Mark McDermott

J.R. Organics, a 5th generation farm family, perfects its produce

J.R. Organics, a 5th  generation farm family,  perfects its produce

by Mark McDermott Back in the mid-1980s, Joe Rodriguez Jr. asked his father for an acre of the family farm. He’d been applying pesticides to crops on the family’s 80 acres and it had made him feel sick. His idea was to try something different. Joe Jr. wanted to farm without chemicals. Joe Sr. was […]

 Mark McDermott

Jr. Lifeguard program is a South Bay ‘rite of passage’

Jr. Lifeguard program is a  South Bay ‘rite of passage’

by Mark McDermott A hundred kids swam around the end of the Manhattan Beach pier Tuesday morning, splashing and giggling and screaming and —  most crucially — moving with utter ease through the ocean water. Construction workers at the Roundhouse Aquarium at the end of the pier took a quick break and stared down at […]

 Ryan McDonald

Seniors needed for BCHD study on Alzheimer’s and the  environment

Seniors needed for BCHD study on Alzheimer’s and the  environment

  by Ryan McDonald The authors of “The Alzheimer’s Solution,” a 2017 book that examines links between lifestyle and dementia, will oversee a Beach Cities Health District study on how to prevent Alzheimer’s. The district is seeking 1,700 beach city residents to participate in the study. The residents must be over 65 and not currently […]

 Mark McDermott

Downtown office use, retail curtailed in Manhattan Beach

by Mark McDermott After a nearly two year wait and $1.4 million spent in hopes of California Coastal Commission approval, the City Council Tuesday night abandoned its attempts at a comprehensive Downtown Specific Plan. Instead, the council began a more piecemeal zoning approach, adopting an urgency ordinance that will limit ground floor office uses and […]

 Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach About Town

Rounder’s Founders On July 24, four of the Roundhouse Aquarium founders will discuss the challenges and rewards of starting a marine studies lab in the 1970s. Their conversation will be moderated by Lynne Gross, an Aquarium Board member. John Roberts, Board president, will give an update on the current renovation. 7 – 8:30 p.m. Manhattan […]

 Kevin Cody

Easy Reader Anniversary Writing, Photography and Cartooning contest guidelines

Easy Reader Anniversary Writing, Photography and Cartooning contest guidelines

Easy Reader/Beach 48th Anniversary Writing, Photography and Cartoon Contest Entry Guidelines

 Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach: Westdrift Story

Manhattan Beach: Westdrift Story

The reinvention of the former Manhattan Beach Marriott

 Mark McDermott

Beach education – MB Wine auction

Beach education – MB Wine auction

New record set with a sold out crowd of 2,000

 Mark McDermott

Historic California Craftsman house meets wrecking ball

Historic California  Craftsman house  meets wrecking ball

  by Mark McDermott Two women with a combined 124 years living near the intersection of 9th Street and Highview stood with tears in their eyes on the morning of July 2. They were witnessing the violent departure a beloved neighbor —  a century-old California Craftsman home, which was being demolished by a large excavator. […]

 Mark McDermott

The man in greens

The man in greens

by Mark McDermott Daniel Ceballos has the greens, and his Gourmet Specialties stand at the Manhattan Beach Farmers Market has a dedicated following among local home chefs. Ceballos and his sister, Lilia Galacia, run a business that primarily grows herbs and salad greens for restaurants and professional chefs around the country. They operate out of […]

 Mark McDermott

Zoning, name change considered for Sepulveda

by Mark McDermott The City Council is considering a host of changes to Sepulveda Boulevard, including increasing allowable building heights to encourage more hotel development and zoning for mixed-use residential and senior care facilities. Also on the table is the boulevard’s potential renaming to Pacific Coast Highway. The discussion regarding possible changes to the city’s […]

 Special Contributor

Walmer progeny, with Costa coach win 20th Annual BarryBob Tourney

Walmer progeny, with Costa coach win 20th Annual BarryBob Tourney

by Megan Garringer Saturday afternoon took volleyball players back to the ‘80s, with a sea of platinum hair and bronzed bodies sporting ill-fitting swimsuits. The occasion was the 20th Annual BarryBob Volleyball tournament at 10th Street in Manhattan Beach. It all began in the summer of 1998, following the deaths of beach patriarchs Barry Walmer […]

 Mark McDermott

Mahan takes the helm of Manhattan Beach Education Foundation

Mahan takes the helm of Manhattan Beach Education Foundation

by Mark McDermott If you were to try to concoct the perfect preparation to become the executive director of the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation, it’s hard to imagine what would better suffice than Hilary Mahan’s life. She grew up in a community, San Luis Obispo, that prides itself in the quality of its schools. Both […]

 Mark McDermott

MBUSD budget avoids layoffs

by Mark McDermott The Manhattan Beach Unified School District Board of Education has adopted a budget that is drastically different from what it would have been if voters had not approved Measure MB on June 5. As she provided a budget overview at the board’s June 19th meeting, deputy superintendent Dawnalyn Murakawa-Leopard paused, almost giddily, […]

 Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach About Town

Measure MB exemption Property owners age 65 or older, those receiving Supplemental Security Income for a disability, or those receiving Social Security Disability Insurance may be eligible for an exemption from the Measure MB parcel tax. The deadline to file for an exemption is July 6. Forms can be downloaded at mbusd.org or call (310) […]

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