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Steve Steere was in his 90th year, when he passed away on Oct. 20, 2014.  A Malibu resident for 54 years, Stephen Douglas Steere was a Southern California native, born in Santa Monica on June 20, 1925.  His parents, Fred and Gertrude (Gigi) Steere, moved from London, Ontario, Canada, where his two older sisters were born. He was the first in his family to be born in California, followed by his younger sister and brother. His father was known for running Wilson’s Sporting Goods on 3rd Street and Wilshire in Santa Monica.

Ashleigh Fryer

Tony Barrera was born in Lyons, Kansas in 1964 and moved to Malibu with his family in 1973 where he spent his childhood/teenage years growing up. Tony played baseball for Malibu Little League and was a great and still talked about catcher. He loved surfing, film making and had a great passion for playing the drums. In Tony’s teenage years, he worked at Trancas Restaurant and The SandCastle as a cook and would be known in later years for his amazing culinary talents. 

Ashleigh Fryer

MariSol, a private residential development in Malibu, sealed the second highest land sale of the year in Malibu for one of their lots on Ellice Street on March 27, according to the Combined Los Angeles/Westside Multiple Listing Service. 

The 43,592-square-foot lot sold for $6.5 million, and is one of three MariSol’s listings in the top five largest land sales for the year. Two other MariSol lots sold for $5.5 million and $3.1 million, both in November of 2013. 

Danielle Tabor

Malibu resident Josh Waldbaum looked down at the Rolex watch clasped to his wrist one day in 2008. Just days before, the item served as a testament to his success as a private fitness trainer, his social status and his worth. It was now worthless to him.

“I had no job, I had nowhere to live and I had about $100 in the bank,” Waldbaum said. “I thought, ‘All this watch does is tell time. I’ll make my own watch.’”

Ashleigh Fryer

It’s a record year for gray whale sightings, and Malibuites have many opportunities to observe the annual migration of these giant marine mammals.

Ashleigh Fryer

On any given evening, just before their parents called them in for dinner, Ari Andersen, Monty Biglow and Dusty Kramer could be found roaming the streets of Malibu West, “a roving pack of 10 year olds — like a tribe.”

“We must’ve spent thousands of hours together; playing hockey, playing tag in the street,” Andersen said. “That’s how it was all day, every day. And these guys are still my best friends to this day. They’ll be my friends for the rest of my life.”

Chris Bashaw

OK, let’s admit it. 

When the rains come to Malibu, people freak out.

“There’s water coming out of the sky, freak out!” they’ll say. 

Of course, when we live in a town where 90 percent of the days are filled with beauty, sun and surf, we can easily forget that weather of another kind actually exists. But when it does come, you want to be prepared by pondering this week’s Ride of the Week.

Ashleigh Fryer

A born and bred New Yorker, current Malibu resident Ita Olsen learned at an early age the persuasive power of speech and inflection.

“When I was 14, I knew I had a New York accent,” Olsen said, laughing. “I remember talking to my teachers, my classmates, everyone around me, and trying to categorically improve my accent. I did it systematically. Years later that was what helped me design my own program.”

Chris Bashaw

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

The Miss Malibu Pro Women’s Longboarding Invitational debuted at Surfrider Beach in Malibu  Aug. 9-10. 

The first-place title of Miss Malibu Pro was awarded to Kaitlin Maguire of Oceanside, California. Maguire not only won the final, but also earned the Wave of the Day award and cash prize from Jericho Poppler for scoring a perfect 20 in her semi final. 

Runner-up was awarded to Makayla H. Smith.

Ashleigh Fryer

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