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October 2009

CSL hosts Walk4Friendship

Several hundred people participated in the first annual 2.5 km Walk4Friendship Oct. 25 at Pierre Elliot Trudeau Park in C

ôte Saint-Luc. The event was intended to create much needed public awareness about children with special needs while raising funds for The Friendship Circle of Montreal, which has discovered a refreshing approach to helping families of children with special needs since its inception in 2001. Councillor Glenn J. Nashen and I took part the opening ribbon cutting ceremonies. 

 I was impressed to see Rabbi Dovid Russ, Label Rodell, Leslie Greenberg and others affiliated with the organization raise funds before our very eyes.In fact, when the opening ceremonies began they were at the $96,000 mark. Within minutes of the plea, that number shut up to their objective of $100,000.

More than 650 high school and university students have volunteered to bring the spirit of true friendship and unconditional acceptance to the hundreds of children who participate in Friendship Circle's recreational, social, and educational programs, as well as summer and winter camps. FriendshipLabelDovid At the event, a variety of family activities, entertainment, and refreshments took place. Entertainment wase provided by "The Pogo Dudes," who appeared at the Just for Laughs Festival last summer and the one-and-only Yaacov Sassi. The organization is in the midst of an $8 million campaign to build the future Friendship Centre and LifeTown. This 26,000 square foot facility in Côte des Neiges, a block away from the Jewish General Hospital, will offer a unique educational setting for many public school students with special needs who will utilize the realistic town setting of the LifeTown to acquire real life skills. Info: www.montrealwalk4friendship.com and www.friendshipcircle.ca. In the photo above, I am welcomed to the event by Label Rodell and Rabbi Dovid  Russ.


Salute to the Senior Men's Club and Seymour Kleinberg

I had the pleasure, along with the mayor and most of council, of attending the annual Côte Saint-Luc Senior Men’s Club Dinner Dance on October 22. This year the City Council, past and present, were the special honourees. Even former mayors Bernard Lang and Robert Libman were on hand. D’Arcy McGee Liberal MNA Lawrence Bergman and Mayor Anthony Housefather made wonderful speeches to the several hundred people in attendance at Le Crystal Banquet Hall in St. Laurent.

The Senior Men’s Club was started 22 years ago by the late Sam Rosenberg and now counts 420 members. They meet every Thursday morning and have a number of other programs, including excursions out of town. Ted Baker is the present day president with Sidney Margles serving as first vice-president. Harold Moscovitch heads special events and did a masterful job on this occasion.

I was particularly proud to be on hand to congratulate the 2009 "Man of the Year," a phrase designating acknowledgement to a man who has done  outstanding  service to the Côte Saint-Luc Senior Men’s Club. Previous members accorded this honour were Irving Karrasak, Issie Abramson, Sidney Barnett, Hy Lambert, Bunny Breslow,  Michael Kutz, Al Grosser and Morris Seidman----- most of whom are still active and serving the club to this day.

This year’s recipient was District 2 resident Seymour Kleinberg of Sir Walter Scott Avenue. His activities as a chairman, and/or associate  include golf, hospitality, trips, banquet, fellowship, and  as a member of the executive board.

 KleinbergCohen Seymour Kleinberg proudly displays his plaque as Man of the Year.

Seymour grew up in Outremont, was educated in the public school system and enjoyed an outstanding career in football as a defensive linebacker. After senior matriculation he entered the men’s clothing manufacturing sector with his father and uncle. He soon moved into retail  in rural Quebec, which made him fluently bilingual, after which he returned to Montreal as a manufacturer of ladies wear until his retirement. He married Renee in 1953 and was blessed with three children - Ellen, Sharon, and Carl. Seymour is the proud grandfather to Ryan and Benji.

Always community-oriented, Seymour was active in the Young Israel of Chomedey Congregation and Combined Jewish Appeal and the Mount Sinai Hospital  Sadly, his wife passed away in 1988. He now shares his time with Rhoda Baskin, a former executive-secretary in Neurology at the Jewish General Hospital, herself a widow and  now, retired. They have become inseparable companions these past 10 years, enjoying club activities as well as each other’s children and grandchildren.

Seymour is just about one of the friendliest men you can ever meet. I always enjoy his company and tip my hat to him once again.


Mourning the passing of Mitchell Goldbloom

Some 30 years ago I served as the coach of the Côte Saint-Luc PeeWee "AA" Avengers, a baseball team where the players were only about five years younger than I. They were a good group of kids and our team did fairly well in the standings.

Mitchell Goldbloom  (pictured at the right) was a talented left handed hitter who could play most positions. Goldbloom, Mitch What I remember most about Mitchell at the time was his good humour and absolute politeness. Like other players on that team, after the season ended and I concluded my coaching career, I would run into Mitchell from time to time. I lost track of him until four years ago when, after being elected to Côte Saint-Luc City Council, I got to know one of my co-elected officials Sam Goldbloom. This was Sam’s first term in office, like me, and the two of us hit it off from the start.

When Sam’s mother-in-law passed away I went to the shiva and there was Mitchell Goldbloom, my former player. He was Sam’s son. Now a successful lawyer in Toronto, he was married to Dana Soroka and the father of two young girls. Mitchell and I reminisced that day. I also met his younger brother Mark, he too a Toronto attorney.

Mitchell graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology in 1989 and then Queen's University Law School in 1992. He then articled and worked as an associate in Ottawa for a national law firm. After moving to Toronto, for a number of years prior to joining the firm of Landy Marr Kats LLP, he acted as Enforcement Counsel for the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council. Accordingly, he acquired a unique experience with respect to the litigation before administrative tribunals, specifically the License Appeal Tribunal and the Divisional Court. At Landy Marr Kats his practice focused strictly on civil litigation and eventually was named a partner.

As Sam and I became friends he would often talk about his two boys. He and his wife Beverly looked so forward to their frequent trips to Toronto. But for the Goldblooms, just less than two years ago, their lives came crashing down. Mitchell had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer of the sinus. All looked very grim as doctors explained the disease was in such a difficult spot, seemingly impossible to reach. Mitchell was a fighter and he looked into every possible treatment imaginable. Initially he underwent a risky 13 hour operation which would end up causing him blindness in one eye and bad effects to his hearing. Work stopped and stays in the hospital were uncomfortable and long. When a stem cell transplant was performed Mitchell’s diagnosis turned around. Doctors told him he was in remission and plans were underway for him to return to the law firm. He even got to go on a nice holiday with his family. In July he called Sam from his cell phone to announce there was a suit sale at Harry Rosen and he was off to buy a few new ones.

Throughout this whole ordeal, Sam was a rock. He travelled to Toronto regularly, yet rarely missed a city council meeting or function. In addition, he kept busy in his day job as a sales representative for Cruise Ship Centres. Bev was a teacher in the adult education system. Since she was spending so much time in Toronto it was becoming increasingly difficult for her to meet those demands.

In August Mitchell became ill again. The cancer had spread to his brain. A new series of radiation and chemotherapy was initiated. Seizures ensued. Bev moved to Toronto full-time.  Sam went back and forth. Through all of this, as Sam stood by his bedside, Mitchell gathered all the strength he could and asked his dad for a promise. Sam was up for re-election in Côte Saint-Luc and Mitchell wanted to make sure that his illness would not interfere in that process. "Win that election for me dad," he asked.

On October 2, Sam was acclaimed to office in District 1. Soon after, Mitchell’s condition became more critical. Sam and Bev were off to Toronto, this time for an extended stay. Mitchell was suffering from terribly painful seizures and while he was fighting to stay alive it became clear that he was losing the battle. One day he squeezed his dad’s hand, thanking him for fulfilling his promise and returning to council for another mandate.

Last week Sam shared with his colleagues the news we all feared. There was no saving Mitchell. It was now only a matter of time. Our hearts broke when we were told that Mitchell’s two little girls, aged six and eight, would come to the hospital for the final time and say their good-byes. Sam and Bev understandably could not bear to witness this. Dana, Mitchell’s wife, was strong. Not only is she a physician herself, but sadly she watched her own brother Seth die of heart complications just a few years ago.

On October 21, at the age of 42, Mitchell died at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. "He was brave kid," said Sam. "He never gave up. Over the last while, when he realized what probably would occur, he made a series of video recordings which will be shown to his daughters at different stages of their lives. I am proud of Mitchell and equally proud of his brother Mark, who was there with him and his family every step of the way. Life will go on for us. But it will be different. It will never be the same. This just is not fair. I often asked, ‘why not take me?’ I have lived a good life. Why take my son?"

I reached Keith Landy, the managing partner of the law firm Mitchell worked at.  I go way back with Keith from our days at Canadian Jewish Congress together. Mitch was an inspiration to us all of us," he said. "He put up this incredible fight. In spite of being 'knocked back' at almost every turn, he was determined to fight this awful disease.  From the time he got sick in February 2008, his focus was to get well and get back to work. We assured Mitch that his position was secure and his office was waiting for him as soon as he was ready. 

"Mitch will be missed by all and especially by his clients who loved him. Not a day went by, during these past months without someone inquiring how he was doing. Mitch lived for his family and his work as a lawyer. He was devoted to Dana,Talia and Jordan. He would often leave the office in time to put the kids to bed, and then return to work on the file for the next day in Court. He loved being a lawyer. He loved the 'cut and thrust' of advocacy in Court, and if he had a difficult case he would try to win the Judge over with his great sense of humour. At the firm, we all loved Mitch. He will be sorely missed. "

For Mitchell Goldbloom the suffering is over. Tragically, his daughters spent far too short a time with him. But they will always be able to remember what a special person he was.

"Everyone he came into contact  always remembered his zest for life, sense of humour,devotion to his family and loving nature," said Sam. "It is so painful - there is a terrible void - but we will always remember Mitch and honour his wishes that we resume living."

Rest in peace Mitchell!

Donations in his memory may be made to the Mitchell Goldbloom Fund at Mount Sinai Hospital's Max and Beatrice Wolfe Children's Grief Centre 416-586-8203 ext. 3936.


Honouring Our Volunteers

The mayor and city council hosted our Volunteer Recognition Evening October 18 at the Gelber Conference Centre. With the ballroom beautifully decorated to resemble a cruise ship, Mayor Anthony Housefather served as captain for what we dubbed the HMS CSL whic he rightly pointed out "has been sailing in calm seas over the last four years."

A number of awards were handed out:

The William E. Kesler Memorial Trophy, named after the late William E. Kesler, who served on city council, goes to an individual in recognition of their contribution to recreation special events. This year’s winner was Bernard Pont. He is the quintessential (ideal) person compatible with his volunteering for the Senior’s Golf Outing. Quiet, unpretentious, unassuming, he visits each donor weeks before the outing. Sometimes he hits the jackpot by receiving something on his first try, but many times he visits once, twice and even more times, always with his modest smile. He is not heard from until the day before the golf event. At this time he places his booty on the table with and quietly walks away with that modest smile.

The Community Special Events Award is presented to the "couple’’ who have made a significant contribution to community special events. Mindy and Irving Schok were this year’s winners. They proved once again why marriage makes good bedfellows….or is that volunteers!! This delightful couple turned several of our community special events into ‘highlights’ of the year. Who will forget the Carnival Dance whereby they played such a large role in supporting the event with determining the theme, DJ Music, decorations, etc. They followed up on this event by volunteering at the annual blood donor clinic, and then at the annual Garage Sale. When it comes to special events, you’re sure to see them always supporting the community of which they are so proud.

The Royal Canadian Legion Brigadier Frederick Kisch Branch 97 Award is presented to the Youth Volunteer of the Year, in recognition of an outstanding effort in making a difference in Côte Saint-Luc through volunteer service. Kevin Barnes was this year’s winner. He began working for the city in 2007 as a pool filter operator. Since then, he has occupied several positions such as outdoor ice rink maintenance attendant and baseball field maintenance attendant. During his employment with the city, he has been completing a Leisure Studies bachelor's degree. In 2008, he selected the Legion for a community recreation programming class. He led his group to organize and host a bingo night for the veteran's and the event was well appreciated and enjoyed by the members and their guests. This spring, he volunteered to assist the Parks and Recreation Department to coordinate various events, while he was awaiting the beginning of his baseball field maintenance contract to start. He contributed to the success of the 2009 VE Day, the 30th Annual Senior’s Golf Outing and also worked on sponsorship efforts for the Parks and Recreation Department .The department appreciated his positive attitude, determination and work ethic during the time he spent volunteering for the city.

The Socio Cultural Award is presented for exceptional contribution to the parks and recreation socio-cultural programs. We were  fortunate to have two award recipients: Roz Agulnick and former City Councillor Harold Greenspon. Roz is one of the founding members of the local Quilter’s Guild. For the first two years or so, she served as recording secretary and liaison with the city and quilting community.  She has served as a co-president for a two year term and now shares the co-president’s duties with two other members. Last year, she was a co-chairperson for International Quilting Day and will be doing this again for 2010. She was instrumental in planning the first "open house" last year.    Harold served as a city Ccouncillor for 25 years. As a chartered accountant by profession, he has gained everyone’s respect and admiration serving as the head of the finance and audit committee during his tenure. He also served as Chairman of the City’s Parks committee. Very soon after the 2005 election he was in fact the first citizen officially invited to join a committee – the audit committee. Through the years, he also maintained a strong presence on the Maisons Fleuries committee, first as Chairman, and more recently as a judge. Whether he judges a few properties, or several, it is always done with a smile as bright as a sunflower. We recognize him tonight for his continuing support and contribution to the Maisons Fleuries competition.

The Special Recognition Award went to Rhonda Schechtman.She has been assisting the Côte Saint-Luc Tennis Club for many years with her "communications" expertise. Each year, she volunteers to assist with the design of the annual newsletter and membership applications. If she already wasn’t doing enough, this year she added another duty by typing the entire new rules and regulations manual, a 28 page document.

The Hazel Lipes Award, named after the former Côte Saint-Luc City Councillor, recognizes an individual’s significant contribution to Community Services. Beverley Rath was this year’s winner.  She has been volunteering at the library since 2007. During that time she has taken the 'Your Opinion' program and really made it her own. Each week, she visits one of the four local seniors' residences that we currently partner with, to present current events in the news in discussion groups, which have grown to up 50 people each time. She has really become part of the family, both in the physical library and in the residences; she frequently gets invited to birthday and holiday festivities by ''her ladies'', as she warmly refers to those who frequent her program. She is a mother, a wife, and a long-time resident of CSL, and says that she does all her wonderful work as a library volunteer, ''for the love of it'', and because it does her just as much good as it does her ladies (and gentlemen too). We love her here at the library, and cannot express to her enough, the huge impact that she is making in people's lives and just how proud of her we, and the City of Côte Saint-Luc are.

The Lifetime Achievement Award went to the remarkable Mollie Udashkin. She has been a volunteer fitness instructor at the Senior Centre for 30 years and teaches classes three times weekly and for many years taught the three classes twice, the men and women separately. Despite being active at the Centre, she has always been interested in the health and well-being of the elder adult. She demonstrated this concern for the seniors in the MacDonald Avenue area and was one of the founding members and is still a member of the Creative Social Centre. In earlier times and despite a growing family, she and her husband successfully ran a business and she was well-known in the fur industry for her business savvy. Despite the passing years, she keeps up with the times and is interested in learning new and innovative ways of keeping fit. She is always seeking knowledge in her field and attends classes in universities all over the world. When visiting a son in California, she takes the time to take courses at a well-known university to keep up with the latest in exercises and health issues.  Her nomenclature of "guru" is well-deserved. Not only is she interested in the well-being if the adult population, she has been a devoted volunteer and fund-raiser for the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation. Deeply committed to her own fund, she proudly collects the many gifts she receives and recently funded well-needed medical equipment for the natal unit. She is a woman whose efforts in the fight of childhood disease match her efforts in the fight of keeping the health of the adult. She has received many honours by different organizations for giving what she knows best, her knowledge of the merits of exercise and nutrition – and the City of Côte Saint-Luc has recognized her efforts many times. Over the past 20 years that she has served in her role of fitness instructor at the Centre, one can count on one hand the times that she has cancelled her class due to inclement weather. Like the postman, she delivers, rain or shine. Accepting the award for her was her grandson, Côte Saint-Luc’s Director of Legal Affairs and City Clerk Jonathan Shecter.

The EMS Awards are presented for exceptional contribution to the Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services, and this year we had three recipients to honour. The first EMS award, presented for excellence in operations went to Rafael Aroutunian

He is always ready to help, volunteering hundreds of hours, including many overnight shifts. As head of the equipment team, he is an innovator and helps EMS stay on the cutting edge of new equipment and technologies. He keeps an open mind and an attentive ear to the needs of the other volunteers and continuously leads by example. The second EMS Award, presented for excellence in education, went to Jarred Knecht. Since taking over the driver training portfolio, he has brought a breath of fresh air to the training of new EMS drivers. He works to ensure that new drivers have the knowledge and skills to manoeuver the vehicles quickly and safely through the streets of Cote Saint-Luc. Also an active team leader, he is a great resource person for members new and old. The third EMS Award, presented to the Rookie of the Year, went to Phil Vourtzoumis.

Since becoming a medic in spring 2009, he continuously seeks to get involved in new projects and tasks. He is a member of the quality assurance team and equipment team. Even as a rookie, defined as less than one year of service, he is a model member and a great part of the EMS team.

The vCOP (Volunteer Citizens On PatrolAward is presented for outstanding contribution as a leader in the promotion of community safety. Susan Schwartz was thus year’s recipient. As a vCOP supervisor, she is responsible for coordinating the numerous special events around the City, including sporting, cultural and educational events. She volunteers countless hours at events and on regular patrols. You'll always find her at our monthly City Council meetings, helping maintain order and assisting residents. She is always smiling and a great asset not only to vCOP, but to the whole city.

The ECO Award is presented to a volunteer in recognition of leadership in the promotion of environmental advocacy and action within the community and tonight we have two recipients to honour. Two co-winners were Alison Levine and John Sciascia

Alison started as an Eco Action volunteer back in 2008 and got so involved with her community that she became a summer 2009 Green Patroller for the City.  Her job was to ride her bike and promote environmental awareness through courtesy notes, games, kiosks, pamphlets, etc.  Her mandate is over and is still helping the city. John began attending EcoAction meetings in 2008 and since then has helped numerous times during events such as Canada Day, EcoAction Day, and Gigi Cohen's Cooking Class.   Despite his busy student and now professional life, he is always willing to help raise environmental awareness in the community.

The Ambassador of the Year Awardis presented to the citizen best portraying charitable qualities and serving the community at large. Al Grosser, a member of the Côte Saint-Luc Senior Men’s Club almost 15 years, was this year’s winner. In those 15 years and until the today, he has been involved in every project, from the annual dinner and dance to the mundane of tasks that other members shun. He brings a positive, enthusiastic and energetic attitude to any situation in which he is involved and this enthusiasm is transmitted to other members. As big as he is, his heart is even bigger. He has refused presidency many times, claiming that he can do more for the club being an all-round member who will tke on any job, then sit in the president’s seat. So, he carries the title of honourary vice-president.

The Sports Award, presented for exceptional contribution to community sports, went to Jack Rosenfield. He has been a tireless volunteer for the Côte Saint-Luc Tennis Club during the past several years, but his true contributions to the Tennis Club blossomed over the last three years. During that period, he donated his time and professional expertise as a computer consultant in bringing the club into the 21st Century.He initiated a customer communication programme so that members could be informed about club activities on a regular basis. He drafted checklists for staff, developed data entry programs for membership statistics, assisted club managers in preparing project timelines, and prepared and presented a ‘’virtual’’ tour of the club to parents of new tennis campers this summer. As well, he drafted a rules and regulations manual which each member received this year, the first such manual distributed in more than 10 years. Finally, one of his greatest achievements was negotiating a new working agreement initiative between a private Tennis Camp organization and the City’s Tennis Club.He regularly devoted anywhere from forty to fifty hours a week over a period of more than six months during each of the past three years, to the club and is a true example of volunteerism at its best.

The Stewart Mankofsky Memorial Trophy, presented in memory of Stewart Mankofsky, a young Côte Saint-Luc athlete who passed away at a far too early age, was presented by Mark Rothpan. He spoke about his dear friend Stewart, who was only 21 when he passed away. Mark and Stewart’s parents presented the award to Matthew Zeitz as an individual who best exemplifies the qualities of dedication, sportsmanship, and love of competition. He is both a Côte Saint Luc athlete and volunteer. Growing up in the community he played house-league hockey, graduated into the inter-city hockey ranks with the Westluc Saints organization, and participated in high school hockey with Centennial Academy..When he wasn’t playing, he moved on to his next love…which was volunteering his time with young athletes. He supervised the Camp B’Nai Brith Hockey program, followed by a coaching stint in house-league baseball. He then started coaching inter-city hockey and has been doing so for the past seven years. He served as co-chair of the popular Bar-Mitzvah Hockey tournament and raised much needed funds for ORT and United Talmud Torah. He volunteered his time to sit on the Board of the Starlight Foundation and participated in the March to Jerusalem and the Walk to Cure breast cancer.

The Edward J. Kirwan Trophy, presented to the Volunteer of the Year for exceptional contribution to the Parks and Recreation programs, went to Cynthia Segal-Friedman. It is truly fitting that the person nominated for the "Côte Saint-Luc Volunteer of the Year Award" has lived in Côte Saint-Luc her whole life. She grew up in CSL as a child and as a mother chose to bring up her own family in CSL. She has been actively working in the Côte Saint-Luc Figure Skating Club since 2000 for the early part on the front lines responsible for the group sessions. She worked at this position for several years before serving on the board of directors. She became a director on the FSC board in 2002-03 seasons and for the past five years, has been the First Vice President responsible for the Intermediate & Senior skaters. She has repeatedly undertaken to organize the Club skaters for the Cities Winter Carnival skating show.  To describe her in just a few words is almost impossible. Her strong sense of fairness is her dominating character trait. It goes without saying that she has a strong commitment to both her family & community. Her level of diplomacy carries her through many situations with great kindness and caring. Her organizational skills allow her to always be at the "top of the game."


CSL Hosts Walk For Mental Health

Montréal hospitals, the CSSS Cavendish (Centre de santé et de services sociaux) and community organizations organized the first annual 5 km Montreal Walks for Mental Health. We as a city were proud to host this event at Pierre Elliot Trudeau Park where fittingly former Canadian first lady Margaret Trudeau (and mom of Member of Parliament Justin) , served as honourary chair of the event. It was only a few years ago that Trudeau went public to discuss her diagnosis of bipolar disease. Marguerite Trudeau  She is currently writing her third autobiographical book about the experience. One in five Canadians will be affected by mental illness in their lifetime. The main objective of Montreal Walks for Mental Health is to create public awareness, reducing stigma and raising funds for participating community organizations that provide mental health services. Participants were not asked to seek sponsors however, donations were being encouraged and directed towards the following organizations: Agence OMETZ, AMI Québec, Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors, Forward House and L’Abri en Ville. I do hope we host this event again next year. Pictured above (left to right): Councillor Allan J. Levine, Margaret Trudeau, Mayor Anthony Housefather, myself and Councillor Glenn J. Nashen.


Traffic safety measures taken on Ilan Ramon Crescent

I have spent a lot of time working with residents of Ilan Ramon Crescent to try and come up with  different traffic  safety measures. Last May Traffic Engineer Charles Senekal joined  me for a walkabout with residents. A number of ideas were tossed around. I took my concerns to the city's Traffic Committee and while a request for a speed hump was not within the norm for streets of this nature, Charles and I put our heads together. A few days ago new "slow down" painted lettering and arrows were placed on both curves of Ilan Ramon. High visible signs will soon be added to the mix. Residents seem pleased with the initiative. In a few weeks we will be installing a special plaque to recognize the man whom this street was named after, the late Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon.

CSL Street Signs For Sale

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will sell its old street signs to the public starting October 19 with all proceeds going to support Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

Côte Saint-Luc installed new, larger signs this summer, which replaced the old black-on-white and black-on-yellow signs. The city is selling only the black-on-white signs.
Street Signs


"When we announced that we were installing new street signs, many residents asked me if they could buy the old ones, as is done in many cities. As the council member responsible for toponymy and communications. I had our Public Affairs and Communications Department research the way cities went about selling old street signs and developed a plan and pricing that I think residents will like.

Starting Monday, October 19, the public can buy old street signs at the Public Works Department Building (7001 Mackle Rd.) from Monday to Thursday from 8am to 3pm and Friday from 8am to 11:30am. From October 19 to 23, the cost per street sign is $50. From October 26 to November 6, remaining street signs will cost $25.

These signs are a great gift for anyone who has ever lived in Côte  Saint-Luc. They are a part of the history of the city.

Some of the black-on-white signs were rusted and so the city will not be selling these damaged ones. A list of available street signs have been posted at CoteSaintLuc.org and at all municipal buildings. Signs are available on a first-come- first-served basis. All monies raised will benefit Côte Saint-Luc EMS, the city’s volunteer medical first responder service.


Celebrating Simchat Beth Hashoeva with Beth Chabad

Beth Chabad CSL held their annual Simchat Torah Beth Hashoeva Concert at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park. Inspired by Rabbi Mendel Raskin and his team, the event attracted a large crowd.

Simchat Torah"This is our 24th year," Rabbi Raskin proclaimed as he welcomed myself, Mayor Anthony Housefather and Councilors Glenn J. Nashen,Steven Erdelyi and Allan J. Levine to the stage. The mayor gave greetings. It was a gorgeous evening for October 6. Performers Avraham Fried and Yossi Bayles had eveyone dancing horas.

Councillors Erdelyi, Levine and I even got into the act as organizers passed us torches. Beth Chabad will soon be moving into their new quarters at the corner of Kildare Road and Marc Chagall Avenue, across from Bialik High School. It is not yet finished, but their lease in the Cavendish Mall is up.


Election News: Acclaimed to office for another four years

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 Mayor Housefather,  Mitchell Brownstein, myself, Ruth Kovac and Sam Goldbloom. 

 

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I am pleased to report that myself, along with Mayor Anthony Housefather and four other Côte Saint-Luc city councillors – Sam Goldbloom, Dida Berku, Mitchell Brownstein and Ruth Kovac -were acclaimed to office today (October 2) for another four years in office. Three of our colleagues – Steven Erdelyi, Allan J. Levine and Glenn J. Nashen – face opposition and now go into full election mode. The date of the vote is Sunday, November 1, with advance polls set for October25.

On a personal note I wish to thank my family for their tremendous support during my first term in office. I ran for the first time in 2005 in District 2, winning the election with 92 percent of the vote. Despite the wide margin of victory, I worked overtime for my constituents. I introduced the concept of District meetings, bringing together local residents at least twice a year to hear special guests and hear updates about issues of most concerns to them. Action was taken on hot button issues like traffic problems at Bialik High School and on Marc Chagall Avenue. I developed a wonderful personal relationship with my constituents, fielding multiple calls each day, as well as many emails. In terms of the city at large, I held the portfolio of corporate identity, communications and intercommunity relations. As such, I oversaw the development of the city

’s first ever, professionally run Department of Public Affairs and Communications. We launched a new website and introduced a variety of publications. I am very proud of the creation of the inter-community relations committee, which brought together representatives from community groups based in Côte Saint-Luc.

àBeing a member of city council requires a lot of commitment. There were many days where I would leave my office at the English Montreal School Board at 5 p.m. and head to City Hall, only to return home well after midnight. We are invited to attend a lot of public events.

I had the good fortune of covering Côte Saint-Luc City Hall for the local community press for many years. During this time some of my friends on council often urged me to run. After the demerger process five years ago, I decided to give it a shot. I must say that it has been a very rewarding experience. Yes, as noted, it requires a lot of time and patience. But as a councillor I saw that I have been able to make a difference. It gives me so much pleasure to get a call from a constituent and know I can resolve their issue.

During this mandate our mayor, one of the brightest men I have ever worked with, introduced the portfolio system. As such, each councillor became a de-facto cabinet minister if you will. It made the management of the city so much more efficient. At this point I must commend our city manager Ken Lerner for the stellar job he does day after day. If I email Ken at 1 a.m. he will respond at 1:01 am. To Public Affairs and Communications Director Darryl Levine and his associate Regine Banon, hats off for your hard work. To my campaign manager Reuben Spector, who also happens to be my father-in-law, thanks for steering the ship once again.

When I covered City Hall I learned one important thing about municipal elections: do not take anything for granted. In terms of my campaign, it really began the moment I was first elected. But last June I began preparing my strategies. In September campaign material was produced and new campaign posters placed on poles. I began my door to door campaign. Even though I have been acclaimed, I will continue to meet constituents and hear their needs and concerns for the next four years.

I want to expand my email list and send out more frequent links to my blog postings, which really keep constituents in the loop. One of the biggest issues we will deal with in the next mandate will be the future of the Cavendish Mall site. As for District 2, Beth Chabad will soon move into their new community centre across from Bialik while on Marc Chagall efforts are still being made by a developer to put up a new town house condominium project.

Thank you to the constituents of District 2 for showing your confidence in me for another four years!

I can always be reached at 514-485-6945 or via email at mcohen@cotesaintluc.org.