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Good things to know about Trust & Estate Administration

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There was a time when many people associated words like “trust” or “estate” with wealthy people,

with the belief that only the rich should be concerned about who should receive their assets when

they pass on. These days, however, people are becoming aware of how important estate planning

can be. Whether or not you have a huge house, plenty of cash in the bank or a massive enterprise is

immaterial. With estate planning, you get to choose who gets what, regardless of what you have. At

its very heart, drafting a will or setting up a trust is all about protecting your loved ones.

Trusts and estates need to be administered when the time comes. The directions in a will or trust

can be routinely implemented, all loose ends pertaining to debts and taxes tied up and the affairs of

the whole estate managed.

Can Executor and Trustee Can Be The Same Person?

It is possible to name the same person as both the executor of your estate as well as the successor

trustee of your trust. An executor will work with the court in guiding your estate through the

probate process (if applicable), while a trustee is usually tasked with taking over the management of

your trust in the event of your death or incapacity. Some would recommend that two different

people fill those two roles as a way of putting checks and balances in place when settling your estate

and trust. However, naming the same person as executor and trustee provides advantages as

well. For one, it will minimize expenses, since the lawyer providing assistance in settling the trust

and estate only has to talk to one person, which means less work—and payment—for the lawyer and

more money for the beneficiaries. For another, having one person play both roles will eliminate any

confusion or complications that come with any miscommunication that could happen between two

people handling the whole process.

Trustees Can Be Held Personally Liable!

The fact that a person has been named as a trustee implies great trust placed on him or her by the

grantor. However, trustees have an obligation to abide strictly by the terms of the trust. If they use

trust assets for their own benefit or any sort of wrongdoing related to the trust, they will be held

accountable for their actions, and may even be sued in court.

You Can Decline an Appointment as a Trustee or Executor.

Both offices have a mountain of responsibilities, and if you don’t want to be involved in something

that has the potential to become messy, especially when there are disputes involved, you can

decline any appointment to either position. If you decline an appointment as executor and the will

names no one else, the court will appoint an executor in your place. If you were named a trustee

and you don’t want the job, the grantor of the living trust can simply replace you with someone else.

These are just some of the things you need to know about trust and estate administration. Since

things can get complicated, it’s always best to have an estate planning attorney to guide you through

the entire process.

Sharing your goals,

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Can You Smell the Stink?

By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules

Like all of you, my PILL (partner in love &

life) political editor Rana Goodman and

I have been quarantined the past few weeks.

Unfortunately, as we slowly emerge from our homes under the “new

normal” the smell from the Court/Judiciary system is overwhelming.

Let’s start with “Our View” Judy Polumbaum’s extraordinary

investigative article. Due to her

exhaustive research, we are

enormously proud to place Part I

(pages 26 – 33) in its entirety.

Judy exposes how a stranger

can appear out of nowhere

and become your probate

administrator. She details how

the judicial system allows this

- including selling your home

way-below market value to the

stranger’s “friends” and then

flipping it for an enormous profit.

As you read it, no doubt you’ll

wonder as to “how” this can go

occur, but more importantly

ask yourself: Can this happen to

me…or my family?

Be prepared to shake your head in disgust and get out the air

deodorant. But wait – the smell gets even worse.

There’s another judicial activity that makes you want to hold

your nose. In the judicial contest for District Court, Family Division,

Department A, incumbent William Voy (one of the “bad” judges due to

his guardianship actions) faces a challenge for his job.

Now like 98% of the population, you have no knowledge and even

less interest in the judicial races. And with the coronavirus pandemic

sucking all the air out of life who wants to spend their time on this?

Judge Voy has run unopposed in previous judicial elections and no

doubt he fully expected the same results. And then along came former

Family Court Judge Gayle Nathan who filed around noon on deadline

day.

Now with just 2 candidates, the law requires no primary and the

election would be decided in November. This is similar to the REAL

contest in my Rana’s eyes to dump the Judge that we really want to

throw out due to his involvement with the guardianship scandal -

Charles Hoskin, Family Division, Department E.

Hoskin’s name is NOT on the primary ballot you received since he

drew only 1 opponent (Thomas

Kurtz). Have no concern however,

since as the November election

nears, my Ladylove will be writing

“quite a bit” about this race.

But back to Judge Voy’s

predicament. To add to his lastminute

opponent, out of the

blue, literally within minutes of

the deadline ANOTHER person

filed for his job – Chery Ann

Wingate.

This challenger has done

nothing since filing her

candidacy – no policy statements,

no reason as to “why” she is

running, no website, not even a headshot. She even refused to attend

the Las Vegas Review Journal’s judicial debate as well as reply to my

telephone calls and email requests for information.

Oh, she just so happens to be the sister-in-law of Judge Voy. And

now with a 3 rd candidate, the primary will go on.

Under the law if a candidate receives 50% + 1 vote, no general

election will be held. You think Wingate filed solely to split the women’s

vote so that her brother-in-law receives the majority vote?

Now, Voy has insisted that he has not spoken to his sister-in-law

about why she did what she did. Could be true, but want to bet that

Voy’s wife discussed it with her sister? Plausible deniability, perhaps –

but anybody else thinks it passes the smell test?

Worse yet – judicial and attorney insiders know all about this “stink”

and once again, done nothing. Judicial business as usual.

Just another example of our “stinking” judiciary system. Remember

the system is not broken - it’s fixed.

What Do You Think?

Do you agree with our columnists?

Did anyone get you angry, make you

think or simply put a smile on your

face? Please tell us by forwarding

your comments, thoughts or

suggestions to Publisher Dan at:

dan@thevegasvoice.net.

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I

’ve written many times about my father but

this time, I see him and hope he knows how

honored I am to have had him in my life. Yes,

something changed me. And I am not ashamed to express my own

satisfaction of keeping a promise to him that he never knew I made.

Daddy (I still think of him that way) was a gentleman, scholar,

author, and had a dedication to his work that remained unfinished

when he died in 1985.

After I lost my Mom in 1993, I found a typed version of his work

in their apartment. My mother typed it from his notes on a small

portable Emerson typewriter with a worn ribbon on onionskin paper.

The chapters were paper clipped and there were assorted handwritten

papers under it.

My father wrote in teeny letters and one 5x7 piece of paper could

hold what would be 2 to 3 typed pages. It was always a challenge to

read them.

Both my parents centered their lives on music. My mother was a

pianist who taught at Julliard. My father, a Professor of Sociology, was

also the son of an opera singer and an opera director brought to New

York by Oscar Hammerstein in the early 1900s.

So, it was no surprise that with my father’s great knowledge of music

and family connection, he did extensive research (over a span of 40

years) on the history of musical theater and this very colorful character,

Oscar Hammerstein.

His book brings to life the amazing creativity, masterful stage

engineering, humor, unlikely associations and the turbulence of the

period combining forces to create entertainment and celebrations of

talent. All this was led by Hammerstein and his brilliant imagination.

Everything was an event and the world applauded his triumphs and

witnessed his antics.

Sadly, my dad was never able to bring the book to completion. When

I found the manuscript, I also discovered that my mother had donated

all his research material.

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A Promise to My Father

By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60

June 2020

All I had was 500 pages but as I read it, I realized how important

this was.

The imagery in the words and the stories of how musical theater first

came to be gave me amazing insight into my father. I got to know him

in a whole new way and to appreciate the man he was. To me the book

is a masterpiece.

In 1995 I copyrighted it and began to explore possible ways to make

sure it had a place in the world. I worked with agents and entertainment

reps, gave up for a few years and then decided to gather the research

material and copy it. That never happened.

But I made a promise to my father that no matter how long it took,

I would bring this over the finish line. Ultimately, I plunged into a

fund-raising website to draw attention and perhaps even self-publish

or hire someone to collaborate with me and track down the original

research notes.

In 2014, within 2 weeks of posting it was noticed by a senior editor

at McFarland & Company, Inc. She recognized the importance of the

subject and asked if we could discuss it further.

After I picked myself up from the floor, I sent my favorite chapter and

in return was offered a contract.

There were so many things to do and the editor assigned to me was

patient, smart and loved the subject. It took 6 years to get every little

detail right and in 2020 it was published!

This Father’s Day I finally came up with the right gift. I love you

Daddy.

Adrea Nairne-Barrera writes of celebrations, observations &

complaints of life in the 60s to being in your 60s.


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By: Pat Alexander / Art of Entertaining

Our world is so strange in these days of

COVID-19. I realize I’m jittery, can’t seem

to stay still, and wander from place to place in my

house.

I read a bit, watch TV a bit, rearrange a drawer or play a game at

the computer. My refrigerator door has been opened more times in a

day than it usually is in a week. I’m worried about COVID 15 (the 15

pounds gained from boredom) but I’m not about to step on a scale.

I’m usually planning, doing, arranging, or thinking about three

things at once. But now, I’m bored, and I am definitely not good at

bored.

I feel the way I felt after I lived on Martha’s Vineyard for several

months. I knew I had to leave because the Island closed in on me. The

only way on or off was by boat or plane since I definitely wasn’t up to

the swim!

It was such a beautiful place but so confining. I was told I had island

fever. Now I think I have house fever.

Yes, I leave the house, but I can’t touch the ones I love and can’t

interact the way one normally does in day-to-day life. The lack of input

leads to an ennui that finds me napping a lot. Maybe the napping will

help me get rid of the circles under my eyes that come from my usual

lack of sleep.

All in all, I think I need a dog!

Pat Alexander writes about all things home. She is well known for

her cooking, parties and interior design, and consults on kitchen

and bath remodels.

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The New Normal

June 2020

Happy Father’s Day

By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs

1

. I gave my father $100 and said, “Buy

yourself something that will make your life

easier.” So he went out and bought a present for

my mother. - Rita Rudner

2. I enjoy Father’s Day. It’s a time when I

pause to reflect on the joy that has come into my life thanks to my two

wonderful children, whose names escape me. - Dave Barry

3. The message of Mother’s Day is “Mothers are amazingly good

at mothering! They deserve a special day!” Whereas the message of

Father’s Day is: “We’re only doing this because we have Mother’s Day.”

- Dave Barry

4. To be a successful father there’s one absolute rule: when you have

a kid, don’t look at it for the first two years. - Ernest Hemingway

5. I got my Dad a GPS for Father’s Day. Now someone other than my

mom can tell him where to go. - Melanie White

6. On Father’s Day, I’m doing something for my Dad that he’s wanted

for years. I’m getting a job. - Melanie White

7. When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant, I could hardly

stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was

astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years. -

Mark Twain

* Q. How do fathers exercise on the beach? A. By sucking in their

stomachs every time they see a bikini.

**And finally: I always get worried about Father’s Day. I’m afraid I’ll

be given a gift I can’t afford.

Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and

has a very “unique” sense of humor. He welcomes all funny

submissions at: bill@thevegasvoice.net.


SENDS A HUGE

To Our

REAL

SUPER HEROES!

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Stiff Upper Lip

By: Susan Goldfein / Susan’s Unfiltered Wit

My husband has figured out a unique

and effective way to guarantee social

distancing.

He has grown a mustache. Hey, I’m as

affectionate as the next guy, but it’s hard to pucker up when I feel I’m

about to kiss my hairbrush.

I admit it. I’m having a hard time getting used to the new him.

Although he’s been cultivating it for several weeks, I’m often startle

when he walks into a room.

Fortunately, I recover in time to refrain from dialing 9-1-1 to report a

break-in. Other times, I’m convinced that I’ve inadvertently channeled

Groucho Marx.

Now for those men who sport facial hair, please don’t take offense. For

some, mustaches work very well. Like, if you happen to be a Mexican

revolutionary or a mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher who

operates a meth lab in an old RV.

I guess it’s all about what you’re accustomed to, and I’m definitely

not acclimating well. I’ve been with this man for a long time, and he’s

never had more than a two-day growth.

Because of the mustache, I’ve begun worrying about things I’ve

never before considered. Potential hazards like what happens when

men with mustaches eat soup? Or worse, what if said man gets a really

bad cold? And sneezes.

How do you blow your nose

with a mustache? And what if

there’s a nose bleed? These

gross thoughts have begun

to keep me awake at night

while he and his mustache

are peacefully asleep.

But if this fixture upon his face becomes permanent, or even semipermanent,

I suppose I’ll have to change my attitude and my outlook.

My associations with mustaches will have to become more positive. Less

about Stalin, Hitler, and porn stars, and more about Teddy Roosevelt,

Albert Einstein, my nice next-door neighbor, or The Village People.

In fact, there may just be something in this for me. If he’s going to

walk about resembling Sonny Bono, perhaps I should start dressing

like Cher!

And so, we begin a new chapter in our forty-year marriage. And

I hope it’s a short one. One that closes before he starts to resemble

Yosemite Sam, or I develop a rash from kissing a Brillo pad!

Susan Goldfein’s newest book, How to Complain When There’s

Nothing to Complain About, is available at Amazon.com, BN.com,

Read her blog at: www.SusansUnfilteredWit.com. Email Susan:

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By: Morris Heldt / A Senior’s P.O.V.

As in Me and Bobby McGee I wasn’t busted

flat in Baton Rouge waitin’ for a train, nor

did I have

to wear a pair of faded jeans, but

from a Kentucky coal mine to the

California sun, freedom wasn’t

just another word with nothin’

left to lose.

I recall through my freedom of

choices, I have experienced two

serious earthquakes, tornados,

mandatory curfews, the Vietnam

debacle, and as a young actor

and writer in Hollywood, a few

days without food and a place to

live.

However, this pandemic called

the Coronavirus was something I

had not experienced. It took away

something very precious to me: The loss of my freedom.

I have never been in prison, and I seriously doubt if being sequestered

for the Coronavirus is comparable, but it did cause me to reflect. One

positive thing I learned during my sequestration was how many nice

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Freedom Not Just Another World

June 2020

people there are.

I took walks every day on the path behind my house, and there wasn’t

a day that people didn’t say hello to me (at the appropriate distance)

and encouraged me to keep

walking…and they always asked

how I was doing and telling me

to stay safe. I also received many

phone calls asking if we had

enough food and if we needed

something.

As a senior it caused me to

think about how I have taken for

granted basic necessities. I have

always loved my country and

the freedom it has given me, but

I cannot express in words how

much more it means to me now.

As I write this article I continue

to wait for my release from

sequestration. However, I do so

with the understanding that

freedom isn’t just another word.

Morris Heldt is a retired award winning film and television

producer and published author. He and his wife moved to the Las

Vegas valley from the beach in 2004.


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How it Began

By: Temma Hammond

Being part of the

entertainment

community all my

life from Hollywood to Las Vegas, I thought

it would be fun to share with readers a

little of my history.

My father was fifty-years old when I was born. He started in silent

movies and was the original stand in for Charlie Chaplin. When Charlie

couldn’t get to a personal appearance event, he would send my dad

because he looked exactly like Charlie.

As a result, I got to share in all the old stories of how Hollywood

became so famous.

Growing up, I watched my dad produce and direct motion pictures

in his own studio. He built his studio in Hollywood across from the

Chaplin Studios, which is still there.

Seeing how movies were made and how the actors changed with the

times was very educational and entertaining. My mother was a drama

coach and writer, and being an only child, it was like a three-person

team making our lives a 24/7 exciting family in show business.

Coming to Las Vegas in the early 1990s, I designed and built two

film studios with such wonderful clients as George Clooney, Jackie

Chan, Martin Scorsese, Whoopie Goldberg and many more. Now as

President and CEO of GoldenNetwork.TV, I’m focused on the fifty plus

community.

And working with The Vegas Voice to share stories is fantastic.

Entertainment is so important now and sharing experiences can be

extremely rewarding.

Hopefully, you who might want to share your stories with us. Contact

me at: info@goldennetwork.tv.

Temma Hammond is the CEO & Founder of The Golden Network.

You can watch all their great programs on ROKU.

How to Watch Golden Network TV

I. Via ROKU

1. Purchase your Roku from most any store that sells TVs.

2. Install per instructions.

3. Once Roku installed and showing on TV screen, look for

image with plus sign to add a channel

4. Search for Goldennetworktv

5. Once selected, click on image and start watching (starting

with classic movies, and shows)

II. Via Website - www.Goldennetwork.tv

1. Enter www.goldennetwork.tv into your browser to bring up

the website

2. Click on “Watch” at the top of the screen

3. Start watching (starting with classic movies and shows)

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Getting Together

By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories

decided this month to write about an obscure

I show that I did in 1971 called “Getting

Together.” It starred then teen heart throb, Bobby

Sherman.

I say “obscure” because I doubt if many of you watched it. It was

on ABC but was cancelled after only 14 episodes. The reason - it was

opposite “All in the Family. “

For those women who grew up in that era, I’m sure you will remember

him. He was in just about every teen magazine that existed. In 2005,

TV Guide listed him as number 8 in the list of TV’s greatest Teen Idols.

It’s been said that he had so many screaming fans that he actually

experienced some hearing loss! Case in point: The day I was to begin

filming, I drove onto the lot in Burbank and there were at least a

thousand screaming girls everywhere.

I had no idea what was going on. As I however slowly made my way

up to the guard gate to get my pass to go to the set, I asked the guard

what was going on.

He told me that this went on every day. The girls knew that

Bobby Sherman and David Cassidy (who was filming The Partridge

Family) would be driving on to the lot every day as well as after lunch.

The guard informed me that the only difference was that Bobby

would get out of his car and sign everyone’s autograph book (even if it

made him late) whereas David would just as soon run them over!

Bobby was discovered by an agent while he was singing at a

Hollywood party and his career soon took off. He became a “Teen Idol”

and remained so from the late 1960s to the early 70s.

And at the risk of once again, sounding redundant, I must say that

he was really one terrific guy - as nice as he could be. I was thrilled to

have worked with him.

Until next time, remember: Be with those who bring out the best in

you, not the stress in you.

Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and

is the author of Reel Tears. You can contact Beverly at: bjradell@

hotmail.com.

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Smell of Napalm in the

Morning

By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet

was doing okay when the pandemic hit,

I and then my wife was furloughed at the

casino and came home full-time; not smelling of cigarette smoke.

(Hallelujah!) At first, we jumped on the “in this together” bandwagon

with all the other conscientious folk trying to survive whatever is going

on. Easy enough, right?

With the lock-down maturing, the hours, days, weeks and then

months ground our patience to a pulp and a summit meeting was

called. We needed to discuss what our lives had become while in the

recesses of our cave.

My wife concluded that working at home was much better than

working somewhere else. To my surprise, she also admitted liking my

company better than insolent gamblers. She has attained a certain

degree of personal gain by staying at home.

My recap was not so glowing. The first thing I did was clean my

guns and then strapped one on as I sat watching the news incessantly.

My night dreams of dark shadowy figures penetrating a perimeter in

‘Nam, turned into daydreams of a creepy “unseen enemy” spreading

its pathogen across our country.

And then all the conspiracy theories rushed in by communicating

with friends through social media. None of which helped with some

veteran-related anxiety. (God! Is all this “staying at home” a belated

1984?).

I momentarily regretted not stocking up on concertina wire, but

then got a hold of myself and realized that no amount of hard-wired

perimeters was going to do any good against a seemingly “bulletproof”

virus.

I’ve had to do some re-grouping, and I could go on forever about

how my war-stress has been triggered by something so stealthy as a

contagion! I’ll bet many of you are in the same boat, having some

similar reactions to what’s going on.

In light of that, I need to end with a reminder: First of all, do your

best to stay in the present time…be in the moment.

Don’t let existing conditions betray you. They are bad enough without

adding fuel to the fire with old experiences dictating your thoughts.

Secondly, stay safe by following orders that are issued to keep you

that way.

Chuck Dean served as an Army paratrooper in Vietnam and

through that experience was led to address the many transitional

issues veterans struggle with. He is the author of several important

books for veterans. All can be found on Amazon at: http://www.

amazon.com/author/chuckdeanbooks

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Coyote Springs Golf Course

By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever

It’s a bit of a drive to get out to the Coyote

Springs Golf Course, but well worth the drive.

The drive from Las Vegas is about one hour.

Jack Nicklaus designed the course back in 2007. Coyote Springs was

to be a planned community before the 2009 debacle took our economy

down - and the plans for this community with it.

All that’s left is a gorgeous golf course in the middle of nowhere. But

it’s not just an ordinary GC.

It’s a Jack Nicklaus design, so you know it’s going to be a great layout

with large greens, plenty of sand bunkers and water features. The cost to

play doesn’t break the bank either which is always welcome for seniors.

I encourage all to give this course a try. If you have played it, you

know what I’m talking about.

I have personally played the course 7 or 8 times and have always

enjoyed it. I am a 22 handicap golfer and generally manage to shoot

around 90 on this course from the white tees.

The last time I played from the gold tees and to the surprise of my

group, they announced after 9 that I was 3 shots above par. I was

extremely proud of my play. I won’t tell you what I shot on the back 9,

but I did end up around 90 for the game.

There is plenty of room on the fairways so if you swing the ball left

or right you should be ok. And did I mention that the greens are huge?

The course is a joy to play and as I said earlier the drive is not bad at

all. No worse than driving out to Pahrump or Primm.

Please let me know how you liked it when you play. Until then, hit

“em” straight!

Mike Landry resides in Sun City MacDonald Ranch and is a

member of Winterwood Men’s Golf Association.. He can be reached

at: airmikel1@cox.net

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Fitness for the Fun of It!

By: Liz Palmer

The

Nevada

S e n i o r

Games sponsors an

annual fall sports

festival of over 20 different individual and team

sports for athletes ages 50 and up. NSG is an official state member of

the National Senior Games Association and it is celebrating its 40 th

year of promoting health and fitness for seniors in our community.

Four decades is a great milestone and worthy of celebration, which

is exactly what the Nevada Senior Games intends to do in 2020. NSG

strives to incorporate their motto “Fitness for the Fun of It!” into all

their activities.

NSG Kim Nielson

In 1980 Pat Dillingham, a former U.S. Olympic figure skater, and

founding members Gene Hardlicka, Roger Hall and Mary Liveratti

formed the Nevada Senior Games. The NSC was incorporated in 1985.

The first national competitions were held in 1987 in St. Louis.

The most recent National Senior Games competition was held in

Albuquerque, New Mexico in June 2019 with over 10,000 competitors

who enjoyed competition, fitness, socializing, and friendship.

From this start in 1980 the Nevada Senior Games have now grown

to include about 20 events held at various venues throughout the Las

Vegas area. Participation ranges from 700 to 1,000 senior athletes.

The Fall Games now span a seven-week period from early September

through the latter part of October. There is also a year-round walking

program, plus volleyball and softball competition in the spring.

2020 is a qualifying year for the National Senior Games competition

to be held in 2021 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and we anticipate great

participation and enthusiasm from their senior athletes.

Come be a part of the fun and excitement this fall! Check our website:

www.nevadaseniorgames.com for updates regarding schedules and

venues, and “like” our Facebook page “Nevada Senior Games.”

Join us and you too can celebrate with this outstanding senior sports

festival.

Liz Palmer is the Executive Director of the Nevada Senior Games.

For more information on how you can participate, contact Liz at:

702/242-1590 or by email: Nevadaseniorgames@outlook.com.

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Looking Back, Planning

Ahead

By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor

As we ponder how we’re going to get back

to reality, I’ve spent the last two months

planning how to bring shows back to our

communities. I’ve also spent time reminiscing on the past shows and

where are they now.

One of the first shows I produced for The Vegas Voice was the Spirit

of 45 at the Silverton and about 1,200 people attended. From there I

introduced “soon to be stars.”

Our host, Bob Anderson, was so much fun to work with. We had

performers such as, Clint Holmes, Frankie Scinta, Chadwick

Johnson, Ronnie Rose, Genevieve Dew, Mark Giovi, Michelle

Johnson, Bill Fayne, Rich Natole and a dozen other local

performers along with musical director Ned Mills.

I was going to pat myself on the back and tell you some of the

entertainers that I helped get off the ground here in Vegas, but instead,

I’m going to tell you about the on-line shows you can watch from the

comfort of your living room or kitchen table. All are just about free,

but don’t be afraid to donate a few bucks if they have a donation link.

Most of the performers are doing this because they love to perform.

Let me run down some of the performances going on daily.

Brooks Crafts Emerald

Island’s Relaunch

By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places

The best casino in Henderson, as voted by the

readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

locked their doors at midnight March 17 to comply with the governor’s

order. “I had a premonition this was coming,” said Tim Brooks who,

with twin brother Mike, opened Emerald Island Casino in 2003 after

three others failed in the abandoned and converted Post Office.

Next, he was forced to let his staff know, “many who had been with us

for 10-15 years,” that they were being furloughed. “It was the hardest

thing I ever did, emotionally. It still stings today.”

For those 135 employees, the brothers distributed approximately

$50,000 worth of food and dug deep into their pockets to keep them on

the payroll and cover health insurance costs through the end of March.

Brooks is encouraged, looking forward to welcoming back Emerald

Island’s team and the loyal customer base they’ve built over 17 years.

Most of them are from Vegas but some are from out of town, such as

Billy Stritch and Linda Lavin from their apartment in Manhattan.

Chadwick Johnson, Craig Canter, Rita Lim & Dave Siegel,

Joey Melotti, Jimmy Hopper, Frankie Scinta, Sally Olson

& Ned Mills, Chris Jason & Drew Anthony, Chase Brown,

Jonathan Karrant, Randy Anderson, Gary Anthony, Bill

Fayne, Jamie Hosmer, Donato Cabrera (music director of the Las

Vegas Philharmonic) along with others are there for special shows and

fundraisers including Earl Turner on Mondays Dark.

All the days and times will be listed in my Wednesday emails. If you’re

not receiving my emails and would like to, send me your email address

and I will include you in my weekly email blast.

* As the pandemic (hopefully) winds down and Las Vegas opens up,

just a reminder that our Vegas Voice “Celebrity Corner” program hosted

by yours truly will resume. Catch us on our YouTube channel and on

Golden Network TV.

You can read Evan’s entertainment blog and sign up to receive

his free email weekly Calendar of Events at www.EvanDavisJazz.

com. Email him at: evan@thevegasvoice.net.

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The shutdown demanded aggressive and detailed planning for the

brothers. “Every time we formulate a plan, it changes.” In 2017 for

example, they increased floor space and the number of machines from

400 to 454. Only half of those machines are permitted to operate when

Emerald Island reopens.

The staff has been issued protective equipment; the casino will be

misted regularly with NSF and EPA-approved Vital Oxide, a sanitizer

used in hospitals; glass partitions have been installed where face-toface

communication occurs. Brooks is anticipating that Emerald

Island will be the first casino to sanitize using UV technology.

The award-winning café will operate at 50% capacity. “Because

gaming is our economic driver, I think casinos are going to be one of

the cleanest places.”

Brooks expects the smaller, local casinos to recover more quickly

than the Strip properties. “We’re more nimble. We can make quick

decisions. We use our size to our advantage.”

At press time, the brothers, who purchased the neighboring Rainbow

Casino, expected to receive the keys June 1 and reopen September 1

after extensive remodeling. “We anticipate hiring the employees back.”

The family-friendly casino is known for regularly surprising guests

with complimentary hotdogs, donuts, cookies, and more. They promise

its customers “you’re going to be treated well.”

Sam Wagmeister is The Vegas Voice Nightlife Editor. He loves to

hear from our readers. Please feel free to contact him via email:

LasVegasHomeTeam@Gmail.com.


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Buying a Used Car Now?

By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road

For those who invest in the stock market,

you know the general rule is to buy low and

sell high. If you like looking for great bargains,

specifically in vehicle purchases, you might be eyeing the used (or

preowned) car market right now.

But before you start your search, let’s see if this really makes sense.

We know that the automotive industry has been hit hard by the

coronavirus, with factories going on hiatus and car dealerships closing

their showroom to customers. Car sales for 2020 were expected to be

close to 17 million units, if not a little more.

Because of the state of affairs right now, that number has been

downgraded to between 14.5 and 16.4 million - based on when we can

get life moving again.

It may appear from those numbers that the manufacturers will be

desperate to sell and will take any price. Unfortunately, the opposite

may be true.

There are a lot of vehicles coming off lease. This means there will be

a glut of fairly new, low-mileage offerings, however some dealers know

that they need to make money to compensate for the sales lost during

the shutdown period.

They may not be as willing to negotiate right now on those cars. They

would probably prefer if you took advantage of the offerings toward new

cars instead.

Many manufacturers are advertising longer loan periods, no down

payments, zero-percent financing, and no payments for up to four

months to kickstart new car sales again.

If you are looking to purchase an off-lease or used vehicle that has

already depreciated and you can wait until late fall or early winter, that

would be a better time to try for the best deal possible. It’s okay to do a

little shopping now; broaden your search and keep an eye on preferred

vehicles.

If they don’t sell by fall, you should be able to negotiate a great price.

If they do sell, keep looking. You have time on your side.

BJ Killeen has been an automotive journalist for over 30 years.

She welcomes all questions and inquiries, and can be reached at

bjkdtr@gmail.com

By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight

Last month I discussed a TV insurance

commercial that

might be both truthful

and misleading at the

same time. I will continue with that thought

and would like you to consider virtually all the

commercials you see and hear.

Advertising (i.e., commercials) is but a

subset of a larger field called marketing.

In a broad sense marketing is the process of

interesting potential customers and clients to

their products and/or services.

My purpose is simply to get you to think objectively about what

you see and hear from the very people that are paid to capture your

thoughts and convince you to buy into their product or service.

Consider this: “Only Pay for What You Need” Sound familiar?

If you watch TV, listen to the radio or read magazines and newspapers,

you have heard that statement. Is it truth? Well, of course it is! No one

wants to spend their money on stuff they don’t need.

The statement is a tag line for an insurance commercial that wants

you, the consumer, to believe that their company is “on your side” in

the continued effort of spending your money wisely. The simple phrase

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also implies that other companies may get you to pay for things you

don’t need.

It is a marketing technique as old as marketing has been around…

and that’s a long time. And, by the way “on

your side” is yet another catch phrase used by

insurance advertisers.

I would bet you could name both companies

that use these. There are many more catch

phrases used in advertising that are truthful

on one hand and imply something else on the

other.

I am, in no way, trying to discredit any

insurance company. All of them use advertising

strategies to persuade potential consumers.

Now you tell me what a gecko with an English accent would know

about insurance? Or a duck? For Pete’s sake - these are simply adverting

gimmicks that work. Or they wouldn’t be used.

It’s up to you to be a discerning consumer. Here’s my insurance

“catch phrase”: Find an agent you trust and trust him/her.

Jim Valkenburg is a retired military officer and insurance executive.

He and his wife owned and operated their own insurance agency for

over 16 years. His primary purpose is to give out real information

that can be used to make intelligent insurance decisions.


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Fashionable Face Masks

By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty

The 21st of June officially marks the first

day of summer and my 65th birthday! I’m

excited about turning 65, especially after what

we’ve all been through the last few months.

While things are far from over and much will need to happen before

we get back to “normal”, hopefully you and your family are healthy.

And that’s something we can all be thankful for.

With warm weather upon us, our summer wardrobe may include one

accessory I never imagined. I’ll be adding a face mask.

Luckily, there are many choices, so let’s have some fun with it! Fancy,

bejeweled, satin, paper, washable, and disposable, available in many

colors, styles, and designs. While it’s unknown how long we’ll need to

wear them, they might as well be fashionable and functional.

If you buy online, check reviews. Many companies say in-stock, but

people wait weeks for delivery. Also double check where they’re made

and ship from - if it’s from the states, you’re likely to get it faster.

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While the fabric masks are nice, their proper use is more important.

Using a filter inside a cloth mask is helpful, some even have pockets

built-in.

It’s also important to wash wearable masks after each use. The mask

is collecting germs, so reusing it, tossing it in your purse or on a table

run the chance of spreading whatever you gathered while wearing it.

Disposable masks may be easier and more practical. If you buy

those, make sure they’re from a reliable source. These are designed to

be tossed after each use, not reused. A mask used improperly obviously

defeats the purpose.

When choosing your mask, although one size may fit all, it doesn’t

mean it’s a good fit. For myself, the rectangular masks are not a snug

fit, but the v-shaped ones are.

I prefer the ear loops versus the ties. They fit me better, don’t come

loose or get tangled in my hair.

Lastly, one bonus to wearing a mask, it hides a lot and getting ready

takes half the time!

So, wash up, mask up, and enjoy the things you’re comfortable doing.

Linda Bateman-Gomez has an international beauty company

based in Las Vegas that specializes in cosmetics and other beauty

products. Contact Linda at TimelessBeauty2020@gmail.com or

through her website www.fullips.com.


Growing Plants from “Back Home”

By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening

In speaking to many “transplanted” residents

of Southern Nevada, one gardening

complaint they have is that they cannot grow

many of the plants that they had prior to moving to the “Silver State.”

It’s been a trade-off: Not worrying about snow, ice and cold weather, but

having to give up on lush and flowering landscape from “back home.”

You can, however, successfully grow a number of the plants that you

once had if you are willing to address the two inherent problems facing

desert gardeners: Poor Soil and High Temperatures. This month I will

discuss the issues involving our soils. Next month’s I’ll discuss our high

temperatures.

Poor Soil: Southern Nevada soils lack needed nutrients and have

excessively high alkaline levels (pH levels 7+) which are further

increased by the addition of rock mulch in landscaping. Just think of

your desert soil as a “blank canvas” that you can work on to create

your garden masterpiece.

Just as an artist adds and blends paints to create a finished work,

the desert gardener can add organic materials and nutrients to help to

create his/her ideal landscape. All plants need three primary nutrients

in order to flourish (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium).

Getting these nutrients into the roots require that the soil has the

proper pH level of around 7. While native plants, bushes and trees can

thrive in an alkaline soil, many non-natives cannot.

High pH soil levels

prevent the roots

from absorbing

nutrients and

moisture. Think

of going to a huge

casino buffet with

your mouth sealed

shut. That is what is

happening to nonnative

plants in high pH soil.

How do you get the soil into the proper condition? To lower pH levels

and add nutrients you can use compost.

Compost will lower the pH levels as well as providing organic matter.

You can purchase it from most gardening stores.

Remember that rain in Nevada is highly alkaline so the pH levels will

increase after a heavy rainfall. When adding these items to your soil,

you should break up and loosen the soil so that oxygen can circulate

as well.

Have a gardening question? Contact me at: Theplantwhisperer28@

gmail.com

Howard Galin, a/k/a: “The Plant Whisperer” is a retired NYC

school administrator, transplanted in Las Vegas who devotes his

time to communicating with and lecturing about our native

plants.

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What

happens

here only

happens

here...

But

should

it?

A Vegas Voice

Investigative Report

by Judy Polumbaum

PART ONE

FROM THE LAND OF

PREPOSTEROUS STORIES

1. The precipitating incident

It was mid-July, 2019. The hottest period of the hottest month in

Las Vegas. Swarms of grasshoppers, migrations triggered by wet

weather earlier in the summer, were starting to descend on the

Vegas valley.

That’s when a deputy constable showed up at a house inhabited

by three generations of an Armenian-American family to usher

Arkadi Zakaryan, his three teenaged children, and his elderly

mother and uncle out of their own home.

Judy is a professor emerita of journalism and a transplant

to Las Vegas from New England via China, the West Coast

and the Midwest.

At the behest of a stranger named Thomas Moore, the baffled family

was being “removed” under court order. The two seniors were

not allowed back inside to fetch needed medications. The locks

were changed and a no-trespass notice posted on the door.

The family had bought the house six years earlier. Just a month

after that, Zakaryan’s

vibrant young wife had died

suddenly of an aneurysm,

mere weeks before her 31st

birthday. More shock and

grief were exactly what they

didn’t need.

They spent the next ten

days sleeping on the floor at their family business, a Mediterranean

restaurant and bakery in a strip mall.

Meanwhile, Compass Realty listed their house as being for sale.

Only after a friend put Zakaryan in touch with a lawyer, who

made some outraged phone calls, was the family able to move back

into their house, get the real estate listing removed, and begin to

sort out what the heck was going on.

2. How could such a thing happen?

The lawyer, Michael R. McNerny, UNLV law school class of 2012,

was determined to get to the bottom of this. Especially when Wells

Fargo moved to foreclose on the house, even after the family was

back in.

Zakaryan had experienced some financial challenges and was

discussing those with the bank before all this transpired. Perhaps,

McNerny surmised, the family had fallen behind on homeowner

association payments and the HOA had initiated foreclosure.

Nope, that wasn’t it.

probate noun

Definition of probate

1 a : the action or process of proving before a competent judicial authority that a

document offered for official recognition and registration as the last will and

testament of a deceased person is genuine

b : the judicial determination of the validity of a will

2 : the officially authenticated copy of a probated will

3 a : a court with jurisdiction over determination of the validity of wills and

administration of estates and sometimes matters involving minors or adults

judged incompetent: PROBATE COURT

The explanation was much stranger.

For years, this person named Thomas Moore had been petitioning

Clark County Probate Court to be named “independent

administrator” of dead people’s estates. From his first few filings

in 2014 and 2015, the venture escalated to scores in 2016 and 2017

and hundreds more in 2018 and 2019. More often than not, his

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petitions to open and

oversee probate –– the

legal process by which

a person’s assets pass to

heirs and/or creditors

after death – went uncontested,

and the court

appointed him the estate

administrator.

Among more than one

hundred petitions Moore

filed in 2019 alone was his

request, soon granted, to

administer the estate of

Zakaryan’s late wife. The

title to the house where

the family continued to

Arkadi’s late wife Tsoghik

lawfully live was in her name.

Alleging the house was vacant, Moore then obtained an order

from the Las Vegas Justice Court, which handles evictions, to

remove what he claimed in an affidavit were “unlawful/unauthorized”

occupants.

Court records show that the $71 payment to file and serve the

removal order came from the “Estate of Tsoghik Khachatryan,”

the woman still mourned by her bereaved family.

3. An accumulation of conundrums

McNerny was not the only one in the legal community perturbed

by Thomas Moore’s activities. Robert Telles, recently elected

Clark County public administrator, already was looking into

probate cases that Moore had initiated and sought to manage.

Telles, a 2014 graduate of UNLV law school (where he overlapped

with McNerny) defeated two other contenders for the post in the

2018 general election, with 53 percent of the vote. He took office

in January 2019. Within a few months, he was noticing Moore’s

activities.

The public administrator handles matters surrounding deaths

referred from the county coroner. Duties include making sure that

any residence and belongings of the deceased are secured, and

getting property released to family members. The office also is

charged with managing deceased persons’ estates through the probate

system when an individual dies without a will and no suitable

relative or other overseer is available.

This may entail locating and assisting heirs, ensuring that real

estate is sold at fair market value and that lenders and creditors

are paid off, enlisting additional legal expertise, and submitting

required reports to the court.

Why, Telles wondered, was an independent administrator with no

public mandate and no prior relationship with all these deceased

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aftermath when individuals died without wills or immediately

people and their families handling so many estates?

Especially when Telles’ office was empowered with relevant

oversight and capabilities, and specifically designed to manage

the apparent heirs.

In numerous cases, family members seeking to open probate

or sell a home after a loved one died were finding that Thomas

Moore, someone they’d never heard of, had “beat them to the

courthouse door,” as one observer puts it. Their legal counsel

or a realtor then would help the families reclaim their rights.

In such instances, Moore, through his attorneys, would

quickly relinquish his interest.

But many more of his cases proceeded uninterrupted.

How did Moore find out about the demise of people who

might have left property behind and whose relatives or attorneys

had not yet filed for probate? And on what basis did he

claim that potential heirs had gone missing and that estates

were mired in insolvency?

Telles explored the mystery, and discovered a chain of events

that seemed to lead from Moore’s voluminous probate court

filings into nebulous recesses of the real estate market. Toward

the end of last year, Telles began to file challenges to some of

Moore’s petitions.

Moore himself offers a very different picture of his probate

activities.

Reached by email, Moore said his goal is to rid neighborhoods

of abandoned homes that attract drug dealers and violent

criminals. He said he has settled estates when heirs are distant

or disinterested, assisted aged and disabled heirs relocate, and

rescued neglected pets;

and has achieved “extremely

positive results” in

a wide variety of situations

that leave neighbors, the

city, and mortgage servicers

happy and relieved.

In Moore’s view, the

public administrator and

other “3rd parties,” which

he did not name, are engaged

in a vendetta against

him, creating “an uproar”

over rare instances when

something

has gone awry.

Robert Telles,

Clark County public administrator

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4. Fraud allegations

About ten days after the displaced Zakaryan family returned

home, Moore ostensibly washed his hands of the matter, notifying

the probate court of his resignation from the administrator

role. A month later, the court appointed Arkadi Zakaryan

administrator of his wife’s estate. By then, Zakaryan had worked

things out with the bank.

But attorney McNerny wasn’t done. His office dug into court

files and property records and discovered an ongoing pattern:

Moore somehow was cross-referencing obituaries or other death

records with notices of default or other documents indicating

troubles with house payments. Moore would petition for, and

usually gain, authority over the properties, then get them sold at

prices that seemed suspiciously low – often to the same people or

dummy corporations, typically investors in distressed housing.

McNerny is not in the habit of suing people; he mainly handles

“Moore would petition for, and

usually gain, authority over the

properties, then get them sold at prices

that seemed suspiciously low ... ”

straightforward administrative matters related to business or real

estate. He made an exception here, filing a lawsuit on behalf of

the Zakaryan family against the parties involved in throwing those

six individuals out on the street – namely, Thomas Moore; attorney

Taylor L. Waite and his law firm, Clear Counsel Law Group;

and Vegas Valley Evictions LLC, hired to take care of inconvenient

human beings in a house. Evidently, nobody had bothered to

simply knock on the door and find out who lived there.

The civil suit, filed in Clark County District Court in early

January 2020, alleges fraud against the family members and the

courts, wrongful assertion of control over property, misrepresentation

in legal documents, wrongful eviction, abuse of the

legal process, infliction of emotional distress, and elder abuse.

The suit requests a jury trial and unspecified damages “in excess

of $50,000.”

Waite and Clear Counsel countered with a motion to dismiss

the lawsuit. Moore and the eviction company soon joined the

motion. Arguments were aired before a District Court judge

via teleconference in mid-March. As of mid-May, court records

showed these filings were “under advisement,” with the court

yet to rule on the dismissal efforts.

Again, Moore’s account differs from that of his critics. His

email described “One situation [in which] an occupant would

not identify himself after a minimum of 10+ attempts by multiple

parties,” an evident reference to Zakaryan. “The day after an

eviction,” Moore continued, “he identified himself, and was able

to re-enter the house. There was a trustee sale scheduled on the

house and my real estate team was able to postpone the trustee

sale. The mortgage servicer said they postponed the trustee sale

due to my efforts. I look at that as helping save a property from

trustee sale for the heirs.”

Moore also alluded to complexities surrounding the estate of a

man named Eddie Lamont Washington, saying, “Recently, some

heirs came forward on a case and stated that the heir I was working

with lied. My heir said she was the only heir. My counsel believed

her and she lied big time. We are working to get this resolved

for the other heirs.” Attorneys representing those other heirs allege

that Moore easily could have found them, and chose not to look.

(See sidebar “A tale of five siblings.”)

5. But how can a stranger take over estates?

Investigation into the world of probate reveals that the

Zakaryan family’s ordeal is just one outcropping of a larger drama.

The story emerges in part from insufficient institutional support for

public services like the overburdened courts. It’s a partial legacy of

the subprime mortgage crisis and housing collapse of 2008-09, when

for a time Nevada led the country in foreclosure rates and the sort of

financial adversity that energized speculation in distressed housing.

Most obviously, it reflects unique peculiarities of Nevada law.

Remarkably, the process enabling Moore to assume control

of other people’s property is made possible by provisions in Nevada’s

probate law – specifically, a lengthy section, known as the

Independent Administration of Estates Act (NRS: Chapter 143),

which was added to the state code by the 2011 session of the state

legislature.

Legal scholars and practitioners across the country interviewed

for this report expressed astonishment at what the Nevada law allows,

and even facilitates. Some experts said they have never come

across anything comparable in half a century or more of legal

study or practice. While other states (including California, Illinois,

Missouri and Texas) have independent administration add-ons

to probate law, none insulate administrators from conventional

expectations of openness and proof the ways Nevada’s law and

practices seem to.

“The part that’s wrong is the

independent administrator – they get to

do it all in secret.”

Some Las Vegas-based probate attorneys say they avoid independent

administration entirely, or use the measure rarely, because

the process lacks transparency.

Nevada’s probate law works well except for one part, remarked

one lawyer: “The part that’s wrong is the independent administrator

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Clark County’s Regional Justice Center (in downtown Las Vegas)

– they get to do it all in secret.”

This lawyer admitted to “breaking my own rule slightly” during

the Covid-19 slowdown in the courts, since independentadministration

can speed the closing of a home sale and get proceeds to

heirs quickly. “But I must have the whole family on board” in such

cases, the lawyer said.

Under the Nevada law, if an estate is valued under $300,000,

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courts may authorize an independent administrator

to arrange for real estate sales

with no court supervision. This departs

from the more usual probate process in

which real estate con- tracts are shared in

open court, giving others the opportunity

to offer higher bids.

The independent administrator need not

have any relationship to the decedent:

Anyone at least 18 years old without a

felony record can seek the appointment.

This contrasts with usual expectations

that personal representatives for an estate,

if not heirs or relatives themselves, have

a preexisting advocacy role or trusted

contractual relationship with the deceased

or the family.

In Nevada, at least in Clark County,

standards of evidence required for anyone

seeking appointment as an independent

administrator seem minimal.

The applicant provides a death certificate

– available from the Vital Records

department of the Southern Nevada Health

District even to non-relatives if it serves to

“facilitate legal process.”

The applicant can simply assert the

estimated value of an estate, perhaps

with a Zillow printout for the address in

question. The applicant can speak to the

deceased owner’s equity in a home, or lack

thereof, without supplying evidence such as

mortgage documents. A formal appraisal of

the property need not be produced in court

either before or after a sale.

The applicant can say no heirs have appeared,

or that likely heirs failed to reply

to notification, without proof that essential

information has been appropriately delivered,

published, received or understood.

The applicant affirms eligibility to administer the estate

because he or she is of age and not a felon, and sometimes

because someone identified as an heir has signed over that

authority.

The claims are followed by a “verification” document,

swearing to all the above under penalty of perjury. According to

“knowledge” and “belief,” the applicant vows with a signature,

everything herein is the truth.

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6. The making of an independent administrator

“Thomas Moore states the following under penalty

of perjury under the law of the State of Nevada,”

declare his petitions to probate court: “That he is

the Petitioner herein; that he has read the foregoing

Petition and knows the contents thereof, and that the

contents are true of his own knowledge, except for

those matters stated on information and belief, and as

to those matters, he believes them to be true.” Above

his signature is the statement: “I declare under penalty

of perjury under the law of the State of Nevada that the

foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.”

So who is Thomas Moore?

Although his is a common name, Thomas Garland

Moore Jr. seldom uses his middle initial. He is in his

late 30s. His Las Vegas residence is a house owned by

a couple in San Diego. In September 2018, he registered

the company Estate Administration Services LLC

with the Nevada Secretary of State, listing himself as

registered agent and managing member. Other than

dated blog posts about an online real estate technology

platform he developed in 2009, eBrokerHouse.

com, he seems to have no social media presence.

In response to emailed questions, Moore said his

background “consists of working with distressed/foreclosure

properties” as well as software programming.

During the 2008 mortgage crisis, he trained listing

agents for so-called REO (real estate owned) properties

that remain in the hands of banks or other lenders

after failing to sell at foreclosure auctions.

“I began working on probates when a real estate

broker was telling me he was unable to sell a listing

because the neighboring house was boarded up and

a gang hang out,” Moore wrote. A daughter of the

deceased homeowner wanted nothing to do with the

matter. “She was very thankful that someone was

going to help solve the situation. The mortgage servicer

ended up doing a short sale on this property and

was very eager to do so as the foreclosure process

on this particular loan was quite lengthy. In addition,

the neighbors, who had two adorable little daughters,

kept me in the loop on gang activity/

police presence. They were very excited when the

house sold and was finally going to be stabilized.”

Las Vegas Justice Court records show that Moore, in

the role of administrator of various estates, instigated

actions against “unauthorized occupant” on at least 13

occasions in 2019, including the episode that left the

Zakaryan family temporarily homeless. These records

also show that earlier, during 2018 and 2019, he

brought actions for “unauthorized occupant” or “summary

eviction” at least 14 times in the role of “owner”

or “landlord,” indicating that he may have been a

property owner or manager before focusing attention

on estate administration.

Moore seldom needs to go to court in person;

lawyers submit filings online and appear on his behalf.

Until recently, Taylor L. Waite of Clear Counsel Law

Group of Henderson handled most of Moore’s dealings

in probate court. Since late last year, Taylor L. Randolph

of Randolph Law Firm is his main representative

on probate matters. To counter the Zakaryan civil suit,

Moore has enlisted defense attorney Patrick N. Chapin,

an adjunct professor of law at UNLV.

In response to an email inquiry, Chapin said Moore

was referred to him based on his experience “litigating

cases in the commercial, employment and complex areas

for the past 27 years,” but that he cannot comment

further due to “attorney-client privilege and canons of

professional ethics.”

Waite’s law firm similarly declined to discuss a specific

client. A letter emailed by Clear Counsel managing

partner Jonathan W. Barlow on behalf of the firm said:

“We scrupulously refrain from any outside discussions

that could potentially violate any attorney-client

or work-product privileges.” Speaking generally, the

letter added, “we strive to fully advise our clients about

all aspects of probate law,” and that the firm “has been

responsive to the courts in adhering to every aspect of

the law for our probate clients.”

By email, Randolph’s office said he was “unable” to

field questions because, “We have very limited resources

and attorney time due to the Covid-19 pandemic.”

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7. The Las Vegas playbook

Moore said he has worked on more than 300 probate cases, and

“every situation is different.” Yet commonalities are apparent.

The estates he seeks to administer invariably are worth, according

to his court filings, under $300,000 – in fact, he usually

asserts a belief that the estate is worth zero dollars. He requests,

and usually is granted, “summary administration,” which has a

shorter timeline, lower filing fees, fewer court appearances and

reduced reporting obligations than “general administration.”

Moore’s petitions almost always say the deceased individual left

behind a house or condominium that is underwater – “encumbered

for more than its value,” i.e., with more owed on a mortgage

than the property is worth.

Frequently, his petitions say efforts to locate heirs have been unsuccessful.

Some say no heirs have surfaced even if the appended

death certificate lists an “informant” with the same surname and

BACKGROUND

A tale of five siblings

Eddie Lamont Washington taught math

at the Las Vegas Arts Institute. He hailed

from Chicago and had a PhD from the

University of Illinois. His students called

him Dr. Washington.

On February 20, 2015, Washington

passed away in Sunrise Hospital, just Dr. Eddie Washington,

two miles east of the Vegas Strip. He 1951-2015

was 63. His death certificate lists cardio-respiratory failure and

pneumonia as the causes.

Three years on, represented by Taylor Waite of Clear Counsel

Law Group, Thomas Moore opened probate for Washington’s

estate using his customary template. No will was found. One

heir was identified, a sister in Chicago named Vivian Best. The

decedent had left behind a house, valued by Zillow at $211,000.

Moore calculated that only $8,555 would remain after paying off

debts.

Curiously, the house was not at the address listed on Washington’s

death certificate as his residence. Rather, it corresponded

with the mailing address for the “informant” supplying information

about the death – Vivian Best.

In April 2018, the court granted Moore authority over the

estate. In July, Moore arranged for the sale of the house to one

of his frequent buyers, GMW LLC (corporate label for one Gary

M. Wilson), for $167,300. In August, Moore filed a final report

to the court. After subtracting the mortgage payoff, closing costs

and other expenses, exactly $5,000 remained – to be paid to the

law firm. The result: “there are no assets left in the estate.” The

case was closed.

Eight months later, in April 2019, GMW resold the house for

$236,500 to an individual buyer.

Another month passed. In May 2019, Moore’s attorney was

back, asking the court to reopen the estate of Eddie Lamont

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address as the deceased. Sometimes he provides names and

addresses of heirs in Nevada and/or in other states said to be

unreachable or unresponsive to notices about the estate.

Usually, the deceased person has died “intestate,” meaning

without a will. Sometimes, someone identified as a relative has

signed a release to let Moore administer the estate. Once in a

while, the document includes a will naming heirs, and one has

signed over authority to Moore. If multiple heirs are identified

and only one signs off, that evidently is sufficient.

In the case of the Zakaryan family, Moore followed his usual

path: According to him, the estate was worthless, and efforts to

contact heirs were fruitless.

If indeed Moore sent required notifications, they didn’t

reach or register with the family: neither the notice of probate

actions, nor the complaint about their supposedly unlawful

occupancy, nor the removal notice. continues on next page

Washington. The sister, Vivian Best, had alerted Moore to the

existence of a second house. She’d signed a waiver granting

Moore authority to take care of that property, too. In sworn

statements, she and Moore both declared that Best was “the

sole heir,” entitled to any remaining assets in the estate.

This second house did bear the address identified as Washington’s

residence on his death certificate. According to Zillow, it

was worth some $244,600.

The title was transferred from the estate to Vivian Best.

The case was reopened and then, for the second time, closed.

In November, Best sold the property for $235,000 to an individual

buyer.

Then Thomas Moore’s disposition of the estate of Eddie Lamont

Washington hit an unfamiliar hitch:

Four other siblings materialized!

Three days before Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak issued the

first of a series of shutdown decrees to cope with the coronavirus,

Washington’s estate found new life in probate court. On

March 13, 2020, on behalf of three additional sisters (two of

them living in or near Chicago, one in California) and a brother

(also in Chicago), Las Vegas attorneys Kennedy E. Lee and Daniel

P. Keifer petitioned the court to reopen the estate yet again.

The petition alleges that Vivian Best was fully aware of her

four living siblings and their rights; that she and Moore fraudulently

represented Best as Washington’s only heir; and that

Moore “breached his fiduciary duty by failing to perform any

due diligence” to identify the other siblings. It calls on the court

to correct the situation by recovering and redistributing the

proceeds from Washington’s estate. Further, it asks the court to

impose punitive damages on Best, and to assess damages for

breach of fiduciary duty by Moore.

As a first step, the attorneys asked the court to freeze Best’s

personal bank accounts. The court granted the request with a

restraining order, effective into early August, “which shall freeze

all accounts of Vivian Best held at any financial institution.”

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8. Peeling away layers

Robert Telles, Clark County’s public administrator, finds more

questions than answers in Moore’s record of estate administration.

Telles reviewed scores of closed cases for which Moore was

appointed estate administrator, arranged for the sale of property,

and reported back to the court with a final accounting that

supposedly wrapped everything up.

Most of the final reports conclude that the deceased had no

equity in the property and no other assets; the house or condo

has been sold, the lender repaid, and nothing is left. Rarely,

the estate is said to include a life insurance payoff or a bank

account. Sometimes, some money remains, from which lawyers’

fees, creditors’ claims and other expenses are deducted to leave

a balance (from a few hundred dollars to amounts in the thousands)

for the court to distribute to any heirs who are known or

might be located.

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“Strangely, Moore never

asks for administrative fees

for himself...”

June 2020

Strangely, Moore never asks for administrative fees for himself,

which an estate administrator would be entitled to request. Nor,

when a case comes up empty, is there any indication of how the

lawyers who handled all this paperwork will get paid the $5,000 to

$10,000 or so typically charged for such estate work.

So why is Moore so eager to manage these estates? What is he

getting out of it all?

In his email, Moore emphasized the emotional rewards of

his work, but did not address specific questions about financial

rewards for either himself or his attorneys.

Lawyers who might help clarify these questions say attorneyclient

confidentiality prevents them from doing so. “Regarding

compensation for any individual probate case, that would often

be a matter of public record and reviewed by the courts,” the

letter from Clear Counsel says. That does not appear to be the

case here.

After reviewing the closed files, Telles went further, using

property records to identify who had bought property, and for

how much, from estates supervised by Moore, then tracing subsequent

transactions for these properties. It became clear that

the same buyers were acquiring many of the houses and condos

sold under Moore’s administration, evidently for investment

purposes and/or resale; and that post-probate resales looked

profitable.


The most frequent buyers were Precision Assets and GMW LLC,

companies registered with the state of Nevada.

Precision Assets, whose principals are Avi Segal and Eyal Karban,

buys, rehabs, and sells property. The company is known to

other investors from open-bid probate sales.

Gary M. Wilson, a former realtor, signed a settlement with

Nevada’s State Real Estate Commission in May 2017 agreeing

to surrender his license to sell real estate and not reapply for

at least three years. In the agreement, he acknowledged having

“knowingly” submitted “fabricated and/or altered” bank statements

regarding five properties in dealings with Wells Fargo.

Meanwhile, he has bought and resold homes from Moore-administered

estates through his GMW LLC.

In his objections to Moore’s activities, Telles expresses “serious

concerns” about what he regards as large discrepancies

between prices for real estate sales that Moore brought to completion

during the probate process and subsequent – sometimes

significantly higher – resale prices for those same properties.

“That’s a cumulative increase in

value of nearly $6 million, or more

than 40 percent appreciation”

Specifically, in his review of 62 short-sales concluded under

Moore’s auspices between July 2016 and May 2018 (with more

than 40 of these properties sold to Precision Assets or GMW),

Telles found that sales as reported to the Clark County Recorder

totaled approximately $8.5 million, whereas resales of those properties

to subsequent buyers added up to nearly $14.5 million.

That’s a cumulative increase in value of nearly $6 million, or

more than 40 percent appreciation. Telles supplies the details in

a spreadsheet appended to his objections.

Telles questions Moore’s near-universal assertion that homes

in estates are encumbered for more than their value.

9. Why it matters

Some might deem probate court doings immaterial in the

coronavirus era, and independent administration insignificant

amidst threats to public health and safety. Actually,

these matters are more relevant than ever.

Clark County’s probate court continues to process a large

caseload even under pandemic restrictions, relying on

virtual methods over in-person interactions. And the ambiguities

of independent administration revolve around some

of the very problems accentuated by the pandemic: issues of

financial insecurity, housing instability, and the aftermath of

death.

Analysts remind us that, when the worst of the medical

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He suggests that properties may be getting sold for less than

fair market value, thus boosting prospects for lucrative resale.

And while he concedes that buyers incur expenses leading up

to resale, he does not believe that accounts for the gap between

estate sale and resale prices.

Telles also is concerned about the interests of Nevada’s Medicaid

recovery program, run by the state Department of Health and

Human Services.

If an elderly person of modest means dies without a surviving

spouse, minor children or other dependents, the state may seek

repayment of some of the Medicaid benefits expended for the

person’s late-life care. In addition to notifying heirs, therefore,

Moore must notify Health and Human Services when he takes on

an estate.

But Medicaid cannot hope to recover anything if the deceased

has no assets or home equity and proceeds of property sales go

to pay off lenders, which is most of the time with Moore’s cases.

In response to some of Telles’ challenges, Moore has simply

withdrawn. But he has endeavored to retain cases in which he

claims authority signed over from an heir, citing probate law

standards for “priority” of estate administration that rank heirs

above the public administrator, and the right of heirs to designate

others to represent them.

Moore also asserts that Telles’ spreadsheet evidence is incomplete,

misleading and erroneous. Filings by attorney Taylor

Randolph say Telles’ calculations fail to incorporate costs of

readying property for resale, which may be substantial in the

case of damaged and dilapidated homes; and also fail to reflect a

healthy increase in home prices during the period under consideration.

So far, Telles has contested at least 36 cases Moore sought to

add to his portfolio. The court granted the public administrator

authority over about half, and allowed Moore to keep more

than a dozen cases with a family member’s nomination – even

instances in which more than one potential heir was identified

but only one individual signed off.

crisis has passed, the economic repercussions will continue.

Unemployment and other programs will run out; rent

and mortgage deferments will expire; moratoriums on evictions

and foreclosures will end. Down the road, people who

die of coronavirus without a will or other preparations, and

without relatives at hand or advocates to attend to their homes

and belongings, could well enter the system as posthumous

subjects of independent administration.

Stay tuned for PART TWO:

FURTHER TRAVELS IN A

LOONY LEGAL LANDSCAPE

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SHARE THE LIGHT

SPREAD THE LOV

Vegas is back, baby. And we want to celebrate by

sharing some of that LOV with the locals who help

our great city shine. Right now, catch both the Neon

Boneyard and Brilliant! for just $20. Through it all,

we are #VegasStronger and our LOV shines on.

Visit the Neon Museum

We know that upon reopening, our museum will be different than

anything we have experienced before. We have been working

diligently to put into place all Covid-19 protocol so that we can ensure

a safe experience for our visitors as well as our Neon team members.

In these somewhat uncertain times, we have one main advantage -

an outdoor museum where social distancing is easy.

Nevada locals will receive “Love Our Vegas” $10 museum admission

for a limited time beginning May 22.

When the museum opens its doors, it will have new public health

protocols:

No-touch digital forehead thermometers will be used to screen staff

and guests.

• The number of people admitted into the museum will be limited to

account for social distancing.

• New protective equipment will be installed at the museum’s front

desk.

• All staff will be provided with face masks and gloves.

• All frequently touched surfaces will be wiped down at least once

an hour.

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NEON

BONEYARD

Featuring many restored

and unrestored signs and

the history they hold.

$10 for locals

BOOK A VISIT

NeonMuseum.org

June 2020

For a limited time.

30 minutes of neon magic that

brings signs back to life to the

tune of some of the greatest

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$10 for locals

The locals’ admission rate of $10 applies to general admission and

“Brilliant!”, which must be purchased as two separate experiences. For

more information about The Neon Museum, visit www.neonmuseum.

org.

However, if you aren’t comfortable visiting in person, you can still

pay us a virtual visit via our web-based app, YouTube channel, social

media platform and blog.

The Neon Museum’s free web-based app allows users to learn about

select signs housed in the Boneyard outdoor exhibition space. Anyone

with a computer or smartphone data plan can access the app via the

website at www.neonmuseum.app and use the password NEON to

access it.

Using photos, text and audio narration, the museum’s app spotlights

25 of the collection’s most popular artifacts.

To watch videos of The Neon Museum’s signs and exhibits, including

features on Lost Vegas: Tim Burton @ The Neon Museum and

“Strings Of Neon,” the Hard Rock Café Guitar restoration documentary,

visit the museum’s YouTube channel at https://bit.ly/3a8SUlK.

You can also learn more about the collection by visiting The Neon

Museum blog: https://bit.ly/2UpUadt. The blog includes articles

dedicated to a variety of topics.

We look forward to welcoming you!


When I Sing, I Believe, I’m Honest

By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments

Frank Sinatra, “Old Blue Eyes,” (1915-

1998), was one of our most popular awardwinning

singers and actors of the 20th century.

His baritone voice, style and delivery were very appealing to his crowds.

He attributed his 68-year entertainment career to honestly believing

what he sang.

His full name was Francis Albert Sinatra. He was to be named

Martin after his father, but the priest accidentally named him after his

godfather.

Sinatra started singing in night clubs at 15. He first major break was

winning radio’s popular Major Bowes and his Amateur Hour; then

getting a job with the Harry James Orchestra.

In his first concerts, ardent girls were placed at different places in the

audience, and paid $5 to scream, “whipping up excitement.” He was

the first singer to attract the “bobby soxers.”

He had numerous hits and movie awards. Some were: It Was a Very

Good Year, Strangers in the Night, Something Stupid (a duet with

daughter Nancy,) and My Way.

He loved New York. New York, New York, brought him back into

the limelight, becoming the city’s and baseball’s Yankee’s unofficial

anthem.

He made many movies, winning an academy award for From Here

to Eternity (1954).

His favorite drink was 4 ice clubs, two fingers of Jack Daniels with a

splash of water. He never touched glass rims, cupping his hand with a

cocktail napkin.

Sinatra often suffered from depression. When his popularity waned

in the 50s, he reportedly deliberately turned on the gas in his home. His

manager found him lying on the floor, sobbing.

Later on, during his difficult relationship with Ava Gardner, he

attempted suicide 3 times, including one time walking into their

bedroom with a gun to his head. They scuffled with the gun, it went off,

but it missed them both.

Sinatra joined a gregarious group of friends called The Rat Pack,

(Sinatra hated the name). It was so named by Lauren Bacall, wife of

deceased Pack originator, Humphrey Bogart. Sinatra then became their

leader. It included Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and

Joey Bishop. Sinatra died of a heart attack. His tombstone is engraved,

The Best is Yet to Come, coincidentally the last song he sang in public.

Yvonne Cloutier, a former teacher/principal, with a music

background, specializes in ragtime piano. She researches and

reports about music on SCA-TV.com/Anthem Alive! You can

contact her at www.mytimeisragtime.com.

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A World Without Non-Profits

By: Carol Chapman

As business after business closed its doors

the past couple months, it occurred to

me yet again just how important the work of

organizations like The Foundation Assisting Seniors is to a healthy

society. Even if a storefront supplying canes, walkers, and wheelchairs

were deemed essential, how easy would it have been for a senior or

veteran in need to access the equipment?

Fortunately, due to the generous support of donors, corporate

sponsors, and our volunteers, The Foundation didn’t miss a beat. We

continued to deliver our durable medical equipment to those in need.

Our HowRU program still made calls to check on the welfare of clients

all over the country.

Partners like Friends of Parkinson’s, Inc. launched new services such

as delivering non-perishable food to benefit those who do not have

access during the pandemic. Working together, this organization and

The Foundation Assisting Seniors are making sure the needs are met.

Either organization can be your point of contact should you need

food assistance. You can reach Friends of Parkinson at 702/381-4141

and the FAS at 725/244-4200.

As a reminder, the FAS Gala has been postponed to October 3.

The Memorial Day Golf tournament, sadly, has been canceled for

2020. To keep up to date on our events, visit our website at www.

foundationassistingseniors.org.

Adaptive Clothing

By: Heather Latimer / Heather’s Self-Help Tips

Is it a harrowing experience whenever you try

to dress yourself? Do you trigger excruciating

shoulder pain as you try to insert your arms into

a shirt or top? Or have trouble fumbling with buttons?

Relief is available – and it’s not in a pain pill or bottle of desensitizing

lotion. It’s in adaptive clothing produced by two companies that

specialize in Dress-Yourself-Designs (DYD) and Caregiver Designs

(CD).

A DYD blouse will have buttons down the front but hidden behind

each is a magnet combination that’s simple to use and maintains

perfect closure. A CD has long wide sleeves and snappers all the way

down the back.

If arthritic fingers make it difficult to handle a belt buckle, there’s

a design with a hidden hook and loop that makes it easier to fasten. If

it’s almost impossible to reach both feet, or if they tend to swell, there

are shoes with Velcro-backed flaps all the way around making it easy

to adjust measurements.

A free 112-page catalogue is obtainable from Buck & Buck. Call

800/458-0600 to request it.

Silvert’s Adaptive Clothing is accessible on the internet. They

have similar items to Buck & Buck as well as garments for use with

wheelchair users. One design even has a cut-out back so it can be

removed without unseating the patient.

Heather Latimer is a nationally recognized specialist in making

difficult subjects easy and author of 17 books.

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June 2020


Baseball

By: Renee Riendeau / Movie Revelations

Batter up! It’s time to go to bat with a few of

the best baseball movies ever - even though

I know nothing about America’s Pastime. Let’s

start with the #1 sentimental favorite, Field of Dreams.

If you build it …surely you know the rest. Kevin Costner portrays

an Iowa farmer who plows up his cornfield to build a baseball diamond

after hearing a mysterious voice.

Ghosts of baseball greats soon emerge to play. And I defy you not to

cry at the end of the movie.

Definitely buy the candlesticks and watch Bull Durham. This

baseball romance follows the travails of veteran minor league catcher

Crash Davis. He’s tasked with mentoring the team’s immature young

pitcher, Eddie Laloosh, played by Tim Robbins.

The two not only battle over baseball, but also a seductive groupie

played by Susan Sarandon. Another great, great flick.

Lou Gehrig was the Pride of the Yankees with his talent. His

courage in the face of a debilitating disease made him a legend.

Who could have been better to play him than Gary Cooper? The

film is best remembered for Cooper’s delivery of Gehrig’s immortal

farewell line, “Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face

of the earth.”

In the adaptation of the Broadway musical Damn Yankees, Joe

Boyd would do anything to help his favorite team win the pennant.

He sells his soul to the devil in return for becoming a home run hitter

that will guide the Washington Senators to win against those “damn

Yankees.”

Joe becomes the Senators’ star player, but at the price of his immortal

soul. He built an escape plan into his contract but was foiled by the

seduction of Lola!

Remember: “Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets!” Based on the novel,

“The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant” the film is a rock-solid piece

of entertainment.

In my research I also learned that the first baseball movie “Right

off the Bat” was produced in 1915, and the last baseball film in 2019,

The Spy Behind Home Plate - 104 years of baseball movies.

Have I piqued your interest a bit? If so: Play ball!

Renee Riendeau is the movie critic for “Renee’s Revelations”

on Anthem Alive SCA-TV. As a dog sitter she operates “ Renee’s

Roommates” out of her home and can be reached at

rriendeau@aol.com.

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Henderson Pavilion Fiasco

By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action

What nonsense! The Mayor and Council of

the City of Henderson have gone off the

rails!

Their proposal to build a minor league Golden Knights hockey

arena where the Pavilion currently resides on Green Valley Parkway at

the 215, is one of the most idiotic and stupid ideas they have ever come

up with! To justify this action, they said they conducted a “credible

survey” that purported to say that 71% of the 400 households surveyed

supported their plan.

That is an act of deception! What they don’t tell you is that 18% or 72

of those contacted were renters. Renters, as opposed to homeowners,

have little or no long-term investment in the community.

Crystal Skulls: Real or

Hoax

By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon

Just like the Sphynx, Stonehenge, etc., crystal

skulls are one of the mysteries that have

archeologists and scientists baffled. Experts admit that some crystal

skulls were found near excavation sites.

They believe their origin is Aztec and the Peruvian civilizations.

Yet, none were found during an excavation. All 13 of the known

authenticated skulls are in private and public collections.

The survey completely disenfranchised over 6,500 homeowners that

would be directly and negatively impacted by this very questionable

and misguided action! Additionally, by floating a $40 million bond to

pay half of the cost of the arena’s construction at a time when every

governing body in the state are slashing budgets due to the COVID-19

pandemic, is totally irresponsible and deplorable by any common

sense standard!

It certainly begs the question as to their reasoning abilities. There

is general agreement that the Pavilion is a relic and should be

demolished. What they should do is convert that area to a park.

There is a viable alternative that, surprisingly, no one has

mentioned. If they must proceed, build the arena on the 100 plus acres

of vacant land located at Russell/Stephanie and Galleria off the 215.

Ingress and egress road improvements have already been done thus

reducing road improvement costs that must be done at the Pavilion

location. The area is perfect to handle the anticipated influx of rowdy

fans, that, since it would be in a less dense area where homeowners

reside, would have less negative impact on the community.

That land has been undeveloped for decades. Remember, we elect

every single one of these politicians. If they persist in ignoring the “will

of the people” (that’s you and me) then throw them out of office!

Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior

community. He can be reached at: dhyde9@cox.net.

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May 2020

Crystal quartz has been around since the beginning of time, though

it’s believed that mankind didn’t begin utilizing it until approximately

15,000 years ago. It’s a known fact that crystal quartz is used in all kinds

of modern machinery and that just one crystal chip in a computer can

store an enormous amount of information.

Researchers suggest that these crystal skulls were probably used like

giant computer chips as a “lasting receptacle that would be able to

record, store, and transmit data for eternity and even alien messages.”

However, to date they haven’t yet been able to figure out how to access

that information.

Although many indigenous people speak of their remarkable

magical and healing properties, the scientific community is stumped

and claims no evidence has been found. It also insists that no further

investigation is warranted.

Researcher, Marianne Zezelic concurs, “Handlers primarily used

these skulls to stimulate and amplify psychic abilities. By gazing at the

crystal, the eyes set up a harmonic relation stimulating the magnetism

collected in the cerebellum, a part of the brain that becomes a reservoir

of magnetism.”

“It therefore influences the quality of the magnetic outflow through

the eyes and ultimately sets up a continuous flow of magnetism between

gazer and crystal which contributes to psychic phenomena.”

Psychotronic studies expert, Tom Bearden, believes that “a skilled

mediator and mental focalize handler can utilize the crystal skull, not

only as a vehicle to transform life field energy into electromagnetic

energy and other physical effects, but also aided in healing, by the

altering of its crystalline resonance to match that of a patient’s mind

and body frequencies that affect healing.”

Author Garvin summarized, “It is virtually impossible today, in the

time when men have climbed mountains on the moon, to duplicate

this achievement.”

To contact Ali or for spiritual consultations, coaching, workshops

and readings, email: alivegasvoice@yahoo.com.


What’s Your Sign?

By: Kate Wind / Kate’s Insight

When you tell someone your astrological

sign, you are simply letting the other

person know where the Sun was sitting when you

were born. For example, if someone tells me they

are an Aquarius, all I know is that at the time of their birth, the Sun was

sitting within the Aquarius constellation.

Although the Sun Sign can give a lot of

insight, there are so many other factors

that go into a natal chart. Since there are

so many other factors, this explains why all

Leos, or all Libras are not the exact same.

Let’s start with the elements. Each zodiac

sign is represented by an element, Water, Air,

Earth, or Fire.

Some charts have a nice balance, while

others are dominated by one of the four

elements. When looking at a natal chart,

understanding the elements of the Sun,

Moon and Ascendant is a great starting

point.

For example, a client may have a Libra

Sun, Aquarius Moon and Gemini Rising, making them a triple air sign

such as Burt Reynolds! On the other hand, Celine Dion is a triple fire!

Having an ample amount of one element can drive a person to be over

the top! This is then followed by looking at the elements of the major

planets including Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Pluto, Saturn, Neptune, and

Uranus. With all of these options, you can see the range of possibilities.

Water Element: Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio. This element is

considered deep, intuitive, emotional, and often mysterious.

Air Element: Aquarius, Gemini, Libra. This element is

considered intellectual, idea-driven,

adventurous, curious and is constantly

thinking.

Earth Element: Capricorn, Taurus,

Virgo. This element is considered

grounded, practical, stable, loyal and often

material driven.

Fire Element: Aries, Leo,

Sagittarius. This element is considered

passionate, energetic, enthusiastic, and

sometimes temperamental.

Understanding your Natal Chart can give

you deeper insight into personality traits,

ways of coping and reacting, and lifelong

themes.

Kate Wind is second-generation Astrologer and Feng Shui

Consultant. She speaks on an array of topics, from astrological

influences, Chinese New Year, Feng Shui and Tarot. You can contact

her at: the katewind@gmail.com

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Vaccines

By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You

We’re told that life will get back to normal

once a coronavirus vaccine has been

developed and distributed. When that will occur

however is complicated.

Let’s discuss how a vaccine works by starting with your immune

response. Your immune system recognizes foreign pathogens by

structural markers on their exterior. These are called antigens.

When your body recognizes a foreign organism, it makes an

immune response - antibodies. These antibodies going against

that microorganism is keyed to that specific microorganism and its

antigens.

In other words, you have specific immune cells and antibodies to

each potential microorganism. The body however does not make a few

immune cells and antibodies. It makes an entire army of them that

constantly circulate through your body ready to recognize and kill any

invader who presents that specific antigen/surface marker.

When you are given a vaccination, the pathogen is introduced

to your body in a dead or inert form. Even though the organism is

not viable, the immune system still recognizes that antigens of that

microorganism as foreign and develops a response to it.

This is what will happen with the Covid-19 virus. It would be

introduced into your body so your body can develop immune cells and

antibodies to it. This allows you to handle the virus more easily if it

ever invades.

While this sounds effective and simple, it really is not. Viruses mutate.

The Covid-19 virus has at least 30+ mutations to date.

If the antigens/surface markers change and are different than the

ones introduced through the vaccine, then the immune cells and

antibodies may not recognize the new mutation. As an analogy, this is

why people still get the flu after having a flu shot. It is a different strain

of the flu.

Another possible flaw in the vaccine is if your immune system is

compromised, you may not make an appropriate immune response to

the vaccine. The healthiest thing you can still do to keep yourself safe

from Covid-19 is to follow social guidelines and keep your immune

system healthy.

Dr. Kyo Mitchell served as faculty at Bastyr University in Seattle

and Wongu University in Las Vegas for over a decade. Dr. Mitchell

practices in Summerlin and can be reached at 702-481-6216 or

rkyomitchell@gmail.com.

Time to Reflect - Again This Month

By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness

So how did you survive the Coronavirus

time? It was a shocker for me to be totally

unemployed since March 13th from my Zumba

teaching and on March 15th at the Smith Center. But I made the most

of the time.

Having lived here for 18 years, I never thought I would see the day

that the strip and other businesses would be shut down and so many

people unemployed (including me).

I made the most of the time off. I cleaned and purged clothes from

my closet and had them all donated to charities. I cleaned that “junk”

drawer that I’ve been meaning to do for some time.

I read some books that were waiting to be pursued. I took online

Zumba and aerobic classes. And it felt so great after getting some

exercise! Strange having to do this, as I love the peer group exercise,

but it worked.

I certainly was NOT one of those hoarders, as I only had enough

stash for myself and my two fur babies.

I saw many of my neighbors out for walks around the neighborhood

- adhering to the “social distancing” of keeping at least 6 feet away

from others. I got to know my neighbors better.

We even established a routine of waving across the street as we took

turns going to the mailbox. My neighbors are fabulous, and it was

great to watch after each other.

My two fur babies (Pierre and Andre) were lap kitties and remained

happy to have me home. They are really spoiled now! Wait until I go

back to work - they will surely miss my daily lap.

Overall, it was a time to reflect, reassess, and revalue what we have

to be thankful for. And I have a greater appreciation of the little things

in life.

Take care all - stay safe and healthy.

POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND HAPPY HEALTH TO ALL!

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June 2020

Mary Richard is a long term supporter of senior fitness. She

teaches Zumba, toning and dance classes throughout the Las Vegas

Valley. She can be reached at zumbaqueen@cox.net.


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Travel Update

By: Stu Cooper / Happy Adventures

As promised, here is where we stand in the

coronavirus pandemic as it relates to travel.

When will we see hotels open? When will we see

tropical resorts open? How about theme parks?

For you cruisers, where do we stand with the cruise lines? And what

about unrestricted airline travel? Here is my best educated guess to a

complicated situation.

One thing I can say with confidence is, that when there is a universal

vaccine that protects everyone, every conceivable form of travel will

open. That’s the easy answer.

But most say we won’t see this for as long as two years. What about

the near future?

With the decrease of virus cases, air travel will increase. But this will

be a slow process. Air travel however has increased slightly as of this

writing.

Hotels will be the same. New York is nowhere near ready to open

and New York City is closed through June 11. On the other hand, I am

starting to see resort opening dates in the Caribbean.

The Bahamas are closed through May 31 and if things continue to

improve in that country, resorts will start to open. Hopefully, flights

from the U.S. will be reinstated.

And we might even see a (greatly reduced capacity) reopening in

theme parks like Disney starting mid to end of June.

As for the cruise lines, Carnival Cruise Lines hopes to have eight ships

cruising out of Florida and Texas back running by July 1 st . Princess

Cruise Lines has suspended all operations through August 31 st with the

entire Alaska season suspended through September.

Princess Cruises, however, has not cancelled the fall season for their

ship the Royal Princess which is scheduled to sail out of Los Angeles to

the Mexican Riviera and the coast of California.

However, as Dr. Anthony Faucci says, this is a moving target. If there

are spikes in the virus all bets are off as to the reopening of travel. As

always, stay safe.

By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World

As the Coronavirus pandemic unfolded, my

husband and I celebrated birthdays. Like

most Vegas Voice readers, we are at a high risk

age and our two children live miles away.

We had to weather this, for the most part, unassisted in an expanse

of solitude.

We began self-distancing before the governor announced it. It

was like having the rug pulled out. An exercise class canceled. A trip

canceled with prompt refund.

Other gatherings canceled. A meeting group changed from getting

together to conference call. Granddaughter’s college graduation

canceled.

An Honor Flight my husband was accepted to go on in April canceled.

(For those that don’t know about ‘Honor Flight,” it’s a program where

American military veterans are flown to Washington D.C. and brought

together to visit the nation’s war memorials).

We keep a supply pantry - including toilet paper, never expecting

a far-reaching shut-down of all but essential businesses. Then a note

appeared on our door, “Hi John & Kathy, This is Dave … next door. If

you’d like to limit your exposure & need anything please let me know.

I’d be glad to make a grocery run for you.”

At the take-out window of a nearby restaurant, I placed an order and

proceeded to the drive-up window where I was handed our food and

waved on. I stared back at the casher with a what’s up? expression. I

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Solitude & Acts of Kindness

June 2020

was told the person ahead of us had paid for the food for the three cars

behind her. Everyone in the drive-up line had their orders paid in full.

Fortunately, while I was processing this act of kindness, another car

queued into line and placed an order. I paid for that last car’s order

before leaving.

It’s wonderful when we come together, desiring to ease other

disappointments and anxiety. Contagions can initiate thoughtfulness

and good neighbors in everyone - and consequently we will thrive.

Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an

Adventure Diva. Her “Must See” travel journeys continue - always

with enthusiasm.


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The last time I saw Ashley was in October. My husband Ray and I

had made a quick trip to Washington DC to spend a few days with

my daughter.

She had just finished several months working at the Pentagon as an

advisor to Admiral Richardson, Secretary of the Navy and a member of

the Joint Chiefs of Staff. We wanted to spend some quality time with her

before she got totally consumed with a new book she is writing, and we

were not disappointed.

The District was in the midst of autumn’s golden days with classic

falling leaves, warm breezes, and dazzling sunshine. Plus, Washington’s

Nationals baseball team was racing towards winning their first World

Series. Everyone seemed caught up in the excitement of the games and

there was a feeling of goodwill that had no political limits.

Our visit was

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Washington DC & My

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By: Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker /

Out & About

Marcus mall

and Costco’s

was right across the street. To me this was the best of all worlds. For a

few precious days, the three of us laughed and got caught up on each

other’s activities.

Everything was perfect, except for one thing. We quickly ran out of

time.

As I am sure you know, this has been an exceedingly difficult year

for all of us. But if there is one thing we should have learned, it’s how

special our family and friends are.

These are the times we need each other more than ever. It’s not too

late to create memories and get reacquainted with those that are the

most dear to you.

Over the years, I’ve heard many of you say you were saving seeing the

sights in the US. This might just be the perfect time to make that trip

and bring your loved ones together.

So, what are you waiting for? Discover the United States.

Travel professional, Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker, has visited all

50 U.S. states and over 40 countries. She was awarded 1st Place for

her 2019 Travel Writing by the North American Mature Publishers

Association. She can be reached at Merryman2@aol.com


My Dad

By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox

read that the first love a girl has is her dad.

I For me, I do not think I realized how much I

loved mine until I lost him.

My parents immigrated from England to Las Vegas when I was twelve

years old. What a culture shock! My first day of school was at 5 th Street

Elementary and to say I felt like a girl from out of space would not be

an exaggeration.

A lesson in humility came early as I sat in class. Each student was

asked to read a paragraph from a book.

When my turn came, I stood and read aloud, saying the word

“fertilizer” which drew roaring laughter from the room. Gosh! What

did I do wrong? I said, “fur-til-izer”? How do the “Yanks” say it?

Sitting down, I promised myself not to say another word until I could

sound like everyone else. The torment didn’t end there. My clothing

was not the poodle skirts and ballerina flats that you all remember

from the 50s.

I walked home in tears and when my dad saw me, he made me sit

down and tell him what happened. He wiped my tears and told my

mother we would be back in time for dinner.

Ushering me into the car, he drove me to Fremont Street, and we

went shopping. It amazed me how the ladies flocked around to hear

this handsome man speak in the same accent I had, but no one was

laughing.

We arrived home with a wonderful selection of “American Graffiti”

style clothes, poodle skirts and all. Now, all I had to work on was

dumping my accent.

Later that year, my dad said he and I were going to lunch. On the ride

home, we plotted a quick trip to Los Angeles for a few days of dinner at

my favorite restaurant with all the trimmings. And a day or two at the

beach.

My mother, gypsy spirit that she had, was always game to “go

anywhere, anytime.” All dad had to do was say “do you want to go?”

and she’d start packing. Life was sweet.

I had been working on my dad for months before I turned 16 to get

me a car. So, waking up on my birthday I ran to the front window and

looked out expecting a new vehicle.

What I saw in the driveway was a canary yellow 1948 Pontiac

convertible. I guess the question of “what is that” must have been

written all over my face as I turned around.

“You promised me a new car” I stuttered. “Well, it is new to you” he

replied.

The truth hit me months later when I shuttled my friends around

in that beast. While they had their shiny new cars, they lived in fear of

scratches, accidents etc. My dad, however, didn’t care what happened to

the car - so long as no one was hurt.

On the downside of our “love/hate” issues, was dad’s strictness with

endlessly long rules. When I’d question “why” his reply was to tell me

how, at my age, he was always on the prowl for girls and didn’t want

me going out with anyone that was anything like him as a teenage boy.

Everything eventually turned into a great relationship once I was an

adult. I treasure the memories I have of that incredible man.

The sweetest, nicest thing he ever said to me was shortly before he

passed. He whispered, “I have only loved two women in my life, your

mother and you.” R.I.P. Pops.

You can contact Rana by email: Rana@thevegasvoice.net. Also

check out her blog about life in Sun City Anthem at:

Anthemtoday.com

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Fiction Stories Involving the Brain: At-Home Beach Reads

By: Jan Fair / A No-Brainer Minute

I

nstead of suggesting scientific non-fiction books as I usually do, this month I'm

recommending fiction books in which we can all learn a lot about issues

involving the brain. involving For example, we can learn about dealing with a loved one with Alzheimer's

in Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro's book, The Bear Came Over the Mountain (and later the

movie Away From Her.) And we can learn about memory loss in Anne Tyler's book (below-left).

Books for Adults

• Brain by Robin Cook

• Forget About Murder

by Elizabeth Squire

• Intent to Kill

by James Grippando

• Noah's Compass

by Anne Tyler

• Oblivion: A Novel

by Peter Abrahams

• Turn of Mind

by Alice LaPlante

• What Alice Forgot

by Liane Moriarty

Books for Kids

•The Great Brain

(and ... Adventures of the Great Brain,

The Great Brain is Back, The Great

Brain Reforms, Me & My Little Brain,

Return of Brain)

by John Dennis Fitzgerald

•Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!

by Dr. Seuss

•Stinky Thoughts by Mary Ross

Jan Fair is a writer, consultant & public speaker who has published over 40 books including

the No-Brainer Brain Games series. Please check out her website at www.JanFair.com

Mental Minutes

“Brain Fiction”

1. In one minute, name

fiction books that

involve the brain.

2. Make an alphabetical

list.

Art of Forgetting

(by Camille Noe Pagán),

Brain Storm (by Elaine Viets),

Curse Workers (YA books

by Holly Black), ...

A No-Brainer Pick

Your local library's

"online" book service.

June 2020

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