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Erika Spence: Business in the Park

With the arrival of March, the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce is taking a moment to reflect on the economy.

The Chamber in partnership with Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business is proud to host the annual Economic Update Breakfast on Thursday, March 6.

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Walk Their Shoes helps foster kids find hope

Foster kids find new path

The mission of Oviedo-based Walk Their Shoes is to provide assistance to teens aging out of foster care in the way of transportation, childcare, or help getting or furnishing an apartment.

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Tom and Jerry's vs. the wrecking ball

Blow out before wrecking ball

The old dive Tom and Jerry's will be torn down by the end of February to make way for Winter Park’s Ravaudage development, putting an end to an era that began in 1946.

How to combat dry winter skin

Dry skin becomes a problem for many people in the winter, when furnaces are pushing out hot, dry air.

It’s not so much a matter of oil returning to your skin as it is water. Your skin needs hydration.

Paw's Corner: Pets, pot don’t mix

Pet owners who see or suspect their dog or cat has ingested marijuana should contact their veterinarian for advice.

As the number of states that allow medical marijuana to be prescribed increases, it’s likely you will hear more stories about pets being affected by ingesting this drug.

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Genetic test looks into your future

Tests serve as crystal ball

At the Winter Park Health Assessment program at the Florida Hospital for Women Winter Park, clients can get their DNA tested for potential health issues to find them before they strike.

Nancy Lugo: Tips to help calm hypertension

Like a vampire, high blood pressure can be silent and destructive, yet manageable.

Think of what happens to a garden hose with prolonged high pressure. The hose gets stiff, cracks, and leaks. Or explodes, which is what can happen with a stroke.

Jim Govatos: The chemistry of "chemistry"

Researchers had shown that "falling in love" produced elevated levels of dopamine, the chemical that produces feelings of intense energy and exhilaration.

The bad news is that a dopamine-rush tops out at 18 months or so. That is why people "fall out" of love after a while.

This is a Hammer: DIY leaky roof fix

Climbing onto an icy (or wet) roof is definitely not safe, but you need to stop water from entering.

You can set up a temporary patch from inside the attic, but it is very temporary — you’ll need to check it frequently until warmer or less-wet weather allows proper roof repairs.

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OCPS lets students help choose lunch options

Students vote for new lunches

In order to get direct input from students, OCPS Food Services hosted its fifth annual Student Food Show Jan. 22 and invited 400 students to taste test potential new menu items.

The new way to hold an open house

In today’s virtual driven world, are open houses still relevant and effective in fetching a buyer for your home?

Here are a few tips on maximizing open house traffic and converting lookers into buyers.

Creative tricks for a better home

Now here’s a tip!

Tissue boxes have so many uses after they are emptied of tissues. Try lining one with a plastic grocery bag and keeping it in your car for stray trash.

Veteran's Post: Suicide on the rise for young veterans

The January 2014 Suicide Data Update has been released by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the news is not good.

Suicides are up in two groups of veterans who utilized the VA health system: young males (ages 18-24) and women.

To your good health: Watch out for dust mites

What’s all this about dust mites?

Dust mites are hardly visible; they’re smaller than the period at the end of this sentence. They don’t transmit diseases, but they can create trouble for those who are allergic to them or their waste material.

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Business turns charge-fees into charity

Fees fuel school enrichment

At the right business, just with the swipe of their credit card, a consumer can help a school keep the sound of music flowing from band classes, or a school garden grow.