Kevin Cody

Teen bands fear ban from next summer Concerts in the Park

Teen bands fear ban from next summer Concerts in the Park

by Kevin Cody Last July, Good Vibe performed before an estimated 15,000 friends, neighbors and music fans at Polliwog Park. They were the opening act for Queen Nation, a copy band that skyrocketed in popularity following the release last year of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a movie about rock star Freddie Mercury and the original band Queen. […]

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Bowler abandons bar biz, but not the blarney or the booze

Bowler abandons bar biz, but not the blarney or the booze

by Kevin Cody Barnacles football fans could be excused last Saturday for thinking the old man on the bar stool with the walrus mustache and the Irish tweed, flat cap, holding court with old regulars had dropped in from an earlier era. The old regulars included retired HBPD Sgt. Steve Endom, Poop Deck bouncer Tim […]

 Kevin Cody

Easy Reader/Paul’s Photo “New Year” contest: Venus and Jupiter over the Manhattan Beach Pier

Easy Reader/Paul’s Photo “New Year” contest: Venus and Jupiter over the Manhattan Beach Pier

“Hermosa Pier Plaza,” Dec. 2018. By Tracy Kawamura. Photographers are invited to submit their favorite photos at EasyReaderNews.com/Photo Contest.

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Torrance Beach delivers for Dive N’ Surf/SB Boardriders contest

Torrance Beach delivers for Dive N’ Surf/SB Boardriders contest

Following a week of solid surf, the South Bay was forecast to go flat on Saturday, the day scheduled for the Dive N’ Surf/South Bay Boardriders Contest at Torrance Beach. So the contest was pushed back a day, and held Sunday. The decision paid off.

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‘Just kickin’ Chuck is off the clock on Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach

‘Just kickin’ Chuck is off the clock on Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach

Every day from noon until sunset, Chuck Davis sits under the Pier Plaza clock in downtown Hermosa Beach. Davis has been sitting on the pedestal supporting the clock since Feb. 2019. Before that, he sat on a bench on the pier. Before that he sat on a bench in Noble Park, a block north of the pier.

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Redondo Beach Mayor Brand still the citizen-activist after a decade in office

Redondo Beach Mayor Brand still the citizen-activist after a decade in office

Despite eight years on the council and two years as mayor, Redondo Beach Mayor Bill Brand continues to advocate like a political outsider.

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Giovannetti Big Band swings in the New Year in Hermosa Beach

Giovannetti Big Band swings in the New Year in Hermosa Beach

Pier Plaza was filled with families on New Year’s Eve for the 9 p.m. Beach Ball Drop, which  coincides with the Ball Drop in New York City’s Time Square. At midnight the Plaza filled up again for a second Beach Ball Drop celebrating the start of the New Year in California. 

 Kevin Cody

30th Annual Hermosa Beach New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim and Reunion

30th Annual Hermosa Beach New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim and Reunion

Neighbors on 16th Street in Hermosa Beach celebrated the 30th Annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim on Wednesday, under the watchful eyes of Los Angeles County Lifeguards.

 Kevin Cody

Chill air stokes Ratopia Classic surfers, raises funds for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma research

Chill air stokes Ratopia Classic surfers, raises funds for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma research

by Mike Purpus The 15th Annual Ratopia Surf Classic was held in freezing cold offshore winds with fast peeling, 3-foot waves in front of the Torrance Beach Snack Bar. Contest director Nick Weber welcomed the big turnout by singing “The Star Spangled Banner.” He should be singing for all the Dodger games.  Jenna Newburn helps […]

 Kevin Cody

South Bay 2019 Beach Passings

South Bay 2019 Beach Passings

1951 to 2019 DK brought music to Suzy’s DK Kahlo and husband Sal Longo shared many interests. A love of music was at the top of that list, leading the couple to buy Suzy’s Bar and Grill in 2008. DK’s legacy was her passion and support  for musicians. She enabled hundreds of musicians, aspiring and […]

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Ellen Goetz was Hermosa Woman of the Year

Ellen Goetz was Hermosa Woman of the Year

Ellen Goetz passed away peacefully on December 2 in the Hermosa Beach home that she built during her years as a real estate developer. She was 88.

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Google Analytics lacks the moral compass news needs

Google Analytics lacks the moral compass news needs

Until Google Analytics develops a moral compass, readers will need reporters and editors

 Kevin Cody

Polliwog park a gift from nature and Manhattan Beach city planners

Polliwog park a gift from nature and Manhattan Beach city planners

Polliwog Park did what it is designed to do Sunday night, collecting rain runoff and providing a food and a resting place for local and migratory water birds.

 Kevin Cody

The Story of Surfing Santa in Hermosa Beach

by Kevin Cody [Reprinted from Easy Reader, Dec. 1978] Today, everyone knows there really is a Surfing Santa. Children all over the world have seen newspaper photographs and even television coverage of Santa surfing at the Hermosa pier at Christmas time. But it wasn’t so very long ago that many children didn’t believe in Surfing […]

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‘Perfect Merc’ McFarlane, Hermosa Beach pioneer lifeguard passes on

From the time John McFarlane became a Los Angeles County lifeguard in 1951, until a decade after his retirement 32 years later, whenever he had a vacation or a day off, he surfed

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