Jefferson Graham

Some Manhattan Beach retailers reopen

by Jefferson Graham Manhattan Beach small businesses are back open again. At least, some of them.  This is despite the California stay-at-home order that ordered small businesses to close their doors, except for curbside delivery. Thursday, the Manhattan Beach City Council voted 5-0 to request the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors  allow Manhattan retailers […]

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The beach is back

The beach is back

The beaches of Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo re-opened Wednesday morning on a limited basis, available to joggers, walkers and water enthusiasts. The piers and Strand are still closed, although the signs didn’t stop the skateboarders and walkers from enjoying the Strand Wednesday morning.  Los Angeles County has now opened all the beaches more than six […]

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Cris Bennett — Serving up 40 years of Good Stuff in South Bay

by Jefferson Graham Last month, while the coronavirus had forced Chris Bennett to close his four Good Stuff restaurant dining rooms and shift to take-out only, he reached out to the 45,000 subscribers on the Good Stuff email. Donate $20 and Good Stuff would prepare two meals for health workers at the Providence Little Company […]

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La La Land’s favorite pier: Hermosa Beach

La La Land’s favorite pier: Hermosa Beach

If you caught the free webcast of the Oscar winning “La La Land,” on Fandango’s Movieclips channel Friday, and you live in the South Bay, you might just be humming “City of Stars” and thinking about the Hermosa Beach Pier right now as we speak.  How many other movies featured Hollywood royalty dancing on our […]

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Stop action photographer helps stop spread of novel coronavirus

Stop action photographer helps stop spread of novel coronavirus

by Jefferson Graham Photographer Mark Nicholas is best known for his stop action photography. He freezes bullets and liquids at less than a millionth of a second in his studio at MBS Media Campus. Since production at MBS Media Campus stopped in early March, he has been focusing his efforts on helping to stop the […]

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BeachLife musicians to stream ‘real good for free’ on Friday May 1 and Cinco de Mayo

BeachLife musicians to stream ‘real good for free’ on Friday May 1 and Cinco de Mayo

BeachLife 2020 musicians will stream online, for free on Friday May 1 at 5 p.m. and on Cinco de Mayo, (Tuesday, May 5) at 5 p.m. Pennywise’s Jim Lindberg will perform during the May 1 stream and host the Cinco de Mayo stream.

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Remember the beaches? They’re still open in Orange County

Remember the beaches? They’re still open in Orange County

By Jefferson Graham What a difference a county can make. All the beaches in Los Angeles County, from Long Beach and San Pedro through Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo, Santa Monica and Malibu are currently closed, due to the COVID crisis.  But not so in Orange County. A visit to nearby Huntington Beach (a.k.a. Surf City, […]

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CTJ turns to Zoom in a pandemic and sees attendance rise dramatically

CTJ turns to Zoom in a pandemic and sees attendance rise dramatically

By Jefferson Graham When the coronavirus pandemic hit the world, many houses of worship, like most non-essential establishments, had to shut their doors.  The clergy at Manhattan Beach’s Congregation Tikvat Jacob Beth Torah wanted to stay in touch with its members, so it, like many others, turned to digital media, in the guise of the […]

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Remember Manhattan Beach life before coronavirus? We do. Fondly.

Remember Manhattan Beach life before coronavirus? We do. Fondly.

By Jefferson Graham Miss seeing the ocean and her waves as much as we do?  Walking on Ocean Avenue in Manhattan Beach, through the alley ways of the city just isn’t the same thing as getting to be on the Strand, right?  But in these days of social distancing, we’ve got to do what we’ve […]

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Exer Urgent Care offers tests in Redondo for COVID-19

Exer Urgent Care offers tests in Redondo for COVID-19

by Jefferson Graham Exer Urgent Care in Redondo Beach, at Pacific Coast Highway and Knob Hill Avenue, is offering drive-up COVID-19 testing for $70. Unlike blood tests for antibodies to COVID-19, Exer Urgent Care tests use nasal swabs to test for the presence of COVID-19. The swabs are sent to WestPac Labs and results are […]