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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...]

Management Report: January 2015

by Violette Deschamps, Malibu East Manager

Office Hours2015 PROJECTS: Will Malibu East undertake many construction projects in 2015? Here are the most anticipated projects:

  1. Elevator modernization: This project consists of the complete replacement of the cab interiors and a majority of the electric, electronic and mechanical components of the elevators. One elevator at a time will be taken out of service for about four to six months until its modernization is completed.

New Year's resolution? Try yoga

YogaThe Monday night yoga class invites new members to join when it begins a new class February 2 in the Windjammer Room. The class will be held Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. February 2 through February 23 – a total of four sessions.

Beginners are welcome. [more...]

Working to make Malibu East a better home

By Beth Robinson

Sandy ChaetHave you gone to an ice cream social, attended a fire safety lecture or taken a child to the Easter egg hunt at Malibu East? If the answer is yes, you have experienced firsthand some of the activities Sandy Chaet has organized.

Sandy, a longtime member of the Malibu East Board of Directors, has chaired the Social Committee for more than 30 years. She joined the committee as a member shortly after moving to the building in 1978 and became first a co-chair and then the chair. Over the years, the Social Committee has put together events ranging from Halloween parties to dance classes to potluck meals to a celebration of the building’s 40th anniversary. Among the committee’s most popular gatherings is the holiday party in December, which fills the Lobby with residents enjoying food and conversation each year. [more...]

A night in the day of doorman LaTerry Dorsey

By Tracy Poyser

LaTerry Dorsey

Unless you work very late or start very early, enjoy going out on the town and come home after midnight, or are a night owl for any other reason, you probably will say “LaTerry who?” when you read the headline.

Yet, for a huge residential building like ours, a doorman’s night shift from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. is important for our security, as well as the comfort of having a friendly face at the doorman’s station no matter what time it is. Buildings tout the advantage of a “24-hour doorman” – but, of course, that would be impossible! Our doormen work in three shifts: 7 a.m.-3 p.m., 3-11 p.m., and the crucial night shift of 11 p.m.-7 a.m. From Thursday through Monday nights, that’s LaTerry’s responsibility. [more...]

State of the Building

By Marcel Molins, President

Marcel MolinsAnother year of feverish activity. As you know, our building is now 43 years old. As a result, lots of areas need to be redone or repaired. During the last 12 months, there have been a lot of projects. You have seen some of them and experienced also the consequences; others did not affect you, but they were equally important.

The main purpose of my presentation is to give you an overall view of the work done and in progress and a status of the Condominium. The other officers of the Condominium and the chairs of the committees will give you a more detailed report on some of the projects, and during the question-and-answer period, we will be happy to try to answer any questions you may have. [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...]

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...]

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...]