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State of the Association

By Marcel Molins, President

Marcel Molins Another year and counting.

Again we have been quite busy, and the indications are that we will continue to be so. Very often what we do has no direct impact on our daily lives. At this time, and for the next 12 months, we all will suffer the consequences of our actions. I do refer to the modernization of our elevators. Unfortunately, the process will impact our lives. For most of us, unless you live in one of the very low floors, and decide to exercise every day by walking the stairs, the elevators are the only way to come and go from our homes.

Limber up with yoga

YogaThe Thursday night yoga class invites new members to join when it begins a new class November 5 in the Windjammer Room. The class will be held Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. November 5 through November 19 – a total of three sessions.

Beginners are welcome. [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...]

Management Report: September 2015

by Violette Deschamps, Malibu East Manager

Office HoursHARD SURFACE FLOORING: Please note that the Board of Directors adopted a motion during its Aug. 25 meeting to suspend the enforcement of the ceramic/porcelain/stone tile flooring rule. The Board is in the process of selecting an acoustical engineer to assess the existing condition of a typical residential floor at Malibu East and to recommend acoustical guidelines for the installation of hard surface flooring at Malibu East. [more...]

Edgewater losing longtime volunteers

By Neil Warner

Ara and BettyWe all know people who are active in the community, with one organization or another. Several such people live at Malibu East. Yet, none exemplifies the meaning of “volunteer” better than Betty and Ara Mayian.

The Mayians were both born in Chicago and have spent the vast majority of their lives in the city, including many years as part of the Malibu East community. In fact, Betty was an original owner in 1971. Now well into their retirements, they are pulling up roots, moving to Sun City West, Ariz., this month to live near Ara’s older brother. [more...]

A day in the life of the pools

By Tracy Poyser

Sunday Regulars Can you think of anything more relaxing than floating on your back in your very own sun-kissed pool all by yourself (or rarely with more than one other swimmer), looking up into a deep blue sky and puffy clouds framed by the pure white, upward zigzag pattern of our Malibu East balconies, with a gentle breeze off the lake on a hot summer morning? I sure can’t – and I keep wondering why more of our residents don’t join us for the all-too-brief pool season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but almost always extended to late September or early October or whenever it becomes too cold to swim. [more...]

Meet Malibu East director Carl Chadek

By Lori Ziesmer

Carl ChadekI have a lot of respect for the 12 people volunteering their time currently serving on the Malibu East Board of Directors. It takes a lot of time, talent, commitment and vision to be a successful Board member. I had been hearing about Carl Chadek, and the great work he has done as a member of our Board, for many months. I was excited to finally meet Carl and interview him for the Dialogue.

Carl welcomed me into his home with a huge smile. I could not help but notice right away the beautiful piano and the Lyon & Healy Style 23 Concert Grand harp both sitting in his living room. When I asked about his interest in music, Carl told me that he started playing the organ around age 8 in Milwaukee, where he was born and raised. He also plays piano and flute. [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...]

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...]