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Identity Theft & Prevention

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

In 2009 alone, there were over 10 million cases of identity theft. Here we are two years later and it is no surprise that identity theft is still on the rise. Tough financial times can lend themselves to people taking extremely desperate measures and stealing the identity of someone who has money readily available to them. While some use the information for shopping sprees, others are using the newly obtained name to commit crimes or even establish a new identity within another country.

Identities are being stolen by….

  • Digging through trash looking for statements with personal information and account numbers on them.
  • Taking personal papers from plain sight. (Almost half of all victims know the thief).
  • Stealing a wallet or purse.
  • Directly obtaining a credit card or debit card number.
  • Hacking into a server or database where personal information is stored.
  • Taking information from someone’s computer on an unsecured wireless network.
  • A victim being careless or forgetful.

Prevent identity theft by….

  • Dropping outgoing mail in a post office box.
  • Securing your wireless internet connections. Create passwords not easily detected.
  • Shredding any documents containing personal information.
  • NEVER carrying around your social security card.
  • Checking your credit every year if not more for discrepancies. It is also a good idea to check the social security numbers of your children and any recently deceased family members. This is the newest trend for thieves.

For more statistics, information and prevention tips go to identitytheftprotection.org.



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Lake Mead Water Level Rising

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

The water levels of Lake Mead are rising. For the first time in over ten years, the water is headed up not down and although no one wants to celebrate too soon, it’s worth popping a little bubbly for.

The water problem in Las Vegas has been a concern for years and the main solution has been water conservation. In 2007 we blogged about a Water Smart Congress and Las Vegas has been focusing their efforts to ease the water problem. Clark County continues to be applauded and awarded for it’s various conservation practices including the tax credits for converting to desert landscaping and the enforcement of water schedules and practices. Way to go!

Analysts believe that the rising levels of Lake Mead will only continue until the end of the year. Heavy snowfall has accounted for the level increase and only time and Mother Nature will tell what will happen this next season. As it stands with the current rate of water rising, Lake Mead will be around 50% capacity. Not yet enough to start splurging on our water usage.

Conservation programs are continually being tweaked and new ideas are being birthed as the promise to climb out of this decade of drought is uncertain. My contribution? Take fewer baths and shorter showers, keep the inside instead of the outside of my car squeaky clean and order beer instead of tap water at the local watering hole.



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Fun Friday: Las Vegas Greek Festival

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Skip breakfast and lunch today because you’re going to need all the extra room for some of the best Greek food in Las Vegas. This weekend marks the 39th year for the famous festival. Three days of Greek goodness!

AND THE DANCING! The festival entertainment with the Greek dancers from children to adults is really where all the fun and laughter starts. Dine and then dance along.

Here are the details:

September 23-25th (Friday – Sunday)
St. John the Baptist Green Orthodox Church (at El Camino & W. Hacienda)
$6 for adults (children 12 and under are free)

On the main menu:
Gyros, Kebabs, Dolmathes, Pastitsios, Spanakopitas, Tiropitas and more!

On the dessert menu:
Loukoumathes, Diples, Koulourakia, Kourambiethes, Melomakaronas, Kataifi, Bougatasa and of course Baklava and more!

Don’t know what’s in a Pastitsio or what a Kataifi tastes like? Check out the Las Vegas Greek Festival for more information.



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Marine Corps Ironman Comes to Henderson

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Ironmen and Ironwomen have begun to arrive at McCarran International Airport. This weekend the city of Henderson, Nevada will be hosting the 5th annual Marine Corps Ironman World Championship 70.3. (Yes, 70.3 total miles). The race is relocating this year from it’s previously home in Clearwater, Florida having been there since it’s commencement in 2006.

The world’s finest and strongest triathletes will be competing for top honors as well as a split of $100,000. Beginning at 6:30 am on Sunday September 11th, competitors will swim Lake Las Vegas, run the Henderson streets and bike through Lake Mead’s National Recreational Area.

After 70.3 miles of water and road, athletes will cross the finish line at the Henderson Pavilion. Spectating is free and residents and visitors alike are encouraged to come out and cheer on these dedicated Marine Corps men and women!

As with any race that comes to town, delays are expected. Check the Henderson Live Website for event schedules and times as well as detours and road closures.



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Las Vegas Citi Kitty

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

I just can’t let this one go. After seeing it on one of my favorite shows, Shark Tank, I was hooked on the concept. I’m not a cat person, but the inventor of this is a genius.

With over 60% of Las Vegas residents owning pets, the chances of one of those homes owning a cat or two is highly likely. So many cat owners pride themselves on the cleanliness of their cats, but the fact of the matter is, it’s hard for a house not to smell like kitty litter.

Especially in the real estate business when you’re showing a home, a strong pet odor of any kind is a huge deterrent. Vacant homes all over the city are notorious for housing all the stray cats in Las Vegas.

The solution? Citi Kitty. Seriously.

Can you imagine Las Vegas cats that are toilet trained? Yes, like Jinxy the cat in Meet the Fockers. The Citi Kitty Kit gives you a step-by-step process on how to train your cat to use the toilet. The result? No more smelly house. No more purchasing 30 pound bags of toxic kitty litter and no more showing homes where the odor of cat urine is so strong. Check out Citi Kitty for your Las Vegas pet.



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