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Management Report: May 2016

By Violette Deschamps, Malibu East Manager

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WATER LEAKS: Each unit is equipped with plumbing fixtures and pipes that may fail at some point during your ownership. The plumbing issues can take different forms: a clogged sink, causing a flood; a toilet with a worn-out wax ring, causing long-term water seepage into the concrete; a cracked pipe, releasing intermittent sewage fumes; a rusted water heater, spilling water over the containment pan; and so forth. [more...]

Limber up with yoga

YogaThe Thursday night yoga class invites new members to join when it begins a new class June 2 in the Windjammer Room. The class will be held Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 2 through June 23 – a total of four sessions.

Beginners are welcome. [more...]

Strauss reflects on his 24 years as a Board member

By Neil Warner

Richard StraussWhen Richard Strauss first ran for the Malibu East Board of Directors in 1991, little did he know what he was getting into. Immediately after being elected, he discovered during the new Board’s election of officers that there was a “cabal” determined to unseat the incumbent treasurer. He was nominated for the office, and when the vote resulted in a tie, someone suggested that Richard be named the assistant treasurer for the first year and then switch positions with the treasurer a year later.

That was an auspicious beginning of a 24-year tenure on the Board that came to an end in 2015, when Richard chose not to run for re-election. [more...]

Immigration exhibit features Malibu East residents

By Beth Robinson

The impact of immigrants in Edgewater is the focus of “Voices of Edgewater: Immigration Then and Now,” currently showing at the Edgewater Historical Society and Museum. The exhibit, which spans from the 1840s through the present day, weaves together information about national immigration trends and policies, local history and settlement patterns, and the personal stories of immigrants who live in Edgewater. Drawing on interviews conducted with more than 50 immigrants, the exhibit incorporates personal experiences as well as artifacts from their home countries and the transition to becoming residents of the United States. [more...]

Holiday lunch celebrates Malibu East employees

By Tracy Poyser

It’s an annual ritual, but one that should resonate with all our residents throughout the year: Malibu East’s festive employee appreciation and holiday luncheon hosted by Social Committee chair Sandy Chaet and our Board of Directors.

This year’s event, on Dec. 18 in the Windjammer Room, featured a festive buffet of food favorites, from pizza to fried chicken, pasta, vegetables and, of course, lots of seasonal cookies and a special cake. In addition to Sandy, many Board members were there to mix and mingle, including Art Arfa, Carol Beatty, Martina Molins, Carl Stahlheber and Neil Warner. [more...]

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.

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...]

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...]

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...]