November 9, 2011 

I hope you will join me at some of these fun events, and take advantage of the opportunities below!

Veterans Day Parade
The Veterans Day Parade will be presented by VFW Post 1753 beginning Friday, Nov. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon on Fourth Street downtown from Hoover to Ogden avenues. Road closures along the parade route will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, go online, call 218-4321 or 384-4161, or e-mail to

Ward 5 Free Movie in Kianga Isoke Palacio Park at Doolittle Complex
Bring the family, blankets and lawn chairs and join me for a free movie in the park Saturday, Nov. 12, at Kianga Isoke Palacio Park at Doolittle Complex. We'll enjoy the PG-rated "Soul Surfer" film starting at dusk. Admission is free. Refreshments will be available for purchase. The park is located at 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., and the movie will be shown near the basketball courts. The weather is expected to cool down even more, so pack up some cocoa and extra blankets for this touching and inspiring movie.

Residents Invited To ‘Rebuild Southern Nevada Expo’
Residents looking to rebuild their lives by saving their home, connecting to a job, or finding housing, are invited to attend the Rebuild Southern Nevada Expo on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Palace Station Hotel Casino, located at 2411 W. Sahara Ave., inside the Grand Ballroom on the second floor. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m.

Available free services and workshops include:

  • Down Payment Assistance Programs
  • Rental Assistance
  • Childcare Assistance
  • Youth Services
  • Adult and Dislocated Worker Training
  • Job Placement Information
  • State Foreclosure Mediation Program

This Alliance For Stabilizing Communities event is sponsored locally by the cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Henderson, as well as Clark County, Station Casinos, Inc., and Housing For Nevada, a non-profit affordable housing developer and a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-certified housing counseling agency.

Local participants include the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Coalition for Affordable and Sustainable Housing; Chicanos Por la Causa, Inc., Community Services of Nevada, Consumer Credit Counseling Service, Housing For Nevada, Neighborhood Housing Services of Southern Nevada, Nevada Legal Services, Nevada Partners, Inc. and Women’s Development Center. For more information and to register, call 229-4663.

Join Organized Trail Walks
I want to tell you about an exciting opportunity to get outdoors and take advantage of the city's great trails system! The city recently entered into an agreement with the Outside Las Vegas Foundation to help enhance the city's trail systems by developing an adopt-a-trail program. Find out more about one of the upcoming walks by viewing the flier online.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department News
Metro Police has announced a new pilot program called TARDY. It stands for Taking Action Regarding Delinquent Youths. During school hours, if young people are hanging around your establishments instead of being at school, please call 311 and report that school-age students are there. The goal is to reduce the number of property and violent crimes involving juveniles who are habitually truant. Officers will take a zero-tolerance approach when encountering truant juveniles and will enforce all applicable laws in accordance with LVMPD policy. The program has officers taking the youths off the streets and back to school, where they should be.
The holiday season has arrived, and the police want to remind you of some good business procedures. The holiday season can bring crime to retail businesses. Before the shopping season gets under way, it is a good idea for retail businesses to take the time to review their crime-prevention procedures! Plan ahead, be prepared and know what to do!

  • Review and update any crime-prevention and safety procedures.
  • Check the exterior of your business for any non-working lights, broken locks, etc., and have them repaired. 
  • Check the trash receptacle area to make sure it is clean and unobstructed. 
  • Check the interior of the business for vulnerable hiding areas, office areas that need securing, etc. 
  • Check your emergency contact information on file with LVMPD. Simply call the non-emergency 3-1-1 number and ask to be connected to Address Verification. 
  • Schedule a crime-prevention meeting with your employees to review your holiday safety plan. Stress prevention, employee responsibility, and safety preparedness. 
  • Review your cash-handling procedures. Keep as little cash in the register as possible. 
  • Make sure the proper emergency numbers, business address and phone numbers are located near any phone that may be used to call emergency responders. 
  • Make sure new or temporary employees are familiar with any safety or crime-prevention policy/procedure. In case of a robbery, all employees need to know how to open the register with a no sale.   
  • Know how to reach any available on-site security!  They are provided to assist you, so be familiar with them! 
  • Join Crime Free Business. Call 828-5804 for information.

Safety and crime prevention should be a priority during the hectic holiday season. For more information, contact your property manager or LVMPD Crime Prevention at or 828-5804.

Applications Available For 13th Annual Citizens Fire Academy
Applications are being accepted for the Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Citizens Fire Academy now through Jan. 23. The program is designed to teach interested people about the workings of the fire and emergency services in our community. Various speakers from Las Vegas Fire & Rescue and support organizations, such as the Trauma Intervention Program and American Red Cross, give insight on how the organizations operate and how residents can get involved and help their community. Participants also will have the opportunity to participate in a field day where they will receive some hands-on training and demonstrations, and do a ride along with an actual fire crew to see how emergency calls are handled. The Citizens Fire Academy will meet once each week for three hours starting Feb. 23, 2012, with graduation scheduled for May 3.

The Citizens Fire Academy began in the year 2000 with 50 participants. In the summer of 2005, the program became part of the U.S. Fire Corps program. The U.S. Fire Corps is a locally-driven Citizen Corps program that allows community members to offer their time and talents to their local fire departments. Fire Corps serves as a gateway to information for and about fire department programs and meets a citizen's desire to serve as well as a department's need for support. Members of the Las Vegas Fire Corps are volunteers who assist the fire department in a number of functions, including assisting with answering telephones, passing out flyers in a neighborhood during or after a disaster, assisting in shelters, manning canteen or emergency food centers and acting as victims for disaster and emergency training exercises. The members also learn how to make their home and community safer through simple training on the use of fire extinguishers, first aid and CPR. During the past 12 years, more than 500 Las Vegas valley residents have completed the academy.

At least 12 past graduates have gone on to become professional firefighters with fire departments. In addition, at least four are now wildland firefighters in other parts of the country and a number have volunteered their services with the Trauma Intervention Program and the American Red Cross. Others have volunteered to be "victims" during a number of past fire department simulations.

Applications for the academy are available at Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Headquarters, located at 500 N. Casino Center Blvd., or online. There is no cost for the program.

Applicants will be notified in early February if they are accepted. The academy will be limited to 20 participants. More information is available by calling the Citizens Fire Academy Hotline at (702) 229-0146.

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