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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

They called it the “Ex-husband/dead-wife storage locker,” as an attempt at humor while carrying heavy burdens.

In it, Malibu couple Dave Teel and Nicole Fisher stored keepsakes from their exes so that one day, they could pass those items to their children. 

County regulations, however, forced Teel, who is a Surfside News freelance photographer, and Fisher to give up the fire-strong shipping container, which was on their property when they bought it 11 years ago, Teel said.

22nd Century Media Staff

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

Malibu officially welcomed its very own, fully-licensed radio station — 97.5 KBUU-LP FM — to the airwaves last week, a project which Malibu resident and KBU general manager Hans Laetz has championed for more than a year. 

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

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

Drake Hogestyn, an actor from “Days of Our Lives,” gave a master class in acting for daytime television last Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Malibu Playhouse.

Christopher Sean, who plays Drake’s son on “Days of Our Lives” and is the new main villain on “Hawaii Five-O,” joined Hogestyn on stage for an interactive exchange of acting experience, advice and practical acting techniques.

Alex Vejar

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

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

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

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