Wednesday, February 29
On Jan. 1, a multi-year phase out of incandescent light bulbs began as part of the nation’s move toward clean energy.
We phoned our Winter Park home and were told that during the night the temperature had hit 19 degrees and our outside pipes had burst!
Life actually begins when that exquisite chemistry of human attraction has copulation at the forefront of our minds, or loins, as the case might be.
Where Republicans dare to go
Winter Park has experienced several traffic related deaths that may have been attributed to distracted driving.
You are 23 times more likely to have an accident while driving distracted.
Parents need to take an active role in our children’s safety at school.
Reassess school emergency protocol
The Armand Marchesano Orchestra will play music for ballroom dancing on Saturday, March 3.
Home Instead Senior Care is working to recognize exceptional senior volunteers.
Orlando Philharmonic and Florida Opera Theatre join forces to present “Rigoletto”.
“The Andrews Brothers” is a new 1940s musical comedy running from March 2 to March 24 at the always fun, always innovative Winter Park Playhouse.
'Puss in Boots' on lawn
Enjoy a free movie and popcorn on the lawn at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, as Orangewood Church and School in Maitland invite the community for “Puss in Boots”.
Event raises awareness
Fit-n-Fun Fest aims to educate kids and parents about health.
The 33rd annual Winter Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Sunday, March 4.
Maitland Little League – 50 years
Feb. 18 was not your usual opening day, for on this day we were celebrating 50 years of Little League tradition in Maitland.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The 33rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will make its way down Park Avenue on Sunday, March 4, beginning at 2 p.m. More than 75 units will participate.
A defensive quagmire turned into a jubilant finish for the Edgewater Eagles girls basketball team, which won the state championship on Feb. 25.
UAB game next
The Knights basketball team will return home for a final regular season game against UAB (13-14, 8-6) at 7 p.m. Saturday.
A sweet success
The “Sweet Wars” dessert competition to benefit the American Heart Association, held on Feb. 9, was a resounding success.
Cocina 214, the Tex-Mex restaurant in the heart of Winter Park, is now open on Mondays.
“Chili for Charity” was held Thursday at the Winter Park Farmers' Market.
Maitland cops honored
Maitland delays vote on downtown zoning changes, approves pension amendments for police and fire departments
Fee credits for capital?
Ravaudage developer would sell $1.5 million in impact fee credits to help finance $500M project.
Valet gets more spaces
Winter Park gives up parking spaces on New England to make way for valet service.
Wednesday, February 22
Arno Heller and I were in World War II, but it was only recently that I learned that he was a true hero.
For many years I lived on Central Park South in New York City and traded often in a wonderful deli around the corner on Sixth Avenue.
For the past 40 days, I have been a vegan. I dropped all meat and dairy cold turkey.
The original Burger Boy
Louis Roney, I have tears in my eyes, knowing that all you write about your relationship with Joy is true.
Happy Valentine’s Day to a wonderful couple who exemplifies the meaning of love.
We need more focus on educating students and rewarding good teachers.
These bills would in effect allow parents and teachers, formerly allied in PTA programs, to tattle on each other to higher authorities rather than to communicate openly.
Orlando Repertory Theatre presents “Lyle the Crocodile” as a musical play for children through March 25.
“Cymbeline” features one of Shakespeare's most resourceful female characters who secretly marries Posthumous.
Brownie Troop 2091
Girl Scouts of the USA celebrates its 100th birthday in March.
The fifth annual Junior League of Greater Orlando’s Kids in the Kitchen Fit-n-Fun Fest is March 3.
Comfort, serenity focus
The latest innovative technologies and building products now have a Winter Park address.
St. Patty's Parade
Please make plans to attend this public meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, at Mead Botanical Garden.
Open for business
Maitland stands ready to successfully compete in the marketplace for high-quality new development and redevelopment.
Casa Feliz will host “Bach’s Lunch” with the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park on Thursday, March 1.
Vining pole beans have been a staple crop for modern Americans since the first pioneers settled the continent.
To sell something as valuable as the family livestock for a handful of beans would put any of us in either the nuthatch or poorhouse.
Head to postseason
The Knights are just a week away from closing out the regular season on the basketball court.
Wrestler goes far
Edgewater has stolen the spotlight with some strong performances in the past week at the regional and state levels.
Trinity Preparatory School’s PeaceJam club hosted a week full of informative activities.
Dr. David R. Lach was recently recognized as an Elite Preferred Invisalign Specialist Provider.
The Silly Grape
Restaurant critic Josh Garrick writes, “You have to find The Silly Grape, but the point is, it’s worth finding.”
Entrance closed to peds
Residents, parents say congestion around Winter Park High School is something that they’ve gotten used to.
Six charging stations open
The six electric car charging stations are free to use because it would cost Winter Park more money to require a usage fee.
Wednesday, February 15
At its core, the Think Local First movement aims to change the way consumers eat, think and handle food.
Every man should have a wife — preferably his own.
My b.w., Joy, is a lot more than an extra rib of mine! She is an extra heart, and an extra brain.
What is it about women that has men so afraid?
It should come as no historical surprise that we’ve institutionalized men’s fear of women.
The article Isaac Babcock wrote (“Waiting to say ‘I love you’”) was so touching and has moved me to tears.
For whatever your reasons — mostly grandiose — you've elected to take on a truly uphill battle in an attempt to make SunRail a success.
Would rampaging drunkards stumble through Hannibal Square if we suddenly legalized European-café-style on-street dining?
Jewish Academy program
Jewish Academy of Orlando hosted two local schools in a program that helps build bridges between religion and ethnicity on Feb. 7.
Thanks to the health care reform law, more quality measures and transparency will be available.
Winter Park Institute presents Animated Magazine on at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19.
The Rotary Club of Winter Park is proud to present a new Winter Park tradition, Chili for Charity.
BBQ with Buddy
The Great Duck Derby features rubber duck races and free family activities on Saturday, Feb. 18.
The Animated Magazine
Porter Goss headlines Winter Park Institute’s Animated Magazine event at Rollins College on Sunday, Feb. 19.
One barber's journey
A barber from Winter Park’s own Kennedy’s Barber Club will embark on a voyage to bring hope to the needy.
A reception was held at the Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center on Feb. 13, celebrating the re-election of Mayor Kenneth Bradley.
Water conservation tips
There are other ways to reduce your water bill and prevent an unexpectedly large water bill.
The Eagles boys basketball team (17-10, 7-1) completed a shocking turnaround over last season.
David Lowrey, a senior wide receiver on the Orangewood Christian School in Maitland varsity football team, has chosen to play football next season at Elon University.
On Jan. 25, the Park Avenue Area Association hosted its annual member awards at the Meet & Greet.
Jewish Academy of Orlando held its annual “Rube Goldberg” Invention Convention.
City wants public input
Maitland is seeking public input on Monday, Feb. 20, on how to define the redevelopment of downtown core.
At least for now
The Winter Park City Commission struck down the idea of immediately voting to propose an ordinance to regulate performers who use the sidewalks as their stage.
Lisa Rotenberger, a kindergarten teacher from Dommerich Elementary, was a finalist for this year’s Orange County Public Schools Teacher of the Year.
Tuesday, February 14
Winter Park entertainer was 82
Mark Wayne, half of the Red Fox Lounge act Mark and Lorna, passed away Tuesday. He was 82.
Wednesday, February 8
The Children’s Art & History Festival is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the A&H’s Maitland Art Center.
Truffle’s Grill opens
Cuhaci & Peterson Architects Engineers Planners did the design work for the new Truffle’s Grill restaurant that recently opened at the Winter Park Village.
Here are a few tips to help those of you planning to give your loved ones rings, necklaces and other items, to ensure that Valentine’s Day 2012 is a success.
As a boy, I saw much of Winter Park from the water while paddling my canoe through the lakes and canals.
The excellent Minnesota Symphony Orchestra with its first-rate conductor Osmo Vanska and Midori violinist soloist, will play a special concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 9.
The words we use to define God give him all the cards.
“He sends flies to wounds He should heal.” — Terrence Malick
Provide a venue for two-way communication and the archiving of opinions from all sides.
Congratulations to Ken Bradley and to everyone that voted for him.
Consider plunking some of that dough into the local economy for Valentine's Day.
It’s important to remember that money can’t buy happiness and that love doesn’t cost a thing, but after so many years of economic doom and gloom, a sign of light is lovely.
Three super-talented artists — Cherie Dacko, Cake Marques, and Tracy Burke — are featured at Culture & Cocktails.
Billy discovers — and becomes obsessed with — the world of ballet.
Special menus abound
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, some Winter Park and Maitland restaurants are boasting specially crafted menus.
The Park Avenue Area Association will be hosting a Valentine Concert featuring Michael Andrew & Swingerhead.
The inaugural Sweet Wars is from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9, at Indigo Palms at 740 N. Wymore Road in Maitland.
Mayor swearing in
Mayor Bradley will take his official Oath of Office as he is sworn in for his second term as Winter Park mayor on Feb. 13.
Thank you, Maitland
To all citizens of Maitland, a heartfelt thank you for giving me the privilege to continue serving as your mayor for the next three years.
Face Southern Miss Sat.
The Knights will hit the road for a second chance at Southern Miss tipping off 5 p.m. Saturday.
Mary Proctor exhibit
Mary Proctor held a workshop at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center on Saturday, Jan. 21.
Tia Meer, compatriot gardener and president of the Simple Living Institute, found a few spare moments to stop by my garden for a chat.
A visit with Tia Meer
‘I love you’
Michele misses her husband terribly. Even as she holds his hand. Even as he presses his head against hers. Part of him is still here, she tells her children.
Tuesday, February 7
Dr. Oz drops by Full Sail
Television host Dr. Oz makes a stop in Winter Park to help kick-off Healthy Central Florida campaign.
Wednesday, February 1
Ready to face Marshall
The Knights return to the court at 3 p.m. on Saturday at SMU in Dallas before flying home for a Feb. 8 showdown against Marshall.
“Save more” is a good start, but how will you know when you get there?
“Save more” is a good start, but how will you know when you get there?
Many well wishes arrived on my 91st. I try not to seem old despite the astronomical number.
Many well wishes arrived on my 91st.
Romney is worrisome to Republicans because, it is feared, he has too flexible a backbone.
Romney the flexible
Many think Florida’s academic standards should be raised in order to help Florida’s children compete in the global marketplace.
About 82 percent of survey respondents said Florida’s academic standards should be raised in order to help Florida’s children compete in the global marketplace.
One Senior Place opens
One Senior Place, a revolutionary senior mall and resource center, opened Wednesday, Feb. 1.
Quintet is plenty brassy
The Manhattan Brass quintet offered a modicum of non-jarring melodic music perhaps to repay those who politely endured as much noise as five healthy brassists can manage.
Sailing the globe
On a year of anniversaries, former Winter Park resident and the first Pole to sail around the world, Wladek Wagner, is remembered.
Some of the most spectacular tablescapes ever to inspire shouts of “Opa” are being created as a benefit
(Truly) Extraordinary tables
Movie on the lawn
Orangewood Church and School in Maitland presents “Kung Fu Panda 2” on Saturday, Feb. 4.
Rowing for 56 days
Team Epoch has just completed a row across the Atlantic Ocean, and will continue their 400 Challenge by completing 10,000 self-powered miles in 400 days.
Winter fire safety
With the cold weather come some issues that we don’t normally deal with the rest of the year.
Employee of the quarter
Mark Brown, Electric Utility Specialist, is the employee of the fourth quarter of 2011.
Head to districts
Boys look to change their luck in districts
Observer wins big
The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce named the Winter Park-Maitland Observer the Small Business of the Year.
Pediatric cancer cause
On Feb. 11, nonprofit Miles for Hope will be hosting the second annual Moving Towards a Cure 5k walk/run.
The Art & History Museums – Maitland (A&H) proudly features the work of artist Molly Chism in the upcoming Exhibition EMERGE! Molly Chism, opening on Feb. 3.
Maitland plaza fills up
Amid talks of downtown redevelopment, new businesses flock to Maitland.