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Tom Skilling - a neighbor known by millions

By Ron Cohn

Many Malibu East residents watch Tom Skilling on TV with a sense of pride that they can claim a celebrity weatherman as a neighbor, but few realize the dedication it has taken for him to earn a place on their screen – or the national recognition his work has garnered.

Tom’s love of what he does comes through clearly on the WGN Evening News at 5 p.m., the WGN News at Nine and the WGN News at Ten. So does the impression that behind his friendly, engaging on-camera style he must be a genuinely good guy. You can’t make this stuff up. This is not a TV persona; this is the real Tom Skilling, as those who know him will be quick to tell you. [more...]

South American couple met in Chicago

By Ron Cohn

Original owners brought together by love of music

George and Avany Penaherrera were looking forward to celebrating their 50th year at Malibu East when George – a vital, active and otherwise healthy 90-year-old – sadly fell victim to COVID-19 and died last Dec. 3.

It would be difficult to find a couple with a more colorful or romantic Hollywood-style backstory. George, born in Ecuador, and Avany, a native of Brazil, both made their way to the U.S. and were fated to discover each other in Chicago, taking voice lessons with the same teacher. [more...]

Management Report: July 2021

By Violette Deschamps, Malibu East Manager

Office Hours

DRAIN BUGS: Cockroaches, also called drain bugs, are common bugs living in the city sewer system and generally migrating into drain stacks of buildings. What keeps the drain bugs from getting out of the pipes is the “water” in the P-traps. Each of your plumbing fixtures – toilet, sink, bathtub and shower base – IS equipped with a P-trap; it is a p-shaped bend pipe used to connect your plumbing fixture directly to the drain system of the building. P-traps are designed to retain some water in the bend that prevents the escape of waste fumes and passage of bugs into the apartment. A P-trap is the elbow that is installed immediately after the drain of the plumbing fixture; that elbow is extended to connect to the drain system. It is an enclosed assembly as long as there is water in the bend of the P-trap. [more...]

Malibu East originals - The Horbal family

By Ron Cohn

Three generations providing a tradition of dental care for 49 years

For a family business to survive and thrive through three generations is a rarity in this era of geographically scattered families and short-lived enterprises, but our own Malibu East Plaza has been home to one such success story for practically the whole time the building has been in existence. [more...]

Angie Lahey - a passion for life, romance

By Tracy Poyser

The trouble with trying to condense our neighbor Angeline (Angie) Lahey’s life story – intertwined with that of her beloved late husband, Jack Lahey – in one Dialogue profile is deciding what to leave out. The anecdotes and stories she told me in our delightful two-hour interview are the stuff of an adventure and romance movie, with glamorous locales from Chicago’s Gold Coast to Acapulco’s luxury retreats, and loss tempered by lasting love and an indomitable zest for life. [more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]