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Limber up with yoga

YogaThe Monday night yoga class invites new members to join when it begins a new class August 4 in the Windjammer Room. The class will be held Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. August 4 through August 25 – a total of four sessions.

Beginners are welcome. [more...]

Things you need to know for your TV-Internet wiring installation

cable spoolA significant upgrade to Malibu East’s wiring is under way, and residents will soon have access to more television options and extremely fast Internet connections. Workers under the direction of our Management Office and USA Wireless Satellite TV are going tier by tier, running dual bonded coaxial cable and Ethernet wiring to each unit. You will need to keep your balcony clear of objects from the railing to the outer wall of the first bedroom immediately west of the living room during the week when the work is scheduled (you’ll be notified in advance). [more...]

Bulk Internet, improved DirecTV service coming soon

By Thomas C. Vaughan

DirecTV logo

Malibu East’s current five-year contract with DirecTV/USA Wireless is set to expire later this year. Coincidentally, the poorly performing high-definition (HD) telephone line system and the analog Lifeline channels are being phased out by DirecTV. As a result, Malibu East hired Bryan Rader of Bandwidth Consulting LLC, an industry consultant, and developed an RFP (request for proposal) in the first quarter that was sent to all Chicago-area service providers to explore our options. This RFP was built from the results of a February building-wide survey of owners and residents, which elicited 176 responses. [more...]

Management Report: July 2014

by Violette Deschamps, Malibu East Manager

Office HoursPool season: As a reminder, Malibu East does not have a lifeguard on duty at the pool. Any person using the pools does so at his or her own risk, including the children under his/her supervision. Malibu East has pool attendants, whose main duty is to enforce the rules of the Association related to the pool enclosure and the fourth-floor sundeck. The other duties of the pool attendants are to keep the area clean, check that residents have pool tags, make sure that guests are accompanied by their resident hosts, and so forth. Should you witness some irregularities jeopardizing the safety of users of the pool deck, please promptly alert the pool attendant or management. [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...]

Zumba classes

This is a reminder that the Sports and Social committees sponsor free Zumba exercise classes for Malibu East residents nearly every Sunday evening (see Upcoming Events at the left). The classes are held in the Racquetball Court (lower level next to the receiving room).

It is suggested you wear gym shoes and you will be required to sign a waiver. Everyone is welcome – no Zumba experience is required. [more...]

Electricity rates to rise 38% in June - still low

By Bob Whaley

electricity rate increase“Skyrocketing electric bills!” Citizens Utility Board (CUB) has just warned us that, due to the harsh winter, electricity prices in Illinois will rise 38% in June – from 5.5 to 7.596 cents per KWH. Before everyone gets too excited about this “horrendous” rise in electricity costs here, check out the pricing of Pacific Gas & Electric in Southern California. (Schedules: www.pge.com/tariffs/electric.shtml) Note the “Average Total Rate per KWHr = 0.19133 or 250% of what we will pay after the increase(!). When we still lived in San Diego in 1990, we paid about 11 cents/KWH. Heating and minimal air conditioning in that mild climate cost us over $300/month. [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...]

Employees honored for 75 years of service

By Tracy Poyser

No, the number in the headline isn’t a typo. During the annual holiday luncheon on Dec. 21 hosted by Social Committee Chair Sandy Chaet for all of Malibu East’s loyal employees, this year’s four honorees jointly represent 75 years of dedicated service to our residents and condo community:

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...]