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Limber up with yoga

YogaThe Monday night yoga class invites new members to join when it begins a new class June 1 in the Windjammer Room. The class will be held Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. June 1 through June 29 – a total of five sessions.

Beginners are welcome. [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...]

Management Report: May 2015

by Violette Deschamps, Malibu East Manager

Office HoursBIKE AUDIT: Please remember to register with management any bike(s) you have stored in the Bicycle Room. Management door-dropped a yellow form on March 30 for you to register your bike(s) stored in the room and obtain your 2015 decal(s). The 2015 decal will be granted strictly to the bikes registered by May 15, 2015. Previous registrations will be discarded and replaced with the new 2015 registrations. Any unclaimed bikes currently in the Bicycle Room will be disposed of and given to a charitable organization if you fail to renew the registration of your bike(s) by May 15, 2015, even if there is a decal on your bike(s) that is now considered obsolete. [more...]

Entertainer Dayao has something for everyone

By Betty Mayian

Edizon DayaoOn March 7, the Social Committee brought local entertainer Edizon Dayao to the Windjammer Room. He was recommended because one of the committee members had seen him at another local venue. When someone is able to sing, play the piano and saxophone and more, he is not just a singer but a full-blown entertainer.

We have a diverse crowd of people who live at Malibu East. We range in age, nationality, musical tastes and personality. Therefore, when we have someone come here to put on a show, it is good to bring in someone whose performance has a lot of diversity, too. Well, you really have to hand it to Edizon Dayao; he fills the bill for almost everyone. If you want rock and roll, country, big band, salsa, whatever it is – Dayao is able to give you what you want. If you didn’t hear it, it is because someone didn’t request it. [more...]

Elevators - the ups and downs of Malibu East

By Carl Chadek

New elevator Our beautiful building is not an ordinary residence. It’s a resort. We are 45 stories with swimming pools, tennis court, valet parking, 24-hour door staff, 24-hour maintenance and a retail/office mall. There are no other buildings north of us that are larger until you get to Milwaukee. As homeowners here at Malibu East, there’s nothing that we must do except come and go as we please. Our needs are well-attended by our excellent staff and management. Well, OK, we must follow the rules and regulations. That is not a big burden. They are for the benefit of all. [more...]

'Forever young' original owner defies the odds

By Neil Warner

Adeline KalantMove-ins at Malibu East are typically a pretty straightforward affair: Arrange a date with your movers, reserve the service elevator, and then let your movers do their thing on move-in day, hoping that nothing breaks in the process.

When Adeline and George Kalant moved into Malibu East on Aug. 4, 1971, something happened that you likely wouldn’t see today. Among their possessions, the Kalants had a 125-inch-long sofa, which George had wanted to sell when they moved out of their South Side home. Yet, Adeline liked it and was determined to keep it, so the movers packed it up along with the other belongings. When they got the sofa to the Kalants’ unit on our 45th floor with its lower hallway ceilings, the movers realized they had a problem.

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...]

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...]

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...]