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Rose District Expansion

FORMER CHURCH DEMOLITION: On June 23, demolition work began to remove the old Assembly of God Church at 305 N. Main St. The building has been vacant since 2006.
“The demolition of the vacant church building will clear the way for an entire city block to be developed into another great addition to the Rose District,” says City Manager Michael Spurgeon.

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AVB Bank Supports ArtsOK

Tuesdays in the Park 2016, hosted and supported by ArtsOK and AVB Bank and held during the month of June in downtown Broken Arrow, started and ended on a high note. The month-long weekly concert series kicked off with a $5,000 donation from AVB Bank and a $1,000 matching challenge to the attendees of the concert series.

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Miss USA Visits Senior Star

Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan visited Tulsa recently to visit the Senior Star locations at Woodland Terrace and Burgandy Place.

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‘West Mexico: Ritual and Identity’ Opens at Gilcrease

Strong, exotic and enigmatic describe the solid and hollow ceramic figures from West Mexico. “West Mexico: Ritual and Identity” presents an innovative archaeology exhibition that also includes perspectives from contemporary art, art history, anthropology and various materials testing sciences.

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AWC Recognizes Becky Dixon, Newsmakers

On May 4, the Tulsa chapter of the Association for Women in Communications (AWC) recognized its 2016 Newsmakers Jill Donovan, Leigh Goodson, and Katie L. Plohocky and awarded Becky Dixon with the AWC Saidie Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Keep Broken Arrow Beautiful Plans Rose Garden

By EMILY RAMSEY

In April and May, Keep Broken Arrow Beautiful (KBAB) will hold three events that continue to further the organization’s goal “to clean up the city” and, in effect, keep Broken Arrow beautiful, says Board Chair Peggy Striegel, while also raising money and awareness for the organization’s next large rose project.

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AWC Announces 2016 Newsmakers Honorees

The Association for Women in Communications has announced its 2016 Newsmakers honorees: Jill Donovan, Leigh Goodson and Katie L. Plohocky. Each year, AWC selects a group of outstanding Oklahoma women who have made positive headlines while advancing opportunities for women and improving their local communities and the state.

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Kendall Whittier Announces Festivals

By EMILY RAMSEY

As warm weather nears, so does festival season. That includes two upcoming festivals in the Kendall Whittier neighborhood.

On April 2, Kendall Whittier will hold its fourth annual Kendall Whittier Food Truck Festival from noon-5 p.m. at Admiral Boulevard and Lewis Avenue.

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Union Junior Creates Music Education Program

By EMILY RAMSEY

For many high school students, the summer months are the time to step away from the academic rigors of education; for others, it’s a time to further their efforts to receive college acceptance or gain scholarships through community activities, ACT studying, academic camps and sports.

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IHOP’s Free Pancake Day for Charity is March 8

IHOP restaurants are celebrating the 11th anniversary of National Pancake Day on March 8, 2016, once again offering one free short stack of their famous buttermilk pancakes to guests to enjoy in the restaurants in the hopes that they will pay it forward by making a voluntary donation to their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospital for Children, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or other local charities.

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Library Embraces Environment

By EMILY RAMSEY

Work began in early 2014 on renovations to downtown Tulsa’s Central Library, with an expected reopening in summer 2016.

The updated library will feature new technology and other features to improve the customer experience and allow for greater energy efficiency.

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B.A. Manager Takes Office

Sept. 21 was Michael Spurgeon’s first official day on the job as Broken Arrow’s city manager. Most recently, Spurgeon served as director of administration for the City of St. Charles, Missouri. He has also worked as city manager for the City of Miami, Oklahoma, township business administrator for Pemberton Township, New Jersey, and township manager for Eastampton, New Jersey.

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Bixby Bicycles Reopens Shop With Support of Community

By EMILY RAMSEY

When Bixby Bicycles, 8315 E. 111th St., reopened on Aug. 18 after the store was vandalized by arsonists a month earlier, it wasn’t just a victory for owner Buster Brown. It was a victory for the community as a whole, he believes.

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New Village App Partners With Social Service Groups

A community consciousness is vital to a company’s success, even one just launching. This is a story of a new social media app doing social good.

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Second Annual Sickle Cell 5K Coming to Tulsa

As a part of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, Oklahoma nonprofit Supporters of Families with Sickle Cell Disease (SFSCD) will host the second annual Sickle Cell 5K for a Cure and Community Awareness Bazaar on Sept. 5 in the historic Greenwood District at Langston University. The public is invited to participate in raising funds and awareness surrounding the most common genetic blood disorder in the world; affecting an estimated 1,500 Oklahomans living with the disease and another 40,000 who carry the gene and their families.

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