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Taste of the Nation event helps end childhood hunger

Take a bite out of hunger

Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Orlando is celebrating its 25th year helping to combat childhood hunger this year. In its 25 years, it has raised more than $3 million,

Louis Roney: Re: Politicians

Tell me, why do we elect politicians?

These guys talk about their “party” a lot, and it’s party-time for them the minute they hit Washington.

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Orange County primary election looms

Campaigns heat up

The start of August means campaigning and early voting across the state as the primary election on Aug. 26 draws near, with employee paid sick time and a half-cent tax to pay for schools up for a vote.

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Developer hosts public meeting for Mt. Vernon Inn property

Developer seeks public input

A developer looking to build restaurants and condos on the land where the Mt. Vernon Inn currently stands will hold a public meeting Thursday, July 31, to gather input from the community.

Maitland votes to raise taxes, Winter Park keeps rate steady

Maitland proposes tax hike

Maitland City Council members were dreaming big Monday night as they placed a preliminary vote to raise the city’s property tax rate just over one mil to 4.9 mills.

Maitland City Talk

Back to school safety

As school summer break comes to an end and families prepare for their children to return to school, it’s a good time to think and prepare to put safety at the top of the “get ready” list.

Chris Jepson: What do we know? How do we know it?

We are born animals in need of a harness that hitches individual initiative with civic responsibility.

That human beings are “religious” surprises no one. I get that. For the past 10,000 or so years, explanations have been offered to understand the inexplicable.

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TV star designer brings his talents home to Winter Park

Design made personal

John McClain just can’t help himself when it comes to design. Even as a child he loved rearranging the furniture in his home.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

I can only report this phenomenon one time in our lifetime, so here goes:August of 2014 – has five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays. Curious, you say? Yes, indeed.

This happens only once every 823 years, and aren’t we lucky it’s a month in which many of us take a vacation. Party on, dude!

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Dawgs, Rats batter up for FCSL playoffs

Rats, Dawgs face final foes

The FCSL regular season concluded over the weekend. The Sanford River Rats ended the regular season with the league’s best record, edging out the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs by just one game.

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Staples supports local dance center

Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples Inc., awarded $5,000 to The Center for Contemporary Dance last month under a program that lets Staples associates direct donations.

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'Backwards in High Heels'

Relive the remarkable life of legendary actress Ginger Rogers at the Winter Park Playhouse, starting Aug. 1 and running through Aug. 23.

Erika Spence: Business in the Park

The political season is upon us, as evident by a barrage of postcards piling up in mailboxes, yard signs lining the streets, and campaign workers waiving at major intersections.

The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce does not endorse candidates for office, but appreciates the support of the candidates who participated in the Winter Park Political Mingle.

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Baldwin Park veterans hospital to stay open

Victory for veterans

The Baldwin Park VA Medical Center got a new lease on life on Tuesday, with Congressman John Mica announcing it will stay open.

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Sanford top seed as Florida league playoffs start

Sanford, Winter Park top seeds

Sanford clinched the regular season title in the Florida League's final weekend, the playoffs begin on Tuesday.

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Half penny tax heavily favored in Winter Park poll

Incumbents also favored

A poll at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce-hosted Political Mingle saw many incumbents favored and a half-penny sales tax to raise money for schools heavily favored.

Chris Jepson: Sunday at the White House

The premise is improbable. Open your home to the public every Sunday and, well, to paraphrase the famous line from the movie “Field of Dreams,” “If you build it, they will come.”

For the love of art, that is what is happening on Sundays at the White House, just south of downtown Orlando.

Louis Roney: So it goes...

Nobody needs to tell me that the U.S. is exceptional. I have lived in a few other countries where things we take for granted are their “exceptional.”

We are all dissatisfied with something in our lives. That’s why there are so many lawyers and liquor stores in every community.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

Good news: In recent research, USA Today’s Tripology found that Orlando was the top destination for family vacationers.

The award recognizes affordable family destinations that travellers are most interested in – one more reason to take pride in our hometown!

Letters to the Editor

Applause for Cooper, Sprinkel; Controversy over cameras

The Green Oaks Neighborhood Association was pleased to host commissioners Carolyn Cooper and Sarah Sprinkel on July 16 for a forum about recent developments in Winter Park.

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