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Longtime Malibu artist and surfer Warren Long has died. He was 62. 

Long, best known for his whimsical paintings and furniture that featured fish, mermaids, angels and flying pigs, was also a teacher. He worked at the Malibu Garden School in the 1990s and his Big Rock beach studio — full of paintings and sketches of the found objects collected along the shore that he used as sculptural elements in his work — was always open to students and visitors.

Alex Vejar

Most folks don’t get to ride down Main Street, USA in Disneyland for their birthday, but that’s just what Malibu resident Dick Van Dyke — a.k.a. chimney sweep Bert in Disney’s “Mary Poppins” — did on Sunday, Dec. 13.

Van Dyke’s 90th birthday celebration included a special presentation inside the Mary Poppins-themed eatery, Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe, and a cavalcade down Main Street, USA, where thousands of Disneyland park guests serenaded the entertainment icon with “Happy Birthday.”

Alex Vejar

Sitting high on a mountain in Malibu overlooking Serra Retreat, the Malibu lagoon and views up the coast to Point Dume, Eric Wright resides on the 24 acres of land his father purchased in 1956.

Wright — much like his father Lloyd Wright, and grandfather, legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright — is a third-generation architect, and a well-respected one in his own right.

At 83 years old, Wright still practices his craft. His offices are located at his home in Malibu. 

Alex Vejar

Charlou Larronde, who moved to Malibu in 1951,  died peacefully in her Carbon Beach home, surrounded by family on Jan. 26. She was born in Los Angeles on Jan. 15, 1921, and recently celebrated her 94th birthday.
She traveled the world making memories and her most important priorities were her family of 25 and her friends.  
Charlou leaves three daughters — Kristeen, Nita and Janine Larronde — a son-in-law — Brian Asher — eight grandchildren and eight great-
grandchildren.  

Chris Bashaw

A new consignment shop in Malibu opened last week, offering a mixture of vintage and modern items to spice up buyers’ lives.

CoCo Consign is the creation of co-owners Liza Whitcraft and Kristen Nelson, and the shop provides an opportunity for Malibu residents to buy or sell their modern or antique vintage clothing, glasswear, art, furniture and other such items.

“There may also be Malibu residents who have a great amount of Hollywood history that they can bring to the public at our shop,” Whitcraft said.  

Alex Vejar

A 43-year-old Santa Monica man driving a motorcycle on Pacific Coast Highway died on Thursday, April 28, after being struck by a drunken driver leaving a Malibu restaurant, California Highway Patrol public information officer Leland Tang said. 

Alex Vejar

After four years of becoming the star water polo player for the Malibu Sharks, Owen Franz was burnt out.

Franz, 18, not only competed at the high school level, but was also a member of various club teams and an Olympic development program. 

When his high school career was coming to a close, he began having doubts about his passion for the sport. That seemed to have started at the end of his junior year, in the wake of the Sharks’ devastating loss in the CIF Finals, when many of Franz’s close friends and teammates graduated. 

Alex Vejar

After more than 25 years in business, Lily’s Café has changed very little – if at all.

Tucked in a nook at the Point Dume Village across the walkway from Bank of Books, the cozy café was originally a doughnut shop until the early 1980s, when an 18-year-old Lily Castro acquired the venue and began its transition to a restaurant. 

“Little by little, I made this place a restaurant by adding burritos, hamburgers and tacos to our menu,” Castro said. “My vision was to make this restaurant a family business, and it worked.”

Chris Bashaw

In the same room on Galahad Drive where 16-year-old Barbie Herron and Amber Laforet began their friendship, 22 years later, the pair returned to fill the space with a new set of memories, this time as business partners and co-founders of Head Regal.
“That room where I lived with Barbie for a summer when we were 16 became our first office,” Laforet said. “Basically, our business was born in one night over sushi. We came back into each other’s lives after all these years and we just absolutely connected — it was magnetic.”

Chris Bashaw

Honoring Malibu native Johnny Strange is very important to his dad, Brian — so much so that he has put a $1 million matching donation behind City plans to build a skatepark in Malibu in commemoration of his late son. 

Brian said a skatepark was an obvious fit, as his son — who died Oct. 1, 2015, during a BASE jumping excursion in the Swiss Alps at the young age of 23 — was an avid skateboarder who traveled the world to share the sport. 

Lauren Finkler

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