Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach About Town

  Class of 2018 The Mira Costa High School Class of 2018 celebrated graduation Friday night, pictured above, while teachers James Locke, Tim Piper, Shawn Chen, and Amber Dixon celebrated the departing seniors. Photos courtesy Mira Costa High School.    

 Ryan McDonald

Foil Surfing Floats on in Manhattan Beach

Foiling is the latest craze in the surfing world, but safety risks have some worried. Can its adherents save it?

 Mark McDermott

Beach schools – MBUSD Employees of the Year

Beach schools – MBUSD Employees of the Year

The best of the best honored

 Mark McDermott

Beach school – Yes on MB celebration

The Parcel tax ballot measure on the June 5th 2018 Election

 Mark McDermott

MBUSD recognizes teachers of the year

MBUSD recognizes teachers of the year

by Mark McDermott The Manhattan Beach Unified School District recognized its Teachers of the Year at last Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting, an annual ceremony that took on deeper resonance at the end of a school year that began with the tragic loss of one of the district’s brightest young stars. The night ranged in […]

 Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach About Town

Wine Auction sets new record The 24th Annual Manhattan Beach Wine Auction, the signature event for the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation, set a new record on Saturday, hosting a sold-out crowd of 2,000 and raising $1.3 million for local schools. Guests enjoyed culinary delights from over 40 local restaurants and beverages served by more than […]

 Kevin Cody

South Bay Promise Offers free first year for El Camino students

South Bay Promise Offers free first year  for El Camino students

by Kevin Cody “The roots of knowledge are bitter, but the fruits are sweet,” State Senator Ben Allen told 130 educators and elected officials at a luncheon hosted by El Camino College on May 11. The quote is from Aristotle. “I learned it from my father, a UCLA professor of Neoplatonism,” said Allen, whose 26th […]

 Mark McDermott

Team effort, keyed by a Good Samaritan, saves a man’s life in El Porto parking lot

Team effort, keyed by a Good  Samaritan, saves a man’s life in El Porto parking lot

by Mark McDermott Matt Donatucci arrived at the beach at Rosecrans at 7 a.m. on the morning of May 12 because he wanted to play volleyball for free. If Donatucci wasn’t a cash-strapped student, Jeff DeCoste would have died that morning. Donatucci is a 19-year-old Manhattan Beach native who is studying psychology at El Camino […]

 Mark McDermott

Librarian Melissa McCollum departs for El Segundo library

Librarian Melissa McCollum  departs for El Segundo library

by Mark McDermott More has changed at the Manhattan Beach Library over the last few years than the transformation of the building, itself, from a one-room, fluorescent-lit relic into a multi-level, sunlit 21,500 sq. ft. architectural wonder. The library has become an attraction, and not just because of the building, but what began to happen […]

 Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach voters approve parcel tax to fund schools

Manhattan Beach voters approve parcel tax to fund schools

Measure MB, a $225-a-year parcel tax intended to give the Manhattan Beach Unified School District a stable, local source of funds, was approved by voters Tuesday night.

 Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach About Town

Book sale The Manhattan Beach Library will host a books sale Saturday featuring books on art, cooking, history, biography, gardening, decorating, crafts, self-help, science, travel, classic as well as textbooks. Prices start at 50 cents with most only $1. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Manhattan Beach Library, 1320 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach. Proceeds pay for […]

 Special Contributor

Pinewood Derby rolls on

Pinewood Derby rolls on

Editor’s note:  The Pinewood Derby celebrated its 65th year on Memorial Day at the Jocelyn Community Center. Below is an investigation into the history of the event and its local origin published in the Easy Reader on the occasion of its 50th anniversary in 2003. by Jerry Roberts When the police investigate the Cub Scouts […]

 Mark McDermott

Parcel tax ballot measure heads to Manhattan Beach voters

Parcel tax ballot measure heads to Manhattan Beach voters

by Mark McDermott Measure MB, a proposed $225 parcel tax, will come before voters Tuesday in an election Manhattan Beach Unified School District leaders and supporters believe will determine whether or not the district can stave off teacher layoffs. The proposed per-parcel tax would generate $2.65 million annually and expire after six years. The Board […]

 Kevin Cody

LA Times/Manhattan Beach Food Bowl cool in every way

LA Times/Manhattan Beach Food Bowl cool in every way

The LA Times Sustainable Seafood dinner on the sand in Manhattan Beach was a logistical, educational and culinary success.

 Mark McDermott

LOVE mural again rejected due to Manhattan Beach pier location requirement

LOVE mural again  rejected due to Manhattan Beach pier  location requirement

  by Mark McDermott Loves me, loves me not: the months-long saga of the proposed loan of the iconic LOVE sculpture came to a likely end after a topsy-turvy affair in which the Manhattan Beach City Council rejected the sculpture, then accepted it, and finally rejected it again Tuesday night. It’s not about you, a […]

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