Mark McDermott

Community rallies for Haitian relief

Help is on the way. A team from King’s Harbor Church hopes to fly to Haiti as early as Monday, bringing supplies and manpower to the besieged orphanage operated by former Redondo Beach residents Bill and Susette Manassero and their children. Meanwhile, a couple from the church, Lucas and Alicia Simmons have spearheaded a fundraising […]

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Ariana’s dream

Five years ago, a Redondo family followed their child’s heart to Haiti. Their orphanage, Maison de Lumiere, has served as a triage and a beacon of hope since last week’s earthquake.

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A sweet sailor fades into the sunset

Ed Neubauer was many things to many people. To thousands of kids he taught over the course of 36 years in the Hawthorne School District, he was a relentlessly upbeat and encouraging figure in their lives, one who took groups of kids on camping trips, helping bring a sense of self-sufficiency to many at-risk students. […]

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Jewish holidays added to school calendar

The Redondo Beach Unified School District Board of Education Tuesday night added Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to the district’s non-school day holidays.

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Audit reveals RBUSD meal count problems

A state audit has revealed missing records from the Redondo Unified School District food services and has resulted in the withholding of state and federal funds from the district’s reduced and free lunch program, pending corrective action.

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Neighbors embroiled in squirrel quarrel

Neighbors embroiled in squirrel quarrel

by Mark McDermott Two weeks ago, Jay Horrell opened up his mail to find a letter from a lawyer named Donald Ramenian. Horrell’s neighbors, the letter said, had a serious problem: squirrels were destroying their lawn, endangering their own and their dogs’ health, and threatening to overrun their house. At times, Ramenian wrote, 15 to […]

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Man arrested in gang-related shooting

A member of the North Side Redondo gang was arrested Monday morning and charged with attempted murder in what police believe was a gang-related shooting. The Redondo Beach Police Department received a report of a shooting that occurred at 4:30 p.m. Saturday on the 2400 block of Fisk Lane. According to police reports, a man […]

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Detectives bust Ponzi scheme

Detectives bust Ponzi scheme

Redondo Beach Police Department detectives have arrested a local woman on suspicion of operating a Ponzi scheme targeting Latin immigrants that victimized at least 55 people for more than $500,000. Mariana Montes, 41, of Redondo Beach, was arrested on Dec. 29. Police were attempting to locate her for an outstanding arrest warrant on another crime […]

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Cheer for Children helps in hard times

Santa was dancing. He was on the sixth floor of the Harbor UCLA Medical Center, outside the pediatric unit, where dozens of children were spending the holiday fighting illness and injury. It wasn’t a naturally cheerful place. But as 13-year-old Alonzo Jimenez shuffled carefully into the room, he couldn’t help but smile. He pulled along […]

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A soldier’s story: A mission goes amiss for a South Bay soldier serving in Afghanistan

September 10 was supposed to be a down day for the Ugly Ducklings. The self-dubbed ducklings are a three-man Army military police team stationed in the mountains of northeast Afghanistan, part of roughly 50-man platoon whose primary goal upon deployment last May was to train Afghani military police. But by September, the platoon’s second squad […]

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Police break Cori Desmond case

Police break Cori Desmond case

A suspect in the killing of Cori Desmond has been found. The San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner’s Department last Thursday arrested Tony Lopez Perez, a 35-year-old Redondo Beach resident. Perez has been charged with murdering Desmond, a 28-year-old Torrance resident who was last seen in the early morning hours of Feb. 15 outside Bogeys Bar and […]

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No Dog Left Behind: 786 dogs saved from nearly certain death

Cathy Rubin and Rover Rescue have saved 786 dogs from nearly certain death. Her mission is to find a home for every dog. There are rooms in animal shelters where the dogs that are too injured, sick or unsightly are caged. While most shelter dogs have some chance that someone might come and take them […]

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