Ryan McDonald

Story prompts search for painting

Story prompts search for painting

by Ryan McDonald Manhattan Beach resident Nancy Grenier has painted all her life, and has done outdoor scenes up and down the California coast. But it was a watercolor of some apartments in her hometown that proved perhaps her most popular work of art. Grenier, who studied art and education at Occidental College, painted a […]

 Mark McDermott

Council blocks three cell pole sites

by Mark McDermott AT&T’s two-year quest to install cell phone antennas on light and utility poles throughout the city to improve coverage hit another roadblock Tuesday night as the City Council moved towards denial of three out of four proposed sites. The cell phone carrier, citing gaps in local cellular coverage, originally proposed 15 outdoor […]

 Ryan McDonald

Manhattan Beach About Town

McArthur named firefighter of the year Once a year, the Manhattan Beach Fire Department recognizes one of its own as an exemplar of what the organization strives to be for the entire community. This year’s firefighter of the year is Christian McArthur, an eight-year MBFD veteran who was publicly commended at the June 4 City […]

 Mark McDermott

MBEF raises $1.2 million

MBEF raises $1.2 million

by Mark McDermott The 25th Anniversary of the Manhattan Wine Auction on Saturday night raised $1.2 million for local schools. More than 2,000 people attended the event at the Manhattan Beach Country Club, which featured 40 local restaurants and beverages served by more than 80 wineries, breweries and distilleries. The event’s special “Paddle Raise” generated […]

 Kevin Cody

Manhattan Beach fourth graders design Gelsons shopping bag

Manhattan Beach fourth graders design Gelsons shopping bag

Manhattan Beach fourth graders unveil the shopping bags they designed for Gelsons.

 Ryan McDonald

Couture D’Pier

Couture D’Pier

Marcia Schneir designs for the pearls-and-sandals crowd By Ryan McDonald Marcia Schneir can often be found with a gaggle of children and a studio’s worth of art supplies, urging the kids to find the beauty in a lifeguard tower or a sunset. And then, sometimes in the same day, she pushes herself to find the […]

 Ryan McDonald

Ten for 10: Depth and dedication help Mira Costa surfers ride a decade-long streak of success

Ten for 10: Depth and dedication help Mira Costa surfers ride a decade-long streak of success

by Ryan McDonald There was a time last fall when Dickie O’Reilly thought it would be a typical South Bay high school surf season. Then the storms came. “We started in early October, and we went through until Christmas Break without any hiccups at all,” said O’Reilly, league director of the South Bay Scholastic Surfing […]

 Paul Teetor

Consolation Kids prevail at Manhattan Beach Live Oak Park 3 on 3 basketball tourney

Consolation Kids prevail at Manhattan Beach Live Oak Park 3 on 3 basketball tourney

“This is like watching the Bad Boy Detroit Pistons play the Bad Boy Detroit Pistons.”    by Paul Teetor Three brand new Live Oak Legends – Jersey Joe, The Kid, and Turbo – were born last Friday afternoon during the 48th Annual Live Oak Park 3 on 3 Basketball Classic. They achieved legendary status by pulling […]

 Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach About Town

Prom for grownups An unusual and arguably long overdue event takes place Saturday night just across the Manhattan Beach border: a prom for grownups. The event, which features local bands Spendtime Palace, The Charities, Royal Rats, and Jesse Erikson and the Prom Band, takes place at the Moose Lodge in El Segundo and is targeting […]

 Mark McDermott

Mayor targets stormwater protection in Manhattan Beach

Mayor targets stormwater protection in Manhattan Beach

by Mark McDermott Every day, nearly every resident in Manhattan Beach sends waste towards the Pacific Ocean. A walk on the beach reveals the obvious stuff —  the thousands of pounds of plastics, pop cans, cigarette butts, paper, and miscellaneous detritus left behind by beachgoers each year. But there is a category of waste that […]

 Kevin Cody

Manhattan Beach RackStarz offers surf, kayak, bike racks

Manhattan Beach RackStarz offers surf, kayak, bike racks

RackStarz Vehicle Rack and Hitch celebrated the opening of its first California location in Manhattan Beach on Wednesday. The Colorado company fits cars with racks that securely transport kayaks, surfboards, bikes and other outdoor equipment.

 Mark McDermott

MBEF Wine Auction hopes to tackle math

MBEF Wine Auction hopes to tackle math

by Mark McDermott For 180 days of each year, alarm clocks go off early, and a small army of educators, administrators, and support staff rise, some with prep work to do almost immediately out of bed, everyone going through their commute routines before they arrive at the eight campuses of the Manhattan Beach Unified School […]

 Mark McDermott

Citywide tobacco sales ban considered

by Mark McDermott The Manhattan Beach City Council will consider a citywide ban of tobacco sales in what Councilperson Steve Napolitano called “a logical next step” after banning smoking in public places five years ago. The Council on Tuesday night directed staff to research the impacts of such a ban and bring it back on […]

 Judy Rae

South Bay Community Calendar 6-6-19

South Bay Community Calendar 6-6-19

Wine auction, pet auction, South Bay Paddle, summertime art show, run for Brock

 Ryan McDonald

Manhattan Beach About Town

Manhattan Beach About Town

Hersman takes helm Nancy Hersman became mayor at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, taking the reins from Councilperson Steve Napolitano. Hersman is serving her first term on council. She praised Napolitano, a Manhattan Beach native, as “a tough guy to follow” especially given that her 20 years in town make her relatively new. “You know […]