Monday, July 30
New location opens
John Rivers served patrons for hours on Monday, July 30, the opening day for his new 4Rivers Smokehouse, just a block away from the beloved barbecue restaurant's original location.
The skinny on three ways to vote: early voting, vote by mail or Election Day voting
Early Voting is one of three voting options available to voters. They also have the option to submit an absentee ballot to vote by mail.
Friday, July 27
Have a LUVly Weekend!
Long & hectic weeks make the arrival of Friday that much sweeter! A few things you may want to take in this weekend and beyond . . . to help you relax!
Thursday, July 26
East flocks to opening
To Marie Ramos, a Wawa hoagie is a little piece of home she’s been missing for six years. She and her husband, Phillip Ramos, traveled from their Waterford home to the Wawa grand opening in Goldenrod.
Wednesday, July 25
Olympics' big shift
London Olympics commentator Rowdy Gaines of Lake Mary talks swimming’s evolution, Phelps’ future and the drowning epidemic.
Summer Update & Farewell
Design studio opens
Design Studio 15, a professional interior design firm, will mark the opening of its new Winter Park office with a grand opening celebration on Thursday, July 26.
The future of the American family depends upon slashing the president’s enormous spending. His present expenses are not sustainable.
Maitland moves forward
For quite some many years now, the city of Maitland has found itself in various states of transition.
The Park Avenue zoning change is not good for Winter Park. We want shops along the Avenue that bring in consumers and tourists.
The Park Avenue zoning change is not good for Winter Park.
Why not put more humanity in humans?
We have recently been reminded of exactly how far afield people go seeing themselves as agents of God’s handiwork.
Candidates come to WP
Hundreds packed the main hall of the Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center for the Winter Park Chamber's Political Mingle on Monday, July 23.
A girl and her dog
This is a story of the unshakable bond between two of its victims: a 1-year-old medical service dog, and her beloved disabled 10-year-old friend.
The 6th Annual Target Family Theatre Festival, hosted by the Orlando Repertory Theatre, will be July 28 and 29 in Loch Haven Park.
Movie lovers of all ages may enjoy an exceptional selection of family-friendly movies ranging from silent comedy classics to popular favorites at Enzian’s annual Kidfest Summer Movies Series.
Continues going strong
Maitland’s Food Truck Café has seen large success since it first premiered 14 months ago.
Two wins out of first
The Winter Park Diamond Dawgs are just a pair of wins out of first place in the Florida Collegiate Summer League standings.
Celebrate National Milk Chocolate Day
Come celebrate National Milk Chocolate Day with Peterbrooke Chocolatier on Saturday, July 28.
Proposed tax increase
The Maitland City Council is proposing to increase the city’s property tax rate for the first time since 2007.
Troop gives back
Maitland Troop gives gift to New Hope for Kids Center for Grieving Children.
To be reviewed later
City Commission tables talks of code changes to southernmost block of Park Avenue.
Big plates, bigger taste
Colibri Mexican Cuisine brings authentic, spicy flavors to New Broad Street in Baldwin Park.
Judy Sarullo dedicates her life to saving pets in need in Central Florida through her organization, Pet Rescue by Judy.
She works to save pets
Church wins award
New Warner Chapel Primitive Baptist Church and its pastor, Mitchell Dawkins, are recognized as the latest International Knights of Alberta prize honoree.
Lays off its new director
The Maitland Chamber of Commerce is struggling to pull itself together — both fiscally and in management — following a shakeup in leadership.
Looking to grow berries in your backyard? Be sure you know what you're getting into.
Tips for growing tropical fruits in Central Florida.
Bar la Carte at Fleming's
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar offers a new Bar la Carte menu with six new dishes.
Tuesday, July 24
Tuesdays Are In!
I think Tuesdays have finally arrived! I've noticed more and more Local stores promoting specials FOR Tuesdays. And with Totally LOCAL Tuesday set to go weekly . . . watch for more!
Monday, July 23
THAT Was A BUSY Weekend!
That's the weekend that was . . . . DOGS, and baseball, and ice cream and wine and more dogs and owls and actors and so much more!
Friday, July 20
GREAT . . . . Everything's GREAT!
GREAT food, GREAT crowd, GREAT opportunity . . . . I guess I'm just in a good mood, but it all seems GREAT! And will continue on tomorrow!
Thursday, July 19
Join Us Tonight @ The Bistro!
Join us tonight at The Bistro On Park Avenue, located in Winter Park's most charming courtyard, The Hidden Garden Courtyard! It's the Chamber's Business After Hours event starting at 5 p.m.!
Family Theatre Festival
The Sixth Annual Target Family Theatre Festival in Loch Haven Park starts Friday, July 20.
Wednesday, July 18
Cash Mob on Park Avenue!
So many remember the days of The East India Ice Cream Shop! Well . . . you can still get the East India ICE CREAM, but now at Briarpatch . . . join us on Saturday for an ice cream social cash mob!
Were property owners on the remainder of Park Avenue informed about this meeting?
Communication falters in rescheduling of Planning and Zoning meeting.
Obama at Rollins
President Obama will speak at Rollins College at 4 p.m. Friday, July 20.
Turning point for Art and History
When the termination of the lease was included on the agenda for July 9, I was glad.
How to adventure race
If you’re thinking about signing up for one of these events but feel unsure about how to get started, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Everything in sight to do with our government gets larger at every glance.
Free classes every month
High number of women are attack victims, police say.
Philosophy and sorrow
If you have enough (life’s necessities) and are at all reflective, at some point in your life you reasonably ask, “How do I want to spend my time?”
Breakthrough turns 3
With the odds stacked against him, Wade chose to open the theater during the economic downturn, which partially inspired the theater’s name.
While family history of skin cancer increases your risk, most skin cancers are preventable.
In Florida, your skin gets plenty of exposure. Sun exposure not only greatly increases wrinkles, but also increases your risk of skin cancer.
Popcorn Flicks rescheduled
Due to the inclement weather last week, the "The Great Muppet Caper" has been rescheduled to Thursday, July 26.
In my whirlwind week in New York City, I went from theater to theater, and I’m happy to share my excitement with you.
There is a magnificent feeling when you know something is going to be good, and then you experience it and it turns out to exceed all of your greatest expectations.
Team recovers from streak
A three-game skid had the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs reeling after a seven-game winning streak was snapped in dramatic fashion last week.
Pet vets make house calls
The days of traveling doctors are back, at least for our pets, in the form of veterinary house call practices.
Center's special dancers
The Center for Contemporary Dance in Winter Park offers dance classes for students with special needs.
World Series bound
Winter Park softball team bound for the Babe Ruth Softball League Regional Championships and World Series in August.
Rezoning vote July 23
Government offices and educational buildings could be coming to Park Avenue if a proposed change gets the green light from the City Commission on Monday.
Observer exclusive: The East India Ice Cream Co. is alive and well on the Avenue — just in a new form.
Why people and dogs love Park Avenue in Winter Park.
It opens next week
Maitland starts its move as finishing touches come together in new city hall.
Cheer gym expands
Winter Park Cheer Athletics maximizes number of teams and programs in new, larger space.
Grant for Coalition for the Homeless
Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida receives a grant from Enterprise Holdings Foundation with the help of the Holler-Classic.
Online addiction trends
Are our virtual addictions redefining more than communication, but what it means to be human?
Visit rescheduled for Thursday
The president has rescheduled his appearance at the college for Thursday, Aug. 2.
Tuesday, July 17
Holy Bricks & Spanish Moss!
Holy Bricks & Spanish Moss . . . . I think some of you are going to be a little shocked at a piece of information I have to share with you tomorrow! And YES, I'm a HUGE tease! :-)
Monday, July 16
I Predict BurgerFi Will Be A Big Hit
BurgerFi is now open on Park Avenue and the anticipation we've all felt has been worth it, I believe. Welcome BurgerFi!
Friday, July 13
A Great Weekend For Hitting Park Avenue
Like to support LOCAL businesses? Well, here's another great week to do it! Come out to enjoy deals, Local products, delicious food and MORE!
Wednesday, July 11
American homesteaders knew the best place to plant an apple tree was the depression left at the location of last year’s outhouse.
American homesteaders knew the best place to plant an apple tree was the depression left at the location of last year’s outhouse.
SALE, SALE, SALE!
Tomorrow I'm out and about and trying to capture some of the BEST deals to be had during this weekend's Park Avenue Sidewalk Sale!
Ask Winter Park
If you ever have any city-related questions and aren’t sure who to ask, click the “Ask Winter Park" button on the city's website.
Mileage half complete
Winter Park’s initiative to underground more than 150 miles of power lines is nearly halfway complete in terms of mileage.
Tips on the trend
Tips on how we can take part in the trend of reduce reuse recycle in our existing abodes.
There were no sun-blocking lotions in those days, and if we applied baby oil, it was probably a useless precaution.
The country needs some R & R — no, not rest and recreation, Romney and Rubio!
Mattamy Homes U.S. Group earned its second Grand Award in two years during the recent Home Builders Association of Metro Orlando’s Parade of Homes.
Popsicle stand pops up
Frozen desserts in Maitland and Winter Park have never been healthier, for you or your dog.
Seek help, avoid tax violations
IRS aggressively pursues business owners who fail to remit payroll taxes.
Environmental Stormwater Utility — four years later
With more stringent water quality requirements on the horizon, Maitland will continue to be at the forefront of stormwater management.
I saw “Magic Mike” opening night, and I was one of maybe three men in a theater full of “ooohing” and “awwing” women.
"What do women want?" - Over the decades I have earnestly considered just that question.
Sample fine wines and artisan cheeses in the Audubon Park Garden District on July 14.
Wine lovers and cheese foodies can sample fine wines and artisan cheeses during the “Inaugural Garden Party Wine and Cheese Tasting” on July 14.
Stories about Rollins College's football team and senior photography class win state awards.
The Winter Park-Maitland Observer won awards in three categories at the Florida Press Association Better Weekly Newspaper awards on July 7.
Free treats for Friday 13th
Celebrate Friday the 13th with free treats from Chick-fil-A and Pollo Tropical.
Area sees improvement
Maitland residents say they’ve seen the first steps toward equality in services in decades.
Now tied for first
The Winter Park Diamond Dawgs are in a tie for the league lead after leaping two spots on the ladder thanks to a seven-game winning streak.
Council offers trial extension
Vice Mayor Phil Bonus put forth a decision item July 9 to terminate the lease A&H currently has with the city of Maitland.
Miss Florida returns to UCF
Miss Florida and former Miss Winter Park returns to UCF as reign ends.
Movie nights could be next
The glow of the movie projector could go dark in Winter Park’s Central Park, one of a few cuts proposed at Monday’s City Commission meeting for the 2013 budget.
Sweet Shoppe's successes
Sassafras Sweet Shoppe is no longer just a local success story anymore — it's a national one.
Corporate runners raise funds
More than 13,800 corporate runners and walkers, together with their fellow employees, helped raise $60,000 by participating in the IOA Corporate 5k.
Musician loved the road
Jay R. Bradshaw, 58, of Oceanside, Calif., died in an auto accident on May 23, 2012.
Center holds celebration
Florida recently surpassed Minnesota as the No. 1 state in the lower 48 for active eagle nests.
Tuesday, July 10
Totally LOCAL Tuesday Is HERE!
Our second Totally Local Tuesday is here! Strive to stay TOTALLY Local today!
Tuesday, July 3
Their future depends on it
Women have made great strides as professionally, yet one unfortunate fact remains: women are lagging behind men on retirement planning and saving.
CoffeeTalk with City Manager
Come to CoffeeTalk with City Manager Randy Knight from 8 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 19, at the Winter Park Welcome Center.
D-day witness writes book
John Raaen, a retired U.S. Army major general, recently released his book “Intact,” an eyewitness account of the D-Day invasion.
Plan an unforgettable journey
Everyone deserves a break from their daily routine, and summer is the ideal season for your bucket-list getaway.
Group offers grief support
The Jewish Pavilion and Vitas Hospice are pleased to offer a free grief support group for people who have lost loved ones, next meeting July 26.
New Senior Help Desk
Jewish Pavilion starts free Information and Referral Service available to seniors of all faiths and their family members.
No place like the USA
Whatever concept of God you have, if you have been around the world a bit, you’ll recognize that “America” is a blessed piece of real estate.
Volunteers clean up garden
Volunteers from Full Sail and Summit Church help kick-off cleanup to keep Mead Garden and Winter Park beautiful.
Police participate in task forces
Task force participation reaps benefits for Maitland.
Thoughts on renaming Lake Island Park
Winter Park’s past was nothing to be proud of and naming a park after Dr. King does little to erase that.
Showcases city's history
The new and permanent exhibit features items of technological, economical and social importance to the city of Maitland.
Not everyone eats white bread
The Jewish Pavilion designed a booklet to familiarize long term care staff with Jewish culture.
Hob nob brings out big names
Local politicians took the August and November elections for a test-drive at the East Side Regional Hob Nob on June 26 at UCF.
Sounds of summer
The Orlando Philharmonic’s “Sounds of Summer” chamber music series continues with an all-tango program July 9.
Popcorn flicks in Central Park
Enzian’s popcorn flicks in Central Park is featuring “The Great Muppet Caper” from 8-10 p.m. on Thursday, July 12.
Defeat Leesburg Lightning
Winter Park and Sanford have watched other teams circle the bases as they run away with the Florida Collegiate Summer League regular season standings.
Students win science prize
Students from Orlando Science Schools won sixth place at the 2012 Science Olympiad National Tournament in Orlando.
New email disclaimer
A communication controversy seems to have been put to rest by the Winter Park City Commission Monday, but there’s a lot of fine print involved.
Love to shop local
We are fortunate in Winter Park for many things, and while I realize it, it’s also nice to get gentle reminders.
First Friday Festival
Baldwin Park’s First Friday Festival & Art Stroll will be 6-10 p.m. on Friday, July 6.
Scooter sales soar
Ride Green Scooters sales on the rise.
Help build a healthy brain
It takes more than a crossword puzzle and a bowl of blueberries to build a healthy brain.
Fireworks and festivals
The Independence Day Bash this past Sunday in the Village Center was awesome.
If you can read this thank a teacher
Everyone who can read this: Please take a minute to thank a teacher.