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Historic Fire Alarm Building May Become Museum

On Architecture By ROGER COFFEY, AIA

Tucked away at 1010 E. 8th St., close to Centennial Park, is a modest building, and one of Tulsa’s Art Deco jewels. The Fire Alarm Building was built in 1930 and 1931 and was a response to the city’s growth in the 1920s. Tulsa had not only a Central Fire Station but suburban stations throughout the city to accommodate a population that had doubled in 10 years. Requirements for Tulsa to maintain a lower fire insurance class rate necessitated a fire-proof building at a minimum of 150 feet from any adjacent building. Thus, this seemingly isolated location was selected.

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Earth Day: Then, Now and What the Future Holds

Trash Talk By BETH TURNER

Earth Day, April 22, is a commonplace date for you and me that came about thanks to the passionate men and women of the late 1960s and early ‘70s and NASA.

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Student’s Career Choice Earns Award Nomination

News From Tulsa Tech By DR. STEVE TIGER

Each year, the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education recognizes students who have chosen to study specific programs that are based on the student’s interests and abilities, rather than on traditional gender roles, with the aptly named Breaking Traditions award. Nominees for the award contribute by creating more awareness and support for all non-traditional students and programs.

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Downtown Options Attract Suburban Dwellers

Out & About in Greater Tulsa By EMILY RAMSEY

Though I grew up in the suburbs, much more often surrounded by wide, open spaces instead of urban, city landscapes, I will always by a city girl.

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Maxxwell’s Finding Its Place on Rt. 66

Local Dining By BLAKE AUSTYN

Maxxwell’s Restaurant, located at 2626 E. 11th St. in the Campbell Hotel, opened at the end of 2013 and is still building a name for itself. Or, rather, rebuilding a name for itself.

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Variety is Center Stage During March at the PAC

Show Buzz By NANCY HERMANN

Tired of winter? Ready to escape to Camelot? Forget Punxsutawney Phil. We can always ask psychic John Edward about options for an early spring.

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Hebert’s/Cajun Ed’s: Cajun Food at its Finest

Local Dining By BLAKE AUSTYN

Although Ed Richard’s family boasts a long history in the food industry, Richard did not initially plan to follow in that same path.

Richard, a Louisiana native, worked for an office product company during his college years at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). He ended up continuing with the company after graduation, and the company moved him to Tulsa.

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Utica Square a Beloved Tulsa Destination

On Architecture By ROGER COFFEY, AIA

In 1952, Don Nix and Dale Carter, two real estate developers, opened Tulsa’s first suburban shopping center near the southeast corner of 21st Street and Utica Avenue and called it Utica Square. It marked the beginning of the move of retail from downtown Tulsa.

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Food for Thought: Reducing Food Waste Saves A Lot of Green

Trash Talk By BETH TURNER

Waste less food. Makes for a great statement, but those three little words create a daunting task. According to SustainableTable.org, Americans throw away roughly 40 percent of our food supply every year.

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Romance, Dance, Music and Theatre at the PAC in February

Show Buzz By NANCY HERMANN

Downtown Tulsa was alive with an observable energy during those January nights when Garth Brooks was at the BOK Center, and “Once,” “August Osage County” and “The Giver” were playing at the PAC. The economic impact from entertainment is substantial and is no doubt a factor in Tulsa being named to the New York Times “52 Places to Go in 2015” list. Yes, Tulsa took the number 47 spot, right between Shanghai and Rome!

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Tulsa Tech Board of Education Members Are Honored for Dedication and Service

News From Tulsa Tech By DR. STEVE TIGER

January was School Board Recognition Month, giving local schools and communities an opportunity to honor the more than 2,700 elected school board members for their untiring dedication to children and schools. Tulsa Tech faculty and staff celebrated and recognized Board of Education members during their monthly board meeting on Jan. 26.

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Garth’s Tulsa Homecoming Worth the Wait

Out & About in Greater Tulsa By EMILY RAMSEY

If I wasn’t a Garth Brooks fan before he basically took over our city for two weeks in January, I am now. After seeing him close up dealing with the media and then in his true element: performing, I, now, will unabashedly and proudly proclaim that I am a forever fan. But that’s not only due to his songwriting, his voice or his performance abilities but also to the quality of character that he appears to maintain.

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Public Safety Proposal Extends Vision 2025 Tax

Commentary By DEWEY F. BARTLETT JR.

In the first month of 2015, when many of us focus on setting our finances in order, I want to present an opportunity for the City of Tulsa to move toward greater financial stability. I have proposed to the city council that Tulsa extend a portion of the expiring Vision 2025 tax and dedicate it to enhanced public safety.

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Broadway’s ‘Once’ Headlines a Packed January at the PAC

Show Buzz By NANCY HERMANN

My friend the late Larry Payton, founder of Celebrity Attractions, gave me a recommendation for a quiet little show that landed on Broadway in 2012. I may have been vaguely aware of the 2007 movie, “Once,” starring the real-life couple, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, who wrote and performed all the songs in the film, including the Academy Award-winning “Falling Slowly.” I was not expecting, however, this beautiful piece of theater that stole a bit of my heart.

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Holiday Gift Ideas that Create Memories, Not Trash

Trash Talk By BETH TURNER

Ahhh, the holidays! A time when we reconnect with loved ones, and try not to pull our hair out trying to buy a gift that says, “I love you.”

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