Below is a listing of where donations may be taken in the Edmond area to help the Moore/Oklahoma tornado victims:
• The Edmond Sun is serving as a drop-off location for the downtown Edmond area. Supplies only may be dropped off at 123 S. Broadway and residents may use the backdoor to enter the building. Parking is available behind the building at the Festival Market Place. From 5-10 p.m. donations may be taken to Café Evoke, 103 S. Broadway.
• Edmond North High School is serving as a drop-off location for bottled water through today
• Memorial High School is serving as a drop-off location for food through today.
• Santa Fe High School is serving as a drop-off location for supplies such as work gloves, tools, etc. through today.
• All Deer Creek schools are accepting donations on behalf of the Red Cross. List of items needed include: bottled water, diapers, non-perishable food: canned food, Granola bars, cacker packs, batteries and flashlights, toothbrushes, toothpaste, pillows, blankets, work gloves, plastic trash bags, paper towels, toilet paper, hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes. Checks made payable to Red Cross with either “Moore” or “Shawnee” on the memo (money will be used in designated area). Checks and cash donations will be accepted in the DCHS west Counseling office. Please drop off donations between 7:30a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through Thursday in the Student Center (former library) in the DCHS West building.
• Deer Creek Prairie Vale Elementary is collecting books for the children of Moore. The goal is to have each Prairie Vale student donate a book by Thursday that has a personal message (or for the younger students a signature) to a child. The books can be purchased or taken from your personal home library. The Reading Room at Prairie Vale will be the collection center. The large table will have pencils/pens for students to use to sign the books.
• The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting donations of bottled water, Gatorade, wipes, diapers, baby formula, hand towels, individually wrapped snacks, work gloves and pet food.
• Crawford Family Funeral Service, 610 N.W. 178th St. in Edmond, is taking donations. Call 340-2333.
• Memorial Road Church of Christ, 2221 E. Memorial Road in Edmond, or call 405-478-0166.
• Juice Blendz, 1200 W. Covell Road, or call 405-285-0133.
• Calvary Temple Church, 1801 S. Kelly, open form 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. accepting donations.
• Integrity Promo, 1105 S. Fretz Ave., will accept most anything for families to rebuild and for rescue worker relief.
• Science Museum Oklahoma is serving as a drop-off point for relief donations. Residents may donate bottled water, Gatorade-type sports drinks, diapers, baby wipes, baby formula and canned foods at the museum box office during operating hours. Science Museum Oklahoma is at 2100 N.E. 52nd St. in Oklahoma City and is open to the public Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
• Serendipity, 13813 N. May in Oklahoma City, is partnering with the Salvation Army by collecting donations of water bottles, Gatorade, wipes, individually wrapped snacks, hand sanitizer, diapers, baby formula, hand towels, work gloves and sunscreen.
• Moore is in desperate need of anyone who can help with horses. More than a hundred have been killed and many injured. Those who have a trailer or medical supplies are asked to come aid rescue workers or send the supplies. The Orr Family Farm is in special need. It is located at 14400 S. Western, OKC 73170. For more information, call 405-799-3276.
• Oklahoma State School Boards Association is taking donations for storm victims at its offices at 2801 N. Lincoln Blvd. in Oklahoma City, 73105. They also will be taking donations of money that will be distributed to the school districts impacted by the storms. Checks can be made out to OSSBA Tornado Relief Fund. All donations will go to the victims of these recent tragedies. Donations for school supplies include: notebooks and paper (wide and narrow ruled), construction paper, markers, copy paper, crayons binders, glue (bottle and glue stick), rulers, backpacks, tape, pens and pencils, art supplies, pencil sharpeners, gym supplies, erasers, desks, highlighters, computers and dry-erase markers. Other supplies may be dropped of including: canned goods, formula, diapers soap, clothes, sunscreen, dog and cat food, trash bags, work gloves, insect spray, toothbrushes, toothpaste, brooms, shovels, deodorant, hand sanitizer and baby wipes.
SupperThyme is accepting donations including non-perishable food and toiletries, backpacks or sacks with ready to eat food, snacks, water and travel-size toiletries. We are accepting donations and setting up accounts for families that have been displaced.
• Banfield Pet Hospital is offering free physical examinations for pets affected by the tornado. More than 14 Banfield Pet Hospitals throughout Oklahoma will be providing office visits at no cost for pets in need. This offer is good through the end of the day June 4.
Participating Banfield Hospitals include:
Edmond: 1921 S. Broadway, 330-2760, Hours: M-SA 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Midwest City: 7177 S.E. 29th St., 741-0002, Hours: M-SA 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Norman: 660 Ed Noble Parkway, 366-7387, Hours: M-SA 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Oklahoma City N: 2932 NW 63rd St., 848-8387, Hours: M-SA 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Oklahoma City NW: 8357 N. Rockwell Ave., 720-1051, Hours: M-SA 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Oklahoma City W: 6327 SW 3rd St., 787-8000, Hours: M-SA 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Oklahoma City S: 1417 W I-240 Service Road, 682-8387, Hours: M-SA 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Quail Springs: 2140 W. Memorial Rd., 752-0077, Hours: M-SA 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Below is a listing of where donations may be taken in the Edmond area to help the Moore/Oklahoma tornado victims:
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Edmond School District’s change orders anticipated
When building new schools and classrooms there may be additional costs, but when renovating older buildings those costs can more than double, according to a Edmond School District official.
“When remodeling, you have unknown and hidden costs and you need to include in your budgeted funds for the built-in items you can not see,” said Bret Towne, Edmond’s associate superintendent of general administration.
OC welcomes missionary, military families
For the ninth consecutive year Oklahoma Christian University will host missionary and military families returning to the United States at Global Reunion 2014.
The July 23-27 camp has doubled in size in the last two years with 150 participants from 43 countries on campus.
The camp is for children who are known as Third Culture Kids (TCKs) though parents are allowed to attend sessions as well. Directors Kent and Nancy Hartman, missionaries-in-residence at OC, give tools and resources to families that have lived outside the United States and are now seeking to reenter U.S. culture. The Hartmans spent more than 10 years as missionaries in Australia and were surprised by the challenges of reintegrating their family into America.
Planning Commission approves rezoning
The Edmond Planning Commission this week voted 4-0 in favor of rezoning from a single family district. Peter and Kimberly Roberts made the request to allow a planned unit development on the southeast corner of Jackson and Lincoln Avenue, said Bob Schiermeyer, city planner.
“They would like to have D-2 family (neighborhood commercial) zoning for duplexes, 14,000 square feet,” Schiermeyer said. “They can put four units on the property.”
Out of the stressful wreckage: Scholarships for car crash victims
After the dust has settled, the injuries have healed and there’s a replacement car in the driveway, victims of automobile accidents often still face an uphill battle trying to move on with their lives. According to psychologists, for some the fear never really goes away. It’s common enough that the National Institutes of Health gives physicians specific recommendations for patients exhibiting acute stress symptoms and PTSD after motor vehicle accidents. With more than 3 million injury accidents a year nationwide, the San Francisco Bay Area personal injury law firm Appel Law Firm LLP, sees their share of the aftermath — only they decided to do something about it.
Agencies ask for volunteers to support grandparents who raise grandchildren
Local law enforcement agencies are helping Sunbeam Family Services provide much-needed school supplies to grandparents who are faced with the challenge of raising their grandchildren. According to a recent census poll, there are nearly three million grandparents raising more than five million grandchildren in the United States.
Ganns earn Yard of the Week honors
This week’s “Edmond Yard of the Week” winner has been in existence for 44 years at 105 Barbara Drive, but looks fresh and new thanks to longtime residents Betty and Gordon Gann as they fill their garden spaces to overflowing with colors and textures.
Krazy Daze hits downtown Edmond
Newly transplanted Edmond residents Hannah Brenning, Cheyenne Middle School 8th grader; Jordan Brenning, Cross Timbers 4th grader; and Sydney Brenning, North High School freshman; check out the items in front of Sterling's in downtown Edmond during the Krazy Daze Sale lasting through Saturday. Businesses will open their doors at 10 a.m. and close at 5:30 p.m.
Chances for rain to follow triple-digit highs
Chances for rain on multiple days will follow near triple-digit highs during the weekend.
A National Weather Service-issued heat advisory is in effect until 7 p.m. Saturday and afternoon temperatures are expected to top out in the upper 90s to lower 100s into the weekend. Maximum heat-index values will range from the upper 90s to 105-110 degrees through Sunday.
Cooler weather is expected next week as a strong cold front passes over the region.
Candidates disagree with White House’s minimum wage
Gubernatorial candidate Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs, said the state needs to have serious growth in high-paying living wage jobs that will provide for Oklahomans.
Dorman cautioned that while Oklahoma’s jobless rate improved in June, the state’s rankings for the well-being of children has dropped from 36th to 39th place, for one of the largest declines in the U.S., according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Project.
The unemployment rate in June dropped to 4.5 percent, down a percentage point from 4.6 percent in May, according to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Gov. Mary Fallin said this week.
The state’s unemployment rate was more than 7 percent when Fallin was elected during the brink of the Great Depression. Alex Weintz, communications director for Fallin, pointed out that per capita income in Oklahoma was second in the nation from 2011 to 2013.
The non partisan Congressional Budget office reported in February that raising the minimum wage could kill a half-million jobs in the United States.
According to The Washington Times, CBO analysts reported, “Once the other changes in income were taken into account, families whose income would be below six times the poverty threshold under current law would see a small increase in income, on net, and families whose income would be higher under current law would see reductions in income, on net.”
President Barack Obama in February signed an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour.
Weintz said the governor believes tax cuts have enabled families to keep more of their money.
No one is talking about the under-employment rate of families working minimum wage jobs, Dorman said.
“It’s all fine and good when you have fast-food jobs that don’t cover the bills and that counts toward your unemployment rate.”
Oklahoma’s minimum wage reflects the federal minimum wage set at $7.25 an hour, a standard set in 2009.
Fallin signed legislation this year to prohibit municipalities from raising their local minimum wage above $7.25 an hour.
“If the minimum wage goes up to $15 in Oklahoma City, all of the sudden you would drive retail, business, service industry locations outside of the city limits and that would be detrimental to the economy, consumers and to businesses,” Weintz said.
Fallin has said that she opposes raising the minimum wage in Oklahoma because it would stifle job growth for small business and lay off workers. A lot of people earning the $7.25 minimum wage are part-time workers and many of them are students, Weintz said.
“We believe raising the minimum wage is not a good way to address poverty,” Weintz said. “A lot of people earning the minimum wage are actually people living with their parents or other people who are employed full time, and in many cases they are middle class families. So it’s not a good tool to reduce poverty.”
Dorman said he does not necessarily support the proposed $10.10 an hour minimum federal minimum wage that is being discussed by Congress.
“I think we need to have a living wage in Oklahoma that is reflective of our economy,” Dorman said.
About 102,300 jobs have been added in Oklahoma since Fallin took office in January 2011, according to her office.
The cost of living in the national economy tends to be higher in some other states, Dorman said.
So a minimum wage increase should be tied to economic gains so that families can pay their bills and afford to care for their children, Dorman said.
Independent candidates for governor include Richard Prawdzienski of Edmond, Joe Sills of Oklahoma City and Kimberly Willis of Oklahoma City.
Firefighters sharpen forced entry skills
Of all burglaries, 60.5 percent involved forcible entry, according to recent FBI statistics.
As a result, many home and businesses are installing a greater number of complex mechanisms on their doors and windows. Edmond Fire Maj. Joe Elam said 10 local firefighters recently sharpened their skills during a forcible entry class offered by IRONS and LADDERS, LLC., of Lawrence, Kan.
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