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It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the Merrick family announces the sudden and untimely death of longtime Malibu resident and surfing legend, Shelley Merrick.  

Shelley was the eldest daughter of the late honorable Judge John J. Merrick and Roberta Roberts Merrick. 

Ashleigh Fryer
Cameron Johnson is not a name cloaked in tragedy — Pepperdine University’s Psi Upsilon fraternity has ensured that.
Lauren Finkler

Making its debut at Trancas Country Market, luxury home furnishings and décor store Malibu Beach House is a new retail venture by lifelong friends Lisa Houge and Laura Burdge. Known for their Malibu-based interior design firm, Quintessential Designs, as well as their Bloody Mary mix, Malibu Mary, the pair has set their sights on sharing their love of “home” through entertaining and design, by launching Malibu Beach House.

Chris Bashaw

Malibu resident Jadwiga Kofin suffers from anxiety and intermittent restless legs and hands. These ailments cause her distress and the only way she has been able to get relief from these symptoms has been with medical marijuana.
“It’s changed my life completely,” Kofin said. “I’d probably be a little ball of anxiety and chaos if it wasn’t for marijuana in my life.”
Kofin has had to travel to other cities such as Venice to get what she calls her medicine. But that changed last week with the grand opening of a marijuana dispensary where she lives.

Chris Bashaw

Throughout his life, Freddy Keith has had options. 

When he was younger, he worked as an actor and was also approached to be a model. But he shifted focus when he came to Malibu High School and started his stint as a water polo player. 

Keith quickly grew fond of the sport, and started working hard at improving his game. He looks at water polo as the only thing that got him through four “tiresome” years at MHS.

Alex Vejar

Design/build firm Classical Progression, Inc. – founded by Malibu resident Kevin Cozen – completed on Feb. 11, the world headquarters of the World Surf League, formerly known as the Association of Surfing Professionals.

Chris Bashaw

It’s official: the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority has closed escrow on 703 acres in Puerco Canyon, the largest remaining privately owned open space in Los Angeles County. 

The property, comprised of 24 parcels, was sold to the Conservancy by filmmaker James Cameron for $12 million, and will be named the Cameron Nature Preserve, a press release from the MRCA states.

Ashleigh Fryer

Vintage Grocers, a new independent market created for the Malibu community and the surrounding area, will launch its Grand Opening Celebration on March 5 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and special events throughout the store, including gift bags for the first customers, custom-made Malibu Gift Baskets and much more.

The public is invited to join the celebration beginning with the 9 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony at Vintage Grocers located in the Trancas Country Market. The first 250 customers will receive gift bags filled with Vintage Grocers’ products.

Chris Bashaw

Spring is in bloom in Malibu, despite the drought. Although it isn’t one of those stellar years when wide swaths of the Santa Monica Mountains are transformed into a living tapestry of color, there are still many places to experience the sight and scent of spring flowers.

Ashleigh Fryer

An audience of approximately two dozen braved the rain on Saturday, Jan. 10, for the debut of the Malibu Playhouse’s new interview series,  “A Conversation With.”

“It’s like a Malibu version of ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio,’” series producer Diane Namm told the Malibu Surfside News. The series will feature one-on-one talks with actors, directors and writers.

“It’s a great way to involve people in the playhouse,” Namm said. “It’s just an hour but the best hour ever.”

Chris Bashaw

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