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February 2015

Coffee with a Cop now a monthly affair

The latest Coffee with a Cop program on  February 27 at the McDonald's Restaurant on Côte Saint-Luc Road was a big success.  

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Here I am with some of our police officers.

We are fortunate to have Neighbourhood Police Stations. Côte Saint-Luc is the home for Station 9, which also services Hampstead and Montreal West. Coffee with  a Cop is actually an American concept being piloted by Station 9 on a monthly basis. The next edition will take place on March 26 at the Quartier Cavendish McDonald`s in the Food Court.

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Hampstead Councillor Michael Goldwax talks to Lieutenant Bryan Cunningham,

It was wonderful to so many police officers, along with CSL Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson, working their way to the different tables to talk to people and hear their concerns. As residents streamed in, Socio-community Officer Isabelle Dubé and her colleagues were pouring people coffee and handing out different kinds of information about the station. Marie-Christine Nobert, who normally performs those duties, is fulfilling other duties these days due to a back ailment. She was nonetheless front and centre at Coffee with a Cop, a concept which is sure to spread across the city in due time.

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The police talk to some customers.

Coffee with a Cop Round Two is February 26 in CSL

Police officers from neighbourhood Police Station 9 (PDQ) are inviting   Côte Saint-Luc citizens for a second round of Coffee with a Cop on Thursday, February 26 (9  a.m. to 11 a.m.) at the Côte Saint-Luc Shopping Centre McDonald's Restaurant.

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Coffee with a Cop is an informal event which allows police officers and citizens to meet in a neutral environment to facilitate  dialogue. The aim of this activity is to let anyone discuss freely and exchange on various public security topics and concerns that affect the Côte Saint-Luc community. In addition, this is an opportunity to strengthen police relations with its citizens, who normally meet in emergency circumstances that are very emotional. With Coffee with a Cop, citizens get to know PDQ 9 police officers in a friendly atmosphere.

Bravo to all involved.


Haven't Got a Clue murder mystery a hit in Côte Saint-Luc

The Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society  has another hits on its hands. I attended the special VIP viewing of their hilarious whodunit, Haven’t Got A Clue, which continues February 12 to 15, at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium ( 5801 Cavendish Blvd).

Artistic Director, Anisa Cameron, has assembled a stellar cast of 25 professional and community actors who are brining the play to life. “I think people will really enjoy Haven’t Got A Clue,” Cameron said. “It’s so funny and our cast is so spectacular, it’s going to be a memorable time at the theatre for all. I am particularly excited to see how the audience participation in determining the end plays out. It seems like such a fun way to enhance the performer/audience relationship.”

The audience is asked to decide the fate of the show at each performance, choosing from three different endings. That was a lot of fun.

Haven’t Got a Clue is a murder mystery that takes place at Covington Manor in Connecticut in 1954. McCarthyism is at its height and the country is terrified of Communism and the threat of nuclear war. Theodore Covington, a well-known war profiteer, has died under mysterious circumstances and a whole host of shady characters with motives galore have shown up at the manor to hear the reading of Theodore’s will just as Tropical Storm Francine has been upgraded to a full-blown hurricane. The guests must batten down the hatches with a murderer in the midst. As suspects emerge and victims begin to drop like flies, it’s up to the audience to determine the outcome of this fast-paced, hilarious whodunit.

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Dan Harroch

“Murder is most definitely a laughing matter in this treacherous tale that weaves double-crossing, revenge, crimes of passion, dark secrets and government conspiracy into a fast-paced, laugh out loud, irreverent take on the murder mystery genre,” Cameron said.

 

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Riva Rose Bruck

Riva Bruck and Karina Milech open the show up as the fictitious Christie sisters, Tabitha and Clarissa. Cameron makes a cameo at the very end as their older sister Agatha.

Bruck, who also portrays weather forecaster Fannie Monroe, is one of four District 2 residents in the show. The others are Steve Stein (General Barkis),  Chana Myschowski (Sally) and Seymour David (Mr. Trowel). This play had my full attention from the get go, with a good story line and very funny dialogue. Scene stealers include the wonderful Dan Harroch as butler Mr. Meables, Dollard des Ormeaux city councillor Herbert Brownstein as chain smoking newscaster  Hal J. Murrow,  Judy Kenigsberg as Melba Covington, Hannah Schefren as  Mamie LaHush and Barbar Diehl as Mrs. Roulade the foul mouthed cook.

Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, who established the CSL Dramatic Society three and a half years ago, took a break from performing this time around and serves as producer. He and Mayor Anthony Housefather gave opening remarks.

“The show will be a great Valentine’s Day surprise for your significant other,” said   Brownstein. “Do something different this year and watch this very funny story, which takes place in Connecticut in 1954.”

Tickets are available at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, the Aquatic and Community Centre or at www.CSLDramaticSociety.com. The cost is $23, or $20 for students and seniors.

Here is a teaser for the show via Harroch, who shaved his beard soon after this recording:

 

 

 


CSL Winter Carnival 2015 a huge success despite the bitter cold

This has been a pretty horrible winter temperature-wise and Sunday, February 8, 2015 was no different. The thermometer read minus 17 degrees celsius and we had some blowing snow to boot. It was not pleasant to be outdoors. None of this stopped the 2015 Winter Carnival in Côte Saint-Luc from taking off nicely.

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Will the Clydesdale and myself in the bitter cold.

Activities at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park  included dog sled rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, ice sculptures, a snow mural, curling on ice, face painting, a figure-skating show and more. There was a free pancake breakfast and the first 1,000 people also free taffy in the snow

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Free taffy in the snow.
In addition to the main Sunday events, Winter Carnival Week also included the Peewee ‘A’ Outdoor Hockey Tournament, which actually began on February 8 at the open-air Confederation Annex building at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park. This year, Côte Saint-Luc  welcomed 14 teams from Quebec and Ontario,  playing a record 26 games.
 
Côte Saint-Luc also hosted an adult hockey tournament on  February 6 at the Samuel Moskovitch Arena. There was public skating at the arena on  February 7.  
 
On Saturday, February 14, the annual Winter Carnival Valentine Dance  will take place at the Côte Saint-Luc Gymnasium from 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm. Tickets for the dance are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.  The dance highlights include popular tunes spun by DJ George Thomas, hot and cold hors d'oeuvres served at your table, a hot buffet midway through the evening, and a sweet table to end off the night. It is also bring your own wine! Councillors Steven Erdelyi and Allan J. Levine serve as co-chairs.
 
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Presenting the cheque to Ronald McDonald House.
Proceeds from the public skating event and any donations we receive go to Ronald McDonald House. At a ceremony on February 8, Mayor Anthony Housefather  and some members of council were joined by D'Arcy McGee Liberal MNA David Birnbaum, Ronald McDonald House executive director Jacqueline Mallet, McDonald's franchisee Pierre Brunet (accompanied by Senior Vice-President & Chief Financial Officer for McDonald's Restaurants of Canada and treasurer for Ronald McDonald House Charities David J. Hederson and of course Ronald McDonald himself. We handed over a cheque of $5,000 to our local Ronald McDonald House on Hudson Avenue near Ste. Justine's Hospital. The Montreal Ronald McDonald House is a temporary home away from home for out-of-town (more than 70 km) families of children with critical illnesses who must travel to Montreal for medical treatments.
 
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Folks enjoying the pancakes.
Sponsors of the event include McDonald’s (Pierre Brunet Franchise), Domino’s Pizza, the Montreal police (SPVM), CPA Côte Saint-Luc, Rapid Hockey, Côte Saint-Luc Minor Hockey Association, École culinaire Loblaws (Cavendish), The Suburban, Canteen Samuel Moskovitch, Harrow, Holiday Inn, Groupe Atwill Morin, Métro, Jumbologo, and Trophées Pointe Claire. Photography by Randi Weitzner and Bianca Roberti-Even.
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Bev and Lacey Cammy, with dad Harold peeking out at the left.
A huge hats off to Director of Parks and Recreation David Taveroff and his staff, notably event coordinator Cornelia Ziga.  Harold "The Kid" Cammy of Parks and Recreation manned the pancake station, with his with Bev and daughter Lacey giving a helping hand.

 

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Councillor Ruth Kovac with Pierre Brunet (left) and David J. Hederson.

 


VCOPs come aboard to assist Cats Committee

A huge word of thanks to Eric Goldapple, a member of the Volunteer Citizens on Patrol (VCOP). He has agreed to be the official liaison between the VCOPs and the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee, something I have been trying to establish for some time now.

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Eric Goldapple makes his points.

With support from Councillor Glenn J. Nashen and Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson, I believe we are moving in a positive direction. The VCOPs patrol the streets of Côte Saint-Luc regularly, so it makes perfect sense for them to be our eyes and ears.

Eric and his wife Joan were cat owners. “I personally adopted two cats, although I am highly allergic, on two different occasions when I noticed them wandering around in my backyard,” says Eric. “One died after six months as he had a heart murmur and the other lived for five years as he had Feline immunodeficiency virus or FIV. I knew that both must have been abandoned as they had been fixed. They made great pets.”

At a VCOPs meeting, Eric asked his fellow patrollers to begin looking out for strays, , kittens, as well as domestic cats that may have been abandoned and become homeless. “I mentioned how important it was to keep the feral cat population under control and emphasized the need to rescue kittens as well as domesticated cats if they can be identified as such,” he said.

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