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It boggles the mind when you realize how similar and how different people are. Similar in that we all want the same thing, but we go about it in infinitely different ways. One example is that we all want cars to get around in — most of us — but our tastes are as diverse as you can imagine. 

The other week, I was attending the Malibu Cars & Coffee at Bluffs Park, admiring the cool rides like the muscle cars, exotics and customs. And as much as I appreciate them, it’s always nice to see something unique. And what was it that caught my wandering eyes? 

Ashleigh Fryer

As Malibu High School boys swimming head coach Mike Mulligan announced the results of the Frontier League Championships on Thursday, May 8, his swimmers waited.

Third place went to Grace Brethren and second to Nordhoff. 

Then Mulligan said the words everyone was hoping to hear. 

“First place, Malibu,” he said. 

That was the cue for the boys to grab their coach and fling him into the pool. The Sharks were the champions again. 

Ashleigh Fryer

It was a record-setting day for the Malibu High School track team in the Marie Smith Malibu Invitational on Saturday, March 20.

Junior Caroline Pietrzyk finished with a time of 5 minutes and 2.93 seconds in the 1,600-meter run. The time not only eclipsed her personal best of about 5:11.00, but also set a new track record.

“I feel pretty good,” Pietrzyk said about her record-breaking time. “I wanted to go a little bit faster, but it’s good for an early-season race and I’m pretty proud of it.”

Chris Bashaw

There are a lot of cars in Malibu that evoke emotion and I’ve had the privilege of driving many. But when Frank Nesta suggested I drive his black 1977 Chevy Corvette from Malibu Cars & Coffee to the Surfrider parking lot for a shoot, I got really excited. Over the history of the Vette, it’s been sculpted and shaped into many variations, but, this sexy, curvaceous and tantalizing version has always rattled my emotional cage. Which is why it’s this week’s Ride of the Week.

Chris Bashaw

Beverly Jean Smith Gosnell, 88, died peacefully in her home in Serra Retreat, Malibu on Dec. 19, 2014.
Beverly was born in rural San Diego, California on Nov. 14, 1926. During the lean depression years, the family moved several times before returning to San Diego where her mother, Edith, raised her and her brother, George, on a small chicken ranch.

Chris Bashaw

Hollis Cadenhead sees interior design from an exterior perspective.

“I approach interior design from an architectural level,” Cadenhead said. “I see the details through the spaces and materials.”

In fact, Cadenhead was gearing up to begin architecture school in 2008 when she landed her first design gig with the Malibu Tennis Club. It was then that she discovered the new path that her passions would take — not in designing the buildings themselves, but in creating their character.

Chris Bashaw

After a Thanksgiving meal six or seven years ago, by Matteo Indelicato’s recollection, his brother was saying his goodbyes and getting ready to depart back to Hawaii, where he lived. 

“No bro, we gotta hit up some more waves before you go,” Indelicato implored to his brother.

The appeal was considered, but ultimately declined as Indelicato’s brother packed up his car and slid a ukulele case into the back seat.

Chris Bashaw

During its Oct. 27 meeting, the Malibu City Council approved by a 3-2 vote the Conditional Use Permit for Malibu resident Yvonne Green’s 99 High Tide Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary that will be located in the second story of the Zuma Jay building at 22775 Pacific Coast Highway.

Ashleigh Fryer

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

Twelve-year-old Malibu resident Angie Drake won a gold medal at United States Water Polo Junior Olympics at Stanford University on Aug. 3.

Drake attended Juan Cabrillo Elementary School and is now entering seventh grade at Malibu Middle School.

Drake plays for both the Malibu 13-14-year-old youth water polo team coached by Hayden Goldberg and the Santa Barbara 12-year-old girls water polo team coached by Chuckie Roth.

The Santa Barbara girls won gold at the Junior Olympics.

Chris Bashaw

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