August 10, 2017
Volume 48, Issue 1
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20 “Summer of ‘71” by Chris Lawler
A lonely high school students finds solace and then
disappointment in a love not meant to be.
24 “Going Home Again” by Dave Siemienski
Home isn’t where it was, but where it is now.
28 “A Long Overdue Confession” by Pete Whalon
A Vietnam send-off party leads to a four-decades-old
secret, kept to protect a job.
Volume 48, Issue 1
47th Anniversary thank you
Each year, as a reminder that Easy Reader was founded in 1970 with a staff of
community volunteers, we invite readers to submit their stories and photos. We
wish to thank all who took the time to send in submissions and regret we lack
the space to print more of them.
– Kevin Cody, publisher
GRAND PRIZE WRITING
On the cover
“Malaga Cove Kelp”
by Joel Gitelson
16 “Patamon, Prince of El Porto” by J.E. Marshall HONORABLE MENTION
Inherent vice in El Porto leaves a trail of victims, some deserving of
punishment, some not.
HONORABLE MENTION WRITING
38 Volleyball player Presley Forbes by Randy Angel
Undersized Mira Costa graduate Presley Forbes lands a college
volleyball scholarship, as do other members of a beach training program
founded just three years ago by her mother Daron.
42 Basque food reimagined by Richard Foss
Veteran chef Bernard Ibarra gives rising young chef Michael Mazzotta
the run of A Basq Kitchen, with creative results.
16 Manhattan Beach Pier
by Don Adkins
18 Super Moon over El Porto
by Mark Towle
20 Lifeguard tower
by Jaime Brown
24 Tall Ladder
by Mike McKinney
26 Hummingbird Moth
by Mike Barbee
by Mike Barbee
28 City lights
by Dylan Marin
44 Redondo Breakwall
by Gus McConnell
Surf’s up, Hermosa and Manhattan
by John Post
46 Downtown to Beach Town
by Cathi Lundy
by Homer Hernandez
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10 Beach Calendar by Judy Rae
17 Lifeguard Medal of Valor dinner
30 49th Annual Seawright Volleyball Tournament
34 White Light White Night Walk with Sally
49 Home Services
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B E A C H
Thursday, August 10
Lunch and learn
Cancer Support Community Redondo
Beach (CSCRB) hosts David Hart
PhD. Hart will present a cognitive fitness
regimen including novel activities
that stimulate neurogenesis and synaptic
connections in the brain. Attendees
will exercise multiple regions of the
cerebral cortex for a full brain workout.
A nutritious lunch will be provided by
The Spot Restaurant, Hermosa Beach.
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 109 West Torrance
Blvd., Redondo Beach. Call (310)
376-3550 or visit the website at cancersupportredondobeach.org.
A Historical happy hour
Hermosa Beach Historical Society
presents Happy Hour with History.
Learn the history of surf photography
with John Grannis. 6 - 8 p.m. Hermosa
Beach Museum, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa
Beach. RSVP by calling or leave
a message at (310) 318-9421 or email:
Summer of music
Come down to the Redondo Beach
Pier and listen to classic rock group
1969. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on.
6 - 8 p.m. 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo
Beach. Free, For a complete list
of future events go to redondopier.com.
Friday, August 11
Community Ed Series
Join the MemorialCare Todd Cancer
Institute at Long Beach Memorial to
learn about cognition, aphasia, shortterm
memory strategies and brain
training. Anita Robin, speech therapist,
will lead a presentation on the effects
of chemotherapy on the brain. She’ll
explain how to use cognitive-linguistic
rehab to help with memory. 12:15 –
12:50 p.m. Todd Cancer Pavilion Treatment
Planning Room, 3rd Floor, 2810
Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach. RSVP
by calling (562) 933-7815. Free event
open to the public.
Beginning Ping Pong is offered at the
Hermosa Senior Center, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Come learn to play! Free for members;
annual membership is only $10. 710
Pier Ave. (310) 318-0280.
Where’s that spot?
For audiences seeking quality, family
entertainment, Shakespeare by the
Sea’s free performances can’t be beat.
Pack low beach chairs, gather loved
ones, and settle in under the stars for a
night of classic entertainment. The
tales are timeless, the admission ticketless,
and the experience priceless.
Shakespeare by the Sea presents Macbeth
at Polliwog Park, 7-9 p.m. (Tomorrow
it’s Taming of the Shrew.) Free but
donations always welcome. 1601 Manhattan
Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach.
Shakespearebythesea.org for more info.
Beach movie nights
Enjoy a free family-friendly movie
screening on the sand, by the waves,
and under the stars at the Dockweiler
Youth Center. Movie starts at 8 p.m.
Storks. Bring chairs and blankets to sit
on. Gourmet food truck on-site starting
at 6 p.m. 12505 Vista Del Mar, Playa
del Rey. For questions call the Dept. of
Beach and Harbors at (310) 726-4128.
Saturday, August 12
Bite at the beach
Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce
hosts the annual Bite at the
Beach, food and beer event, featuring
decadent food and craft beer pairings.
MB Studios Campus, 1600 Rosecrans
Ave., Manhattan Beach. 2 - 6 p.m. General
Admission $55; day of event $65.
For tickets go to
search Bite at
the Beach 2017.
call (310) 545-
by the Sea presents
the Shrew at
7-9 p.m. Free
M a n h a t t a n
M a n h a t t a n
P o p c o r n ,
and a great
on the big
Friday and Saturday, August 11 and 12 are among the
last chances to catch the 2017 season of Shakepeare
by the Sea’s summer performances. Beginning at 7
p.m. at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach enjoy Macbeth
on Friday and Taming of the Shrew on Saturday. August
17 Macbeth will be performed at Terranea. Season ends
August 18 and 19 at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro. For
a complete schedule or more information, ShakespearebytheSea.org.
the sun goes down. Friends of the Parks
presents Movies on the Beach, in Hermosa.
Meet at the south side of the
Hermosa Beach Pier, fun begins at twilight.
The featured movie, Moana, begins
at 7:30 p.m. sharp. Bring blankets,
picnics and beach chairs. Popcorn and
water available for purchase. Free, but
donation is greatly appreciated. For future
movies on the beach visit
Art of coloring books
Cancer Support Community Redondo
Beach (CSCRB) presents a stress
reduction workshop on adult coloring
led by cancer survivor Lynde Hartman.
Participants will relate back to a childhood
pastime and discover the many
benefits of coloring books. Health advantages
include exercising fine motor
skills and training the brain to focus
and center the mind. 10:30 a.m. - noon.
109 West Torrance Blvd., Redondo
Beach. All supplies provided. Advance
Calendar cont. on page 12
Nothing Feels Better
Than Creating Something
@ Destination: Art
CLASSES BEING OFFERED
Paint-In Tuesdays-Paint Your Heart Out
with others instead alone
• Oil Painting - basics or pros
• Painting on Silk - make your
• Watercolors - take a chance
• Botanical Art - every little
• Studio Landscape Painting
• Pastel, Collage + Acrylics
classes on demand
Plan a Wine & Canvas Party
Info on any of the above
1815 W. 213th St., #135
Torrance CA 90501
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B E A C H
Everclear rocks the Hermosa Beach Pier Sunday, August 13. Presented
by Subaru Pacific, the Hermosa Beach Summer Concerts are held on the
sand next to the beautiful ocean. 5 p.m. Free. South side of the Hermosa
Beach Pier. Bring a picnic dinner, lawn chairs and a blanket. Come to wind
down the weekend with a free concert at the beach. NO glass containers or
alcohol on the beach. Hbsummerconcerts.com.
registration required. Call (310) 376-
3550 or visit cancersupportredondobeach.org.
Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy
presents “Stories, Songs and
More for All”. All ages are welcome and
the program is free. Reservations appreciated
but not required. 10 a.m.
White Point Nature Preserve,1600 W.
Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. To sign up
for the outdoor volunteer day, please
call Jill Wittman at (310) 541-7613 or
pvplc.volunteerhub.com. Wear comfortable
shoes and bring sun protection.
For more information, please visit:
Sunday, August 13
The Succulent Society hosts Woody
Minnich who relates his adventures
photographing some of the world’s
weirdest plants in a truly out-of-theway
place, Socotra, an island just south
of Yemen. 1 p.m., South Coast Botanic
Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos
Verdes Peninsula. For more information
Monday, August 14
Enjoy a free storytime geared towards
kids ages 3-8, at pages a bookstore.
Mondays 10:30 a.m. 904
Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach.
Every Monday at 6 p.m. drop-in to
the welcome meeting and learn about
the philosophy and free programs from
cancer patients who have participated
at the Cancer Support Community Redondo
Beach. No appointment necessary.
109 W. Torrance Blvd., Redondo
Beach. For questions call (310) 376-
3550 or visit CancerSupportRedond-
Get moving and de-stress with Beach
Cities Health District’s Free Fitness Series,
a free community-wide event that
brings together Beach Cities residents,
fitness and fun. Zumba. All ages and
ability levels are welcome to participate.
Invite your friends and family to
join. 6:30 p.m. Lincoln Elementary
School, 2223 Plant Ave., Redondo
Beach. Visit bchd.org/freefitness for a
full schedule of events and to register.
Print photo critique
Mark Comon of Paul’s Photo will critique
print images submitted by SBCC
members. Free and open to anyone
who is interested in photography. All
are welcome. 7 p.m. Torrance Airport
Admin. Building meeting room, 3301
Airport Drive, Torrance. For more information
call Harry Korn at (805) 340-
3197 or visit sbccphoto.org.
State Senator Ben Allen will be the
featured speaker at the Torrance Democrats
monthly meeting. There will
be a moderated Q&A session. 7 p.m.
Toyota USA Automobile Museum,
19600 Van Ness Ave., Torrance. facebook.com/benallencalifornia.
Tuesday, August 15
Cancer Support Community Redondo
Beach (CSCRB) hosts Nancy
Starr, massage therapist and Melt Instructor.
The Melt Method is a self-help
technique that uses small balls on the
hands and feet to balance the nervous
system and rehydrate connective tissue.
11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. 109 West
Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach. All
equipment will be provided. Advance
registration required. Call (310) 376-
3550 or visit cancersupportredondobeach.org.
Wednesday, August 16
Play is essential to your child’s development.
Enjoy quality playtime with
your child while meeting other parents
and children. Free. 10:30 a.m.- noon.
Manhattan Beach Library, 1320 Highland
Ave., Manhattan Beach. For questions
call (310) 545-8595 or visit
Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy
presents Wild Birds Unlimited
special guided bird walk. Explore the
birds now making a home in the restored
habitat at the preserve. Free and
open to the public. All ages are welcome.
Binoculars are available. Reservations
are not required. 8:30 a.m.
White Point Nature Preserve, 1600 W.
Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. For more information
call (310) 541-7613 or visit
Get to the Point
Summer music series with Rice and
Beans (4 piece, country) at The Point,
850 S. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo.
Free. Bring your blanket or chair and
enjoy. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. For questions
call (310) 414-5280 or visit
Thursday, August 17
Businesses, organizations and residents
of the Beach Cities are invited to
come together to volunteer in school
gardens in Hermosa Beach and Redondo
Beach to help prep them for the
upcoming school year. Activities include
planting, harvesting and removing
weeds in the gardens. Efforts
support Beach Cities Health District’s
LiveWell Kids obesity prevention program.
Check in at 8 a.m. Alta Vista
Park, 801 Camino Real, Redondo
Beach. Register online at bchd.org/volunteerday.
Mommy, me & daddies too
Get ready to sparkle, sing and dance
with Twinkle Time and friends. Plus,
enjoy the Funky Divas of Fashion and
Calendar cont. on page 36
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PEDAL YOUR CRUISER
Redondo Beach Pier and Boardwalk
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G R A N D P R I Z E W I N N E R
Patamon, Prince of El Porto
by J.E. Marshall
“That’s him?” Flint grimaced.
“I thought you knew him.” Harry looked at his
“I’m a reporter. I took photos 20 years ago in
Hawaii.” Lester was old and tired.
Patamon was sleeping on the floor, wearing
boxer shorts and his deceased wife’s bathrobe.
He was emaciated. His hip length hair and matted
beard went off in all directions. The smell
was unbearable. The art studio portion of the
house was dusty and obviously not in use.
The men went to the rooftop patio to talk.
“Shouldn’t you put him to bed?” Lester suggested.
“He’ll tear your head off,” Edison nodded.
“He speaks from experience,” Harry agreed.
“This is how you live?” Lester’s head tilted.
“This is how it’s been since his daughter died
three months ago,” Edison said.
“It took more than three months to grow that
hair,” Lester exclaimed.
“Patamon stopped cutting his hair when his
wife Birdie died. He wore it in a man bun and
was going to cut it off on his daughter’s wedding
day,” Harry explained.
“Is that a millennial thing?” Lester wet his pencil
tip with his tongue.
“You could get lead poisoning.” Harry had
only seen old people in movies do that.
“Birdie isn’t dead,” Lester leaned in.
“You don’t know what you’re talking about!”
“I know things you don’t know. You tell me
what Patamon was running from. I’ll tell you
about Birdie.” Lester bargained.
“You’ve been looking for Patamon for 20
years!?” Harry’s jaw dropped.
“I’ve been looking for Patamon for 42 years!”
Lester got up to stretch his legs. The FBI’s SUV
was parked across the street.
“Back in the day we were THE DOORS of El
Porto. Patamon’s sculptures sold for outrageous
amounts. We paid off the mortgage. We never
wanted for anything. One day this character
named Freddie Boult pulls up in a limo and
drags Patamon off to this gazillionaire’s mansion
in Manhattan Beach. That day our lives blew
up.….” Edison drifted.
“Patamon comes back screaming that we have
to leave. We closed our bank accounts, cut up
our credit cards, sold our cars and smashed our
phones. We took a bus. We hitchhiked. At a
truck stop in the middle of nowhere we met
Leon and Dee Dee Pine. They offered us a home
cooked meal and when we saw their circumstances
we knew we found a hideout. It used to
be a rustic resort but from the look of it, the heyday
must have been in the 1920s. The sauna,
steam rooms and pools were repulsive. We
worked day and night in exchange for a safe
place to sleep. Leon and Dee Dee had no money
so we paid for the materials. We did a lot of trout
fishing in the stream that ran through the property.
One morning Patamon said we better move
on. Leon and Dee Dee thanked us. We thanked
them,” Harry sighed. “They seemed like nice
“Where did you go next?” Lester asked.
“Hawaii. We hid in plain sight on a beach
crammed with tourists. I did some bartending.
Harry took up lounge singing. Patamon became
a lifeguard. That’s where he met Birdie. Met her
on the beach. She was having a birthday party.
Birdie was a rich kid but she wasn’t spoiled. It
killed Patamon that he couldn’t be an artist any-
more, that Birdie’s father could think
he was after her money. He tried not
to fall in love but couldn’t help himself.
They got married in the courthouse.
Patamon told Birdie’s parents
that they would have another wedding
once he got his finances in
order. Birdie got pregnant on the
honeymoon in Fiji. A week after
Maribelle was born the news about
the gazillionaire was in all the papers.
It was gruesome but it meant
we could finally go back to El Porto
and resume our lives,” Edison looked
Lester tapped the patio table with
one finger like he was sending a telegraph.
He pulled the photos out of
his jacket and put them on the table.
In the SUV Agent Gower explained
to his young partner how
Bargus, his daughter and henchman
Freddie Boult died in a freak accident,
struck by lightning while having
an orgy in a hot tub.
“Shut the door! Who has an orgy
with their children present!” Agent
Curtis was disgusted.
“Technically, the coroner called it
an ‘August sandwich’.”
“Nothing explains Patamon’s actions.
We don’t know if Patamon
knew about the incest. We know he
wasn’t blackmailing Bargus. We do
know Patamon’s biggest patron,
Oliver Mowbray completely disappeared
from the face of the earth
shortly before Patamon disappeared.
This time tomorrow we’ll know if
Patamon’s real name is Dovico, if
he’s Senator Thaliard’s grandson.
The world agreed that the Dovico
child met the same fate as the Lindberg
“When King Tomas Dovico and his
Hollywood bride Margaret died in
the avalanche that derailed their
train car, the kidnappers probably
figured they were in over their
heads. Along comes Lester Flint. The
old geezer flew all the way from Vermont
to Hawaii on his own dime just
because a drunk war buddy called
and said there was a lifeguard on the
beach who was the spitting image of
His Majesty Dovico. Flint trots up
and down that beach wearing a ratty
tweed suit. He follows Patamon
everywhere. Patamon is head over
heels for the heiress Birdie Ratcliff.
Patamon wouldn’t have noticed if
Barney the purple dinosaur was tailing
him,” Gower handed Curtis an
iPad loaded with Flint’s photos.
“Flint also stole a vial of blood
when he followed the happy couple
to their prenuptial blood tests and
kept the blood in his freezer in Vermont
all this time. Flint lost track of
Patamon and now he thinks he’s
found him again,” Gower was suddenly
“What?” Agent Curtis looked up.
“Listen. Flint’s not talking to them.
He’s talking to us,” Gower turned
the sound up.
“I think we should finish this conversation
later,” Flint told the men.
“You didn’t tell us about Birdie!”
“Your friend needs medical attention,”
“We told you he won’t listen. We
don’t want him locked up in some
mental ward!” Harry cried out.
“Yeah. What are you, from Social
Services? Did one of those tight ass
Manhattan Beach bitches call you
because Pat bought a carton of milk
wearing his wife’s bathrobe? The
manager of the grocery store knows
Pat. Who do you think made the
sculpture in the parking lot? He’ll be
ok. He just needs time,” Edison’s
face was beet red with anger.
“I’m no doctor but Patamon looks
dehydrated. You say he fights anyone
who tries to help. He doesn’t have a
Manhattan Beach Pier
by Don Adkins
Adkins wanted to do something
different with the
Manhattan Beach pier, which
has been a magnet for
photographers for decades.
He photographed the pier in
color, converted it to black
and white, made a 14” by 30”
inch print, cut the print into
sections, then reassembled
the image with spacers
between the sections. The
print is part of the Artists
Groups exhibit at the PV Art
Center, through August 19.
Super Moon over El Porto
by Mark Towle
Monday, November 14, 2016 when the full moon
was closest to earth. Canon EOS Rebel T6
gun. He’s weak from not eating. A medic
could be advised to give him an injection
before trying to move him. Your friend is
dying of a broken heart. He might not
make it to tomorrow,” Flint said.
Flint met the FBI at the door and showed
them where Patamon was curled up on the
cold floor. Patamon was given an injection
of Haldol and transported to the ER.
Flint, Harry, Edison, and Agents Gower
and Curtis waited for hours in a private
“Maribella almost died. Leon and Dee
Dee Pine took out a huge life insurance
policy and began slowly poisoning her. We
got a tip and let them think they succeeded
while we continued to collect evidence. We
had no idea Patamon would show up,”
Gower told Harry and Edison.
“Patamon lost his mind the day he came
to pick up Maribelle and was directed to
the graveyard. Who killed Dee Dee and
Leon and their daughter Evelyn?” Edison
“The Russian hitman, Freddie Boult. He
thought he was killing Patamon, Birdie and
Mirabelle. The same insurance flag that
alerted us of a suspicious policy was accessed
by Russians hackers and they accessed
Mirabelle’s birth certificate. Then
Patamon’s name on that certificate triggered
another Russian flag and the hitman
was dispatched,” Gower explained.
“You saved Mirabelle twice. Then a
Russian hitman named ‘Boult’ goes home
and gets hit by a bolt of lightning! Patamon
learns that Boult and Bargus are dead so
he comes back to pick up his daughter before
you have time to correct the tombstone!”
Harry marveled at the mess.
“What the hell are the Russians doing
monitoring our medical and insurance
transactions?” Edison asked.
“Information is power. They almost got
Maribelle,” Curtis replied.
“Birdie’s parents died when the tidal
wave hit the island resort. The whole family
had gathered there to celebrate their
first wedding anniversary and the birth of
their daughter,” Harry said.
“Birdie survived but was rescued by pirates
who planned to sell her. She tried to
kill herself by jumping overboard but was
rescued again, this time by kind fishermen
who took her to the priory on an impoverished
island far from the ravaged resort.
The nuns nursed Birdie’s cuts and broken
bones. Birdie decided to live out the rest of
her days there, which she did until a photo
taken by a tourist put her back on the
grid,” Agent Curtis filled in the blanks.
Birdie had no hope that the baby the
water ripped from her arms could survive.
She couldn’t know that Patamon’s lifeguard
training kicked in and combined
with a father’s love, empowered him to
snatch his daughter back from the sea.
“Edison and I were still in Hawaii. We
flew to Fiji to help Pat find Birdie. It was
too brutal for an infant, so we flew to California
and asked Dee Dee and Leon to
look after Maribelle. Dee Dee had just
given birth to Evelyn and promised to treat
Maribelle as Evelyn’s twin while we
searched for Birdie,” Harry shared his
piece of the puzzle.
The waiting room door creaked and
there stood Birdie and her daughter Maribelle.
An hour later a stern, elderly man in
a black suit and overcoat entered the room.
“Maribelle, meet your great grandfather,
Senator Gunther Thaliard,” Gower introduced
A nurse appeared and informed Gower
he could speak to Patamon. Gower went
in alone. They had a very interesting conversation.
“Curtis, don’t react,” Gower said into his
Curtis kept his poker face and pushed
his earpiece in deeper.
“Look at your watch, calmly tell the Senator
it’s time to meet his grandson. When
he is clear of the waiting room, cuff the
bastard. I’m right outside. I got your back.”
On the night in question when Freddie
Boult whisked Patamon from his studio in
El Porto to the Bargus mansion in Manhattan
Beach, Patamon did indeed witness
acts of incest. August Bargus was having
sex with his daughter while Senator Gunther
Thaliard sodomized her. Freddie Boult
was watching it on his laptop while commissioning
a work of art from Patamon.
“Our country needs your country to
change some outdated policies. Everybody
is happy.” Boult laughed at Patamon’s
The obscene amount of money Patamon
was offered shocked him. What turned his
bones to rubber was the sight of a skull on
a spike in the tropical themed pool area.
Most people would shrug it off as tacky
décor but anyone who knew Oliver Mowbray
would recognize that skull. Patamon
walked past the pool to the beach. Once he
reached the moonlit shore he ran like the
wind to El Porto to protect his business
partners Edison and Harry.
Senator Thaliard was taken out of the
hospital in handcuffs.
“I guess this explains the senator’s voting
history. God, I wouldn’t want to be Patamon,”
“I think the Prince of El Porto is feeling
better now than he has in years,” Gower
patted his partner on the back.
Indeed, Patamon was hugging his wife
and daughter, shedding tears of relief and
H O N O R A B L E M E N T I O N
Summer of '71
by Chris Lawler
The last South Bay house I lived as a
teenager was on Blossom Lane in North
Redondo Beach, just east of Aviation and
south of Aviation High School. Compared to my
previous home on Fourth Street in Manhattan,
it felt like Siberia. I was a freshman at Mira
Costa and this was Aviation High School turf
and none of my few friends lived anywhere near
me. I had the feeling this was where people
lived if they couldn't live at the beach but
wouldn't give up the dream. Of course, now, I
would kiss the ass of my lucky stars to live that
close to the beach.. Alas, I have become a
My dad was out of the picture by this time
and my Mom a waitress trying to support four
kids and our bi-polar Grandma. She was burning
out and becoming an addict from the stress.
I had no idea how common this Gulag was for
women during the 'swinger' era of the early
I was self absorbed with teenage angst and
had little perspective. Man, I needed my dad
back then! He was off, starting a new life married
to a rich banker's daughter. Again, this was
by Jaime Brown
Torrance Beach. Nikon d70, 1/60, f8
a pretty common situation back then. There
were no video games to soak up all the alone
time. Instead, I had a dog, and a front yard. I
was outside a lot. There was a pack of younger
boys who hung on my street. I got them organized
enough to play baseball in front of my
house. Home plate was in front of my garage
door. I chalked out a 'strike zone' on the door
and would pitch tennis balls to them. It was fun.
The boys really looked up to me and, I was able
to suppress my feelings of desperation.
Another single mom ( no names, to protect
privacy) from across the street noticed my rapport
with her two sons and offered me a babysitting
job while she worked her waitress gig at
night. I took the job to help out my mom and to
get away from her alcoholism. This lady left for
work about 6 p.m. and I had these knuckleheads
until 11 p.m.
Her boys were 8 and 10 and wild as raccoons
but I had a lot of fun with them. We would
make crank calls, wrestle around and have epic
pillow fights. I would chase them around with a
broomstick singing the Rotor Rooter song threatening
to impale them. We just clowned all night
until they fell asleep on the sofa watching TV
Then I would go in the kitchen and wash her
dishes. There were maggots that can only be explained
by a single mom too exhausted to care.
Washing dishes wasn't part of the job, but I
couldn't leave her kitchen that way. This started
a little trouble.
She was a very attractive lady in her cocktail
waitress outfit. At 15 years old, I was already an
inch or two taller than her. She fit me. I started
to have a 'Summer of '42' crush on her. She was
always so very grateful for me and made me feel
important. She called me 'My man, CJ' and sent
me home every night with a kiss on the forehead
and an unrestrained hug. That, and a
pocket full of her tips. She was especially moved
by my cleaning her filthy kitchen. I know she
was embarrassed by how she left them for me.
This babysitting gig lasted about a half the
summer. Then she got a new boyfriend and
moved away. Saved by the bell. I was falling in
love with her. It never went any further but the
trouble this made for me lasted a long time, until
the memory of her was a tattered thing in my
I came away from that experience with a gold
doubloon; Attraction is powerful, but love drops
the Heavy Hammer when you humble yourself
and serve. B
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MEDAL OF VALOR DINNER
County lifeguards honor their own
The 56th annual International Surf Festival kicked off Aug. 2 with the Los Angeles County
Lifeguard Medal of Valor Dinner at Seaside Lagoon in King Harbor. Now in its 37th year, the
dinner recognizes heroism and bravery in the line of duty in the past year by L.A. County Lifeguards.
The county lifeguards are the largest beach lifesaving organization in the world, with
over 800 full time and lifetime lifeguards. Civic officials from surf festival host cities Manhattan
Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and Torrance mingled with lifeguards and county officials,
including County Supervisor Janice Hahn.
Nine guards were honored. Captain John Greger and Ocean Lifeguard Specialist Jeff Martinez
received the Distinguished Service Award for helping save the life of an unconscious cyclist
near Dockweiler Beach. Ocean Lifeguard John Newton received the Distinguished Service
Award for pulling an unconscious man from the surf at Silver Strand Beach in Oxnard during
an outing with his family; the victim made a full recovery. Captain Chris Staffiled and Ocean
Lifeguard Specialist Chris Maloney received the Medal of Valor for rescuing multiple victims
from drowning amidst rocks and high surf on the south side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Rescue
boat captains Rob Pelkey, Lance Dempsey and Matt Rhodes, and Ocean Lifeguard Specialist
Brian Kari received the Medal of Valor for a harrowing rescue of multiple victims who had
been tossed from a power-boat that capsized and ran aground on the south side of Catalina Island
during high surf. Randy DeGregori, a former Chief Lifeguard, received the LIfetime
Achievement Award for his decades of service and work to modernize the department’s fleet
of Baywatch boats.
1. Los Angeles
County Fire Department
2. Event emcee and
retired lifeguard Dick
Mayor David Lesser,
Mayor pro tem Amy
Howorth and Councilmember
Montgomery, all of
the host city for the
2017 Surf Festival.
PHOTOS BY RYAN MCDONALD
4. Ocean lifeguard
John Newton, winner
of the Distinguished
5. Ocean Lifeguard
Specialist Jeff Martinez
John Greger, winners
of the Distinguished
6. Osby and interim
Chief Lifeguard Fernando
7. Ocean Lifeguard
Specialist Chris Maloney
Chris Staffield, winners
of the Medal of
Valor, with L.A.
8. Former Chief
Lifeguard Randy De-
Gregori received the
9. Rescue boat captains
Lance Dempsey and
Matt Rhodes, and
Specialist Brian Kari,
winners of the Medal
of Valor, with Supervisor
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H O N O R A B L E M E N T I O N
Going home again
by Dave Siemienski
You Can’t Go Home Again” was a novel
published in 1940 by Thomas Wolfe. The
expression has since transformed into a
common cultural idiom. It is most commonly associated
with wistful yearning for the past and
the times, events, and childhood experiences
that evoke the warmest of feelings. It is a brand
of sentimentality that seldom matches up to biases
in memory when taken to its most literal
This emotional longing is also generally interpreted
as nostalgia. That word derives from a
Greek compound, consisting of “nostos,” or a
Homeric word for “homecoming” and “algos” for
pain or ache. These kinds of recollections of the
past can represent important events with people
and places that were the most pleasant in memory.
As a lifetime unfolds it often leads to desires
to literally “go home” once again.
I was passing through the South Bay recently
with some time to kill when I decided to drive
to Inglewood to see the places of my youth. As I
approached the city, I began thinking of an old
“Twilight Zone” episode called “Walking Distance,”
written by Rod Serling and starring Gig
Young. It was about a world-weary advertising
executive who leaves his car at a gas station
(when you could do that sort of thing) and sets
off on foot to his hometown, which coincidentally
is just down the road. He finds things exactly
the same as when he was a child, and
quickly senses he has gone back in time. He
finds his old home, and attempts to explain to
his parents parents that he is their son, now
grown up. They think he’s crazy.
When his father eventually believes the impossible,
that this man is his son from the future,
-- the son asks why he can’t fit back into his past
life? His father pointedly replies, “I guess because
we only get one chance.”
I decided to get off the 405 at the Florence /
Manchester off-ramp. Quickly that neighborhood
of the freeway brought memories rushing
back to me. I was driving right over the spot
where my Uncle Leo used to live. This represented
progress in the 1950s -- where blocks of
families became lanes of traffic. I miss those visits
to my Uncle’s house.
I noticed that the “Big Donut” has now become
“Randy’s Donut.” At least the donut was
still there. I continued my slow journey into the
past by driving south on Aviation until I reached
Century. Carolina Lanes should be right here on
the corner. This was where I bowled my first
200 game. It’s not there anymore. Only sleazy
strip-joints occupy those once wonderful bowling
lanes where I had so much fun with my
friends. I found out later the Inglewood Bowl
and Jola Bowl are also ancient history.
I drove down Century towards the Hollywood
Park Race Track. That parking lot is where my
dad first took me to practice driving a car. That
was so special when Pops first let me take the
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wheel. That was also where Bill
Shoemaker pulled up on Swaps at
the quarter-pole, and cost my Uncle
a lot of money. How could they take
away that beautiful landmark and
so many of my memories?
I stood on some graded dirt and
looked around for the Inglewood
Golf Course, which should have
been just yards away. All I could see
was that old “Forum” sitting where
the ninth green used to be. It was
like somebody took a big eraser to
the chalkboard of my childhood. All
that was left was dusty chalk and
I got back into my car, and tried
to picture myself in one of the vintage
autos from the film American
Graffiti. Maybe this little “detour”
could magically transition into a
cruise from the old days instead of
a jolt of modern reality. Maybe if I
blare the radio with rock ‘n’ roll
music I could bring back the past.
I turned the wheel west again. I
knew Sears was just down the
street on Manchester at Hillcrest. I
wanted to check out their sporting
goods department where I bought
my first Converse basketball shoes.
I also wanted to see if that traffic
controller still sat atop the tower in
the parking lot. Wait a minute! I
didn’t expect old Dr Tanton would
still have his offices across the
street, but I never dreamed Sears
would cease to exist.
Oh well, maybe I would head
downtown and see what’s playing
at the Fox Theater or the United
Artists. On no! The Fox is boarded
up. No UA either. Has the “Invasion
of the Body Snatchers” come true?
Have Aliens taken over Inglewood?
I saw “The Hustler” at the Fox in
1961. Now Market Street looks like
a bad movie set. Where is Mike &
Bob’s Records? I bought my first
Beatles album there.
I thought I would seek some
peace and quiet at the Inglewood
Public Library. It should be just
around the corner. I turned down
Queen Street, but couldn’t understand
why it now dead-ended at La
Brea. Where is that beautiful standalone
building that took up a whole
block? The impressive structure I
remember had an elegant stairway
out front leading to the front doors,
and the rich old wood of the lobby
and book shelves. It smelled like an
old-fashioned museum. Alas, this
cherished landmark has also disappeared.
The whole city block is
now the Inglewood City Hall. If
those people only knew what books
I enjoyed and how that little piece
of lost history inspired a lifetime of
As I pulled away from the curb
looking for something of the past I
could hang onto, I noticed that at
least Inglewood High School looks
basically the same. But
Scarpellino's Pizza is gone, the
DMV has moved, and most of the
area looked nothing like I remembered
it. I was getting desperate to
find something historical that I
could cling to. Just one thing that
would make this new town seem
like my old home.
I finally thought of a place where
changes would be unlikely. Centinela
Park is 55 acres of grass, trees,
and ball diamonds that will never
get replaced. I spent huge parts of
my life there, playing ball, watching
fireworks, hiking the Indian trails,
and playing fast-pitch softball as an
adult. Sure enough, it was still
down the street from where I grew
up, but it is now called “Edward
Vincent Jr. Park.” Who the hell is
he? Why did they have to change
the most iconic name of all of Inglewood’s
I was now just a few blocks from
where I grew up at 329 E Hazel
Street. I drove slowly up my old
street, and approached the address
with cautious anticipation. I was
looking for the two banks of ivy and
elm trees that marked the front of
our property. When the address I
saw indicated that I had gone too
far, I was shocked. I stopped and
backed up a few yards. Where was
329? Unbelievable! It is a vacant lot.
This cannot be! Something is dreadfully
wrong here. Where is my
house? Our driveway? Where is my
basketball setup and the wiffle ball
field? Who bulldozed my adolescence?
What is that dirt doing
where my life sprouted in our backyard
garden? What did they do with
the apricot and peach trees? My
mind started spinning like a dream
sequence from a bad movie.
I thought back to the Twilight
Zone closing by Rod Serling from
“Walking Distance.” “Martin Sloan,
age 36, vice-president in charge of
media. Successful in most things,
but not in the one effort that all
men try at some time in their lives
— trying to go home again….”
That line from Martin’s dad
echoed in my ears: “We only get
Even though most everything has
changed, I would not change anything
about how or where I grew
up. I no longer feel a need to go
home. “Home is where the heart
is.” Mine now has moved on. B
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H O N O R A B L E M E N T I O N
A Long Overdue Confession from 1968
by Pete Whalon
On August 15, 1968, the day of my Bon
Voyage Private Whalon celebration, I
was 18 days away from becoming an extremely
reluctant soldier in the United States
Army. I had joined the Army in hopes of avoiding
the draft and being sent to Vietnam as an infantry
soldier. The prevailing wisdom at that
time was that joining the military for three years
would reduce your chances of being sent to Vietnam.
Getting drafted for two years usually
meant being sent to infantry training after basic
training and then shipped off to the jungles of
Nam. Vietnam was the absolute last place on
earth I wanted to be. (For the record, in 1969, I
did end up in Vietnam).
A few days earlier, while planning my “goodbye
cruel world” party, a group of friends and I
mulled over the perfect place where a sizable
group of raucous, under aged teens could chug
alcohol undetected. Lenny had lived in El Segundo
for a few years growing up and recalled a
secluded public park in the city with an isolated
picnic area concealed by trees and bushes and
conveniently tucked away from busy streets. He
by Dylan Marin
Canon Rebel t5i
also described a quiet, bucolic town where they
rolled up the sidewalks at 7 p.m. Although I had
lived in Redondo Beach since six, I had only
been to El Segundo one time in my life. Growing
up in Redondo, with the quintessential beach
cities of Hermosa and Manhattan nearby, taking
a road trip to sleepy El Segundo never appealed
to me. So, with a unanimous vote, on Saturday
night 15 of my closest friends would join me to
bid a fond, alcohol fueled, farewell. The thought
thrilled and depressed me at the same time.
As the caravan of four cars, carrying our spirited
pack, pulled into the empty parking lot, I
thought this place is perfect for my “last hurrah.”
It appeared to be a remote location, with dense,
foliage everywhere. There were roughly 20 picnic
tables spread out over a considerable grass
area, complete with dim lighting. We bolted
from the cars, grabbed our Styrofoam coolers
packed with Boone’s Farm-Strawberry Hill and
Bali Hai wine, Colt 45 Malt Liquor and a bottle
of Jack Daniel’s (for the serious drinkers). Let
the party rage!
During the first 30 minutes our congregation
had separated into three groups, each occupying
a different picnic table. I had just finished my
first beer when a blinding light hit me right between
my eyes. Out of nowhere seven or eight
police officers appeared, shining high powered
flashlights in our faces and barking out orders.
“Put your hands on your heads and do not
move!” While obeying the order I glanced to my
left and noticed that five of my buddies had disappeared.
My first thought was, crap, it’s my
party and they get away…unbelievable! The
cops ordered us to stand and put our hands behind
our backs. They then handcuffed us, led us
to the parking lot and told us to sit along the
fence. I leaned over to Larry sitting next to me
and optimistically whispered, “Maybe this bust
will keep me out of the Army.” He didn’t respond.
Eleven (one short of a Dirty Dozen) of us
had been apprehended and five had vanished
into the night (years afterward we would refer
to their daring getaway as The Great Escape).
We Were herded into police cars and taken to
the El Segundo Police Station on Main Street. We
were fingerprinted, then placed in three separate
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cells. Soon after the doors clanked shut a police officer informed us that
our parents had been notified and we would be released to them when they
arrived. It was the first time any of us had been in the clink. When Lenny’s
mom appeared in front of our cell she glared in my eyes and curtly demanded
“Whose idea was this Pete?” I shrugged my shoulders. I couldn’t
blame her for being furious. Of her four kids, three of them shared a cell
I was the last suspect picked up, by my mom the next morning. She had
been working a 12-hour shift at the Royalwood Convalescent Hospital and
wasn’t about to take off work early to pick up her wayward son until. Consequently,
I had to endure the arrival and wrath of everyone’s disapproving
The next phase of my embarrassing ordeal would be the court date. I still
held out a glimmer of hope that this youthful indiscretion would keep me
out of the Army, however, I definitely did not want to do jail time. Several
of my co-conspirators were under 18 years of age and would appear in juvenile
court with their parents.
And since the consensus of the concerned parents involved appeared to
be that I acted as the “ringleader”, it proved a plus to be heading to court
Eight days after my arrest I appeared in a Torrance court room, prepared
to plead guilty to the charge of “minor in the possession of alcohol.” I had
begged my parents and threatened my friends to stay away from court and
let me deal with this situation alone. When the judge barked out my name
I almost threw up. “Please come forward Mr. Whalon. Have you been
drinking today sir?” He flashed a wry smile. “No sir.” I blurted out. He continued,
“So, you and your idiot underlings were getting drunk in a public
park…please explain.” Sweat poured from my forehead and dripped onto
my neatly pressed shirt. “Sir, your honor, we were having a going away
party for me. I am going into the Army in 10 days” The judge interrupted,
“So, Pete, you thought it would be ‘groovy’ to get drunk and create havoc
before your military induction, interesting? Since you are going into the
Army are you also looking forward to going to Vietnam?” No, don’t say that
word, please! He continued. “Very honorable, even though you and your
ignorant friends wasted lots of time for lots of people. What do you have to
say in your defense, before I sentence you.” Thank God my mom wasn’t
here. She’d be bawling her eyes out right now, thinking, my dear Catholic
boy Peter, a criminal? “Your honor, I am truly sorry and will never do anything
like this again. It was supposed to be just a going away party.” The
judge cleared his throat, “Good for you Pete, I think you might be headed
in the right direction. after all. I am suspending your probation and your
record will be expunged. Good luck in the Army and keep your head down
in Vietnam.” Geez, enough with the Vietnam taunting already, judge. I
turned and hustled out of the courtroom.
In March of 1973, while looking at the job placement board at El Camino
College, I noticed a part-time position with a local city. Since I was a Physical
Education major it seemed like the perfect job to get my career kick
started. I called the phone number and set up an interview for the following
While driving to my interview I tried to calm myself. I really wanted this
job. It seemed a perfect fit for my plans. I made the turn onto Sheldon Street,
parked my car, got out, stepped onto the sidewalk and froze in place. In an
instant, my mind raced back to that fateful night in 1968. There, just in
front of me, on the other side of the short, wire fence sat the very picnic
table from my big bust. Unbeknownst to me, I was applying for a job at
the very scene of my crime. I hadn’t thought about that night in a long time.
I jumped back in my car to clear my head. After calming down, I decided
to go ahead with the interview and keep quiet about that chaotic night and
hope for the best.
I did get that part-time job, and in 1978 was promoted to the full-time
position of Sports Supervisor. I ended up working for the El Segundo Recreation
Department for twenty-eight years. On many occasions over that span
I would stroll through the area and sit on picnic table #5, the center of that
1968, police raid. I would often wonder, if I had been honest during my interview,
would I have still been hired that day. During my entire career
with the city I kept my mouth shut about that memorable night I spent in
jail. Now I am coming clean, after forty-nine years. I understand that confession
is good for the soul. B
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THREE GENERATIONS COMPETE
in 49th Annual Seawright Tourney
The 49th Annual Seawright Volleyball Tournament, held at 28th Street, in front
of the former Strand home of Hermosa pioneers Bunny and Roy Seawright, drew
32 four-player teams. Many of the players were second and third generation Seawright
veterans. The Seawright Memorial Award was presented to Dave Lucero,
who began playing in the tournament in 1977.
1. Dave Lucero accepts the Seawright
Memorial trophy from Annie Seawright.
2. Annie Seawright-Newton with 2017
Seawright tourney champions Mike Doll,
Clint Coe, Jay Gleason, and Nick Palmer.
3. Many of the Seawright tourney players
were third generation tournament
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4. The Schneider family competed in
memory of Doug Schneider, who died in
a motorcycle accident two years ago.
5. Over 100 players competed in the
49th Annual Seawright Volleyball Tournament.
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WALK WITH SALLY HONORS
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annual White Light White Night fundraiser on June 22, at the Top of the Plaza
at Continental Park. McDaniels mother was diagnosed with cancer when he was 11.
The couple owns South Bay Automation in Manhattan Beach. The Lifetime Friendship
Award was presented to mentor Chris Martinez and his mentee Patrick. Martinez lost
his father to pancreatic cancer. Chris and Patrick were matched in 2012 when 13-
year old Patrick and his sister were in the throes of their mother’s 4-year battle with
cancer, a battle she unfortunately lost. The 11th Annual White Light White Night
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Dr., Redondo Beach. Contact
Larry Neville at (310) 962-7438 Join
the facebook page: Ruby’s Diner Redondo
Saturday, August 19
Hermosa Beach Friends of the Library
used book sale. Hardcover
books, paperbacks and children’s
books. 9 a.m. - noon. 1309 Bard
Street, Hermosa Beach. Book donations
for the sales may be left at the library
any time it is open, at the Bard
Street facility most Monday mornings,
9 a.m. - noon (Closed on Holidays).
For help with picking up large book
donations, contact: Folhb16@gmail.
com or C.Gazin@verizon.net or leave
a message at the Hermosa Library:
(310) 379-8475. Hbfol.org.
Have fun and protect your eyes by
creating a pinhole camera out of
household materials at the library.
Take the camera home, so you can
watch the 50% solar eclipse as it
passes over Hermosa Beach at 10:20
a.m. on Monday, August 21. For children
and families. 3 - 4 p.m. Hermosa
Beach Library, 550 Pier Ave., Hermosa
Beach. For questions email Kay
or call (310) 379-8475. colapublib.org.
The Bonedaddys play upbeat, fun
and danceable hits driven by topnotch
vocals, rocking guitars, horns
and percussion. From Latin to rock,
from reggae to Louisiana zydeco, their
live shows are exciting, entertaining
and unpredictable, leaving the audience
cheering for more. Free. 4 - 6
p.m. The Amphitheatre at Wilson
Park, 2200 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance.
Bring a blanket, lawn chairs and a picnic
and enjoy the music. For information
call (310) 328-5310.
La La Land
Popcorn, a beach setting, families,
blankets and a great classic movie on
the big screen when the sun goes
down. Friends of the Parks Hermosa
Beach presents La La Land. Free but
donations are appreciated. All profits
will fund the organization’s efforts to
preserve, improve and promote the
use of Hermosa Beach parks and
recreation programs for the benefit of
the entire community. Bring blankets,
picnics and beach chairs. Popcorn and
water will be available for purchase.
6 p.m. South side of the Hermosa
Beach Pier. hbfop.org.
Sunday, August 20
Vintage Car rides
Every Sunday the Automobile Driving
Museum (ADM) takes guests for a
ride in three of their magnificent automobiles.
This may be the only automotive
museum in the world that
offers such an opportunity. No more
admiring from a distance. This is your
chance to experience the thrill of riding
in a piece of history. A donation of
$5 per adult is suggested and children
are admitted free. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 610
Lairport Street, El Segundo. For addi-
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tional information, visit the website at
automobiledrivingmuseum.org or call
Mini-train rides at Charles H Wilson
Park. noon - 3 p.m. 2290 Washington
Ave, Torrance. The trains are
located at the eastern end of the park
near the picnic tables. The rides are
free but donations are appreciated to
keep the trains running so they can
share their love of trains with the public.
For information on events and a
schedule of run days visit southerncalifornialivesteamers.org.
Free to be you
The Hermosa Beach Drum Circle
takes place on the south side of the
Hermosa Beach Pier from noon - 3
p.m. Local rock star drummer Sabina
Sandoval facilitates the drum circle
which draws crowds of onlookers and
participants. Drums and percussion
instruments are provided so that no
one is left out. Any donations received
are used for the purchase, maintenance
and repair of instruments and
to keep the circle alive. Everyone is invited
to take part. For additional information,
visit the website at
Trump’s beer wine fest
The 9th Annual Wine and Beer Festival
presented by Joe Giacomin’s
Martin Chevrolet and benefitting the
Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of
Commerce. World class wineries and
breweries, gourmet food trucks, live
entertainment and raffle. Gates open
for check-in at 11:30 p.m., Festival
starts at 12 - 4 p.m. Trump National
Golf Club, 1 Trump National Drive,
Rancho Palos Verdes. Tickets are
available through eventbrite.com only.
Taste at the Beach
Sample delicious foods from local
restaurants, sip on fine wines and
hand-crafted beers. Silent Auctions
and live music. The Hermosa Beach
Kiwanis Taste at the Beach is a great
way to spend the Sunday afternoon. 2
- 5 p.m. Hermosa Beach Community
Center, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa
Beach. $55 per person gets your ticket
inside, a commemorative wine glass
and all the food and drink you can
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Their Endless Summer
Members of the Endless Summer Volleyball Club’s 14U National Championship team include (left to right) Club Director Daron Forbes, Eden McCoy,
Colby Bennett, Tatiana Rusich, MayMay Brown, Kevyn Clark, Ella Dreibholz, Ava Guerra, Lauren Bays, Madeline Bonanni and Coach Rob McClean.
Missing: Serena Ramirez, Ava Kirunchyk and Natalie Myszkowski. Photo courtesy of Daron Forbes
Hermosa Beach-based Endless Summer Volleyball Club allows girls to train
and compete year round while showcasing their talents to college coaches
by Randy Angel
When recent Mira Costa High School graduate Presley Forbes began
playing for an indoor volleyball club in 2010, she didn’t foresee it
becoming a life changing decision. With her father, James, gravely
ill, her mother Daron had stepped up to pave the way for Presley to receive
an athletic scholarship from the University of Hawaii, where she will begin
her career in beach volleyball this fall.
“My impression was that I should do more for Presley and her twin
brother Niko,” Daron said. “The year my husband passed away, I created
the We Are Volleyball Elite indoor volleyball club in his honor. The club
soon picked up the nickname “Team WAVE.”
Team WAVE began offering beach volleyball training in 2014, when it
evolved into a club and took the name Endless Summer Volleyball Club
With women’s beach volleyball now an NCAA-sanctioned sport offering
athletic scholarships, the growth of the sport for young girls continued to
Endless Summer trains only twice a week on the north side of the Hermosa
Beach Pier. There are no tryouts and players are grouped together by
their level of ability with no more than six to eight athletes on a court.
“ESVC has a different vibe, with fewer girls on a court,” Presley Forbes
said. “It's very nice to get special attention from the coaches. Getting more
touches on the ball is key to improvement.”
The training has paid dividends for Forbes, who is the first ESVC player
to attend college on an athletic scholarship. She began playing beach volleyball
at the age of 8, competing in the Great American Volleyball Tournaments
in her hometown of Manhattan Beach. She is currently among the
top five AAA players in the California Beach Volleyball Association (CBVA).
Daron believes her daughter is the youngest player ever to earn an A rating,which
she received when she was 11. Presley’s journey through the
sand has not come easily. She has not grown since she was 12 and is just 5-
“Presley serves as a role model for undersized players,” Daron said. “She
was first noticed by a collegiate coach at a Get Noticed Beach Volleyball
college recruiting showcase where athletes and coaches come together for
high level play and recruiting.”
“Height isn't everything. You just have to work harder and make those
special plays that other girls don't make,” Presley explained. “Sometimes it
makes me better because people underestimate me. My style of play is
short, fast ball. I'm not quite sure why I like faster sets and like to pass
Before she leaves the mainland, Forbes will compete in the AVP Manhattan
Beach Open (August 17-20) with Alyssa Slagerman, who will be attending
UCLA in the fall.
Along with the ESVC, Daron Forbes co-founded the Get Noticed Beach
Volleyball (GNBV.net) recruiting showcase in 2014. The event brings players
and college coaches together for players to display their talents and for
coaches to start relationships.
GNBV events have included coaches from Pepperdine, UCLA, University
of Arizona, Stetson, South Carolina, Tulane, LB State, Pepperdine, Northridge,
Cal Poly, and TCU.
The next event will be Sunday, Oct. 22 at Ocean Park in Santa Monica.
Earlier this year, Forbes and Team WAVE co-founded the Junior Beach
Volleyball League (jbvl.org). It’s operated similarly to indoor and runs the
same season, from January through June. Players participate through their
clubs in five divisions. The championship tournament is in June.
At the Beach Volleyball Clubs of America (BVCA) National Championships
held in Hermosa Beach July 10-13, ESVC finished second to Elite
in team points, led by a strong 14U team that won the national title. Six
ESVC teams finished in the top 10 out of 125 teams.
ESVC 14U teams also won the JBVL and captured the top four spots at
the AAU Best of the Beach tournament in Hermosa Beach July 26-27.
Local players Ava Kirunchyk (Hermosa Beach, Redondo Union) and Natalie
Myszkowski (Manhattan Beach, Mira Costa) paired to place fifth at
the BVCA and second at the AVPFirst National Championships, where
ESVC players medaled in the 12U, 14U 18U divisions.
Both events were held in Hermosa Beach.
“Playing in the championship match was was so exciting because I got
to experience what it was like to play in front of many people,” said
Kirunchyk, who began training with ESVC in the spring. “So many of my
former partners were playing with ESVC and the group of players I train
with are not only talented, but they are also very competitive and supportive
of each other.”
Kirunchyk, who will be trying out for the indoor team at Redondo Union
High School, said she hopes to earn a college scholarship and play in the
“My older sister,Karina trained at Endless Summer and they taught me
at age 13 the same skills the high school girls were learning,” Myszkowski
said. “I’m getting the technical training I need as well as experience playing
‘big girl’ volleyball. It’s a chess match, not ping pong.”
She feels dedication is her strong point in beach volleyball. She has
dropped club soccer and club indoor volleyball.
“I’m focused on all aspects of the game,” Myszkowski said. “The coaches
at Endless Summer are always pushing us to be our best and to advance
to the next level.”
The ESVC 14 team also includes Mira Costa students Madeline Bonanni
and Kevyn Clark and San Pedro’s Serena Ramirez.
“Our most memorable time as a club was the AVP Hermosa this year.The
coaches and players were all competing at the same time and the players
and families had an opportunity to watch and cheer on our coaches and
see them in action,” Daron Forbes said. “Coach Ozz Borges won entry into
the AVP Hermosa main draw.”
Other ESVC coaches include Andrew Dentler, Miles Evans, Jason C Dibelius,
Nate Yang and Rob McClean.
ESVC coaches are current players at the professional open level, with
AVP, FIVB, and Norceca.
ESVC is more than a local club, attracting players from throughout Southern
California and beyond.
Players on the 14U team include Colby Bennett (Tustin, Mater Dei High
School), Santa Monica’s Ella Dreibholz and Ava Guerra, Lauren Bays
(Irvine, Santa Margarita Catholic High School), Eden McCoy (Los Angeles,
Marlborough) and Tatiana Rusich (Tustin, Beckman).
The team also includes MayMay Brown of Wichita, Kansas.
“MayMay travels out several times a year to train with ESVC,” Forbes
said. “When she's at home she does mobile beach coaching. She records
practices and sends the video to Andrew Dentler, who provides corrections
McCoy and Rusich teamed to win bronze in the 14U division at the AVP-
First tournament. The year-round training has made it more convenient
for the teenagers, particularly McCoy who has played the role of Josslyn
Jacks on the ABC soap opera General Hospital since 2015.
“My schedule is not easy, but I am really lucky to have support from my
fellow players, friends, coaches and family,” McCoy said. “There are definitely
sacrifices that I make in my social life so that I can keep my grades
up and still work on my show and train, but I am usually happy to make
them because I'm getting an opportunity to do what I love.”
McCoy feels she has become a stronger defender and passer this year
while improving court awareness and gaining confidence with her cut
shots and specialty shots. She continues to work on her defense and plans
to compete in women’s tournaments in the fall when the youth season
“When I first came to Endless Summer I had a really good feeling,”
McCoy said. “Daron and the coaches seemed very focused on working on
each player's strengths and what skills we needed to focus on to improve.
No one got any more attention than anyone else just because they had
played longer or had more tournament experience or wins.
“It was unbelievably exciting to win the BVCA national championship
because we did it as an entire team. Daron treats us like daughters, but
she also spends time encouraging sportsmanship, bonding with each other
and respect for each other as athletes and people.”
Dreibholz, who travels from Santa Monica, captured first place at the
AAU Best of the Beach tournament. She believes playing the outside hitter
University of Hawaii-bound Presley Forbes is the first Endless Summer player
to attend college on an athletic scholarship. Photo by Roland Villapando
position as an indoor player has translated to offensive strength on the sand
“I started training with ESVC at the beginning of 2017.” Dreibholz said.
“I chose ESVC for two reasons: we train in small groups and we only train
with girls at our level, which pushes all of us to improve.”
Several ESVC players who will be high school seniors in the fall have
been recruited this year, including Manhattan Beach’s Georgia Kobel (Arizona
State) and Karina Myszkowski (USC), Lauren Lanesey (Woodland
Hills, Long Beach State) and recent Redondo Union graduate Madi Relaz
(Grand Canyon University), who joined ESVC in June.
Two other senior prospects are Katherine Hofmann and Selene Ramirez.
ESVC trains Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. on the north side of
the Hermosa Beach Pier. The next season starts Tuesday, Sept. 5. For more
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A Basq Kitchen chef Michael Mazzotta with partner Jessica Lo Ibarra. Photos by JP Cordero
Basq on the Boardwalk
Veteran chef Bernard Ibarra expands his vision through rising young chef Michael Mazzotta
by Richard Foss
Basque cuisine might not seem like the obvious springboard for creative
fantasies. There are delicious dishes based mainly on seafood
and the excellent local cheeses and breads, but there isn’t a wide variety
of seasonings or vegetables to work with. It’s hearty and based on natural
goodness rather than innovative combinations. Nevertheless chef
Michael Mazzotta, who previously worked at the Ace Hotel, Hot’s Kitchen,
and R10 Social House among other venues, has been bringing unconventional
ideas to A Basq Kitchen on the Redondo Boardwalk.
The restaurant was opened as a passion project by Chef Bernard Ibarra,
who spends most days as executive chef at the Terranea Resort. He established
the original menu and a succession of assistants executed it with precision
but without variation. Then Chef Ibarra met Chef Mazzotta, who
impressed him so much that Ibarra invited him to join the business as a
partner. Since then Mazzotta has brought careful reevaluations of the cuisine
to the foreground with a menu that changes on a weekly basis.
Those who have been enjoying traditional tapas like the pintxos (open
faced sandwiches on sourdough rounds), seafood, and shellfish in fragrant
broths don’t have to worry – they’re all still there. There does seem to be a
new energy and an influx of seasonal items to complement those standard
On a recent evening a friend and I tried three specials – cashew-mushroom
soup, a “Gilda pintxo” topped with anchovy, spicy pickled pepper,
and green olive, and an order of fried sunchokes with caramelized garlic,
parsley, and espelette pepper. The soup was a mix of roasted wild mushrooms
in pureed cashew broth, and though it was based on a Brazilian nut
it fit the Basque aesthetic of simple natural flavors. Cashews don’t have a
strong flavor but lend the broth a sweet, nutty richness that went very well
with smoky, earthy mushrooms. It wasn’t a combination I had experienced
before, and I’m glad I ordered it.
The Gilda pintxo took advantage of seasonal fresh anchovy and arrived
looking like an avant garde sculpture, with the little fish filets sharing a
wooden skewer with olives and a pungent pickled pepper. It made a pretty
presentation atop sourdough toast with a dash of green salad and pickled
red bell pepper on the side, but the elaborate construction had to be dismantled
in order to actually eat it. My companion found the spicy peppers
with olives and fish to be a little overwhelming, but I was happy to eat the
part of his that he didn’t finish. He was happily chowing down on the sunchokes
and on an order of patatas bravas, the spicy fried potatoes that are
the Iberian equivalent of French fries. Though both were fried root vegetables
there was quite a difference in flavor. Sunchokes are the edible root of
the sunflower and taste somewhat like artichoke hearts. If you like those
edible thistles but can’t be bothered with stripping off the leaves, this is the
dish for you. The crème fraiche dipping sauce had a hint of peppery and
herbal flavors and didn’t overwhelm the sunchoke, and added creamy
smoothness as much as anything else.
The patatas bravas were a classic done well, crisp-fried potatoes drizzled
with a tomato-garlic mayonnaise with a dash of the mild espelette pepper.
This is offered with extra garlic and cheese for an additional 50 cents. It’s
half a buck well spent, because really, the only thing better than potatoes
with garlic is potatoes with more garlic and some cheese. The portion was
substantial, and if you order this with a few of the small tapas you have a
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meal right there.
We had decided on a main
course, the beef cheek stew, and
another pintxo to fill in the corners.
Whatever other small plates you
get, that shrimp pintxo is a must.
The plump prawns marinated in
garlic and sautéed with herbs and
white wine were superb. It’s a
small plate that packs a big punch
when it comes to flavor. I’m glad
it’s on the regular menu because I
intend to order it again.
Some people won’t order the
beef cheek stew because they’re
not used to the idea of eating part
of a cow’s head. The rest of the
world finds it weird that Americans
only consider eating either big
steaks or ground meats, and therefore
waste meat with superb flavor
and texture. Cheek meat is very
lean but does have some marbling,
so when it’s slow-cooked every
morsel is incredibly tender and
richly flavored. The stew here is
slow-cooked for five hours and the
silky broth of tomato and spices
has to be tasted to be believed. This
is your best opportunity in the
South Bay to taste this delicacy. I
predict that when you do, you will
be converted to eating cheeks.
The Basques have been making
A Basq Kitchen’s brunch features ABK Ceviche and (background) Breakfast
wine at least since the days of the
Roman Empire, and they’re particularly
good at whites involving a
grape called Txakolina (pronounced
chocko-lena, but don’t worry,
they’re used to people fumbling
with this). We sampled a crisp
white and a rosé made with this native
varietal. For comparison, we
tried them alongside a glass of True
Myth, a California Chardonnay. We
both liked True Myth but the pickled
flavors and seafood in some of
the tapas were better paired with
the Txakolinas. The Garnacha was
a better pairing with the beef cheek
stew, though if we had really been
drinking like Basques we might
have opted for Kalimotxo, the rustic
drink of strong red wine mixed
with Coca Cola. This sounds horrible,
but it’s weirdly enjoyable.
For dessert I’d recommend the
housemade chocolate mousse and
a shot of the Basque vermouth, either
straight or with a little soda.
Most Americans aren’t used to vermouth
as a drink by itself, but the
aromatic herbed wine can be a
great pairing with lightly sweet,
The atmosphere at A Basq
Kitchen is casual, the bill modest –
our food ran about $60 for a meal
of many small plates, with the
wine just about doubling that. For
an experience of a rarely encountered
cuisine both in its traditional
form and modified by a fine chef,
it’s a bargain, and you get a view
of the marina for free.
A Basq Kitchen is at 136 North
International Boardwalk in Redondo.
Wednesday - Thursday 4 p.m., Friday
3 p.m., Saturday, Sunday noon. Close
9 p.m. Parking in Redondo Beach
pier lots. Wine, beer, and cider
served. Menu at abasqkitchen.com.
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ony’s On The Pier today is known for its fresh seafood, ocean
Tview sunsets and best customer service. Back in 1952, when
Tony Trutanich opened its doors, it had that same positive reputation.
Growing up in San Pedro, Tony was a successful tuna fisherman,
and as the boat Captain, would be out to sea for months
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- Tony’s On The Pier.
With only 20 tables at first, Tony’s On The Pier grew quickly and
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sunsets, full bar, food and live entertainment. His son,
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“Dad stayed active all the way to the end,” Michael recalls. “He
taught me everything. I worked for him all my life.”
Retiring three years ago, Michael still works for Tony’s, ordering
all of the seafood, even living in Idaho. He communicates daily
with now GM Regina Fong, who’s been at Tony’s for 40 years. And
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