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Côte Saint-Luc residents encouraged to organize their own activities for Neighbours Day on June 6, 2015

For the second consecutive year the City of Côte Saint-Luc is encouraging its residents to take part in the province-wide Neighbours Day on June 6, 2015

“Our hope is that residents will organize events,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “It could be as simple as gathering on a front lawn or as grand as party in a neighbourhood park. The goal is to get to know your neighbours and to create a sense of community and belonging.”

Residents who wish to initiate a neighbourhood activity can pick up from municipal buildings an invitation card to fill out and distribute in their neighbourhoods. They can also register their event at www.fetedesvoisins.qc.ca/registration.html.

“Neighbours Day is the perfect opportunity to get to know your neighbourhood and the people who live in it,” said Councillor Allan J. Levine, who is responsible for bringing Neighbours Day to Côte Saint-Luc. “Residents who participate will ultimately benefit from the success of their own neighbourhood event.”

The first Neghbours Day took place in France in 1999 and it quickly spread across Europe. In Quebec since 2006, Neighbours Day is an initiative of the Réseau québécois de villes et villages en santé, an organization which promotes and encourages the sustainable development of healthy living in Quebec. It focuses on the exchange between municipalities and the commitment of municipal decision-makers to quality of life through their ability to mobilize partners and residents to take action.

 

 

 

Giller Prize winner Sean Michaels to speak at Côte Saint-Luc library

Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Sean Michaels will speak at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library on Wednesday, May 13 at 7 pm.

The event is free and open to the public and is presented in collaboration with the Quebec Writers’ Federation.

Michaels is based in Montreal. He won Canada’s top literary prize in 2014 for his debut novel Us Conductors. He will discuss his book, which tells a fictionalized account of the life and love of Lev Termen and his invention of the theremin, a unique musical instrument that is played without being touched. The story is set in Jazz Age New York City and the Soviet Union and explores themes of invention, memory, and unrequited love. Michaels is only the third writer to win the prestigious Giller Prize for a debut novel.

“Since we first acquired Us Conductors, it has been extremely popular with our readers,” said Library Director Janine West. “We’re honoured to be welcoming such a promising and intriguing writer to the library.”

The event will begin with a talk and reading by Michaels about his book. A questions-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Michaels first made his name as the founder of the music blog Said the Gramophone. He has contributed to many publications including the Guardian, McSweeneys, the National Post, and the Globe and Mail. He is at work on a second novel.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. For more information about this event, call the library at 514-485-6900 or email rgrantner@cotesaintluc.org.

 

  

Residents invited to a public participation session for the Trudeau Park playground renovation

Residents of all ages of the City of Côte Saint-Luc are invited to a public participation session on Sunday May 3 at 11 am, at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Boulevard, to give feedback on the upcoming renovation of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park playground. 

Côte Saint-Luc will renovate Trudeau Park starting in the fall of 2015. The entire playground area will be relocated and outfitted with new equipment for little kids, bigger kids, and adults too.

“We are interested in hearing what our residents would like to see in this playground,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We know that we’d like this playground to be used by the young and the young at heart, and in order to deliver a product that will be appreciated and used by all we would like to hear feedback from users of the park.”

Those in attendance at this public participation session will be working hands on with maps to create a layout and concept for the playground. There will also be a special session for young children with an animator who will survey the children to find out what features they like best in playgrounds.

“We are hoping to see residents from across the city attend this public participation session,” said Glenn Nashen, Councillor for district 6 where Trudeau Park is located. “This is a unique and rare opportunity for residents, especially kids, to get directly involved in the redevelopment of the city's flagship park and playground.”

This meeting is the first part of a three-step process. The second step will be an evening meeting in mid-summer, where residents will be invited to see the concept for the new playground and meet with the designers. This will be the opportunity to tweak the design and provide additional feedback. The third and final step is a meeting towards the end of the summer or early fall, where the final concept will be revealed to the public. 

“The renovation at Trudeau Park is slated to start in the fall of 2015 and continue through 2016. We are aiming to have the park ready for 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary,” said Councillor Ruth Kovac, the council member responsible for urban planning issues.

Anyone wishing to attend this public participation session is asked to confirm their presence by contacting Régine Banon at 514-485-6800, ext. 1801 or rbanon@cotesaintluc.org. 

Côte Saint-Luc Volunteer Citizens on Patrol information session on April 7

The City of Côte Saint-Luc is looking for new recruits and will be holding an information session on Tuesday, April 7 at 7 pm at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.). 

Prospective volunteers should be residents age 18 or older. They should bring identification and a completed copy of the application form available at CoteSaintLuc.org/vcop. There is a one-time membership fee of $75 and volunteers are required to make a minimum commitment of six hours per month. 

“Since its inception in July 2006, vCOP volunteers have worked alongside public security, police, fire and EMS services to add to Côte Saint-Luc's substantial safety initiatives,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, who is responsible for vCOP.  “The patrollers have logged more than 46,625 hours and 254,166 kilometres, which is more than six times around the Earth.”

More than 80 volunteers patrol the streets of Côte Saint-Luc in marked vCOP vans, scooters, on foot and on bicycles. The volunteers notify local agencies about emergency and non-emergency situations as they act as observers throughout the community. Volunteer patrollers also help out at all community events, check smoke detectors in homes in partnership with the fire department and assist with residents at major fires and other large incidents.

Côte Saint-Luc was the first city in Quebec to implement this neighbourhood-watch-on-wheels program in 2006. Similar programs have been established in communities throughout Canada and the United States.

For more information or to join the vCOP program, please call 514-485-6800, send an e-mail to vcop@CoteSaintLuc.org, or visit CoteSaintLuc.org/vcop.

 

 

 

The world music quartet Surkalén will perform in Côte Saint-Luc on Thursday, March 19

The world music ensemble Surkalén will perform a concert of original ethno-fusion music at Harold Greenspon Auditorium at 5801 Cavendish Blvd. on Thursday, March 19 at 7 pm.

Surkalén (www.surkalen.ca) is a group of four musicians of Latin American and European heritage who play in a musical style that they call ethno-fusion. This poetic style mixes South American sounds and rhythms with elements of African, Asian, European, and Middle Eastern music. 

In 2012, Surkalén released their album Essence de lumière. They were nominated for World Group of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2012, and in 2013 the group won the People’s Choice Award from the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

Critics have described their music as gentle, spellbinding, wide-ranging, and always defiant towards boundaries. The four musicians use many instruments, including guitar, bass, flutes, violin, percussion, as well as vocals to create their unique sound. 

Tickets for the concert are $5 and are available at the front desk of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. For more information, please contact Robin Grantner at 514-485-6900, ext. 4205.

 

 

Canada Reads, Côte Saint-Luc-style

The popular annual book debate Canada Reads returns to the CBC airwaves in mid-March and the Côte Saint-Luc Library is getting in on the action.

On Thursday, March 12 at 7 pm, five Côte Saint-Luc librarians will defend their choice of one of the five books in contention at a high-spirited round-table debate at the library. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

“Canada Reads is an important annual literary event, and we want Côte Saint-Luc to be a part of it,” said Library Director Janine West. “Book-lovers can come to our debate to hear a personalized case made for each book by our librarians. When the CBC debate airs the next week, readers will have a fresh perspective on the books in the running.”

The theme of this year’s debate is “One Book to Break Barriers” and it features five books, both fiction and non-fiction, that question stereotypes and bring important issues to light. The shortlisted books are Ru by Montreal writer Kim Thúy (translated by Sheila Fischman), Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes by Kamal Al-Solaylee, The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King, And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier (translated by Rhonda Mullins), and When Everything Feels like the Movies by Raziel Reid.

For more information about Canada Reads at the CSL Library, visit csllibrary.org or email mtomecz@cotesaintluc.org.

 

CJAD 800 Passion host Dr. Laurie Betito to speak at the Côte Saint-Luc Library

Dr. Laurie Betito, author and host of CJAD’s popular radio show Passion, will speak at the Côte Saint-Luc Library on Thursday, February 12 at 7 pm.

The event is free and open to the public.

“We are very fortunate to have such an expert in her field as Laurie provide this kind of talk for us,” said Côte Saint-Luc City Councillor Mike Cohen, who oversees the library and culture portfolio. “Laurie grew up in our community. Her parents still live here. We are so very proud of the career she has carved for herself and can think of no better speaker to have on the eve of Valentine's Day than the host of Montreal's foremost radio show dealing with relationships.”

Dr. Betito will discuss her career as a clinical psychologist, radio host, and writer in the sex and relationship field. She will also share tips and insights from her new book, The Sex Bible for People over 50. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Every week, Dr. Betito discusses various sex and relationship topics and takes questions from listeners on Passion, which airs weeknights at 10 pm.

She has been a practicing psychotherapist in Montreal for over 25 years, and is currently the president of the Sexual Health Network of Quebec.

For more information about this event, visit www.csllibrary.org or email jwest@cotesaintluc.org.

 

New days for curbside collection in Côte Saint-Luc starting week of February 2

Curbside collection days are changing for most homes in Côte Saint-Luc starting the week of Monday, February 2, 2015.

For single-family homes and duplexes, brown bins (organic waste) will be collected on Mondays, blue bins (recyclables) on Tuesdays, bulky waste on Wednesdays, and garbage on Thursdays.

Residents can start placing closed-lid bins at the curb at 10 pm the night before the collection. You can place bulky waste as of noon the day before. Blue bins must be at the curb by 7 am on collection day to ensure it is collected. Brown bins, bulky waste, and garbage bins must be placed by 8 am on collection day.

It made financial sense to outsource garbage collection and organic waste collection. The contractor has the capacity to collect garbage from single-family homes and duplexes across Côte Saint-Luc in one day. Same with organics and bulky waste. We decided to simplify collection and schedule it on the same day.

For those townhouses that currently take part in curbside organic waste collection, they will follow the same schedule as single family homes and duplexes. For all other multi-family complexes and institutions, garbage collection is on Mondays and Thursdays, recycling collection remains on Tuesdays and bulky waste collection is on Wednesdays.

For old electronic items (computers, monitors, etc.) and household hazardous waste (paint, CFL bulbs, etc.), residents can bring these to the EcoCentre at 6925 Côte-des-Neiges or Public Works (7001 Mackle Rd.). Call 514-485-6868 to arrange a pick up at the curb of an old TV.

Côte Saint-Luc is mailing a flyer with the new collection days information to all homes, doing a city-wide phone call out, and sending an email to all those subscribed to the Côte Saint-Luc e-newsletter, among other things.

 

 

Hilarious whodunit Haven’t Got A Clue is set to take the stage just in time for Valentine’s Day

 The Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society presents the hilarious whodunit, Haven’t Got A Clue, from February 12 to 15, 2015 at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

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

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

Artistic Director, Anisa Cameron, has assembled a stellar cast of 25 professional and community actors who will bring the play to life in the Harold Greenspon Auditorium. 

“I think people will really enjoy Haven’t Got A Clue,” Cameron said. “It’s so funny and our cast is so spectacular, it’s going to be a memorable time at the theatre for all. I am particularly excited to see how the audience participation in determining the end plays out. It seems like such a fun way to enhance the performer/audience relationship.”

The audience will be asked to decide the fate of the show at each performance, choosing from three different endings.

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

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

For more information, e-mail csldramaticsociety@gmail.com or call 514-485-6800 x2024.

 

Côte Saint-Luc adopts 2015 budget: city spending stays flat, average residential property tax increase of 1.9 percent

The City of Côte Saint-Luc has adopted an operating budget for 2015 that kept spending flat and saw the property tax of 1.9 percent for an average single-family home in the city, which is less than the Canadian rate of inflation, which is 2 percent.

“We have again contained costs while maintaining our services,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “This is the ninth consecutive year where the tax increase was below the rate of inflation.”

The Côte Saint-Luc City Council adopted the $66.67 million operating budget on December 15, 2014. About 42.3 percent of all taxes collected by Côte Saint-Luc are transferred to the island-wide regional government, which funds services such as police, fire, and public transit. 

The property tax bills will be sent to homes on January 28, 2015. The deadline to pay property taxes has been set at February 27 for the first installment and May 28 for the second installment.

“As a responsible city administration sensitive to the financial constraints of our taxpayers we made every effort to meet our target and hold the tax increase to less than 2 percent – with a decrease in water tax rate – all in line with the increase in the cost of living,” said Councillor Steven Erdelyi, the council member responsible for finances.

Budget and tax highlights include the following:

Average increase in taxes for single-family home valued at $572,300: 1.9 percent

Decrease in water, residential and non-residential tax rates

Increase in revenues from taxation: 1.12 percent

Revenues from property taxes: 85.2 percent

Revenues from local improvement taxes: 0.1 percent

Revenues from compensation in lieu of taxes: 1.9 percent

Other revenues (eg, program fees, memberships, etc.): 12.8 percent

The three-year capital expenditures plan was also adopted on December 15. Approximately $13 million in capital expenses is anticipated in 2015.

 

 

 

Deliberate Apertures and Accidental Enclosures— a new art exhibit at the Library’s Art Gallery in Côte Saint-Luc

Abstract paintings of Montreal-based visual artist Antonietta Grassi will be on display at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library Art Gallery from November 27 to January 25. 

Grassi will discuss her exhibit, called Deliberate Apertures and Accidental Enclosures, with the public during the Meet the Artist event on Thursday, November 27 at 7 pm. This event is free of charge. Light refreshments will be served.

Grassi says her exhibit features a questioning of both our physical and mental surroundings. This idea is reinforced in her following statement. ”My current series of paintings operates at the conjunction of abstraction and representation, furthering my ongoing investigations into the instabilities of compositional structure and architectural form as metaphors for psychological states, such as instability and loss,“ Grassi writes in her artist’s statement.

Grassi is a professional artist and professor in the Visual Arts Department at Dawson College in Montreal. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University and a Master’s of Fine Arts from l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Her work can be found in public and private collections, including the Musée du Québec. She has been the recipient of several grants and awards, including from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions across Canada and Europe and has participated in notable shows on contemporary abstract painting. 

Her current artworks can be viewed at www.antoniettagrassi.com.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10 am to 10 pm except statutory holidays. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit csllibrary.org.

 

For more information, call 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or dbelanger@cotesaintluc.org

 

 

Three local authors speak about their work at the Côte Saint-Luc Library

Authors Elaine Kalman Naves, Myra Giberovitch, and Sima Goel will be speaking about their books at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library on Wednesday, November 12 at 7 pm during the Library’s Local Author Salon event. 

All three local authors have recently published books and will be sharing short excerpts with the public. Admission is free of charge.

Elaine Kalman Naves will be sharing from her book Portrait of a Scandal: The Abortion Trial of Robert Notman (Véhicule Press), which tells the story of a scandal in the famous Notman photography family and how it shook up Montreal society in the 1860s. Naves is a prize-winning writer, journalist, teacher, and broadcaster and was literary columnist for The Gazette for many years. 

Myra Giberovitch will read from her book Recovering from Genocidal Trauma: An Information and Practice Guide for Working with Holocaust Survivors (University of Toronto Press). Her book is a guide for readers of diverse backgrounds who live or work with people affected by the Holocaust. Giberovitch, an adjunct professor at McGill University, is a social worker who is internationally recognized for her work providing services to Holocaust survivors.

In her memoir Fleeing the Hijab (General Store Publishing), Sima Goel recounts her experience as a Jewish woman fleeing Iran for Canada. Her book tells the story of her difficult journey through two countries and cultures and how she ultimately fulfilled her dreams in Montreal. Goel is a chiropractor in Montreal who writes and gives workshops on health and wellness.

For more information about the Local Author Salon on November 12, visit www.csllibrary.org/programscalendar/library-lectures or send an e-mail to rgrantner@cotesaintluc.org.

Côte Saint-Luc honours volunteers during volunteer recognition evening

The City of Côte Saint-Luc gave awards to 15 volunteers on Saturday evening at the city’s Volunteer Recognition Evening held at the Côte Saint-Luc Gymnasium.

“We thank the hundreds of women, men, teens and kids who volunteers for Côte Saint-Luc 365 days a year,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Volunteers touch the lives of so many residents, whether it’s our Emergency Medical Services first-responders, our library delivery service to shut-ins, our volunteer Citizens on Patrol, our sports coaches, our parents who travel with teams to outside events, or so many others.”

The list of winners and photos from the event is available at CSLVolunteers.ca. The event co-chairs were Councillors Ruth Kovac and Mitchell Brownstein.

Amos Sochaczevski was awarded the Ambassador of the Year Award, which honours the Côte Saint-Luc resident best portraying charitable qualities and serving the community at large. Sochaczevski has a longstanding history of involvement in community affairs. He was a member of the Côte Saint-Luc Community Leisure Council and volunteered with many sports programs. He bought The Suburban newspaper in 1986 and has used it to promote programs and activities in our community. He has served on the boards of many organizations including B'nai Brith Canada. But his pride in joy is the The Jewish Unity Partnership, an organization he established to coordinate the annual Israel Anniversary Rally which attracts up to 10,000 people each spring. He heads the committee and funds the event entirely. When the new Consul General for Israel, Ziv Nevo Kulman, arrived in town in September, Amos and his wife Judy had him stay at their home over Yom Kippur and brought him to their synagogue, Beth Israel Beth Aaron Congregation. Amos Sochaczevski is unquestionably a true ambassador for our city.

Victor Waisgrus was awarded the Edward J. Kirwan Award, which Honours the Volunteer of the Year for exceptional contribution to the community Parks and Recreation programs. Waisgrus has been an active member on the sports side of the community for more than a decade. Victor was on the executive of the baseball program. But he’s best known as being president of the Minor Hockey Association for more than a decade. Most people stop volunteering once their children have left a program. Not Victor. His commitment and dedication has been admirable and a true example of volunteerism at its best.

Jack Budovitch was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. Budovitch is one of the founding members of the Côte Saint-Luc Men's Club and was president from 1993 to 1996. A veteran of the Second World War, he’s a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and very active in the poppy campaign. He also volunteers at Federation CJA, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Sun Youth, and MADA.

Irving Schok was awarded the William E. Kesler Memorial Trophy, which recognizes a volunteer for their exceptional contribution to the Côte Saint-Luc Parks and Recreation special events programs. Schok has volunteered at many special events over the past few years including Canada Day and the Mega Garage Sale. He's also a member of the volunteer citizens on Patrol. The Valentine Dance, however, been his passion. He was a founding committee member. In 2014, Schok personally sold more than a third of all tickets to the event.

Alexandra Cohen was awarded the Royal Canadian Legion Brigadier Frederick Kisch Branch 97 Award, which recognizes the Youth Volunteer of the Year and a leader of tomorrow for outstanding efforts in making a difference in Côte Saint-Luc. Cohen is an outstanding young leader. She produced a nationally recognized video about the Côte Saint-Luc Trap, Neuter, Release/Adopt Program for homeless cats. She takes this film to schools to teach about the humane treatment of animals and responsible pet ownership. She socializes abandoned kittens before adoption and helps coordinate and performs at the annual benefit concert in support of the Cats Committee. Cohen also volunteers at the MacKay Centre School and Free the Children. She created the Marianopolis “Singers for a Cause” volunteer group, where she directs vocal performances for various charitable causes. She’s a student ambassador at Marianopolis and has been awarded the Director General’s Student Life Scholarship because of her strong academic record, leadership skills and community service. 

Shayamera Navaratnam was awarded the Socio-Cultural Award, which recognizes a volunteer for their exceptional contribution to socio-cultural programs in Côte Saint-Luc. Navaratnam studies science at CEGEP but finds time to volunteer in Côte Saint-Luc. She helps with the Game Time programs, Fancy Nancy Tea Party, and the Cats Committee. Her biggest influence might be helping kids become confident readers at the Reading Buddy program. She’s patient, kind, and makes kids smile.

Sid Rath was awarded the Special Recognition Award. Rath wears many hats at the Côte Saint-Luc Tennis Club: promoter, organizer, fundraiser. He does it all and devotes countless hours. He helps recruit new members. He organizes tournaments. And last year he helped raise $12,000 for the Montreal Neurological Institute.

Lewis Cohen was awarded another Special Recognition Award. Cohen is always ready to respond at the drop of a hat, whether for an emergency call out with vCOP, at a major event, or simply to help keep our volunteer Citizens on Patrol program moving. A vCOP volunteer since the program's inception in 2006, Cohen serves as the Senior Supervisor and gives countless of hours of volunteer service to the community, both on patrol and behind the scenes.

Paula Shuster was awarded the Hazel Lipes Award, which recognizes a volunteer for their exceptional contribution to the Community Services Programs. Shuster runs the Good Food Box program. She delivers books to homebound library patrons. She volunteers at the Côte Saint-Luc Farmers Market. She’s a library ambassador, and is involved in one way or another with lots of library initiatives like the annual book sale, the launch of the demonstration garden and much more. She’s a retired teacher who continues to give back to her community.

Robert Rousseau was awarded the EMS Award for Excellence in Operations. Rousseau has demonstrated a strong level of commitment and dedication to EMS. In addition to volunteering many hours every week, he revamped the driver training program and oversees the scheduling of hundreds of volunteers working around the clock.

Jasmit Heera was awarded the EMS Award for Excellence in Training. Since taking over responsibility for the EMS recruiting program, Heera has overhauled the process to ensure that the best and the brightest join EMS. Heera is also involved in planning social events for the EMS volunteers throughout the year.

Elaine Meunier was awarded the vCOP Award. Every organization needs strong people behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly. For vCOP, that person is Meunier. As the volunteer responsible for administration, she keeps other volunteers on their toes and makes sure that everyone completes their tasks. You can also find her patrolling in a vCOP van or scooter.

Ron Aberback was awarded the Sports Award, which recognizes a volunteer for exceptional contributions to the community sports programs. Aberback has volunteered for the Côte Saint-Luc Minor Hockey Association for many years. He dedicates hundreds of hours a year to the program even though his children are no longer playing. Aberback has served in different roles on the executive, most recently as vice president of hockey operations. Aberback’s involvement makes the program run as smooth as the ice surface after the Zamboni resurfaces it.

Alexandre Grant was awarded the Stewart Mankofsky Memorial Trophy, which is presented to the athlete and volunteer who best exemplifies the qualities of dedication, sportsmanship, and love of competition. A Beaconsfield native, Grant ranks among the top swimmers of his age in the province. Despite a rigorous training regimen during the 2013-2014 season, he managed to maintain top grades and found time to volunteer at the 2014 Quebec Games. He gave freely of his time to coach the Lac St-Louis Special Olympic athletes.

Laurence Orefice was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award for Aquatics Programs. Throughout the year Laurence has given freely of her time as an official at all five swimming events held during the 2013-2014 season. She has gone above and beyond what is expected of parents within our swim team. Since the ACC opened, she has not only been on hand at home meets, but has also represented the team at competitions held in other pools. She’s provided an exemplary image of the team and Côte Saint-Luc as a whole. 

 

Photos from the event are available at www.cslvolunteers.ca/volunteer-awards.html.

Côte Saint-Luc launches fundraiser to help purchase baby grand piano

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library has launched the 88 Keys to Music fundraising campaign to raise money to buy a baby grand piano for the Harold Greenspon Auditorium of the Bernard Lang Civic Centre.

Music lovers can sponsor one of the 88 keys of a piano keyboard. Each donation will be recognized on a plaque that will be permanently mounted at the entrance of the Harold Greenspon Auditorium. The cost to sponsor a key is $88. Corporate sponsors will also be recognized on the plaque for $500 contributions.

The baby grand piano will be used for programs held at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium, including Library concerts, Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society, and other groups.

“This is an opportunity to add your name or that of a loved one on a unique and permanent plaque,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, who holds the library and culture portfolio on council. “We also encourage businesses to be part of this initiative.”

The City of Côte Saint-Luc will also direct funds from the annual library book sale to help fund the baby grand piano.

“The new baby grand piano will be well-used and will enhance so many programs,” Library Director Janine West said. 

Donors can complete a donation form at the circulation desk of the library or download the PDF form at csllibrary.org/donations. The form includes space to add the name or names to appear on the plaque.

The completed form and cheque made payable to the City of Côte Saint-Luc can be returned to the circulation desk of the Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.) or sent by mail to: 88 Keys to Music Campaign, Attention: Justin Burnham, 5851 Cavendish Boulevard, Côte Saint-Luc, Quebec, H4W 2X8. Tax receipts will be provided for donations.

Côte Saint-Luc launches an information campaign to inform residents on how to deal with ash trees infected by the emerald ash borer

The City of Côte Saint-Luc is launching an information campaign to inform its residents on how to treat their ash trees that have been infected with the emerald ash borer (EAB). The EAB is a tiny metallic-green insect that attacks ash trees causing them to die within 3 to 5 years.

Côte Saint-Luc has produced and mailed a flyer to all its residents in single family homes and duplexes. The flyer, Emerald Ash Borer, A guide for Côte Saint-Luc residents with ash trees on their property, provides guidelines to help identify ash trees and explains how to deal with ash trees that are slightly infected or more heavily infected.

Copies of this flyer are also available in all municipal buildings and the information is available on line at CoteSaintLuc.org/EAB. Residents are encouraged to attend an information session, where they will be able to ask questions, on Monday, October 27 at 7 pm at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Boulevard).

“The first step is for residents to identify if they have an ash tree on their property,” said Councillor Dida Berku, the council member responsible for public works and environmental issues. “By attending the information session residents will be better equipped to determine if indeed they have an ash tree on their property and they will learn of the different treatment options that are available to them. It is important to treat infected trees, because left untreated the insect continues to spread to other ash trees and the tree itself becomes a danger to the public. Sadly, we are now seeing the effects of the EAB in Côte Saint-Luc.”

The EAB native to Southeast Asia was first detected in North America in 2002 and has now spread to our area. The EAB attacks only ash trees by getting under the bark of the tree and disrupting its ability to transport water and nutrients and causing trees to die within 3 to 5 years of the attack. Although, the tree may seem to appear healthy, it may be seriously damaged under its bark. When the signs of EAB infestation become apparent to the naked eye, it’s usually too late to save the tree. Côte Saint-Luc invites all its residents to get informed about appropriate treatment and felling techniques.