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Hermosa Beach beauty

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Behind the Curtain… | Art Show | South Bay Art Department

Behind the Curtain... | Art Show | South Bay Art Department

  Come on down to the South Bay Art Department this Friday for a fun night of pretty pictures and paintings!   The South Bay Art Department will host a final art show, “Art Will Always Be Here,” at their Manhattan Beach address before moving to Hermosa Beach on Friday from 6 – 9 p.m. The show […]


Beach Valentines: Long Distance Young Love

Beach Valentines: Long Distance Young Love

When Jordan Dobler was in 7th grade, she attended the wrong English class. Even though the lesson wasn’t right for her she had found something else that was: Alec Amescua.

“That’s when I first saw her,” said Alec, now a high school junior. “She was the most beautiful girl I had seen and I knew that I liked her a lot.”

Soon the two were torn apart.

“She switched out of the class, which really made my heart sink,” said Alec. “So, we naturally didn’t talk much after that for awhile, but all of a sudden awhile later she got my phone number from a mutual friend and we started talking more, which grew into a relationship.”


Top Chef Runner-up Brooke Williamson portrait

Top Chef Runner-up Brooke Williamson portrait

Our favorite Redondo Beach chef Brooke Michelson got second place in this season’s Top Chef. When I say favorite, I actually mean it too. If you’re in the area definitely check out her restaurants Hudson House in Redondo Beach and The Tripel in Playa del Rey. John went balls-to-the-walls covering her success and watched almost every […]


Go Kart Kid

Go Kart Kid

    Henry Morse is the fastest 12-year-old in the South Bay and he hasn’t even taken his driver’s test yet. Morse, a spry, dark-haired middle school student who wears a black, foreboding racing suit on the weekends, was the youngest racer invited to the 2012 World Kart Championship in Essen, Germany. He competes against men […]


Hermosa Beach Sunset

Hermosa Beach Sunset

A canvas 24 x 36 print of this photo is available for sale for $125 at the Manhattan Beach Art Department


Manhattan Beach Art Department | Photography Class | Scavenger Hunt

Manhattan Beach Art Department | Photography Class | Scavenger Hunt

It’s time to put what you’ve learned to good use… This week we’re going to have a little fun and we’re going to be having a SCAVENGER HUNT! Even if you didn’t come to class this week, print out the scavenger hunt paper, get out of the house and start shooting. Carry your camera with […]


ABC’s Revenge filming in Redondo Beach

ABC's Revenge filming in Redondo Beach

John and I stumbled upon a filming crew on Torrance Beach a month or so ago and lo and behold it was my favorite TV show, Revenge! I’ve been trying to get in touch with the crew for awhile for a Beach Magazine “Hollywood” issue, so it was pretty exciting to find them filming in […]


Manhattan Beach Art Department | Photography Class | Hermosa Beach Field Trip

Manhattan Beach Art Department | Photography Class | Hermosa Beach Field Trip

  It’s time to get out of the classroom and test out what you have learned so far! Lets take our first journey to Hermosa Beach where we’ll practice shutter speed, aperture and have a shadow shoot-out! I may even throw in an extra challenge or two.   We’ll look at ordinary objects… And by […]


House Hunters | Easy Reader News | Feature

House Hunters | Easy Reader News | Feature

Next week’s Easy Reader News will feature a couple’s experience on the HGTV show House Hunters… the show will air on March 11 at 10 p.m. on HGTV.  


Manhattan Beach Art Department | Photography Class | Part 1

Manhattan Beach Art Department | Photography Class | Part 1

Congratulations!!! You’ve decided to take the next step and start learning what all the buttons and dials on your camera do. I know all those knobs and buttons are overwhelming– but believe it or not, they all have a function! During the time in this class you’ll learn how to master your camera’s manual mode, see […]


Homeless in the South Bay: In their own words

Homeless in the South Bay: In their own words

Casio ‘Joshua’ Joshua, a 27-year-old from New York, likes to be called Casio. He was given the name by friends when left his home-state of New York at 17. He is an upbeat man with a wide chipped-tooth smile that flashes frequently. Casio wears a plaid shirt and a hat and carries a small backpack. […]


Balancing Act- A modern day circus family surviving and thriving in the 21st century

Balancing Act- A modern day circus family surviving and thriving in the 21st century

The Weiss family is one of the last modern-day circus families. They travel almost year-round in a 44-foot RV, traveling 3,000 miles and often performing two shows a day. Parents Jon and Laura were high school sweethearts. After Jon graduated from Clown College the couple married in the center ring dressed in their performing clothes; […]


Therapeutic Riding | Ride to Fly | Rancho Palos Verdes

Therapeutic Riding | Ride to Fly | Rancho Palos Verdes

I’m working on a story about therapeutic riding for our ‘health and fitness’ issue of Beach Magazine, and I’m having trouble editing 30 pictures down to 10. I think I’m going to have to cut one of my favorite images out of the story  (my friends and I call it ‘killing puppies’)… so I wanted […]


Featured Artist | Joel Kowsky | Space Shuttle Polaroids

Featured Artist | Joel Kowsky | Space Shuttle Polaroids

One of the wonderful photographers I went to the University of Missouri with has recently come out with a spectacular site that totally fascinates me. It features beautiful polaroid photographs of the final few years of the American space program taken from an unique perspective. Over the past few years 25-year-old Joel Kowsky has been […]


I said ‘yes’ to a Kirstie Kelly dress!

I said 'yes' to a Kirstie Kelly dress!

I made one of the biggest decisions of this whole wedding planning adventure a couple of weeks ago when I said ‘yes’ to a Kirstie Kelly dress!


Happy holidays from the Sektnan/Schreiber household!

Merry Christmas from Chelsea, John, Zeppy Lynn and Presley!


Recent stories in Redondo Beach…

Recent stories in Redondo Beach...

At the Easy Reader News we’ve been working very hard on many different articles for the holiday season. Along with our usual articles, we’ve been pounding the pavement to find some exceptional stories in our little part of the world. The week of Thanksgiving the staff produced a cover story about the local homeless. After […]


Couture Kirstie Kelly

Famous couture wedding dress designer Kirstie Kelly, who designed the first Disney dress collection, got the unfortunate fate of having me write a profile on her for our monthly Beach Magazine. I knew  NOTHING about wedding dresses, or even fashion, and she was wonderful and gracious enough to walk me through her design process and educate me […]


Please be patient…

Please be patient...

I am currently in the process of transferring my blog and website from GoDaddy to BlueHost. Please be patient and my old website will be online soo In the meantime, please check out a couple of recent articles I’ve written about Redondo Beach in the Easy Reader News… 12.01.2012 Sektnan Resume Teaching outside the box […]


Mr. Strong Man lifts kid's spirits

We recently started a series of articles featuring the “Working Life,” we also do another one called “Profiles in Education,” so profiling Washington Elementary School’s custodian was a natural fit. It was the first story for all-star-reporter Laila Samimi, and she did an excellent job!


Goldie Hawn supports vitality in Redondo Beach

My all-time favorite actress Goldie Hawn made an appearance in Redondo Beach a couple of months ago for a Blue Zones Makeover event. She was super sweet and cute, and a little bit spacey. All that I could have imagined! Blue Zones is an amazing program I’ve been covering during my time covering Redondo Beach […]


Fido & Friends leash child

Okay… every photographer out there knows that this is a STOP AND SHOOT moment. I couldn’t help it, I stalked them for quite awhile at the Fido & Friends event.


Redondo Beach Springfest

The best part of being a reporter is watching other people experience things. I had so much fun watching these three boys enjoy the tilt-a-whirl at the local Springfest in Redondo Beach.