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After 43 years, Our Lady of Malibu is finally getting a renewed look.

Several parishioners gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony at Our Lady of Malibu Church on Friday, July 11, to celebrate the start of a large renovation project.

The project, which is already underway, seeks to make improvements to the church, Sheridan Hall and the elementary school in three phases, said Rev. Bill Kerze, pastor of the OLM parish. 

Chris Bashaw

The Malibu Seawolves swim club could be considered the city’s secret weapon for competitive swimmers. 

Sporting multiple record-holders from Malibu High, and led by a two-time Olympian, the swim club trains children who have their sights set on improvement in the water. 

“We’ve got the resources, the coaching staff [and] experience to take the swimmers to the highest level,” said Mike Alexandrov, pack leader of the Seawolves. “That’s no doubt.”

Ashleigh Fryer

It was a lucky find; a battered old book with a green cloth cover embossed with an illustration of a mountain lion and a mule deer, and the title “Malibu.”

The novel, published in 1931, is a fictionalized account of author and naturalist Vance Joseph Hoyt’s experiences raising an orphaned mule deer fawn with a mountain lion kitten in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Ashleigh Fryer

If Malibu residents watch a fireworks display over Paradise Cove this Fourth of July, they can thank locally based nonprofit organization RainCatcher and Don Wildman for making it happen.

On July 4, a barge will sit just off the shore from Paradise Cove and launch one of only a few fireworks shows in Malibu. 

RainCatcher’s executive director David Zielski said the display can be seen from areas such as Malibu Bluffs Park, Pepperdine University and Zuma Beach.

The show, however, is put on for more than, well, show.

Chris Bashaw

Local realtor of 27 years Jeff Chertow opened Pinnacle Estate Properties Inc. in the Malibu Colony Shopping Center on May 17 to “focus on what’s best for our clients, our community and our agents.”

Chertow, who served as the manager of another Malibu agency for 13 years, created Pinnacle as an “agent-centric company, which prides itself on being very supportive of not only the local community, but also its agents.”

Chris Bashaw

Malibu High School football coach Ray Humphrey is hoping balance and gained experience will be the keys to his team’s success for the 2014 season.
“Right now we’re a balanced squad, and we definitely didn’t have that last year,” he said, describing the relationship between the team’s offensive and defensive capabilities. “It is definitely a change and good thing to have.”
The Sharks finished last season 0-10, an upset Humphrey said was likely due to a general lack of experience, speed and size among the squad’s comparatively young players.

Chris Bashaw

By the time the red ribbon was cut on Wednesday, March 5, more than 100 people formed a line that snaked around the corner of Vintage Grocers at Trancas Country Market.

“We had people start lining up at about 7 a.m.,” said Eric Fuchser, Vintage Grocers market director. “I never expected the turn out to this extent and I’m just blessed and grateful. We were here until midnight last night to finish up the final touches and we’re still working on a few things, but we’re just thrilled to finally get these doors open.”

Chris Bashaw

The Malibu Village was acquired by an East Coast-based real estate investment and management company, Jamestown, for an undisclosed sum Thursday, May 22, after a successful deal with seller KRE Capital, the shopping center’s now-previous owner.

“We went to Jamestown because we thought they could be vested to bring a great retail experience to the community and keep with what our goals were to the community,” said Matt Khoury, KRE Capital founder. “We thought they would be ideally suited as they are probably the top urban retailer expert in the country.”

Ashleigh Fryer

Malibu resident Maureen Haldeman’s “Liquid Light” abstract seascape photography exhibit at the D’Andria/Biek Gallery at Zuma Terrace opens to the public at 7 p.m. on July 19.

To most folks around Malibu, sunrises and sunsets are just that – points in time where the Earth’s rotation rolls us toward or away from the sun; times where the sun’s light interacts with the Earth’s atmosphere, incidentally producing an incredibly beautiful palette of colors.

Chris Bashaw

The Malibu United girls U14 AYSO team went undefeated in the Apricot Jam Tournament in Moorpark.

The girls came out of the gate hustling, connecting passes, winning 100 percent of the balls and playing great defense, resulting in a 4-0 shutout win over Moorpark in the first game of pool play.  

The team’s second game was against a tough Newbury Park team, but the Malibu United players picked up where they left off and delivered another excellent 2-0 result.  

Ashleigh Fryer