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July 2012

Annual CSL Golf Open attracts former Habs coach Jean Perron

Councillor Sam Goldbloom and I were honoured to once again serve as the co-chairs of the 33rd annual Côte Saint-Luc Seniors Golf Open at Meadowbrook Golf Course on  July 10. The weather was absolutely perfect and I got to play in a foursome with Police Station 9 Commander Sylvain Bissonnette, Lieutenant Jean-Pierre Théoret and Jean Perron, the former Stanley Cup winning head coach of the  Montreal Canadiens. See photo below.


Full disclosure: I only golf once a year and it is at this event. It is simply an awful lot of fun! Director of Parks and Recreation David Taveroff and his staff, notably Alvin Fishman and Harold Cammy, do an outstanding job putting all of the right pieces in place. Meadowbrook is a beautiful course and represents greenspace our community truly cherishes. I have been associated with this golf outing for more than 25 years, dating back to when  I was just the emcee for the awards luncheon. Not once has it been cancelled due to inclement weather. I guess we are just lucky. Sam Goldbloom and I have already discussed expanding the event next year, making it open to all Côte Saint-Lucers who wish to take part.

Jean Perron, by the way, is one terrific golfer and an all-round nice guy. In the past year I worked with Jean via the Quebec Arthritis Society and had him visit some public schools. He, of course, coached the 1986 Stanley Cup winning Habs and still remains  a much sought after pundit. During the NHL season he appears on more than half a dozen radio stations a day, providing hockey analysis. It was therefore a real privilege to spend three hours on the course with him and getting his take on the latest moves regarding the Canadiens. As for Bissonnette and Théoret, these are two other fine gentlemen whom we are lucky to have taking care of our city.

All golfers received a complimentary bag courtesy of Century 21 and Irving Schok. Inside the bag was a bottle of water, three golf balls, a bag of tees  and a mini-size shaving cream.

After the golf was over we headed to the Aquatic and Community Centre (ACC) on Parkhaven Avenue for the awards luncheon, featuring party sandwiches from the Snowdon Deli. This marked the first time we have done so at the ACC as the banquet was previously held at the old seniors headquarters at the Côte Saint-Luc Shopping Centre.

Perron Raffi

Côte Saint-Luc's very own Raffi Zeira (pictured with Perron)  provided entertainment in the form of "Raffi's Accordion." The Israeli-born technology wizard is a fabulous accordion player. He has performed at our Canada Day celebrations two years in a row. Hats off to Harold Cammy for inviting him to the luncheon, where the music added a certain ambiance. This was particularly the case as winners came to the front of the room to accept their trophies.

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Another one of our community's pride and joy, Alan Maislin joined Jean Perron as a guest speaker at the luncheon.  Alan is the president of the board of the CSSS Cavendish and a well established business leader and sportsman. He and Perron are close friends and it is because of Alan that the former Habs coach agreed to guide the Israeli National Hockey team. Alan shared some background about the CSSS and the Israeli team with the audience and then introduced Perron, who talked hockey and answered a number of questions. Having a celebrity guest like this was indeed a real plus.  Mayor Anthony Housefather joined Sam and I (above)  in presenting special plaques  to Perron and Maislin.

Fishman, stepped into the event coordinator's role following the retirement of Loretta Anisef, and also oversaw the process of obtaining a slew of amazing doorprizes. This included everything from golf clubs, brief cases, carpets, restaurant meals, drycleaning and certificates for jewelry.

Councillors Allan J. Levine and Mitchell Brownstein joined Goldbloom and I on the course.  Councillors Glenn J. Nashen and Ruth Kovac were on hand for the luncheon. On the subject of Nashen, a speedy recovery to his dad George who fell ill before the event and was unable to join us,. The ageless George promises to be back on the links next year.  You can see a video of the speeches and award presentations below:


Trophies were presented in the following categories:

Closest to the Pin, 16th  Hole, Female Winner: Judy Weber

Closest to the  Pin, 16th Hole,  Male Winner: Beryl Peletz

Female Runner Up Winner: Helen Zafran

Male Runner Up Winner: Harry Retter

Longest Drive, 17th Hole, Female Winner: Judy Weber

Longest Drive, 17th Hole, Male Winner: Gerry Schectman

Female Runner Up Winner: Helen  Zafran

Male Runner Up Winner: Johnny Elias

Honourable mention for the day goes to Lee Gold, who sunk an eagle on one of the holes.

A final thank you to Michael Johnson and his Meadowbrook staff and our wonderful volunteers.












Edgewood Florist moving from its familiar CSL base on Hudson Avenue

Following over half a century of serving the community in the middle of a residential neighbourhood in Côte Saint-Luc, Edgewood Florist will be moving to Montreal-West and their iconic greenhouses will make way for residential development. A press release states that the family-run operation will leave Hudson Ave. on July 10 and the long-time owners have mixed emotions. After spending most of their lives in the greenhouses, three generations of Van Egmonds will continue to serve customers from more modern facilities near Westminster Ave.  in Montreal West.
"There are people who have been coming here for 50 years," said co-owner Murray Van Egmond. "I grew up here. I started helping out my dad at age 11 or 12, and this has been my one and only job."

Murray's father, Dirk Van Egmond, who still lives next to the greenhouses and works there part-time, purchased Edgewood Nurseries in 1956 and the family has owned the business ever since.
The land has been used for agriculture in one form or another since 1879; the greenhouses were built in 1929. This fall, they are expected to be demolished.
"We're very excited," said co-owner Corinne Van Egmond, who along with her brother Murray, has been involved in the business for most of her life. Her daughter, Jessica Mailas, represents Edgewood's third generation. "It's sad to leave such a special place, but the business is evolving and we need a new home to facilitate the change."
The new facilities may be more modern and sustainable, but the warmth and hospitality will remain, as it has for decades.

Canada Day 2012/Gary Carter Dedication just outstanding in Côte Saint-Luc

Thousands of people turned out at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park on July 1 for Canada Day festivities in Côte Saint-Luc.  This is indeed one of our marquee events . A huge congratulations to Director of Parks and Recreation David Taveroff and his staff, notably our new Manager of Leisure and Community Services Danka Janosz. She worked hand in hand with event co-chairs, Councillors Dida Berku and Steven Erdelyi, in producing a first class event.

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Director of Public Safety Jordy Reichson, Johnny "Elvis" Champagne, myself and Police Station 9 Chief Sylvain Bissonnette.

The evening featured fireworks, inflatable games, live music, and much more, including the dedication of Gary Carter Field. I was particularly proud of the latter iniative. As the city councillor responsible for naming opportunities, I approached Mayor Anthony Housefather immediately after Carter's death last winter from cancer and suggested we name one of our baseball fields after him.


Warren Cromartie, one of Carter's former teammates and best friends when he was with the Montreal Expos, came to the park as part of the Montreal Baseball Project. He gave a baseball clinic and then signed hundreds of autographs. Cromartie was accompanied by Johnny Elias, founder of the Grand Slam Baseball School. See my video interview with the Cro.


 It was at this school where Carter, Cromartie and many others came to our community and taught kids how to hit, catch and field. We will be talking to Cromartie about possibly launching a baseball school in CSL next summer.  Below, I am with Elias and Cromartie.


 The ceremony itself was very emotional. Our Director of Public Affairs and Communications Darryl Levine did an outstanding job interviewing former Expos about Carter and embedding Annakin Slayd's Carter tribute video into one big presentation we showed on the big screen. Slayd was with us as well.

A Canadian citizenship ceremony (see photo below) took place at 5 pm. and Canada Day cupcakes, sponsored by Scotiabank, were served at 7 pm. 


There was live music from Airport 77, Vintage Wine, Raffi’s Accordion, and a live theatre performance from the Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society. They performed scenes from Moulin Rouge and Grease. 


Children’s activities include the children’s train, a roaming magician, airbrush tattoos, arts and crafts, Baratanga,  free pedal boat rides on Centennial Lake, a model airplane show and  remote control boats, face painting and  tattoos


“Our Canada Day event brings out our entire community and even those from neighbouring communities, who are more than welcome to come,” said Councillor Berku.

The Carter event was streamed live on the internet. "This was the first time we  streamed an event,” Councillor Erdelyi said. “We know there are Gary Carter fans across North America and we wanted to give people beyond our borders—whether on the West Island, Long Island, or the west coast—a front row seat.”  

DanLaxer1Of course, the most anticipated moment of the night came with our fireworks presentation. That was preceded by the national anthem, sung by CSL's Alexandra Cohen, the 2012 Triple Threat Award Winner at the Showchoir Canada National Glee Competition in Toronto.The master of ceremonies was Dan Laxer (pictured here) from News Talk Radio CJAD.

Event sponsors included Heritage Canada, Bureau En Gros, Qualitifruits, Domino’s Pizza, The Suburban,, Quartier Cavendish, RBC, Scotiabank, and Now.


Here is the Gary Carter ceremony: