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.
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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.
Travel around Summerlin with an observant eye and you'll soon discover that an alarming number of folks still don't understand it's illegal to text and use hand-held cell phones while driving. Or, maybe they just don't give a hoot.
A water conservation program offering a rebate encouraging property owners to remove grass in favor of desert landscaping has come under attack in some quarters for permitting one property owner to renew his love affair with a lawn.
Once upon a time, Summerlin was a beehive of new home development that is until the economic meltdown hit Nevada, and especially Las Vegas, with the force of a tsunami.
Maybe you haven't noticed the artificial flora that have replaced the real McCoy on the median islands along a two-mile stretch of Rampart Boulevard, separating Sun City Summerlin from Desert Shores. Or maybe it's just that you never realized the difference.
Among the grandiose highway plans that teetered and collapsed in so short a time was one that would have widened the 6-mile stretch of Summerlin Parkway from two to four lanes each way. The reasoning was simple, at least it was five years ago, when money was synonymous with confetti, to open up vast areas of the western sector of Summerlin for development and greater economic growth.
Construction on Fire Station No. 107 in Sun City Summerlin was halted for about an hour one recent morning to permit the speeches and handshakes from some of those responsible for bringing this vital facility to the senior community. Then the construction workers, who had unassumingly broken ground a few months earlier, resumed their tasks.
This isn't your everyday love story. It's about a lady who loved to dance, loved to perform on the stage, loved her husband for almost six decades and just plain loved life. On July 7, Miriam Shientag celebrated her 95th birthday on stage at the Suncoast's "Hit Parade," dancing in front of 504 people.
Although it turned out the collection box was taken by the U.S. Postal Service for routine maintenance, word spread like wildfire around Sun City Summerlin that somebody "stole" one of the drive-up, mail collection boxes bolted to the ground at the four community centers.
For those who complain about the quality of education, kids who grow up unable to read or do math, teacher competency, the dropout rate and almost every other aspect of public schooling, here's your chance to personally do something about it. The Clark County School District's School-Community Partnership Program has been in place for 28 years and needs volunteers.
If you're looking for a break from triple-digit temperatures, a refreshing evening under the stars is just for you. If you live in Summerlin, you're only minutes away from Super Summer Theatre at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park.
You don't need a doctorate in quantum philosophy to understand how disastrous the housing foreclosure problem is in Las Vegas. All you have to do is drive around any residential neighborhood to see the signs that not only say "for sale" but the more ominous "bank owned" or "in foreclosure." Of course this is due to the fact that Nevada leads the nation in the percentage of home foreclosures. And, just as sadly for those among us who prefer to believe that Summerlin is immune to such disasters, take note that our community is equally susceptible to the dangers of this crisis. Foreclosure notices dot the Summerlin landscape to the same extent that they do anywhere else in Las Vegas.
One of the more noteworthy occurrences during the present economic upheaval is reflected by a continuing reduction in crime for the first quarter of this year in Summerlin, northwest Las Vegas and, for that matter, the entire city. The total crime index is down 32 percent from five years ago, and that was just prior to the start of the economic slide.