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Putnam Heights activist Suzanne Broadbent among 2017 honorees at the Good Neighbor awards Banquet

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma recently recognized Suzanne Broadbent, a Putnam Heights resident, and several other leaders and grass roots activists, organizations and neighborhoods for exceptional work over the past year. Winners were honored awarded at the Good Neighbor Awards Banquet held on last month at the Bricktown Chevy Events Center.  Around 350 individuals, elected officials and business leaders were present to help recognize grass-roots leadership in Oklahoma City.


Broadbent was named “individual good neighbor of the year” for her work with the Putnam Heights preservation area. She has served her part of town in elected and non-elected positions over three decades.


The 2017 Neighborhood of the Year is Park Estates North/Cashions Wildewood for neighborhood-led clean ups, crime patrols and code enforcement groups.


This year’s community partner award went to HIS Paint, for supporting neighborhood projects with paint donations for large and small projects. The Scout Finch Award, recognizing a

Good Neighbor 18 or younger, was presented to Noelia Garcia, a fifth grade student at Bodine Elementary who already serves on the leadership team at the Boys and Girls Club South.

The Luminary Award, recognizing outstanding service, went to Dr. Bob and Debbie Blackburn. Bob runs the Oklahoma History Center, and is a widely published writer, historian and frequently quoted analyst of contemporary and historical issues in the Sooner State. Debbie served several terms in the Oklahoma state House of Representatives, where she was a consistent advocate of neighborhood improvements and other positive policies.


Dr. Georgie Rasco, executive director of the Neighborhood Alliance, commented, “It takes a whole community to make a neighborhood great. And the individuals and corporations honored have all played a pivotal part in our cities success.”


The Good Neighbor Awards recognize the individuals, organizations, and neighborhood who go above and beyond to create safe, attractive, healthy neighborhoods throughout Central Oklahoma.


NOTE: Publisher Patrick B. McGuigan contributed

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In Oklahoma City’s Ward 2 race: For Suzanne Broadbent

By Darla Shelden

City Sentinel Reporter

The City Sentinel Endorsement

Suzanne Broadbent’s interest in serving on the Oklahoma City Council flows naturally from her work as a lawyer and a neighborhood advocate. Ward 2 has an essential existing role in the vibrancy, dynamism and diversity of a great city with the opportunity become better.

The role of Ward 2 will expand in the years to come. Broadbent is the best exemplar of what is, and what is yet to come.

Suzanne “gets it” – the value of neighborhoods as places to live and work together. She knows from direct and long-term personal experience the hard work that makes the places we live safe and secure.

In exchanges with The City Sentinel, and with potential constituents Broadbent has said her priorities will be those that affect neighborhoods most – schools, transportation (what can be called the “getting around” factor) and of course public safety.

Suzanne Broadbent wants Oklahoma City to build on success – to transform communities and schools, to elevate our way to life to create an environmentally-responsible transportation system in a connected, inclusive community.

Suzanne wants to bring her experience to bear to work for all of our city. That includes gathering resources through private/public partnerships and bringing real-world insights to bear on problems that keep our kids from succeeding in school and present barriers to their future success.

In the Ward 2 City Council race there are some fine candidates. The City Sentinel is proud to endorse Suzanne Broadbent in the February 12 primary.

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