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The Malibu-based nonprofit Malibu Dolphin Charitable Foundation announced it recently donated funds to several local charities, using excess funds after canceling its annual citizenship awards reception due to the pandemic. Recipients include the Malibu Community Labor Exchange; Malibu’s Com…

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It was difficult not to compare this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day long weekend to a typical Independence Day or Memorial Day bash in Malibu where, despite the ongoing pandemic, tens of thousands of visitors from all corners of Los Angeles descended on beaches, causing monumental traffic…

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Stephen Udoff got his Realtor license when he was 21. He bought his first piece of property when he was just 22. In his late 20s, he became the youngest Realtor ever to serve on the California Association of Realtors executive committee, after being hand picked by the association’s president…

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The Pepperdine Waves men’s volleyball team will begin its 2021 season later this month. The season’s start comes nearly a year after the novel coronavirus pandemic ended the squad’s 2020 campaign with nine games left on the regular season calendar. 

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Now that the pandemic is stretching into its 10th month (and it feels like most of us have already seen everything worth watching on Netflix), there’s hope! You can now check out some of the year’s best new movies on your own “big screen,” thanks to the Malibu Film Society (MFS).

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As the novel coronavirus pandemic stretches into its 11th month, people from all across Southern California still find their way to Malibu’s beaches for socially distanced outings at the surf and sand. With sunny winter weather on Jan. 9, scores of families set up towels on the sand to relax…

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Finding a spare moment to speak with the busy Dr. Jay Grossman, DDS, is kind of like pulling teeth (pun intended). Of course, Grossman doesn’t want to pull anyone’s teeth. He’s trying to save them. The prominent dentist with a thriving three-decade practice in Brentwood also serves veterans …

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Former standout UCLA Bruins men’s tennis player Martin Redlicki is now part of the Pepperdine Waves men’s tennis team’s coaching staff. 

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Many recall the headlines that went around the world following the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul on Oct. 2, 2018. The Saudis responded with various bogus explanations until mid-October, when they finally admitted responsibility. Khashog…

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Malibu youngsters dreaming of a white Christmas got their wish at Trancas Country Market last week as a snow flurry (of white foam) made the season bright in the days leading up to Christmas. From Dec. 17, the shopping center offered a warm take on the wintry experience for California kids o…

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Pepperdine Waves men’s basketball player Colbey Ross is shooting for several hoops dreams in 2021. The senior guard wants to lead his team to a winning record, a West Coast Conference title and an appearance in the NCAA tournament. Ross, a basketball player since he was a tyke, also hopes to…

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Malibu’s seniors were invited to pick up goodies from the Malibu Senior Center at a “go-go” gift giveaway on Tuesday morning, Dec. 22, just in time for Christmas. 

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A fantasy garden might be imagined as a rolling green carpet of grass and carefully manicured shrubs set among weeping willows, perhaps tucked away in a tony Malibu neighborhood. Another fantasy garden has actually taken shape in Malibu during the pandemic. In a small enclave of homes high i…

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Two first-year Pepperdine Waves men’s basketball players turned in surprise performances in their squad’s home loss last Saturday. 

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Malibu Foundation funded a complete Christmas dinner for 70 Malibu Community Labor Exchange (MCLE) workers’ families, with food distributed by volunteers outside the labor exchange trailer on Friday, Dec. 17 and Saturday, Dec. 18.

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When the 2018 Woolsey Fire tore through Kanan destroying nearly everything in its path, it took with it the home of James (known as Jim) and Marcella Shirk. The elderly couple had lived on their property since building a home there in 1977. Twenty years before, one of the couple’s two daught…

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Malibu’s Maria Hopper captured this image of the Christmas Star—the “great conjunction” of Saturn and Jupiter in the evening sky—from her home on Sea Vista Drive, overlooking Point Dume. The astrological phenomenon coincided with the Winter Solstice, Dec. 21. 

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Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Winn keeps up his Christmas tradition of dropping candy canes at local residences and businesses, despite the ongoing pandemic and his retirement, which took place this summer. Winn, who was featured in a Malibu Times article about his more th…

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King tides—which create some of the biggest waves of the year—crashed on Malibu’s shores early this week, splashing up against the houses that line the beach in the Malibu Colony.

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Attorney Ed Pilot has put his legal deftness to use in and out of the courtroom for over three decades. The Malibuite has helped clients become U.S. citizens thanks to his knowledge of immigration law, represented individuals in personal injury cases and, 20 years ago, Pilot worked as an age…

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Even before she graduated from Pepperdine University, Heidi Bernard was working part-time for the university’s Crest Associates. The English major was a student worker her senior year. When an employee asked Bernard what her plans were after graduation, she said, “I don’t know.” That employe…

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Malibuites who wish to support the community while picking out their holiday tree can once again stop by the Malibu High School Athletic Booster Club’s Christmas Tree Lot, this year located at the Chili Cook-off Lot at Stuart Ranch Road and Civic Center Way.

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When life hands you lemons... well, you know the rest. Make something better than what you started with. That’s just what the theater department at Malibu High School did with its streamed production of the play “She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms.”

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Rancho del Cielo sits on a windy ridge, about a mile-and-a-half up from Pacific Coast Highway. Owned by husband and wife duo Jill Palethorpe and Sparky Greene, the sunwashed property is arrayed with fragrant flower bushes, hosts vast groves of olive trees, and is framed by panoramic views of…

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Every point Pepperdine Waves men’s basketball player Colbey Ross scores in the Waves’ home contest against Fresno State on Dec. 5—and the rest of the season—will be a historic one. 

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While we may not have been able to break bread together this Thanksgiving, we are able to bake bread together, thanks to the efforts of a local woman whose Zoom baking classes are gaining popularity and connecting people.

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When the Malibu Urgent Care Center opened in its present form in 1994, it was headed by Dr. David Frankle and Dr. Jill Furgurson. When Frankle decided to hang up his stethoscope last January, Dr. Dan Katz replaced him as medical director, emergency physician and co-owner. His first year on t…

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Rick Wallace, an L.A. Marathon participant since the race’s inception in 1984, began training for the 2021 version of the race in July—two months ahead of his usual initial start for the annual spring spectacle. 

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Malibu Times staff writer Genevieve Finn was recently selected by the US-Ireland Alliance as one of 12 Mitchell Scholars. She will pursue an MPhil in creative writing at Trinity College Dublin next September. 

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A visit to Dr. Thomas Hirsch’s Civic Center Way office in Malibu goes like this: You call up to the front desk to be given the go-ahead so you don’t run into any other patients while heading upstairs. You walk through the doors—kept wide open so there’s no need to touch any doorknobs—and fil…

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The latest community event to be affected by the pandemic has been the annual Malibu Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Up until this year, it was always held on Thanksgiving Day at the Malibu United Methodist Church and hosted by one of the city’s religious congregations. Families and workers w…

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Malibu High School teachers, staff and administration gathered last week (in small, socially distanced groups) to enjoy a free lunch catered by Duke’s Malibu Restaurant. About 30 staffers who are currently working at the Malibu Middle and Malibu High School campuses took part in the feast on…

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Outside or inside? Malibu High Sharks volleyball coach Derek Saenz said members of the Sharks boys’ and girls’ volleyball teams will play almost anywhere if they are allowed to participate in the three-month season when it begins in December. 

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As unsuspecting patrons of the Malibu Marmalade Café have been waited on by Padraig “Packy” Reynolds over the past seven years, they surely never knew that visions of bloody slashers, monsters and voodoo dolls filled his head as he was serving beverages and entrees.

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America honored its veterans last week on Nov. 11, as is tradition. However, this year’s was a quiet day to celebrate and pay respect to those who have served our country in the armed forces, with no grand parades or public gatherings due to the ongoing pandemic.

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Both of Malibu’s brick and mortar veterinary practices—Malibu Coast Animal Hospital and Malibu Vet Clinic—say they’ve been swamped with patients ever since the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown began. And it’s not just a trend in Malibu—it’s happening with veterinarians throughout the region. Pet o…

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Malibu’s DreamWorks SKG founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and media exec Meg Whitman had high hopes for their short-form video service called Quibi. 

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When it comes to Halloween, legendary entertainer Dick Van Dyke knows how to bring the scare. For the past 35 years, the Van Dyke home in Malibu has been the scene of spooks, ghosts and goblins on Halloween night—a display unmatched in Serra Canyon (or most other places, for that matter). Fo…

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Because of the novel coronavirus, most of the usual ways of celebrating Halloween in Malibu were canceled this year—no school events, no parties and no door-to-door trick-or-treating—and the usual community block parties at Malibu West and The Colony were canceled. So, what was a ghoul to do…

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Everyone has heard sad stories about rescued dogs, but the story of Chadwick is a whole level beyond what any dog or human should ever have to suffer in a lifetime. Found in a Tijuana junkyard the second week of October, he was rescued by a network of Mexico-based animal helpers, brought to …

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Though he’s only in his early 20s, Brandon Thomas Lee has lived many lives: his life on the silver screen, where he most recently played the brother of legendary New York street basketball player Jackie Ryan; his life on TV, as a cast member of MTV’s reboot of “The Hills;” his life in Canada…

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