Dec. 17, 2013 

Las Vegas Paving is scheduled to begin work on new pavement, sidewalk, underground utilities, traffic signal and architectural enhancements along the F Street corridor Jan. 2, and will continue work until project completion, expected in August 2014. F Street will remain open to local traffic, with access open to homeowner driveways. This work is part of the F Street re-opening project that began in June 2013 and includes three new bridges on I-15.

The work will begin on McWilliams from F Street to E Street, where the storm drain and sanitary sewer utilities are to be improved. This work involves closing McWilliams from F Street to E Street. The north half of McWilliams will remain accessible to homeowners. The roadwork and utility work on F Street from I-15 to Washington will begin approximately Jan. 20. Once this work begins, all through traffic on F Street will be restricted. This includes the entrances from Washington, Morgan, McWilliams, and the alley entrances. Access will remain available to F Street residents. Once the asphalt removal is complete, Las Vegas Paving will install ramps so that residents can drive through the worksite to enter their driveways. Throughout the duration of this work, construction hours will be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

No work will take place outside of these time limits unless a notification to the neighborhood is provided at least 48 hours in advance. Construction equipment and haul trucks will utilize G, H and E streets to enter/exit the work area. If you should have any questions or concerns, call Chris Garamendi of Las Vegas Paving at (702) 467-7799.

Make it a December to Remember at the month-long celebration in the Cultural Corridor downtown. The museums and cultural organizations showcase holiday traditions from around the world with free and affordable family-friendly events and performances. For more information, visit or see the news release

Recycling your live holiday tree is a gift that will keep on giving back to the community.  Donated cut trees are chipped into mulch that is used in public gardens and parks across the valley to help conserve soil moisture and keep plants healthy.
The process is very simple. There are no fees; just a wee bit of your time is all that is required. Take your holiday tree to one of more than 22 convenient drop sites between Dec. 26 and Jan. 15. Before dropping off your tree, remove all non-organic objects, such as lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments and nails. Foreign objects contaminate the mulch and damage the chipper. Flocked trees cannot be recycled. See the drop sites online.

The community has been recycling trees in southern Nevada for more than 10 years, and each year the number of participants increases. Last year, southern Nevada residents recycled 15,000 trees. Yet, as impressive as that is, that’s a small percentage of the 250,000 trees sold in the community. Last year, more than 235,000 trees went to the landfill. Make a difference this year and recycle your cut holiday tree! To speak to a Christmas Tree Recycling Committee member, please call Sherri McMahon at (702) 229-2338 or email to

N Zone Sports of America is now expanding to the Las Vegas area. N Zone Sports provides youth sports programs that are fun, safe and rewarding. The programs focus on building sportsmanship, teamwork in a supportive environment and positive achievements. Games are scheduled one day a week, usually on Saturday mornings. In addition, multiple sports are offered simultaneously at most venues to facilitate different sporting interests and to simplify family schedules. For the safety of all involved, coaches are background checked and N Zone-certified to ensure the proper message of fair play, sportsmanship and other important values are incorporated into coaching strategies. N Zone Sports operates youth sports leagues, camps, and programs for children ages 3-14. N Zone Jr. is a national youth sports program that is conducted through N Zone Sports of America and is committed to introducing and developing a passion for sports in children ages 2-8. For more information, go online or call (702) 843-0392.   

Enjoy the First Friday celebration downtown in the Arts District Jan. 3, 5 to 11 p.m. Go online for all the details.

I will host a Bluegrass in the Park concert Sunday, Jan. 5, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Lorenzi Park Lake band shell, located at 3333 W. Washington Ave. inside Lorenzi Park. I invite you to bring the entire family to this free event to enjoy the music of local bluegrass and acoustic bands playing traditional American music with banjos, fiddles, guitars and mandolins.  For more information, call (702) 229-5443 or visit

Join me at Thursday, Jan. 9, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Starbucks, 751 N. Rancho Drive at Bonanza Road, for coffee and conversation on how to improve Ward 5 and the city of Las Vegas. For more information, call (702) 229-5443.

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