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Board prepares for Malibu East's future

By Sam Bullock

Over the past few months, the Dialogue has featured articles about the past 50 years at Malibu East, leading up to our big event, the 50th anniversary party! This article will focus on the projects and challenges we will tackle as we begin to move forward in the sixth decade of Malibu East. [more...]

Management Report: November 2021

By Violette Deschamps, Malibu East Manager

Office Hours 2022 BUDGET DRAFT: The Board of Directors discussed the draft of the 2022 budget at its October Board meeting on Oct. 18. The draft of the budget includes a 5% increase in the assessment. Management mass-mailed the draft of the budget to owners on Oct. 21, as decided by the Board. The same draft was email-blasted the same day to owners for whom we have an email address on file. If some of you didn’t receive our email, please contact management to troubleshoot the failed transmission. The draft was also posted on the Rise portal, Discover tab, on Oct. 22. The Board wishes to have your comments in writing sent to mecamgr@sudlerchicago.com. All questions so received will be answered by the Board at its November Board meeting on Nov. 16. [more...]

State of the Association

By Arthur Arfa, President

First, I would like to recognize several Board members who are ending their service on the Board. These individuals are longtime Board members and have served diligently and creatively in the management of your Association for many years. I would like Thomas Vaughan, Carol Beatty and Martina Molins to stand and for you to express your appreciation for their long, diligent service to the Association. [more...]

Association newsletter a vanishing breed?

Looking back at the Dialogue’s 50-year history

By Neil Warner

It’s human nature to take something for granted when you’ve had access to it for a long time. It wouldn’t be surprising, then, if some Malibu East residents consider a monthly newsletter to be part and parcel of living in a large condominium building.

They may be surprised to learn that few condo associations have a similar publication. A quick survey of ASCO properties shows that several have abandoned their newsletters because they can’t find volunteers to staff the publication. A few associations publish quarterly newsletters, and others rely on posting a notice on their bulletin boards whenever management considers it appropriate. [more...]

Tom Skilling - a neighbor known by millions

By Ron Cohn

Many Malibu East residents watch Tom Skilling on TV with a sense of pride that they can claim a celebrity weatherman as a neighbor, but few realize the dedication it has taken for him to earn a place on their screen – or the national recognition his work has garnered.

Tom’s love of what he does comes through clearly on the WGN Evening News at 5 p.m., the WGN News at Nine and the WGN News at Ten. So does the impression that behind his friendly, engaging on-camera style he must be a genuinely good guy. You can’t make this stuff up. This is not a TV persona; this is the real Tom Skilling, as those who know him will be quick to tell you. [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...]

Original owners look back at half century

By Ron Cohn

In the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, between 15% and 20% of Americans moved each year, according to the Census Bureau. It also shows well over 10% moving each year since then, which means that since 1971, statistically, you should have moved more than seven times! That makes it remarkable that there are 18 unit owners at Malibu East who have lived here for all 50 years our building has been in existence.

Over the course of the next five or six months, as we celebrate our 50th anniversary, the Dialogue hopes to tell a brief story about as many of these “originals” as possible, and perhaps get some choice vintage photos to share. [more...]

Employee luncheon honors Ruben Escobar

By Tracy Poyser

Ruben EscobarMalibu East’s time-honored annual employee holiday luncheon and awards ceremony, hosted by Social Committee chair Sandy Chaet with Board members and management, took on a different tenor this year. Like all social interactions in these worrisome times at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, health and safety became the overriding concern for the 2020 event. But, our planning committee found a safe and creative way to bring good cheer to our hardworking employees, and it had help with the setup from staffers Armando DeLaCruz, Bernard LaPinard and Janis Bytautas. [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...]

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...]