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Tulsa's Kendall Whittier Sees Growth

By EMILY RAMSEY

Kendall Whittier has been undergoing a rebirth over the past five years.

At the beginning of 2013, the district had 15 of its 43 available storefronts occupied—a rate of 35 percent. By the end of this year, Ed Sharrer, director of Kendall Whittier Main Street, expects the district to reach 95 percent occupancy.

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Kumon Math and Reading Opens in Owasso

Kumon Math and Reading program, has expanded into Owasso with the opening of a franchised learning center at 13720 E. 86th St. N.

There are currently 12 Kumon Math and Reading centers in the state of Oklahoma, including five in the Greater Tulsa area. The first center opened in Tulsa in 2002.

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Youth Outdoor Expo to be Held Aug. 12

On Aug. 12, the Tulsa Bird Dog Association will hold its Youth Outdoor Expo, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tulsa Gun Club—four miles east of Highway 75 on 56th Street North.

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Linde Engineering North America Inc. Achieves 1 Million Safe Hours Worked

Thanks to ongoing training and a continuous improvement, safety-minded culture, Linde Engineering North America’s (LENA) Port of Catoosa fabrication facility has successfully operated four years without a recordable safety incident or injury.

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Owasso Soccer Club Gives to Gatesway Foundation

The Owasso Soccer Club (OSC) held its annual small-sided tournament in July at the Owasso Soccer Complex, 10320 E. 116th St. N., with Gatesway Foundation as the club’s 2017 beneficiary. Gatesway is a Broken Arrow-based nonprofit that provides living and employment options for individuals with developmental disabilities. 

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Organ Recipient Competes in Games

TULSAN IN SPAIN: Karen Hoyt, left, of Tulsa, was one of two Oklahoma women who represented the state in the 30th World Transplant Games in Malaga, Spain, held June 25-July 2. Participating with her was Stephanie Baker, of Talala, Oklahoma. The World Transplant Games is a multi-sport festival for individuals who have undergone lifesaving transplant surgeries. Hoyt competed in the 5K run, cycling and 3,000 meter walk/run. More than 180 athletes from across the nation competed in the games, a competition that brings athletes from more than 60 countries. Hoyt received a liver transplant after struggling with end stage liver failure, Hepatitis C and a cancerous tumor on her liver. She participated in her first Transplant Games of America with Team Oklahoma in 2016.

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Cox Retail Store Opens on B.A.’s Hillside Drive

By EMILY RAMSEY

The latest Cox Communications store opened on July 14 in Broken Arrow at 866 E. Hillside Dr.

“Broken Arrow has not had a Cox retail presence in the city since 2012,” says store owner Ted Andress, who has been partnered with Cox since 2011.

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St. John Rehab Center Opens Aug. 1

In July, St. John Health System and HealthSouth Corporation celebrated the new Broken Arrow hospital, St. John Rehabilitation Hospital, affiliated with HealthSouth, which will open to patients on Aug. 1. The 40-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital is located at 1200 W. Albany Dr. in Broken Arrow.

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Kristin Chenoweth Holds Third Camp

By MEAGAN COLLINS

For her third-annual Broadway Bootcamp, Kristin Chenoweth returned home to Broken Arrow to train and mentor 45 students from around the country for one week in June.

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BAPAC Director Named

Kim Vento, 22-year Broken Arrow Public Schools employee, was recently named director of the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center.

Vento replaces Mark Frie, who recently took the position as director of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Frie and Vento managed the BAPAC alongside one another since 2014.

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LOCAL AT SEA:

Seaman Daniel Keaton, from Broken Arrow, attached to the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), paints the hull of the ship. Blue Ridge is in an extensive maintenance period focused on modernizing the ship so it can continue to serve as a robust communications platform in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

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B.A. Fire Department Receives Grant

The Broken Arrow Fire Department recently received a $120,000 Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the purchase of six Stryker Power-LOAD Systems to be installed in the department’s front line ambulance fleet.  The Power-LOAD System lifts and lowers the cot into and out of the ambulance, reducing spinal loads and the risk of cumulative trauma injuries. The Power-LOAD system also improves operator and patient safety by supporting the cot throughout the loading and unloading process.  

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Bixby Officials, Residents Anticipate Bixhoma Projects

By EMILY RAMSEY

While “Bixhoma Lake has been a hidden gem for a long time,” says Bixby City Councilor Richard Stewart, if area residents have anything to say about it, the area won’t stay that way for much longer.

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Largest Chevrolet Dealership In Oklahoma Breaks Ground

In July, Glenpool city officials welcomed to the city what will become the largest Chevrolet dealership in Oklahoma.

Mark Allen Chevrolet recently broke ground at Highway 75 near 166th Street in Glenpool and is the first business to locate in the city’s Tax Increment Finance (TIF) district that was formed last year.

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Adventures in Downtown Bixby

ESCAPE HATCH: Owners Jay and Karla Jenkins sit in the front room of Escape Hatch Bixby, which opened in May in downtown Bixby at 7 W. Dawes Ave. The puzzle-solving adventure concept has become a nationwide trend. On Aug. 23, Escape Hatch Bixby will hold its Heist tournament, with the grand prize four tickets to see Guns N’ Roses or a cash prize of $750.

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