Two from Redondo Beach die in four-car collision in Manhattan Beach

by Kevin Cody Three people were pronounced dead at the scene of a four car collision that took place Tuesday evening at approximately 9:45 p.m. at the intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and Marine Avenue, in Manhattan Beach. Two of the dead were identified by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office as Christian Mendoza, 48, and…

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Falconer keeps pigeons, seagulls away from Hermosa Beach House.

Falconer James Andrade and his hawk Richter were scaring away pigeons and seagulls from the Beach House Hotel on the Hermosa Beach Strand Monday morning. The falconer and his bird visit the Beach House twice a week to discourage pigeons from nesting and sea gulls from eating on the roof of the hotel. Twice a…

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Hermosa for the Holidays: a weekend of family activities

An ice skating rink with faux ice at Hermosa Beach’s Pier Plaza delighted kids and a few adults on Friday. The ice skating began a weekend of holiday activities presented by the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and downtown merchants.  The rink is presented by Kinecta Federal Credit Union, and will be open Saturday, and…

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Manhattan Beach Holiday Tree Lighting fills downtown with holiday cheer

“It’s looking like a full house,” Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Supervisor Michael Hudak said as he prepared for the Pier Holiday Tree Lighting celebration early Wednesday evening. By “house” he meant all of the downtown, from the pier, where choir director Kate Crellin conducted the Manhattan Beach Middle School, and the Mira Costa choral…

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Gallegos was popular Hermosa Beach Public Works employee

by Kevin Cody Popular and highly regarded Hermosa Beach Public Works employee  Alphonso Gallegos, Jr. passed away a week ago Saturday, Nov. 6, His death was unexpected and thought to be from a heart attack. The 46-year-old street maintenance crew member began working for the city in 2017. “He was the glue who held us…

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“The day you put on a uniform, you are all one,” First Sgt. Ysamin Espat tells young Manhattan Beach Scouts

The Manhattan Beach Veterans Day Memorial was notable for war time recollections, not by veterans, but by Manhattan Beach Scouts whose parents, grandparents and great grandparents served in the military. Girl Scout Casey Kaplan, from Meadows School Troop 9805, recalled her grandfather’s stories about being stationed in Germany in 1959, and how 15 years earlier…

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Hermosa Beach honors oldest, youngest veterans

by Kevin Cody The oldest and youngest military veterans attending Hermosa Beach’s Veterans Day ceremony at the Veterans Memorial sundial last week were recognized by Hermosa Beach Councilman Raymond Jackson, who served as emcee. The oldest was 96-year-old, World War II Marine Jim Gierlich, a long Hermosa Beach resident. The youngest was 46-year-old Hermosa Beach…

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Mira Costa High Jazz Combo brings West Coast Jazz back to Hermosa Beach

The Mira Costa Jazz Combo has been invoking the spirit of West Coast Jazz at Pedone’s Pizza and Hermosa Brewing weekday evenings, around the corner from the Lighthouse Jazz Cafe, where West Coast Jazz was born. Performing Wednesday night were keyboard player Aidan Medrano, bassist Max Hughes, drummer Brady Smith and alto saxophonist Max Simpson.…

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Tim Ritter’s paddleboarding legacy lives on

Over 100 surfers and paddleboarders paddled out at Torrance Beach in memory of Tim Ritter on Saturday. At the paddleout, paddler JP Cruz credited Ritter with rescuing paddleboarding from near extinction when he founded the Hennessey Paddleboard Race Series in the mid 1990s. South Bay Boardriders Club president Tom Horton recalled Ritter as a founding…

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‘La La Land’s’ lost plaque recovered

  In April 2017, Leadership Hermosa and Hermosa Beach Mayor Jeff Duclos organized a celebration to acknowledge the city pier’s cameo role in “La La Land.”  As part of the celebration, Leadership Hermosa prepared a colorful, ceramic plaque, to be installed on a wall at the foot of the pier. The plaque read, in part,…

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Bands pay tribute at Rocktoberfest in Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach

Kissed Alive was among the dozen cover bands performing this weekend at Rocktoberfest in Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach. The festival continues through Sunday (October 17), starting at noon with The Long Run (Eagles) and followed by Aeromyth, Led Zepagain and Queen Nation. The festival is presented by the Ragin Cajun Cafe in Redondo Beach.…

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