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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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Malibu independent film producer Amy Williams’s latest film, “A Dark Foe,” premiered at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival last weekend and won three awards: best director, best supporting actress and best dramatic feature film. As producer, Williams brought together young Venezuel…

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In an impoverished neighborhood in Ensenada, Mexico, outside the veterinary offices of Veterinaria California–Colinas de la Presa, hundreds of residents lined up around the block with their pets at 8 a.m. on a recent Sunday morning. They were there for a free spay/neuter clinic, with 12 volu…

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For most of Bill Koeneker’s Southern California life, he always wore swim trunks under his clothing, regardless of where he was. When telling me about this, he said his reason was any day could turn into a beach day, and he needed to be prepared. For nearly 30 years, Bill lived in a modest t…

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She’s been known as one of the most beautiful women in the world and capitalized on it as a model and the face of Lancôme more than 30 years ago. As the daughter of Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman and Italian director Roberto Rossellini, Isabella Rossellini successfully transitioned to actres…

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Malibu middle and high school students showed off their musical talents at a variety talent show on Saturday, helping to raise money for local public schools through the district’s new Malibu fundraising arm, Malibu LEAD. 

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She’s a Malibu High School junior who plays soccer as a midfielder and goalie. She loves performing in musical theater (with 18 productions to her credit) and she’s an artist who draws and paints. In January, this talented Malibu teenager represented her hometown in the Miss California Teen …

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The Woolsey Fire reduced more than 100,000 acres of the Santa Monica Mountains to a barren moonscape in November 2018. Local journalist and author Suzanne Guldimann documented nature’s recovery by taking upwards of 10,000 photos of plants and animals as they regrew and returned in upper Zuma…

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At last Friday’s podcast recording session for the weekly episode of Politics: Meet Me in the Middle, one of six new podcast shows at CurtCo Media, participants were readying for a discussion on the Senate impeachment trial. Sitting at the studio table with headphones on and mics ready were …

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A lone horn bleats out the gritty, jazzy opening notes to “All That Jazz,” the opening and recurring theme of the hit musical “Chicago.” The Malibu High School Orchestra captured the bluesy number, setting the tone for the ambitious production of the musical about 1920s Cook County murderess…

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There was a collective sigh of relief from American lectiophiles this week when the Mountain Messenger was saved from an untimely end. The Sierra Nevada small-town newspaper will keep the presses rolling after an 11th-hour reprieve from mothballs. Based out of Downieville, Calif., the paper’…

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Local Holocaust survivor Peter Heiman was invited by the Malibu United Methodist Church to tell his story to the community last Sunday. At the age of 91, he’s one of a dwindling number of survivors still alive 75 years after the end of WWII and in good enough health to share the stories of g…

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When venturing down Pacific Coast Highway, drivers will notice a few obvious Malibu landmarks: the La Salsa man, the Malibu Pier and that sign for Paradise Cove Beach Café. What they might not see is a hidden gem: The Malibu Fig Ranch at 29127 Pacific Coast Hwy, right near Cavalleri Road. 

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There were several surprises at Sunday’s Golden Globe awards, which kicked off the four-week long awards season race that ends with the Oscars on Feb. 9. The biggest film winners on Jan. 5 were “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (a buddy movie about a washed up actor and his stunt double) and “…

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Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose, as the French say.The more it changes, the more it stays the same. You think Malibu has a problem with squatters and homeless and Bedouin RV campers now? May Rindge dealt with the same problem in 1930.

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One of the most senior victims of the Woolsey Fire—if not the eldest—has resorted to selling her beloved art collection in an effort to pay rent at an assisted living home. Pat Weisel, aged 95, was living with her daughter in the Seminole Springs mobile home park when the Woolsey Fire hit. T…

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It isn’t always a dog that’s man’s best friend. As it turns out, sometimes it’s a horse. And U.S. military veterans and first-responders suffering from PTSD, depression and other ailments are finding that out as participants in special equine psychotherapy programs being offered by Reins of …

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Students at Our Lady of Malibu learned about charity and the gift of giving this week—lessons especially poignant during the holiday season. The kindergarten through eighth graders heard about a local nonprofit, In a Perfect World, and then got to work making bracelets for Christmas gifts to…

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A man who just moved to Malibu to be closer to his family recently discovered other long lost relatives thanks to a DNA testing kit. The kits, which are especially popular as holiday gifts, proved to be the gift that keeps on giving for Frank Churchill Sr.  

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Pepperdine University has many gifts—its wonderful students, dedicated faculty and staff, its world class Frederick Weisman Museum and the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts. These gifts are, of course, enjoyed by those on campus as well as many in Malibu, but the university has always s…

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Western free-roaming wild horses have been the symbol of American spirit and beauty for well over a century; that spirit has been on display since Nov. 16 at a special fine arts photography exhibit at the Brian Bowen Smith Gallery in the Malibu Lumber Yard. 

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