The Norman Transcript

Headlines

December 4, 2012

McCarty Center kicks-off holidays

NORMAN — An elementary choir sang, a fleet of golf carts decked out in Christmas gear lined pathways, a 30-foot Christmas tree was lit up and holiday cheer was in the air.

Those are just some of the things attendees of the J.D. McCarty Center enjoyed Monday night at 2002 E. Robinson St. during the 22nd Annual Christmas Lighting Party.

The J.D. McCarty Center is a pediatric rehabilitation center that focuses on children with developmental disabilities. It is the only one of its kind in the state helping children from birth up until the age of 21.

“The light party has been a tradition of beginning the Christmas season,” said Greg Gaston, marketing director of J.D. McCarty Center.

The ceremony has become a tradition to kick-off the Christmas season for the east side of Norman drawing hundreds of people every year. Gaston said it started off small with just staff and in-patients at the hospital but has grown exponentially over the years.

It began when the center was located off of 12th Ave north of Alameda St and has since moved over to the new center located off of Robinson St. Now the ceremony not only involves staff and in-patients, but also families of staff, in-patients, out-patients and members of the community who all join in on the festivities.

For those involved with the center, Gaston said it is an event that helps bring everyone together. In 2004, they added the golf cart parade which helps staff and the children be more involved and have more participation. Decorating and displaying their float creations every year is a big part of that.

“From the very beginning it’s been amazing,” Gaston said of the floats. “They’ve been immensely creative.”

This year the theme for the parade was “Famous Christmas Characters”. It featured floats such as Rudolf, Frosty the Snowman and of course everyone’s favorite -- Santa Claus.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • Body 1 Police identify woman found dead Monday

    Norman police have identified a woman found dead in her home at 2202 Donna Drive Monday afternoon. Police responded at 1:25 p.m. to the residence of Cassandra Thompson, 30, after receiving a report that she had not shown up for work ...

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Residents speak out about document regarding shelter photos

    Norman and metro-area residents showed up in overwhelming numbers, many in red shirts, for an Animal Shelter Oversight Board meeting Monday night demanding for their opinions to be heard....

    July 29, 2014

  • Mixon’s attorney says athlete acted in self-defense

    The attorney for Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon says the incident that left a 20-year-old female OU student with multiple facial fractures was a case of self-defense. “This past Friday morning, Joe Mixon found himself in a situation ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Police rule out homicide in Norman woman’s death

    Norman Police Capt. Todd Gibson said Tuesday they have eliminated the theory of homicide after a Norman woman was found dead in her home Monday afternoon. “We’re moving in a different direction with the investigation,” Gibson said. “It’s ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Moore resident lands in new home 14 months after tornado

    Moore — She crawled from the rubble of what used to be her home. The neighborhood was destroyed. It was the afternoon of May 20, 2013, and Jamie Baker was homeless....

    July 30, 2014

  • Additional details come to light in Campus Corner incident involving Sooner recruit

    The 911 call from Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe early Friday morning brought forth more details from the incident that has Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon under investigation for an alleged assault....

    July 30, 2014

  • Senate approves new VA secretary

    WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans’ waits for health care and VA ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Tampering accusations surface in OKC bombing case

    SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah lawyer suing the FBI over his public records request for surveillance videos from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing said Tuesday that one of his witnesses backed out after being visited by government officials last ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Shelter construction ongoing; residents voice concerns

    A regular quarterly meeting of the Animal Shelter Oversight Board prompted Norman residents to speak up about more than just a photo release issue Monday night involving Friends of the Animals of Norman volunteers and the city of Norman. ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Senate passes highway bill, sends it to House

    WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday voted to change the funding and timing of a House bill to keep federal highway funds flowing to states in an effort to force Congress to come to grips with chronic funding problems that have plagued ...

    July 30, 2014