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Herb Jaffe

Herb Jaffe

Herb Jaffe was an op-ed columnist and investigative reporter for most of his 39 years at the Star-Ledger of Newark, New Jersey. His most recent novel, “Double Play,” is available.
hjaffe@cox.net

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Summerlin school construction craze not because of student growth

One could easily assume that growth in Summerlin’s population has exploded after learning that three new schools, which will eventually accommodate more than 4,000 students, will be opened in the community within the next couple of years.

Instances of crime on the downswing, cases being solved in Summerlin, Las Vegas police say

Sheriff Joe Lombardo is a man of his word. No question about it. And almost 300 residents of Sun City Summerlin can attest to that, especially after hearing Lt. Nick Farese explain how an increased police presence — just as Lombardo promised — has helped ward off the wave of burglaries and robberies that hit the retirement community earlier this year.

Former sports writer shares first-person account of Ali and ‘Hurricane’ Carter

The first thing Muhammad Ali did as the limousine slowly crept away from the Passaic County Courthouse in Paterson, N.J., was reach into his pocket and take out a fistful of hundred-dollar bills. He placed the wad into one hand of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter while Carter nervously fingered the gold chain around his neck, which was clasped to a glittering gold medallion. How do I know all this? I was the fly on the wall in that limousine.

Summerlin’s ‘young water system’ makes contaminants unlikely

If you live in Summerlin or surrounding areas, it should be of comfort to know that the water you drink is clear of even the remotest threat of lead and any other contaminants. And that’s irrespective of whatever some final determination might be about whether there was lead in the water of the old school house in the little town of Goodsprings, located west of Las Vegas.

Clark County Sheriff vows to increase presence of patrol cars in Sun City

Sun City Summerlin residents take notice: You can rest assured that the Metropolitan Police Department is doing all it can to ease jittery nerves following a recent crime spree in the community. And that comes as a promise, right from the top cop in Las Vegas.

Presidential prospects look grim, but good things are happening in Summerlin

If this year’s presidential election prospects have you down, turn your attention instead to the bright future ahead of Summerlin: A thriving shopping mecca; plans for a National Hockey League practice facility; and a possible new baseball stadium.

Looking to go solar? Find an alternative through Southwest Gas

“Go solar”… “Save money and energy”… “Help preserve the environment.” Sound familiar? It should, especially if you’re one of the more than 17,000 Nevadans who got suckered into believing those and other positive catchphrases when you either bought or leased the solar energy panels sitting on your roof.

Counter-terrorism group keeps close eye on houses of worship

You might think that any of the glitzy Strip casinos, McCarran International Airport, Hoover Dam, or major overpasses such as the Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, which spreads across the Colorado River and bypasses the dam, would stand out as being among the most vulnerable sites for a terrorist attack. But there’s another sector that may be even more susceptible: houses of worship.

Baby boomers helping to drive Sun City real estate market

Do you have any idea what the hottest item is in Summerlin these days? Your house. And do you have any idea what the hottest item will be in Summerlin, at least for several years to come? Again, your house.

Couple share story of trying to save Desert Shores duck

“Not many people would stop and do what you did,” the employee at the animal hospital told Chris and Alan Beck, after they tried to save the life of a coot — a small black duck — that had been lying on the middle of Soft Winds Drive, a street in the Desert Shores section of Las Vegas.

Parties privy to Cashman Field’s future in game of ‘chicken’

Any day now, you’ll be reading about baseballs flying out of ballparks all over Arizona and Florida. That’s because spring training is in the air — the time of year when every team in organized baseball is a winner.

Metro asks for public’s help in stopping mail theft

Once upon a time, it was unthinkable that someone would break into mailboxes, whether yours, mine or any of those big blue boxes that are the property of the U.S. Postal Service. But times have changed, and mailbox crimes are happening with greater frequency, especially in Summerlin.

MountainView continues to grow, innovate valley’s health care

When they cut the ribbon to open the doors at MountainView Hospital exactly 20 years ago this month, there weren’t many who would have predicted the facility would expand into the ever-growing, increasingly popular, and medically and surgically advanced health care provider it is today.

Life is ‘all about the hands’ for Summerlin doctor

Chances are you’ll never guess what the performance of delicate hand surgery has in common with playing ice hockey and beating out some heavy rock on a set of drums.

Desert Shores tranquility disturbed by acts of animal cruelty

You don’t believe there are freshwater lakes stocked with fish — and even boating for those who like to sail along the lakes on small craft — right smack in the middle of the Las Vegas desert?

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