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Throughout her years as a youth and high school softball pitcher, when Janet Anne Purtell gazed from the mound to home plate, she usually saw a familiar face adorned in a catcher’s mask—her friend Chloe Dyne.

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It’s likely not the way 2020 high school seniors wanted to end their secondary education, but for 12 area seniors, they’ll at least have a little money to help defray some college expenses. The Optimist Club of Malibu has awarded the 12 exemplary students with scholarships, each worth $1,000. 

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Mei dresses with flair while staying safe shopping at Ralphs.

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The Under the Oaks teachers greet parents during a drive-through Mother’s Day celebration on Sunday. The recognition of school moms included handing out hand-picked bouquets from flowers grown at the school on Las Flores Canyon Road

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It’s been quite a while, but I can still hold out hope that my mother is not reading my column (written on this Mother’s Day).

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A wise person once said you should never turn down a birthday party invitation for anyone over the age of 80. That’s a milestone that can’t be ignored. But during the age of the novel coronavirus, how does one celebrate? By Zoom, of course. So, when Malibu resident Ellie Somerfield turned 90…

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The drama was palpable as local author Robert Kerbeck read the opening paragraphs from his award winning “Malibu Burning” at a virtual Malibu Rotary Club meeting last week. Recognizing that “this is a crazy time,” while his book is about “back when we thought a wildfire was the worst thing t…

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Local businesses are teaming up to find innovative ways to serve the community during social distancing due to the novel coronavirus. For the past two Sundays, local pizza shop D’Amore’s and Sorenity Rocks Malibu, a local crystal store, have established a drive-thru where residents can pick …

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For Malibu’s Howdy Kabrins, Cape Town, South Africa, is a place of mixed emotional ties. His only child, Gabriela Kabrins Alban, was brutally murdered in the bustling metropolis known as the “Mother City” five years ago. Yet, the place—which he called home from 2015 to 2018 while fighting fo…

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Season six of “Bosch” on Amazon Prime Video is one of the best so far, featuring all the excellent elements of the universe that make up Michael Connelly’s mystery novels about Hieronymus Bosch, LA detective: great shots of the city, intriguing plots, growing tension and suspense, and colorf…

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Pepperdine professor Dr. Donna Nofziger describes her teaching style as “very interactive.” 

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A geranium farm, in the middle of Malibu, overwatched by Serra Retreat and those rugged hills and mountains. Photographed in Kodachrome, which brings out the nice, bright colors...

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While social distancing may be difficult to maintain inside grocery stores, open air farms and markets have been providing families in Malibu with fresh produce with little to no interaction during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Malibuite Nili Leemon shared photos of a trip to Norway, where she had the opportunity to view the aurora borealis amid deep snow.  

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If you or someone you know has sewn a handmade mask, submit a photo for a chance to be featured in The Malibu Times: editorial@malibutimes.com. Thank you to those who have already written in!

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One-year-old Malibu pup Jilly couldn’t make it to the groomer because she’s in quarantine—we can relate. Owner Julie Krauss wrote, “I will offer t-shirts with her pic to raise money for Malibu Boys & Girls Club to support their food pantry.” Anyone interested in ordering a shirt to suppo…

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Millions of COVID captives were glued to their television sets for a musical extravaganza and helped raise millions in the process for health care workers.

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This week, I present a potpourri of bingeable stuff. Take your pick or take them all; I did the latter.

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One-year-old Malibu pup Jilly couldn’t make it to the groomer because she’s in quarantine—we can relate. Owner Julie Krauss wrote, “I will offer t-shirts with her pic to raise money for Malibu Boys & Girls Club to support their food pantry.” Anyone interested in ordering a shirt to suppo…

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The novel coronavirus and resulting state stay-at-home orders have had a huge impact on everyone, but the greatest impact may be on undocumented and low-wage workers—including the day laborers who come to the Malibu Community Labor Exchange (MCLE) every day hoping to find employment. The non…

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Malibu’s Gwen and Terry Lucoff celebrated an unconventional traditional Passover with their family this year during social distancing by joining together on a video chat. “It was wonderful,” Terry wrote, “and I encourage families to get together this way anytime they can.”

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Brad Smith submitted this week’s Best Shot, taken during Safer at Home social distancing on April 9. Smith said he was “enjoying rain and stay-at-home orders” on his deck.

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For many weeks after the start of the novel coronavirus emergency, Malibu residents with symptoms had to be sent miles away for testing. None of the medical offices in town could get the tests, which were in short supply. That changed last week when a couple of local nonprofit organizations …

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Alejandra DeLuca celebrated her birthday earlier this month by sharing a day of virtual meditation and healing, including music and meditative sounds. DeLuca spent the day on her Malibu Meditation Instagram page connecting with her neighbors, friends and strangers in search of strength and comfort.

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Author Robert Kerbeck has been named a finalist for the Foreword Book of the Year Awards for his book, “Malibu Burning,” a chronicle of the Woolsey Fire. Kerbeck added the “support from our community continues to amaze” him, including words of praise from actor Sam Elliott. 

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With more than 400,000 cases and more than 10,000 deaths in the United States, more mega-concerts and acclaimed performances are being postponed or cancelled altogether thanks to concerns over the novel coronavirus. 

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Nothin’ but blue skies for this week’s Best Shot, submitted by Linda Feldhorn. “Enjoying my backyard in Malibu without much pollution,” Feldhorn wrote.

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I’ve never paid much attention to shoes—except for my mother’s high heels with the sassy polka dot bow that I coveted when I was a child, and my favorite red Oboz hiking boots that I consider friends. A few years back, a Malibu pal, Dan Bercu, suggested I try HOKA ONE ONE shoes, and he would…

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We read in the headlines that extreme religious sects all over the world are still gathering together in spite of advice to sequester in place. Their infection rate is huge, needless to say, and despite that, their leaders—imams, rabbis, ministers—are telling them not to listen to scientific…

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Pepperdine Waves tennis player Ashley Lahey was acing her way through a season that featured her ranked as the country’s top singles player in the Oracle/ITA Division 1 women’s rankings last month. The senior had won nine matches since the start of the new year and collected a West Coast Con…

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Now that health officials have done an about face on covering our faces outside during the novel coronavirus pandemic, a local woman is using her sewing skills to make masks as a gift to her community. 

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Now that everyone is staying home around the clock except for the occasional foray to an “essential business” or to walk the dog, boredom is setting in. There are only so many hours a day anyone can spend looking at a screen or cleaning out the garage. As a result, many residents have come u…

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Malibu author Kim Stanwood Terranova holds a launch and signing of her new book, “The Technology of Intention: Activating the Power of the Universe Within You,” at an event in early March at the Malibu Design Center. “It was a brilliant kick off,” Terranova wrote, and took place just weeks b…

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Bicyclists from West Hollywood take a break at Malibu’s Whole Foods on Saturday; they insisted they were socially distancing for their entire ride.

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Malibu’s chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) held its monthly meeting in early March to gather supplies to distribute to the community. DAR members pictured, from left: Courtney Alexander, Barbara Casey, Beth Grimes, Ann De Martini, Ellen Kehr, Vicki Cooper, Anne Kaufma…

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Residents were largely restricted to their homes or the outdoors when most schools and businesses closed on March 20 following the state’s Safer at Home order. But when the county, city and state closed the beaches, trails, trailheads, pier, beach bike paths and beach access points last Frid…

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Need I say that these are terrible times we are living in and may be living in for the foreseeable future? At the moment, we’re in our homes—those of us fortunate enough to not be at immediate risk of losing shelter, food, heat, electricity, etc.—and trying to amuse ourselves. I’m thinking T…

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There’s at least one advantage Malibu has over other cities during these unprecedented times of social-distancing—whale watching. Cetacean sightings have been reported and posted on social media by many local residents this week. These sightings are seen as a hopeful sign for many during the…

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In an effort to help entertain everyone staying home during the novel coronavirus emergency, the executive director of the Malibu Film Society, Scott Tallal, has put out the “MFS Film Lovers Survival Guide,” which he describes as “a totally incomplete, completely biased list of movies and bi…

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Well into his 70s, Dr. Tony Greenberg (who lost his house during the Woolsey Fire) has finally realized his dream of becoming a movie producer. Albeit very low-budget, his film, “The Rideshare Killer,” has already been shot and the last $20K needed for post-production was just successfully r…

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This week’s Best Shot, “Ascent,” was captured by Joey Amini in Malibu on Jan. 29.

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