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Local artist Brian Bowen Smith—a well-known photographer whose work can be found in art galleries as well as in two coffee table books—was looking for a way to create art amid the upheaval of the novel coronavirus shutdown. Smith, a commercial and fine art photographer who lives in Malibu wi…

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While appearing this summer on the hit television program America's Got Talent, Nolan Neal got a standing ovation before even playing a single note. On his audition episode that aired June 16, the singer/songwriter had the audience on its feet after sharing his emotional backstory. 

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Remember March 27, 2020? It was the day the New York Times reported 3.3 million new unemployment claims and the LA Times wrote “The epicenter is now the U.S.”

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Members of the Malibu High School Sharks players will hit the beach next week for the beginning of several months of practice.Sharks head coach Derek Saenz said members of the squads and any youth that want to attend will do volleyball skills and conditioning work at Zuma Beach for three day…

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Reverend Sandy Liddell has been a bundle of tireless energy at Malibu United Methodist Church (MUMC) for the past eight years. In addition to the usual duties of giving Sunday sermons and being a spiritual leader to the congregation, she co-founded the homeless aid nonprofit Malibu CART (Com…

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It’s been more than three years since Marv Dunphy retired from his post as the head coach of the Pepperdine Waves men’s volleyball team. To the hall of fame coach, the time since the end of his 34th season leading the Waves has sprinted by. 

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In near-triple-digit heat, Malibu couple Dorothy Clay Sims and Oregon Hunter find what little shade there is at the top of Piuma Road, high up in the Malibu mountains every Sunday morning. Some 2,000 feet below, Malibu is blanketed by a layer of coastal fog, but high up in the hills it’s bli…

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Lesley Chilcott, Malibu resident and successful documentary filmmaker, just finished directing and executive producing her first miniseries for television—”Helter Skelter: An American Myth.” The six-part series takes a deep, detailed look at the people involved in what some call the “crime o…

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Lisa Benya, DO, has not had a day off since the coronavirus crisis hit in March. But the Malibu doctor is not complaining. 

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“I tend to stay behind the scenes,” longtime Malibu Times cartoonist Fred Purucker said during a reluctant interview in 2014. “If nobody knows what I look like, I’m safe!”

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Malibu Middle and High school students have made the most of online education since the sudden shift to remote learning back in mid-March. The novel coronavirus pandemic forced students and instructors alike to come up with creative projects in replacement to in-person activities.

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A quintet of former Pepperdine Waves women’s soccer players was among the first athletes to strike a soccer ball in the U.S. when their sport returned to action last weekend after a long hiatus due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. 

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Rollie loves adventures and using his imagination. He has taken “A Cool Journey to Space” and he “Loves Construction.” And Rollie—the eponymous main character in a new children’s book series—came to life right here in Malibu.

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If you’re a certain age, you know the fun of drive-in movies. Snuggling under a blanket with family, friends or a date. The drive-in peaked in the 1950s but by the 1990s became a dinosaur of the entertainment business—many converted into swap meets. But now, while physical distancing is a mu…

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Now that the Los Angeles County Public Health Department has allowed the reopening of gyms and fitness studios, local gym owners are preparing to welcome back loyal clients.

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Malibu High School (MHS) seniors may have missed prom and grad night, but they were given a memorable send-off with a drive-through diploma ceremony and celebrity-filled Zoom graduation. 

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The last 18 months have been filled with trials and tribulations for the Malibu High School (MHS) Theatre Department. First, the Woolsey Fire upended the school year, with some students losing their homes. 

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“Even though there’s a two-percent population of black people in this city, it’s still important to make those people feel heard, welcomed, understood, appreciated, loved and respected”—those are the words of 19-year-old Claire Anneet, who for the past week has organized local protests in Ma…

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Scores of Malibuites participated in a worldwide paddle-out in solidarity with Black Lives Matter on Friday, June 5. Similar observances took place at beaches in Virginia, Hawaii, North Carolina, Florida and Sydney, Australia, among other locations, including many in California. KBUU News ca…

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In light of the current coronavirus predicament, birthday celebrations, graduations and other special occasions are being postponed or placed on hold—but many people are also getting creative.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ron Merriman first set foot in Malibu in the 1930s as a child when his parents took him to feed the seals at the Sea Lion restaurant. As a teenager in the 1940s, he rode his motorcycle from Santa Monica up the coast to Malibu to enjoy the scenery. He and his high school buddies loved the ope…

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It was under a towering fig tree in Poet’s Park—which Phil Cott helped create at Webster Elementary School—that the Malibu community gathered Saturday to remember a towering and beloved local figure in education.  

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I took my own advice on Saturday the 22nd and went to the voting center at Juan Cabrillo School to cast my ballot. The voting center is large and seemed to be wonderfully equipped with over 50 voting machines and eager and competent volunteers there to assist. They explained that, while the …

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Courtney Chapman has definitively proven she is Malibu’s “Movie Guru.” The 54-year-old Chapman was awarded this most honorable title this week after beating all other contenders in The Malibu Times’ annual Academy Awards contest. And this is her third time correctly choosing the most Oscar w…

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By his own admission, Irwin Winkler was a lousy agent. So, in 1967, he became a filmmaker and produced his first movie: Elvis Presley’s “Double-Trouble.” Since then, Winkler has gone on to produce, write and/or direct more than 50 films—including “Rocky,” “Raging Bull,” “The Right Stuff,” “G…

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