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Area Briefing, Aug. 7-13

RAPE CRISIS CENTER TO HOST PARTY FOR A CAUSE

The Rape Crisis Center plans a party from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Lavo Italian Restaurant & Lounge at the Palazzo, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. South, to help raise funds for its programs and services. Attendees must be 21 or older.

Tickets are $20, which covers drinks, appetizers and entertainment. Residents can purchase tickets at the door or by visiting rcclv.org.

In 2013, the center assisted 573 victims of sexual assault, handled more than 3,000 hotline calls and educated more than 11,000 Clark County students on how to prevent assault.

LEGAL ISSUES TO BE DISCUSSED AT FREE CLASS

Various legal issues are set to be discussed during Community Law Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 23 at the UNLV Boyd School of Law, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway.

Topics scheduled to be covered are bankruptcy law; small claims procedures; divorce; paternity custody; guardianship; criminal record sealing; and deferred action for childhood arrivals.

The session is free and open to the public, and RSVPs are required.

For more information, call 702-895-3671 or visit tinyurl.com/communitylawday.

VIDEOS IN SPANISH TO HELP RESIDENTS REPRESENT THEMSELVES IN FAMILY COURT

Several videos to help residents represent themselves in Clark County Family Court have been posted in Spanish at tinyurl.com/representyourself.

The videos include presentations by various county judges covering topics such as mediation, arguing a case, children in the courthouse and legal motions.

More than half of the people who appear in Family Court represent themselves, and many speak Spanish, county officials said.

For more information, visit clarkcountycourts.us.

SANDS CARES DONATES FUNDS TO THE SHADE TREE

A social responsibility initiative by the Las Vegas Sands Corp. called Sands Cares recently raised $13,645 for The Shade Tree women’s shelter.

The company raised $3,645 by donating tickets to its employees for a Las Vegas 51s game, with all proceeds from their attendance going to The Shade Tree. Sands Cares also donated $10,000 to the nonprofit.

Sands Cares participants include The Venetian, the Palazzo and the Sands Expo and Convention Center.

For more information, visit sands.com.

RAMPART BOULEVARD SEWER PROJECT TO CAUSE LANE RESTRICTIONS

The city of Las Vegas recently began an 11-month sanitary sewer pipe installation project on Rampart Boulevard between Alta Drive and Lake Mead Boulevard.

The $12 million project is expected to cause lane restrictions on Rampart.

Phase 1, planned through October, is set to include a sewer bypass at Lake Mead and work along Rampart between Lake Mead and Hillpointe Road. Work hours are slated for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Crews plan to close the east side of Rampart between Lake Mead and Hillpointe, shifting traffic to the west side of the median, with one lane open in each direction. Lane restrictions on Rampart north of Lake Mead and on eastbound and westbound Lake Mead approaching the Rampart intersection are set to be in place during August. Buffalo Drive is recommended as an alternate route for north/south travel.

Phase 2 of the project is scheduled from October to December between Hillpointe and Vegas Drive; Phase 3 is set for December to February between Vegas Drive and the north off-ramps from Summerlin Parkway; Phase 4 is slated for February through March between the Summerlin Parkway north off-ramps and Canyon Run Drive; and Phase 5 is planned for March to May between Canyon Run and Alta.

TAB Contractors is the construction company, and the city is managing the project. Work is being funded by the city sanitation fund and the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada.

For more information, call 702-229-6272.

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS EVENT SET AT PASEO VERDE LIBRARY

Disaster preparedness in the home is set to be addressed from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway, Henderson.

The AAA and the American Red Cross have joined forces to put on the free event as part of a new community program called Ready, Set, Respond!

The 90-minute program is designed to raise awareness of basic preparedness and provide information about volunteering for the American Red Cross during local disasters such as earthquakes, wildfires and floods.

Residents can register for the event by visiting mypubliclibrary.com or calling James Miller at 702-352-9202.

CITY GOES HALF ON COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENTS THROUGH GRANT PROGRAM

The Las Vegas City Council recently approved $55,000 in Neighborhood Partners Fund grants for 18 projects aimed at improving the community.

The recipients are neighborhood associations registered with the city. The residents in the neighborhood associations are scheduled to provide more than $163,570 in matching labor and donations to improve their neighborhoods.

The 18 projects are:

— The McNeil Neighborhood Association: neighborhood designation signage.

— Quail Estates West: audio-visual and security equipment.

— The Admiral’s Point II Homeowners Association: an HOA security system.

— The Aventura Homeowners Association: a safety and lighting improvement project.

— Bonner Elementary School PTA: Bonner Safety in Schools.

— The La Mancha Homeowners Association: signage renewal and beautification.

— The Crossroads I Homeowners Association: carport lighting, benches and barbecue/picnic area improvements.

— The Huntridge Neighborhood Association: neighborhood unity and beautification.

— The Stupak Neighborhood Council: funds for the neighborhood council and Police Athletic League Youth Adventure Club.

— The Western-Highland Business Association: a communication project.

— The Quail Ridge Drive Homeowners Association: enhancing community spirit.

— The Cultural Corridor Coalition: a Cultural Corridor awareness campaign.

— The Northwest Area Residents Association: a community garden.

— The Greens Homeowners Association: a security camera upgrade and lighting enhancements.

— The Willowdale Estates Homeowners Association: the Willowdale annual security event.

— Eagle Creek Heights: park equipment renovation.

— The Four Winds Homeowners Association: park security and lighting upgrades.

— The Whisper Creek Owners’ Association: entrance landscaping.

The city’s Neighborhood Partners Fund matches up to $5,000 for projects to improve the quality of life in registered Las Vegas neighborhoods.

Residents can register their neighborhoods by calling 702-229-6681. For more information, visit lasvegasnevada.gov.

FREE APP ALLOWS USERS TO REPORT PROBLEMS, FIND PARKING

The city of Las Vegas has launched an app for Android users who want to report a neighborhood problem or find parking.

Users can download the app, called city of Las Vegas mobile, via the Google Play store.

Residents can report or check the status of any problem in the city, such as graffiti, a pothole or a broken streetlight. Any alerts sent by users are received in real time by crews out in the field who could respond to the area.

The app also includes a link showing a map of city-operated public parking areas, rates and hours of operation. The app also provides a map that highlights downtown food trucks and their locations. In addition, the app links to the city’s Facebook page, Twitter feed, YouTube channel and news release archives.

Last year, the city launched a similar app for iPhone users, and it can be downloaded free. The city also has a mobile website, m.lasvegasnevada.gov, that allows residents to report problems within the city via their mobile devices.

DONATION OF CROWBARS TO ASSIST POLICE

Lowe’s and other area businesses recently donated crowbars to the Metropolitan Police Department’s Bolden Area Command for its Safe Village Initiative.

Officers are sometimes the first to arrive at the scene of residential fires or other emergencies that may require immediate access to a building, but they may be unable to enter due to security bars installed on windows or doors. The crowbars will help officers gain access to such structures.

For more information, visit lvmpd.com or call 702-828-3111.

STUDENTS AT SUMMIT TO DEVISE WAYS TO COMBAT SEXUAL ASSAULT

The Rape Crisis Center, 801 S. Rancho Drive, Suite 2, plans a TeenSPACE Everywhere Youth Summit from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 21.

The free event aims to bring together youths for learning and brainstorming ideas for ending sexual assault and related violence in their communities.

Rape Crisis Center staff members will start the conversation and serve as facilitators as students work with each other to formulate ideas. At the end of the day, students will be asked to choose one project and commit to making it happen during the 2014-15 school year. The center in turn will commit to supporting students with information and resources to help make their project a reality.

Students in grades nine through 12 and recent graduates from the class of 2014 may attend the event. Students can email lisa@rcclv.org to request a registration packet. The registration deadline is Aug. 15.

RACEL STREET LANE RESTRICTIONS PLANNED THROUGH DECEMBER

A city of Las Vegas storm drain improvement project is planned through December on Racel Street between El Capitan Way and Finch Feather Street.

The project will require lane restrictions on Racel and occasional street closures, according to the city. Work hours are set for 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

New 42-inch reinforced concrete pipe is slated to be connected to an existing 42-inch storm drain at the intersection of Racel and El Capitan and be continued down Racel to just east of Finch Feather.

Additional improvements along Racel near Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs between Al Carrison Street and North Cimarron Road are scheduled to include inlet modifications and new asphalt with sidewalk ramps, curbs and gutters.

Harber Construction is the contractor, and the city is managing the project. The estimated cost is $498,820, provided by the Clark County Regional Flood Control District.

SAFETY FAIR AND POOL PARTY PLANNED

A Ward 1 Safety Fair & End-of-Summer Pool Party is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Bill & Lillie Heinrich YMCA, 4141 Meadows Lane. Admission is free. Music by DJ Brando, community vendors and refreshments are planned.

For more information, call 702-229-6405.

 

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