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Commissioner's Corner: How your vote mattered

Citizen participation in elections is a key part of a healthy democracy.

I hope you had the opportunity to go to the polls in November and vote on important charter amendments, the special referendum, and for the elected officials that will lead our community over their terms in office.

Winter Park City Talk

Give blood this holiday season

During this season of giving, donating blood is a wonderful way to give back and save a life. The Big Red Bus will be at Winter Park City Hall located at 401 S. Park Ave., on Monday, Dec. 15.

Louis Roney: Traveling far in song

I have traveled far in public in my life of song— and I have sung wherever I have traveled.

A singer and his songs are a musical love affair and a singer sings songs with a musicality that springs from his deep affection for, and understanding of them.

Maitland City Talk

Downtown Maitland to come alive

Now as Maitland City Centre moves forward it is time for all of us to come together as a community and to embrace and support this and other projects that will define our community in the future.

Chris Jepson: What ‘they’ do to the least of us

How does one effectively discuss race in America?

Is it any surprise then that there is a gulf — nay, an ocean — of misunderstanding between the races in America?

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

CFCArts Community Choir and Orchestra will transport us back to the 1930s and 1940s when the music of Christmas combined with the big band sound.

Follow the hero and his family as he makes his way home for the holidays and experience the music with a 280-voice choir and 55-piece big band orchestra.

Kids and money: Make saving fun

Kids need somewhere to put their money

When it comes to teaching kids about saving and spending money, it can be a hard sell unless you also make it fun and have the right tools.

Winter Park City Talk

Unveiling of “The Peacock Project” Fountain

The Parks & Recreation Department of the city of Winter Park will host a dedication ceremony for “The Peacock Project,” Thursday, Dec. 18, at 5:30 p.m. in the Central Park Rose Garden.

Louis Roney: Stalling for time

There is a very pretty woman living with me. Thirty-five years ago she was consigned by heaven to take care of me and make me happy.

When I wasn’t watching out, the “love-bug” got me good. Pretty soon I had come down to Florida and bought a house that I didn’t need in the slightest.

Maitland City Talk

Light up the season

The city of Maitland’s Season of Light holiday celebration will take place on Saturday, Dec. 6, beginning at 5 p.m. in Lake Lily Park.

Chris Jepson: On behalf of all women

How can man — born of woman — harm other women?

Have men no imaginations? That woman you injure is someone else’s mother or sister or aunt or daughter. Is violence then acceptable to your sister, to your mother?

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

The holiday season really gets going this weekend, with events across Central Florida.

This highly-anticipated free event, presented this year by the Morse Museum and the city of Winter Park, includes love, family, sharing, good cheer, and Christmas music.

Winter Park City Talk

Skate off those Thanksgiving pounds

Finished with Thanksgiving dinner and wondering whether to sleep or skate? We say skate!

Louis Roney: Thanks!

I realize that I am thankful for being a lucky person. Once again I give thanks that I did not perish, as thousands did, during my four-year World War II Naval service.

I enjoy a conscious excitement when getting up in the morning. I’m thankful for that fact. At 93, I am indebted to my genes and to temperate living for a strong physical constitution.

Dr. Phillips Center shows off its worth

Center opens with 'Carmina Burana'

On Nov. 22, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts took off it wraps and proved its important worth to a full house, with a blockbuster performance of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana.”