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Thursday, March 25

Winter Park City Talk

Government news

Maitland City Talk

Maitland's west side on the move!

Community Bulletin and Business Briefs

March of Dimes is looking for proposals for grant projects; Orange County Health Department receives grant to control tobacco

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Knights sweep Presbyterian

A dominating three-game performance by UCF leads the team toward conference play this weekend

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Wildcats downed on the diamond

After leading most of their game against Oviedo, the Wildcats watched a comeback turn into an upset

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Manager nets $1.1M

Former City Manager Jim Williams ends his legal contest with Winter Park by accepting a settlement

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Hometown debate

Groups try to sway voters on the issue of Hometown Democracy

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Updated: Reese files Ch. 11 to stop auction

Crucial Maitland Town Center properties won't be auctioned off Friday, March 26 as scheduled. Developer Bob Reese made an eleventh-hour filing for Ch. 11 bankruptcy protection, freezing the properties.

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Therapy with a grain of salt

The Salt Room in Orlando offers salt therapy, an ancient remedy said to help with respiratory ailments

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Hands-on spring break

Spring break camps can be a great way for kids to explore new interests and preview activities for summer camp.

Musical superstars in Orlando

Culture Worthy of your Calander

Musical superstars in Orlando

A dream opens shudders

Play on!

Life scares me to death! I tremble in the face of clairvoyance that surpasses understanding.

Letters to the Editor

Letters from Kathleen Jaeger, Alnita Ann Holder and Bryan Nelson

What? No par?

Perspectives

I wonder a bit about those claiming they don't keep score. Not so much in the win/loss column but in some reflective "total scheme of life" manner.

Thursday, March 18

Culture worthy of your calendar

Third Thursday and a battle of the sexes

Third Thursday, Ballet Battle of the Sexes, Orlando Shakespeare's Playfest, goodbye UrbanThink!

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Sweating it out in the touted tropics

Come to see me in my Florida house. I'm the guy in the seal-skin pants and jacket huddled by the thermostat.

Letters to the Editor

Letters from Carol Rollman, Gary W. Summers and Thomas Kincaid

Why close Winter Park Memorial thrift store, Jepson stacks the deck on religion, Identifying the silent killer - diabetes

Perspectives

It's not the dying, it's the ending

I'm sixty-sucking-one this week. I'm old. In my fifties, I used the F-word to count my way through that decade.

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Building a home

Friends and colleagues of Winter Park's Jack Rogers band together to make home for deserving family

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Workforce works

Workforce Advantage Academy students get real-world experience as interns

Winter Park City Talk

There will be a City Commission meeting on Monday, March 22, at 3:30 p.m., in City Hall Commission Chambers.

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Leaders

After coming in second place last year, Winter Park beat eight teams to the state championship

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Tech boom

Central Florida's only digital media incubator moves in across from Full Sail, just outside Winter Park

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Bye Speraw

Knights Coach Kirk Speraw passes the school's all-time win record at 279-233, then loses his job

Maitland City Talk

Take 10 in 2010!

This week, the U.S. Census Bureau distributed the 2010 Census to more than 130 million addresses across the nation.

Knights prevail

After winning its second C-USA tournament game ever, UCF's mens team loses to top-ranked Miners

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Ill-fated romance

It started with a kiss and ended with an undercover police officer disgraced and fired.

Firestorm over message

A nonprofit director "inadvertently" sent a political message shortly before the Maitland election

Fond farewell

Two women leave Winter Park; one pursues a Congressional seat, the other keeps her one-term promise

Community Bulletin and Business Briefs

Florida Film Festival opens April 9; Maitland Historical Society celebrates anniversary with free admission to museums this year

Thursday, March 11

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Cooper, McMacken, Reponen win

Cooper, McMacken and Reponen win seats, and Amendment 10 fails

Station to be rebuilt

Winter Park residents learned more about how their new Amtrak Station could shape up after Mayor Ken Bradley introduced plans for a complete rebuild at Monday's meeting

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Underground market pays off

Sitting in the wake of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, Steve Moreira finds himself playing a vital role in the largest part of Orlando's real estate market

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Thousands satisfy sweet tooth at fest

Orlando Science Center hosted four floors of chocolate creations, games

Creative funding

Orange County schools will sell ads on the district's Web sites

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Knights win season finale over Rice

After a four-game Conference USA slide, the UCF men's basketball team beat the Owls in a nail-biter

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Winter Park wins championship

After suffering playoff disappointment three of the past four years, Winter Park wins the state title

Community Bulletin and Business Briefs

Astronaut visits the Mayflower; UCF students will spend spring break volunteering abroad

Crime log

Date range: Feb. 26 to March 4

Date range: Feb. 26 to March 4

Maitland City Talk

By Mayor Douglas T. Kinson

Maitland's upcoming events! Movie in the Park, Men's basketball, Farmers' Market, Party in the Park — celebrating 125 years!

Winter Park City Talk

By City Manager Randy Knight

Government news, Sign up now for the 2nd annual Bike from Park to Park, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra spring pops "Musical Postcards", and Quick Census 2010 Facts.

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Winter Parker's play heads to the stage

The winning original play "Doors" will be performed at Valencia's theater.

Letters to the Editor

Letters from Don Thompson, Nancy Ludin and Dr. Katie Tripp

Letters regarding Niagara Bottling's water pumping, the Jewish Pavilion's efforts to give elderly in assisted living facilities religious opportunities, and the cold winter's effect on manatee life.

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Victor's voodoo - an original short story

One day a few years ago I was looking down at a newly-arrived plate of La Scala's sinfully delicious saltimbocca a la Romana, when I heard a resonant bass voice say my name.

Perspectives

The revenge of the empire

I do not particularly blame either Congress or the presidency for where America has arrived in 2010.

Culture worthy of your calendar

Free Philharmonic, quickie Shakespeare, and Richard Marx live

Free outdoor concert by the Orlando Philharmonic, All of Shakespeare — shortened — really shortened!, Richard Marx at the Plaza Theater

Thursday, March 4

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Knights, Tars fall in conference play

A game of huge numbers saw UCF nearly win in double OT, and Rollins is knocked off by Eckerd

When the UCF Knights fell to the UAB Blazers Feb. 24, it was the third time this year they hadn't scored more than 50 points in a game.

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Closure for city and fireman

The city upholds the firing of a Winter Park fire marshal, while the union fights the termination

After the Winter Park Civil Service Board upheld the fire department's firing of Randall Mells, a 16-year veteran with the fire department, Mells shook the hand of Jim White, his former boss.

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D.C. trip 'success' for Winter Park

Funding and planning talks with representatives could spur new projects

Winter Park may emerge a little richer after a contingent of city commissioners met with legislators in Washington D.C. in February to discuss plans for road, rail and Post Office projects and to ask for federal help to get them done.

Know where to vote

Budget worries have reduced the number of polling places on March 9

Scott Peelen has lived in Winter Park since before 1984, and in that time, he said he's built a reputation as the "superest of super voters," not missing a single election in more than 20 years.

Op-eds on item 10

Letters from Kathryn Grammer and Patrick W. Chapin

Letters from Kathryn Grammer and Patrick W. Chapin

Letters to the editor

Letters from Nancy Shutts, John Skolfield, Elinor Lynn Warner and Nancy Rudner Lugo

Letters from Nancy Shutts, John Skolfield, Elinor Lynn Warner and Nancy Rudner Lugo

Perspectives

Satan as a card dealer

Satan as a card dealer

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Carolyn Cooper Q&A

Carolyn Cooper gets kicks from hard jobs

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Kids in the kitchen

Junior League of Greater Orlando leads kids at Fit-n-Fun Fest in Winter Park

Luscious brownies and yummy banana bread may seem out of place at an event promoting healthy food but kids can devour these delicious samples at the Junior League of Greater Orlando's 3rd Annual Kids in the Kitchen Fit-n-Fun Fest on Saturday, March 6.

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One nation under chocolate

Winter Park-based Sprinkles Custom Cakes received national recognition in TIME magazine in 2008 for their divorce cakes, which picture an upside-down wedding cake with the bride or groom's legs sticking out at the bottom.

Culture worthy of your calendar

Tuneful musicals and an important art collection

Tuneful musicals and an important art collection

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Caring for the caregiver

Share the Care aired budget woes in Tallahassee

Mirta Wallace, 57, never thought she would be giving up her six figure job in Texas to move back to Winter Park to take on the responsibilities of caring and watching over her 81-year-old mother 24 hours a day.

Maitland City Talk

Running with the Dommerich Chiefs!

Running with the Dommerich Chiefs!

Winter Park City Talk

Winter Park City Talk

By Randy Knight, city manager

Faces behind crisis lines change

Orange and Osceola counties saw food stamp recipients increase by more than 50 percent in one year

A crisis line operator answered the phone; a desperate voice was on the other end. It was the operator's 300th call that day, and the phone just keeps ringing.

Crime log

Brief reports of crimes in Winter Park

At the 1700 block of Westchester Ave. on Feb. 23, subjects were arrested for stealing property from a storage shed attached to the rear of a residence.

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Regional champions

Winter Park destroyed First Coast en route to the state final four

The Winter Park boys basketball team is flying high after the biggest win in the regional tournament so far.