Golf

Weather conditions were simply ideal for the 40th annual Côte Saint-Luc Golf Classic at Meadowbrook on July 4.

I was pleased to chair the event once again, working hand in hand with our invaluable event coordinator Alvin Fishman. After a round of golf on the back nine, everyone headed to a special awards banquet at the Aquatic and Community Centre. This year we honoured former city councillor and long-time high school teacher Allan J. Levine.

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With David Birnbaum, Michael Maislin and Allan and Harvey Levine.

 

Players competed in the Masters   (age 65 and older) and Eagles groups (age 64 and younger).

The title sponsors were Marc Ezerzer and Hagay Brener from Vantage Realty Group,   Michael Maislin of Total Customs Services,Mitch Heft and Tony Lapia from Orangetheory Fitness, businessperson Mitch Garber and Silver Star Mercedes Benz,. The guest speaker was Global TV hockey analyst Brian Wilde.

Meadowbrook is a thing of beauty in our community and I am reminded that when I golf there once a year. This is such a fun event. I very much enjoyed spending time with members of my fivesome – D'Arcy McGee Liberal MNA David Birnbaum, Michael Maislin and Allan and Harvey Levine.  We do not have to keep score. This is literally the only time I take out my clubs. Each hole I found myself getting a bit better, remembering the tutelage I got from my late grandfather Lewis Sherwin more than 40 years ago.

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Members of the Levine family with Mayor Brownstein.

 

Honouree

Allan J. Levine was a member of Côte Saint-Luc City Council for more than 30 years. He also taught math and science at Wagar High School for more than three decades, where for a number of years he doubled as the driver’s education instructor. Well-known for his great sense of humour, he remains active in the community today as president of the Brigadier Frederick Kisch Branch 97 of the Royal Canadian Legion, a position he holds with great pride as a tribute to his late father who was a veteran. Allan has also played an important role in the local tennis community.

Allan was   joined by his lovely wife Rhoda, Brother Harvey, Sister Gloria, his children, grandchildren and other family members.

“It’s no secret that I have a passion for tennis and love a great match,” Allan said in his speech. “Well, over the past 57 years Côte Saint-Luc and I have been a great love match. It started in 1962 when I met the great love match of my life, my wife Rhoda, who lived here in Côte Saint Luc. Compared to where I grew up, I quickly realized that Côte Saint Luc was, in the words of the TV show The Jeffersons, ‘Movin’ On Up.’ My years teaching at Wagar High School confirmed that this is a special place committed to children, families and education.

“In 1983, I made Côte Saint Luc my permanent home and had the pleasure and privilege to serve on city council for over 30 years. My work on council and my work with our city’s veterans has been an honor. I raised my children here, and now my grandchildren have come to love and appreciate this community as well. We are blessed to live in such a great city, and I am blessed to have had the opportunity to serve it. Thank you for this great honor and recognition. In the words of tennis great Serena Williams, ‘Everyone's dream can come true if you just stick to it and work hard.’ Thank you for allowing me to work hard for you and achieve my dreams. “

I want to add that Allan was not only an honouree, he sat on our committee as did Councillor Erdelyi.

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A special cake was rolled out for Allan.

Towards the end of the event we rolled out a beautiful cake, decorated with automobiles. We also had a nice photo montage prepared by our Director of Public Affairs and Communications Darryl Levine (no relation to Allan).

Pierre Brunet Fund

Once again, donations were accepted for the Pierre Brunet Parks and Recreation Bursary Fund sponsored by the local McDonalds Restaurants Cote Saint-Luc Shopping Centre franchisee Pierre Brunet. This helps families who cannot afford to register their child in a program and takes into account requests from children with special needs as well. I am so proud to have created this fund in conjunction with Pierre and former Parks and Recreation Department stalwart Harold Cammy.

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Dennis Murphy and Anik Ferron present their cheque.

For McHappy Day each May our Parks and Recreation Department staff take a leadership role in volunteering at the Côte Saint-Luc franchise. Donations from that day added up to $2,100 and two of Pierre’s managers, Dennis Murphy and Anik Ferron presented us with the cheque. Next up were Mannie Young and Syd Kronish. On behalf of the CSL Men’s Club they presented a cheque for $1,800 to the fund. It was not over yet. MNA Birnbaum had a contribution of $600. Honouree Levine added another $600 from the Legion. Then came a big surprise. Our already generous sponsors Ezerzer and Brener stepped up with a $500 cheque. That all added up to $5,600 in new revenue!

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The Men's Club donation.

We would also like to thank Pharmaprix Quartier Cavendish   Pharmacists David Banon and Sarah Rachel Ettedgui and Store Manager Ian Macdonald for donating assorted cosmetic items which were placed in our grab bags – donated by Quartier Cavendish. To Lenny Rosenberg from TCBY, who once again donated 150 TCBY Cups for dessert? Silver Star Mercedes donated a one week free rental car as a main door prize.   Provigo St. Jacques provided    assorted soft drinks and bottled water. Peter Lipari of IGA Lipari Côte Saint-Luc Road donated   bottled Perrier water, coffee and vegetable juices for our reception.  Universal Safety Equipment and Supplies on St. Jacques   generously donated a  gift of a golf bag for our door prize drawing. Everyone receive a free pass to try Orangetheory Fitness. Pierre Brunet and his team set up a welcome kiosk before golfers hit the links and provided the coffee table with assorted flavored coffee, sumptuous pastries and muffins. Police Station 9 Director Luis Oliveira and his staff, notably Officer Marie-Christine Nobert, had a welcome table as well with nice caps, water bottles and other swag.

Council Presence

Mayor Mitchell Brownstein, Councillors Steven Erdelyi, Mitchell Kujavsky and David Tordjman and Liberal MP for Mount Royal Anthony Housefather were also on hand. I was happy to see former Councillor Sam Goldbloom with us. He co-chaired this event with me for many years.

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Thanking Brian Wilde.

Brian Wilde

Brian Wilde is one of the best sports television broadcasters Montreal has ever seen. After more than two decades with CTV Montreal, he has now taken a step back to enjoy life. His passion is covering the Canadiens and he still does so for Global TV, with appearances on the morning show during the season and a fantastic post-game “Call of the Wilde” blog.  He told a great story of his first interview as a sportscaster well more than three decades ago in his native Edmonton.  Superstar Wayne Gretzky had hurt his toe and Brian was dispatched to a golf course where Gretzky was playing to get a clip. Little did he realized that the Great One and broadcaster Rod Phillips had a joke planned? When a petrified Wild asked Gretzky about his toe he was met with a terribly rude response. Shocked and dismayed, be began to leave the scene when Gretzky apologized for the joke and agreed to do an interview. Still quite shook up, Wilde asked one question and took a mere eight second response and returned to work – even turning down an offer of dinner and drinks with Gretzky.

Our guests had some good questions about the Canadiens, their ill-fated attempt to sign free-agent Sebastein Aho and where GM Marc Bergevin goes from here. It was such a privilege to have this great hockey mind with us. Mannie Young already plans to book him for the Men’s Club.

Awards

We handed out eight trophies.

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Louise Ferland is presented with her trophy.

Closest to the Pin: Irving Leiner  and Louise Ferland (Men’s and Women’s Masters); Eric Friedman and Janine West (Men’s and Women’s Eagles).

Longest Drive:  Michael Rabinovitch and Joy Hayes (Men’s and Women’s Masters); Dale Tatnell and Joan Zafran (Men’s and Women’s Eagles).

 Final Thanks

Finally, thanks to Robin Chemtov for  providing the music, the ever so reliable Rami Negev for his photos  and to volunteers Toby Goldner-Shulman, Maureen Hankin, Doris Gottheil, Peter and Rhoda  Sternberg  and  Cyla Hus. To our staff,  Cornelia Ziga, Raymond Valiquette, Denis Kopitas, Steve Papp, Mauricio “Moe” Giobbi, Beate Hewel, Elaine Litman – Waisgrus, Marvin Pincus, David Blond, Sean Fraser. Charles Price, Meghan Panarello and all  of our ACC blue   and white collar staff. A final word about Alvin Fishman, a tireless and devoted worker. The two of us began planning this event in January and for more than six months, not even a  nasty bout with kidney stones stopped this one-man show from taking care of the endless details that go along with planning for such a large event.

 

 


Our 40th annual Golf Classic will honour former Councillor Allan J. Levine

The  40th annual Côte Saint-Luc Golf Classic will take place at Meadowbrook  Golf Course on Thursday, July 4. Some 120 golfers will tee off beginning at 7 a.m., with a special awards banquet honouring former city councillor and legendary school teacher Allan J. Levine at 5794 Parkhaven Avenue at 1 p.m.

I will be back as the co-chair for the 13th year in a row, with  Councillor Steven Erdelyi joining me.  This year’s event will repeat the popular new  format launched in 2016, as well as the two  specific age classifications whereby players can compete (on a friendly basis) amongst their own age groups: MASTERS (age 65 and older) and EAGLE (age 64 and younger). The title sponsors will be  Marc Ezerer and Hagay Brener from Vantage Realty Group  Michael Maislin of Total Customs Services, Mitch Heft and Tony Lapia from Orangetheory Fitness on Somerled Avenue in NDG and businessman Mitch Garber. We also thank Silver Star Mercedes Benz, McDonald’s Côte Saint-Luc  and Quartier Cavendish,

Allan J. Levine was a member of Côte Saint-Luc City Council for over 30 years. He also taught math and science at Wagar High School for more than three decades, where for a number of years he doubled as the Driver’s Education instructor. Well-known for his great sense of humour, he remains active in the community today as president of the  Brigadier Frederick Kisch  Branch 97 of the Canadian Legion, a position he holds with great pride as a tribute to his late father who was a veteran. Allan has also played an important role in the local tennis community.

 

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Steven Erdelyi, Alvin Fishman and myself in the back row and left to right in front, Tony Lapia, Mitch Heft, Allan J. Levine, Michael Maislin and Marc Ezerzer.  (Amani Malti, photo)

The format  for the Golf Classic is called “Scramble” and is quite popular in today’s golf outings. This helps speed up the game for all players and is being introduced as a result of many requests from previous participants. The players decide which golfer hits the best shot off the tee and then all players from that foursome play their next shot from that point. Play continues from hole to hole in the same fashion for the rest of the outing.  The Hole-in-One contest will be back at the 11th hole. A hole-in-one will bring you a Mercedes-Benz on a free loan for a weekend.

In case of thunderstorms on Thursday July 4, the luncheon  will proceed with festivities at the Aquatic and Community Center and golf will be postponed until  July 11. The same starting times will be honored at Meadowbrook Golf Club, 8370 Côte Saint-Luc Road.  

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Brian Wilde

The Golf Classic Luncheon Honourary Chair is Alan Maislin, president of the Board of Directors of the CIUSSS West-Central-Montreal and a well plugged in member to the professional sports scene. Special guest speaker this year will be well known sports broadcaster Brian Wilde, who covers the Montreal Canadiens for Global TV Montreal.

The registration fee is $35 (tax included),  which includes nine holes of golf, a catered sit down buffet luncheon, award-winning trophies for contests such as Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and the opportunity to win one of many door prizes. Guest fees for non-players who wish to attend the luncheon is $20.00/person.

Once again, donations will be accepted for the the Pierre Brunet Parks and Recreation Bursary Fund sponsored by local McDonalds Restaurants Cote Saint-Luc Shopping Center Franchisee Pierre Brunet. This helps families who cannot afford to register their child in a program and takes into account requests from children with special needs as well.

Community leader Alan Maislin will help us out once again with his marvelous connections and announce a special guest speaker from the world of sports soon.

For more information  contact   Alvin Fishman at   afishman@cotesaintluc.org or call 514-485-6806.


Joe Presser is properly honoured at 2018 Golf Classic luncheon; weather permitting we play on July 19

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Myself, Councillors Oren Sebag, Mitch Kujavsky, David Tordjman, Ruth Kovac, Mayor Mitchell Brownstein, Joe Presser, Mount Royal Liberal MP Anthony Housefather and Councillor Dida Berku. (All Photos by Rami Negev)

As a massive heatwave hit our province, we reluctantly decided to take the prudent approach to postpone our 39th annual Côte Saint-Luc Golf Classic. If Mother Nature cooperates, we will all be at Meadowbrook Golf Course on Thursday, July 19 to play nine holes on the gorgeous land we all hope will remain green forever.


I have had the pleasure of co-chairing the Golf Classic for the past 13 years, initially with former Councillor Allan J. Levine and then Sam Goldbloom. Allan, Sam and I are extremely proud of how we took an event which was beginning to experience a significant drop in registration and turn it into a sold out affair months in advance. I must share a lot of that credit with our invaluable Parks and Recreation staffers Harold Cammy and Alvin Fishman. We opened up registration to people of all ages and more importantly chose to select an annual honouree.


While the golf is a lot of fun, the luncheon became the real big draw. So when we had to put off the golf portion on July 5, the show very much went on. Councillor Dida Berku was my co-chair this year and how appropriate given the decades of work she had put in to keep Meadowbrook free from development. Our honouree was long-time community leader and volunteer Joe Presser, a man I consider a good friend and a true supporter of mine in District 2 from day one of my time on council.


Joe has been active at programming in Côte Saint-Luc for most of his life, notably at Beth Zion Congregation, the Parks and Recreation Department, the Cummings Centre Sports Celebrity Breakfast and the Côte Saint-Luc Men’s Club. But he was often the man behind the scenes, not getting his deserving day in the sun.

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Michael Maislin (fourth from the right) is thanked for his sponsorship.

Everyone gathered for cocktails at our Aquatic and Community Centre, sponsored by Joe’s son-in-law Michael Maislin of Total Customs. This is one of the programming arrangements Cammy and Fishman implemented a few years ago and it provides a great opportunity to mingle and get an early start on things.

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Marc Ezerzer and Hagai Brener are thanked for being title sponsors.

OUR SPONSORS


A big thanks to Marc Ezerzer and Hagai Brener from Team Ezerzer-Brener of Vantage Realty Group for returning as a title sponsor. They provided guests with caps and made a generous donation to the event. The Beth Zion Congregation via Marty Labow sponosored a surprise cake for Joe and Pharmaprix Quartier Cavendish Pharmacists David Banon and Rachel Ettedgui and store manager Ian Macdonald donated all of the water, canned soft drinks and juices for the luncheon and golf day. Lenny Rosenberg from TCBY once again donated TCBY cups for dessert. Silver Star Mercedes have sponsored a car at the 11th hole in one contest. Someone will get that car for a weekend.

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Pierre Brunet from McDonald's, the absolute gentleman.

PIERRE BRUNET FUND


We sold raffle tickets at $10 each, with the money going to the Pierre Brunet Parks and Recreation Bursary Fund – something I wish to elaborate upon. Just a year and a half ago Pierre approached Harold Cammy and I about finding a local Côte Saint-Luc cause which touched kids in need which could benefit from annual McHappy Day events at his CSL Road McDonalds. Harold and I brainstormed and came up with the Fund, which provides bursaries for families which may not have the means to send their kids to camp or register for a program. This has taken off like a rocket.


Not only have funds come in from McHappy Day, but we have connected this cause to the Golf Classic (Pierre was an honouree a few years ago) as well. Pierre donates coffee to our Men’s Club each week. They sell the cups and proceeds now go to the Fund. D’Arcy McGee Liberal MNA David Birnbaum has contributed so have a number of individuals. Following this year’s luncheon the total raised in just two years stood at an incredible $17,000. Cammy told the story of a refugee family from Nigeria that just moved to CSL with no money to send their kids to camp. Thanks to the Fund their three kids are having an amazing summer. There are many other heartwarming stories like that

UPDATE ON MEADOWBROOK


I invited Councillor Berku to provide everyone with an update on the status of Meadowbrook. I have been associated with this Golf Classic as luncheon emcee for decades, but I only began golfing upon being elected to council and co-chairing the event. As I pass through the course via the Back Nine holes we are on Côte Saint-Luc territory and the surroundings are picturesque. The owners of the land have wanted to develop housing here for years. Likewise on the Front Nine, which is on Lachine territory.


Councillor Berku noted that in 2015 the Agglomeration Council of Montreal adopted can urban plan for the island and declared Meadowbrook as recreational greenspace. “We hope that will be respected by the current owners,” said Councillor Berku, who would love to see tennis courts and even a reception hall built on the grounds."  See this CTV report.


Côte Saint-Luc has been in court with the owners of the land since 2001 when we were sued for $20 million for rezoning the property recreational. That remains unresolved.

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Alan Maislin and Pierre Pagé are thanked for their participation.

FORMER NHL COACH SPEAKS


Everyone enjoyed a nice buffet lunch, followed by our special guest speaker Pierre Page. His presence was made possible thanks to Alan Maislin, a noted community leader, president of the West Central Montreal Health Board (CIUSSS) and the dad of Joe’s son-in-law. Alan introduced Pagé while CSL resident and TSN 690 Radio Weekend Game Plan host Matthew Ross moderated the program.

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Matthew Ross moderates questions for Pagé.


Pagé started out at the age of 24 with Dalhousie University as an assistant coach. He became the head coach the following year, a position he held for seven years. He then coached in NHL for 13 years with the Minnesota North Stars, Quebec Nordiques, Calgary Flames and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. He was an assistant coach with the Flames that went to the 1986 Stanley Cup Final, losing to the Montreal Canadiens.[3]After being dismissed by the Mighty Ducks, and out of hockey for one season, he continued his coaching career in Europe where he has coached in Switzerland (Ambrì-Piotta), Germany (Berlin Eisbären) and now in Austria. In Berlin, he led the club to its first two championships. He is currently the Sporting Director and Head Coach of EC Red Bull Salzburg in the Erste Bank Hockey League in Austria.

Pagé was a pleasure to listen to. As general manager and coach of the Nordiques he made the historic trade that sent Eric Lindros to Philadelphia in exchange for a group of star players, including Peter Forsberg. He shared with us that he almost became the GM of the Canadiens. As for the performance of current Habs GM Marc Bergevin he was diplomatic but not complimentary. “Since 1994 the Canadiens have been going in the wrong direction,” he said.

 

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Mannie Young auditions for Just For Laughs.

MANNIE ROASTS JOE

Men’s Club President Mannie Young next came to the stage and roasted our honouree Joe Presser. His predecessor Syd Kronish and Presser then presented a $2,000 cheque to the Pierre Brunet Fund. Irving Leiner, a close friend of Joe’s, gave a nice tribute.

"The late Rabbi Sydney Shoham, who we miss terribly,was a dear and close friend to Joe and would often and affectionately refer to Joe as 'Pressure.' I’m certain Rabbi Shoham is qvelling at this moment so in loving memory of the rabbi and out of admiration and respect for Joe this will be a tribute to pressure. At the age of 8 and living on City Hall Avenue, Joe and his six siblings sadly lost their father and survival skills at a very young age were untimely thrust upon Joe. As a young boy and as a means of recreation, Joe spent all  of his free time at  Neigborhood House where the cost was free unlike the nearbyY that charged a yearly unaffordable fee of $50. He quickly honed his leadership and athletic skills there and became a dear friend to many, some if whom are here to pay tribute to Joe. However there was a time for play and more importantly a time to help support the family. So at the tender age of 16 he left school and did what most Jewish boys at that time did for a living. He went to work in the schmattah business for a men’s clothing firm called Cooper clothing. He started off as a shipper and then was given a sample bag and a territory and told by his boss to go out and sell and return home only with a bag full of orders. Back in those days, not only were you selling the line but you were given the task of collecting past due receivables, so when Joe went calling on his customers and asked to be paid for last season’s merchandise the retailer sensing the innocence and vulnerability of this young salesman doubled down on their placing orders. So Joe quickly sensing victory forgot about the past due receivables and triumphantly began to write the orders. Wow! Was the boss ever going to be impressed. Needless to say, the homecoming displayed by his boss could have been a little more receptive. And Joe quickly learned that writing orders was easy, but getting paid is a whole different ball game --- which begs the question ------ was the account ever shipped Joe? After a few seasons of abuse and schlepping samples on the road , Joe and a colleague soon took over ownership of the firm and quickly grew it to a prominant and leading mens and boys clothing firm."

Joe’s wife of 58 years, Isabel, was on hand as was his daughters Janet (with husband Michael Maislin) and Shari (with husband David Perl) and some of his grandchildren. Son Mitchell lives in Michigan. It was also nice to see the Blumer family on hand for they are part of the Presser clan.

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The Presser and Blumer families take part in a group photo.

JOE PRESSER IS A GEM


I have known Joe most of my life. He is a fabulous individual whom as a youngster worked as a shipper at Cooper Clothing and eventually bought the company. In 1988 I was hired as the national director of communications for Canadian Jewish Congress. I called Joe and went to see him as I needed some nice suits to wear for work. He took care of me like I was his own son. When I first ran for office in 2005, he took me door to door to every resident in his building. Last November, 12 years later, he did the same thing – quite impressive for a man who is 80 years young and thankfully in very good shape.

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A look at the fabulous cake Moshe Engler made.

 Before Joe spoke to the audience, Alvin Fishman rolled out the big surprise – a cake shaped like a business suit made by the one and only Chef Moshe Engler. We then watched a nice photo montage on the screen put together by our Public Affairs and Communications guru Darryl Levine.

For the door prizes, it was nice to have Allan J. Levine and Sam Goldbloom emcee that portion of the program. There was a nice assortment of gifts available.

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The invaluable Harold Cammy shares some words.

Finally thanks to our luncheon volunteers Toby Shulman, Peter and Rhoda Sternberg, Doris Gottheil, Dina Ancel, Maureen Hankin, Elaine Waisgrus and Mark Avigdor. As well, hats off to Robin Chemtov on the keyboard.

So now we hope for good weather on July 19. I know Joe is already practicing his putts.


Joe Presser to be honoured at annual CSL Golf Classic

Registration for the annual Côte Saint-Luc Golf Classic begins on Monday, May 7

As the chair of this event, I am proud to say that the changes we have implemented to the format over the last few years has resulted in a huge demand, so much so that every place on the green was filled within days of us simply announcing the program.,

The 2018 event will take place on Thursday, July 5 at Meadowbrook Golf Club (8370 Côte Saint Luc Rd.). Starting times for the nine-hole course are from 7am to 10am. A buffet luncheon follows at the Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Ave) at 1 pm. In the event of strong rain, the luncheon will still take place as scheduled, but the tournament will be rescheduled for Tuesday, July 10, with the same starting times. Please note that we have NEVER been rained out before.

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Marc Ezerzer, Joe Presser, Hagai Brener, myself and Alvin Fishman. Seated are Dennis Murphy and Pierre Brunet from McDonald's and Harold Cammy.

 

This year we will be honouring Joe Presser, a long time community volunteer who has been active programming in Côte Saint-Luc for most of his life, notably at Beth Zion Congregation, Parks and Recreation, the Cumming Centre Sports Celebrity Breakfast and the CSL Men’s Club. The announcement was appropriately made at the Thursday Morning Men's Club Breakfast. O

Marc Ezerzer and Hagai Brener from the Côte Saint-Luc-based Vantage Mortgage and Real Estate Group will return as event sponsors.  

This event will also continue to promote the Pierre Brunet Parks and Recreation Bursary Fund, which is sponsored by local McDonald’s franchisee Pierre Brunet. The Fund was launched a year ago and it is being used to help local families who need financial help to register their children in recreation programs. Proceeds also support children with special needs. At the breakfast, incoming Men's Club president Mannie Young handed Brunet a $500 cheque for the  Fund, with more to come.

Pierre Brunet has been involved in our helping our community for many years. This new initiative will have a direct impact in the lives of many kids in our community. He attended the breakfast along with his general manager Dennis Murphy, as well as Ezerzer, Brener and event coordinators Harold Cammy and Alvin Fishman from Parks and Recreation.

The name of our guest speaker will be announced at a later date.

The Golf Classic is open to all with participants slotted into groups of players ages 64 and younger or ages 65 and older.

The luncheon will include trophies and door prizes. There will be snacks on the golf course and souvenir packages available.

For more information, contact Alvin Fishman at 514-485-6806 ext. 2012 (afishman@cotesaintluc.org) or Harold Cammy at 514-485-6806 ext. 2011.(hcammy@cotesaintluc.org)


Our 2017 Golf Classic and luncheon honouring Johnny Elias was one fantastic affair; funds raised to help families in need

The Côte Saint-Luc Golf Classic is like fine wine. It gets better with age. Our 38th edition at Meadowbrook on July 6 was no different. Besides the fact that our foursomes sold out by the middle of May, this event was packed with so much action we probably could have carried it over a few days.

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I tee off.  (Photos by Rami Negev)

 

A few years ago then Mayor Anthony Housefather issued a challenge to me. This golf event had slumped to less than 50 participants and needed a boost. I sat down with Harold Cammy and Alvin Fishman, our jewels at the Parks and Recreation Department and proposed that we drop the word “seniors” from the program, get a title sponsor and select an honouree. It was the precise recipe we needed and sellouts have been recorded ever since.

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Johnny Elias receives his plaque.

 

This year we honoured Johnny Elias, a long-time volunteer and past owner of the Grand Slam Baseball School. Johnny recently agreed to loan nearly 50 years’ worth of baseball memorabilia to Côte Saint-Luc. Just a week before the event I reached out to former Montreal Expos pitcher Bill Lee, an old friend of Johnny’s. He agreed to come down as a special guest, bringing his son Andy and wife Diana along. Lee has been the subject of several books and movies. A motion picture starring Josh Duhamel in the title role called Spaceman was released last year. Lee travels the country as a guest speaker and still pitches at the age of 71. Last year he ran for Governor of Vermont. He can be heard regularly on Melnick in the Afternoon on TSN 690 Radio. Councillor Glenn Nashen and I were fortunate to golf with Bill, Andy and Station 9 Police Commander Jean O’Malley. What a blast that was!

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On the course with Andy Lee, Glenn J. Nashen, Bill Lee and Commander Jean O'Malley.

 

One rinkle in the event occurred with a large train stopped on the tracks, preventing anyone from reaching the final hole. Commander O’Malley contacted the right people and eventually it was on the move. The weather was absolutely picture perfect. In fact, in 38 years we have never had a rainout.

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Sam Goldbloom and I with sponsors Hagai Brener and Marc Ezerzer.

 

Marc Ezerzer and Hagai Brener from the Côte Saint-Luc-based Vantage Mortgage and Real Estate Group were this year`s new sponsors. They were very generous. Bill Lee was hosted at the Hotel Ruby Foo’s on Decarie and we were pleased to have their representatives at our luncheon. Ezerzer arranged for him to stay an extra night and play for his team in the CSL Executive Softball League.

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Pierre Brunet and his team present their cheque.

 

At the luncheon we officially inaugurated the Pierre Brunet Parks and Recreation Bursary Fund, which is sponsored by local McDonald’s franchisee Pierre Brunet. The Fund will be used to help local families who need financial help to register their children in recreation programs. Funds will also support children with special needs. Pierre Brunet has been involved in our helping our community for many years. This new initiative will have a direct impact in the lives of many kids in our community. It was last winter when Pierre broached the subject with me, seeking a new fundraising outlet for the proceeds from his annual McHappy Day event. I sat down with Harold Cammy soon after Pierre’s challenge and we came up with this idea.

Pierre Brunet announced that $4,700 was raised at the two McHappy Days in CSL this year. Our CSL Men’s Club, via coffee sold (courtesy of McDonald’s) at their weekly meetings brought in $700. President Syd Kronish announced that number had been matched by the club, bringing it to $1,400. Mannie Young from the Men’s Club stepped up to the microphone and announced that thanks to a Foundation established by his grandchildren Jesse, Zoe, Andie and Cooper Young, an additional $500 was being contributed.
Steve Woloz from the CSL Model Aeronautics Association was so impressed he immediately wrote a cheque for $270. We raffled off a full weekend with a Silver Star Mercedes. Proceeds from that went to the fund. Quebec Liberal MNA for D’Arcy McGee David Birnbaum promised to add to this as well so it looks as if we will kick this fund off with more than $7,000. Information will appear in our Parks and Recreation booklet in terms of how people can apply.

Pierre Brunet’s team, by the way, supplied golfers with coffee and some delicious Danish before teeing off.

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Matthew Ross and Bill Lee.

Bill Lee was brought on stage by CSL resident and TSN 690 Radio show host Matthew Ross. What followed was an absolutely priceless performance worthy of a Just for Laughs Festival booking. Bill is brilliant and hilarious and I could literally sit and listen to him talk all day. He also shared with us the very close relationship he has maintained with Johnny Elias from the days he played with the Expos. When he was released in 1982, Johnny hired him immediately to be an instructor at his camp. It truly is remarkable how Bill has maintained such a connection to our city for more than 30 years. “Johnny and I are like brothers,” Bill said.

Our own Darryl Levine produced this superb video tribute of Johnny.

After Johnny said a few words, with his devoted wife Marlene and family in the audience, we rolled out a surprise cake shaped like the baseball field at Kirwan Park. Everyone was touched.

We did not give out any trophies this year. That is because the train incident prevented some people from reaching the holes where the competitions took place.

My co-chair Sam Goldbloom concluded proceedings by handing out a slew of door prizes.

What can we do for an encore? I am sure Harold and I will get together to brainstorm very soon.


Baseball legend Bill "Spaceman" Lee to attend CSL Golf Classic and join Executive Softball team

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Bill Lee, who played for the Montreal Expos and the Boston Redsox, will be a special guest at the annual Côte Saint-Luc Golf Classic on Thursday, July 6. Starting times for the nine-hole Meadowbrooke Golf Course are from 7 am to 10 am. A buffet luncheon follows at the Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Ave) at 1 pm. In the event of strong rain, the luncheon will still take place as scheduled, but the tournament will be rescheduled for Tuesday, July 11, with the same starting times.

Johnny Elias, a long-time volunteer and past owner of the Grand Slam Baseball School, wil be this year’s honouree. Elias has recently agreed to loan nearly 50 years’ worth of baseball memorabilia to Côte Saint-Luc. The city will announce its plans at the luncheon on where the items will be showcased. Elias will be inducted into the RDS Quebec Baseball Hall of Fame in November.

I am proud to once again be co-chairing this event with Councillor Sam Goldbloom.

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Elias and Bill Lee have a friendship that goes back decades. After Lee was released by the Expos in 1982, Elias was the first person to call and offer him a job as a teacher at his Grand Slam Baseball School. Lee has been the subject of several books and movies. A motion picture starring Josh Duhamel in the title role called Spaceman was released last year. Lee travels the country as a guest speaker and still pitches at the age of 71. Last year he ran for Governor of Vermont. He can be heard regularly on Melnick in the Afternoon on TSN 690 Radio.

Johnny Elias is a legend. We are so excited to have Bill Lee with us. He is one of baseball’s most colourful characters.”

Lee will be the guest speaker at the luncheon. Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and Councillor Allan J. Levine have invited Lee to come swim with him at the Aquatic and Community Centre on Parkhaven Avenue.


The Golf Classic has been sold out for months, Marc Ezerzer from the Côte Saint-Luc-based Vantage Mortgage and Real Estate Group is one of this year`s new sponsors. He also provided caps and golf balls for the participants. On Thursday evening, July 6 (7 pm) Bill Lee will play for Team Ezerzer in the Côte Saint-Luc Executive Softball League on Field 3 at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park. Ezerzer got special permission to add Lee to the roster for one game.


The organizers also wish to thank Hotel Ruby Foo’s on Decarie for their support.

 


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CSL Golf Classic set for July 6; record sellout

A few years ago the annual Côte Saint-Luc Golf Classic was in a funk, as only 48 people registered. As the co-chair of teh event with Councillor Sam Goldbloom, I turned to staff Harold Cammy and Alvin Fishman and called a meeting. It was time to reinvent this program.

The comeback began three years ago when we decided to choose an honouree. Ron Yarin, a longtime CSL volunteer who had fallen upon hard times health-wise, was our first choice. We also encouraged more people from the community to register. The end result was a sellout. Last year we filled every spot again as we recognized McDonald's franchisee Pierre Brunet. Clearly there was a trend developing. What happened this year was quite extraordinary. We sold out practically before formal enrolment even get underway.

The 2017 event will take place on Thursday, July 6 at Meadowbrook Golf Club (8370 Côte Saint Luc Rd.). Starting times for the nine-hole course are from 7am to 10am. A buffet luncheon follows at the Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Ave) will follow. In the event of strong rain, the luncheon will still take place as scheduled, but the tournament will be rescheduled for Tuesday, July 11, with the same starting times. Please note that we have NEVER been rained out before.

This year we will be honouring Johnny Elias, a long-time volunteer and past owner of the Grand Slam Baseball School. Elias has recently agreed to loan nearly 50 years’ worth of baseball memorabilia to Côte Saint-Luc. The city will announce its plans at the luncheon on where the items will be showcased.

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Alvin Fishman, Harold Cammy, Johnny Elias, Marc Ezerzer, Sam Goldbloom and myself.

Marc Ezerzer from the Côte Saint-Luc-based Vantage Mortgage and Real Estate Group is this year title sponsor. He also provided caps and golf balls for the participants.

Côte Saint-Luc will also officially inaugurate the Pierre Brunet Parks and Recreation Bursary Fund, which is sponsored by local McDonald’s franchisee Pierre Brunet. The Fund will be used to help local families who need financial help to register their children in recreation programs. Funds will also support children with special needs.

Pierre Brunet has been involved in our helping our community for many years. This new initiative will have a direct impact in the lives of many kids in our community.

A guest speaker will be announced soon.


The Golf Classic is open to all with participants slotted into groups of players ages 64 and younger or ages 65 and older.

“Johnny was a professional minor league baseball player and later got to know players from the Expos and visiting teams quite well,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “He put together a remarkable collection over the years and we’re very excited to be able to share it with the public in Côte Saint-Luc.”

The luncheon will include trophies and door prizes. There will be snacks on the golf course and souvenir packages available.

 


Information meeting scheduled for continuous campaign to save Meadowbrook

Many people in Côte Saint-Luc have heard about the ongoing campaign to save the Meadowbrook Golf Course from development and have it converted into a green space. Many have the impression that it is protected and that the work is over.

On Thursday, May 11 (7 pm) Les Amis du Parc Meadowbrook will hold an information meeting at St. Richard’s Parish in CSL (7070 Guelph Avenue, near Parkhaven) to update the public on the current status of the green space and to secure additional help to have the area converted into a regional nature park for the over 150,000 residents who live in the West End.

The meeting will feature several speakers and provide information on the green space and how it can be used by residents year-round for a variety of activities. There will be a special presentation on the many legal environmental battles in Montreal and a new legal defense organization, the Legacy Fund for the Environment.

All are welcome.

When: May 11th, 2017, 7 pm

Where: St. Richard’s Parish, 7070 Guelph CSL

For more information on Les Amis du Parc Meadowbrook, go towww.lesamisdemeadowbrook.org, SOS Meadowbrook on Facebook or @Parc Meadowbrook on Twitter.

 

Our 37th CSL Golf Classic a huge success; Pierre Brunet and Manoir Ronald McDonald highlighted

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Sam Goldbloom, myself, Harvey Levine and Allan J. Levine on the course.

Last December I got a call from Harold Cammy, Côte Saint-Luc`s veteran manager of Parks and Recreation. Harold has been with the city for 42 years and I have worked with him on many projects for one reason or another over that time.

Harold, section manager Alvin Fishman and my council colleague Sam Goldbloom and I work together each summer on the Côte Saint-Luc Golf Classic at Meadowbrook. And yes, work actually begins more than six months prior to tee-off time.  Harold had an idea for an honouree, that being Pierre Brunet. The franchisee for many McDonald`s Restaurants, including two in Côte Saint-Luc, Pierre has always been there to support us. Sam and I brought the proposition to council and it was approved before anyone could say “Big Mac.”

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Welcomed by the Manoir Ronald McDonald team.

The date for this 37th annual event was Thursday, July 7. Let the record state that we have never been completely rained out. Based on the forecast, we were pretty worried as thundershowers were predicted all week. That remained the case even up until the night before. But Mother Nature is clearly a CSL golf fan and the weather conditions could not have been better. Close to 100 golfers hit the beautiful Meadowbrook course for this nine-hole best ball affair.

My foursome included Councillor Goldbloom, Councillor Allan J. Levine and B’nai Brith Canada Quebec Region Director Harvey Levine (Allan’s brother). I golf once a year, so I am no Jack Nicklaus. But I do enjoy the experience.

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Left to right, thanking our title sponsors: La Capitale`s Tony Aziz, Sylvie Boivin, Councillor Sam Goldbloom, Murielle Lafond, Priscilla Bourgeois and myself. (photo by Rami Negev)

The Routtenberg family from Freemark Apparel Brands sponsored the Hospitality Room and provided some door prizes from their Bench label. McDonald’s Canada was also a sponsor. Paul Steinberg of Silver Star Mercedes arranged for that type of luxury car to be available for a month if someone got a hole in one. That did not happen. But as part of our raffle, Justin Burnham of our Library won the car for a weekend.This year’s title sponsor was La Capitale General Assurances, represented by Murielle Lafond, Sylvie Boivin, Tony Azar and Priscilla Bourgeois. They will be offering employees of the city special deals on insurance packages and encourage residents to inquire as well. Officials set up a kiosk and a lot of people came to talk to them.

We always invite our local Police Station 9 Commander to golf with us. This year it was Jean O’Malley. He was joined by his predecessors, Marc Cournoyer (now at Station 3 on the West Island) and Sylvain Bissonnette (now at Station 8 in Lachine). Councillor Ruth Kovac completed their foursome.

Although not competitive, we do give out trophies. This year’s golf outing featured MASTERS (over 65 years of age) and EAGLE (under 65 years of age) categories. For the longest drive, the winners were: Steve Woloz (Masters, Male); Pat Heller (Masters, Female); former Mayor Robert Libman (Eagles, Male); and Janet Klodnisky (Eagles, Female). The closest to the pin went to: Archie Katz (Masters, Male); John Liontis (Eagles, Male); and Layne Stein (Eagles, Female).

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Sam and I with Ron Yarin.


Veteran Côte Saint-Luc volunteer Ron Yarin was back as the honourary chair of the event. Mayor Mitchell Brownstein, Councillors Glenn J. Nashen, Sidney Benizri, Steven Erdelyi and Mount Royal Liberal Member of Parliament Anthony Housefather were also on hand.   Councillor Herb Brownstein from Dollard des Ormeaux participated as well. Many retired employees from the city joined us, which is always nice.  Of course, Cammy could not have done this all without the key help of Alvin, Maurizio Giobbi and other staff. Alvin and Mo were at the golf course setting up at 5:30 am. Our friends from McDonald’s greeted everyone with hot coffee and delicious danish.

There was a beautiful link this year between honouring Pierre Brunet and stepping up our commitment to Manoir Ronald McDonald. This is a temporary home away from home for out-of-town (more than 70 km) families of children with critical illness who must travel here for medical treatments. Traditionally, Côte Saint-Luc directs proceeds from its annual Winter Carnival events to this facility located next door to Ste. Justine Hospital via a pancake breakfast. This has resulted in donations of close to $50,000 for the Manoir. The Côte Saint-Luc Men`s Club announced they had raised close to $1,200 in less than three weeks for Le Manoir. Cammy added that through a variety of other clubs, an additional $2,200 was obtained – bringing the total to $3,400. We also helped raise more awareness, all of which left Manoir executive director Jacqueline Mallet quite thankful.

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Pierre Brunet addresses the audience.

Pierre Brunet`s  personal connection to Côte Saint-Luc came with the opening of his first franchise on the border at CSL Road and Walkley in the early 1990’s. Always community minded, while still holding onto to just one franchise,  Pierre demonstrated his generosity by donating $5,000  to the construction of the first water play facility in Côte Saint-Luc located in the north end of Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park. When Pierre was approached 10 years ago about supplying pancakes for a winter carnival pancake breakfast he came through once again and over that decade he has donated more than 10,000 pancakes to the winter carnival. This was a key factor in the $50,000 we have raised for them. Throughout his tenure Pierre has donated thousands of dollars in free meal coupons, coffee coupons and year of cheers for various sports and other cultural programs in the community. And keep in mind he actually operates 17 franchises across the city. We were pleased to see him joined by his colleagues Peter Stamatopoulos, John Liontis and Lina Lavasile.

We had a surprise for Pierre—a giant cake shaped like a hamburger. TCBY also supplied us with delicious yogurt.

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Pierre is presented with his hamburger shaped cake.

This year`s guest speaker was CSL resident Matthew Ross, the host of Game Points on TSN 690 and the founder of Expos Nation. Matthew is playing a very active role in trying to get professional baseball in the city. His address was very well received and many people had questions for him. Look for him to appear at a future Men`s Club meeting. Matthew was pleased to mingle with another special guest, legendary broadcaster Dick Irvin.

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Matthew Ross and Dick Irvin

Thanks to the efforts of Alvin, we had many door prizes. It was an action-packed day, which went longer than any banquet we have held yet. Nobody was complaining.

Finally, a word of appreciation to Toby Shulman for leading our volunteers and Michael Johnson and his team at Meadowbrook, a true jewel in our midst.

Here are all of the photos taken by Rami Negev during the day.

And here  is the video taken by our very own Darryl Levine.

 

 

 


Spots are already selling fast for the 37th annual CSL Golf Classic

The 37th annual Côte Saint-Luc Golf Classic will take place at Meadowbrook Golf Course on Thursday, July 7. Some 120 golfers will tee off beginning at 7 a.m., with a special awards banquet honouring long-time community leader and McDonald’s Restaurant franchisee Pierre Brunet set for the Aquatic and Community Centre (ACC) at 5794 Parkhaven Avenue at 1 p.m.

I will once again co-chairs the event with Councillor Sam Goldbloom. This year’s program will repeat the popular new format launched in 2015, as well as the two specific age classifications whereby players can compete (on a friendly basis) amongst their own age groups: MASTERS (age 65 and older) and EAGLE (age 64 and younger). The title sponsor this year will be La Capitale General Insurance. McDonald’s Restaurants of Quebec and Freemark Apparel Brands Inc. and its Bench brand are also among the sponsors. Veteran Côte Saint-Luc volunteer Ron Yarin is back as the honourary chair of the event along with Mark Routtenberg, president of Freemark Apparel Brands and former minority owner of the Montreal Expos. Paul Steinberg of Silver Star Mercedes Benz has arranged for someone to win the use of a car for one month if they get a hole in one and for three days as part of a draw.

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Myself, Sam Goldbloom, Pierre Brunet and his general manager Dennis Murphy, Harold Cammy and Alvin Fishman at a meeting to launch proceedings.

The event will honour Brunet as the Personality of Distinction. He will be recognized for more than 30 years of dedicated service, not only as franchisee of two local McDonald’s Restaurants in Côte Saint-Luc, but for his undying support for community events. In addition, the event will pay special tribute and raise funds for the Manoir Ronald McDonald. This is a temporary home away from home for out-of-town (more than 70 km) families of children with critical illness who must travel here for medical treatments. Traditionally, Côte Saint-Luc directs proceeds from its annual Winter Carnival events to this facility located next door to Ste. Justine Hospital via a pancake breakfast. This has resulted in donations of close to $50,000 for the Manoir.


Côte Saint-Luc resident Matthew Ross, the host of TSN 690 Radio`s Game Points and the founder of Expos Nation will be the special guest speaker. Expos Nation has been working towards bringing professional baseball back to Montreal. Legendary broadcaster Dick Irvin will be among the golfers.

The format of play is called “Scramble” and is quite popular in today’s golf outings. This helps speed up the game for all players. The players decide which golfer hits the best shot off the tee and then all those from that foursome play their next shot from that point. Play continues from hole to hole in the same fashion for the rest of the outing.

In case of thunderstorms on Thursday July 7, the luncheon will proceed with festivities at the Aquatic and Community Center and golf will be postponed until the following Thursday, July 14. The same starting times will be honoured at Meadowbrook Golf Club, 8370 Côte Saint-Luc Road. History will note that this event has never been rained out before.

The registration fee will remain at $27 (tax included), which includes nine holes of golf, a catered sit down buffet luncheon, award-winning trophies for contests such as Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and the opportunity to win one of many door prizes. A minimum donation of $10 is also being requested for the Manoir. Businesses can also sponsor a hole, with proceeds going to the Manoir.

For more information contact Harold Cammy or Alvin Fishman at hcammy@cotesaintluc.org or afishman@cotesaintluc.org or call 514-485-6806.

Here is a look at last year's  event.