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Storm drains are those slits along the side of the road that make people who are texting grip their cell phones a little tighter as they walk by.

They’ve probably swallowed more bouncy balls, keys, coins and small toys than anyone can count, but storm drains consume far more than the things we wish to hold on to.

Ashleigh Fryer

On March 3, Malibu’s historic Adamson House and Museum temporarily closed its doors. California State Parks, which owns and administers the house and museum as part of Malibu Lagoon State Beach, initially announced that “the house tours program, garden tours, and the gift shop would be temporarily closed from March 3 through March 31, 2015.” That deadline passed two weeks ago, and a notice on the Adamson House website that states that the house will be “closed until further notice,” has raised concerns in the community that the closure may become permanent. 

Ashleigh Fryer

By early 2016, a piece of Malibu history along Pacific Coast Highway will get a makeover. 

Property owners and Z/K Hospitality co-founders Alessandro Zampedri and Sanford Kunkel, armed with a team of local experts, are currently giving the old Surfrider Beach Club hotel across from Surfrider Beach a new look that Zampedri says “will bring this piece of Malibu history back to its heyday.”

Ashleigh Fryer

A common adage says it takes a village to raise a child, and it’s not far-fetched to think the same for a small business – a small village, or a close-knit town such as Malibu, may be exactly what it takes to get a small business off the ground.

That’s at least the experience of Ann Ryan, a Malibu resident of nearly 20 years, who, with her daughter Beth Levine, started what is now Beachy Cream Organic Ice Cream.

Chris Bashaw

Heather Gardner can still remember the signature piece of jewelry that encouraged her to consider making her jewelry designing hobby a full-time job.

Chris Bashaw

Ciara, Amber and Jade Collins sat silent in the car. Palpable anxiety filled the air between the triplets — a staunch contrast from the chorus of laughs, shouts and bubbly conversations that usually characterized their car rides together. 

Halfway through their senior year at Malibu High School, the girls were on their way to take the ACT for the first time; a test that would make or break their college applications.

Chris Bashaw

When wildlife biologist Stan Gehrt set out to study coyotes in Chicago, Illinois he thought it would be a quick “one-and-done” situation. He was wrong. Almost two decades of research on Cook County, Illinois’ coyotes — estimated to number not one or two, but 1500-2000 — continues to yield astonishing data about the lives and habits of this intelligent, ingenious and seldom seen urban carnivore. 

Ashleigh Fryer

Malibu resident Karen Smythe is celebrating the release of her first children’s book, “Fredrick the Butterfly.”
Although set for full release on July 21, copies can be purchased directly from Christian-based publisher, Tate Publishing.
Smythe didn’t want to give away the story, but said it was inspired when she and her young daughters rescued a butterfly from the Jersey Shore 25 years ago.

Chris Bashaw

Jillina Carlano and a cast of 30 professional belly dancers sway in time with the sheer white curtains that billow atop a light ocean breeze, connecting the natural movements of their bodies with the natural exhale of the Pacific Ocean. 

“Working in this space, being so connected to the beauty of the environment, is unique to any place in the world,” Carlano said. “Where else would we possibly want to be.”

Chris Bashaw

Malibu will welcome another restaurant along Pacific Coast Highway, Tavern 1 American Grill, in early June.

The restaurant — which focuses on “real southern barbecue cuisine,” chef and owner Marco Gonzalez said — will be the sister location to Gonzalez’s barbecue joint in Agoura Hills, Tavern 101.

“There’s no barbecue out in Malibu,” Gonzalez said. “We’ll be the only ones. So we’re hoping to fill a need out there.”

Ashleigh Fryer

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