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Harwelden Mansion Maintains Original Beauty

ON ARCHITECTURE By ROGER COFFEY, AIA

On a rolling hill just south of downtown is one of Tulsa’s most distinguished Tudor residences. At 2210 South Main Street, it is distinguished because of the quality of its construction and the history of its occupants. Built in 1923 by wealthy oilman, Earl Harwell and his wife Mary, the four-story 13,000-square-foot mansion and its grounds occupies a full city block.

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Steakhouse Offers Views, Upscale Cuisine

LOCAL DINING By BLAKE AUSTYN

Zanmai, 1402 S. Peoria Ave., an upscale Japanese steakhouse, Hibachi and sushi bar, has been calling Cherry Street home since September last year.

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Drillers Stadium Holds Unique Appeal

OUT & ABOUT IN GREATER TULSA By EMILY RAMSEY

Baseball, the ultimate American pastime, is alive and well, I have decided. As is the other American pastime of hot dogs, pizza, beer and any other edible item that combines thousands of calories, gooeyness and the ability to be consumed minus fork and knife.

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Tulsa Mayor Details 2014 Fiscal-Year Budget

By DEWEY F. BARTLETT JR.

The City of Tulsa has operated on the same two-cent sales tax for more than 30 years. In the last few years, with large downturns in the economy followed by only slight increases, Tulsa’s government is stretching that two cents as far as it will go.
In fact, Tulsa’s total sales tax collection growth has averaged a little more than one percent in the last 12 years. Sales tax revenues fund core services like police, fire, 911, traffic management and parks.

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Historic Tulsa Club Building to be Restored

By ROGER COFFEY, AIA

The slow deterioration of a once handsome building can be depressing and frequently puts a damper on nearby real estate development. So, it is very positive when this same building gets a chance at a second life; and so it is with the Tulsa Club Building at 115 East Fifth Street.

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America Needs America’s Energy

ENERGY WATCH By MARK A. STANBERRY

Forty years ago, in the spring of 1974, a group of oilmen and business leaders came together in Tulsa to form The International Society of The Energy Advocates. The reason the organization was primarily formed was to counter the OPEC (Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries) embargo. The 1973-74 embargo sent a shock through the world, oil production was cut along with shipments to the U.S.

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Art Deco Buildings Set Tulsa Apart

ON ARCHITECTURE By ROGER COFFEY, AIA

From the mid 1920s to the early 1940s, a period of less than 20 years, Tulsa’s population grew from 75,000 to just less than 150,000. During that time, more than 50 significant Art Deco structures were built, including nine residences. Although at least 25 percent of these structures have been demolished, those that remain are eye-catching and for many of us, pleasing to look at. They are a piece of our history, a slice of time well worth remembering. For those who grew up in Tulsa as I did, it is hard to imagine our city without them.

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STEM Graduates Prepare for College and Beyond

NEWS FROM TULSA TECH By DR. STEVE TIGER

Tulsa Tech recently held a reception similar to an athletic scholarship signing day to recognize many of the college-bound graduates of the school’s prestigious STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Academy. Representatives from area colleges and universities, along with former instructors, family and friends, all gathered to honor the students as they each signed letters of intent.

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White Flag Offers Unique Burger Combinations

LOCAL DINING By BLAKE AUSTYN

Editor’s Note: June commences the start of Local Dining, a monthly food review column by staff writer Blake Austyn. With greater Tulsa’s growing landscape of eating options, from food trucks to taco stands to restaurants 50 stories high, readers can trust that this column will be anything but boring. Cheers to good food, friends and family.

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Something for Everyone at Tulsa Parks

By DEWEY F. BARTLETT JR.

Since summer is just around the corner, I want to invite Tulsa families to take advantage of everything our parks have to offer. From swimming pools to summer day camps to specialty day camps, sports activities, fitness facilities, and more, the city’s parks have something for everyone.

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Sheriff Glanz Thanks Tulsa County Voters

By STANLEY GLANZ

It is with sincere gratitude that I would like to thank the citizens of Tulsa County for approving both public safety initiatives on April 1. With a 66 percent approval for the jail improvements and a 70 percent approval for the juvenile justice improvements, both were supported all across Tulsa County. Out of the 263 precincts in Tulsa County, the jail won all but 20 and the juvenile projects won all but eight.

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Student Embraces Style

Each year, the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education recognizes students who have chosen to study specific programs that are based on the their 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 of all non-traditional students and programs.

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Wallace Wozencraft Still Busy at 87

By ROGER COFFEY, AIA

It would not be unusual to encounter a distinguished silver headed gentleman on a construction site in Tulsa. This man’s discerning eyes miss very little happening in the building process. He’s there observing that the work matches his exacting standards. His name is Wallace O. Wozencraft and at 87, he is one of the oldest practicing architects in eastern Oklahoma. Most who know him call him Wally.

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Upcoming Art Events Foster Community, Conversation

By EMILY RAMSEY

Art and culture is multiplying in greater Tulsa. It is beautiful to see.

However, as Tulsans become accustomed to that fact, it also becomes easier to forget the array of available opportunities—which is even more reason why people should seek it out, says artist Libby Williams.

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Embrace Spring With Earth Day & Celebrations

By BETH TURNER

What a great find that trending in 2014 is, “Earth Month,” expanding the traditional Earth Day of April 20 to the entire month in order to bring light to issues affecting our planet. It’s a perfect pairing to how spring energizes us to break out of our winter hibernations and do something. For an overall look at the planet, log on to earthday.org. For a few tidbits closer to home, keep reading.

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