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The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated, Mahatma Ghandi once said. Last Chance for Animals — a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating animal exploitation through education, investigations, legislation and public awareness campaigns — is to honor Malibuite and animals rights activist Cindy Landon as Philanthropist of the Year Oct. 22 at its annual benefit gala.
Bill Jones

Ryan Sawtelle has not served in the Army, the Navy or the Air Force, yet his outreach has impacted many fallen comrades.

For Sawtelle, founder and executive director of White Heart Foundation, his contribution can be seen in one somber yet massive showing on Sept. 11. Such was the case this past Sunday, Sept. 11, when Sawtelle and roughly 1,000 others rumbled along Pacific Coast Highway in the Ride to the Flags IX Motorcycle Charity Ride.

Lauren Finkler

CLOVIS, Calif. — Senior Caroline Pietrzyk reached into her bag while surrounded by her coaches, family and friends and pulled out what she said were all the race stickers she’d worn since her freshman year at Malibu High School.
The were stacked one on top of the other, forming the shape of a rectangle. She then stuck the sticker she wore for her last track meet for MHS onto the others, and placed the entire collection on her chest for fun.
That moment symbolized what has been a long, successful journey for Pietrzk as Malibu High athlete.

Chris Bashaw

For all intents and purposes, D’Amore’s Pizza was born by owner and Malibu resident Joe D’Amore out of a sense of commitment and loyalty to his family.

The spark to build what would become a small pizza empire sprouting from the west side of the San Fernando Valley and expanding into Malibu and Santa Monica came to Joe D’Amore when his wife, Bonnie Major, took ill in 1986.

Chris Bashaw

It’s the farm where various restaurants throughout the city with 27 miles of scenic beauty source their salad greens.

Sowing, planting and harvesting by paying age-old attention to the movements of celestial bodies relative to the movement of Earth, the farmers at One Gun Ranch in Malibu strive to achieve an entirely holistic approach to farming in the hills of Malibu.

Chris Bashaw

Recently, I have been getting lots of emails and calls about avocado trees dropping all or almost all of their avocados.

Let me explain what I see is happening and what you need to do to correct it.

Lauren Finkler

Look around Malibu’s beaches and restaurants this summer and, amongst the locals and tourists, you may find a group of young Malibuites, joined by one newcomer from Maui, who are sometimes in love, sometimes enemies, occasionally frenemies, but always living a dramatic life amidst their days of surfing and hanging out.  

You may have stumbled upon the filming of the miniseries “Malibu Surf,” which debuted this spring on AwesomenessTV.

Lauren Finkler

Throughout a range of interviews conducted with Malibu residents and professionals, evidence suggested many in the Malibu community hold the City of Malibu’s Planning Department in low esteem.

Included in those interviews were several “on record,” “on condition of anonymity” and “no comment,” conversations that occurred between the Malibu Surfside News and more than 20 people – the majority of whom were unwilling to go on the record.

Ashleigh Fryer

Inspired by their worldly travels and a friendship that has lasted more than a decade, Malibu resident Chelsea Bulte and Kristin Cavallari recently partnered together to launch jewelry line Emerald Duv.

“I had been doing jewelry for awhile and Kristin said, ‘I want to do something with you – let’s join forces,’” Bulte said.

The two friends met while dating guys who were best friends about 11 years ago. After those relationships ended, Bulte and Cavallari remained friends.

Chris Bashaw

Chim chimney, chim chimney, chim chim cheroo!

Malibu resident Dick Van Dyke’s 90th birthday lands on Sunday, Dec. 13, and will be celebrated with a trip to Disneyland open to his neighbors in Malibu.

The chartered bus trip leaves the Malibu Playhouse for Disneyland at 9 a.m., and will leave Disneyland at 10:30 p.m. after the fireworks show. The cost to attend is $140 per person, and includes bus and Disneyland entrance fees.

Alex Vejar

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