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January 2014

Bedtimes Stories is a hilarious play worth watching

I attended the special VIP showing of the Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society production of the dark comedy Bedtime Stories, by Canadian playwright Norm Foster, and there is no question that multi-talented director Anisa Cameron(pictured) has another smash hit on her hands.

AnisaThe show runs for five performances from January 30 to February 2, 2014 at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium (5801 Cavendish Boulevard). With Mayor Anthony Housefather and Councillors Mitchell Brownstein and Sam Goldbloom in the cast, there is some nice political flavor. On VIP night, the likes of the Consuls General from Israel and Egypt; the mayor of Hampstead and council members from the latter, TMR and Dollard were on hand. In fact, Dollard Councillor Herbert Brownstein -who never forgets his CSL roots - is in the cast as well.

Norm Foster’s Bedtime Stories brings together six funny and touching tales. Each story intertwines into the next, all with the central focus being a bed. It weaves itself seamlessly as a shock radio jock (District 2 resident Steve Stein) pays a couple (Goldbloom, in a stunning bathrobe and Judy Kenigsburg) $5,000 to make love on the air; an aging rock star (Herb Brownstein) is confronted by a groupie (Ariel Sterlin); a woman (Jordana Kujavsky) visits a dying man (Mayor Housefather) she feels she hurt years ago. 

Goldbloom (pictured below) and Kenigsburg were just hilarious in their roles and set the tone for the play very early on.
Other actors include Mikey SamraLia OlloMatais RittSuzanne De JongeSeymour DavidPriam David and Brenda Epstein.   The stage manager is Brandon Schwartz while Scott Drysdale serves as  technical director.

Tickets are on sale online at or at the Côte Saint-Luc library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.), at the Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Ave.), or by telephone at 514-485-6806 ext. 2200.

The ticket price is $18 + tax  for students and seniors and $20 + tax. for general admission.

The Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society is a community theatre initiative that began in the summer of 2011 in partnership with the City of Côte Saint-Luc. The goal of the society is to bring together actors, writers, musicians and other artistically-minded community members to produce theatrical works in an inclusive environment where emphasis is placed on team work and camaraderie, not celebrity. 

For more information about the production, visit Also check out Councillor Glenn J. Nashen's blog.


Winter Carnival Dance set for CSL

Tickets are now on sale for the 2014 Côte Saint-Luc Winter Carnival Dance, which takes place on Saturday, February 15 at 7:30 pm at the Côte Saint-Luc Gymnasium (7500 Mackle Rd.).
Tickets are available for $25 each at the Parks and Recreation Department Building, 7500 Mackle Rd., weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm or at the Aquatic and Community Centre from 8 am to 9 pm daily. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $28.
There will be hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, buffet and sweet table catered by Black Tie (MK) (Ernie the Caterer) door prizes, and dance contests. Guests can bring their own wine. The theme of the dance is “Love is in the air,” as the dance takes place the day after Valentine’s Day.
  George Thomas
Entertainment and music will provided by the George Thomas Entertainment Group. The event is partly subsidized by community sponsors and the City of Côte Saint-Luc.
Residents can learn more about the 2014 Côte Saint-Luc Winter Carnival Dance by calling 514-485-6806.


My new portfolios: Library and Culture and Animal Protection

At a City Council meeting on January 20, 2013 Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather unveiled the portfolios he and members of city council will oversee for the present mandate, which began last November.


Mayor Housfather will retain responsibility for the Agglomeration Council, Legal Affairs, Purchasing, Human Resources, Inter-governmental Affairs and take on Inter-cultural and Inter-community Relations.

I  will assume responsibility for Library and Culture while retaining Sponsorship and expanding my role from the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee to Animal Protection.

Naturally, I am very excited to move forward with my new portfolios.  

Our Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is a true jewel within this province and I would go as far as saying our country. Chief Librarian Janine West and her staff contine to do a magnificent job. Our Library is a lot more than books: We are DVDs and videos, concerts, lectures, musical performances, an art gallery and a Library Express at our Aquatic and Community Centre.I have met with Janine and we have many new objectives to explore over the next four years so stay tuned.

I wish to thank the Mayor for introducing the Animal Protection portfolio. For the past three plus years I have overseen the birth and the subsequent day to day activities of an all Volunteer Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee. However, I also end up getting calls about dogs, raccoons, skunks, squirrels and pet stores.  I do not know of any community that has such a portfolio. In fact, I have suggested on a few occasions that our provincial government create such a Ministry. That has not happened. Once again, Côte Saint-Luc is ahead of the game.

Meanwhile, I am pleased to retain the Sponsorship portfolio. We have come forth with a number of new initiatives and I look forward to working with the mayor, each councillor and our senior staff to see where we go next.

Moving on to my colleagues.

  • Councillor Dida Berku will assume responsibility for Public Works and Railway Relations, co-chair Environmental issues with Erdelyi  and retain responsibility for the Cavendish Boulevard extension.
  • Councillor Glenn J. Nashen will assume responsibility for Communications and Information Technology (my previous portfolio).  He will retain Emergency Preparedness and vCOP (Volunteer Citizens on Patrol).
  • Councillor Sam Goldbloom will  assume responsibility for Public Security, Dispatch and EMS .
  • Councillor Allan J. Levine will retainresponsibility for  Seniors, the  Legion and Tennis while adding Urban Agriculture and  Hockey.
  • Councillor Mitchell Brownstein  will continue to oversee Parks and Recreation.
  • Councillor Ruth Kovac will continue to oversee Urban Development (Engineering and Urban Planning).

“I think that all members of council are excited about the challenges they are taking on or retaining,”  said Mayor Housefather. “I believe that all members of council agree that the portfolio system I introduced in 2005, when first elected as Mayor,  should continue as it has given councillors heightened responsibility and ensured a specific member of council was accountable for each activity within the city in addition to the council as a whole being accountable.”


In Memoriam: Joel Sourkes leaves us at 95 years young

It is not often that one says  "he left us too soon" for a man of 95 years of age. But in the case of Joel Sourkes, that is  quite accurate.

Joel was a remarkable man whom I met on a number of occasions during my eight years as a city councillor via his association with the Cote Saint-Luc Senior Men's Club. He died suddenly on January 2, leaving his wife of an incredible 71 years Rose (pictured with him below), one daughter (his son passed away in recent years), the grandfather of four and the great-grandather of seven. He was predeceased by three sisters.

Joe Sourkes and wife

Joel served for four-and-a-half years as a Sergeant Major in the Canadian Air Force during World War II and worked for over 40 years in the importing trade. After retirement, he joined the Men's Club where, for the past 20 years, he led their current events discussion group. 

Côte Saint-Luc has indeed lost a very special individual.