Arlene was our diamond for all time

Arlene was our diamond for all time

May 08, 2018 3:08 AM


Friends and family gathered at King David Memorial Chapel last Monday morning to say good-bye to Arlene Diamond, 80, a Las Vegas resident for 40-plus years and one of the nicest people to ever stand behind a sportsbook ticket window.

Over the years Arlene worked at several sportsbooks around town, including Green Valley Ranch during the years preceding her retirement. And not once in all the years we knew her did we ever see her without a smile. She always had a pleasant word and a knack for making you feel good. And, word has it she also had an occasional tip for her favorite customers.

When she wasn’t working or caring for her family, Arlene made sure she found time for charity work. And when she wanted to have fun, she would head to the bowling alley or the nearest poker table. It was reported at the memorial that she was a pretty good poker player, even though she never bluffed. She relied on her patience, which would eventually bring her a winning hand.

It was easy to tell Arlene loved her family as whenever she talked about them her eyes would sparkle and dance. She was married to her husband, Sidney, for 59 years, in spite of the fact, according to one speaker, her honeymoon turned out to be a softball tournament Sid was playing in instead of the romantic getaway she thought she was going to have.

In addition to her husband, Arlene is survived by her three sons, Michael (Cindy), Jeffrey (Martha) and Kevin (Sharon); six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Burial was at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City.

Rest in peace, Arlene. Shalom.

FANTASTIC! From “Luck Be a Lady” to “Fly Me to the Moon,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Summer Wind,” “The Way You Look Tonight” and more, it was an amazing evening at the Italian American Club last Friday as Frank Sinatra tribute artist Dave Halston belted out hit after hit from the Chairman of the Board.

Halston has the style, the gestures, the swagger of Sinatra down pat. And, backed by his Little Big Band with the Count Basie and Nelson Riddle arrangements, you simply needed to close your eyes to feel Ol’ Blue Eyes’ presence in the room.

Halston also took requests. Audience members shouted out their favorite Sinatra tune and he complied – “You Make Me Feel So Young,” “Strangers in the Night,” “New York New York,” “The Best is Yet to Come” and, yes, “My Way,” which was a rousing finale that brought the sold out crowd to its feet.

Before the show we enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the IAC’s restaurant. If you are looking for some traditional Italian dishes, this is the place. The homemade sausage over rapini and the ciabatta garlic bread sprinkled with Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese were melt in your mouth delicious. Our Capellini Alla Checca (fresh Roma tomatoes, spinach, toasted garlic and fresh basil tossed with angel hair pasta) was cooked to perfection.

The Club, on Sahara Avenue just east of Eastern, offers dining plus entertainment in its lounge Wednesday through Sunday and also has entertainment in its showroom on a regular basis. So if you are looking for a fun alternative to casinos, check out their website ( and stop by. You don’t have to be a member to enjoy the restaurant or the shows.

See you around town.