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Management Report: December 2017

By Violette Deschamps, Malibu East Manager

Office Hours33A SALE: The Board approved the conditions of the sale of this unit to current unit owners at Malibu East. The voting members will vote to ratify this decision at their special meeting on Dec.5.

2018 BUDGET: The Board approved the 2018 budget, as mailed to the owners for their review, during its Nov. 28 meeting. [more...]

Paws, whiskers: Condo living through eyes of our pets

By Tracy Poyser

Captain MorganWe humans make up the majority of Malibu East building residents, and we know how to get our voices heard and concerns resolved. But, about 50% of our condo units are home to four-legged residents who speak in woofs and meows, and feel that their two-legged neighbors don’t know enough about them. And, they get really embarrassed when they get in trouble with their custodians/parents because they did something perfectly doggy or catty, or can’t figure out what those mysterious rules of the building are supposed to mean.

My own pets are of the stuffed, low-maintenance persuasion, but I love speaking to their live counterparts and am auntie and sitter to a couple of fabulous felines. [more...]

State of the Association

By Marcel Molins, President

Marcel MolinsAnother year and counting, and once again a year with many projects and a lot of work. My task is to give you an overall view of the work done and to be done, and the other officers of the Board and the chairs of the committees will provide you with more specific information.

First, I will mention some of the projects that we all saw, such as the completion of the modernization of the elevators. As it is to be expected in a major project of this nature, there have been a few problems. Compared to how it used to be, I continue to be impressed when I see how quickly I go from my 25th floor to the Lobby. [more...]

Our Captain's Walk neighbors: An underrated resource

By Tracy Poyser

Captain's WalkEven though our Captain’s Walk, the commercial mini-mall on the lower level, is only an elevator ride (or a few stair steps) away, I bet many of our residents don’t know much about the individual enterprises and the professionals calling it their business home. And, it’s the connector between Malibu East and the neighboring Malibu condo building at 6007 N. Sheridan, whose residents enjoy access to the Captain’s Walk via an elevator for their exclusive use. For businesses relying on a pedestrian clientele, the indoor access by residents in the two buildings’ 850-plus condo units can be a great advantage. [more...]

Horbal x 3 - our very own dental dynasty

By Neil Warner

HorbalsFew family businesses are able to persevere through three generations in this era of geographically scattered families and short-lived businesses, but our own Captain’s Walk mall has been home to one such success story – surviving and thriving for 45 years.

The Horbal dental office officially transferred to its third generation at the end of February when Jack Horbal retired after 36 years, and his daughter, Kerstin, took over. Kerstin has been part of the practice for the past eight years. [more...]

Aida Calvopina: A life of all-conquering love

By Tracy Poyser

Those words in the headline are big words – but in the case of our neighbor Aida Calvopina, they’re no exaggeration. Aida’s cheerful presence has been a given at almost all of Malibu East’s social events over the years, from behind-the-scenes organizing to helping serve food at our scrumptious buffets, especially her delicious home-baked lemon cake.

I knew she grew up in Ecuador; both of us had been part of an immigrant exhibit at the Edgewater Historical Society last year. And, she had told me that her volunteering went way beyond our walls – she admits that she’s always been a people person. I was intrigued about what brought her to the U.S. and our own vertical United Nations, so she invited me to tea at her home last month – a few days before her 85th birthday (she still calls herself a “junior senior”). I hope her story will touch your hearts as much as it did mine. [more...]

Employees recognized for 155 years of loyal service

By Tracy Poyser

ArmandoIn our 500-unit vertical village, it takes many hardworking and dedicated employees to keep things running smoothly 24 hours a day. From routine maintenance to troubling issues, from garage hikers to engineers and Receiving Room personnel, janitorial crew and night-shift workers, from office management to security, from plumbing repairs to electrical work… every task and every hour spent is valued and important. It would be impossible to calculate the total number of hours, smiles, miles of corridors walked or stairs climbed, packages logged, elevators cleaned, cars carefully parked and retrieved, clogged sinks cleared, emergency calls answered, and doors held open. And, all of that is done by our great staff day and night, always with a smile, a personal hello and that invaluable “can do” attitude. [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...]

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...]