by Nadia Bidarian Johnny Byrne, 22, was spending his summer juggling a business internship and classes at UC Berkeley when he decided to add training for the 70.3 mile Santa Cruz Triathlon to his schedule. The Manhattan Beach resident’s motivation to do the triathlon was to raise research funds for Down syndrome disintegrative disorder (DSDD),…

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Story and photos by Nadia Bidarian A brush fire in 2007 and California’s drought left Wilderness Park’s 11 acresovergrown with weeds and invasive species. Beginning in 2017, the South Bay Parkland Conservancy (SBPC) has been working with community volunteers and the City of Redondo Beach to restore the Redondo Beach park to its natural state.…

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Story and photos by Nadia Bidarian  Thanks to a $59 million facilities improvement bond passed by the Hermosa Beach community in 2016, Hermosa View Elementary School is undergoing construction to modernize its campus. The groundbreaking ceremony took place last Wednesday, June 30.  In the June 2016 election, 59 percent of Hermosa residents voted to pass…

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Story and photos by Nadia Bidarian For the first time in the city’s history, Hermosa Beach recognized Pride Month in an all-day celebration on Saturday. South Bay LGBTQ residents marched from Bottle Inn at 22nd Street to a newly painted rainbow lifeguard tower at 13th Street. Hermosa resident Izzy Bacallao, 18, who identifies as nonbinary,…

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by Nadia Bidarian  An Aquatic Center with no swimmers. A buffet-style cafeteria with no attendees. A 56 acre campus with no students. From March 2020 to April 2021, this emptiness was the reality at Redondo Union High School — one that its new principal, Anthony Bridi, never wants to experience again.  “Because of the pandemic,…

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