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Jason Scarpa Gains Ownership of In the Raw

By EMILY RAMSEY

In the Raw, 216 S. Main St., located in downtown Broken Arrow’s Rose District, has a new owner. Jason Scarpa, owner of Main Street Tavern and The Rooftop, took ownership of In the Raw Broken Arrow in December. The restaurant is now a part of Scarpa Restaurant Concepts.

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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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OKPOP Museum Will Hold Broad Appeal

By EMILY RAMSEY

After a wild ride in the state House of Representatives in May, the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture (OKPOP) passed on a second voting attempt 51-40.
Bob Blackburn, executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, has spent close to 30 years championing this type of project in Tulsa. Recently, Jeff Moore, who has been with the Oklahoma Historical Society since 1995, was named the director of the OKPOP Museum.

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Dan Rooney Grateful to Country, Owasso

By EMILY RAMSEY

With the 4th of July holiday upon us, Major Dan Rooney, founder of Folds of Honor based in Owasso, sat down with the Greater Tulsa Reporter to discuss the foundation’s current activities and the organization’s impact since it began in 2007, with the mission of providing scholarships and assistance to spouses and children of those killed or wounded in active duty.

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Broken Arrow Antique Radio Club to Hold ‘Sizzler’

John Anderson, vice president of the Broken Arrow Antique Radio Club, announces the club’s annual event, The Summer Sizzler, will be held at the Asbury United Methodist Church Saturday, June 13 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

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Owasso Gathering Draws Regional Interest

By EMILY RAMSEY

Word continues to spread as the Owasso Gathering on Main continues, with its third season kicking off in April. The event is held on the first Thursday of each month.
While the event’s inaugural season, in 2013, was only three months long, beginning in August and running through October, the Gathering has since expanded its length, running April through October

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AWC Sets Newsmakers Awards Luncheon

The Association for Women in Communications Tulsa Chapter will recognize the AWC Newsmakers of the Year and the organization’s Saidie Lifetime Achievement Award winner at a special luncheon May 6, 11:30 a.m., at Southern Hills Country Club, 2636 E. 61st. Each year, AWC selects a group of outstanding Oklahoma women who made news while advancing opportunities for women and working to improve their local communities and state. The Saidie Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates an accomplished professional in the journalism and communications field. The AWC membership has selected the following award winners.

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Local Farmers Markets to Open

By EMILY RAMSEY

The Cherry Street Farmers’ Market begins its 18th season on April 4 with new and returning vendors and a name change.

The market’s new name is Tulsa Farmers’ Market, which allows the market to encompass more than just Cherry Street, says Market Administrator Penni Shelton; this includes on Brookside, where the winter market (open November-March) and the Wednesday summer market (open May-October) operate in the Whole Foods Market parking lot, 1401 E. 41st St.

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Child Abuse Network Announces Fundraiser

On March 29, Child Abuse Network will hold its second annual CAN Superhero Challenge at 2 p.m.

The annual family-friendly event will be held at Postoak Lodge and Retreat, 5323 W. 31st St. N. Children are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superhero.

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