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Winter Park Commission considers Lee Road extension

City considers extensions

Winter Park officials discussed a new approach to realigning Lee Road on Monday – hoping to solve local traffic problems without creating new ones.

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Goldenrod KinderCare crash leaves locals with questions

Driver had long rap sheet

They boarded up the gaping hole at the northwest corner of the brick and cinderblock Goldenrod Road KinderCare, but the void inside the hearts and minds of parents and children still remained.

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Winter Park Memorial shuts down cardiac-pulmonary rehab

Rehab patients forced to adapt

A cardiac-pulmonary rehab program gave Fran Gramarosa a better quality of life, but that isn't stopping the program from shutting down.

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Winter Park library takes on technology

Library considers new location

The tech-savvy “maker” generation may have a place to become the next music maven, video producer or industrial designer: the Winter Park Public Library.

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Central Florida’s health kick pays off

Local counties tops in health

Central Florida counties earned bragging rights recently for their health and fitness as they topped the charts on a statewide ranking.

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Wounded soldier to receive new home in Winter Park

Hero hopes for a comeback

Sgt. Bacary Sambou nearly lost his life in Afghanistan. Now he's found a place to call home: a donated house in Winter Park.

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Mead Garden restoration plans could transform wetland

Mead proposes dredging plans

A restoration project for the Lake Lillian Wetlands at Mead Botanical Garden could bring new life to the dark, murky habitat – an effort that would eliminate other wildlife and vegetation in the process.

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Legal loophole found in Winter Park's loitering ordinance

Court says its unconstitutional

Judges declared a portion of the city’s loitering ordinance unlawful on March 20 after realizing it gave residents the right to create a 50-foot no protest buffer around their homes.

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Developer looks to extend Lee Road in Winter Park

Road rage over expansion

A future FDOT project to extend Lee Road faces opposition from some Winter Park residents, fearing new traffic problems if developer’s efforts are enough to push the project forward.

Capen House halves connected

Two halves come together

Both pieces of the historic Capen House were reunited on their new foundation last week on the grounds of the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Utility scammers target Winter Park customers

Scammers pose as city staffers

The latest scam facing Winter Park residents might trick them into opening their wallets to keep their utilities running – a ploy by callers claiming to be city employees.

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4 Rivers founder readies to open The Coop

John RIvers does comfort food

The culinary mind that brought 4 Rivers Smokehouse to Central Florida will cook up a new fried chicken haven in Winter Park by next month.

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Winter Park votes to help cover historic project costs

City covers fees for projects

City Commissioners voted to waive over $9,000 in utility installment costs for the relocation of the Winter Park Wedding Chapel, and to help out the Capen House move on the same night.

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SunRail to offer free rides in April

Free SunRail rides in April

Central Florida residents will have a chance to grab a free ride on the yellow and orange-striped SunRail trains during tentative select dates next month – a move meant to spike interest in the new rail system.

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Speeding Jaguar crashes, filps on Fairbanks

Car hit curb by Fiddler's

A former Rollins College student flipped his 2012 Jaguar on its roof early Friday morning after speeding eastbound on Fairbanks Avenue – just two days after he drove it off a car lot.