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Côte Saint-Luc Tennis Club a gem

BY NOAH SIDEL - The Chronicle

I paid a visit to the Côte St. Luc tennis club on Saturday afternoon, and I must say it was a bit of a revelation for me.

I've been around West End sports for a long time and I've covered everything from hockey to figure skating to gymnastics to volleyball, but for some reason never tennis.

I was there to interview the club's Veteran's League championship team, including former club president and team co-captain Norm Yudin, amongst others. Yudin and company were extremely welcoming and the club's setup allows for an very intimate atmosphere. I'm an experienced enough journalist that I'm never shy going into a strange environment, but I can say that some places are more welcoming than others.

The CSL Tennis Club is one of those more welcoming places. As you walk into the club from its parking lot at the west end of Guelph, the design of the grounds — a former sewage treatment plant of all things — is warm in and of itself.

The courts wrap around a central chalet that looks like a short lighthouse, and there's a nice little picnic table area where people gather to chat and eat. On Saturday, they even had a barbecue and some beers going around in celebration of the Veteran's team.

What was most striking about the club at first glance was that everyone there seemed to be genuine friends with each other.

It was such a nice time, that while it usually takes me half an hour to get one of these stories wrapped up, I stuck around for almost two hours just to chat with the members.

Yudin was also very enthusiastic about drumming up some new blood for the club. While it has a very active membership, the club leans toward the older demographic. At $320 per summer, however, it seems very affordable for both young and older members alike. 

The season runs from April through October and more information can be found in the recreation section of the website.

Côte Saint-Luc launches month-long school-zone safety blitz

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, NOVEMBER 20, 2006 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc and the Montreal Police Department will launch a month-long school zone safety blitz on Wednesday, November 22.

Constables from Côte Saint-Luc Public Security together with officers from Neighbourhood Police Station 9 will patrol the school zones at every school in Côte Saint-Luc during the morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. It will last until the week of December 25.

Public Security and police officers will enforce by-laws related to school zone and road safety, such as prohibitions against stopping or parking one's car in a crosswalk, double-parking, driving faster than 30 km/h and U-turns. In addition, motorists will be reminded they are obliged to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk.

"The goal of this month-long blitz is to make drivers and parents more aware of the school zone by-laws, which exist to protect our children," said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, who is responsible for public safety. "There will be zero-tolerance for any violations to these safety rules. School zone safety is a year-round concern."


For more information, contact: Darryl Levine, 514-485-8905,

Little Corner Café offers fresh foods and a choice to the Bernard Lang Civic Centre

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, NOVEMBER 17, 2006 – The Little Corner Café was launched last month at the Bernard Lang Civic Centre (5851 Cavendish Blvd.) in Côte Saint-Luc.

The Little Corner Café is a privately-owned business. It sells coffees, lattés, espresso, teas, muffins, cookies and a large selection of kosher products. It also offers daily breakfast and lunch specials.

"We think the café fulfills a need for residents who visit the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library and City Hall," Mayor Anthony Housefather said. "We wish it great success."

Jean-Marc Rubio, the owner of the Little Corner Café, is encouraged by the response from residents.

"People tell us every day that they are excited to have a place to have breakfast or lunch so close to the library," Rubio said. "Our coffee is fantastic and all our food is made fresh every day."

The Little Corner Café offers seniors and students a 10 percent discount on breakfast and lunch combos. It is open weekdays from 8am to 10pm and weekends from 10am to 8pm. Call 514-488-6247 for details.


For more information, contact: Darryl Levine, 514-485-8905,

New art exhibits at the public library in Côte Saint-Luc

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, NOVEMBER 15, 2006 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc presents "Ombres et lumière de l'Inde", photographs by Daniel Gauvin,
from November 9, 2006 to January 3, 2007 at the Eleanor London Côte
Saint-Luc Public Library (5851   Cavendish Blvd.).

Also, to be seen at the same time in the Main Gallery is "Schweitzer
in Seriation: 1991-2005", collages by John Schweitzer. This exhibition
runs from November 9 to December 10, 2006.

Eight series are featured in this fourteen-year survey of collages by
Montreal-based John A Schweitzer RCA, tracing his œuvre from the 1991
series, Sunt Lacrimæ Rerum, to the most recent Benjamin's Alphabet

The exhibitions are on view daily between 10am and 10pm. Call
514-485-6900 for details.

"These exhibits enhance the reputation Côte Saint-Luc has earned as a
supporter of the arts," Mayor Anthony Housefather said. "We are
thrilled to have artists of the caliber of John Schweitzer and Daniel
Gauvin on display."


For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6926,

Tennis pays tuition for CSL's Rath


Côte St. Luc’s Zachary Rath learned to love tennis at an early age and has turned that commitment to a full scholarship at the NCAA level with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

Rath, 20, is now in his junior year at the college and is majoring in management.

He was a GMAA champion for Bialik High School and was ranked as Canada’s top 18-and-under singles player.

After that, he turned his attention towards getting an education at a U.S. college through a tennis scholarship.

“The rules say you can apply to all you want but you can only visit five,” he said. “I had just returned from my fourth trip to a school when Georgia Tech contacted me. I made Georgia Tech my choice because of their reputation for excellence.”

With the school year wrapping up, he’ll be back in Côte St. Luc this summer, taking his post as tennis pro at the Côte St. Luc Tennis Club. Rath is a regular at the club, having spent most of his summers there since he was nine.

“My parents (Sidney and Beverly Rath) were members of the Côte St. Luc Tennis Club so I started playing at the age of nine,” Rath said. “It was about a year after that when I started competing in 10-and-under tournaments.”

By 13, Rath says he felt tennis could be a path he could pursue to higher levels of competition. Three years ago he made his debut with the Yellow Jackets.

“It was tough my first year, both academically and athletically, but you learn how to budget your time for everything.”

Now Rath is playing up the list of players and is partnered with sophomore Scott Blackmon. They are enjoying success in doubles competition.

“We play so well together,” he said. “We’ll be even better next season.”

Rath is a power-serving player who has improved his ground strokes and is looking to become more aggressive on the court.

“I don’t have any big holes in my game,” he said. “I need to work on a couple of things to improve my overall game.”

Rath attributes his improvement to the coaching he gets from Georgia Tech’s Kenny Thorne.

“He’s made a huge difference in my game,” he said.

Rath pays close attention to the drills and practice sessions he and his teammates go through not just to improve his skills but to use when he returns home for the summer.

“I love coming home in the summer and getting the chance to teach and compete back home.”

Once Rath graduates, he would like to take a crack at the pro tour.

“I want to try and see how I do in some pro events,” he said.

“I will always have my education to rely on once I get to experience playing as a pro.”