City Council Primary Elections Set for Feb. 12

Thirteen candidates will compete for the Oklahoma City Council seats in the Feb. 12 primary election.

The councilmen in Wards 5 and 8 filed for re-election, but Ward 2 garnered five candidates for the seat held by Ed Shadid, who retires this year.

Those filing for Ward 2 include Suzanne Broadbent, a member of the Historic Preservation Commission; James Cooper, a teacher and trustee of the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority; Mike Dover, who is a member of the MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board; Marilyn Davidson, 38; and Tracey Halley-Terrell, 47.

In Ward 5 in southwest Oklahoma City, Councilman David Greenwell will seek to keep his seat against Steve Hunt and Kristina Hull. In Ward 6, JoBeth Hamon, Jim Holman and Nathaniel Harding filed for the seat of Meg Salyer, who is retiring.

REI Announces First Oklahoma Store to Open in OKC

Outdoor retail giant REI announced it plans to open its first Oklahoma location in OKC.

REI said its first store in Oklahoma will be a 23,000-square-foot location in Belle Isle Station, formerly occupied by Babies’R’Us.

Prior to the store opening, REI plans to invest in Oklahoma’s outdoor community. REI works with local nonprofits in the communities it serves to steward and maintain local trails, parks and more.

“With activities like paddling along the Oklahoma River and hiking in the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma City is an exciting location for the co-op,” said Kristen Engels, REI retail director for the southwest district. “We are excited to join this community and provide our 46,500 members in the state with quality gear and outdoor experiences.”

REI Oklahoma City will offer workshops and classes to connect people to a life outdoors. A national leader in outdoor experiences, REI helped more than 375,000 people across the country get outside through classes and events last year.
 

Chisholm Creek Continues to Attract National Chains

The Chisholm Creek development, located at Memorial Road and North Western, continues to attract national chains to the budding area.

In addition to Hopdaddy’s, Firebirds and the city’s first Costco, three more national chains have signed on, including Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe, Slapfish and Chicken Salad Chick. 

Birra Birra, a new pizza concept by those behind Sidecar, Hatch and Broadway 10, was slated to open in January.

Kirkpatrick Foundation Gives $4.44 Million in Grants

The Kirkpatrick Family Fund announced the distribution of $4.44 million in grants to 104 organizations for the first half of its fiscal year in the areas of animal welfare; arts and humanities, children, youth and families; community development; education; environment; health; social services; and endowment matching grants.

The Kirkpatrick Family Fund, founded by John and Eleanor Kirkpatrick in 1989, supports charitable, civic and cultural causes that impact citizens in central Oklahoma and beyond. In the last 29 years, the Kirkpatrick Family Fund has funded organizations and programs across many areas of need, contributing more than $108 million to qualified nonprofit organizations that work tirelessly to address the greatest needs in their communities.

Possibilities, Inc., a nonprofit that builds grassroots efforts to revitalize Oklahoma City’s communities from the inside out, was awarded $20,000 toward general operating support.
The Family Fund recently awarded Pivot, A Turning Point for Youth $20,000 toward general operating support. A Chance to Change received $25,000 toward general operating support from the Family Fund.

To learn more about the Kirkpatrick Family Fund, visit KirkpatrickFamilyFund.org or call 405.767.3702.

OKC Dodgers Earn Baseball America’s Bob Freitas Award

The Oklahoma City Dodgers have been named the 2018 Triple-A winner of the prestigious Bob Freitas Award, presented by Baseball America. This is the first time the Oklahoma City franchise has been named the award’s recipient since its inception in 1989. 

“The Bob Freitas Award is one of the highest achievements a minor league baseball team can receive, and we are honored to have been selected by Baseball America,” said OKC Dodgers President/General Manager Michael Byrnes. “This award isn’t possible without the support of our community, our fans and our passionate and creative team members that drive our success.”

The annual award is given to one team in each classification of Minor League Baseball—Triple-A, Double-A, Single-A and Short-Season/Rookie—and the criteria is based on community involvement, long-term business success and consistent operational excellence. Its namesake, Bob Freitas, was a legendary minor league baseball operator who also served as an ambassador and promoter of the game.