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It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the Merrick family announces the sudden and untimely death of longtime Malibu resident and surfing legend, Shelley Merrick.  

Shelley was the eldest daughter of the late honorable Judge John J. Merrick and Roberta Roberts Merrick. 

Ashleigh Fryer

Longevity is an interesting thing. A concept that breeds youth, vigor, fun and all the things that make life actually life. Longevity is time, and time well spent. 

Sure, your face and body may change a bit, but longevity is an adopted attitude. A lifestyle, and a belief.

This week’s Ride of the Week shrinks to two wheels and says that less is more — way more. And when I met up with actor/musician/producer Bill Allen and his 2015 Eddie Fiola Proformer BMX Bike, I was reminded that longevity can come in many forms.

Chris Bashaw
A short video of an injured German shepherd who writhes in pain trying to move his water bowl toward him may seem heartbreaking.
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

It’s official: the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority has closed escrow on 703 acres in Puerco Canyon, the largest remaining privately owned open space in Los Angeles County. 

The property, comprised of 24 parcels, was sold to the Conservancy by filmmaker James Cameron for $12 million, and will be named the Cameron Nature Preserve, a press release from the MRCA states.

Ashleigh Fryer

They say that when one door closes, another opens.  

Kristy’s Restaurant, a Malibu staple, closed as of Jan. 1. However, the restaurant’s patrons and fans should not despair. That old adage about new doors opening has prevailed.

Kristy’s has merged with Le Village Café to form a new establishment, Kristy’s Village Café, 30745 Pacific Coast Highway, Building B, at Trancas Country Market.

Lauren Finkler

Design/build firm Classical Progression, Inc. – founded by Malibu resident Kevin Cozen – completed on Feb. 11, the world headquarters of the World Surf League, formerly known as the Association of Surfing Professionals.

Chris Bashaw

Malibu resident Jadwiga Kofin suffers from anxiety and intermittent restless legs and hands. These ailments cause her distress and the only way she has been able to get relief from these symptoms has been with medical marijuana.
“It’s changed my life completely,” Kofin said. “I’d probably be a little ball of anxiety and chaos if it wasn’t for marijuana in my life.”
Kofin has had to travel to other cities such as Venice to get what she calls her medicine. But that changed last week with the grand opening of a marijuana dispensary where she lives.

Chris Bashaw
Area firefighter Steven Moak was off-duty on Nov. 9, but there was no question in his mind that he belonged in Malibu.
Lauren Finkler

Making its debut at Trancas Country Market, luxury home furnishings and décor store Malibu Beach House is a new retail venture by lifelong friends Lisa Houge and Laura Burdge. Known for their Malibu-based interior design firm, Quintessential Designs, as well as their Bloody Mary mix, Malibu Mary, the pair has set their sights on sharing their love of “home” through entertaining and design, by launching Malibu Beach House.

Chris Bashaw

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