An exciting Summer

2019-08-23

Our free concert series

After trying out three concerts last year, we moved to an eight-concert series this summer, featuring a wide range of entertainment. From Baroque to Country to Classical to Latin to bands covering the 50s, 60s, and more recent popular music. We even staged a Leonard Cohen tribute - the concerts garnered rave reviews. They drew ever larger crowds of all ages.

When it rained, we moved into the Community Centre for more intimate concerts.

Our Community Services team did a magnificent job of setting up and providing plenty of dessert snacks and drinks. Our Entertainment Committee (Councillor Cheryl Weigensberg, Doris Steinberg, and Wendy Goldwax) picked the outstanding performers and came in well under budget.

Thanks to all of you who came out on Tuesday evenings, we plan to continue with an even better line up next summer.

A very significant gift from Dr. Harry and Mrs. Dolores Rosen

Many of you may have had dental work done by the late Dr. Harry Rosen or by other Montreal dentists trained by him. He was a master at delicate reconstructive work and was very well liked by his patients. Amazingly, he was equally talented when it came to creating large sculptures.

His works grace many institutions in Montreal including the Jewish General Hospital, the Segal Centre, and three are in Toronto. Now his final sculpture, a true masterpiece, is here in Hampstead.

This one is significant for many reasons. It is a self portrait (the only one) showing him hauling a large rock, the material that he used for his early works. The pulley is the original one that he used. It was taken from his country house up North. It is his 18th and final sculpture completed in his 90th year. Even though he was dying of terminal cancer and in palliative care, he insisted on coming to see and approve the location in Ellerdale Park. Only a week before his death my wife, Doris, visited him in the hospital and when the conversation turned to the final details for the sculpture, he suddenly was animated and very excited to discuss this last work. In a very real way this sculpture marks the beginning and end of a remarkable life. Hampstead is very proud to be the recipient of this gift.

LED street lights

Starting in August, our green goose neck lamp posts will be getting LED light heads. Energere, the company used by Montreal and numerous municipalities, did a very detailed study and selected the best size light for each lamp post. The energy savings will be significant and the payback period is under five years. We will also have smart sensors so the lights can be dimmed late at night when there are few drivers or pedestrians. In winter they may also be dimmed when there is lots of white snow and no leaves on the trees.

There are other important benefits to having LEDs with smart sensors. The light heads last much longer than the lights we now use and that means big savings on the cost of changing lights. We will also know immediately when a light is out and why.

Many of the problems we have had with street lights are due to wires breaking underground because decades ago, when the lights were installed the wires were buried without running them through conduits for protection. LEDs use much less electricity and put less stress on the wires so we expect fewer breaks. Nevertheless, we plan to gradually replace the bare wires with new wiring laid in conduits.

Finally, you should be aware that it will initially appear that there is less light with the LEDs but that is an illusion. The LEDs will light the roads and sidewalks but not lawns and houses. Measurements were taken and the light where we need it will be no less than now.

If you have any comments or questions on this topic or anything related to Hampstead, please e-mail me at wsteinberg@hampstead.qc.ca or call me 7 days a week until midnight at my home office (514) 483-6954.


Sincerely,


Dr. Bill Steinberg
Mayor, Town of Hampstead