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Nonprofit Working to Provide Help for Homeless Teens

Nonprofit Working to Provide Help for Homeless Teens

LAS VEGAS -- This holiday season an estimated 6,000 students in southern Nevada could go without the meals they count on when school is in session, because they are homeless.

Now, a local nonprofit is making sure those students will get fed during the holiday break. The charity is called Project 150. It is currently collecting non-perishable food items and restaurant gift cards to hand out to homeless teenagers.

According to the Clark County School District, there are 357 schools in the district, and of those, 220 are Title I schools, which means they are entitled to federal funds because of the poverty levels of the community.

The president of Project 150, Don Purdue, started the effort after seeing a news story about the 150 homeless students at Rancho High School.

"These kids are survivors. They are fighting just to stay in school, and we just want to provide them with that edge that they can do it," Purdue said.

Blood Drive This Weekend at Rampart, Marriott


United Blood Services hopes holiday shoppers will take a moment away from the stores to help the community.

The Charlie Bonnici Memorial Blood Drive will be held Friday and Saturday at the Rampart Casino and JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa. All donors will receive a free Rampart Casino Buffet voucher, a free ticket to a Las Vegas Wranglers home game and entry into a drawing to win a one-night stay along with dining certificates at Ceres Restaurant and JC Wooloughan’s Irish Pub.

UBS has a need for all blood types, especially O negative, which is the universal donor and can be given to all other blood types.

The drive will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days in the Grand Ballroom, 221 North Rampart Blvd.

Expect Crowds at Red Rock This Weekend

Expect Crowds at Red Rock This Weekend


Expect the holiday weekend to bring lots of visitors and plenty of congestion to the Red Rock National Conservation area.

The busiest period is anticipated to be between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The visitor center will be open 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thanksgiving and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the remainder of the weekend. The 13-Mile Scenic Drive will be open 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors may call 515-5350 to determine if the Scenic Drive is open.

On Friday and Saturday, Red Rock will “Take It Outside” and participate in a Nevada’s Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights program from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the visitor center.

Man Critically Hurt in Early Morning Crash


A Las Vegas man is in critical condition after driving into a pole early Tuesday morning.

The crash happened around 12:30 a.m. near Rainbow Boulevard and Cheyenne Avenue. According to witnesses, the driver, 52-year-old Lee Turner, was heading eastbound on Cheyenne Avenue approaching Rainbow Boulevard, when his car hit the raised island between the right hand travel lane and the right hand turning lane, hitting a signal light pole.

According to Metro Police, Turner showed signs of being drunk and was charged with driving under the influence.

More Shops and Restaurants Moving into Tivoli Village

LAS VEGAS -- The outdoor shopping center Tivoli Village is about to celebrate its second anniversary and has just added a number of new retailers and restaurants.

Nine new stores and restaurants will be opening by the new year. National brands like Brighton and Ethan Allen and small local businesses occupy the new spaces, including Faith Lozich's jewelry store.

"This is our first shot at it, and we've been successful. So far, it is good," Lozich said.

"We had a bit of an explosion of new tenants which is very, very exciting," General Manager of Tivoli Village Tonia Chafetz said.

Despite the success, there are still some challenges for the complex. Some businesses have left, including Petra Greek Tavera and The Dog House. Growth is also not moving as quickly as everyone involved would like.

Southern Nevada Jewish Community Watching Events in Middle East

LAS VEGAS - The Jewish Federation of Las Vegas held its annual meeting Sunday.

The meeting is often an opportunity to celebrate accomplishments and achievements, but the latest conflict between Israel and Hamas took center stage.

Rabbi Felipe Goodman led the annual meeting with a prayer he says is standard during times of distress. 

"I just think that it's a little bit of comfort to know we have some faith that can reach out to God and ask for special protection in these times of distress," said Goodman.

Devra Weiss said she came to learn more about what's going on in Israel and to find support from her community.

"We have family and friends there.  There are places under attack that I've walked myself," said Weiss. "Just the idea that you're going about your business and you can hear a siren and have 15 seconds to get to safety.  I can't even conceive of that."