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Management Report: September 2014

by Violette Deschamps, Malibu East Manager

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Electrical surges and outages: We recently experienced several intermittent and short electrical outages and/or surges, for which ComEd was responsible. Some of these incidents affected your computer, telephone lines and other devices in your unit. We are alerting you to take proper measures to protect your equipment against such power line issues. [more...]

Aerobatics jet ace landed at Malibu East

By Tracy Poyser

Kaka SawhneyIt’s August again, and with it comes one our most spectacular events along the Lakefront: the 56th annual Chicago Air and Water Show on Aug. 16-17. A historic footnote: The show was first held in 1959 under the name “Lakeshore Park Air & Water Show,” on a budget of – yes – $88. Many of us will watch from our balconies or the pool decks, or brave the crowds along the beaches south to the staging area at North Avenue. And, everyone will be waiting with bated breath for the grand finale: the Navy’s Blue Angels roaring in for their breathtaking aerial ballet and precision formation flying. [more...]

Are you prepared for TV/Internet wiring installation?

cable spool Malibu East is implementing new five-year communications contracts with USA Wireless Satellite TV and HiPoint Technology Services for bulk DirecTV programming and bulk high-speed Internet service. The cost to each owner will be $22.99 per month (rather than the current $32) for television service (DirecTV’s Choice channel package, the same as in the previous contract) and $24 per month for 100 Mbps download and 100 Mbps upload speed on the Internet.

As the TV/Internet wiring project gets under way, there are a number of considerations for each resident to be aware of, such as: [more...]

Bulk Internet, improved DirecTV service coming soon

By Thomas C. Vaughan

DirecTV logo

Malibu East’s current five-year contract with DirecTV/USA Wireless is set to expire later this year. Coincidentally, the poorly performing high-definition (HD) telephone line system and the analog Lifeline channels are being phased out by DirecTV. As a result, Malibu East hired Bryan Rader of Bandwidth Consulting LLC, an industry consultant, and developed an RFP (request for proposal) in the first quarter that was sent to all Chicago-area service providers to explore our options. This RFP was built from the results of a February building-wide survey of owners and residents, which elicited 176 responses. [more...]

Salon owner achieves success after changing cultures

By Beth Robinson

One spring day I lost my coat. I left home wearing it, hung it up somewhere during the day, and did not notice it was gone when the weather turned warm that afternoon. Weeks later I needed a coat again but had no idea where it was. After several years the coat found me when I went for a haircut at the Sheridan Hair & Body Studio. Anna Ivleva, the owner of the shop, pulled my coat out of the closet. She had waited all that time for someone to claim it and finally did some sleuthing to find the absent-minded person who had left it. [more...]

Zumba classes

This is a reminder that the Sports and Social committees sponsor free Zumba exercise classes for Malibu East residents nearly every Sunday evening (see Upcoming Events at the left). The classes are held in the Racquetball Court (lower level next to the receiving room).

It is suggested you wear gym shoes and you will be required to sign a waiver. Everyone is welcome – no Zumba experience is required. [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...]

Customer service with a smile

By Lori Ziesmer

Caitlin in CannesMalibu East administrative assistant Caitlin Gilman and I had never met until our scheduled interview for this article. I walked into her office one evening, after a freezing-cold walk home from the train, and was immediately met with a warm handshake and a huge smile. She had been at the office since 9 a.m. that morning and would be closing out her day at 7 p.m. after we chatted. At 6 p.m. she was still full of energy. I knew right away that Caitlin was perfect to be “the director of first impressions” in our Management Office. [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...]