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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

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

Conservationists, activists, area residents and community officials gathered at King Gillette Ranch in the geographical center of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area on Saturday, June 21, to celebrate the achievements of Los Angeles County Third District Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who will be term out of office in November. 

The event, hosted by the Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation, celebrated “a 20-year journey dedicated to preserving and protecting the Santa Monica Mountains.”

Chris Bashaw

Long time Malibu resident, (Jack) John T. Corrodi Jr. passed away on Jan. 24. He was surrounded by his wife, 16 adopted children and grandchildren.

Jack was born on July 24, 1935 in Columbus, Ohio. Jack was the child of John and Lucille Corrodi. Jack attended college at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and graduated from Harvard University in 1963 with an MBA in business.

Ashleigh Fryer

Malibu-based group called Paint, Wine N’ Dine hosted another painting session on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Malibu Road House at the Ranch at Solstice Canyon.

At the event, a group of approximately 15 painters were instructed by resident Sarah Levy on how to paint a scene she originally depicted of First Point from her home on Carbon Mason Road.

Ashleigh Fryer

From Africa to Massachusetts, Malibu Pier Restaurant executive chef Jason Fullilove has a history of connecting with his surroundings through food. 

“When we were living in Africa, we had no TV and limited radio — it was all about community, meeting people, dinner parties and communal eating experiences,” Fullilove said. “It was my first introduction to how food can bring people together.”

Ashleigh Fryer

Records were meant to be broken.

The daughter of Malibu High School high jump coach Anthony Shafer, Kayleigh, held the record for high jump height for 15 years. But on Wednesday, April 30, junior Michaela Cosentino jumped 5 feet, cementing her name in the record books. 

“I have mixed emotions,” Anthony Shafer said of his daughter’s record being broken. “It’s the last of the records that my daughter held here.”

Kayleigh Shafer held five records at the high school over the years, her father said. But Anthony Shafer was glad it was Cosentino who set the mark. 

Ashleigh Fryer

Freddy Keith is a player on the Malibu High School water polo team.

When did you start playing water polo?

I started playing water polo in my freshman year.

What do you enjoy most about water polo?

It would have to be the team aspect. When the entire team starts working with a fluid momentum, it creates a connection between the players, both in and out of the pool.

Who’s someone you look up to a lot?

Ashleigh Fryer

A new Malibu-based group called Paint, Wine N’ Dine hosted a fundraiser for breast cancer research non-profit Susan G. Komen at the Malibu Roadhouse on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

The group is led by the mother-daughter team of Sarah Levy and Tova Fagan, who instructed the 35 attendees of Wednesday’s event on how to paint an abstract rose.

Chris Bashaw

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and founding member of the soul band The Rascals Felix Cavaliere will be coming to Malibu for a one-night-only performance at Pepperdine University’s Smother Theatre on Jan. 22.

Chris Bashaw

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