing the space with the broader community for concerts, weddings, memorials, and other events. Sunday’s celebration continued on the church campus after worship with heartfelt greetings to one another, bounce houses for the children, and cheeseburgers for all.  Above, St. Peter’s newly renovated sanctuary. Photo by Laura Hanley

+ Palos Verdes Teachers Picketing

On the morning of November 12, Montemalaga Elementary School teachers were out in droves picketing with signs saying, “We Love Your Kids” and other sentiments while they endeavored to convince the Superintendent of the Palos Verdes Peninsula School District, Dr. Alex Cherniss, the school board and others that their wages should match those of other outside districts. They have noted that the Palos Verdes School District inpart prides itself on its exemplary school system and to attract the finest teachers and to keep them on, they feel that their wages should, at a minimum, match those of other neighboring areas. Above are Nicole Lystne Mosich, Katie Armstrong and Jenna Moore. Photo by Stephanie Cartozian

+ Winter kickoff

Palos Verdes High goofy footer James Maxwell (above) and regular foot teammate Henry O’Keefe had the lefts and rights covered during the South Bay Scholastic Surfing Association Kick-Off at the Hermosa Beach pier on Thursday, Nov. 4. The Kick-Off is an opportunity for coaches to see how their surfers match up with those from other schools, according to contest director Dickie O’Reilly, of Spyder Surf. For more about SBSSA visit, or @southbayscholasticsurfing. Photos by Steve Gaffney (

+ Hill runners

Palos Verdes’ Luke Stefanou placed first in the Bay League Cross Country Finals at Redondo Union High on Thursday, Nov. 4., in a time of 14:38:10. Photo by Ray Vidal


Peninsula’s Aishling Callanan finished third in the Bay League Cross Country Finals at Redondo Union High on Thursday, Nov. 4., in a time of 14:38:10. Callanan placed first in a Bay League meet two weeks earlier, while setting a Palos Verdes Cross Country Course record time of 18:23. Photo by Ray Vidal