All Ball Sports: Rams survive, Dodgers subdued, Sea Hawks flying

by Paul Teetor            The Rams didn’t win Sunday’s game with the Atlanta Falcons as much as they survived it.  Make that barely survived it. When Rams Coach Sean McVay faced the media after the game, he summed up the feeling of Rams fans everywhere: “Holy hell,” he said. “I need a couple of drinks.” In…

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Hermosans say, ‘It’s ebike education, stupid’

  Change needed Dear ER: Saying the bicyclist is “at fault” (“Boy riding bike hit by car on Clark Lane, Redondo Beach, sent to ICU,” ER Aug. 18, 2022) is a gross oversimplification of the larger issue: Our street designs are also at fault, our oversized cars (trucks, SUVs) that drag people under them instead…

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Torrance junior, Alejandro Che, wins Manhattan Beach Grand Prix race

Alejandro Che, 16, of Torrance, won the Category Three state championship at the 59th running of the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix cycling races July 24. Restricted to “junior gearing” – which limits potential power – Che beat out a field of adult riders on the 1.3-mile course on Valley/Ardmore, in front of Live Oak Park.…

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Spotlight on Nature – Saving the North American Monarch Butterflies

The Women’s Community Club of Rolling Hills designed a demonstration garden with landscaper Ric Dykzeul that, in-part, replaced the yellow/orange tropical narrow leaf Milkweed planted 12 years ago, with the newly recommended California native Milkweed, known as Asclepias Fascicularis, which has pink and white flowers that bloom during the spring and summer months. This is…

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LPGA and Bank of America Golf Clinic for Youth 

The Palos Verdes Golf Club was the venue for an April 25 junior golf clinic sponsored by Bank of America, in conjunction with that week’s the LPGA Tour even. About 25 students from from Boys and Girls Club of Venice, between the ages of 11-15, were invited to participate in the inaugural Palos Verdes Championship…

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Letters to the Editor 6-16-22

Wants, not needs Dear ER: Manhattan Beach Parcel Tax Measure A, on the June 7 ballot, was not truly a ‘citizen’s’ group effort, although marketed that way. Essentially, it was a small group of residents who sought their “wants” for the Manhattan Beach Unified School District, rather than MBUSD’s actual needs. The statutory COLA (Cost…

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Letters to the Editor 6-9-22

The butterfly effect Dear ER: The South Bay community is fortunate to have Suzanne Evans (“Hermosa Beach Flowers of the Valley School Dune, ER June 2, 2022). Her back dune restoration at Hermosa Beach Valley school, coupled with the integration of school kids into the project is an example to other schools and cities. South…

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Spotlight on Teachers – Montemalaga Parent-Teacher Association Honorary Service Awards (HSA)

On March 12, Montemalaga Elementary Schools Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), along with Montemalaga team members assembled at Locale 90 restaurant to recognize  outstanding honorees. These special parents and staff selflessly gave their time and resources to Montemalaga to improve the schools infrastructure, equipment, resources and student experiences. It was a lovely afternoon with moving speeches, tears…

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CITY COUNCIL – Downtown Manhattan Beach outdoor dining is extended through summer 

by Mark McDermott  Manhattan Beach restaurants’ use of temporary outdoor dining decks, allowed by the City Council as an emergency use of public space months into the pandemic, has been extended once more, until mid-September.  The Council recognized problems with the current allowance of outdoor dining downtown, and in North Manhattan Beach, including downtown residents’…

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Baywatch Community Calendar 4-21-22

Spotlight Earthday: The Roundhouse Aquarium’s Keep it Green, Keep it Clean Earth Day Celebration is back, in person, for the first time in two years. The aquarium has partnered with local community groups and school organizations to provide interactive and hands-on activities that promote sustainable living on Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Activity booths…

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Baywatch Community Calendar 2-17-22

Ongoing Youth camp Hermosa Beach-based Indivisible Arts — formerly known as SB Artist Collective — has partnered with Blue Mind Productions to create Salt & Sea Camp for youth and teens, Feb. 21-25. The camp will combine art and creativity sessions at Resin Gallery, beach activities on the sand in Hermosa Beach, ocean exploration, mindfulness and…

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Manhattan Beach About Town – Water shortage and COVID-19 testing

Water shortage  The City of Manhattan Beach, in keeping with an emergency declaration by the State of California due to ongoing drought, has declared a Stage 1 water shortage. All landscape irrigation using potable water (as opposed to reused water) will be limited to no more than 15 minutes per watering day, three times per…

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Manhattan Beach Unified School District attendance steady despite surge

by Mark McDermott  The Manhattan Beach Unified School District continues to grapple with an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases that by this week included nearly eight percent of all students and employees, though the actual number is almost certainly higher due to lags in test results.  Yet, according to reports presented during the Board of…

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