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Redondo Beach Benches make space for friends

Redondo Beach Benches make space for friends

by Sarah Plenge The slogan of Torrance’s Joseph Arnold Elementary School is “if you can be anything, be a friend,” something that Buddy Benches embody entirely. Buddy Benches are meant to serve as an emotional space for children on school playgrounds. The idea is that when a child is feeling sad, left out, or just […]

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Redondo Beach Bullock repeats Redondo Swim the Avenues victory

Redondo Beach Bullock repeats Redondo Swim the Avenues victory

by Nathan Freedman Ryan Bullock, 35, of Hermosa Beach, continued his dominance of local open ocean swims on Sunday by winning the Second Annual Redondo Beach Swim the Avenues. Bullock finished the one-mile race from Torrance Beach to Avenue F in a time of 22:52, one minute slower than his winning time in last July’s, […]

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Manhattan Beach For local band The Lucky Ones, it’s a family affair

Manhattan Beach For local band The Lucky Ones, it’s a family affair

by Will Riordan Adam Lawson, lead singer of South Bay rock-reggae band The Lucky Ones, says that for the group, “The South Bay will always be home.” Daniel Vos, the Lucky Ones’ lead guitarist, did grow up in the South Bay. But it was not Lawson’s first home: He grew up in Cambridge, England and […]

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Redondo Beach runner Harwell wins Village Runner Fourth of July 5K

Redondo Beach runner Harwell wins Village Runner Fourth of July 5K

by Gavin Eskenaz Over 2,000 runners, many dressed in red, white and blue, participated in the 26th Annual Village Runner Fourth of July 5K.  Stewart Harwell, 35, of Redondo Beach, finished first in a time of 15:42. The former UC Santa Barbara cross country runner won the Manhattan 10K in 2017 and again in 2018. […]

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Warm water, overcast skies welcome Triathletes

Warm water, overcast skies welcome Triathletes

by Nelson Jennings Jose Gabriel, 29, of Woodland Hills, was the first finisher in the 20th Annual Hermosa Beach Triathlon, on Sunday. His time of 51:45 was just over last year’s winning time of 51:05, by Dylan Efron, of Manhattan Beach. Efron was the top local finisher. He placed fifth in 52:47. Grace Catena, 19, […]

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South Bay’s sole cheese store is ‘Curd nerd’s’ passion project

South Bay’s sole cheese store is ‘Curd nerd’s’ passion project

by Phoebe Lai Solange Comer’s Cultured Slice is the only cheese shop in the South Bay. Solange and her wife opened the European-style shop on Pacific Coast Highway in Hermosa Beach almost two years ago. Cultured Slice offers cheeses to accommodate all food preferences, including vegan and gluten-free. The also offer sandwiches and catering. Comer […]

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State Senate approves Allen’s single-use plastic bottle ban

State Senate approves Allen’s single-use plastic bottle ban

by Jeff Mitchell A bill authored by state Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) that would phase out the manufacture and sale of single-use plastics in California by 2030 was passed by the State Senate and is now under review by the State Assembly. If approved by the Assembly, it will go to Governor Gavin Newson […]

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Dear Cassy: Listening helps

by Kelli Washington It is difficult to understand how to help someone struggling with depression or anxiety, especially if we haven’t struggled with depression or anxiety ourselves. As a friend or family member, it’s important to remember that we don’t have to have all the answers. We only need to be supportive. Here are some […]

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Partying with the president, George H.W. Bush

Partying with the president, George H.W. Bush

At his 90th birthday party

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Beach sports – Opening day South Bay

Beach sports – Opening day South Bay

So far, so good

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Junior Lifeguards Surf racing program launched for Jr. Guards by Kyra Williams

Junior Lifeguards  Surf racing program  launched for Jr. Guards  by Kyra Williams

by Kyra Williams As summer comes to a close the school year starts up, and the popular Los Angeles County Junior Lifeguard program shuts down. But this summer, the Junior Guard program is keeping it going, rolling out a new Surf Racing Team program for 16 and 17-year-olds.    JGs initially applied in February and […]

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‘Housecatures’ draw interest from Realtors, homeowners worldwide

‘Housecatures’ draw interest from Realtors, homeowners worldwide

by Kenneth Hill Linda Wenzel creates “housecatures,” paintings of houses that are designed to artistically capture their unique personalities. Sometimes she paints onsite. Other times she paints from photos. “I enjoy both. However,  at the house, you can fill in details that aren’t easy to see from photos,” the Redondo Beach resident said. Wenzel began […]

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CyberCamp students test internet skills in CyberPatriot competition

CyberCamp students test internet skills in CyberPatriot competition

  by Miriam Farah Local sixth through 12th graders studied computer sciences and cybersecurity last month at “CyberCamp,” a program hosted by AT&T and the Air Force Association at AT&T’s El Segundo office. “With kids on social media all the time, they need to understand that what they put on the Internet is always going […]

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Amateurs and pros, santa hats and neck ties: the 6 Man is back

Amateurs and pros, santa hats and neck ties: the 6 Man is back

by Megan Garringer The famously competitive, high-spirited Charlie Saikley 6-Man Beach Volleyball Tournament returned to Manhattan Beach this weekend for its 57th year. Nearly 100 teams competed in four divisions: Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Men’s Master’s, and Women’s Master’s. From Friday morning at 8 a.m. until Saturday evening, the beach near the Manhattan pier looked […]

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Slackliners try to find balance on sands of the South Bay

  by Kyra Williams Beck Cherry, a senior at Mira Costa High School, finds peace in an unusual place: balanced on a narrow length of rope. Cherry is one of the South Bay’s slackliners. The activity involves standing on a “line” — usually made of nylon and measuring as little as one inch wide — […]