October 2009 

Hello, and happy fall to everyone. I am excited to tell you about several upcoming events.

High School Profiency Prep

Together with the NAACP, I am sponsoring a high school profiency prep for students that will take place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Las Vegas City Hall, located at 400 Stewart Ave., in Human Resources Rooms 1 and 2, on the following dates:

  • Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009
  • Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009
  • Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009
  • Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009

Please R.S.V.P. to Dina Neal with the NAACP at 873-8882 Ext. 112, or via email at dinalex@yahoo.com, or via fax at 868-4273.

Participants should park at the City Hall Parking garage located at Stewart Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard. Take the sky bridge on the second level into City Hall.

Halloween Safe Night

The Pearson Halloween Safe Night Committee is pleased to announce the return of its 5th Annual Halloween Safe Night event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, at the Dr. William U. Pearson Community Center, located at 1625 W. Carey Ave., North Las Vegas, Nevada 89032.

"Every year the Halloween Safe Night event provides families and individuals a secure and enjoyable Halloween atmosphere," said Lou Collins, center director for the Dr. William U. Pearson Community Center. "Last year, there were over 1,000 attendees.  This year, we expect to double that number."

This free event will feature carnival games, a decorating contest, a haunted house, jumpers, food, live music, haircuts, and much more.  The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (Metro) is confirmed for security.   

This year's event is in partnership with the president and CEO, Morse Arberry of the Las Vegas Urban League, Lou Collins with the Dr. William U. Pearson Community Center, Commissioner Lawrence Weekly with Clark County, Councilman Barlow, State Senator Steven Horsford, Congresswoman Shelley Berkley, Newsome Marketing, EOB, Power 88.1, Nevada Partners, Sam's Club, Las Vegas Finest Social Club, Masterpiece Barbershop and One Luv Car Club.  

Coffee with the Councilman

Join Councilman Barlow for coffee, tea and conversation about the community from 9 to 10 a.m. on the first Thursday of every month. The upcoming Ward 5 gathering is planned for Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Starbucks at 751 N. Rancho Drive. It will give residents the opportunity to speak directly with the councilman on issues of concern to them.  Please take some time to mingle with your councilman and enjoy a cup of java or tea on him!  Exciting news about Ward 5 is always shared and the casual environment that Starbucks provides is ideal to start your Thursday.

The location for the Ward 5 gatherings alternates monthly between the Starbucks at 751 N. Rancho Drive and the Starbucks in the Best of the West Shopping Center, located at 2192 N. Rainbow Blvd., Suite 100.  We hope to see you and hear your ideas about ways to keep Ward 5 proud, progressive and historic! 

 Harry Levy Garden Spruce-up
The senior residents of Harry Levy Gardens have been fortunate enough to grab the attention of some philanthropic youth from Henderson, Nev. These young volunteers are from the youth ministry of St. Frances of Assisi, under the leadership of Zachary Young.  On Aug. 29, more than 20 youth painted baseboards on the first floor of the senior apartments. In collaboration with Vern Carroway, resident president of Harry Levy Garden, the event was a tremendous success. Councilman Barlow provided transportation, the Las Vegas Housing Authority provided paint and supplies, while Carroway prepared a hearty lunch. Because of the feel-good mood, these same youth have contacted Councilman Barlow to conduct a second and third spruce-up event!

Harry Levy Garden Spruce-up II will take place on Make a Difference Day, Oct. 24, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the painting will continue. If you are interested in joining Councilman Barlow's volunteer list, please contact his office at (702) 229-5443 so that you, too, can be part of philanthropic opportunities.

Las Vegas Advisory Board Formed

The West Las Vegas area is experiencing dynamic changes within its boundaries, both positive and challenging. The West Las Vegas area is centrally located within the city of Las Vegas and encompasses approximately 3.5 square miles, which is roughly 2.7 percent of the total land area of the city. West Las Vegas is located north of U.S. 95, south of Carey Avenue and Lake Mead Blvd, east of Rancho Drive, and west of Interstate 15. 

West Las Vegas has a long, proud history, but there is so much more that can be accomplished in the community. Councilman Barlow has pledged to develop this community through small business, mixed-use communities, improved streetscape, and community amenities. As a result, the West Las Vegas Advisory Board has been formed to assist with engaging citizen participation, make recommendations to various city departments, and act as a liaison between the community and Councilman Barlow.

Through several community meetings, public service announcements, and Councilman Barlow’s Web page, a request was made for individuals that wanted to have a voice in the West Las Vegas community and serve on the West Las Vegas Advisory Board.      Councilman Barlow then called on residents, business owners, and the faith-based community to assist with the selection of individuals to represent the West Las Vegas Advisory Board. 

Councilman Barlow is proud to congratulate and introduce to the community the seven members of the West Las Vegas Advisory Board:

Anthony Harris
Jamilla McMillan-Arnold
Juan Devarreau
Barbara Crockett
Kim Lyons
Lois Mack
Jennifer Ellis

Each of these individuals brings a wide range of skills, special interest, and unique qualities that will assist in improving the quality of life in West Las Vegas. Please welcome your West Las Vegas Advisory Board as they begin to work toward achieving the community and Councilman Barlow’s vision of revitalizing the historic, proud, and progressive West Las Vegas community.    

Transportation Update

U.S. 95 Ramps For Martin L. King Boulevard Now Open
The two new U.S. 95 ramps, which provide Martin L. King Boulevard access, opened on Sept. 30. The Nevada Department of Transportation completed the ramps as part of the U.S. 95 widening project. The roadwork along Martin L. King Boulevard is far enough along that the ramps can be open.

The Martin L. King Boulevard improvement project, which extends from Alta Drive to Carey Avenue, is slated for completion in the first quarter of 2010. The road is being widened to three northbound and three southbound travel lanes. Work also includes utility relocation underground, along with the installation of curbs, gutters, sidewalks, storm drainage facilities, landscaped median islands and street lighting. Traffic signals at Bonanza Road, Washington Avenue, Vegas Drive, Lake Mead Boulevard and Carey are being upgraded. New traffic signals installed at the Discovery Drive intersection also are part of this project. 

“Although the ramps are open, work continues on Martin L. King and motorists should proceed with caution through the area,” Councilman Barlow said. “When the improvements are completed, we will have one of the most beautiful Martin L. King Boulevards in the country.”

New J Street Bike Lanes
$20,000 In Grants Help Build 3.2 Miles Of Bike Lanes In Ward 5

Councilman Barlow, representatives of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the Las Vegas Bike Club, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC), the Bikes Belong coalition of bike-industry retailers and suppliers and Interbike, its industry tradeshow partner, as well as others, celebrated the completion of a bike lane installation project on J Street, between Washington and Carey avenues, on Oct. 7.

Bikes Belong and Interbike presented a $10,000 check to the city of Las Vegas for the installation of new bike lanes on J Street. The RTC is matching the bike industry’s contribution by providing another $10,000 to the city’s effort to build more bikes lanes in the city. During the event, students were encouraged to use the new bike lanes. A drawing also was held and four lucky students won a raffle prize of a new bike, courtesy of the Ward 5 Bicycle Coalition. At the conclusion of the event, students rode through the new bike lanes, signifying the completion of the project.

“The goal of the Ward 5 Bicycle Coalition is to make Las Vegas a more bicycle-friendly city and these grants are helping us to do just that,” Barlow said. “Our next project is to install bike lanes on H Street, between Bonanza Road and Lake Mead Boulevard. When completed, we’ll have bike lanes that will directly connect to three public elementary schools and one public swimming pool, and that is something we have never had before.”

Elizabeth Train, grants and research director at Bikes Belong, said, “Bikes Belong and Interbike are so pleased to support this lanes project in Ward 5. The bike industry comes to Las Vegas for our trade show every year, and we’re thrilled to be able to give back to the community and improve conditions for bicycling here.”

City staffers from the Public Works Department Traffic Division are installing the bike lanes. A portion of the $20,000 in grants is being used to purchase materials for the new bike lane markings and signs. In addition, the city’s Field Operations Department is using a portion of the grant funds to partially cover the costs to slurry seal H Street. This will allow a new striping plan to be implemented on H Street to fit the new bike lanes, while still maintaining parking lanes and the necessary travel lanes.

The $10,000 grant by Bikes Belong and Interbike is part of a plan to invest more than $50,000 during the next two years to improve bicycling conditions in the trade show’s host city, Las Vegas.

New Projects In Ward 5

Mob Museum Will Provide Jobs

The Las Vegas Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, commonly called the Mob Museum, will be located in the heart of historic downtown and will be unlike any other attraction in Las Vegas. The proposed mixed-use development will include a fascinating museum-quality experience, an event  pavilion, one-of-a-kind retail shop, special event and educational spaces—all created around the theme of organized crime and law enforcement.  The Mob Museum committee is dedicated to restoring the United State Post Office and courthouse building to its original grandeur and preserving this cultural asset for generations to come.  In addition to the historic renovation of the exterior, the project’s design team will honor the original architecture in many of the interior rooms of this landmark. It will be a must-see attraction that will provide millions of people the opportunity to personally encounter a unique side of Las Vegas. Advertising, sales promotions and public relation efforts will attract new audiences, not just to the Mob Museum but also to nearby restaurants, businesses and attractions.

The project is arts- and retail-based, thereby furthering the city’s goals of bringing more people and business downtown, enhancing the viability of other similar developments and strengthening the cultural tourism market. More importantly, this unique type of arts-related retail project will bring new visitors downtown and increase demand for additional retail development. This complex will bring visitors downtown both day and night. The Mob Museum project will generate approximately 75 new, full-time permanent jobs once it is open in 2010.    In addition to the direct jobs resulting from the museum’s operations, the project will generate construction jobs as well as indirect spin-off jobs. The core of the project will be the United States Post Office and courthouse building, which exemplifies the best of early 1900s design, and which is deserving of first-class restoration and re-use. The restoration of this historic building, though costly, will add immeasurably to the ambience of a revitalized downtown.

Lorenzi Park Undergoes Transformation

Councilman Barlow and the Las Vegas City Council celebrated the completion of the $11.4 million Lorenzi Park renovation project with an evening of fun-filled festivities on Saturday, June 27. Lorenzi Park is located at 3333 W. Washington Ave.

“Lorenzi is one of Las Vegas’ oldest and most heavily used parks, but this renovation has transformed it into a brand new park with sparkling new amenities,” Councilman Barlow said. “Through a partnership with the BLM, we were able to improve this park for the residents of all ages who have played in this park for years.”

Lorenzi underwent an improvement project that began in April 2008, and included a complete makeover on the east half of the 60-acre park. The new and improved area has new tennis courts and softball fields, upgraded field lighting, a new special events area and a new playground. The parking area also was expanded.

The rededication event featured fireworks, games, a jump house, performances by area schools, a softball tournament, a tennis exhibition, and a dunk tank.

Project funding was provided by the Bureau of Land Management through the sale of public lands as authorized by the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act (SNPLMA). This act keeps money from Nevada federal land sales in the state for parks and trail projects.

Ward 5 Events Last Quarter

Community Resource Fair Aug. 27

Councilman Barlow hosted a community resource fair on Aug. 27, in partnership with the Neighborhood Services Department and Kermit Booker Elementary School, during Booker's Back-to-School Night. 

More than 30 agencies and organizations attended and provided the community valuable information about programs and services, including money management, adult education opportunities, living assistance, health services, youth activities, community safety, family support and counseling, and much more.  More than 400 residents attended.

Councilman Barlow Hosts Senior Information Fairs with Barlow Bingo

Seniors from Ward 5 housing authority complexes, apartments and senior centers participated in two information fairs coordinated by Neighborhood Services and Councilman Barlow’s office. The fairs, held Sept. 24, at the Las Vegas Senior Center, and Sept. 29, at the Doolittle Senior Center, attracted hundreds of seniors interested in learning about health, Social Security, Medicare Part D programs, insurance advocacy services, and home healthcare. They received vision screenings, blood pressure checks and a flexibility assessment provided by Senior Dimensions Fit for Life and U.S.A. Wellness coaches. More than 30 local, state and federal representatives and local nonprofit organizations and businesses were on hand to answer questions and provide information on programs and services to seniors.

The seniors also enjoyed spending time with Councilman Barlow as he entertained them with funny anecdotes and engaging questions while they ate lunch and played Barlow Bingo. Many seniors received unique prizes during the special bingo game.

“This health fair provided an opportunity for seniors to interact socially and learn about activities and organizations that will help improve their quality of life,” Councilman Barlow said. “These types of events provide important information and resources from our community partners.”

Back-to-School Fair At Brinley Middle School

On Aug. 22, Councilman Barlow and staff hosted his annual back-to-school fair. With this year’s event, we took a big step in moving the location from Doolittle Community Center to Brinley Middle School. In moving this event, we were able to spread the positive message to all communities alike, and produced an even bigger turnout. On this day, volunteers and community vendors were prepared to provide backpacks, school supplies and community information for 2,000 local youth. Help from UNLV students, The Alpha Men and Divas of Tomorrow, and other community members made this event a smash hit. With refreshments on board, the day was a success, bringing smiles to the faces of receiving community youth and their families.

Hoops For Hope 7th Annual Basketball Camp

Hoops For Hope celebrated its 7th Annual Basketball Camp at the Doolittle Community Center July 16-18. The camp hosted more than 200 of our youth and gave them the opportunity to participate in a basketball camp with mini-educational activities to enhance their mental ability and learn ball-handling fundamentals, conditioning, footwork, shooting, dribbling drills, and one-on-one moves. They also learned how to develop their own shooting skills and gain the confidence needed to become better basketball players.

Councilman Barlow had the opportunity to speak to the youth about the importance of education, cooperation, and following instructions.  He also encouraged and challenged the youth to team up and work out with someone that they did not know.  As a result, many friendships were established by the close of the camp. The camp also was visited by division one college players, NBA players, junior and senior high school volunteer athletes. Sequoia Holmes, of the WNBA, also volunteered her time and worked out with the participants.

The camp also sponsored a health component that offered physical fitness skills testing and provided overall awareness to healthy eating. During the duration of the camp, a healthy breakfast snack and lunch was provided free. I would like to thank Cathy Watson, mother of C. J. Watson of the Golden State Warriors, for her spirit in organizing the camp and giving our youth the opportunity to partake in a summer activity at no charge to their families.

Ward 5 Summer Splash

Councilman Barlow hosted his annual Summer Splash swimming party at the Doolittle Community Center on July 11. His goal was to entertain the youth in the community while promoting the importance of pool safety. The councilman kicked off the afternoon by flipping a somersault off the diving board.

During the festivities, Barlow halted the party and lectured on water safety rules and following the lifeguards instructions. This event was free to all. Many residents from the community, young and old, participated and were treated to a wonderful afternoon. Light refreshments were served, a DJ provided music, the weather was beautiful and, most of all, everyone appeared to have a marvelous time.

Keep American Beautiful

On Sept. 16, City Council members celebrated the kick-off of the city of Las Vegas Keep America Beautiful team. The mission of Keep America Beautiful (KAB) compliments the mission of the city of Las Vegas (CLV) and many other agencies and organizations within the valley, many of which are joining the CLV Keep America Beautiful affiliate team. Our affiliate partnership with KAB is exciting and will be a great addition to all we do to keep our communities clean and safe. 

Members of the Keep America Beautiful Team include representatives from the city of Las Vegas Neighborhood Services Department; Republic Services; the Nevada Department of Transportation; the Southern Nevada Water District; Bank of Nevada; the Nevada Bankers’ Collaborative; University of Nevada, Las Vegas;  Public Lands Institute; Don't Trash Nevada; and Adopt A Highway. A four-hour training was held after the council meeting and the group started developing their program for the city of Las Vegas.

For more information on KAB programs and benefits to affiliate members, visit the Web site at KAB.org.

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