portraits

Ready, Willing and Able

Ready, Willing and Able

Sometimes between the city council election and city government stories I get to spend an afternoon with somebody who really warms my heart with their attitude and story. Liz Cantine, a Palos Verdes woman who teaches children with special needs to dance, was just that kind of person. She was glowing, chipper, full of energy […]


Collector and inventor turns 100 – and blows my mind with his skills

Collector and inventor turns 100 - and blows my mind with his skills

I want you to meet an amazing man… This is Lowell- On August 25, Hermosa Beach resident Lowell Stirratt celebrated 100th his birthday and entered an elite group of people who have been alive a century. “I’ve lived to be 100 because I don’t sweat the small stuff,” Stirratt said. “Laugh and be happy. If […]


The First Inaugural Schreiber Family Kitty Calendar

The First Inaugural Schreiber Family Kitty Calendar

The 2014 Schreiber Family Kitty Calendar is here! Due to the amount of emails and messages I’ve received from people asking where they can buy it, I uploaded it to Lulu.com and you can buy it for $16.99. If you’re Christmas present getting friends or family… you’ll probably find one of these babies in your stocking.


This story makes me smile… | On assignment | Easy Reader News

This story makes me smile... | On assignment | Easy Reader News

From Old Hollywood to New Hermosa, couple spends nearly 70 years together   Ken Green, 92, and Ann Green, 90, have been married for 67 years. “No,” said their daughter Carrie. “68.” Ann still thinks it’s 67, despite her daughter’s calculations. The couple have three children, Dona, Carrie and Kenneth, and live in a duplex […]


Photography Class | Model Project | South Bay Art Department

Photography Class | Model Project | South Bay Art Department

Photography class at the South Bay Art Department was really fun last weekend! It was a dreary day, so the shadow and light-themed class was pushed to another day, and we designed a whole new project out of what we found in the studio! Thanks for a fun afternoon Mia, you’re one straight-shooting photographer! If […]


Profiles in Education | Ed Iwasaka | Easy Reader News

Profiles in Education | Ed Iwasaka | Easy Reader News

Stories like this are why I love being a journalist… Ed Iwasaka spends his day smiling. Even while he’s sweeping the floors or cleaning a bathroom, the maintenance operations worker at Hermosa View Elementary School always finds a way to laugh. “I was sweeping the floor and I made a ‘moo’ sound,” said Iwasaka. “The […]


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 […]


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; […]


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 […]