To his friends, Joe Cunningham will be remembered as the water polo player who led Mira Costa High School to the #1 National Ranking in 1977, and the Gillis Body Surfing Club star who won two World Body Surfing titles in his age group. To other Manhattan Beach residents, Cunningham will be remembered as the…

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            Chris Wells became the Phil Mickelson of surfing on Saturday, when, at age of 53, he won the South Bay Boardriders Big Wave Challenge. The annual award is presented to the surfer who catches the biggest wave of the winter in the South Bay. The former pro surfer caught…

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A new exhibit at the Hermosa Beach Museum traces the rise of skateboarding in Hermosa Beach and the South Bay. “Skateboarding Then” debuts Saturday, May 22. The exhibit opening is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. Curated by museum collections volunteer Dylan Lombardo, “Skateboarding Then” marks the…

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Child cancer survivors Jack Witherspoon and Adrienne Slaughter are hosting the 15th Annual Adrienne’s Search for Children’s Cancer Cure Fundraiser, virtually this year. The suggested donation is $50. But every donor will be included in a drawing for a Phat Sea Crest, 7 speed cruiser, donated by Hermosa Cyclery. The drawing will be on Memorial…

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North Redondo upended Dear ER: On May 11, 2021, the Redondo Beach City Council, in a 3-2 vote, approved more housing in North Redondo. The units in question are being planned at the Vons site in North Redondo and two Kingsdale Avenue  parcels at Artesia Boulevard and 182nd Street. Many people, including Council Members Laura…

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Hermosa mold Dear ER: Is it just me or do all the current Hermosa Beach City Council members and all the council candidates for Hany Fangary’s replacement seem exactly the same in their point of view? What’s going on? I prefer to hear different opinions and to have lively discussions on the council. Seems like…

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by Linda Cole Ruth Purdon almost certainly is the longest living person in Manhattan Beach. And as a79 year resident, she may also have lived in town longer than anyone else. Purdon was born on May 26, 1920. She had hoped to celebrate her 100th birthday last year, but the pandemic played party pooper. So…

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The Hermosa Beach Kiwanis is donating $40,000 in proceeds from last December’s Holiday Tree Lot to school programs and for college scholarships. Among the recipients is the Hermosa Beach School District counseling program. The Kiwanians gave the program $10,000 last Thursday, following a talk to the club by superintendent Jason Johnson about the need for…

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          Photos by Ken Pagliaro. (KenPagliaro.com) by Dickie O’Reilly The year off because of the pandemic didn’t put a hitch in the Mira Costa surf team’s dominance. Last Wednesday, during the second contest of a condensed 2021 surf season, Mira Costa took first place in all seven heats against Santa Monica.…

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by Judy Shane Anto Boghokian was 12 years old, visiting his grandparents in California, when Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990. Though Armenian, he was raised in Lebanon, and Kuwait, and had been living in Kuwait. He couldn’t return. It took him two decades to earn permanent residency in the U.S. During this time, he became…

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An unidentified skier became the first ever to summit and then ski down the dirt pile at Begg Field in Manhattan Beach, last Thursday. Manhattan Beach resident Armiston King was watching his grandson Brian play Little League when he spotted the skier and took these photos.

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