Mark McDermott

The garden, the circle, and the champion

The garden, the circle, and the champion

How Growing Great grew greater when a chef took up its cause —  teaching children about food by Mark McDermott A little girl wearing a ponytail and thick wire frame glasses reaches her hand into a garden box and with the help of a teacher grabs a radish by its stalk and pulls it out. […]

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CRIME PREVENTION – Scams target seniors and real estate deals

by Mark McDermott A few weeks ago, MBPD Sgt. Tim Zinns participated in a seminar with the residents of the Manhattan Senior Villas. He wanted to help the seniors become more aware of the many scams that are increasingly targeting older folks, especially those living in senior communities. It turned out the residents were already […]

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS – City exerts more control over cell towers

by Mark McDermott The City Council on Tuesday night passed a set of ordinances intended to better regulate cell phone tower installations in city right-of-ways. In doing so, the council began the process of addressing an issue that has drawn complaints from residents irate over newly installed towers near homes —  and several more that […]

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Manhattan Beach About Town

Growing Great The annual Growing Great Farm to Table benefit event takes place April 27 from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. at 72andSunny in Playa Vista and honors Chef David Lefevre (MB Post, Fishing with Dynamite, and Arthur J’s),  who has been instrumental in growing the locally-founded food education non-profit to help serve more low-income communities. […]

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The Transcendence of Willie

The Transcendence of Willie

How an outlaw country singer overcame death, taxes, and the music industry to become an enduring part of American culture

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The Charities have arrived (and are about to depart)

The Charities have arrived (and are about to depart)

How the beach gave birth to a real soul band  

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MB Shootout result in injured police officer

by Mark McDermott Gunfire erupted on Rosecrans Avenue Sunday morning, sending hundreds of people running and screaming and eventually resulting in a Hawthorne police officer being wounded. After a massive police response involving all nearby agencies, a male suspect was arrested in what police believe was a domestic dispute that erupted at the SpringHill Suites […]

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Hadley and Stern sworn in

Hadley and Stern sworn in

by Mark McDermott Newly elected Councilpersons Suzanne Hadley and Hildy Stern were sworn in Tuesday night, joining Councilperson Nancy Hersman at the dais to become Manhattan Beach’s first female majority City Council. Both are political newcomers who were each deeply involved as parent volunteers within the Manhattan Beach Unified School District. In order to raise […]

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Lesser, Howorth oversaw major changes

Lesser, Howorth oversaw major changes

by Mark McDermott A few Tuesdays ago, Amy Howorth walked out of City Hall sometime near the midnight hour, as she has done a couple of hundred times over the last eight years. It suddenly struck her that this post-council feeling, one of equal parts exhilaration and exhaustion, was also uniquely satisfying and something she […]

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Manhattan Beach About Town

Ungoco appointed to Planning Commission The City Council on Tuesday night, after some debate, unanimously appointed Joseph Ungoco to the Planning Commission. He will take the place left vacant by the sudden passing of Commissioner Sandra Seville-Jones. The action was the first taken by the council after the swearing in of new members Suzanne Hadley […]

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The case of the mysterious Telecaster

The case of the mysterious Telecaster

by Mark McDermott It all started with the death of a friend. Two years ago, Marilyn Newhart passed away, and named Pat Dietz executor of her estate. She’d been an architectural writer and a no-nonsense sage, and had made all the arrangements, including the hiring of a good estate attorney. When that attorney discovered Dietz […]

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MBFD chief arrives in a time of uncertainty

by Mark McDermott Chief Daryn Drum has been living the dream he had as a man who found his calling in the fire service young and never looked back. In his early 20s, Drum was working as a paramedic for a private ambulance company and marveled at the firefighters he’d encounter out on calls. “I […]

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Manhattan Beach About Town

MBBG proclaims Year of the Butterfly The Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden has proclaimed 2019 “The Year of the Butterfly,” inspired by the recent migration of the Painted Lady butterflies, the dwindling population of the Monarch, and the tool shed under construction in the garden that features a butterfly or V-shaped roof. During Earth Month, the […]

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Thieves target surfers’ cars in El Porto

Thieves target surfers’ cars in El Porto

by Mark McDermott Several surfers have been seriously not stoked of late in Manhattan Beach, due to a scenario has played out over and over in the El Porto parking lot. It happens like this: a surfer parks his car, puts on a wetsuit, stashes his keys under the car or maybe in the wheel […]

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Home is deemed MB historic landmark

Home is deemed MB historic landmark

by Mark McDermott The widow Gandall’s home has finally become an official part of Manhattan Beach’s history. The City Council Tuesday night voted unanimously to declare the little Spanish Colonial Revival style home at 2820 Highland Ave. a historical landmark. The action is the first act of historic preservation undertaken since the city’s implementation, last […]

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