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Staff appreciation luncheon - A timeless tradition

By Tracy Poyser

LaTerry Dorsey As we begin another challenging year, with many uncertainties facing all of us in these crazy times, it’s heartwarming to know that one thing hasn’t changed: the loyalty of our Malibu East staff and management. Their untiring work and day-to-day dedication are what makes life in our building so enjoyable, and having (almost) all of them gathered in the Windjammer Room for the annual employee holiday luncheon on Dec. 16 was heartwarming. [more...]

Management Report: January 2023

By Violette Deschamps, Malibu East Manager

Office Hours FURNACE: It came to my attention that two HVAC contractors have installed new furnaces in units that are exceeding the capacity of the existing electrical wire and breaker to which they are connected. The original wire and breaker serving the furnace and condenser that were installed in a unit are designed to respond to a demand of 50 amps. These new furnaces draw 60 amps. These furnaces are more powerful but may create serious issues with the electrical wire and/or breaker. Some signs to look for are the repeated tripping of the breaker because it is overloaded, or a malfunction of the equipment. Regardless of the installation date, you may contact the installer to get information about the amperage your equipment draws and discuss remedies, if need be, or have the new furnace checked by a reputable and licensed HVAC contractor or electrician, particularly if the breaker keeps tripping. [more...]

A day in the life of our property manager

By Tracy Poyser

This is the third article in our series titled “A day in the life of …,” intended to provide our readers with a detailed look at the everyday tasks of those who work at Malibu East. Later articles in this series will appear on an irregular basis.

There is no doubt that the nerve center of our 500-unit vertical village is the three-room Management Office near our lobby entrance. It’s where our property manager, Violette Deschamps, helped by her assistant, Scott, packs an incredible number of actions into each workday to help keep Malibu East such a wonderful home for all of us. It requires someone with a multifaceted background, communication skills, organizational talent, project management experience, diplomacy, patience, resilience, ability to not accept “no” as an answer, and a commitment to excellence. [more...]

Voices from Ukraine

Personal accounts shared by Malibu East families

The devastation, death and unspeakable hardships being endured by the people of Ukraine are casting their pall here, close to home. Members of two families born there, and with relatives involved in the battle for the survival of their homeland, feel the chill of their loved ones’ fear every day. Two of our writers, Tracy Poyser and Ron Cohn, have gotten their stories, and share them here with readers of the Dialogue. [more...]

State of the Association

By Arthur Arfa, President

This is a short report on what the Board has accomplished since our last annual meeting. Several of the chairs of some of the committees will also provide more detail on the accomplishments of those committees. In addition, our treasurer will provide an overview of the Association’s current financial condition.

First, I would like to thank my fellow Board members and all residents that have participated in the various committees that have made our successes in this year possible. [more...]

A day in the life of our garage manager

By Tracy Poyser

This is the second article in our series titled “A day in the life of …,” intended to provide our readers with a detailed look at the everyday tasks of those who work at Malibu East. Subsequent articles in this series will appear on an irregular basis.

The more I delve into what it takes for a 500-unit residential building to run smoothly, the more I admire the dedication and skill needed to manage day-to-day operations like our garage. Who better to give us a behind-the-scenes look at this crucial part of Malibu East than Shariq Abbas, who took over from Ali Saeed 10 months ago and was named the new garage manager at the start of 2022. Ali had left Malibu East after nine years here for a new assignment, knowing he left our garage operations in good hands with Shariq, who had already been the garage supervisor from 2008 to 2021. [more...]

Vicki Blair makes us smile

By Linda Eng

When someone’s joy in life is bringing a smile to others, then they are someone you will want to know. Vicki Blair, married to her high school sweetheart Sean and the mother of Rachel and Michael, has been doing just that in many ways.

During the COVID-19 outbreak she was on the front lines, working at Integrated Holistic Healthcare in Wilmette, and she never took time off during the pandemic. Vicki spoke of the constant attention given to her staff and clients that kept everyone healthy. She was very satisfied with their incredibly low number of COVID cases, but this work took a personal toll, and she sought help and advice from a life coach. She dug deep into her life and decided to change careers to put her creative self out there. [more...]

A day in the life of our assistant engineer

By Tracy Poyser

This article marks the beginning of a series titled “A day in the life of …,” which will provide our readers with a detailed look at the everyday tasks of those who work at Malibu East. Subsequent articles in this series will appear on an irregular schedule.

Have you ever wondered about the behind-the-scenes maintenance work and action it takes to keep our 51-year-old condo community running smoothly every day, not counting the inevitable emergencies? I sure have. [more...]

Good neighbor Sam

By Ron Cohn

Sam Bullock has been a dynamo on the Malibu East Board of Directors since 2017, with a ready smile and relaxed manner that belie an unceasing flow of ideas and an unremitting drive for excellence.

His soft, Carolina-accented voice picks up volume and crackles with fervor as he recounts the Board’s accomplishments during his tenure and speaks of his personal goals for solidifying the building’s future and the welfare of its residents. [more...]

A tough act to follow

By Neil Warner

Marcel Molins Malibu East is one very fortunate condo association. We are blessed to have had a visionary leader who committed his time and energy, as well as his formidable skills, toward the goal of making this Association the best it could be. Remarkably, he did it for more than 30 years.

When Marcel Molins was elected Board president in 1986, nobody thought he would continue to hold the position into the 2020s. Probably not even Marcel. When he passed away at home on March 1 at age 84, Malibu East lost its most ardent proponent. [more...]

Mary & Peg - newlyweds on front lines of COVID-19

By Tracy Poyser as told by Mary Rodriguez & Peg Paugh

Peg and MaryDuring these uncertain times, Malibu East still seems like a haven of safety. We all have neighbors and friends in high-risk occupations, from health care to essential services. I’m lucky to live next door to Mary Rodriguez and Peg Paugh, two amazing women who work in high-risk professions while still finding the time to do grocery shopping for me and other neighbors after the stay-at-home order took effect. And, when Mary told me they had gotten married April 23 in the middle of the lockdown, I thought their story would make our June Dialogue sing! Because of social distancing, we did our interview via email. [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...]