New principal takes over JPPS, for one day only

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As the school year draws to a close, JPPS elementary school in Cote Saint-Luc found an innovative way to keep spirits and excitement levels at a peak. Beloved Principal Marnie Stein released the reigns for just one day to make room for Grade 4 student Jeremy Nashen to become Principal-for-a-Day.

“Jeremy has a busy day planned,” Stein told us early in the morning. “There are meetings with the Vice-Principal and other members of staff and of course the daily announcements over the PA system.”

Principal Nashen was well-prepared for his day long gig: He amassed agenda items to review with school leadership including suggestions about student council, recess and field trips.

Principals Marnie Stein and Jeremy Nashen

Jeremy showed up early at school in order to welcome students and their parents at drop-off. Dressed in a smart, professorial-looking dark suit and bright-coloured bow tie and carrying his executive red briefcase, Jeremy made his way to the Principal’s office as his schoolmates headed to their classrooms.

After a quick briefing session he was off to the recording booth with Grade 6 students Milo and Isaac to make the morning announcements which began with the joke of the day, supplied by Charlotte in Grade 3: How do bears walk around? With bear feet!

Jeremy advocates for students at the management table

Next he sent off the kindergarten and Grade 2 students on a field trip to the Cosmodome. “You represent our school, so please be on your best behaviour and make us proud,” Jeremy told the kids before departure. He gave them a list of questions about space and astronauts and challenged them to find the answers.

Presenting the Word of the Week to the entire school

He also sent off the Grade 5 class, with their grandparents, on a trip to Old Jewish Montreal. He also reminded these older kids their behaviour should reflect JPPS’ good reputation.

Principal Jeremy supervised the recesses and lunch and even sent one student “to the bench” for a short time out.

He attended two important meetings. At the Weekly Administration Meeting he learned about grants and was able to offer some suggestions of his own. Addressing the school management staff he implored them to install tether-ball in the playground for added fun during recess. On a more serious note he requested that all grades get to have representation and vote for student council, not just the Grade 6 students (that’s my boy!).

Enjoying a coffee break (errr chocolate milk) in the Principal’s Office

JPPS-Bialik President Lee Wise expressed his overall satisfaction with the new principal’s performance today. “Our board of directors sets very high standards and we are so pleased that Jeremy exceeded all of our expectations,” Wise wisely said. “With his leadership around the management table and his commanding voice on the intercom, Jeremy has shown that our elementary school, an International Baccalaureate institution, is the place to be for fast-tracking one’s career and achieving one’s dreams.”

Checking over the school’s invoices and signing off on the expenses

The day ended like all others with Principal Nashen being picked up by his proud mom, Dr. Judy Hagshi. Once at home, the suit came off and the sweats went on: time for a granola bar and some relaxation.

Thank you to the innovative and affable Marnie Stein and the entire team at JPPS for seeking new and fun ways to keep their students motivated and inspired and always learning.

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Le Ciné-Parc Belle Neige inauguré

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A new, fun pastime has arrived for families who frequent the Laurentians. Belle Neige in Val David opened a Drive In Theatre this week. They will also feature a public market on Fridays through Sundays all summer long.

So far only French language presentations are publicized. I’m awaiting word from the promoters as to whether or not English language tracks will be available. I will post an update when available.

The hill was originally opened by Saul and Henry Fenster way back in 1963. Ever since it has been a go to location for young Montreal ski families with ski instructors dressed up in bunny costumes, a magic carpet for beginners, daycare and a huge cafeteria.

See the article below from the local Sainte Agathe newspaper and see you at the Drive In

ISABELLE HOULE – Le Ciné-Parc Belle Neige a été officiellement inauguré le 17 mai et ouvrira ses portes au grand public le vendredi le 24 mai. Tout l’été, plusieurs films seront présentés afin de divertir toute la famille.

Source: Le Ciné-Parc Belle Neige inauguré

Cote St. Luc Dramatic Society Spring production of Cabaret

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May 10, 2019

The Montreal Times, by Stuart Nulman, EntertainmentTheater

For this year’s edition of their annual spring production, the Cote St. Luc Dramatic Society (CSLDS) will present an acclaimed Broadway musical with a more somber, adult twist to it, as it takes place in Berlin circa 1931, during a time when Germany and the rest of the world were in the grip of the Great Depression, was facing the steady, violent rise of Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party, but at the same time was enjoying a thriving – yet decadent – entertainment scene.

“Cabaret”, which was originally produced on Broadway during the mid-1960s and became an Oscar-winning film in 1972, will run for 21 performances at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium, 5801 Cavendish Boulevard, from May 29 to June 16.

Based on the stories of Christopher Isherwood, “Cabaret” focuses on Sally Bowles, an expatriate American singer who is the star attraction at the Kit Kat Club, which is the focal point of her world during these turbulent times in Berlin.

“Cabaret is one of my favorite shows. I love the club scenes and the musical numbers there. However, I felt compelled to produce the show since 2017 in the wake of what happened in Charlottesville,” said Anisa Cameron, the CSLDS’ longtime director who is helming this production. “I find Cabaret more relevant right now because it answers the question of what I can do as an artist to make much more sense in today’s world. This is the perfect show that illustrates what can happen in the face of the apathy and willful ignorance that affects events which are swirling around us.”

Cote St. Luc Mayor Mitchell Brownstein, who also doubles as a producer for the CSLDS, will not perform onstage for the first time in a long time, as was his custom. This time, owing to the serious nature of the historical context of “Cabaret”, has engineered a partnership with the Montreal Holocaust Museum to help create more awareness of the events in Germany that led to the rise of Hitler, and the start of World War II and the Holocaust.

“The Montreal Holocaust Museum will set up an exhibit in the front of the lobby with photos to show what really happened in Germany during the period that Cabaret takes place in,” he said. “We are also having high school and CEGEP students attend performances of the show, in which they will also get the chance to meet with Holocaust survivors following each show. Cote St. Luc has always been a leader when it comes to protecting human rights, because we believe that diversity creates a better world. And education is very important to reach out and show people what lessons history can teach us.”

Ms. Cameron is quite impressed with the overall feel of “Cabaret”, especially the musical numbers that are performed by the eight women, three men and one non-gender binary transgender man who make up the club’s chorus. “The numbers will definitely knock your socks off,” she added. “And to really help create a genuine feel for the Kit Kat Club in Berlin during the early 30s, audience members will have the option of purchasing special tickets that will give them access to actual cabaret-style seating, which will include beverage service and an opportunity to interact with the cast during the show.”

To create a buzz for “Cabaret” before opening night, members of the troupe will be performing a selection of musical numbers from the show at certain senior residences in the area, including Maimonides, as well as special preview mini performances at the Beth Zion Synagogue on May 21 and the Cote St. Luc Men’s Club.

And on May 29, the CSLDS will kick off its run of “Cabaret” with a Gala evening that starts at 6 p.m. at the Cote St. Luc Council Chamber. The opening performance of “Cabaret” will be preceded by a presentation of live musical numbers of certain songs from previous CSLDS productions, as well as a screening of a video featuring 96-year-old Holocaust survivor Margaret Newman, who will be present at the Gala to answer questions following the screening. Tickets for the May 29 Gala are $150, and proceeds will be used towards the cost of bringing high school and CEGEP students to see “Cabaret” during the run of the show. To purchase tickets to this event, go to bit.ly/CSLDSTickets, or call Ryan Nemeroff at 514-485-6806, ext. 2022 or via email at rnemeroff@cotesaintluc.org.

For information about “Cabaret”, or how to buy tickets, go to www.CSLDramaticSociety.org.

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7 Effective Strategies for Getting into the Best Shape of Your Life

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My brother Barry is an unrelenting work-out fanatic, a seasoned, even professional, travel adventurer and a healthy-lifestyle driven character. He has spent years fine-tuning his control over mind, body and soul. Having dispatched his travel postcards from all corners of the globe for the past decade over 150 friends have repeatedly suggested that he write a book.

After two months of laser-focused effort, he has written and published his first ever book on Amazon, entitled: 7 Effective Strategies for Getting into the Best Shape of Your Life.

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Nicole and Jeremy Nashen with their uncle Barry Nashen on top of Mont St. Hilaire. Nov. 2018.

Good physical health, experiences, and friendships correlate with life satisfaction and overall happiness. However, the population is becoming ever more overweight and sedentary. Barry outlines seven motivators to energize your desire or ambition for feeling great. As you are a unique individual, the motivation that will inspire you may well be different from what will incite your friend. As an illustration, is it goal-setting or music that influences you best? Discover the motivation that sparks your enthusiasm.

“I have written a couple of dozen two-page travel postcards over the past decade. After much encouragement from my readers, I decided that it was finally time to write a book. How much more challenging can it be?”, Barry mused.

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Barry Nashen hiking in Croatia. 2015.

“After two months of concentration during the evenings, I published my first-ever book about motivation, couched in a guide for getting into great physical shape,” he said.

In order to impact the most people as possible with his effort, he has made his book available to download for a mere US$2.99 (or CAD $10.99 in paperback).  “If you enjoy my book leave a heartfelt review,” Barry said. “And it is completely free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers!”

The book is only 20 pages, you can easily read it in a half hour.

In Canada:
https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07P8KNW7T/ref=sr_1_1…

In the USA:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07P8KNW7T/ref=sr_1_1…

 

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Barry Nashen captures his first Spartan Beast in 2015

“I am certain you will enjoy reading my book,” Barry told me. “It is full of fun facts! And please re-post this request to your FB friends? Imagine if all your out-of-shape acquaintances become fit and healthy thanks to your re-post!”

And what’s next for Barry? “With your encouragement, I am planning on writing another, maybe a mystery novel!”

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Barry Nashen hikes and bikes the Portuguese coast in 2018

The driving force of a Mensch: Harold Cammy

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Harold Cammy (right) with McDonald’s entrepreneur and philanthropist Pierre Brunet at surprise retirement party, Dec. 2018

Much has been said about Harold Cammy who takes his retirement after serving the city of Cote Saint-Luc for a remarkable 45 years. I’ve known Harold for most of my life and he has known my family for just as long. My reminiscence here is upon Harold, the character, as there’s not much I can add to the long list of accomplishments and achievements which can be read at some of the links below.

I begin my comment with Harold’s concluding ones, in his farewell address posted online:

We have the ability to be “kind” to people, to be “responsive” to people, to “support and assist” people because that is what a City and its staff should be doing. Making someone’s day just a little bit better…a little more enjoyable.

It doesn’t take a great effort to be kind and helpful…it just takes a little empathy, compassion and understanding of human behaviour.

“People will not always remember all the good things you do for them, but they will always remember how you made them feel about themselves”.

Harold and Beverly Cammy

We can learn a lot from Harold’s wise words. They are prophetic and introspective, philosophical and visionary. He lead his career, and obviously leads his life by these words. Many of us would be better off if we walked in Harold’s direction.

Indeed, whenever I would come across Harold during my many years as a City Councillor there was always a positive, cheery exchange. Always smiling, he would have the uncanny knack of making you feel important in his world, and invariably you’d walk away being a bit happier yourself.

A people-person by nature, Harold wouldn’t forget to ask how the family was doing, usually by name. ‘How’s George?’, he’d ask about my father. ‘Send him my regards,’ he’d say. ‘Say hello to Judy,’ my wife.

I was most always on the receiving end of peppy one-liners, a quick joke, a greeting or a comment from Harold. I’m sure he had plenty of reason to be gloomy or dreary over the years, but he chose the path of positive reinforcement: A firm handshake, eye-to-eye contact and a warm smile. He chose kindness and compassion. He chose to be charitable and he brought us all along. He was and is a real Mensch.

I salute Harold not only for his praiseworthy efforts for the residents of Cote Saint-Luc over these past 45 years, but for his kinder, gentler and humbler ways. This unpretentious career professional touched more lives than we can imagine. We’re all lucky to have benefited from his generosity of spirit and his acts of kindness.

Judy and I wish you a wonderful retirement, Harold, and many years of good health and continued happiness for you, Beverly and Lacey. I will always remember how you made me feel.

 

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Read more:

Mike Cohen’s blog and Harold’s retirement memories

Canadian Jewish News, Jan. 10, 2019

 

Farewell 2018. Hoping for a healthy, peaceful 2019.

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Sunset on the Atlantic. Cape St. Vincent, Portugal. Oct. 25, 2018.

 

As the sun sets on 2018 I chose this photo I shot just eight weeks ago at the southwestern most tip of Europe, Cape St. Vincent, in Portugal.

At this very point, 500 years ago, explorers set out into the unknown as family members waved goodbye, not knowing if they would see their brave, loved ones ever again. Off they went into the cold, rough ocean, not knowing what lay ahead, not quite sure on their course, nor their destination. They saw this exact same setting as we see today.

So too do we head off into the unknown: 2019. We don’t know quite what lies ahead and our destination is not assured. But just like the explorers of centuries ago, we are steadfast and resolute in our direction. We’ve plotted a course for a good year, a healthy year, a peaceful year. We have hopes and dreams just like they did.

Here’s wishing you well in all that lies ahead on your journey, wherever you may be headed. Happy New Year.

Glenn J. Nashen

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