Mark McDermott

Gelson’s arrives, hoping to win over neighborhood  

Gelson’s arrives, hoping  to win over neighborhood  

by Mark McDermott It was a store opening five years in the making, one that included overcoming an organized campaign against a grocery store being located at the former site of a Chevy dealership. But on Wednesday morning, Gelson’s Market officially arrived in Manhattan Beach. “It took us too long, but it was well worth […]

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South Bay firefighting crew battles Woolsey wildfire

South Bay firefighting crew  battles Woolsey wildfire

  by Mark McDermott A crew of 21 firefighters from South Bay fire departments has been fighting the Woolsey fire for the last week. The crew, which includes five four-man engines and a battalion chief, is part of an enormous collaborative effort that brought together 3,592 firefighters attempting to contain what would eventually become a […]

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MBUSD mold, asbestos abatement costs $1.2 million

by Mark McDermott The Manhattan Beach Unified School District Board of Education last week allocated $1.2 million for the abatement of asbestos disturbed at Mira Costa High School and mold discovered at schools throughout the district. The asbestos problem, which is the result of a contractor sanding a floor at the Mira Costa library in […]

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Food, family, fate

Food, family, fate

Adam Aro, Sara Gabriele and the making of Gabi James restaurant   by Mark McDermott   When Adam Aro steered his houseboat into the slip right next to Sara Gabriele’s houseboat one July day on Lake Shasta in 2008, he had little idea what would ensue, much less than ten years later he and this […]

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A pier gift

A pier gift

The unveiling of the new Roundhouse Aquarium by Mark McDermott Thirteen hundred and eight days since the passing of his 19-year-old son Harrison, Michael Greenberg on Tuesday stood before a podium at the end of the Manhattan Beach pier and looked out into the crowd. “The skies opened up for us today,” said Greenberg. Behind […]

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Mold, asbestos problems linger at MBUSD

by Mark McDermott Eugene Jurinsky moved to Manhattan Beach five years ago in large part because he had two young boys and he knew local schools were academically sound. Of late, he’s wondered about that decision, not because the schools aren’t great academically, but because they seem to be falling apart physically. His youngest boy, […]

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The continuing adventures of Chef Jack

The continuing adventures of Chef Jack

Jack Witherspoon beat cancer three times before he was 12. Now he’s invented a new kind of cookie aimed at helping kids like himself. by Mark McDermott Jack Witherspoon was 6 years old. He was leaving the Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach with his parents, John and Lisa Witherspoon. They’d just received horrific news. […]

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Former Manhattan Beach city manager Mark Danaj and his longtime municipal colleagues blaze a lucrative trail, together

Former Manhattan Beach city manager Mark Danaj and his longtime municipal colleagues blaze a lucrative trail, together

by Mark McDermott Since Mark Danaj was fired as Manhattan Beach city manager less than a year ago, he has notably landed on his feet twice. First, he landed a temporary job with the City of Santa Clara in time to avoid a reduction in his premium-level state pension. Next, he settled into a permanent […]

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Manhattan Beach Police Beat

Elderly woman killed in car accident An elderly woman died Monday afternoon when the car in which she was a passenger collided with a truck on Marine Avenue. Her husband of six decades was the car ’s driver. According to Manhattan Beach Police Department reports, the accident occured at 12:17 p.m. at the intersection of Marine […]

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Parking lot theft shows ‘people are watching’

by Mark McDermott Two weeks ago, Jessie Lee Cederblom had just landed the kind of assignment photographers seek all their working lives. It was a video shoot for the revered fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar. The gig was to shoot a movie star on set. She needed a camera capable of filming well in low light, […]

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Manhattan Beach About Town

Friendship walk The Skechers Foundation hopes to break its donation and attendance records this Sunday morning at the organization’s 10th annual Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk, which is expected to surpass $2 million for the first time in the event’s history. California’s largest walk in support of children with special needs and education begins […]

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Second floor outdoor dining considered

by Mark McDermott The City Council on Tuesday night rejected nearly all of the California Coastal Commission’s 27 modification of its proposed Downtown Specific Plan but reconsidered a ban on second-floor outdoor dining that the plan had included. The council approved a set of ordinances that will effectively replace the Specific Plan, which the city […]

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ES arts and culture – George the Fourth

ES arts and culture – George the Fourth

George Renfro, a fourth generation El Segundo native, hopes to keep his hometown true to itself through art and orneriness

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Manhattan Beach About Town

Tip-A-Cop The Manhattan Beach Police Department and Manhattan Beach Fire Department will take protect and serve to a whole new level at a Tip-A-Cop fundraiser at Tin Roof Bistro on Nov. 8 from 5 to 9 p.m. Officers and firefighters will serve as hosts and waiters, and all tips they receive will be donated to […]

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MBUSD students ace state tests

by Mark McDermott Local students far exceeded their peers statewide in test results released by the California Department of Education last week. The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) was administered in the spring to more than 3 million students in grades 3 to 8 and 11. The tests have replaced the former […]

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