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October 2017

Men's Club Dinner another outstanding affair

The 30th anniversary Côte Saint-Luc Men’s Club Dinner October 29 at the Gelber Centre was an extraordinary affair, with almost 500 people on hand for an evening of dinner, dancing and awards.

With Joe Presser and Kenny Bessner.



Bravo to co-chairs Joe Presser (District 2 resident) and Kenny Bessner. Men’s Club President Syd Kronish (District 2 resident) will step down from his role next June after four years at the helm, to be succeeded by Mannie Young. It was no coincidence that Young was honoured as the “Man (nie) of the Year.”Membership for the Men’s Club has surpassed 600. The activities they sponsor are never-ending. Liberal Member of Parliament Anthony Housefather handed out Mount Royal 150 Awards, fittingly  to Syd Kronish and his predecessor, Sid Margles (District 2 resident).

Anthony Housefather presents medals to Sid Margles and Syd Kronish.

David Haltrecht (District 2 resident) will serve as the acting president of the club this winter while Kronish is in Florida, overseeing activities in the Sunshine State where several gatherings are planned.

David Haltrecht receives his award.

Haltrecht was recognized as well for forming a Drone Club, Computer Club, coordinating current event activities and preparing the weekly newsletter.

Syd Kronish presents a plaque to Mannie Young and as proud Charna looks on.

But this evening belonged to the extraordinary Mannie Young, who spent 50 years as a pharmacist. He retired five years ago from Jean Coutu at the Côte St. Luc Shopping Centre. “The secret to life is not to do what you like, but like what you do,” said Young. “I love the Côte Saint-Luc Men’s Club. This is the best social club in North America.”

Young got choked up when he brought his wife of 52 years, Charna, to the stage and declared how much he loved her.

With Charna and Mannie Young.

D’Arcy McGee Liberal MNA David Birnbaum and CSL Mayor Mitchell Brownstein also brought greetings. As per usual, the club recognized members who are over 90 years of age with a giant cake.

Greg Inniss on the keyboard.

Bravo to musician Greg Inniss, who kept the dance floor busy with his catchy tunes on the keyboard.

All members of council were on hand for what was a top-notch evening from start to finish! We may have been tired from our work during advance polling day, but we can always muster up enough energy to take part in such a festive occasion.

Bessner and Presser gave well-deserved thanks to gala committee members Charles Eklove, Syd Birns, Jack Frank, David Gandell, Marvin Hayman, Beryl Peletz, Peter Sternberg, Young and Kronish.

Susie and Harvey Schwartz to be honoured at Maisons Fleuries; real estate guru Moshe Shlomo to sponsor event

On Tuesday, November 7 the City of Côte Saint-Luc will host its annual Maisons Fleuries Awards Ceremony at the Aquatic and Community Centre. I will once again serve as  co-chair with Councillor Sidney Benizri.

Councillor Ruth Kovac, Susie Schwartz, myself and Moshe Shlomo.

The event recognizes the superb floral arrangements at homes, condominiums, apartments and business complexes.This year`s  Maisons Fleuries Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to  Harvey and Susie Schwartz, who  have participated. The couple have been selected to either first or second place for the Townhouse Category every year since 2006.

“We love beautifying our outside gardens with lots of various types of flowers which enriches the outside of our home and our town house complex,” emphasized  Susie Schwartz. “People passing by always comment on how lovely are garden is. Harvey works hard all summer watering and making sure that all his flowers are happy and blossoming. We feel it is important to keep our city beautiful.”

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Susie and Harvey Schwartz join me.

The couple are also long-time and devoted members of the city’s Volunteer Citizens on Patrol (VCOPS).   District 2 resident Moshe Shlomo,  a lifelong Côte Saint-Luc resident and a real estate agent for Sutton Clodem Inc., will be this year’s event sponsor. George Deligeorge, the city’s socio-cultural arts instructor, has once again agreed to create a surprise masterpiece for the ceremony.  As in past years, the local art classes will display their  floral art work. This will involve Mr. Deligeorge’s work, as well as the students. The display will encompass the home and flower theme. 

CSL honours its 2017 Volunteers at a special Quartier Cavendish movie night

As we did a year ago at this time, the city of Côte Saint-Luc held our annual  Volunteer  Recognition Night at the Cineplex Odeon Theatres at Quartier Cavendish. Those in attendance were divided into two cinemas to see the motion picture Only The Brave. We are fortunate to have so many loyal volunteers in our city and evening like this is the least we can do to thank them. 

With constituents David and Eileen Goldsmith.

I have been attending Volunteer Nights since I was 16 and they have been done with a variety of different formats.

With constituents David Hogan and Melanie Menscik.

Prior to the movie, a video played on the big screen introducing our 2017  award  winners.

Socio-Cultural Award

Recognizes a volunteer for their exceptional contribution to the city's socio-cultural programs. 

Hannah Sheffren has been Involved in the Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society since she played Yente  in  the 2013 production of Fiddler on the Roof. She most recently had staring and roles in the  Senior Summerworks projects Grannie and Florida. Hannah was also delighted to be part of the cast of The Producers in English and Yiddish at the Segal Centre. 

Community Services Award
Recognizes a volunteer couple for their exceptional contribution to the community special events programs.

Florence and Bernie Band have been volunteering their services for vCOP and during the past two years have been judges for the Maisons Fleuries Garden Beautification Contest. Their dependability, integrity and willingness have been of major service to this special event. 

Eco Award
Recognizes a volunteer who has demonstrated leadership in the promotion of environmental advocacy and action within the community.

Emily Groth is the president of the Schwartz Community Gardens. Emily took on many responsibilities in overseeing these gardens. She was responsible for the registrations of all the gardeners, contacting the waiting list, organizing, participating and dividing the tasks and much more. 

E.M.S. Award - Excellence in operations
Michael Lessard is a regular fixture at EMS and covers at least two or three shifts per week, often coming in to help out when it is really needed. Michael just celebrated his 60th birthday and is more active at EMS than many members half of his age.

E.M.S. Award - Excellence in training
Christiane Poirier is intricately involved behind the scenes as the head of the clinical review team. She meticulously reviews every patient care report, listens to audio recordings from major calls and flags any issues to the EMS members, ultimately ensuring that we learn from our mistakes and adhere to the clinical intervention protocols and stay at the fine point of patient care. 

EMS Award - Rookie of the year
Peter Garish - We had many outstanding members join our ranks this past year, but Peter stands out for his infectious smile, his positive attitude and his dedication to public service.On top of being a police officer in Chateauguay, Peter dedicates countless hours of service to the citizens of Côte Saint-Luc.

William E. Kesler Memorial Trophy
Recognizes a volunteer for their exceptional contribution to the Parks and Recreation special events.

District 2 resident Norm Yudin has been a member of the Côte Saint-Luc Tennis Club since 1971 and on the executive committee for 30 years. Norm organizes the annual Sam Brumer tournament (Quebec championship) and the Senior Nationals that takes place every three years. He is best known for being president and vice president and off for more than 20 years. 

Special Recognition Award
Ben Warner is a Montreal actor, singer, songwriter, pianist and filmmaker who has been performing in theatre from the age of 10. In 2017 Ben stared in two Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society productions, George Gibbs in Our Town and Seymour Krelborn in Little Shop of Horrors. He’s also the co-founder of Beanduck Productions,  and the producer of the multi award winning, critically acclaimed Canadian series LARPs. He also recently co-chaired the Segal Centre’s annual musical fundraiser, which this year raised more than $150,000, eclipsing the event’s previous fundraising high.. 

The Hazel Lipes Award
Recognizes a volunteer for their exceptional contribution to the Community Services Programs

Evelyn Nava is vice president of the Côte Saint-Luc Women's Cub and a member since 2006. She is responsible for hosting weekly meetings and organizing yearly trips to Tremblant, Ottawa, and  Hudson Village Theatre.

Sports Award
Recognizes a volunteer for exceptional contribution to the community sports program

Anne Smith has been a volunteer member of the Côte Saint-Luc Figure Skating Club for more than 40 years. She remains on the club's executive serving in the capacity of secretary. She has also served in other roles including being the regional rep for the club, as well as representing the local figure skating club at meetings all throughout Canada. Anne is also an integral part of the organization of the annual figure skating exhibition at the winter carnival event. She always ensures that the trophies are prepared and updated.

Stewart Mankofsky Memorial Trophy
Presented to the athlete / volunteer who best exemplifies the qualities of dedication, sportsmanship, and love of competition.

Ainsley McMurray had a phenomenal swimming season last year, being named to the Canadian Development squad, She was also a finalist at the 2017 Canadian Swim Trials, winning two gold medals at Canadian Junior National Championships and setting a new provincial record in the 100m Freestyle. Despite all of this success and the dedication to training that is required to attain such heights, Ainsley maintained top grades at school.  


The audience watches a clip of Oliver Jones.


Gerry Weinstein Ambassador of the Year
Honours the Cote Saint-Luc citizen best portraying charitable qualities and serving the community at large

Oliver Jones - Born to Barbadian parents, Oliver Jones began his career as a pianist at the age of five, studying with Mme Bonner in Little Burgundy's Union United Church, made famous by Trevor W. Payne's Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir. He continued to develop his talent through his studies with Oscar Peterson's sister Daisy Peterson Sweeney starting at eight years old.  In late 1980 he teamed up with Montreal's Charlie Biddle, working in and around local clubs and hotel lounges in Montreal. Jones was resident pianist at Charlie Biddle's jazz club Biddles from 1981 to 1986. His first album, Live at Biddles recorded in 1983, was the first record on the Justin Time record label. He taught music at Laurentian University in 1987, and in 1988 he taught music at McGill University in Montreal In October 1993, Jones was named as an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 1994 Jones was bestowed the National Order of Québec, with the rank of Chevalier (Knight). Jones received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award in 2005, Canada's highest honour in the performing arts. In 1986 Jones won a Juno Award for his album titled Lights of Burgundy, and again in 2009 for Second Time around. He has been nominated 9 other times, the most recent being in 2012, with his album Live in Baden. Jones has been a multiple recipient of the Félix Award, receiving his first one for his 1989 album Just Friends, and then wins in 1994, 2007 and 2008. Jones was voted keyboardist of the year, from the National Jazz Awards in 2006. In 1990 Oliver became the second recipient of the Oscar Peterson Award after Oscar himself. It is presented by the Montreal International Jazz Festival, recognizing a performer's musicianship and for exceptional contribution to the development of Canadian jazz. In 1999, Jones was awarded the Special Achievement Award at the SOCAN Awards in Toronto. In 2014, he served as honouree at the annual Côte Saint-Luc Golf Classic.

Volunteer of the Year - Aquatics Program
Helen Campbell has been a volunteer with the Côte Saint-Luc swim team for four years.  Not only is Helen important to the organization of our home competitions, she has also been the officials coordinator for the last two years. As such, Helen must solicit our members to volunteer as officials at almost 25 competition during the year.
Besides all of the in-house work, Helen has been our team's representative for the Lac-St-Louis governing board. She attends monthly meetings and has been a guiding force for the development of our swim team.

The Edward J. Kirwan Award
Honours the Volunteer of the Year for exceptional contribution to the community Parks and Recreation programs.

District 2 resident David Haltrecht is the 2nd vice president of the Côte Saint-Luc Men's Club. David plays a key role in liaising with the city to ensure that all programs run smoothly. Along with organizing a new drone program and teaching free computer classes to members he also designs the weekly newsletter and chairs several committees. 

With Alberto Cambone, his wife and my constituents Alessia and Sandra Cambone.

Lifetime Achievement
Alberto Cambone has been a member of the Community Gardens for 30 years. In that time, he has mentored other gardeners, donated food for the annual barbecue, and given away a lot of his annual yield. His compassion and willingness to help others makes him a model gardener and a wonderful citizen of Côte Saint-Luc.

Royal Canadian Legion Brigadier Frederick Kisch, Branch #97 Award
Recognized the Youth volunteer of the year, a "leader of tomorrow", for outstanding efforts in making a difference in Côte Saint-Luc through volunteer activities.

Willard Collins has been a volunteer at the library since 2015. Over the past two years, Willard has shown extraordinary dedication both to the library and to his work as a volunteer. He has mentored 11 students as a Reading Buddy, sometimes working with more than one student per week. He has also contributed to the Teen Advisory Group in numerous ways. In peer meetings, he is always willing to share practical and creative ideas, which have been incorporated into teen services at the library. He has also helped with some major library events, from the 50th Anniversary to March Break to the TD Summer Reading Club Closing Party. Willard is not only a devoted volunteer, but he is a library user himself.He meets regularly with the Magic: The Gathering group at the library, where he has offered to fill in as a volunteer in a pinch. Willard is a true supporter of libraries and an active part of his community.

vCOP Award
For five years,  District 2 resident Robert Lefcort has been an invaluable member of vCOP.  He is a member of three of our specialized teams: Smoke Detector Patrol, Vacation Spot Check and New Member Orientation. He is also an active participant in our Emergency Call Out system. Robert always helps out when needed and goes beyond the call of duty. 



Our wonderful staff who worked on this event.

Meeting with JPPS Bialik adminstration to discuss traffic matters

The safety of students attending JPPS  Elementary School and Bialik High School on Kildare Road near Marc Chagall remains paramount for the City of Côte Saint-Luc.

Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson and I met with JPPS Principal Marnie Stein, Bialik Principal Avi Satov, JPPS Bialik Director of Security Avi Sela and executive assistant Jennifer Wilson recently.

Myself, Jordie Reichson, Avi Satov, Avi Sela and Marnie Stein.

It has been a year and a half now since JPPS relocated from its Van Horne campus (now owned by Yaldei) to cohabitate with Bialik High School. There are 150 JPPS students and 332 at Bialik. This makes for a lot of traffic at drop off and pickup in particular. The school employs existing staff to handle traffic circulation. For those kids who walk, Côte Saint-Luc has Traffic Guard Norman Klein at the corner of Cavendish and Kildare from 7 am to 9 am and 2 pm to 4 pm.

In our meeting I reiterated our concerns about JPPS and Bialik parents  often parking illegally, blocking driveways and not showing proper courtesy to cars trying to turn on to Kildare from Rembrandt Avenue. The school will continue to work with parents. Our local Police Station 9 also does spot checks. I have noticed a significant improvement since I began meeting with them more regularly over the years. My goal is to start a Student Traffic Committee that can sensitize parents and other students to our various concerns. Hopefully we can arrange for a student delegation to visit City Hall for an information session.

Police Station to remain in Côte Saint-Luc at new location; Coffee with a Cop in District 2

Community Police Station 9 will be moving from its present headquarters at the corner of Cavendish and Kildare to the strip shopping mall on Westminster Avenue in February. They will take over the spot previously occupied by The Famous Delly Boys Restaurant.

While I am saddened to see them leave District 2, we know that this was their decision to try and find a storefront location. We are therefore pleased that they are maintaining their presence in Côte Saint-Luc. The station also serves Hampstead and Montreal West.

With residents and Officers Marie-Christine Nobert and Vincent Di Angelis at Kildare Towers.

Over the 12 years I have been on city council I have enjoyed an excellent relationship with the respective commanders and the other personnel. Let me single out community officers Vincent Di Angelis and Marie-Christine Nobert, whose presence at all of our institutions has been consistent and well appreciated. Most recently I joined them at Kildare Towers on Honore de Balzac next to  Quartier Cavendish for the very successful Coffee with a Cop program.  They set up a kiosk in the lobby, served coffee and cake and provided residents with many security tips. It was very much appreciated and well received.