Recognition of Jan Barylski in her Volunteer Life

A warm hug from HBNW to say...

Thank you for your service and keeping us safe.

What a wonderful person!  Jan was so enthused about living a healthy lifestyle with her husband, Tom.  She had a life-force that you could feel in her beauty and in her hug!  On Christmas Eve, Jan's body succumbed to the disease of cancer.  Her passing leaves a heartache no one can heal.  However, her love for her community leaves a memory no one can take. 


She had courage and jumped into a new program called the Hermosa Beach Neighborhood Watch.   Jan became one of our first Block Captain's in 2007 for the 600 block of Longfellow and was the seventh Block Captain to host a meeting.  We have had over 90 meetings! 


She did a ride along with the HB Police, graduated from Redondo Beach CERT (Community Emergency Response Training) program, took a tour of the HB Police and Fire Departments, toured the 911 Dispatch Center, hosted National Night Out 2007 for her block and invited Santa over to visit.   She was passionate about her neighborhood and wanted to do all that she could for her neighbors for crime prevention and disaster preparedness.  She was truly inspiring.  When the time came to launch a new program called the Volunteers in Policing, she did not hesitate to be one of six resident volunteers to start the pilot program.  Many children and parents have seen her at Valley School directing traffic in the afternoons with her VIP partner, Dave Buckland.  The Community Project, A Show of Hands for Hermosa, was an opportunity for residents to put their handprints on the grey skate park walls.  A magical experience began to blossom into a colorful expression of the people.  Jan volunteered at every date that was offered to continue to fill up the wall with hands (and feet) for the City's 100th Birthday. 


I was moved by her bighearted spirit and support of the HBNW program.  I will always be grateful and humbled by such residents that play an active part in creating a safer community for all.  ~ Kelly Kovac-Reedy


Please join HBNW and HB Police Department in honoring Jan at a beach celebration THIS Thursday, January 5th at 4:30p.m. at Longfellow Avenue and the Strand.  You will be joined by her neighbors, family and the many people she touched as we walk down to the water at sunset ( 4:58 p.m.) and throw a pink, yellow or white rose in the ocean and make a wish for a safe journey for her and her family.  Roses will be provided courtesy of HB Police.


If you wish, you can make a donation in her name to

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital





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Tuesday, January 3, 2012


January Calendar

Photo Courtesy of

HermosaWave Photography   


Thurs, January 5

7:00 PM

PCH/Aviation Improvement Committee Mtg



Tues, January 10

7:00 PM

City Council Mtg



Wed, January 11

7:00 PM

School Board Mtg



Tues, January 17

7:00 PM

Planning Commission



Wed, January 18

7:00 PM

Public Works Commission


Mon, January 23

7:00 PM

Emergency Preparedness Commission



Tues, January 24

7:00 PM

City Council Meeting



Sat, January 28

9:00 AM

Too Toxic to Trash - Household Hazardous Waste and E-Waste Roundup

Location:  Clark Stadium, Valley Drive between 8th & 11th Streets

Event Details




Crime Scene 

Suspect:    David Brian Abbott  (Age 32) Hermosa Beach, Ca.



Victim:     Samantha Sproson  (Age 38) Hermosa Beach, Ca.


On December 31, 2011 at approximately 5:00a.m., Officers from HBPD responded to a report of an argument followed by the sound of a gun shot in the 700 blk of Manhattan Avenue.


Officers arrived at the scene and contacted a male later identified as David Brian Abbott (3-11-79). Officers conducted a welfare check of a female (Victim Sproson) inside her apartment where she was discovered unresponsive and pronounced deceased by the HBFD.


Suspect Abbott is due for araingment at the Torrance Superior Courthouse on Wednesday January 4, 2011. Anyone with information is asked to contact HBPD Detectives at (310)-318-0332 or LASD Detectives at (323)526-5541.



Courtesy of HBPD Captain Steve Johnson













Vehicle Burglary

800 Block of 8th Street.

An unknown party stole tools from a locked box that was attached to the vehicle's truck bed.






Petty Theft

100 Block of Lyndon Street.

An unknown party stole an unsecured basketball and basketball hoop.

12-28-11  1:14p.m.




Vehicle Theft

Area of 24th Street and Manhattan Avenue.

The victim stated her adult daughter stole the mother's vehicle.

12-29-11  10:10a.m.


Identification Theft

1100 Block of The Strand

An unknown suspect used the victim's credit card information to make purchases in a restaurant.

12-29-11  11:25a.m.


Identification Theft

2100 Block of The Strand

An unknown suspect used the victim's credit card information to make purchases in a restaurant.

12-30-11  8:55a.m.


Petty Theft

1600 Block of Bayview Drive

An unknown party stole the victim's wallet and credit cards from an unsecured vehicle. One of the credit cards was subsequently used to purchase merchandise in San Pedro.

12-31-11  1:51p.m.


Petty Theft

Occurred on the pier

An unknown suspect stole the victim's purse, which contained a cell phone. The victim admitted that she was not paying attention to her purse, which was left on a bench.

12-31-11  3:03p.m.


Petty Theft

400 Block of Herondo Street

An unknown suspect stole two unsecured bicycles from an underground parking area.




Identification Theft

Area of Manhattan Avenue and Artesia Blvd.

The victim believes she accidentally left her credit cards in a taxi cab. The credit cards were later used to purchase gasoline.




Petty Theft

400 Block of Herondo Street

An unknown party stole the victim's unsecured bicycle from an underground parking area.




Residential Burglary

500 Block of 8th Street

An unknown party stole a bicycle and crutches from an unsecured garage.






The Manhattan Beach Police Department is looking to the community for assistance in solving recent burglaries. The crimes took place during the night on October 18, 2011 at the Raleigh Studios in Manhattan Beach. Multiple offices were burglarized and numerous items stolen.


Based on the investigation thus far, it appears a lone male suspect used a pry tool to gain access into the studio offices. The suspect, who was caught on surveillance cameras during the crime has yet to be identified.


Included in the stolen property is a cowboy hat, which the suspect can be seen wearing while committing his crimes.


If you have any information regarding the identity of this suspect or these crimes,

please call Detective John Nasori @ 310-802-5133






12/22/11 - 12/23/11                10:15 p.m. - 6:30 a.m.

1900 block of Pacific Av

(Theft from Vehicle) Unknown suspect(s) stole an iPod, cell phone, phone charger and ear buds from the center console of an unlocked vehicle that was parked in front of the residence.


12/28/11 - 12/29/11                11 p.m. - 8 a.m.

3500 block of N Alma Av

(Burglary from Vehicle) Unknown suspect(s) smashed the front driver's side window of the locked vehicle that was parked in the driveway and stole a leather case containing two laptops. The case had been on top of the center console.


12/27/11 - 12/28/11                10:30 p.m. - 8:45 a.m.

1300 block of 1st St

(Burglary from Vehicle) The victim parked and locked her vehicle in the driveway and returned to find the dome light on and glove box open.

Unknown suspect(s) had taken cash, two pairs of sunglasses, a shirt and sound booster for the stereo. There was no sign of forced entry to the vehicle.


12/24/11 - 12/25/11                8:30 p.m. - 9 a.m.

700 block of 36th St

(Theft from Vehicle) Unknown suspect(s) entered the victim's unlocked vehicle and removed a car stereo, a leather briefcase containing a checkbook, a radio receiver, sunglasses, gas cards and miscellaneous DVDs.


12/28/11 - 12/29/11                7 p.m. - 10 a.m.

700 block of 36th St

(Theft from Vehicle) The victim's unlocked vehicle was parked in the driveway when unknown suspect(s) entered the vehicle and took prescription sunglasses and cash from the center console.


12/23/11 - 12/24/11    Noon - 8:45 a.m.

600 block of 19th St

(Theft from Vehicle) Unknown suspect(s) stole pamphlets, books and other miscellaneous literature from an unlocked vehicle that was parked in front of the residence.


12/18/11 - 12/19/11     10:15 a.m. - 6:45 a.m.

2400 block of Elm Av

(Theft from Vehicle) The victim parked the unlocked vehicle in the driveway and returned to find several items missing including clothing, a purse containing ID and checks, a phone charger, CDs, and shoes. No suspects were seen or heard.


12/24/11 - 12/25/11     10 p.m. - 7 a.m.

3500 block of Flournoy Rd

(Stolen Vehicle) The victim parked the vehicle, and forgot to lock it, leaving the keys inside. Unknown suspect(s) stole the vehicle.


12/26/11                10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

600 block of 33rd St

(Burglary from Vehicle) Unknown suspect(s) smashed the driver side window of the vehicle that was parked on the street. Items that had been in the center console were found on the seat, but nothing appeared to be missing. 


12/20/11                    10 a.m. - 5:10 p.m.

1500 block of 2nd St

(Residential Burglary) The victim secured the residence prior to leaving and returned to find the front door unlocked and the house ransacked.

Unknown suspect(s) entered the residence by prying open a bedroom window and emptied the contents of jewelry boxes, using a pillow case to carry the items from the home. Several items were moved about and a laptop was also  taken from the office.


12/16/11 - 12/17/11       9 p.m. - 10 a.m.

1500 block of Laurel Av

(Theft from Vehicle) Unknown suspect(s) entered an unlocked vehicle that was parked in the driveway and rummaged through it. A denim bag that had been in the car was found on the ground nearby. A small amount of cash was missing from the bag.


12/17/11 - 12/20/11                Noon - 10:45 a.m.

300 block of S. Dianthus

(Residential Burglary) The victims secured the residence upon leaving. Unknown suspect(s) kicked in a panel on the front door making a hole.

Suspect(s) entered the residence, ransacked several rooms, unwrapped presents and stole jewelry.