Seniors

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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


CSL Men's Club raises $400,000 for Magen David Adom

The Côte Saint-Luc Men’s Club continues to outdo itself year after year. Now 620 members strong, it welcomes residents age 55 and older. Founded in 1987, the club welcomes local, provincial and national speakers every Thursday morning at 9:30 am. The club also organizes activities like fitness, bowling, bridge, golf, choral and discussion groups.

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Syd Kronish sits on the scooter his family donated.

Under the leadership of District 2 resident Syd Kronish for the past three years, the Men’s Club held a gala evening June 27 to benefit Canadian Magen David Adom for Israel (CMDA). Since 1976 CMDA has been the sole authorized fund-raising organization in Canada dedicated to supplying ambulances, medical equipment, supplies and blood testing kits to support the lifesaving efforts of MDA in Israel. All of CMDA's assistance to MDA has been made possible solely through  generous donations.

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I took the time to congratulate Syd and Elaine Kronish, two of my distinguished constituents.

With its Head of Operations in Montreal and supporting Chapters across the country, CMDA's commitment to this cause runs deep with over 100 dedicated volunteers and a permanent staff of full-time professionals. Our newest city councillor, Sidney Benizri, is the executive director. In addition to providing ongoing support for the people of Israel, CMDA has contributed 20 percent of the funds required to build the national headquarters of MDA's Blood Bank located in the Tel-Ha'shomer complex just outside Tel Aviv, supplied 100 of the 800 ambulances in service today and 25 of the 200 emergency First-Responder Medical Scooters with plans to purchase another eight this year. Two of the Mobile Blood Units and $1.2 million in annual contributions to purchase specialized blood testing kits have all been possible due to your generous donations.


MDA is not a government agency, and therefore,depends heavily on donations, primarily from the Diaspora. In order to continue safeguarding lives in routine times and in times of emergency, MDA requires constant support.

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CMDA President Michael Levine, Mayor Brownstein and Mannie Young thank the Spectors for their donation. (Charles Eklove photo)

The event held at the CSL Aquatic and Community Centre began with the announcement that two ambulances and four medical scooters had been donated. More than 400 people attended, raising an incredible $400,000 for CMDA. Some of the proceeds from the event will be used to provide essential medical equipment for MDA Israel paramedics and first responders.

Standard Ambulances were donated by Simon and Fagey Rossdeutscher and Judith and Harry Rossdeutscher in memory of their families who perished in the Holocaust and by Derek and Richard Stern and Families from Olymbec. The Medical Emergency Scooter were purchased by Sheila and Nat Agensky in memory of Brian Agensky, Marion and Lazarus Caplan, Elaine and Syd Kronish/Steven, Etty, Samantha and David Kronish and The Spector Family. Harriet and Harry Fried made a donation towards medical equipment.

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Cantor Yossi Pomerantz sings.


Mayor Mitchell Brownstein served as the master of ceremonies for the evening, which featured performances by Cantor Yossi Pomerantz (accompanied by Joseph Milo) and humorist Al Kustanowitz.


“Just having returned from a visit to Israel, where a group of us visited MDA’s Medical Dispatch Center, I can tell all of you that it truly is an amazing organization which responds to all types of emergencies,” Kronish told the audience.


CMDA President Michael Levine also spoke. “The pride we all feel in being part of Magen David Adom exists on so many levels,” he said. “Saving lives, mitigating the suffering of human beings whoever they may be, supporting the 15,000 volunteers and 2,300 employees in Israel that, too often, knowingly put themselves at risk to care for others, and MDA involvement around the world, are just a few. There is so much more.”


The audience was moved by this video  of a young boy whose life was saved by MDA


The entertainment was superb. Afterwards, a dessert reception was held in our gym. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to speak to so many of our constituents,


Premier Couillard charms his audience at packed Côte Saint-Luc address

It is pretty rare that we see the Premier of Quebec come to speak in the City of Côte Saint-Luc. But this finally did occur on May 12 as Philippe Couillard addressed a standing room only crowd at our Aquatic and Community Centre on Parkhaven Avenue.


Credit is due to our incredible Men`s Club and of course the Member of the National Assembly, David Birnbaum, who made this happen. As event emcee and District 2 resident Sidney Margles pointed out that when Couillard was just the new  Quebec Liberal Party leader he  was slated to address this same group at the urging of Birnbaum`s predecessor, Lawrence Bergman. Something came up at the last minute and his appearance had to be cancelled. The Men’s Club has 560 members and counting.

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The Premier shakes hands as he enters the room.

This time everything worked out just fine. The Men`s Club began distributing reserved tickets a few weeks ago. When I arrived, there was a strong police presence around the building. Couillard did get to the ACC a little late and like a born campaigner he entered the room by shaking as many hands as possible.


One thing I must say about our Premier, who by profession was a former professor and neurosurgeon. He speaks both languages so beautifully. While many of us are upset with the significant budget cuts we incurred early in the Liberal mandate and the gutting of the health system, Couillard has this audience eating out of his hands from the get go. He began with some humour, alluding to the massive flooding in different parts of Quebec and the fact he decided to visit an aquatic center. He drew applause immediately when he announced “I will do this speech in English so we can all follow.” He also introduced Greg Kelley, son of Native Affairs Minister Geoff Kelley, as his new point person for Quebec's English-speaking community. “Anglophone liaison officer,” is the exact title. I met Kelley after the talk. He’s 31 and presently bunking with his parents in Beaconsfield. He formerly worked in the office of government House Leader Jean-Marc Fournier.


Couillard drew cheers again when he previewed his upcoming trade mission to Israel. “This will be my third trip there. It is the first time a Quebec Premier has gone.” More than 100 Quebec business persons and leaders will accompany him. “Why are we doing this?” Couillard asked rhetorically. “Israel is a start-up nation and an example to follow.”

Couillard mentioned the fact that both Air Canada and Air Transat have direct flights from Montreal to Tel Aviv. He also laughed that when he is in Israel, so will controversial US President Donald Trump.


“Since elected our government is doing exactly like we said we’d do; putting our financial house in order.”

The Premier gave a ringing endorsement for federalism. “Some people are telling me that I cannot be a Quebecer and Canadian. We will stand tall for a strong Quebec within Canada.”


Couillard expressed pride about his government’s job creation program. He also pointed to the investments made at the Jewish General Hospital. “This is a hospital that serves all communities,” he said. “My (late) father was treated there in oncology. So was Mr. Parizeau”


Couillard asked, “How do we build our economy in such an unstable world?” He referred to the three pillars: advance manufacturing, exports and entrepreneurship. “You need a strong educational system to build a proper economy,” he said.


Couillard spoke very excitingly about the planned 67-kilometre, $6 billion electric-train system which will connect downtown Montreal with the South Shore, Deux-Montagnes, the West Island and Trudeau airport. “This will be the equivalent of Expo ’67 in 2017,” he said.


Rather than a straight question and answer period, Margles said that members were asked to submit queries. From the 40 or so obtained, he chose to share a few with the Premier related to assisted living for seniors, the availability of family doctors, special needs children, the sale of marijuana and the Quebec Electoral Commission’s decision to merge the Outremont and Mont Royal ridings and change the boundaries of D’Arcy McGee.


Couillard said that he turns 60 in June so he is sensitive to issues related to seniors. “We are devoting significant dollars to seniors,” he acknowledged. “We have many more doctors than we did before – hundreds of new physicians and they are staying in Quebec.”


As for access to family physicians, Couillard said that right now there are 600,000 people more who have this option compared to 2014.


Turning to the sale of marijuana, which will become legal in Canada in July 2018. “An easy thing for me to say that at first glance I think there is merit to the idea,” said Couillard. “It is now controlled by the black market. There is still a tremendous amount of work to be done. My biggest concern is public health. Smoking pot is probably not good for your lungs. Young people now are smoking a product that is much worse than the hippy days.”


Couillard also wished to clear up a myth that the province is going to make a lot of money on this. “If to price it too high you will send people back to the black market,” he remarked. “If you price it too low, you will increase consumption.”

As reported in The Suburban, Couillard explained that it was decided years ago to enable the independent, non-partisan Quebec Electoral Commission to decide on riding changes "to remove petty politics and partisanship from the issue. The only way for us to act on [riding changes considered to be unjust] is to change the criteria on which the commission bases itself to make decisions, and for this we need to change electoral law. I'm not ruling this out. We're going to have significant discussions. I know legal recourse has been tabled by the community here on this, and people should exercise their rights. That's something that should be done."


Mayor Brownstein concluded proceedings by thanking the Premier for coming to Côte Saint-Luc and particularly the ACC, which the provincial government contributed one-third of the cost.


Also on hand for Couillard’s speech were provincial cabinet ministers Kathlee Weil, Pierre Arcand and Francine Charbonneau, Mount Royal Liberal Member of Parliament Anthony Housefather, Hampstead Mayor William Steinberg, CSL councillors Sam Goldbloom, Ruth Kovac, Allan J. Levine, Dida Berku and myself and English Montreal School Board Commissioner Bernard Praw.

 


Dentist turned author Rajchgot to address Men's Club January 12

 

District 2 resident and noted dentist Dr. Harry Rajchgot will be the guest speaker at the CSL Men's Club on Thursday, January 12 (9:30 am) at the Aquatic and Community Centre on Parkhaven Avenue.

Dr. Rajchgot  has practiced full-time in Montreal, both in private practice in NDG and as a staff member of the Montreal Children's Hospital (now part of the MUHC),  for over 35 years. For 15 of those years, he was on staff and head of the Dentistry Department at the Mackay Centre for Deaf and Handicapped Children, and has taught in McGill's Dentistry Faculty and in the Dental Hygiene Program of John Abbott College.

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Harry Rajchgot

It took more than two decades, but Dr. Rajcgot published his first novel, Gravitational Fields, most recently. This is the epic fictional story of a family of Holocaust survivors who, after the war, live first in Israel and later in Montreal. He will be speaking about his book, which he began to write over 20 years ago, after his father's death in 1995, and about his own family's real-life history, their journey from pre-war Poland to Montreal.

I have read the book and frankly could not put it down.


CSL's Men's Club stages another outstanding annual gala

The Côte Saint-Luc Men`s Club sure knows how to throw a party! Their annual gala is always the highlight of the social season for some of our most outgoing senior citizens and the 2016 edition was no exception.

This 29th annual gala was held at the Gelber Conference Centre. It was a sold out affair, with more than 400 people in attendance. District 2 resident Joe Presser served as the gala chairman, working with committee members Nathan Brotman, Kenny Bessner, David Haltrecht, David Gandell, Peter Sternberg, Mannie Young and Syd Kronish. Syd is the Men`s Club president and also a District 2 constituent of mine.

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Joe and Isabel Presser.

Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and members of city council were in attendance as was Mount Royal Liberal MP Anthony Housefather and D'Arcy McGee Liberal MNA David Birnbaum. His predecessor, Lawrence Bergman, was on hand as well. Lawrence maintains a very steady presence at community events. There was entertainment by Greg Innis on the keyboard an magic with Jody M.

I always enjoy this evening, which begins with hors d'oeuvres and continues with a full course dinner, open bar, desserts and some nice presentations. It was nice to see many couples I have known for years. Joe and Isabel Presser, Morris and Essie Liqournick , Bernie and Rhona Rapp, now retired pharmacist (after 60 years) Arnie Smith and wife Francis, Kenny and Rhoda Bessner, Aaron and Esther Spector, Manny and Charna Young, George and Phyllis Nashen, Allen and Shirley Rosen...the list goes on.

This year's Man of The Year was Bill Surkis, the Men's Club vice-president who sadly passed away very suddenly over a week ago. He was 77. Bill enjoyed a distinguished career as a pedagogue, head of the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre and B'nai Brith Canada. He suffered some adversity in recent years and the death of  his devoted wife. The Men's Club provided him with an opportunity for a fresh start. Many of his family members were on hand to accept the honour posthumously.  Kronish also paid tribute to the late Seymour Kleinberg, a sweetheart of a gentleman and a two-time Mann of the Year, who also passed away recently. 

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Arnold and Francis Smith

Housefather said that he is so proud of the Men's Club that he spoke about it in the House of Commons. "I sit on the Liberal Party Seniors Committee," he said. "I always use this club as an example of what we should be doing across the country."

Birnbaum made a declaration in the Quebec National Assembly last month. "Aging is not lost youth, but a new stage of opportunity and strength," he said, quoting legendary feminist leader Betty Friedan. "Together, you have created and sustained a sanctuary for fellowship, debate, exercise - mental and physical - community charity and, ultimately, the meaning and connection that makes life so worth living."

Birnbaum also hinted that he may be bringing Quebec Premier Phillipe Couillard to speak to the Men's Club in the not too distant future.

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Manny Young, Peter Sternberg, Jimmy Indig, Ellie Kurtz, Phil Goldberg and Mark Kotler.

The Men's Club honoured three individuals for their contributions: Jimmy Indig, Phil Goldberg and Pat Kutz. Yes Pat is a lady, but for the past decade she has used her talents in calligraphy to make the place cards for guests as successive galas. She was unable to attend, but her sister Ellie Kurtz represented her.

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The 90 year old honourees.

There was also the traditional presentation of plaques to members who turned 90 this year: Sam Altman, Arnold Garber, Steven Hopman, Myer Hart, Ben Merson, Max Kalic, Jack Kadaner, Harry Rubenstein, Saul Horowitz, Ruby Frankel,  Saul Katz and Norman Hayman.

To conclude the evening, the ever so talented Phil Kurtz presented a beautiful painting to the Men's Club.

We are very proud of this group.Bravo to all!


New Drop-In Program for Older Adults inaugurated in Côte Saint-Luc

The new Drop-In Program for Older Adults was inaugurated on August 29 at the  Côte Saint-Luc Parks and Recreation Department, right next door to our Aquatic and Community Centre (ACC).

This program will provide a respite for the caregivers of seniors, many of whom suffer from dementia. The program is operated by staff from the Cummings Centre in space provided by  Côte Saint-Luc, and with $390,913 in financial support over three years from the government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.

The creation of the program was also made possible with the assistance of the Integrated Health and Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal (West-Central Montreal Health), the Caregiver Network and the Town of Hampstead.

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Members of Council with Anthony Housefather and David Birnbaum.

Liberal Member of Parliament for Mount Royal Anthony Housefather first got involved in this issue last fall when he was still the mayor of Côte Saint-Luc.  Upon being elected to federal office he began working the partners to make this program a reality.

“There are days in people’s lives when you appreciate why you went into public service,” stated Anthony Housefather. “This is one of them. It just like the building next door – the ACC.  It shows how three levels of government, a non-profit organization and a health board can create something concrete for our community.”

David Birnbaum repeated the often used phrase, “it takes a village to raise a child.” He went on to say how “in the 21st century it will take an entire community to take care of our seniors.”

Mayor Mitchell Brownstein served as the host for the ceremony. Other speakers include Cummings Centre President Arlene Feigelman, Hampstead Mayor William Steinberg and West-Central Montreal Health Board President and CEO Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg.

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Sharing the joy of the seniors and their families.

It was a pleasure to join some of the families who will enjoy this new locale. There were lots of smiles to go around and a nice big chocolate cake shared by all. Congratulations to Cornelia Ziga and her staff at the Parks and Recreation Department for all of the work they did to make this happen. See this CTV report.

Later on the same day MNA Birnbaum welcomed the recent injection of $22.2 million to support the autonomy of seniors across Québec.  The announcement by Health Minister Gaétan Barrette will support services aimed at helping seniors remain at home as long as possible.

‘’As the MNA for a riding with the largest proportion of seniors in Québec, I am particularly encouraged to know that our government is increasing its investments in seniors’ autonomy,” Birnbaum noted. “Since our government was elected in April 2014, we have invested close to $138 million in home-care support. ’’

This increased aid will be designated to domestic-help services delivered by social-economy enterprises and cooperatives. The beneficiaries will be seniors and the caregivers. The anticipated increase represents approximately 600 000 additional hours for services such as for house-cleaning, preparation of meals, errands and clothes-cleaning. One such domestic-help social economy to be touched by the measure is Clean Sweepers - Coup de balai, Inc., located in the D’Arcy-McGee riding. Clean Sweepers’ mission is to provide quality domestic aid services and create sustainable employment. “This is a good step forward, one that will make our services more accessible,” said Director Bruce Cameron. Clean Sweepers is located on Queen-Mary Road.  Those seniors that are not currently receiving hours from their CLSC can directly contact Clean Sweepers at 514-484-4266 to arrange for services to be provided.


Castel Royal Retirement residence to close

Less than a year after we were notified about the planned closure of  Manoire Montefiore, an upscale private kosher seniors' residence on Mackle and Cavendish in  Côte Saint-Luc, comes the stunning news that the Castel Royal Retirement residence will suffer the same fate.

Residents and their families were told today by officials from Chartwell Retirement Residences that the  250-suite retirement home located at 5740 Cavendish Boulevard will cease operation effective May 3, 2017. This affects approximately 157 residents and 75 employees. It is too early to speculate what the building will be used for in the future.

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"We bought this site in 2006 and continued to invest in it over the last decade in the hopes of offering high quality and respectful Jewish retirement living to the seniors of Côte Saint-Luc," wrote Karen Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer, Chartwell Retirement Residences. "However, over time, and despite significant investments in capital initiatives, we have continued to be plagued by a number of major maintenance issues in this building, from ongoing plumbing and water pipe issues that frequently cause flooding and water damage, to aged ventilation, elevator and electrical systems that have frequent break-downs and that we struggle to find replacement parts for."

Ms. Sullivan said that Chartwell  deeply regrets the impact of this decision to the residents, their loved ones and their staff. She said they will be working with all impacted individuals to support and assist them through this transition. Every effort will be undertaken to assist residents with their move to the retirement residence of their choice, including nearby Jewish retirement residences, and all moving details, from locating an alternate residence, to packing and unpacking as well as transportation of personal items, will be managed by a reputable seniors relocation company at no cost. Staff will also be supported with this transition with fair severance packages consistent with union agreements and years of service as well as the possibility of transfer to alternate Chartwell residences.

We appreciate the fact that Chartwell is providing this one year's notice. But it is very sad for the residents, staff and our community.

 

 


Jonathan's Mysteries of the Mind jump starts Brain Awareness Week

On March 3,  as a prelude to Brain Awareness Week, Jonathan's Mysteries of the Mind Show was recently brought in to entertain the residents of Saint Patrick Square (SPSquare). Located at 6767 Côte St. Luc Road, SPSquare is designed for  autonomous individuals, ages 55 plus.

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Jonathan and an enthusiastic resident. (Photos by Jeffrey May)

During his 60 minute show, Jonathan Levey demonstrated the power of the mind, reading the thoughts and images “locked” in the minds of his audience, determining with high accuracy if people were telling a lie or a truth, perceiving personal objects held between his hands while his eyes were shut tight by bandages and a steel blindfold. Volunteers also had opportunities to test their own sensitivity on stage during several “experiments.” 

 

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Wearing a stainless steel blindfold, Jonathan demonstrates his mind-boggling abilities.  With the help of an enthused volunteer, he determines the type of objects  being held out… in this case, a wooden cane

This was Jonathan’s second visit to this wonderful residence and he was delighted to find these residents just as warm and responsive as the first time. 

If you know of a private, business or non-profit organization that might benefit from Jonathan's Mysteries of the Mind Show, you can reach Jonathan directly at:  514-944-5525  and you can view additional photos and videos on his website at: www.mindreadershow.com  and  on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/mindreadershow.

See this slideshow.

 Jonathan was recently on CJAD's The Exchange with Dave Kaufman. Fast forward to the 1:30 mark and listen.

 

 

 

 

 


The last resident leaves Manoire Montefiore

Manoire Montefiore, the upscale and beautifully maintained seniors residence located at the corner of Cavendish Boulevard and Mackle Road, has shut its doors less than a year after the owners, Réseau Selection, made the official announcement. At the time they indicated it could take as long as 18 months to ensure that the residents all found new homes.

MontefioreAs the city councillor for the district I was advised today by André Grégoire of Réseau Selection that the process of relocation has concluded. Eighty-five of the residents have moved to another Réseau Selection property - likely Le Waldorf on Côte Saint-Luc Road -while 15 percent went elsewhere.

Grégoire says that each resident and their family was given individual counselling in terms of selecting a new place to live as well as getting compensation equivalent to three months of rent to assist with the relocation costs.

The building is now up for sale. Unless it remains a senior residence, any change in vocation will have to come to council for a zoning change. It will be interesting to see what transpires.

There were only 65 units occupied at the Montefiore at the time of last year`s announcement to close; the average was 90. This means they were operating at about 50 percent capacity. 

Manoire Montefiore opened in 1989. In my 10 plus years as a city councillor I made many visits there to attend events and speak to the residents. It was always such a pleasure.


CSL Men's Club stages another classy annual gala

The Côte Saint-Luc Men's Club sure knows how to throw a party.

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Syd Kronish and Joe Presser.

More than 400 people were on hand at the Gelber Conference Centre on October 18 for the Men's Club 2015 Gala,  chaired by Joe Presser.  Men's Club President Syd Kronish extended well deserved thanks to Presser and his committee of Sid Birns, Kenny Bessner, Morty Benedick, Jack Frank, David Gandell, David Haltrecht, Marvin Hayman, Jimmy Indig, Seymour Kleinberg, Pat Kutz, Jack Lackman, Beryl Peletz, Jacob Posel, Rhoda and Peter Sternberg and Manny Young.

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Irwin Cotler and Anthony Housefather.

Mayor Anthony Housefather, along with myself and five other members of city council were on hand. There were hors d'ouevres, drinks, a full course meal, music by Glen Inis and a great comedy routine from our very own Joey Elias.  Liberal MNA for D'Arcy McGee David Birnbaum and Liberal MP for Mount Royal Irwin Cotler were on hand.

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Joey Elias

Mayor Housefather, whom we all hope will become the next Liberal MP for Mount Royal on October 19, praised the Men's Club for its growing membership of 500 plus and the work it does. Added Birnbaum: "You folks know how to put on a show. The energy in the room is just overwhelming."

Phil Silvers, who leads the Senior's Choir, was recognized with a certificate for his work by Ruby Cobrin. Posel presented plaques to 10 Men's Club members who are now 90 years of age: Stephen Hopman, Michael Lansky, Aubrey Smofsky, Allan Rubin, Benny Bokser, Frank Lemko, Ben Abugov, Herb Paperman, Sidney Strolovitch and Solomon Susser.

Peter Sternberg was recognized as the Man of The Year. He has been involved with the Men's Club for about 20 years and served as president from 2002 to 2004. For a decade he chaired the club's very unique Winter Luncheon in Florida.

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Syd Kronish and Peter Sternberg.

The evening concluded with the dramatic unveiling of a magnificent mural by artist Phil Kurtz. He was introduced by noted art teacher Phil Goldberg. Kurtz spent more than 400 hours on this masterpiece -a painting of couples associated with the club as if it were a large group photo shoot. Those depicted could not believe their eyes. It will be put in the wall at our Aquatic and Community Centre for all to see.

I had a wonderful time and on the eve of my own 53rd birthday on October 21 it won't be long before I am a senior as well. The Men's Club has so many excellent activities, from its weekly speakers series to different trips, outings and special events.

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The beautiful mural by Phil Kurtz.