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Before chef Thommy Craig took over as executive chef at Vintage Grocers this summer, he spent the past 30 years building a name for himself as a personal chef for celebrity clientele. But Craig’s first gig in the kitchen was the far less glamorous role of a dishwasher.

Alex Vejar

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

California Wildlife Conservation board members will consider at their Sept. 3 meeting in Sacramento allocating a grant of $610,000 to the California Department of Parks and Recreation to fund completion of the feasibility study and environmental impact report for the removal of Rindge Dam in Malibu Canyon.

The removal project was first proposed in 2002 by the Southern California Steelhead Coalition. Plans for the project were released in 2013, and scoping began. 

Chris Bashaw

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

Dick Van Dyke performed with the Vantastix at a benefit performance and fan art exhibit on Friday, Oct. 2, at the Malibu Playhouse.

The show of shows was on as audience members became enthralled by the evening’s performances.

The paint was flying on and off the canvas and a puppeteer pulled the strings as his puppet floated in air. Van Dyke took the stage with his a cappella quartet, as his wife joined him. 

Van Dyke was at the top of his game — laughing, singing and involving the audience in the night’s festivities.

Alex Vejar

A small fire was extinguished by 8:20 p.m. at the Shell gas station near the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road in Malibu.

Shortly before 8 p.m., a sedan collided with a pump at the gas station, igniting a small fire that was contained to the front of the vehicle.

A female passenger of the sedan said she and a male driver were driving in the right lane on the northbound side of Pacific Coast Highway when a taxicab began to move into their lane.

Chris Bashaw

On March 3, Malibu’s historic Adamson House and Museum temporarily closed its doors. California State Parks, which owns and administers the house and museum as part of Malibu Lagoon State Beach, initially announced that “the house tours program, garden tours, and the gift shop would be temporarily closed from March 3 through March 31, 2015.” That deadline passed two weeks ago, and a notice on the Adamson House website that states that the house will be “closed until further notice,” has raised concerns in the community that the closure may become permanent. 

Ashleigh Fryer

When wildlife biologist Stan Gehrt set out to study coyotes in Chicago, Illinois he thought it would be a quick “one-and-done” situation. He was wrong. Almost two decades of research on Cook County, Illinois’ coyotes — estimated to number not one or two, but 1500-2000 — continues to yield astonishing data about the lives and habits of this intelligent, ingenious and seldom seen urban carnivore. 

Ashleigh Fryer

Malibu native and daredevil Johnny Strange, 23, died after a wingsuit accident Thursday, Oct. 1, in Switzerland.

According to TMZ — as well as an earlier  telephone interview Strange gave on KROQ 106.7’s Kevin and Bean show last Monday — Strange said he would be filming a “dangerous wingsuit proximity video,” where “we fly super close to stuff.

Details of Strange’s accident were not yet known, but a wingsuit proximity flight is an advanced technique using a full-body suit to glide across the air — much like a bat.

Chris Bashaw

A Superior Court of California judge ruled Malibu’s Measure R unconstitutional on Tuesday, Dec. 14, Malibu City Attorney Christi Hogin said Wednesday.

“Yesterday late afternoon, we got the court’s ruling on the Measure R state case,” said Hogin, confirming a statement sent to the Malibu Surfside News from Marshall Camp, the attorney representing a group of Malibu property owners.

The property owners acted as plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed on Jan. 5, challenging the city of Malibu on Measure R.

Chris Bashaw

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