The Norman Transcript

April 5, 2014

City briefs


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NORMAN — NPD to concentrate patrol efforts

During April, the Norman Police Department will perform additional concentrated proactive efforts in and near the area bordered by Main Street, 24th Avenue Southwest, Lindsey Street and Berry Road.

In addition, 24th Avenue Southwest near the intersections of Lindsey Street, and Main Street will receive additional patrols.

Officers will focus their efforts in and near these areas on the reduction of traffic collisions and criminal activities through an increased presence, traffic enforcement of collision related violations, proactive patrols and other continued efforts in working with those who live, work and frequently visit in the area.

Ladies and mens golf clinics begin

The Spring Clinics at Westwood Park are four week-long clinics taught by Rick Parish, PGA; Bobby Florer, golf professional; Jerry Halsey, teaching professional; Robert O. Smith, PGA, and Richard Buchanan, PGA. Classes will be from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in a small group environment from May 6- 27. 

Classes will introduce the clubhouse policies and procedures and teach the fundamental guidelines, course rules and etiquette. Instructors will teach putting, chipping and full swing mechanics along with the introduction to the golf course.

Golf clubs are provided for students who need them.

Call the Westwood Pro Shop at 292-9700 to register. Clinics are limited to 25 participants. Clinics are $80 total or $20 per class.

Contract awarded for improvements

A contract was awarded this month for road improvements in Cleveland County, Sen. John Sparks and Rep. Aaron Stiles recently announced.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, the project will involve grading the road, modifying the drainage system and resurfacing one and one-half miles of SH-9 starting just west of 24th Ave. and extending east. Sparks, D-Norman, said the State Transportation Commission awarded an $11 million contract on the project to Allen Contracting, Inc. The Oklahoma City company was the lowest of three bidders for the job, said Stiles,R-Norman. Once construction begins, the project is estimated to be completed within 10 months.

Symposium to

examine solutions

Experts, designers and innovators from across Oklahoma and the nation will discuss the role of design thinking in social entrepreneurship and in University of Oklahoma curricula and programs at the 2014 Social Entrepreneurship Symposium, set for 6 p.m. April 17, at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, 2401 Chautauqua Ave.

Paul Polak, social entrepreneur and author of “Out of Poverty,” will deliver a keynote lecture followed by a panel discussion with social innovators and designers from across the state. The event will conclude with a reception showcasing socially innovative designs. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Polak is the CEO and founder of Windhorse International, a social venture leading a revolution in the way companies design, price and distribute products to the poor. He also founded International Development Enterprises, which has helped bring nearly 20 million of the world’s poorest people out of poverty through innovative product design and distribution.

The symposium is co-hosted by OU’s Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth and the College of International Studies. Members of the public are invited to attend and should make reservations at ccew.eventbrite.com.

For accommodations on the basis of disability, call 325-6497. For more information on the Social Entrepreneurship Symposium, contact the Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth at 325-2603 or ccew@ou.edu.

— Transcript Staff

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