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State of the Association

By Marcel Molins, President

Marcel Molins Another year.

Do you have the same impression that I have? Years seem to fly.

This last year we had again a number of challenges. The most important was, of course, the modernization of our elevators. I do not know about you, but in my case it has been a lot less painful than I had feared. I hope that you are as pleased as I am with the result. The Architecture & Aesthetics Committee has to be congratulated for a job well done. [more...]

Management Report: October 2016

By Violette Deschamps, Malibu East Manager

Office HoursELEVATOR AND RECEIVING ROOM RULES: As of Oct. 1, we have reverted from the temporary rules in effect during the elevator modernization project to the regular rules regarding the use of our elevators at all times. This means that passengers with no pets or large carts or suitcases must take one of the passenger elevators, even if residing at the west end of a floor.

I thought it might be helpful to list for you the regular elevator rules adopted by the Board in 2008, to be enforced again as of Oct. 1: [more...]

An immigrant story of resilience, perseverance

By Tracy Poyser

Betty and MarieOne of the facets of life at Malibu East that’s so special to many of us is that it’s a veritable United Nations (with an emphasis on “united”), and that goes for all of Edgewater. As a naturalized citizen from Germany who has had the good fortune to realize her American dream in more ways than one, I’m always in awe of how much hardship and heartbreak so many others have faced in order to become a part of that unique melting pot of ours. So, here’s the story of one family whose resilience and grace is worth noting: our own beautiful neighbor Betty “Bebette” Graham and her mother, Marie Graham. [more...]

Malibu East's 45th anniversary party honors architect

By Tracy Poyser

John MacsaiWhat better testimonial to our vibrant, multigenerational condo family than a rousing 45th anniversary party, especially with our building’s venerable architect, John Macsai, as the guest of honor! At 90 – double the age of our building – Macsai’s vibrant spirit and ironic humor are testimony to a remarkable life of genuine passion for his craft (more about him later).

Our equally venerable Windjammer Room was packed to capacity on June 11, a fine spring evening. The festivities brought together original owners and Malibu East newbies to reminisce and raise a cheer to all that makes our 45-year-old building special. Organized by our tireless Board member and Social Committee chair Sandy Chaet, a great many people made sure that this would be a memorable party. [more...]

Limber up with yoga

YogaThe Thursday night yoga class invites new members to join when it begins a new class June 2 in the Windjammer Room. The class will be held Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 2 through June 30 – a total of five sessions.

Beginners are welcome. [more...]

Strauss reflects on his 24 years as a Board member

By Neil Warner

Richard StraussWhen Richard Strauss first ran for the Malibu East Board of Directors in 1991, little did he know what he was getting into. Immediately after being elected, he discovered during the new Board’s election of officers that there was a “cabal” determined to unseat the incumbent treasurer. He was nominated for the office, and when the vote resulted in a tie, someone suggested that Richard be named the assistant treasurer for the first year and then switch positions with the treasurer a year later.

That was an auspicious beginning of a 24-year tenure on the Board that came to an end in 2015, when Richard chose not to run for re-election. [more...]

Holiday lunch celebrates Malibu East employees

By Tracy Poyser

It’s an annual ritual, but one that should resonate with all our residents throughout the year: Malibu East’s festive employee appreciation and holiday luncheon hosted by Social Committee chair Sandy Chaet and our Board of Directors.

This year’s event, on Dec. 18 in the Windjammer Room, featured a festive buffet of food favorites, from pizza to fried chicken, pasta, vegetables and, of course, lots of seasonal cookies and a special cake. In addition to Sandy, many Board members were there to mix and mingle, including Art Arfa, Carol Beatty, Martina Molins, Carl Stahlheber and Neil Warner. [more...]

Arfa: Board service rewarding

By Lori Ziesmer

Art Arfa Continuing on with the Dialogue tradition of profiling current members of the Malibu East Board of Directors, I was looking forward to spending time and becoming better acquainted with Art Arfa. Intelligent, thoughtful and passionate about maintaining property values at Malibu East are all words I would use to describe Art after our time together. We sat down to chat one evening in mid-June. [more...]

Three cheers for Malibu East's dedicated staff

By Tracy Poyser

Malibu East StaffThe annual staff holiday luncheon has been a festive tradition at Malibu East, but one that many of our residents may not know about. Lovingly organized by Board member and Social Committee chair Sandy Chaet, this year’s lunch party on Dec. 19 again brought together as many of our building and garage staff members as possible at one time. It marked another year of exceptional service and dedication to our residents. Of course, since essential functions like the doorman/reception station, Receiving Room and valet parking service can’t be left unattended, the festivities lasted from noon to 2 p.m. to give everyone a chance to participate. [more...]

Meet Violette Deschamps - our property manager

By Lori Ziesmer

Violette DeschampsMalibu East is one of the largest high-rise buildings on Sheridan Road, containing more than 867,000 square feet of space in the residential tower. Including the parking garage and the Captain’s Walk mall, the building encompasses close to one million square feet of space needing to be maintained and managed. We have been fortunate to have dedicated boards of directors over the years to oversee and plan for the long-term upkeep of our building. [more...]

Very different life paths led to historic marriage

By Beth Robinson

Ron Dorfman and Ken Ilio
Ron Dorfman and Ken Ilio (from the Chicago Gay History Project)
With cake and about 100 guests, Ken Ilio and Ron Dorfman, longtime residents of Malibu East, celebrated their marriage in a reception at Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush, formerly Riccardo’s, in January. The location had special significance for Ron, who had spent many hours there with fellow journalists after hours.

Ken and Ron had made history as the first gay men to legally marry in Illinois when a Catholic woman priest conducted their wedding ceremony in the Northwestern Memorial Hospital chapel in December. Coincidentally, the first gay women to marry in Illinois (Nov. 27), Vernita Gray and Patricia Ewert, also were Malibu East residents. (Vernita died at home March 18 at age 65 after a long battle with breast cancer.) A judge had granted both couples the right to marry before the Illinois gay marriage law takes effect, due to health considerations. Ron Dorfman had a serious heart condition and passed away at home Feb. 10 at age 73. [more...]

A special Thanksgiving for special neighbors

By Tracy Poyser

Vernita Gray and Pat EwertUnless you turned off your radio and TV and didn’t read any local or national papers in the days surrounding this year’s Thanksgiving, you won’t have missed the exciting news about two very special Malibu East neighbors. By court order, longtime Chicago activist Vernita Gray married Pat Ewert, her partner of five years, on Nov. 27, making them the first same-sex couple in the state’s history to be legally married within Illinois. Their touching and joyous ceremony was performed in their Malibu East apartment by Judge Patricia Logue, former head of Lambda Legal Midwest and a longtime lesbian activist, in front of about 25 family members and friends. [more...]