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City Encourages Giving Back During the Holidays

Commentary By DEWEY F. BARTLETT JR.

Downtown Tulsa has a certain glow all year long, but I believe it shines a little brighter during the holiday season.

The Downtown Coordinating Council (DCC) holds its Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony – Ready, Set, Glow! This year’s date: Nov. 30. The progressive holiday event encompasses a tour of four lighting ceremonies at the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park, the Guthrie Green, Arvest Winterfest and the Deco District’s “S’mores on Boston.”

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Spartan Parent Company Invests $4 Million in Expansion

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology announced in October its acquisition of three new planes for its pilot training programs.

The new planes are the result of a $4 million investment in the pilot program by Spartan’s parent company, Sterling Partners. At the announcement, Spartan Chief Executive Officer Peter Harris and President Ryan Goertzen were joined by U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine to officially christen the planes in a ceremonial launch at Spartan’s campus at the Jones Riverside Airport.

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DAN ALLEN AWARD WINNERS:

Dan Allen award winners gathered Nov. 6 at the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma for the inaugural awards dinner by the Dan Allen Center for Social Justice.

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Hispanic American Foundation Works for Cultural Enrichment

The Hispanic American Foundation recently held its annual fundraising event, Noche De Gala, at Southern Hills Country Club. The foundation awards scholarships, provides programs for cultural enrichment, and partners with, among others, Tulsa City County Library, Tulsa Ballet and the San Miguel School of Tulsa.

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Tax Proposal Highlights Owasso's Needs

By EMILY RAMSEY

After rejecting the city’s past two proposed tax increases, in January Owasso residents will once again be faced with the opportunity to increase revenue for the city through a half penny sales tax increase.

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A Gathering Place Groundbreaking a Momentous Day

Tulsans gathered together Sept. 20 to celebrate the groundbreaking held in honor of Tulsa’s future park, A Gathering Place. The picnic-style event was open to the public and featured food trucks, live music and activities for children and families, as well as a formal ceremony at noon. The ceremony was graced with remarks by Governor Mary Fallin, Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett and County Commissioner Ron Peters. The celebration marked a memorable day for the state, county and community.

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Distribution of Property Taxes Should be Studied

Commentary By STANLEY GLANZ

Because Oklahoma is the only state in the nation where municipalities have to rely so predominately upon sales tax to run city operations, it’s not uncommon to hear city leaders say they have to find new sources of revenue to run cities properly. We are hearing that again this year from the mayors in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

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Samara a Celebrity Name in Tulsa

By TERRELL LESTER

An evening at Tulsa’s Celebrity Club is a gentle and refined reminder of a bygone era, an era of mink stoles and maitre d’s, handshake oil deals and champagne dinners by candlelight.

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Writing ‘The Tulsa River’

By ANN PATTON

“The Tulsa River” is a collection of stories about community life with the Arkansas River in Tulsa, with 110 full-color pictures and a foreword by former Mayor Robert J. LaFortune.

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Groundbreaking Held for A Gathering Place

The groundbreaking celebration for A Gathering Place for Tulsa was held Sept. 20. The picnic-style event featured food trucks, live music and activities for children and families as well as a preview of the park and many of its features.

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Oklahoma Honor Flights Send Veterans to Washington, D.C.

The Oklahoma Honor Flights took 87 veterans to Washington, D.C. for a one-day trip to visit the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam Wall, the Lincoln Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and other sites on Sept. 10. Oklahoma Honor Flights is a hub of the national Honor Flight Network and this was its 18th flight from Oklahoma and seventh from Tulsa.

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TAUW Announces Record Goal

The Tulsa Area United Way has announced a goal of $26,200,000 for its 2014 campaign, the largest goal in its 90-year history.

The total was revealed in Broken Arrow during halftime of the Live United Crosstown Showdown, the football rivalry between Broken Arrow and Owasso High Schools on Friday, Sept. 5.

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Proposed Arts Center On Aug. 26 Ballot

Broken Arrow residents are being urged to vote for a repurposing project on the Aug. 26 Special Election ballot. The repurposed funds would go toward bringing a creative arts center to the Rose District.

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AWC to Hold Open House, Host Susan Savage

The Association for Women in Communications (AWC) kicks off a new season of events with its annual open house, Aug. 26 at Harwelden Mansion, 2210 S. Main St.

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TCF Challenge Raises $40 Million

In August, Tulsa Community Foundation (TCF) announced that $40,760,385 was raised for nonprofit agencies through its 2012-13 Challenge Grant Program. The planned giving challenge encourages local nonprofit agencies to build permanent funds through planned gifts. George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF) donated $1 million in matching dollars for the challenge.

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