Could it be that Summerlin is leading the way toward an economic recovery for Las Vegas? After almost five years of inactivity, what will ultimately become the very heart of Summerlin has begun to make its long-awaited resurgence.
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Think about this for a moment: their motto is "Life without a limb is limitless." Then you watch them display that motto on a softball field, and you become an instant believer.
Columnist shares story of his chance to reconnect with Jack Kemp 1996 vice presidential candidate and AFL championship quarterback of the 1964 Buffalo Bills in Sun City Summerlin.
Here's a reminder for the 29.1 percent of Sun City Summerlin homeowners who, during a special election in February 2009, either failed to vote or cast their ballots in opposition to the city's plan to build Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Station No. 107. Their action and inaction almost succeeded in killing one of the most important initiatives ever undertaken in Sun City.
If you're a member of the senior class at Palo Verde High School, you've got a tall act to follow. That's because college-bound students who graduated from Palo Verde last spring received $16 million in scholarships, a record for the school and a significant increase from the preceding year's $12.6 million.
No, they're not members of the U.S. Olympics swim team. They're members of the Sun City Summerlin Swim Club. But don't take that lightly because some of them have competed against the swimming elite, gaining fame and their share of medals.
Not long ago a big chunk of community theater in Summerlin had fallen into the throes of life support, the result of a Draconian fee increase for the use of the Summerlin Library and Performing Arts Center. It appeared as if nothing could save Signature Productions, Broadway Bound and other production companies, that is, not until resuscitation arrived in the form of public pressure.
Remember getting a single phone directory dropped at your front door once a year? Now we have lots of books dropped at our doorsteps, some imitations of phone directories. And to confuse you more, they're all being dropped at your front door at various times of the year.
There's plenty of controversy brewing in Sun City Summerlin regarding new streetlights that Las Vegas officials say will save on energy and reduce the city's electric bill by more than $2 million a year. But many residents say the old lighting made them feel more safe.
Maybe you think it's New Year's Eve in July with all that champagne-like bubbly pouring out of your water faucet. Well, I hate to burst your bubble, but one taste and you know it's not champagne, nor is it any other white sparkling wine. Yes, indeed, it's just plain tap water.
Once upon a time, sales agents eager to sell new homes at such senior communities as Sun City Summerlin and Siena at Summerlin cajoled prospective buyers with promises that appropriate health care facilities for the Summerlin area were in the offing.
If you've been watching that massive area of construction along the eastern end of Summerlin Parkway, which some folks have referred to as the Las Vegas "bridge to nowhere," well, there is an end in sight.
The city is replacing its 41,000 street lamps with a new technology that concentrates on illuminating just the streets and sidewalks, reduces energy consumption by 30 to 60 percent and lasts an average of 12 to 14 years instead of 18 months. Sounds like a win-win, right? Maybe not.
If you think the economic landslide of recent years put a chill on Summerlin, then guess again.
Don't think for one moment that the existence of Neighborhood Watch programs took a hit as a result of the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida. If anything, the concept received some major enlightenment, irrespective of that tragic loss of life.
They used to call it a "man's world." But let's face it, that term has since gone the way of the single-income household, the one-car garage and the little white picket fence. Perhaps the ideal case to prove the point is that of Summerlin's Rachel Creger a lady who is nothing short of being a human dynamo.
Members of Temple Bet Knesset Bamidbar of Sun City Summerlin are using their free time to mentor students at Adcock Elementary School as part of the Clark County School District's School-Community Partnership Program.
Sun City Summerlin resident George Ruta says he was awoken about 2 a.m. Jan. 12 by bright lights and strange noises that he believes were caused by a UFO.
Darel Georges of Sun City Summerlin always made it a point to know the intricacies of machines. He brought his infatuation to Las Vegas in 1958, but he didn't know anything about making jewelry until some 23 years ago, when, at the age of 60, he became fascinated by the machinery used to create gold and silver rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces and other fine pieces.
A well-intended purpose was linked to the invitation from Fire Chief Mike Myers to visit the downtown inner sanctum of Las Vegas Fire & Rescue. Some sound reasoning motivated him to open the door at 500 N. Casino Center Blvd. for a broad explanation of his department's operations.
Approximately 1,200 veterans receive health care each week at the Veterans Administration's new Northwest Clinic, 3968 N. Rancho Drive, which has a staff of 64 physicians, nurses and other health care professionals. The VA's other three clinics, appropriately located, will be similar in size, providing comparable amenities.
The blueprint for Las Vegas of the future has been in forward motion for quite some time, irrespective of the unyielding economic meltdown. Re-creation of downtown Las Vegas, which continues to move rapidly, is a principal step in the overall process. But that's followed by plans for expansion and growth.
How safe are pedestrian crosswalks marked by those bright yellow reflective signs? How about this case in point: Would you dare cross at any of the five designated walkways along the two-mile stretch of Lake Mead Boulevard from Anasazi Drive to Rampart Boulevard?
It began in a simple enough manner. The letter addressed to the elderly resident of Sun City Summerlin was written on a letterhead inscribed with the Reader's Digest logo. It told him that his "lucky number has been approved for a lump sum payout of $500,000 in cash."
We've all heard the lawyer jokes. But how about the other side of the coin? How about a story that talks about the good things that lawyers do? About how they give of themselves to help others? Lawyers such as those offering pro bono work at the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada.