EDUCATION: Pennekamp named a Blue Ribbon school

by Mark McDermott  Pennekamp Elementary was named a Blue Ribbon School last week, by the United States Department of Education. Nationwide, only 325 schools were given the status, including 28 other schools in California.  Miguel Cordona, U.S. Secretary of Education, in his announcement,  brought attention to the difficult circumstances schools faced during the last year. …

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About town

Car show  The Manhattan Beach Downtown Business and  Professional Association and the Manhattan Beach Police Department’s K-9 Foundation are presenting the 3rd Annual Car Show this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  This year’s event will be staged east to west along Manhattan Beach Boulevard, from Morningside Drive to Manhattan Avenue, and south to…

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The importance of travel

Honorable mention Easy Reader 2021 Anniversary Writing Contest by Janice Nigro Sometimes traveling, you don’t get what you expect. Like the time I was stranded on a small island off the coast of Australia. The island was not far off the coast, but box jellyfish and crocodile infested waters separated it from the mainland. It…

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Events Calendar: Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach

Spotlight: Volunteers are needed to help spruce up Seaside Heroes Park, 8-11 a.m. The park’s name is a tribute to three soldiers who lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq and in memory of all veterans. Park beautification takes place the second Saturday of every month, 8-11 a.m. Volunteers remove weeds and dead leaves, among…

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Parras School seventh grader wins national film award

  by Rachel Reeves Hailey Johnston, 13, a seventh-grader at Parras Middle School has received an Award of Excellence from the National PTA for her one-minute, animated film, “I Matter Because I’m Me.”  Johnston was one of more than 300,000 students who participated in this year’s Reflections Program, which invites submissions in six areas —…

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Redondoan wins Wheel of Fortune, after being inspired by grandmother

  by Rachel Reeves As a child, Redondo Beach resident Sarah Harris would watch Wheel of Fortune with her grandmother, the late Evelyn Massengill. Evelyn was her “academic grandmother,” who advocated for education and sent her grandkids to educational camps, in contrast to her other grandmother, who baked cookies and exuded warmth. Evelyn rarely watched…

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Lang was master martial arts and academic teacher

  by Kevin Cody In 2009, actor and comedian DH Hughley was invited on CNN to talk about the most influential person in his life.  During the broadcast, the star of the ABC sitcom “The Hughleys” and “The Original Kings of Comedy” recalled winning an apple at a school fair and bringing it home to…

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Hermosa’s Dundee Jones became Nevada’s ‘Father of Parks and Rec’

(Reprinted from the Las Vegas Review Journal) Former Hermosa Beach recreation department baseball coach and Little League coordinator Dundee Lee Jones passed away Jan. 12 from COVID-19 complications. He was 84 and living in Henderson, Nevada. Jones was a standout baseball player at Mira Costa High and a power-hitting first baseman at El Camino College.…

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Super Bowl 10K running on line

The 43rd Redondo Beach Super Bowl Sunday 10K/5K will this year be virtual. The event, held annually on the morning of the biggest day in American sports, usually attracts more than 8,000 racers who run and walk through Redondo Beach, together. This year will be different, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’d love…

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