Safety at Issue in April 1 County Vote
On April 1, the citizens of Tulsa County will be asked to approve two very important public safety propositions at the ballot box. One addresses how to serve the needs of children who need protection and guidance. The other addresses how we deal with those who are mentally ill and incarcerated. It has been decades since the citizens of Tulsa County were asked to make these issues a priority and the time has come when we must do so.
BRIDGE Program Helps Small Businesses
When Tulsa’s small businesses prosper, the city as a whole prospers. More than 75 percent of all businesses in Tulsa are small businesses. I recently had the opportunity to address small business owners at the opening session of the 7th annual BRIDGE Networking and Training Event held at the Cox Business Center in downtown Tulsa.
Region’s Business Supports Common Core
Oklahoma is facing what has been called a workforce crisis, most recently in Gov. Mary Fallin’s State of the State address. Our high school graduates are falling short of college and career readiness at alarming rates.
Students Contribute to Community Project
Although Chelsea Bagwell may resemble the fictional character from the classic fairy tale, her story is quite real, and so are the bears. A couple of years ago this compassionate 7th grader wanted to start a 4-H project, something that would help children who had been in an accident, a natural disaster or foster care. That’s when she came up with the idea of “Stitches of Friendship,” a community service project that wasn’t too small, or too big, but just the right size.
Boston Avenue Methodist: Spectacular Art Deco
Editor’s note: On Architecture, written by Roger Cole Coffey, is
a new column in all six Newspapers and Online. The author is a licensed Oklahoma architect with 40 years experience. He is a fourth-generation Tulsan, a graduate of Oklahoma State University, a past president of the Eastern Oklahoma Chapter of , a former board member of the Tulsa Historical Society, a former member of the Board of Governors of Licensed Oklahoma Architects and a founding board member of the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture. He was a partner in Olsen-Coffey Architects for 38 years.
Successful Student Finds New Challenges
Jamie Langham had completed her general education college requirements and then continued studying to achieve her goal of working in an animal hospital as a veterinary technician. However, she soon found the work to be less rewarding than she had anticipated.
Trash Creates Treasure and Savings with Water Smarts
Growing up, my mother kept the Lord’s Prayer taped inside a cabinet door in our kitchen. These days, I better understand why. Some days, life overwhelms me with the issues I’d like to fix and can’t. So for me, I re-read a quote by Mother Teresa that for years I’ve pushed to better understand and emulate: “We can’t all do great things. But we can all do small things with great love.”
Juice and Blend Bars Arrive in Tulsa
Something about discovering new trends excites me.
Now, I’m not talking about the “orange is the new pink” or skinny jean trends. I’m referring to healthy lifestyles and the health movements that, unfortunately, seem to take an especially long time to hit our midwestern area.
Remembering Green Stamps
Before frequent flyer programs and loyalty clubs, there was S & H Green Stamps. Green Stamps were issued in multiple denominations; one for each dime spent by shoppers in return for their purchases in grocery stores, department stores and gas stations. Shoppers collected stamps and could exchange filled books for premiums from the local Green Stamps store or catalog. As one of the first shopper loyalty programs, Green Stamps had a strong Oklahoma connection, and you can hear Carl Willis talk about Green Stamps at www.voicesofoklahoma.com.
Treat Your Valentine to a Date at the PAC in February
2014 is off to a sensational start, and midway through the PAC’s performance season, there is much to look forward to and enjoy.
Celebrity Attractions has just released its 2014-15 roster of shows, and I am thrilled with the upcoming lineup. If you are a current season subscriber, you can renew your subscription now. Celebrity opens its season in November 2014, and the remaining shows fall in 2015. How the Grinch Stole Christmas leads off Nov. 4-9, followed by the most touching musical filled with beautiful tunes that I have seen in years, Once, running Jan. 6-11, 2015. Other musicals in the series are Camelot (Mar. 3-8, 2015), the incomparable Phantom of the Opera (subscriber dates Apr. 15-19, 2015), and Million Dollar Quartet (May 26-31, 2015).
Old Media to New Medium: Upcycle Your Art
A fun by-product from the efforts of recycling is how I now look at things as they’re about to be thrown away, and how to grab the moment when I see an easy way to divert something from a trash bin.
Region Expecting Continued Growth in 2014
Northeast Oklahoma garnered national attention throughout 2013 for its strong economic progress. We outpaced other regions in the areas of job creation, business attraction and other key economic drivers. The coming year is anticipated to bring continued growth and opportunity.
Voices of Oklahoma: Steve’s Sundry Remembered
At 6 p.m. on Dec. 31, a Tulsa icon closed its doors after 66 years of service. Steve’s Sundry, founded by Francis W. “Steve” Stephenson, will be no more. According to Joanie Stephenson, the second-generation shop owner, the “… economic climate, daily changes in the publishing arena, and Internet buying culture … made the decision for her,” according to September 2013 news reports. Steve’s VOk interview, at www.voicesofoklahoma.com, was recorded in 2009 when he was 91 years old and with no expectation that his store would close. Sadly, he passed away in November 2011. Steve would undoubtedly be sad, as many, many of his long-time customers are, to see how retailing has changed again in Tulsa.
Reflecting on 2013, Looking Ahead to 2014 at the PAC
The fabulous Tony Bennett is coming to the in January, so his “The Best is Yet to Come” has been playing through my thoughts. January is like that always — a time to reflect and to look ahead to what we hope are the best days yet.
Holiday Seasons Bring Accolades, Memories…and Trash
On average, American households generate 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day than the entire rest of the year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. While that’s not a call to cut out the turkey, maybe we can cut back on how much of that trash winds up in the landfill.
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