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House Fire Displaces Family

 

  A family with five children and two dogs are displaced but uninjured after a Las Vegas house fire.

   Crews responded to 911 calls reporting a thick column of black smoke coming from a home near the intersection of Charleston Boulevard and Buffalo Drive 4:45 p.m. Tuesday.

   Firefighters say they brought flames under control in about 10 minutes.

   The blaze gutted a family room, but most other items in the house were saved. Damaged is estimated at $25,000.

   The American Red Cross and the Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Foundation are helping the displaced family, which includes two adults, two dogs and five children between the ages of 3 and 12.

   Investigators say the fire started near a computer table in the family room, but they are still determining a cause.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

School Gets Million Dollars for Scholarships

A private school in Summerlin received a million dollar grant that will help grow its program for high school students.

The Adelson Educational Campus received the money thanks to the Adelson Family Foundation. The foundation gave the money to the campus to expand scholarships for high school aged students.

“Last year we were able to provide over 35 percent of our families’ substantial scholarship assistance. This grant will not only allow us to keep up with that serious demand, but it will also allow us to give the gift of education to many more deserving students,” said Head of School, Paul Schiffman.

The campus received the money because it is one of only three specially accredited private schools in southern Nevada. It also has a previous relationship with the foundation. Plus, the foundation felt the school already had resources in place to use the money effectively immediately.

JDRF of Southern Nevada Kicks Off Pre-Walk Reception

JDRF of Southern Nevada Kicks Off Pre-Walk Reception

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) of Southern Nevada held its Walk To Cure Diabetes Corporate Reception on Thursday at Red Rock Country Club.  This was a chance for local businesses and others who are interested in supporting JDRF to find out about the Walk, where the money goes, and the many reasons to get involved.

The 5K Walk (3.2 miles) is scheduled for November 19 on the UNLV campus and could attract close to 4,000 walkers who will have raised money to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes and its complications. One in three children born after the year 2000 will develop some form of diabetes in their lifetime, according to JDRF.

There is no cure for Type 1 (formerly referred to as juvenile diabetes) and you never outgrow it. Type 1 diabetes strikes people at any age. It comes on suddenly, causes dependence on injected or pumped insulin for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications.

Sewer Project Forces Lane Closures

A sewer rehabilitation project will force crews to shut down lanes along Peace Way near El Capitan Way.

The closures start Friday and last through at least August 31. East and westbound traffic will be moved to the south side of the street and be one lane in each direction between El Capitan Way and Juliano Road.

Crews with Clark County Water Reclamation District will be working on the project Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sewer will not be interrupted by the project but traffic in the area will. 

Popular Neighborhood Restaurant Moving and Expanding

Popular Neighborhood Restaurant Moving and Expanding

 

Many restaurants have struggled in the rough economy but one restaurant is actually expanding.

Rachel’s Kitchen is moving from its location in Summerlin to a bigger space just a mile down the street at Desert Inn and Hualapai. The expanded space means a bigger kitchen, more seating space and a climate-controlled patio. They’re also expecting a 20 percent jump in sales in the bigger space.

The owner, Debbie Sofer-Roxarzade, says the collapse of the construction industry has actually helped them get their new location on track.

“They have been there the whole time, everyone is been doing what they need to, to get it done versus five years ago when the construction market was so hot, if you were a small account no one really paid attention to you," said Sofer-Roxarzade.

Two Weekend Events Planned for City Pool

The City of Las Vegas is offering two events for the whole family at the Pavilion Center Pool.

The first is Friday, August 5. The pool will be showing the movie "Shark Tale" at 6 p.m.. People are encouraged to bring the whole family and lounge chairs to watch the film. It will cost $3 to get in and light refreshments will be provided.

The second event is Saturday, August 6. The All City Swim Meet will be held at the pool starting at 9 a.m. Kids involved with the city, North Las Vegas and Clark County  summer swim programs will be part of the novice meet. Bleacher seating will be provided. Admission is free. Food and drinks will not be permitted on the pool deck.

For more information about either of these events call 229-1488. 

Ground Broken for New Fire Station

Video courtesy: City of Las Vegas

The City of Las Vegas broke ground Monday on a new fire station to service Summerlin.

The fire station will be near Del Webb Boulevard and Lake Mead Boulevard. When finished the fire station will be 7,800 square feet. It will hold a 100 foot ladder truck, four firefighters and emergency medical personnel. The station will cost $4.5 million.

        "This new station is going to increase public safety for our residents in the city, especially in the Sun City/Summerlin community," said City Councilman Stavros Anthony. "We all look forward to this state-of-the-art fire station opening in late spring 2012."