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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

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

The Malibu Village was acquired by an East Coast-based real estate investment and management company, Jamestown, for an undisclosed sum Thursday, May 22, after a successful deal with seller KRE Capital, the shopping center’s now-previous owner.

“We went to Jamestown because we thought they could be vested to bring a great retail experience to the community and keep with what our goals were to the community,” said Matt Khoury, KRE Capital founder. “We thought they would be ideally suited as they are probably the top urban retailer expert in the country.”

Ashleigh Fryer

Claudia Lane, 14, is a sophomore and the top athlete on Malibu High School’s cross country team. She is ranked No. 1 in the state of California. 

What is your favorite thing about cross country?

My favorite thing is just that feeling crossing the finish line. I also love running in practice and seeing all the beautiful scenery. I’m so grateful for this sport.

What made you first get into it?

Lauren Finkler

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

Glendale police remain stumped as of Friday, Feb. 10, in the case of 20-year-old Elaine Park, whose vehicle was found along Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu on Feb. 2. 

Police reportedly located her personal property as well as the keys to the car in the vehicle.

Park’s family reported Elaine as a missing person on Jan. 30, and she has not been seen since Jan. 28.

Lauren Finkler

“His was a voice that had its own footnotes,” Douglas Kmiec, Our Lady of Malibu parishioner, said with a laugh that reverberated through the crowd that filled the movie theater, as his fellow parishioners and neighbors watched Kmiec on screen at the premier of “Radical Kindness: The Life of John Sheridan,” a film documenting OLM’s Mongsignor, the late John V. Sheridan. 

Ashleigh Fryer

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

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

If a tire on your golf cart catches a nail over a holiday weekend, chances are pretty good Douglas Randall can still be there in 20 minutes to fix it.

It’s no guarantee, but Randall – a Malibu resident as well as owner and primary laborer of Malibu Custom Carts – firmly believes in providing reliable service to Malibu’s golf-cart goers as much, and as consistently, as possible.

Chris Bashaw

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