Gail Zarrow Richards and Judy Zarrow Kishner, representing the Zarrow Family Foundation, are working on a project that will bring hope to Tulsa’s homeless. The photo was taken after a presentation about the program at the Rotary Club of Tulsa on Dec. 5. In the middle is Mike Brose, executive director of the Mental Health Association in Tulsa. The new project, Building Tulsa Building Lives, will cost about $27 million over the next five years.
More than 20,000 people attended the 18th Annual PSO Christmas Parade of Lights in downtown Tulsa Dec. 8.
Parade organizers were delighted to have 2007 Miss America Lauren Nelson serve as Grand Marshal. She participated in the Parade in 2006 as Miss Oklahoma. Nelson, a student at the University of Central Oklahoma, is serving as the official National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network as she raises funds and awareness for CMN and the Miss America Organization, while promoting her personal platform, Be NetSmart, Protecting Kids Online.
At the worst point of the early December ice storm, nearly half a million people in Oklahoma lost electricity services – over half of which was in northeastern Oklahoma. PSO customers still without power can visit www.psoklahoma.com/news/outages and click on “December 9 Ice Storm” for outage and repair maps.
Trucks from states across the country are parked at Expo Square where crews are congregating to coordinate repair efforts. They have been working around the clock to restore power in the area. Crews from neighboring states and as far away as North Carolina have traveled to Tulsa to help.
The most common damage seen in the Tulsa area following the ice storm has been fallen branches or up-rooted trees, littering neighborhood and city streets with debris. Citizens are encouraged not to clear debris if the danger of a downed power line exists. Any downed power lines should be considered live and dangerous. To report downed tree limbs and street debris, call Tulsa Public Works at (918) 596-9711 or the Mayor’s
Action Center at (918) 596-2100.
The Tulsa Foundation for Architecture recognized the lasting contributions of the three special groups and individuals to Tulsa’s built environment at the Fourth Annual Foundation Awards ceremony.
The official poster artwork for the 2007 PSO Christmas Parade of Lights was unveiled on Nov. 13. This year’s parade will take place Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. and the route will differ from previous years due to downtown road construction. The 2007 parade will begin at Cincinnati and 10th St. This marks the 72nd year for the Parade of Lights and the 18th year Public Service Company of Oklahoma has been the presenting sponsor.
MONTESSORI ADDITION: Forty years after some old barracks were added to the Undercroft Montessori School at 3745 S. Hudson Ave., has “temporary” classrooms, they are due to be replaced by new buildings that will not only be modern but will add three new classrooms to the educational facility. Breaking ground for the new classrooms are, from left, Joe Perrault, Cathey Edwards, Chuck Fedon, Leisa McNulty, LeAnn Huxall, John Blickensderfer, Scott Savage, Leslie Savage, Lissa Millspaugh, Terri Harrison and Monte Harrison.
Bishop Kelley graduate Melissa King’s organization, Positive Outlook Foundation, awarded its first scholarships to three senior students at Metro Academic and Classical High School in St. Louis, Mo. Rachel Corbin, Alondra Hatter and Ljubinka Huseinovic were selected from Metro’s senior class for their determination to rise above obstacles and clear personal hurdles in the pursuit of their ambitions, goals and dreams.
When the Arabian Horse Association, housed in Denver, Co., decided that alternating the group’s annual show between Albuquerque, N.M. and Louisville, Ky. wasn’t working, how did it wind up in Tulsa?
Tulsa Technology Center broke ground at its Broken Arrow campus on Nov. 2 to nearly triple the size of the facility. The 241,348 square-foot expansion project will increase the size of the entire facility to 366,396 square feet of classrooms, laboratories and shops located on a 57-acre site.
The Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers received two coveted national awards from the Independent Free Papers of America at the IFPA annual conference, held this year in Boston, Mass. Sept. 12-16. GTR Newspapers won four awards at the 2005 conference held in Minneapolis and won four awards at the 2006 conference held in Hershey, Pa.
Tracey Booth, executive director of Domestic Violence Intervention Services, receives a check from Heath Samples, manager of the new Verizon Wireless store near 71st Street and Highway 169. The check was to honor the work of DVIS at the opening of the Verizon outlet.
Mayor Kathy Taylor and SpiritBank President and CEO Kell Kelly announced SeekingSitters as the winning company in the Mayor’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award competition Nov. 7.
Fifteen attorneys from the Tulsa office of Hall Estill were selected for inclusion in the 2007 edition of Oklahoma Super Lawyers, a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 60 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The publication is used as a resource to assist attorneys and consumers in the search for legal counsel. The selection process is based on a search that includes peer recognition and professional achievement. Only five percent of the total lawyers in Oklahoma receive the designation of Super Lawyer.