The Manhattan Beach 10k bring community back together

Photos by EnduranceSports.com by Mark McDermott  After a year in virtual existence, the Manhattan Beach 10k came roaring back to actual life Saturday morning as 3,396 runners filled local streets in the 44th annual running of the race.  Stewart Harwell, who won the race in 2017 and 2018, once again finished first with a time…

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Manhattan Beach About Town: Alice in Wonderland at MCHS,

High School drama  After a long stint of virtual productions, Mira Costa High School’s drama department will put on its first-ever, outdoor production, with “Alice in Wonderland” on October 14, 15, 22, and 23 at 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited. General admission: presale $13. Door $16. Student/senior: presale $11. Door $13. Visit MiraCostaDramaBoosters.org for more…

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The last days of Wilfred Sarr

by Mark McDermott  In September of 1960, a very unlikely GI went on leave.  Wilfred Sarr was 24. He’d been drafted the previous year, unceremoniously yanked from Compton College, where he studied psychology for one very good reason.  “Well, I knew that I was crazy, no doubt about that,” Sarr said in an interview in…

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Manhattan Beach will require employee vaccinations

by Mark McDermott City of Manhattan Beach employees will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or a valid exemption, by December 1 as a new condition of employment. The City Council approved the policy Tuesday night in a 4-1 vote.  Councilperson Richard Montgomery and Steve Napolitano brought the matter to the council due…

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Surge slows, but Labor Day may spur cases

by Mark McDermott  All three Beach Cities experienced their third straight week of declines in the number of new COVID-19 cases as September arrived, but medical experts were bracing for a possible new wave of cases following Labor Day weekend.  The Beach Cities registered 174 new cases the week ending September 4, compared to 228…

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Redondo BeachLife Festival hopes to rock steady

by Mark McDermott  Yes, live music is back. And no, the pandemic is not over. But as BeachLife Festival prepares to relaunch this weekend with a lineup most decidedly arranged to maximize rock n’ roll and good vibes, the music part of the equation has been carefully designed to predominate over the pandemic.  BeachLife headliners…

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REAL ESTATE: Manhattan Beach sets new median home price record

  by Mark McDermott    Neither calamity, drought, nor plague can stop it. Though we’ve not yet seen swarms of locusts to go along with the forests in flames, and the most devastating global pandemic in human history, data suggests that pretty much nothing can slow the Manhattan Beach real estate market.    Last month,…

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Manhattan Beach suffers first COVID-19 death since winter

by Mark McDermott  The latest surge in COVID-19 cases propelled by the Delta variant of the novel coronavirus this week claimed the life of a Manhattan Beach resident, the first death from the pandemic locally since last winter. Los Angeles County likewise reached a grim milestone, surpassing 25,000 deaths due to COVID-19, including an average…

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Mira Costa High kicks off new year with ‘Senior Sunrise’

by Mark McDermott  A miracle occurred early Wednesday morning. It wasn’t just the fact that Mira Costa High was kicking off a new school year in the midst of a global pandemic, or even the oddity that tables stocked with dozens of doughnuts went largely untouched in the midst of more than 200 teenagers. The…

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