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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...]

Management Report: April 2021

By Violette Deschamps, Malibu East Manager

Office HoursBALCONY PONDING: The balconies were originally built with a pitch from the walls to the edges to allow water (rain, melting ice and snow) to drain away from the building. However, concrete naturally sags over time in between reinforcement rebar grids, particularly in the middle where the rebars are the weakest, due to its own weight and gravity. As a result, the majority of our balconies collect water along the knee walls and/or in the center parts; it is a widespread problem at Malibu East as well as other concrete buildings. The water staled in the depressions of the balconies is inconvenient for a lot of reasons, besides adding wear and tear on the membrane. [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...]

Thirty years walkin' the Walk

By Ron Cohn

Helen Wagner

Helen Wagner opened her Captain’s Walk real estate office in 1990, still a mall fixture today

By Ron Cohn

On a fall afternoon in 1990, Helen Wagner, a sales manager for J.S. James & Company – a large, old-line North Side and suburban real estate development company – was sitting in her small Sheridan Road office when the telephone rang. [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...]

2019 Dialogue profile reaches across space, time

By Tracy Poyser

Andre King RomeIn these trying times, we often find solace in reconnecting with faraway family and friends, looking through our memory books or sorting those old photos from neglected boxes at the bottoms of our closets. But, how my June 2019 Dialogue profile led a Cranston, Rhode Island, man to his late uncle’s Air Force friend is a heartwarming little miracle worth sharing with you. [more...]

Keeping us safe during pandemic

By Tracy Poyser

Since mid-March, when the danger of the COVID-19 pandemic became a scary reality, most of us have rarely left the protective cocoon of our apartments, with our balcony perches serving as our very own great outdoors. At 8 p.m. on Saturday nights through June, while the governor’s stay-at-home order was in place, many of us joined the citywide “Minutes of Togetherness.” We clapped, banged pots, yelled and waved flashlights to connect with each other and honor all the people on the front lines – health care professionals, cops, grocery workers, package delivery drivers and so many more. [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...]

Board undertakes many functions on owners’ behalf

By Neil Warner

Malibu East Condominium is overseen by a 12-person Board of Directors, as specified in its declaration, which defines the scope of its authority. The responsibilities of the Board are also governed by the Illinois Condominium Property Act, the laws of Illinois and the ordinances of Chicago.

The Board is elected to make decisions about the operation of the Association on behalf of the owners, including decisions about management personnel, choosing vendors, the Rules and Regulations, the operation of common areas and amenities, among many other things. [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...]