People Profiles


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Realtor Jack Ballard did business with kindness

Realtor loved Winter Park

You might not have known Jack, but Winter Park was a better city because of him.

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Jesse Cutler finds the sound, soul of Winter Park

City gets a soundtrack

To capture the essence of the “hippest city in Central Florida,” Jesse Cutler used his musical talent to compose 10 instrumental tracks.

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Holocaust survivor keeps history alive through education in Maitland

Holocaust survivor speaks

In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 27, Holocaust survivor Tess Wise, 92, was invited to speak at the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida.

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Winter Park media specialist nominated for Teacher of the Year

WP teacher nominated

During her time at Winter Park High School, Ginger Carter has integrated technology into educational activities, which she said has earned her a reputation as someone who’s not afraid to try new things in the media center.

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Baldwin Parker builds computer business out of garage

Creating computers

Lotus Computers ships PCs and laptops nationwide, building each by hand in the company’s Altamonte Springs workshop.

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Casselberry florist finds life in bloom after a withering start

Florist finds hapiness

Twenty years ago, Casselberry resident Mimi Chin sat on the side of U.S. Highway 17-92 with a bucket of water and $5 worth of carnations, trying to sell flowers and pick up the pieces after losing everything.

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Orlando artist's globe-traveling work comes home

World travels end in Orlando

Josh Garrick had to travel around the world to arrive in College Park, but the journey was a lot longer than that.

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Central Floridians walk to spread awareness of rare brain disease

Battling brain disease

The disease gradually destroys brain cells, causing psychiatric, cognitive and motor disorders.

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Deaf teacher spurs quiet revolution in Winter Park classroom

Teaching without words

In her first year of teaching at Winter Park High School, Ashley Loomis reinvigorated the school without speaking a single word in the classroom.

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Baldwin Park couple brings comfort to Ronald McDonald House

Couple offers comfort

On the last Friday of every month for the past three years, Angela and her husband Jason have taken over the kitchen at the Ronald McDonald House at Florida Hospital cooking meals for the guests in need.

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Central Florida magician works to trick Penn and Teller

Fooling Penn & Teller

Seven minutes is all Kostya Kimlat had to perform a magic trick on “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” the hour-long competition series featuring the legendary duo Penn and Teller.

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Local 7-year-old fights to find cure for Rett Syndrome

Flowers for a cure

Carly Springhart is on a mission to find a cure for Rett syndrome, a debilitating neurological disorder that mostly affects girls; her sister Brooklyn one of them.

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Local lady writes book of Paris travel tips

Local is fired up for France

Sandra Sheridan, a Winter Park native and Rollins graduate, is fired up, in this case, “Fired Up for France.” That’s the very fitting name of her new series of stories about her travels to Paris.

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Mobile farmers market brings Winter Park families fresh produce

Healthy food on wheels

A gigantic re-purposed LYNX bus with paintings of produce on its exterior doubles as a farmers market.

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County celebrates three generations of firefighters

Three generations volunteer

When a new firefighter graduates, it is tradition that a family member has the honor of pinning on that first badge. When Matthew was pinned, it was an historic moment for the family and the county.