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CTCA Expands Surgical Team

Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southwestern Regional Medical Center in Tulsa (CTCA) announces the addition of two new surgical oncologists, Pragatheeshwar Thirunavukarasu, M.D. (known as Dr. Prag) and Huan Nguyen Vu, M.D. In addition, Vu serves as Medical Director of Surgical Services.

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Peace, Community at Heart of Be Love Yoga

By EMILY RAMSEY

The practice of yoga has seen a sharp uptick in national popularity in the past four years. Tulsa is no exception to that.

Broken Arrow native Joe Picorale, owner of Be Love Yoga Studio, co-founded Tulsa’s I Am yoga, music and art festival in 2011 when there were only three local yoga studios, he says.

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Oklahoma Aquarium Sea Turtle Exhibit Nears Completion

By EMILY RAMSEY

The final phase of the Oklahoma Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Island, presented by The Oxley Foundation, is well underway, with the exhibit expected to open in March.
The 65,000-gallon tank will feature two 300-pound loggerhead sea turtles, reef sharks and tropical fish.

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Foundation Preserves Washington Irving Park

By EMILY RAMSEY

As the city of Bixby moves forward on its Vision plans, which were approved in 2015 and include renovations of its area parks, there is one group that is particularly vigilant toward the future of Washington Irving Memorial Park and Arboretum and the original vision for the park.

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Tulsa Press Club Names John Durkee as Media Icon

The Tulsa Press Club has named radio broadcaster John Durkee as the 2016 Media Icon during the Newsies Awards, held Sept. 28.

John Durkee is the news director for KWGS radio in Tulsa. He has over 40 years of experience in radio news and has served as news director of radio stations in Tulsa, Missouri and Kansas. He was also a reporter in Oklahoma City early in his career.
Durkee is a Tulsa native and served as the City of Tulsa communications director prior to joining the staff at KWGS.

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Habitat For Humanity Leads 24-Hour Home Build

By EMILY RAMSEY

In an effort to redevelop the Kendall Whittier neighborhood, Tulsa Habitat for Humanity and local community partners, including the Home Builders Association (HBA) Charitable Foundation and Silvercrest Homes, held “Open the Door in 24,” a 24-hour complete home build event starting the morning of Aug. 18.

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Williams Lodge Taking Shape At Tulsa’s Gathering Place

By EMILY RAMSEY

The first structure that individuals will see when entering A Gathering Place For Tulsa will be Williams Lodge. Construction on the lodge is not quite halfway complete. However, enough progress has been made at this point to create a beginning picture of what is to come.

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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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