Archive for September, 2012
Penn Square Mall is about to get a new look.
The Oklahoma City shopping mall will be remodeled, mall management announced Thursday. Planned projects include redesigning the mall entrances, upgrading the food court and renovating restrooms.
New retailers will be announced during the project, which is expected to be complete in the spring.
The food court overhaul includes an expansion to include healthier food options and local flavor, plus new floors, tables and chairs.
Officials say work will be done in a way that minimizes customer inconvenience during operating hours.
Jeff Dozier, general manager of Penn Square Mall, said the remodel represents a complete transformation to better serve the needs of customers and visitors.
Penn Square Mall, owned by Simon Property Group, marked its 52nd anniversary this year. The last time it was remodeled was in 2000.
Mis Gaston, a mall spokeswoman, said she couldn’t release the cost of the upcoming project but that it represents “a significant investment” in the property.
CREATE Architecture Planning and Design in New York has been chosen to oversee the project and construction will be performed by Pepper Construction Group of Chicago.
The AIDS Walk is an annual event held in different states throughout the country each year to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and help AIDS patients and organizations through fundraising efforts. In Oklahoma City, this year’s annual AIDS Walk will be held on Sunday, September 23.
The AIDS Walk of Oklahoma City is a nonprofit organization founded in 1998 with a mission of creating awareness about HIV/AIDS. The organization provides health services to AIDS patients as well as education on how to prevent HIV/AIDS. They also implement ways to further promote community awareness and advocate on behalf of these communities within the greater Oklahoma City area.
The AIDS Walk will start at 2:00 in the afternoon, and this year’s theme is “Each Step Brings Hope.” It will be a one-mile walk around downtown Oklahoma City starting at the Myriad Gardens. The walk will be free and open to the public. Aside from the walk, there will also be a run, which will begin at 9:00 in the morning.
There will also be a doggie fashion show, which will start at 1:00 in the afternoon. Registration for the Pooch Parade is $5.00, and dogs will need to be in costume and on a leash.
Landscaping your outdoor areas is a very involved process, and although you may be adding curb appeal, you should also be prepared for additions to your ongoing home expenses. Beautifying your yard beyond basic care requires adding flower beds, trees, and pathways, which are not only costly up front, but also require ongoing maintenance
Thankfully, there are some ways you can reduce the overall cost of landscaping:
- Use what already exists in your property. If you have trees and a few plants growing in your yard, make use of those plants instead of buying new ones. You can replant them to help them thrive and grow in number, which will allow you to easily fill your yard without having to spend on a lot of money.
- Do the job yourself. Sure, it can be difficult and time consuming, but hiring a pro to create and maintain your landscaping for you costs a pretty penny. If you’re happy with a basic design versus something extravagant, then try to do the job yourself. You can even ask friends or family to help you, which will alleviate some of the work and make it more fun.
- Know the best time to shop. Buying trees and plants for your new garden can be quite expensive. But, there are certain times during the year when plants and trees are sold at a discount, usually when retailers are trying to get rid of them. So, if you aren’t in a hurry to fill up your yard, try to wait for sales to occur to you can maximize your budget.
- Ask your neighborhood for free plants. There are certain communities that promote high standards for landscaping, and they often give away free plants and trees. If your community has a neighborhood association, ask them if they offer anything like that.
- Borrow tools. Although it is a good idea to invest in quality tools you know you’ll be using frequently, if there are certain tools you only need once or infrequently, borrow them from a neighbor or rent them from a hardware store. It will save you a huge amount of money, especially on the bigger tools.
- Be organic. Stop constantly purchasing and using chemicals and pesticides on your plants. Instead, use mulch to rid of weeds in your garden and begin composting instead of buying fertilizer.
During the past two months, more sales tax revenue has been collected than what officials were expecting. Edmond City officials said that the increase was due to the increase of purchases in roofing materials and the opening of two new grocery stores in the city.
Sales taxes collected were already approved by voters as was the allocation of these funds. An 8.25 percent tax is added to all purchases made within the city. Out of this 8.25 percent, 4.5 percent goes to the state and 3.75 percent goes to the city. Voters allocate 2 percent of the city’s sales tax percentage to a general fund and 0.5 percent to the construction of the public safety center. The remainder is then allotted to capital improvements and salaries for firefighters and the police department.
Sales tax revenue saw a significant increase during the last two weeks of July and the first two weeks of August. It was 18.98 percent higher than what was collected the same month last year. Already, $15.4 million in sales tax has been collected this year, which is $4.3 million more than what officials are expecting. The notable increase is said to be a result of the purchases of materials for roof repairs caused by a recent hailstorm.