Thursday, August 30
Akron 1-11 last year
History may favor Akron in their first game against UCF since 2004, but recent history says it'll be all Knights.
Wednesday, August 29
City Hall grand opening
The grand opening of the new Maitland City Hall is from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30. Visit itsmymaitland.com for more details.
Successful re-grand opening for City Hall
Thank you to everyone that was able to attend the grand re-opening of our newly renovated City Hall this past Monday afternoon.
Donate $43K to nonprofits
The Rotary Club Winter Park donated more than $43,000 to 26 nonprofits serving the Winter Park area at its meeting on Monday, Aug. 27.
Obama promised to vacate the premises if he did not accomplish all that he promised us.
Of all the great Americans in this land, why did we have to choose this loser?
Naming ceremony celebration
What’s in a name? “Everything,” explained Rabbi Yanky Majesky of Chabad of North Orlando.
Groundbreaking at Mead
Representatives from Mead Botanical Garden, the Florida Youth Symphony Orchestra and the city of Winter Park broke ground Monday on Mead’s outdoor concert pavilion.
City Hall grand opening
On Thursday, Aug. 30, the city of Maitland will dedicate the newly completed Maitland City Hall located at 1776 Independence Lane.
Mascot Games brings “New Hope for Kids”
The 20th Annual Celebrity Mascot Games delighted thousands of area families and children as one of the summer’s most fun and inexpensive attractions.
The Republicans bark and bray about an America that has lost its way.
The Republican National Convention is just one of the many historical “fits” that has preceded yet another human start (step) forward.
The seventh annual Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month will run from Sept. 1-30 and will include more than 60 restaurants offering three-course prix-fixe dinners for $30.
Even if you have “champagne tastes and a beer-bottle pocket,” all can afford to indulge our palates in a month-long celebration of Orlando’s ever-more sophisticated dining universe.
Sportsman’s Expo in Orlando
Sportsman’s Expo will be from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at Bahia Shrine Center, 2300 Pembrook Drive in Orlando.
Council proposes changes
The expiration of the one-year trial period of Art & History Museums – Maitland’s lease with the city of Maitland is a month away.
Francesco’s Ristorante & Pizzeria is adding luster to the growing restaurant row that is happening on Orlando Avenue in Maitland.
4 Rivers gives back
4 Rivers Smokehouse awarded four students $1,000 scholarships for this semester.
Debate over pool heating price
Winter Park commissioners are hot and cold about seeing a popular outdoor pool get a heater by next year.
Winter Park High School alumni gathered in Hannibal Square last Friday evening.
High school reunions and social media now as perfectly matched as the head cheerleader and the star quarterback.
New president for Keewin Real Property Company
The Keewin Real Property Company, based in Winter Park, announced Steven A. Rosser as its new president.
Promoting USA products
Many businesses are now carrying more local and American-made items to please customers.
Thursday, August 23
I Can See The Weekend From My House!
ANOTHER week that's sped by at a rapid rate and here we are ALREADY at Thursday night! Dang Good news I can see the weekend there . . . in the distance . . . ah, NICE!
The majority of vegetable crops we grow at Sundew Gardens are started as transplants.
This initial chapter in a plant’s life is the best time to invest in quality, especially seeds and a seed-starting soil mix.
Keep ahead of the storm
Download the Orange County Office of Emergency Management alert or app to keep informed about Tropical Storm Isaac.
The “Olympics” featured resident teams from ten retirement homes
The first annual Senior Health Care Olympics was held in Winter Park on July 10.
Wednesday, August 22
Top notch fusian cuisine
Sushi Pop is a food destination for those who appreciate great food without the pretensions.
Dog days of summer
The Sixth Annual Dog Days of Summer Wine and Beer Tasting is 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at The Doggie Door/Unleashed.
Re-grand opening of City Hall
The city will be celebrating the grand re-opening of City Hall Monday, Aug. 27, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Knights and Tars teams
It’s nearly college football kickoff time with the University of Central Florida and Rollins both gearing up for seasons they say are promising.
Slow times, smart thinking
Surviving the slow times: tips on how small businesses can weather a stormy economy.
"What is truth?"
Ever since Pontius Pilot asked Jesus, “What is truth?” human beings have been asking the same question.
Gets modern makeover
The last time Winter Park built a city hall, America’s sense of style verged on psychadelia, computers were a rarely seen office oddity and cigarettes were as popular as the Beatles.
City safe for bikers, walkers
I’d like to take this opportunity to share with you some of the traffic safety improvements the city has made to be a more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly community.
Osceola judge lives in Maitland
Award-winning Osceola County circuit court judge Don Myers is a longtime resident of Maitland.
Meet Maitland's new K-9
What has two eyes, four feet, is covered with fur and has a badge? Bosco, the Maitland Police Department’s newest K-9 dog.
Has anyone noticed the increased clutter in our city? … The political signs may be an eyesore, but at least they go away.
These new laws, which purport to be designed to stop voter fraud may seem so on their face, but, as the saying goes, the devil is in the details.
Republicans vs. reproductive rights
What is it about “modern” women that Republican men just cannot seem to stomach?
New look for Roth JCC
A $400,000 renovation project is under way at the Roth Jewish Community Center in Maitland.
On Aug. 24, downtown Sanford becomes a pedestrian corridor enhanced by live music and award-winning restaurants.
The 8th Annual Red Chair Affair is known as the kick-off of the Central Florida arts and culture season.
Chipotle for charity
From Aug. 24-31, all proceeds from each kids’ meal purchased at Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants across the nation will go back to the classroom gardens of Veggie U.
Mica visits New Hope
Dynamic guests attended New Hope for Kids Get Acquainted Lunch on Friday, Aug. 10.
Jessilyn Park is in no way your typical artist. But then, she’s not typical anything.
The more I found out about Jessilyn Park the more I was intrigued. I met her for the first time this past weekend in Oviedo at an art event.
To some, a prison sentence might mean a life on pause. For Chris Curry, it was the start of a new one.
Art director excels
Artistic Director Dario J. Moore has been invited to attend the internationally acclaimed Djerassi Resident Artists Program.
Tuesday, August 21
Short & Sweet Tuesday!
Totally Local Tuesday . . . . Did you stay Totally Local today? I asked earlier on facebook for Locals to tell me about favorite Local businesses and some did!
Monday, August 20
Parkpreneurs & Entrepreneurs & More, Oh My!
It's a new Monday . . . a look back at some of the weekend, a look forward to tomorrow and more . . . . some cool pics from a weekend event . . . check 'em out!
Friday, August 17
Some Fridays are just sweeter than others . . . after a long week, this one's so sweet it just may cause cavities. Sassafras, Toast and Congrats to a Local artist!
Wednesday, August 15
Twitter, Parkpreneurs & Partypreneurs!
Twitter and Parkpreneurs who need a THANK YOU . . . a pat on the back! They're helping do that thing I talk about . . . making Winter Park more fun, unique . . . with their enthusiasm!
Boost Baldwin Park business
Merchants up and down the Baldwin Park Village Center have harnessed their powers to form an organization more powerful than each of them alone.
An age to respect
When one was very young, in a traditional Southern family that had aged members, learning to “respect one’s elders” was traditional.
What women need to know
Celebrate Women's Equality Day by exploring what women need to know about Social Security.
Meet Becky and Boris
At the top of most artists’ lists of inspiration, there probably isn’t a 5-year-old, droopy-eared, 100-pound bloodhound, but maybe that means Becky Adney isn’t most artists.
City Hall re-grand opening
A grand re-opening celebration for Winter Park City Hall will be held Monday, Aug. 27, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Maitland Men’s Club comes through again for local school children
This year the Men’s Club has once again come through for disadvantaged local school children by partnering with the Christian Service Center (CSC) to provide “Love Pantries” in each of Maitland’s three primary schools.
This could create a long-term problem that could change the character of Park Avenue forever.
Were the pilgrims smarter than us?
We were all amazed at the results: they were ready to learn, loved learning, engaged more easily and test scores improved.
The state tells you it needs your child as cannon fodder. Think. What do you logically, reasonably conclude regarding that request?
My father’s position was that under no circumstances would he recommend that my brother or I “serve” in Vietnam.
What’s unique about the JCC’s J University program is that children can build their own customized after-school schedule.
Dr. B's micropractive
Dr. B. brings family-style practice and old-fashioned medicine service options to Baldwin Park.
A clinical trial may be just right for you. Or maybe not. The more you know, the better your decisions will be for you.
Who are they for? Criteria for each trial are different.
Third Thursday in downtown Orlando is always one of my favorite events of the month.
Third Thursday in downtown Orlando is always one of my favorite events of the month.
Movies in the Park: "Cars"
Family activities will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by entertainment and announcements at 7:30 p.m.
Council meets in new space
The Maitland City Council gathered in its new chambers for the first time, Aug. 13, marking the completion of the seven-year, $8.5 million project to build the city new fire and police stations and a city hall.
Athletic Director Gary Preisser joined Winter Park High School players on the field Thursday, Aug. 9, to check out athletic trainers on the job.
The cost of silence
With quiet zone money in the “if” column for Winter Park, Mayor Ken Bradley had another idea: partner with Maitland and Orlando.
No more whining about the pool being too cold – it’s sometimes too warm!
Brad Launs, with Everything Solar, says it was due to the time of year, the “ambient air temperature” he speaks of, but our water temperature climbed 10 degrees in a day.
Andre Smith restoration
The André Smith Restoration Project will hold a silent auction to support the restoration of eight newly discovered André Smith paintings on Aug. 18.
Kean wins award
Phil Kean of Phil Kean Designs of Winter Park took his third Golden Award.
Autism center is 30
Threshold Center for Autism in Winter Park has been helping families and children for more than 30 years.
Aloma Church plans revival
True confession: I tend to be a last-minute packer. And that has gotten me into trouble on a number of occasions.
Tuesday, August 14
Blowout in primary win
Longtime U.S. Rep. John Mica handily defeated newcomer U.S. Rep. Sandy Adams in an election won by a margin of 61 percent to 39 percent.
Third term in District 5
Edwards scored 59 percent of the votes, leaving opponent Gina Duncan with 40 percent.
Monday . . .Tuesday . . . This week's flying by!
It's already been a busy week and we haven't yet made it to hump day! More and more things to look forward to as we sprint towards fall! So, stay tuned here and I'll try to cover it!
Monday, August 13
Another Week Is Upon Us!
Another week is upon us! Wow . . . those weekends go FAST! Tomorrow is Totally Local Tuesday and Wednesday is your chance for a first glimpse of the WPHS band!
Man was suicidal
The suspect surrendered after about a two-hour standoff and was charged with two counts of aggravated assault.
Friday, August 10
Holy bricks & Spanish moss . . . It's FRIDAY!
Ah . . . the WEEKEND! I am super ready for this one . . . and I do not think I'm alone. Let's do it . . . enjoy it . . . immerse ourselves in it . . . and act like Monday is a million miles from here! ENJOY!
Thursday, August 9
Galopin On To Park Ave Soon
I will say this already . . . Galopin is going to be unlike anything else on Park Avenue. Got a peak today and this space has been completely, totally transformed.
The River Rats had trouble all season putting together a solid record, but in the final week, they came alive.
Dirty sport raises money
On Aug. 25 more than 2,000 people will descend on the Lee Vista Center in Orlando to play in the mud.
Wednesday, August 8
Only a small percentage of the expense of most processed foods actually goes to the crop producers.
With only a small percentage of the expense of most processed foods actually going to the crop producers, we have quite a bit of available margin to achieve.
Rain & WILDcats & More
Wow. I knew I LUVed Winter Park . . . but now I'm developing a REAL jealousy for having missed out on a Winter Park High School experience: WILDcats! Me-yow!
Full Sail tour
The Art & History Museums – Maitland (A&H) continues its popular Summer Concerts in the Garden - Art. Music. Food. Architecture. on Friday, Aug. 10.
Students help research
Rollins Upward Bound Program is a pre-collegiate program designed to reinforce academic preparation and success for low-income or first-generation college aspirants.
Will FlexBus work?
Cities re-evaluate proposed Lynx-partnered flexible transportation system
Vote early till Aug. 11
U.S. Rep. John Mica and U.S. Rep. Sandy Adams are competing for the same district.
Winter Park quiet zones – will we all sleep better at night? I know I won’t.
Popcorn Flicks rescheduled
Enzian’s popcorn flicks in Central Park will feature “Babe” at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9.
A&H continues its popular Summer Concerts in the Garden on Friday, Aug. 10.
Breaking news – Arts are good for business
The Maitland City Council is being tested.
The city of Maitland is at a crossroads. You have what many cities across America could only wish for – an established art treasure in the form of the Maitland Art Center.
As a registered voter with proper ID, I too am concerned with being disenfranchised.
Re: “The freedom to vote is at stake”
Digital Risk creates jobs
As with many successful companies, Digital Risk found opportunity in the face of adversity.
NAI Realvest “young bloods” take on bigger projects
Is there any covert desire to weaken or eliminate the Second Amendment?
Can’t being wrong do great damage no matter what the intent?
“Short sale” isn’t the four-letter word it once was.
Let’s debunk three of the most-common myths as they relate to the short sale process.
Coffeetalk with Leary
The city will be celebrating the grand re-opening of City Hall on Monday, Aug. 27, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
New mom turns passion into a from-home profession.
Designing life's framework
Groundbreaking for clinic
The groundbreaking ceremony for construction expansion to the Vivere-Winter Park Fertility Center was July 24.
Boosting spirits with art
Once a year Maitland artist Sandy Bonus opens the doors to her studio for a BASE Camp for children with cancer.
Calendar of drives, events
Here's a listing of back-to-school drives and events to help you and your community prepare for the new school year.
Tuesday, August 7
LUV . . True LUV!
LUV was all around on Park Avenue this past weekend . . . even rode in on horseback! That, Parkpreneurs, Totally Local Tuesday, Toast @ Winter Park Village and MORE!
Thursday, August 2
Just Another Thursday In Winter Park!
It WAS just another Thursday in Winter Park, wasn't it? I sort of cocooned around the house today . . . so I'm sure it must have been . . . except . . . .
President Barack Obama made a campaign stop in Winter Park on Thursday.
Wednesday, August 1
Hump Day! Hang On!
It's Yet Another Hump Day . . . . Yet, I think tomorrow may present more than the usual Local humps to overcome!
Seventy-six WWII, Vietnam, Korea veterans and widows of fallen warriors honored by Cornerstone Salutes! at The Bridge senior living community.
State endangering eligible voters
Florida is on the frontlines of the national election, and the Florida Interstate - 4 corridor is a big part of that story.
Some of these Winter Park Blaze boys have been playing baseball together since they were 6 years old — half their lives.
Winter Park Blaze little league team wins big.
The Winter Park Police Department and the Victim Service Center of Central Florida will host a free women’s safety awareness class on Aug. 2.
Hazardous waste disposal
The city of Winter Park in partnership will be offering household hazardous waste disposal for all city residents this Saturday, Aug. 4.
Penalties could drop
Homeowners and builders wishing to remove trees on their property may be looking at a bigger incentive to replant new trees.
Seniors go for gold
The first annual Senior Health Care Olympics was held in Winter Park at Westchester of Winter Park Assisted Living Facility.
Enjoy the orchestra
The Armand Marchesano Orchestra will play music for dancing from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Beardall Center.
The Jewish Pavilion helps people flex their "compassion muscles."
What can you do with a person who has destroyed something of unimaginable value, something irreplaceable?
The Big Tree was sacred in the eyes of most of us Floridians who knew it and loved it.
Settling IRS debts
Because of the poor economy the IRS has recently changed its rules for settling IRS debts for less than the amount owed.
Back to school safety
Tips to get your kids back to school safely.
Winter Park stuck in the 20th century
Evidence that Winter Park in so many ways remains stuck in the 20th century.
When did it occur to you that maybe, perhaps, humans weren’t so good for the planet?
When did it occur to you that maybe, perhaps, humans weren’t so good for the planet?
Shoes, hats and giving back
The only things more expansive than Harriett Lake's closet are her contributions to local art organizations.
Old is new at MAC
New exhibit at the Maitland Art Center takes you back in time to the Center's beginnings.
A look inside Full Sail
Full Sail University in Winter Park gives residents and potential students a look behind the scenes of its campus every month.
Games start this week
The Winter Park Diamond Dawgs have won their way into within a game of the league lead, and a spot in the playoffs.
Free basketball camp
The second annual “Rising Stars Basketball Clinic” will serve nearly 300 Central Florida residents ages 8-18 focusing on life skills and teamwork.
Questions over taxes
City officials are working to determine if the 93-unit affordable senior housing project, dubbed Uptown Maitland, will pay property taxes.
Trinity prep to Scotland
Twenty-six Trinity Preparatory School students left on July 30 for the United Kingdom, bound for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.
Chamber director responds
The former executive director of the Maitland Chamber of Commerce says she was shocked to learn of the Chamber’s strained finances in early July.
Modernizing mediator methods
Winter Park’s Lawrence Kolin chaired a multi-year effort to modernize Florida’s Civil Procedure Rules to include Electronic Discovery.
First Friday and Movies in the Park
There are a couple of events that continue to grow in Baldwin Park, and you should check them out.