About Town

Published February 21, 2008

Baseball Booster
Don’t be fooled by the pink shirts, this team of Costa freshmen is shaping up to be one of the best yet, which is reason enough to break out the old leather (wallet, not the glove) and support the Baseball Boosters club. While the school and district cover basic equipment fees and coaching stipends, extra funds are needed to supply additional equipment, field maintenance, uniforms, a trainer, and coaches’ training. “We’ve made it to CIFs every year I’ve been here,” said seventh-year varsity coach Mike Neily, who is asking parents to donate $250 as a participation fee and then raise $1,000 more by selling billboard sponsorships. The next fundraising event, set for Feb. 26 and 27 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., is the booster club’s Philanthropizza where California Pizza Kitchen has pledged to donated 20 percent of the bill to the organization. E-mail leeofba@verizon.net for more info.

Park playgrounds no walk in the park
Plans to redesign four city playgrounds were stalled months ago when council weighed the decision to build one at Polliwog for special needs children at a cost of $700,000. Plans came before council again this week and were sent back to the drawing board, this time over the issue of trees. “I’m fine with putting in a drainage system for more money if we have to, but I won’t stand cutting down any trees for a park,” said Mayor Jim Aldinger. Revised plans with more affordable special needs park options are expected to come to council within the next several months.

The Manhattan Beach Youth Recognition Award (YRA) is now accepting applications from exceptional high school students who wish to pursue a higher education, but might need a scholarship to help them with their dreams. The award was designed to publicly recognize one student from Manhattan Beach and one from LA County. “Last year we gave out two well deserved scholarships,” said Councilman and YRA administrator Mitch Ward. “This year we have even more commitment from sponsors.” The recipients will be recognized at the April 15 City Council meeting. The application is due on Monday, March 31. Please view the HYPERLINK "http://www.citymb.info/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=4296"YRA announcement flyer (PDF) on the city’s website for information on how to apply or visit mitchward.net.

Life's Changes Class
For those who have experienced a number of losses simultaneously—friends, spouse, hair, joy—the Medicine Education Program is offering a free hour-long seminar to discuss the experience and how to cope with the grief. The program begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Josleyn Center this Thursday. Call 3802-5447 for more information

Police Beat
On Feb. 5 two employers at Care Station Manhattan Beach reported a mischievous vandal who left 3” nails under the front tires of their cars. The incident might not have been so annoying had the suspects not been the target of the vandal’s 3” nails twice before.

Skate, don’t hate
CBS television employee Jackson Wendell and his friend reported being assaulted after work on Feb. 8 when Alan Aleshire approached the duo at an ATM and asked if they wanted to buy his skateboard for $50. After saying they weren’t interested Aleshire left, crossed the street, and returned with what appeared to be an 8.5-inch knife. “I’ll shank you,” they claimed Aleshire said. “Scared to death,” Wendell and his friend hurried away where upon Wendell called the police. When the officers arrived they found Aleshire’s skate board hidden in the bushes along with the tool he allegedly threatened them with. It was a letter opener.