It's a new year that brings another round of some of our very favorite things to do around the South Bay. If you are new to the area, or a long-time resident that still has yet to attend one of these great local events, start marking your calendars to make sure you don't miss out on all the fun the South Bay has to offer:
FAIRS & FESTIVALS
Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair - Live Oak Park
Manhattan Beach Holiday Open House & Pier Lighting
International Surf Festival - Manhattan/Hermosa Beach
Fiesta Hermosa - Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekend
Hermosa Beach Fine Arts Festival - Pier Avenue
Redondo Beach Food Truck Festival -Tuesdays/Thursdays - Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
Kite Festival - 100 Fisherman's Wharf, Redondo Beach
South Bay Greek Festival - 722 Knob Hill Ave., Redondo Beach
Riviera Village Summer Festival - Catalina & Ave I, Redondo Beach
Lobster Festival - Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach
Holiday Boat Parade - King Harbor Marina, Redondo Beach
Annual Holiday Stroll - Riviera Village, Redondo Beach
Old Fashioned 4th of July - Palos Verdes Estates
Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights - Torrance
Armed Forces Day Parade - Torrance
Halloween Carnival - Torrance
Caskey & Caskey and Associates is proud to announce that our broker associate, Dave Caskey, has been recognized by his peers at the South Bay Board of Realtors as the 2017 Citizen of the Year. Per SBAOR, "The nominess for Citizen of the Year are recognized for outstanding service to the community. The Citizen of the Year personifies a true community spirit and and demonstrated willingness to 'pitch in' wherever needed to make a difference in the lives of citizens of their community." Dave Caskey represents the entire spirit of the Caskey & Caskey and Associates group of real estate professionals in giving back to our local neighborhoods and supporting thos eprograms and services that enhance and enrich our special community.
Per the South Bay Association of Realtors, Dave Caskey was considered for this year's honor based on the following:
"Throughout his entire career David Caskey has always been committed to giving back to his community. He supports over 40 local charities every year. 3 years ago he started a local breast cancer awareness campaign where he commits his entire business to PINK for awareness. All advertising, including for sale signs & open house signs, print ads, flyers, everything turns pink with a message reminding family & friends to get essential screenings done each year. At the end of October, Dave donates a portion of all commissions earned in Oct to a local cancer organization. This year he was key in quickly organizing and executing the ACT mission to help Hurricane victims in Texas. Not only did he donate his own money, but he helped organize supplies, boxes, trucks and more to go aid the devastated town of Cleveland, TX. He personally left his business in capable hands and drove in a caravan of 7 loaded UHauls, 36 hours straight in order to reach victims more quickly. He currently is instrumental in the Manhattan Beach Roundhouse renovation project in memory of Harrison Greenberg. One project that is close to his heart is the Navy Seal Foundation that provides immediate support to families who have either lost their family member or are living with a wounded warrior. I'm certain that over his career, Dave has committed over $1m of his own earnings to his community and important organizations. He tries to help everyone he can. He supports schools, environmental projects, youth sports, Scouts, service personnel and so many others. He headed a project that teamed up local realtors to give back to teachers at Mira Costa by renovating their bereft teacher's lounge and coordinated the entire remodel himself. He is a community man from the heart and those who know him love him for this. The community is a community because of people like Dave setting the example."
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MANHATTAN HEIGHTS/LIBERTY VILLAGE
The borders that outline the neighborhoods of Manhattan Heights and Liberty Village in Manhattan Beach
Manhattan Heights/Liberty Village is the MLS area known to real estate agents as “Area 146” lies North of Manhattan Beach Blvd, East of Sepulveda Blvd, West of Aviation Blvd and South of Marine Ave. The “Manhattan Heights” section starts just east of Sepulveda Blvd and ends at N. Redondo Ave., whereas “Liberty Village” is the 1940s tract development just West of Aviation, East of N. Redondo Ave., North of Manhattan Beach Blvd and South of Marine Ave. Liberty Village cuts off where Polliwog Park starts on the corner of Manhattan Beach Blvd and N. Redondo Ave. To the North of Polliwog Park you will find the campus of Manhattan Beach Middle School. This is the one and only public middle school in the Manhattan Beach Unified School District. These neighborhoods are conveniently close to The Raytheon Company and Northrop Grumman business parks, as well the MBS Media Campus, which employs thousands of locals across the South Bay. It is about a 5-10 minute drive to the Metro Green Line park n’ ride lot. The 405 freeway entrance and 110 freeway are also conveniently closest to these neighborhoods than any in all of Manhattan Beach which makes for a great commute. Original homes in Liberty Village were all developed and sold by a single developer after the 2nd World War; homes were sold primarily to returning soldiers who qualified to purchase on the GI Bill. The streets are laid out in a grid pattern and were built on what was an area of dunes. Lots here are typically 50 x 100. Homes in this area were originally developed post WWII and were typically 3 bedrooms, 2 baths on 5,000 sf lots with nice, open backyards.
Today you will find many of these homes have been remodeled with additions or even torn down and rebuilt with a larger home and smaller yard. Because these are some of the last homes across the city to remain largely original, Liberty Village is considered to be a great “entry-level” choice for those trying to break into the Manhattan Beach market. Floor-plans vary as, over time, the original tract floor-plan was modified and many 2nd story additions were built to accommodate growing families; many of the homeowners installed pools over the years here, so while you may not be beach adjacent, there is a good chance of owning a home with a pool or that your neighbor has one. There is abundant original charm and a tight knit neighborhood feel in the Liberty Village area. Tree-lined streets and welcoming front yards hail to the traditional roots of Manhattan Beach. Manhattan Heights differs only slightly in that a different developer carved out lots closer to the 50×150 size and a section of streets are more akin to a TRW tract, with a gentle curve to the street, rather than a city grid. Here, because of the gentle upslope of the original landscape, lots that offer beautiful views of downtown LA and the Los Angeles mountains can be purchased. Where Liberty Village has flat, street-to-street lots, Manhattan Heights follows a swell in the land and a good portion of homes take advantage of some kind of view. Manhattan Heights is less traditional in its layout and, because of that, offers a really beautiful rolling landscape peppered with low flat lots and higher sloped lots. Meadows Elementary School is tucked in the middle of Manhattan Heights as well as the popular pre-school, Manhattan Academy. Many homes in this area have already been torn down and rebuilt in the larger style. A handful of original tract homes are found on each street lending to its charm and diverse style. A section of Manhattan Heights near 12th and 15th streets offers more density in building zoning and it is here that some of the most inexpensive townhomes in the city can be purchased. Many income buyers seek out multi-family properties in this area to purchase and hold as great investment properties.
Homeowners in the Manhattan Heights/Liberty Village area enjoy the close proximity to daily conveniences like having Target, Trader Joes and Starbucks just a few moments away. Other favorites within the Heights/Village zone are places like the eco-friendly nail salon Color Me Green, Rubios, Fresh Brothers, Manhattan Bread and Bagel, My Gym, the upscale Pet Foods Market, and everyone’s favorite stop for the freshest produce and meats, Grow. The whole neighborhood turns out when Grow announces it is fresh cherry season! While the Heights/Village area averages about 1.6 miles to beach (appx. 10 min drive), the largest amount of public park space is within walking distance. Pollywog Park, of course, is at the heart of the neighborhood, but also close by you’ll find Manhattan Heights Park & Community Center as well as the popular Aviation Park on the East side of Aviation Blvd, which features a public walking/running track and a large soccer field. There are numerous softball fields and basketball courts as well as the popular Adventure Plex which is an indoor, air-conditioned play facility, as well as a gym and facility for athletics classes and the like. Manhattan Heights/Liberty Village is home to one of the favorite summer traditions here in the Beach Cities—the Manhattan Beach Concerts in the Park series. For over 35 years, families and music lovers alike have made their way down to Polliwog Park each Sunday from June through August to be treated to free music sponsored by the City of Manhattan Beach. Liberty Village residents can easily walk to the park, leaving the car behind and avoiding any hassles with parking. Polliwog Park only allows alcohol to be present/consumed on park grounds from 5:00-7:00 pm on Sundays during the concert series season, so many residents make a quick trip to the neighborhood Trader Joe’s just a few blocks away to stock up on picnic items and summer wines. The Trader Joe’s crew caters to this event by highlighting “Summer Concert Picks” from their wine/beer selection and also their packaged “to-go” deli, snack and salad items.
The whole neighborhood turns out for the Summer Concerts in the Park at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach.
Pollywog Park is located at the corner of Redondo Ave and Manhattan Beach Blvd and is made up of 18 acres of public land. The park was developed in 1964 and later expanded in 1975. The park features gazebos that can be reserved for private parties, a nine hole disc golf course, a duck pond, different play structures and a free-to-the-public outdoor exercise facility. A great read on the history of the park can be found by clicking here. The Polliwog Dog Run is located on the west end of the park and offers almost 6,000 sf of space to play and exercise the family dog. It is open daily from 6:30 am to 8:00 pm, November 1-March 30, and 6:30 am to 9:00 pm, April 1 –October 31. Adjacent to the park in the southwest corner you will find the Botanical Garden. Run entirely by residential volunteers, the Garden is open to the public and is a wonderful place to take a docent-lead tour or simply to relax and reflect. You can join the local Gardening Club and help out with projects at the Garden. Call 310-546-1354 for more info. The Garden is open from dawn to dusk. On the North end is Begg Pool which is open all summer for neighborhood swimming as well as lessons, classes and the Dolphins club swim team. Also on that end is the Premier Little League Field. The entrance and parking for both the pool and field can be tricky to find if you are unaccustomed to the area. Drive down N. Peck Ave, past 12th Street and you will see a small access road branch off to the right down towards the field. Take that access road down and you will find the lower parking lot. The Manhattan Beach Historical Society is housed in the preserved, original beach cottage that sits facing Manhattan Beach Boulevard. It is a wonderful place to explore on your own or with the family to really understand the dynamic changes the City of Manhattan Beach has undergone as it continued to draw people relocating to the area for the wonderful beach lifestyle.
HONORING OUR VETERANS TODAY AND EVERY DAYHonoring our veterans is our duty as Americans and our honor as friends and neighbors . . . It’s Veteran’s Day and we’d like to take a moment to thank those who have served our country in order to preserve our safety, our freedom and our way of life. It is no small thing to dedicate one’s life to the service of others, and we at Caskey & Caskey respectfully honor that commitment today and every day. I often think about where we live and how fortunate we are to be able to make a good living for our family, provide excellent education for our sons and raise our family in one of the most beautiful places in the country. There is not a day that goes by that I am not grateful for the opportunities set before me and the benefits that have come from those opportunities. We are beyond fortunate to be living in a country where opportunity abounds and is protected by the best military programs globally. This is why my wife and I are so dedicated to supporting our community and important causes like those that directly benefit our nation’s heroes. Jennifer and I have had the good fortune to become good friends with a former Navy SEAL, Duke Harbin, who founded the Navy SEAL Fund. Through Duke, we have become aware of former Navy SEALs/families in need of assistance as a result of injury, loss of life, transition needs, or some of life’s unexpected events. Everyone knows that the SEALs are an elite division of the military that only a handful of the nation’s best every qualify for. What many might not know is that due to recent budget cuts in the military, many men and women are in a position to be working through extended tours of duty where a higher rate of PTSD is naturally a result of prolonged exposure to very extreme situations. Upon return to the civilian sector, many SEALs come home to difficulties with transitioning into civilian jobs, many of which are scarce in certain parts of the country; a higher stress level, which leads sometimes to marriage and family problems, physical and emotional disabilities as well as other crippling events that can paralyze a whole family. The Navy SEAL Fund steps in to help ease temporary financial burdens, bridge the gap in obtaining important support both emotionally and physically, provide access to important programs that help return the veteran and/or the family to a state of balance, and also provide very important legal assistance as well when needed. When Jennifer and I learned of this program, we were immediately compelled to get involved and we have been dedicated to supporting the Navy SEAL Fund now for several years. There is a huge unmet need to fill the gaps in resources for the veterans, those in active duty, and their families here at home (spouses, children, parents…); our family considers it an honor and a privilege to be able to reach out and directly impact the lives of these special veterans. What makes this program special is that the Navy SEALs Fund is a small non-profit, developed and operated by retired Navy SEALs. They are able to respond quickly to urgent and unique needs, usually with just a phone call. No red tape and bureaucratic road blocks get in the way of offering immediate assistance targeted to each special case. They also provide invaluable legal assistance for all branches of the military for combat related charges and even post-military cases where the Integrity of the Veteran or Uniform is being defended. Often times a small amount goes a long way. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance from the Navy SEAL Fund, please START HERE with the Request For Assistance Form. On this veterans day, we would like to honor our veterans by drawing attention to this very special organization and ask our friends and neighbors who have the good fortune to live in peace in this great country of ours to consider making a donation to ensure the ongoing success of this important cause. If you’d like to join us in honoring our Veterans today by supporting the Navy SEAL Fund, please CLICK HERE to make a donation of any amount. Let’s also take a moment to honor those that the Navy SEAL Fund is dedicated to: http://www.navysealsfund.org/RememberingHeroes Dedicated to all of our Veterans; from generations past to those in active duty, across all branches of the military–THANK YOU for your service!
Beach living has its own jargon and one term that might confuse newcomers is “walk street.” These pedestrian-only pathways are one of the most charming aspects of living near the ocean. Imagine looking out your front window and seeing people—not cars—passing by.
The Sand Section in Manhattan Beach has many walk streets, some dating back to 1913. The northern walk streets front sloped lots while the southern ones are more flat. Hermosa Beach has walk streets as well. When taking a walk is so easy and pleasant, residents cannot resist. The result? A wonderful sense of camaraderie and community spirit. Children can play on walk streets without the worry of automobile traffic.
WHERE TO LET THE DOGS OUTThings to do with your dog when you live at the beach.
The Beach Cities area is home to thousands of furry residents!
The South Bay is also home to a couple thousand furry residents, many of which are seen enjoying beach living right alongside their owners. There are many things to do with dogs at the beach: it’s common to find them walking, jogging, skateboarding, and riding in bike baskets along The Strand, but our South Bay Beaches are not “dog friendly” beaches. Dogs are not allowed on the sand or in the water. If you have a fun loving pooch as part of your family, the lack of yard space in the higher density neighborhoods found in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach can pose a challenge for getting your pet out for some much needed exercise. Here’s what you need to know about living in the Beach Cities with your canine companions: First things first, make sure your dog is registered with your city; obtain your license tags ASAP. All cities offer discounted fees to qualifying senior citizens. Manhattan Beach requires a license application. Spayed/Neutered dogs can obtain an annual license for $18, un-sterilized dogs are $50. Hermosa Beach requires dogs that are new to town to be licensed within 30 days. Fees are $20 for neutered/spayed dogs and $81 for un-sterilized dogs. Click here for application and more info. Redondo Beachalso requires new dogs to be licensed within 30 days. Fees are $20 for altered dogs and $40 for unaltered dogs. Click here for application. Here are a few things to do with your dog if you live in the Beach Cities area: Dog ParksManhattan Beach has a 5,900 sf dog run located on the west end of Polliwog Park. It operates 6:30 am to 8:00 pm Nov. 1- Mar. 30 and 6:30 am to 9:00 pm Apr. 1- Oct. 31. The park is free and open to the public. Click here for dog run rules. There is another, small gated dog run near Live Oak Park in Manhattan’s Sand Section. The city also offers an on-leash greenbelt walk path that many dog owners enjoy for the natural setting and wood chip path that is kind on pet’s feet. Hermosa Beach does not have an off-leash dog park but it does have the greenbelt walk-path running through the city, which offers a beautiful, natural setting to walk your dog and about a four mile round-trip walk if you were to start on one end and walk to the other.
The greenbelt walk path in Hermosa Beach is about a 2 mile stretch of wood chipped pathway that is great for on-leash walks with your dog.
Redondo Beach offers a large off-leash dog park. It is located at 190 Flagler Ln just off 190th street where North Redondo meets South Redondo. There are large open dog runs for both larger breeds and smaller breeds. The park is mainly dirt with some shade trees and fresh water stations. Free and open to the public. Click here for dog park rules. El Segundo has a large dog park located along E. Imperial Ave on the northern-most end of El Segundo. It has separate areas for large, medium and small dog breeds. The park is part dirt/part grassy patches and has fresh water. It is free and open to the public. Click here for more info. Rancho Palos Verdes has an all wood-chip dog park that is open one hour before sunrise and one hour after sunset. It’s a half-acre facility broken into a large dog area and a small dog area. Click here for location and rules. The Point Vicente Lighthouse & Interpretive Center, also in Rancho Palos Verdes, has a low impact hiking trail that offers gorgeous ocean views. It is about a 2 mile loop along the cliffs and a great place to walk your dog. Rosie’s Dog Beachis about a 35 minute drive from the South Bay to Long Beach and is an off-leash, public beach that allows dogs to run and play in the ocean and along the sand shores of the beach. It is located at 5000 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA and is open from 6 am to 8 pm everyday. Park in the public parking lot that accesses from Granada Ave. and walk straight out to the areas marked between the orange traffic cones for the off-leash area.
Rosie’s dog beach is located in Long Beach and allows an off leash beach experience for dogs. Click photo to re-direct to dog beach info site.
Day Camps and Day Care Facilities If you want to let your dog run and play for the day while you are at work or otherwise committed, Camp Run-A-Mutt off of 190th in Gardena offers a kennel free environment where your dog can play and socialize all day. There is a large, open outdoor run with shade sails, water pools & more. They have a great, kennel-free overnight facility as well. ½ day (6 hours or less) costs $25 per stay where full day (6:30 am to 7:00 pm) is $34 per day. Yellow Brick Road Doggie Playcare & Gym is located in El Segundo and offers an indoor/outdoor experience for your pet. Obstacles, play structures, wading pools & nap areas. Full day (5-12 hrs) is $30 and half day (less than 5 hrs) is $20. They also offer boarding options with free bathing before going home. Petsmart Pets Hotel in Torrance offers overnight stays and doggie day campwith an average daily stay costing appx. $24 (if you opt in for an ice cream treat or peanut butter Kong while your dog stays). Grateful Dogs in El Segundo also offers kennel free day camp and overnight boarding. Full days start at $30, with half days costing $22. A 5,000 sf outdoor play area allows dogs to run, play and socialize while you are away. Dog Friendly Restaurants Your well behaved pooch can enjoy time with you out on the town at these dining establishments that welcome dogs on their outdoor patios . . . MANHATTAN BEACHLe Pain Quotidien in the MetLox Plaza, Downtown Manhattan Beach is a great place to have a glorious cup of coffee and a healthy breakfast or lunch while your dog lounges in the shade.
Le Pain Quotidien is located in the Metlox Plaza Downtown Manhattan Beach and is a pet-friendly restaurant.
Uncle Bill’s Pancake House at 1305 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 is a hot spot and local favorite that allows dogs in their outdoor dining area. Hennessey’s Tavern on Manhattan Beach Blvd in Downtown Manhattan Beach is perched in the middle of the downtown action and has a small outdoor area that accommodates dogs. The Local Yolk on the North End of Manhattan Beach welcomes dogs along the front patio dining tables. HERMOSA BEACHGood Stuff (open for breakfast & lunch) down right on the Strand in Hermosa Beach, this front-and-center location is great for the people watching pet.
Good Stuff in Hermosa Beach not only has a great healthy breakfast menu, they have a dog-friendly patio just off The Strand. Click photo for their website and menu.
Gum Tree Cafe in the mid-section of the downtown scene on Pier Ave has a large outdoor patio overlooking the downtown action. Java Man right next to Abigail’s in downtown Hermosa Beach has amazing, healthy turkey breakfast burritos and a nice place outside to park it and watch the morning go by. Boardwalk Burgers just south of Pier Plaza at 1031 Hermosa Ave in Hermosa Beach, this patio will accommodate your pet. Paciugo Gelato Caffe has a dog friendly environment where pets can rest in the shade and enjoy fresh water. REDONDO BEACHDoma Kitchen Café on PCH in South Redondo Beach has a very dog friendly environment and even hosts Dog themed events.
Bouzy Gastropub at Chez Melange in the Redondo Village has a nice patio to enjoy dinner with your pup. Hostaria Piave on PCH just before Torrance Blvd in South Redondo has a large patio that is dog friendly and outstanding Italian cuisine. Turquoise Restaurant in the heart of the Redondo Village offers water and organic biscuits for your dog while you dine. Ocean Tava India Bistro at 1212 South PCH in Redondo Beach welcomes dogs to their outdoor patio.
Ocean Tava is one of many dog friendly dining establishments in Redondo Beach.
It’s already October, which means we’ve kicked off our 3rd Annual Pinking Up the Towncampaign to raise Breast Cancer Awareness and support local cancer programs! Well, not literally, but you’ll start to notice pinkCaskey & Caskey signs throughout the South Bay, along with our marketing materials going pink. So why pink? Well, October is officially Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we’re part of the movement to raise awareness about this disease and how we can fight against it.
Raising Awareness About Breast Cancer In The South Bay
One way or another, everyone can be impacted by breast cancer. Our team at Caskey & Caskey, just like many of you, all have personal experience with breast cancer, whether it’s through friends, family, or colleagues. We realized that, together, we could all make a conscious effort during this time of the year to do our part, help bring awareness to the importance of fighting breast cancer and involve as many others as we can in this cause.
As a team, we realize that we love what we do because we love where we are. The South Bay is a collection of truly beautiful, amazing cities filled with amazing people. Unfortunately, there are those in our own backyard who have to deal in some way, shape, or form with breast cancer, and we need to give them a voice. By Pinking Up The Town, we’re hoping that any woman in the community will be reminded about the importance of self-examinations, and how important it is to educate young women and girls in the community to make exams part of their health routine.
We want to see the South Bay thrive, along with every resident here. As a more direct means of giving back, Caskey & Caskey chooses to donate to Cancer Support Community- Redondo Beach, and to Chemocessories. These organizations are local, the work they do has a direct effect on our community, and continue to raise awareness while helping those who have been directly impacted by breast cancer.
Caskey & Caskey is pledging, for our 3rd year in a row, to donate a portion of commissions earned in the month of October to directly benefit local cancer support programs.
We invite you to join Caskey & Caskey by Pinking Up The Town in your own way, and spending some time to educate those around you about breast cancer, the dangers of it, and how others can help give back to the community at large. Even the smallest kindness can make the largest difference.
SPREADING BREAST CANCER AWARENESS: 4 THINGS TO KNOW
Continuing as part of Caskey & Caskey’s Pinking Up The Town campaign to raise breast cancer awareness, we want to make sure we’re doing our part to educate people throughout the South Bay about this disease and its impact. Below are 4 important things to know about breast cancer.
1. BREAST CANCER IS COMMON
How common? Breast cancer is most common cancer in women in both the developing and developed world. While it’s not as common, breast cancer can also occur in men. Each year, for every man who gets diagnosed with the disease, 100 women are diagnosed. This means that, on average, one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Of the nearly 250,000 women diagnosed per year, more than 40,000 of them will lose their lives to the disease. This is an astounding number, which is why there is so much emphasis on raising money and awareness to combat breast cancer.
2. THERE ARE A LOT OF RISK FACTORS
There are a number of possible correlations tied to breast cancer, but it is not yet possible to pinpoint a specific risk associated with certain cases. However, something that increases risk by a factor of two or three is if a family member also had the disease. Late menopause, and a late age at first childbirth are also large contributing risk factors. Studies have also found that there are different modifiable risk factors at play, including use (or abuse) of alcohol, lack of physical activity, and obesity.
3. IT’S NOT IMPOSSIBLE TO BEAT
With advances in technology and medicine, there has been a consistent decrease in death rates from breast cancer since the 1990s. One of the biggest reasons for this drop is the continued education regarding screening, early detection, and general awareness of the disease. Treatment options are also improving on a regular basis, given those diagnosed with the disease in the US (and around the world) more of a fighting chance. To this tune, there are nearly 3 million breast cancer survivors in the United States today.
4. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Even though cases of breast cancer are on the decline and those diagnosed with the disease have more opportunities to combat it, there’s always more work to be done, which is why there’s such emphasis placed on October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and why, at Caskey & Caskey, we’re so adamant about Pinking Up The Town. Local organizations like the Redondo Beach Cancer Support Community are doing their part to help raise money, raise awareness, and also be a support system for those diagnosed with the disease, along with their families. If you live in the South Bay and want to learn more about how you can help give back, you can contact them directly, but also continue to educate yourself and those around you through sites like the World Health Organization. Together, we can continue to fight back against this terrible disease and the way it impacts people around the world.
ORGANIZATIONS THAT ACTIVELY SUPPORT BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
For this week’s post in our Pinking Up The Town campaign, we’re going to be looking at a few different organizations (both local and national) that are extremely active in their fight against breast cancer. Whether it’s by raising money, educating others, or providing support, these are groups dedicated to helping others.
CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY – REDONDO BEACH
Based right here in the South Bay, the Cancer Support Community has been active for nearly a decade in offering programs for cancer patients and their loved-ones. Their organization actively fights against the disease in a number of ways, and this includes their education resources and a support helpline. The helpline is open to anyone, whether they were diagnosed with cancer themselves, are a longtime survivor, or are actively caring for someone close to them. The main mission is to provide support for as many people as possible as they deal with the physical and emotional toll of cancer.
Another organization that started in the South Bay, Chemocessories helps women undergoing cancer treatment remain as positive as possible. The idea is that any gesture, no matter the size, can be a force for good. The team here creates personalized sets of accessories like jewelry, scarves, and turbans. They’re made in an effort to remind every woman that cancer treatment and the subsequent side effects can’t diminish their beauty. The various members are actively involved in the community, provide tips for chemocessorizing, offer support groups, and more!
LIVING BEYOND BREAST CANCER
In 1991, Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) was founded by a group of women in Philadelphia who recognized that there was a lack of information out there for survivors of breast cancer. Over the last 25 years, they have become one of the most prominent resources for those impacted by the disease. They have a number of specialized programs for different demographics, including younger women, men, African-Americans, and the LGBT community to help reach out to as many people as possible. Because of the size they achieved over time, they have a number of ways for people to give back and help, including attending events, conferences, and volunteering remotely.
A nonprofit organziation, Breastcancer.org is extremely relevent when it comes to having the most dependable and up-to-date information regarding breast cancer. There amount of available information is quite astonishing, and everything that gets posted on the website and in any printed materials is reviewed by the organization’s Professional Advisory Board. This is a group of over 70 practicing medical professionals from around the world who are considered experts in their fields. This vetting process ensures that every bit of info regarding breast cancer is accurate and helpful to those seeking it.
There are countless other organizations, both in the South Bay and worldwide that all unite behind the cause of eventually curing breast cancer. Until that is a reality, they will continue to be advocates for those impacted by the disease, and provide support, funding, and education.
EARLY DETECTION MATTERS
Even though it’s crucial to be educated about breast cancer and to get involved with various charitable organizations in the South Bay such as Chemocessories, taking proper preventative measures against the disease is of the utmost importance. Breast cancer screenings, mammograms, and even screenings for other types of female reproductive cancer can make a huge difference in a woman’s life. However, without proper access to these procedures, women might not find out they’re victims of the disease until it’s too late. Fortunately, there are locations in the South Bay that provide low cost or free screenings and mammograms. These can make a huge difference in any woman’s life, and the life of their families and loved ones. Below are a few organizations that can help women find a location closest to them.
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES – EVERY WOMAN COUNTS
Every Woman Counts (EWC) offers free screenings, including mammograms, pelvic exams, and Pap tests. By offering education and early detection services, EWC is helping to save lives of Californians throughout the state, with an emphasis on those who might not otherwise be qualified for these procedures. Additionally, EWC offers diagnostic, treatment, and even integrated preventive services to these citizens. Click on the link below to locate the clinics in the South Bay closest to you.
LOS ANGELES BREAST CANCER ALLIANCE
The Los Angeles Breast Cancer Alliance (LABCA) is a nonprofit organization that has dedicated itself to aiding in the fight and eventual eradication of breast cancer. Like many other organizations, they do this through charitable donations, community involvement, education, and other means. This also includes offering women over the age of 40 with free mammograms and Pap smears at select hospitals in the Los Angeles area. If you want to find a hospital near you that provides these procedures, please fill out the form by clicking the link below.
MOvember’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. Each MOvember, men grow their MOustaches to raise vital funds and awareness to combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges.
WHY WE PLEDGE TO MOVEMBER
– Testicular cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in men ages 15-35.
– 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.
– A man is 35% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is to be diagnosed with breast cancer.
Jennifer and I have been big supporters of this effort since we first heard of it. It’s a great cause and something we feel is an important message to get out into the community. We participate within the many events our South Bay MoBros Team membership organizes to raise funds and awareness, with the largest event centered around the Annual South Bay MoBros Golf Tournament. The South Bay MoBros Team is the Movember Foundation’s #8 ranked team nationally and to-date in November 2016 has already raised over $25,000. With over 40 members raising awareness and funds, this year is bound to be another record-setting drive. The Caskey & Caskey Team is proud to be a sponsor of the upcoming golf tournament by donating thousands of golf tees for the event.
I am proud to be sporting my MOvember MOustache to remind those I connect with this month to support men’s health awareness. Many people we know are affected by cancer and we believe that giving back to this important cause is one of the ways we can best serve our local community.
Our hard working and dedicated friends at South Bay MoBros have set a shining example of how to put the best foot forward in the fight against prostrate and testicular cancers. By banding this community together, they have become one of the largest, most influential Movember teams in the U.S. and I am proud to be associated with this team and their efforts. Learn more or make a donation to Movember through the South Bay MoBros Team by CLICKING HERE. Women participate right along with the men by being a MoSista. Learn more about the MoSista movement HERE.
This October, you may be asking WHY PINK? as you see our signs and marketing around Manhattan Beach turn pink. In 2014, Caskey and Caskey kicked off our 1st annual Breast Cancer Awareness drive to encourage awareness and support right here in our community. You may recall seeing our pink signs on our listings, or our pink ads in the paper. We dedicated a portion of sales proceeds from ANY home we listed or sold in the month of October to the local Cancer Support Community based in Redondo Beach. By donating a significant amount to the Cancer Support Community last year, we were able to dedicate two leaves on the Tree of Life, located in the Redondo Beach center; one dedicated to the memory of a friend claimed in 2014 and another in celebration of a victorious journey that same year. THE STORY. It’s a heavy-hearted fact that breast cancer touches each and every one of us. This all came about because, as a team, we were comparing personal experiences with breast cancer in our lives and realized each of us had been touched in one way or another by this disease. We then asked ourselves how we could apply our work in real estate to make an impact on the important issue of breast cancer. Talking further, we agreed that if there was any way we could make a difference here locally, in our own backyard, we would want to work towards that goal as a team. We shared stories of friends, family members, colleagues, people in our community, neighbors — and realized this issue is all too close to home. THE PLAN. This year we hope to double our efforts, increase the awareness and earn more leaves on the Tree. It’s simple: any new business earned by the Caskey & Caskey Team in the month of October will qualify to contribute to the awareness fund that will be donated this year between both the Cancer Support Community and Chemocessories.Both are local organizations that provide support right here in the heart of our community, providing a direct impact on those who are journeying through their own breast cancer experiences, as well as their loved ones and friends. Cancer Support Community – Redondo Beach provides free support groups to cancer patients, cancer survivors and those transitioning from the loss of a loved one. Located at 109 W. Torrance Blvd in Redondo Beach, the center offers many different programs for people of all ages, in all stages. Because their services are free, continuing aid and financial support is vital to the ongoing success of their important programs. Chemocessories is s a small, local non-profit based right here in Manhattan Beach. Their mission is to help those dealing with the effects of treatment by gathering scarves, jewelry, turbans and more and creating personalized sets that are then given to women undergoing treatment in order to help patients hold on to their strength and sense of themselves while undergoing chemotherapy. Of course, there is no obligation to buy or sell with us this month in order to help support. You can email Chemocessories to make a personal contribution directly and/or reach out to Cancer Support Community-Redondo Beach to do the same. The goal is to raise awareness, protect health, educate all women and do what we can to help this exceptional cause. AWARENESS. By Pinking Up The Town, we hope by seeing our pink signs every woman in our close-knit community here in the South Bay will be reminded to book those mammograms, educate their daughters about the importance of self-monitoring, and take an extra moment to reach out and touch someone you know affected by breast cancer. The smallest forms of kindness can make the largest difference.
Our pink signs serve as reminders to book those important mammogram appointments!
Make an appointment now! – Breast Diagnostic Center, Torrance MemorialTHE FUTURE. Our success with our Why Pink campaign last year caught the eye of other Realtors in the area and we were asked if they could also join in this year’s efforts. As Realtors, we have incredible visual capabilities for spreading this message and increasing awareness. Our hope is to inspire more and more agents to join us in the month long effort and to also contribute to organizations of their choosing in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. Every effort starts with a first step, and we are humbled by the desire for others to join us. Our hope is to set off a chain of inspiration and to encourage the real estate community as a whole to join us this year and in years to come so we can really make an impact right here, where it counts, at home. To our grandmothers, our mothers, our sisters, our cousins and our friends . . . this effort is for you. RESOURCES.
WHY PINK?? — We’re Pinking Up The Town this October for Breast Cancer Awareness!This October, Caskey & Caskey are proud to announce our Pinking Up The Town program in support of breast cancer awareness and support.
CLICK HERE to learn about our 2nd Annual Awareness Drive starting Oct. 1, 2015!VICTORIES AND LOSS. It’s a heavy-hearted fact that breast cancer touches each and every one of us. On the heels of both an emotional funeral of a close friend and a victory over breast cancer of another friend just last month, one of our team members came to us and asked how we could apply our work in real estate to make an impact on the important issue of breast cancer. After discussing as a team how we can continue to contribute to our community in important and meaningful ways, we realized that each and every one of us has a story of a close friend or loved one that has been affected by breast cancer. Some have survived and some have been lost to us. Talking further, we agreed that if there was any way we could make a difference here locally, in our own backyard, we would want to work towards that goal as a team. We shared stories of friends, family members, colleagues, people in our community, neighbors — and we realized it was all too close to home. Then an idea was born . . .
Our pink signs serve as reminders to book those important mammograms!
HOPE. In order to spread awareness, we are Pinking Up The Town by turning our business pink. Every real estate sign, every ad, every flyer, everything we can think of will go pink for the month of October. Our hope is that women in our community who see our signs or ads will be reminded to perform regular breast exams and to book those mammogram appointments. Our hope is that through these subtle reminders, lives are saved. Throughout the month of October, every new listing and/or purchase through Caskey & Caskey will result in a financial contribution toCancer Support Community – Redondo Beach. Our hope is that our October sales can significantly contribute to the ongoing work of the dedicated people and programs at Cancer Support Community – Redondo Beach. SUPPORT. This summer our brokerage, Shorewood Realtors, was a major supporter of the successful Walk With Sally – White Light, White Night event. Shorewood, along with hundreds of other major supporters raised a record breaking funding amount for the ongoing success of their program, tailored towards supporting children and families who have endured the loss of a loved one to cancer. Inspired by the local focus of the Walk With Sally group, Caskey & Caskey elected to dedicate our 2014 Pinking Up The Town efforts on supporting the Cancer Support Community – Redondo Beach. Cancer Support Community – Redondo Beach provides free support groups to cancer patients, cancer survivors and those transitioning from the loss of a loved one. Located at 109 W. Torrance Blvd in Redondo Beach, the center offers many different programs for people of all ages, in all stages. Because their services are free, continuing aid and financial support is vital to the ongoing success of their important programs. We are pleased to report that as of this posting, we already have two new real estate transactions in the month of October contributing to Cancer Support Community – Redondo Beach; 544 Marine Ave in Manhattan Beach and 111 S. Meadows in Manhattan Beach.
A portion of the sale of this home will go towards benefitting the programs at Cancer Support Community – Redondo Beach
AWARENESS. By Pinking Up The Town, we encourage every woman in our close-knit community here in the South Bay to book your mammograms, perform your self-exams, educate your daughters, and take an extra moment to reach out and touch someone you know affected by breast cancer. The smallest forms of kindness can make the largest difference. RESOURCES.
This posting and our team’s October efforts are dedicated to the memory of Erin Williams Hyman as well as to the victories of the following survivors: Peggy Farr, Jenny Silva, Maria Paz Sulit, Erlinda Eisma