Sun City Anthem

Monday, June 30, 2014

Sending a Message to the Major Casino Chains !

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Our Anthem Opinions Beliefs

Why Do We Do This...and...Not That ?

We often get emails and questions as to why we don't cover more inter-community events and meetings. 
SO... I thought I would write this article to clarify our views as to what we do, and why we do them.
Perhaps an initial comment is to state why we exist, and what we have attempted to accomplish.
We exist to help you stay young and enjoy a lifestyle you believed you were going to receive when you retired; in other words, a "fair shake".
That's why it is our attempt to entertain you, as well as, provide you information that is useful in your everyday life....
...a life that we believe you should be able to enjoy without following ridiculous structured rules as to how you should live it !
Our logic is that...
 "We've made it this far, so we must have done something right".
But....coming from an atmosphere where you "made you own kind of music" was the closest thing to shell shock when it came to living in a Homeowners Association !
At first it was anticipated that you would be like musketeers, "One for All, and All for One".
I anticipated going to a board meeting talking "turkey" with a bunch of mature adults...where experience and common sense would prevail.....that, because there was one big pot of money in which everyone contributed equally, we would therefore be treated equally.
That quickly changed.
I have experienced board meetings with crowds at one time that attracted 100s of residents, quickly dwindle to a paltry 30-34 stalwarts who enjoy going to meetings, because, well, that's their "cup of tea". 
Their entire existence is going to meetings.
And to those people who enjoy those meetings as entertainment, we hope you have a ball !
They should not be criticized or ridiculed; but at the same time, those not attending should also not be criticized
However, for those who do wish to increase those attendance numbers.....our suggestion is to make them more interesting and treasure independent thought rather than ridiculing or simply rejecting it....
....just because it came from "the politically wrong person" who a small group considers a "malcontent".
Remember....Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, and Bill Gates were ridiculed because they simply....disagreed with the existing "structure".
We, however,  quickly came to the conclusion that a ridiculous"structured " type of life was NOT our "cup of tea".....
....that we came here to live our lives the way we've lived them for years....
....independently ,successfully and without stress, not dealing with those who are without the ability to comprehend or reason....
...subject to a few sensible rules of "structure".
Unfortunately that attitude seems to be criticized by some....usually, the ones who need the all encompassing "structured" lifestyle.
They often criticize others for not attending meetings or not volunteering for something that has to do with that "structured " environment.
In short, many of the "structured life types" seem to criticize others for not being clones of themselves.
Those of us who have loved and cherished an independent lifestyle will never change, and we do not expect the others to change either. 
They are what they are, and we are what we are.
But...our types expect only one thing from the other "structured types" who insist on that lifestyle and from which board members are born. 
Spend our money wisely. 
That's it !
And...that appears to be where the conflict arises.
A number of us have tried to bring knowledge and independent experiences to light, but as is so often the case when those in power have never been independent thinkers, innovation and common sense is often ignored or criticized. 
Change is difficult to comprehend or accept when one's background is entirely composed of  "structure", and quite frustrating when it is snubbed by others who have lived by their own rules....successfully.
Be that as it may, that brings us to answer the initial question....
..."Why Do We Do This...and...Not That"....
Because we wish to maintain an independent lifestyle and provide you information that you can enjoy AWAY FROM THE STRUCTURE of those who go to their "meetings" day in and day out."
Did you come here to gamble?
Some did, and some didn't; but the fact remains that in today's world you don't have to live in Las Vegas to can do that in just about any state.
Did you come here for the weather?
Some did, and some didn't; but only those who GET OUT of their homes are capable of answering that question honestly.  No matter where you came from, you had air conditioning and heat to keep you comfortable.
Did you come here to eat expensive dinners?
Some did, and some didn't; but you don't have to live in Las Vegas to eat expensive dinners....and most importantly, you should not be made to feel guilty if you do not patronize an expensive eatery, OR SUBSIDIZE ONE, if that is something you prefer not to do.
Did you come here to enjoy first class entertainment?
That's where we come in....and how we are different than what you might read elsewhere.
We want to keep you "alive" and "fun" by looking at this community as just another venue in your life...not the only one.... merely the one you sleep in... you should escape as often as possible to fully enjoy yourself.
So, that's what were all about...not this !
We love entertainment, and we love entertainment bargains ...especially from local places in...
"Entertainment Bargains for Sun City Anthem Residents" and
"Weekend Entertainment" 
We love food, but we love food that will allow you to get a bargain in...
"Dining Bargains for Sun City Anthem Residents"
We love history, because without knowledge of it, we will commit the errors of the past, and we want to celebrate significant holidays in....
"History and Holidays"
We love our homes and that's why we have a "Mr. Fix-It" to help you to keep it in good shape and not get ripped off by an unscrupulous vendor, as well as, a "Tips" column to give you some ideas on how to solve problems "the easy way" in
"Mr. Fix-It's World of Home Improvement"
"Why Didn't I Think of that....Tips"
We all have scrubs that require maintenance, and that's why we have a master gardener in...
"The Garden Wizard"
What we don't have is boredom about reminding you to attend meetings on a Friday afternoon to talk for two hours about a stripe on a tennis court.
...or conceit trying to believe you are "better than others", boasting about living in a beautiful community,  when in fact you are no better than others... merely "luckier" than some to enjoy one. 
And as long as we're in existence....we'll stay that way...for one reason...
Dick Arendt

Saturday, June 28, 2014

She Left Fantastic Sam's and Went Out on Her Own

Finding a Great Hair Stylist We've Known
for Years
We don't take advertising, but we do help out a friend when asked...especially one who has helped hundreds of Sun City Anthem and Solera residents for years.
Men and women have had their hair cut, styled, or whatever by a wonderful lady named Sherry at Fantastic Sam's located on Eastern Avenue just north of Horizon Ridge.
Recently Sherry left Fantastic Sam's and has gone out on her own, and her strong following of "Sun City Anthem", "Solera",  and local area customers missed her inexpensive, excellent service , and always jovial personality.
Have any of you been looking for her?
Well....she's back, but in a different location.
If you are one of Sherry's old customers, she will CHARGE WHAT SHE DID AT FANTASTIC SAM'S.
One big and welcome change....
I know she was always the most popular stylist at Fantastic Sam's and normally you had to either get there as early as possible, or sit around and wait...
That's no longer the more waiting !
Here's her new address and phone.
Hair by Sherry at Body Spa
3019 St. Rose Parkway
Henderson, NV 89052
(702) 373-2393
(located behind St. Rose Hospital)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Special Guest....The United States of America !

Vegas Voice Show Saturday, June 29th 

Join  Radio host, Dick Arendt,  this Saturday, June 29th at 7:00 am and again at noon on Sunday for The Vegas Voice Show on KLAV radioAM 1230, on your dial.

Dick's Special Guest this week is 238 years old !

The United States of America a special holiday birthday celebration

Looking at the history of our country from its beginning... the conclusion of World War II...

...through the music of the ages and the...
that inspired a nation !

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Anthem Opiniions Contributor Remembers A Friend

As the Entertainment Editor of The Vegas Voice, I have the opportunity of meeting many local celebrities in the entertainment world, two of the most special being...

Marty Allen and Steve Rossi

Steve Rossi was a "regular guy" who never stopped appreciating people, whether he was their close friend or someone he had just met.

He was a kind man, always willing to stop and talk to those he entertained over the years....

...who was gracious enough to appear on our Vegas Voice "An Afternoon Affair" show hosted by Mark OToole at Sunset Station a few months ago.

Steve Rossi left us on Sunday, June 22, 2014, at the age of 82...performing as late as a mere couple of weeks before his death.

Our friend and contributor to our "What's Up in Weekend Entertainment" Information Page, Norm Johnson, was a close friend of Mr. Rossi for years and he wrote this article to honor the memory of his friend....Steve Rossi. 

Dick Arendt

Norm Johnson's Remembering Steve Rossi

Steve Rossi


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Sunday, June 22, 2014

It all Began Just About 75 Years Ago...

It's now officially summer, and that means "vacation" to millions of people.
...and to those millions of people, that also means....air travel.
When you board that go through what you have to do to board it...

...let's look back at....
Commercial Air Travel in the 1940s

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

After Failing to Destroy Club...Blog Owner Resigns as Veterans Club Officer

Mr. Fix-It Speaks Out

  Sun City Anthem Entertainment Club

Controversy  is Over  !

Many of our readers have been reading about this newest Sun City Anthem venue on other community publications, a club that is making every attempt to bring greater happiness in our daily lives. 
Yet despite those attempts, there was also an attempt to destroy it....... an individual who has again and again, tried to discredit Entertainment Club president, Forrest Fetherolf

This individual has referred to our Mr. Fix-It as "slippery" and a "clown", and made an attempt to hold the Woodchips Club responsible for a tragic suicide...

...all during a point in time when Forrest was a candidate for the Sun City Anthem Board in 2010.

In addition, prior to that, this same individual maliciously made attempts to have  Entertainment Club Vice-President, Rana Goodman, not be reappointed to her position on the Henderson Senior Citizens Advisory Commission, by concocting a petition that he claimed to have received  numerous amounts of support.

It was later learned through the Freedom of Information Act, that only a handful of individuals signed the petition, and Ms. Goodman was subsequently reappointed.

Recently he "struck again" at these individuals by attempting to have the Entertainment Club Charter REVOKED...leading people to believe he spoke ON BEHALF OF THE VETERANS CLUB.

He DID NOT speak on anyone's behalf other than his own.

This act,  of what many have perceived as additional vindictive behavior on this person's part toward these individuals, has thankfully FAILED...

...and Forrest Fetherolf, our Mr. Fix-It, has asked  that we print this comment on behalf of the Sun City Anthem Entertainment Club as its president.

States Mr. Fetherolf:

Now the dust has settled once again in SCA...hopefully we can close the door on this issue.

David Berman not only displayed his hatred for three of our SCA Entertainment Club Board Members in his rant on his  blog, via emails, and phone calls, he used his position as Veterans Club Secretary, without authority from the Veterans Club BOD, in an attempt to influence others and file false charges against our SCA Entertainment Club with Lifestyle Committee to have our club charter pulled.

It backfired in his face resulting with his SUDDEN RESIGNATION as Secretary of the Veterans Club and all charges withdrawn from the Lifestyles Committee.

What Mr. Berman didn't know or ignored was the fact I was in constant contact with Veterans Club President Roger Cooper during this ordeal, getting approval for the Veterans Wall improvement through Property and Grounds Committee, and arranging professional entertainment to perform during the Veterans Club big event on November 11, 2014.

This man not only tried to discredit our SCA Entertainment Club, he also brought discredit to his own Veterans Club to satisfy his personal hatred agenda.

Berman may have been successful convincing a few of his believers our SCA Entertainment Club and the officers are bad...

...but results are very clear.

SCA Entertainment Club currently has over 160 members within the first two months after charter club approval and growing at the rate of more than a dozen new members per week.

Our first major event is scheduled for July 20 in Freedom Hall @ 2pm. We have commitments from six Las Vegas entertainers to provide an afternoon of enjoyment for our club members and their guests.

For more information go to our website.........

Thanks to all believing in us and our cause!

Forrest Fetherolf
SCA Entertainment Club President
702 823-5580

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Special Guest this Week....Eric Jordan Young

Vegas Voice Show Saturday, June 21st 

Join  Radio host, Dick Arendt,  this Saturday, June 21st at 7:00am and again at noon on Sunday for The Vegas Voice Show on  KLAV radioAM 1230, on your dial.

Dick's Special Guest this week is former Broadway 
and "Vegas!The Show" star....

Eric Jordan Young... 

...who will be performing in Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center on Friday, June 27th at 7:00pm. 

We'll get "up close and personal" with this outstanding Broadway voice who has played New York's Carnegie Hall a number of times, and talk about the many productions he has been a part of over the years....

...including, the sensational....

"Vegas! The Show" at Planet Hollywood

Here's a bit of Eric...

"Once In My Lifetime"

"Mr. Bojangles"

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A Trick to Save a Finger !


Cutting a Cherry Tomato
Cutting Yourself !


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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Always New Ones Opening

A Few of the Newest Vegas Eateries

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

In Memoriam....Yes...There IS Crying in Baseball

Losing 2 Greats
2 Weeks
who made history
in the fall of

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Las Vegas Welcomes Its Newest Hotel in August

SLS Hotel to open ahead of schedule

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Monday, June 16, 2014

This One's For the Trees

Summer's here...and like you....your trees need water !

...and our Garden Wizard can tell you how to do it...

...the right way !

Deep Watering


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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Comparing Tax Rates: 2013 vs 2014

Tax Planning...2014

For some people, June 15th is not just Father's Day, but it's also...
... time for your 2nd Federal Income Tax estimated payment.
Should you be filing estimated payments?  That is a topic that should be discussed with a tax advisor.
Sometimes failing to do so can create a tax penalty if by the end of the calendar year, most of what you owe, hasn't been paid.
What's the starting point?
Looking at the tax rates and coming up with an idea of what you expect to have as an annual income.
Below are the federal income tax rates applicable to 2014 and those that applied to 2013.
Are their differences?
YES...and it goes a long way past these charts.
What's the best advice?
Simply...PLAN...and talk to the right person who can give you sound advice in order to avoid a surprise next April 15th.

2014 Tax Brackets (for taxes due April 15, 2015)

Tax rate Single filers Married filing jointly or qualifying widow/widower Married filing separately Head of household
10% Up to $9,075 Up to $18,150 Up to $9,075 Up to $12,950
15% $9,076 to $36,900 $18,151 to $73,800 $9,076 to $36,900 $12,951 to $49,400
25% $36,901 to $89,350 $73,801 to $148,850 $36,901 to $74,425 $49,401 to $127,550
28% $89,351 to $186,350 $148,851 to $226,850 $74,426 to $113,425 $127,551 to $206,600
33% $186,351 to $405,100 $226,851 to $405,100 $113,426 to $202,550 $206,601 to $405,100
35% $405,101 to $406,750 $405,101 to $457,600 $202,551 to $228,800 $405,101 to $432,200
39.6% $406,751 or more $457,601 or more $228,801 or more $432,201 or more

Progressive tax rates, brackets

2013 Tax Rates

2013 tax rates

Tax rate Single filers Married filing jointly or qualifying widow/widower Married filing separately Head of household
10% Up to $8,925 Up to $17,850 Up to $8,925 Up to $12,750
15% $8,926 - $36,250 $17,851 - $72,500 $8,926- $36,250 $12,751 - $48,600
25% $36,251 - $87,850 $72,501 - $146,400 $36,251 - $73,200 $48,601 - $125,450
28% $87,851 - $183,250 $146,401 - $223,050 $73,201 - $111,525 $125,451 - $203,150
33% $183,251 - $398,350 $223,051 - $398,350 $111,526 - $199,175 $203,151 - $398,350
35% $398,351 - $400,000 $398,351 - $450,000 $199,176 - $225,000 $398,351 - $425,000
39.6% $400,001 or more $450,001 or more $225,001 or more $425,001 or more
And that planning should start...

Now !