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Journey of song: Costa choir teacher takes ensemble back to his Greek roots

Mira Costa High School choir director Michael Hayden will take his 31-student vocal ensemble to perform half way around the world in the country of his birth.

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No alcohol at Six-Man volleyball tournament, team fees to increase

The City Council said Tuesday that no alcohol will be allowed at the Six-Man tournament this year and local teams will be hit on entrance fees that will likely increase from $600 to between $1,200 and $1,600 to cover the cost of enhanced enforcement.

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Talking Trash

The city will go out to bid on its $25 million waste hauling contract.

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Earth Day at Polliwog Park

Volunteers and Organizations Improving the Community’s Environments (VOICE) will host an Earth Day Celebration and Concert April 17  from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m at Polliwog Park.  Musical guests will include Dave Kinnoin, Jeremy Buck and the Bang and The Police Experience. The event will inlcude a recycling drive where residents can drop off clean and lightly worn clothes, […]

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Cops chase driver until car crashes

A motorist with six outstanding warrants led police on a high speed chase through the city that ended in a car accident last week. Driver Vincent Olivadoti, 23, was already wanted for a list of felonies — including burglary, identity theft, narcotic violations and vandalism — when he attempted to outrun authorities, according to Manhattan […]

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Costa students remember friend who died

Classmates gathered at Dockweiller Beach on Monday night to mourn the passing of popular Mira Costa junior Darius Smith.

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Homegrown fireman named interim chief

Manhattan Beach can add “fire chief” to its list of positions staffed by interim employees, directly after the head post of city manager. Battalion Chief Ken Shuck was named Interim Fire Chief.

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Students compete at Cal State LA

Mira Costa students compete for the first time at Science Olympiad competition.

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About Town


Nurse who assisted in Haitian earthquake victim amputations gives talk; Miss California USA comes to Shade Hotel; New York Times best-selling author visits local bookstore.

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50 gather to protest closing the dune

CORE president Bill Hory (left) leads dune exercise supporters down The Strand to the sand dune during a rally Sunday. Photo by Brent Broza (Brozaphoto.com) Protesters against banning exercise on the sand dune showed their numbers Sunday at a “Free the Dune” rally put on by Citizens for Outdoor Exercise and Recreation (CORE). The group […]

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Cops nab couple in string of bike and stroller thefts

Manhattan Beach Police detectives arrested a burglary parolee and his wife last Wednesday for allegedly stealing bikes and strollers throughout the South Bay. Police recovered three motorized scooters, 23 bikes, and 16 strollers from the Westchester home of Anthony Taraszka, 33, and Michelle Thompson, 31, according to MBPD Det. Sgt. Brian Brown. “All the property […]

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LAUSD takes back its students

Manhattan Beach students who live in Los Angeles will not be allowed to return to their Manhattan schools next year. The Los Angeles Unified School District announced last month that it will no longer release students living within its bounds to other districts.

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About Town

Mira Costa student wins 5K for breast cancer; school puts on Good Friday play next weekend; Construction on Highland Ave. begins.

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Teacher gets NASA award and pink-slip


Meadows Elementary fifth-grade teacher Chris Miko is one of 40 educators, chosen from among 2,000 applicants nationwide, to receive a National Aeronautics and Space Administration fellowship this year. He is also one of 19 teachers in the Manhattan Beach Unified School District who was pink-slipped last Wednesday.

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Man in car flashes woman then drives away

A man in a pickup truck exposed himself to a lone woman walking near an elementary school last Friday, while a male passenger in his vehicle watched. The two men pulled up to the victim, a nurse at Grand View Elementary School, at 10:30 a.m. on Grandview Ave. near 24th St. The driver remained in […]