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August 30, 2014

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Sun City Summerlin residents demand their post office

Several Sun City Summerlin residents are threatening to protest in their golf carts outside the Longs Drugs store if its post office is shuttered at the end of the month.

“If necessary we would go and protest in front of the story,” said resident Brenda Izen. “I will remove all of my prescriptions from there.”

“I will sit there with my golf cart and my package that I need to mail,” said Sally Bogolub, who circulated a petition recently with Izen to stop the closure of the community’s only post office at the Longs Drugs at 9430 Del Webb Blvd.

When CVS, which bought out Longs Drugs last year, converts the store, it will not continue the contract with the U.S. Postal Service branch. The change is expected to come this summer. CVS representatives could not be reached for comment.

Izen and Bogolub aren’t the only ones who are upset. About 500 residents signed the petition imploring CVS to keep the small office open.

Sun City Summerlin is a 55-plus golf course community with 7,779 homes and about 14,000 residents. For many, the post office at Longs is within walking distance or a short golf-cart ride from their home.

“If they do close, I would want the store boycotted, that’s how strongly I feel,” said Izen. “And I feel there are others who would do this. They won’t see me in there.”

Izen and Bogolub carried the petition door-to-door and to Sun City clubs for about two weeks. Izen said she mailed it to CVS headquarters in Rhode Island on March 3. She has not yet received a response.

“There are thousands who can’t drive anymore, so they rely on their golf carts to get to places,” she said.

The main post office at North Town Center Drive is two to three miles outside the community. There is a PostNet, which provides package shipping, farther down on Lake Mead Boulevard.

Becky Bosshart can be reached at 990-7748 or [email protected].

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