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Articles by Gary Luster


Students at Environmental Charter Middle School-Gardena recently completed three projects intended to bring new life and vitality to the school that teaches its pupils the importance of environmentalism and social responsibility.

Oct. 12 to Nov. 6




2200 block of West Marine Avenue

Friday, Oct. 19 at 5:46 p.m.


1000 block of West Gardena Boulevard

Thursday, Oct. 25 at 1:36 p.m.


1000 block of West Redondo Beach Boulevard

Thursday, Oct. 29 at 3:20 a.m.


144000 block of South Haas Avenue

Thursday, Oct. 29 at 11:40 p.m.


Hundreds turn out for Toshio Hirai’s Friday vigil


Residents, officers from various police agencies, local politicians, and other well-wishers came together Friday, Nov. 16 to honor fallen Gardena Police Officer Toshio Hirai who died after being seriously injured in a traffic accident.



Gardena’s less fortunate now have a new outlet in the form of the Gardena Community Closet, a secondhand store focused on giving to those in need.

The store is located at 1204 W. Gardena Blvd. Suite F just west of Giuliano’s Delicatessen and is open to the public and offers a free clothing program to nonprofits and organizations that work with those in need through referrals only such as veterans, shelters, workforce investment agencies, and those recently released from incarceration.




Local seniors will be able to get their annual checkup at the 36th Annual Senior Citizen Health Fair Friday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Nakaoka Community Center.

The health fair will feature free screenings for cholesterol, body fat, blood glucose, oral cancer, anemia/hemoglobin, blood pressure, vision, and lung capacity. Screenings are subject to change.


Hospitalized children fighting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses were given a break from their stark reality thanks to the efforts of Happy Hats for Kids in Hospitals.


Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) joined Behavioral Health Services, Inc. (BHS) with a visit to the 7th Annual Art & Community Fair on Saturday, Sept. 29 in Gardena.

The event brought together families from Waters’ 43rd Congressional District cities of Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Los Angeles, and Torrance for a day of health screenings, performances, and family-friendly activities.