Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach police issue 129 social distancing citations; fines are $1,000

Manhattan Beach police issue 129 social distancing citations; fines are $1,000

by Mark McDermott  The Manhattan Beach Police Department issued 129 citations for violations of the city’s new social distancing order over the last weekend. Many of the violations occurred at Polliwog Park, and on the Strand, both which are closed to the public.  Thirty citations were issued at Polliwog and ten at Bruce’s Beach. Additionally, […]

 Mark McDermott

South Bay COVID-19 cases increase to 562 while LA County nears 7,000; “This is stay at home week,” health official implores

South Bay COVID-19 cases increase to 562 while LA County nears 7,000; “This is stay at home week,” health official implores

by Mark McDermott  The South Bay registered 36 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday bringing the total to 562, according to the daily tally released by the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. Overall, confirmed cases in LA County increased by 550 to a total of 6,910, including 22 new deaths, bringing the total […]

 Mark McDermott

Confirmed COVID-19 cases reach 526 in the South Bay,  6,360 in Los Angeles County

Confirmed COVID-19 cases reach 526 in the South Bay,  6,360 in Los Angeles County

by Mark McDermott  The South Bay now has 525 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 133 in the Beach Cities, according to the Los Angeles County Public Health Department’s newest release of data.  Carson has the most cases confirmed in the South Bay, with 93. Torrance has 92 cases, Redondo Beach 67, and Manhattan Beach 48. The […]

 Mark McDermott

“You will never see this again”: Robi Hutas, 1935 – 2020

“You will never see this again”: Robi Hutas, 1935 – 2020

 ‘You will never see this again’ from Easy Reader News on Vimeo. [Editor’s note: Long time Hermosa Beach photographer, artist and volleyball player Robi Hutas succumbed to cancer over the weekend. The following story originally appeared in the August 19, 2011 Easy Reader] by Mark McDermott  Photographer Robi Hutas has long been known as […]

 Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach closes Strand, bike path

Manhattan Beach closes Strand, bike path

The City of Manhattan Beach is closing the Strand immediately due to the rapid spread of COVID-19. The action comes in concert with LA County’s immediate closure of all county beaches and bike paths.  “These are unprecedented times and our City is moving aggressively to slow the spread of COVID-19. Closing the Strand combined with […]

 Mark McDermott

LA County confirms 421 new COVID-19 cases and nine new deaths; South Bay cases jump to 126, including 20 in Redondo Beach and 21 in Hermosa/Manhattan Beach

LA County confirms 421 new COVID-19 cases and nine new deaths; South Bay cases jump to 126, including 20 in Redondo Beach and 21 in Hermosa/Manhattan Beach

by Mark McDermott The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Thursday confirmed nine new deaths and 421 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections countywide. Over the last 48 hours there have been 559 new cases confirmed, bringing the County total to 1216, and 21 total deaths.  In the South Bay, the number […]

 Mark McDermott

South Bay registers first confirmed COVID-19 death; confirmed cases jump to 79 locally, 799 in Los Angeles County

South Bay registers first confirmed COVID-19 death; confirmed cases jump to 79 locally, 799 in Los Angeles County

  by Mark McDermott The South Bay has just experienced its first COVID-19 related death, according to data released Wednesday by the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. The County confirmed 138 new COVID-19 cases and three more deaths, bringing the countywide total to 799 cases and 13 deaths. Included in those numbers were 18 […]

 Mark McDermott

One Manhattan Beach man’s journey into novel coronavirus

One Manhattan Beach man’s journey into novel coronavirus

by Mark McDermott  Greg Geilman had not been feeling right for a while. He’d had an on-again, off-again sore throat for about six weeks. He self-treated, taking Wellness Formula vitamins and lozenges. The symptoms would go away in a day or two. Then he woke up on Wednesday, March 18, and knew he was really […]

 Mark McDermott

The South Bay now has 61 COVID-19 cases; LA County confirms 128 new cases, raising total to 662, including the first death of someone under 18 years old

The South Bay now has 61 COVID-19 cases; LA County confirms 128 new cases, raising total to 662, including the first death of someone under 18 years old

The LA County Public Health Department Tuesday confirmed 128 new COVID-19 cases and three more deaths, bringing the countywide total to 662 cases and 11 deaths. Included in those numbers were 17 new cases in the South Bay, bringing the total locally to 61. Public Health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said that one of the […]

 Mark McDermott

A message from a Marley

A message from a Marley

BeachLife Festival is postponed. But Ziggy Marley, who was scheduled to appear with his brother Stephen in honor of Bob Marley’s 75th birthday, says this moment offers a larger lesson in human connection   by Rachel Reeves Ziggy Marley was scheduled to perform at BeachLife Festival in Redondo Beach in May, as part of an […]

 Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach closes beach parking lots; L.A. County and all three Beach Cities mull closing beaches, bike paths, the Strand, and the Esplanade 

Manhattan Beach closes beach parking lots; L.A. County and all three Beach Cities mull closing beaches, bike paths, the Strand, and the Esplanade 

by Mark McDermott  The City of Manhattan Beach today announced that all beach parking lots have been closed due to COVID-19 concerns. Officials from Los Angeles County, meanwhile, are considering closing beaches and bike paths countywide before warmer weather arrives this weekend.  Supervisor Janice Hahn participated in a conference call with local mayors yesterday who […]

 Mark McDermott

South Bay now has 44 confirmed COVID-19 cases; LA County totals 536, two more deaths

South Bay now has 44 confirmed COVID-19 cases; LA County totals 536, two more deaths

by Mark McDermott  Los Angeles County saw its biggest uptick yet in the novel coronavirus outbreak, with 128 new confirmed cases bringing the countywide total to 536, according to data released Monday by the Public Health Department. County health officials also confirmed two more deaths due to COVID-19, bringing that total to seven. Eight new […]

 Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach launches delivery service for older adults during coronavirus pandemic

Manhattan Beach launches delivery service for older adults during coronavirus pandemic

The City of Manhattan Beach is coordinating a resource delivery program that will serve older adults who need assistance during the coronavirus pandemic. The program is in partnership with the Rotary Club, Salvation Army, and Beach Cities Health District.  The program can be reached at the Older Adult hotline  310-802-5010 and will coordinate meals, transportation, […]

 Mark McDermott

LA County registers 132 new COVID-19 cases in 48 hours, bringing total to 409 and 36 in the South Bay

LA County registers 132 new COVID-19 cases in 48 hours, bringing total to 409 and 36 in the South Bay

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Sunday confirmed 71 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the biggest one day increase since the outbreak began, bringing the countywide total to 409. The numbers included six cases in the South Bay and one new death, which brings the total to five deaths in […]

 Mark McDermott

LA County coronavirus cases increase to 351, including two more deaths; South Bay has 30 confirmed cases 

LA County coronavirus cases increase to 351, including two more deaths; South Bay has 30 confirmed cases 

by Mark McDermott  Cases of the novel coronavirus rose to 30 in the South Bay, according to data released by the Los Angeles County Public Health Department on Saturday. All totalled, there were 59 new cases confirmed across LA County, bringing the total to 351. Two people died of COVID-19, doubling the county’s fatalities to […]