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The Counter, Hotdoggers, MB Post, Ocean Bacteria, and a Pathway to Facilitate Beach Access

Concerned volunteers are arranging a series of fundraisers for the Rachel Kakauoha Memorial Fund. One is at The Counter in HB Thursday. In beach news, the city has approved a new concrete pathway on the beach in El Porto.

1. Friends and neighbors of the Kekauoha family have organized a fundraiser for the Rachel Kekauoha Memorial Fund Thursday, April 19. Simply dine in or take out food from The Counter, 719 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and mention Rachel's name to have 20 percent of proceeds donated to the fund, established to help cover the financial costs associated with her death. A Manhattan Beach resident, 18-year-old Rachel died from injuries sustained when an SUV she was riding in left the road, turned over and rolled several times in the desert terrain off Interstate 40, about 50 miles away from Barstow, in the early morning hours.

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2. MB Mayor Nick Tell is making good on a vow to 95+-year-old resident Evelyn Frey to have a walkway built on the sand so that people with limited mobility can get closer to the sea. Tell made the promise in September and at Tuesday night's City Council meeting, a project for a concrete pathway on the beach near 42nd Street in El Porto passed with a 3-1 vote.

3. As of 4:29 p.m. Wednesday, the ocean where water quality is tested off the MB shoreline has kept its ratings of two As, a B and C. The northern- and southernmost ocean water received the A ratings while two areas closer to a storm drain received the B and C.

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4. Hotdoggers at 1605 North Sepulveda Boulevard has finally opened. Been there yet? Their website indicates you should call for their hours of operation: 310-545-0066. You'll have to stop in to find out what the menu is; there isn't one on their website. Hopefully that will change soon.

5. MB Post celebrated its one-year anniversary Wednesday night with a complimentary bacon cheddar buttermilk biscuit. MB Post Chef David LeFevre recently returned from the prestigious Fifth Annual Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012, according to a Zagat blog.

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