The City Sentinel
Archive for: September, 2011

At the Oklahoma River, a finish line, and an Olympic starting point


by Patrick B. McGuigan Executive Editor On a breezy and clear evening on the Oklahoma River, Chesapeake Energy founder Aubrey McClendon led a relaxed and joyful celebration for the formal christening of the new Finish Line Tower. While star of the show was clearly the iconic glass tower, metaphorically evoking the image of a boat […]

Cathy Rigby enthralls in “Peter Pan” – stellar supporting cast bring classic tale to life


by Patrick B. McGuigan Executive Editor In “Peter Pan,” Cathy Rigby continues the long tradition of middle aged women portraying an adolescent boy whose adventures have thrilled generations of lads. The fine traveling Broadway Show, at Oklahoma City’s Civic Center Music Hall through this weekend, was superior live entertainment.   After two decades in this […]

ACLU of Oklahoma names Ryan Kiesel Executive Director

Ryan Kiesel

  By Darla Shelden Contributing Writer   After 24 years, under the leadership of Executive Director Joann Bell, the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma has named former Oklahoma State Representative Ryan Kiesel, as her successor.   “It is an honor to be a part of an organization that relentlessly defends the rights of Oklahomans […]

Shadid leads urban sprawl discussion; looks ahead to “planOKC” workshops Sept. 20, 23


By Patrick B. McGuigan Executive Editor Officials in Oklahoma City — third-largest municipality in land area (621 square miles) and 31st most populous city in America — are holding public discussions as part of a process to anticipate urban growth in the coming decades. Workshops for the “planOKC” process are set for Tuesday evening, September […]

ACT Scores Point to Need for More Rigor


By Janet Barresi State Superintendent of Public Instruction The recent release of ACTs annual Condition of College and Career readiness report got my attention for several reasons. First, Oklahoma continues to have a high percentage of high school seniors taking the ACT. That figure grew this year to 76 percent, up from 73 percent last […]

Cathy Rigby brings Peter to life at Civic Center Sept. 13-18 Show kicks off season of popular, Celebrity Attractions musicals


Staff Report Tony Award nominee Cathy Rigby takes flight in an all new production of “Peter Pan.” Rigby brings the boy who never grew up to life in a two-time Emmy winning and two-time Tony nominated show. There will be eight performances from September 13 to 18. The unique and family friendly spectacle and fantasy […]

City public schools set goals for 2011 football season


By Patrick B. McGuigan Executive Editor Keith Synor, new athletic director for the Oklahoma City Public Schools, takes justifiable pride in the success of the system’s athletic teams in 2010-11, pointing to a range of championships (one in football) and competitive squads in many sports. At the dawn of the fall 2011 season, Synor – […]

Laborfest Celebrates Oklahoma’s Working Class Culture and History


By Darla Shelden Contributing Writer The sweltering heat of August ushered in the Oklahoma City Central Labor Council’s second annual ‘Oklahoma Laborfest.’ The Central Oklahoma Labor Federation (COLF) is Oklahoma’s largest coalition of labor unions and labor activists. COLF President Tim O’Connor said, “The purpose of this festival was to create greater awareness of Oklahoma’s […]

OKC Total Care Ambulatory Coverage open enrollment set to begin


Staff Report Every September, The City of Oklahoma City gives the city’s residents the opportunity to participate or opt out of EMSA’s TotalCare program. The opt-in/opt-out period ends Sept. 30, officials said. TotalCare provides permanent members of a household with emergency medical transport through EMSA with no out of pocket expense. The program is just […]

Local Groups to Host Educational, Healthy Baby Showers


Staff Report The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), Office of Minority Health (OMH) and community partners are hosting a series of educational baby showers across the state at no cost to expectant moms. Medical experts and health information resource vendors will provide educational opportunities to answer health questions and give information to help at-risk […]

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