Mark McDermott

MBEF raises $1.2 million

MBEF raises $1.2 million

by Mark McDermott The 25th Anniversary of the Manhattan Wine Auction on Saturday night raised $1.2 million for local schools. More than 2,000 people attended the event at the Manhattan Beach Country Club, which featured 40 local restaurants and beverages served by more than 80 wineries, breweries and distilleries. The event’s special “Paddle Raise” generated […]

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Bringing it all back home

Bringing it all back home

David Benoit returns to El Camino College for a special night with Oleta Adams and the Asia American Youth Symphony Orchestra by Mark McDermott David Benoit’s first gig was at the Polynesian restaurant on the Redondo Beach Pier. It was 1971, and he was 16. He’d already been playing for a decade. His family’s piano […]

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The Moose Lodge High School Prom: a prom do-over for grownups

An unusual and arguably long overdue event takes place Saturday night just across the Manhattan Beach border: a prom for grownups. The event, which features local bands Spendtime Palace, The Charities, Royal Rats, and Jesse Erikson and the Prom Band, takes place at the Moose Lodge in El Segundo and is targeting all those (read: […]

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Manhattan Beach About Town

Prom for grownups An unusual and arguably long overdue event takes place Saturday night just across the Manhattan Beach border: a prom for grownups. The event, which features local bands Spendtime Palace, The Charities, Royal Rats, and Jesse Erikson and the Prom Band, takes place at the Moose Lodge in El Segundo and is targeting […]

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Mayor targets stormwater protection in Manhattan Beach

Mayor targets stormwater protection in Manhattan Beach

by Mark McDermott Every day, nearly every resident in Manhattan Beach sends waste towards the Pacific Ocean. A walk on the beach reveals the obvious stuff —  the thousands of pounds of plastics, pop cans, cigarette butts, paper, and miscellaneous detritus left behind by beachgoers each year. But there is a category of waste that […]

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World Cup, world stage: Alex Curry covers Team USA

World Cup, world stage:  Alex Curry covers Team USA

by Mark McDermott Sometime early in the 1st Century the Roman philosopher Seneca, better known for stoicism than soothsaying, purportedly remarked, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” He was talking about Alex Curry. Curry has been hustling ever since Sand Dune Park, the North Manhattan Beach landmark, where she was the wild-eyed warrior […]

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MBEF Wine Auction hopes to tackle math

MBEF Wine Auction hopes to tackle math

by Mark McDermott For 180 days of each year, alarm clocks go off early, and a small army of educators, administrators, and support staff rise, some with prep work to do almost immediately out of bed, everyone going through their commute routines before they arrive at the eight campuses of the Manhattan Beach Unified School […]

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Citywide tobacco sales ban considered

by Mark McDermott The Manhattan Beach City Council will consider a citywide ban of tobacco sales in what Councilperson Steve Napolitano called “a logical next step” after banning smoking in public places five years ago. The Council on Tuesday night directed staff to research the impacts of such a ban and bring it back on […]

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Manhattan Village adds new restaurants

Manhattan Village adds new restaurants

by Mark McDermott JLL provided a taste of what is to come at Manhattan Village last week, announcing two new restaurants which will be opening as part of the $180 million reimagining of the mall. Both restaurants, dan by ROC (Republic of China) and edo Little Bites, are new concepts from hip, cutting-edge restaurant groups. […]

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Council trims $1.5 million from budget

by Mark McDermott The Manhattan Beach City Council is poised to approve a budget next Tuesday that will trim $1.5 million from the city’s general fund expenditures, and do so in a way that will hardly be noticeable for residents. “The cuts that were taken frankly should not be noticeable and won’t have a big […]

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Manhattan Beach About Town

Epipalooza to end epilepsy Mira Costa End Epilepsy hosts Epipalooza, a fundraising concert, this Saturday, June 1 at The Lighthouse Cafe, from 3 to 8 p.m., featuring five local bands, including End Epilepsy founder Slater Heidrich’s Good Vibe. Also performing will be XYZPDQ, Minor Problem, Pier Pressure, and Chroma Haze. Cooper Jones will also perform […]

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City will switch to 100 percent renewable energy

by Mark McDermott The City Council Tuesday night voted to use all renewable energy at city facilities, stop the use of pesticides and herbicides in all the city’s green spaces, and consider a possible ban of all gas-powered landscaping equipment within city limits. It all began with a discussion of leaf blowers. The Manhattan Beach […]

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Tour de Pier sets new record

Tour de Pier sets new record

by Mark McDermott One of the draws to the 7th Annual Tour de Pier was the comedian and high wattage celebrity George Lopez, who did indeed show up for the signature local event at which 2,000 cyclists rode stationary bikes to raise money to cure cancer and to help those in the midst of the […]

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MBUSD announces teachers of the year

by Mark McDermott The Manhattan Beach Unified School District last week announced the teachers of the year from each campus for the 2018-19 school year. One teacher from each campus was recognized, including Noah Arnold, P.E. teacher at Meadows Elementary; Julie Brancato, a kindergarten teacher at Grand View Elementary; Stephanie Giacchetti, a special education teacher […]

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The BeachLife Festival reimagines Redondo

The BeachLife Festival reimagines Redondo

by Mark McDermott Ten thousand people came to the beach last weekend in Redondo Beach, all because a teenage boy lit a fire 28 years ago. Allen Sanford was a thoughtful juvenile delinquent. He didn’t want to do harm. He just wanted people to stop and wonder for a second. So as a 13-year-old kid, […]

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