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Altamonte veterans event hosts pioneer female general

Female vet headlines event

After 28 years in the service Wilma Vaught retired as a brigadier general, for many years was one of the most highly decorated military women — a trailblazer for women in the military.

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Is the impact of caffeine dictated by your genes?

Students study caffeine effects

Ten high school students were taught how to isolate and test a piece of their DNA that research has shown is an indicator for how a person metabolizes caffeine during a summer program at Rollins College.

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The Finley Project offers support for grieving mothers

Mom creates charity after loss

The Finley Project, created by Maitland mom Noelle Moore, is aimed at helping moms heal after they’ve lost a child.

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Orlando-area filmmakers take on 48-hour movie-making challenge

Making a movie in 48 hours

Filmmakers from all over the world, including Orlando, race the clock each year to make a movie in just 48 hours during The 48 Hour Film Project.

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Winter Park organizations help seniors grow in-home gardens

Seniors get gardening tips

Local nonprofit Our Whole Community and the Winter Park Housing Authority have partnered up to help improve seniors’ access to healthy foods.

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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,

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Tracking tooth imprints can improve children's safety

Prints can provide clues

A few minutes and a little wishbone-shaped piece of wax could make all the difference for a parent looking for their missing child.

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TEDx Talk fame leads local teacher to seek election

Teacher finds his voice

Joshua Katz, a University High School algebra teacher, is running for school board after his TEDx Talk on the “toxic culture of education” garnered public support encouraging him to run.

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Bank helps customers find jobs in unlikely places

Jobs in unlikely places

In 2012 Fifth Third partnered with company NextJob, identified customers who had lost their jobs, and offered them NextJob’s employment seeking service.

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Ballroom dance lessons benefit seniors with dementia

Dancing through dementia

In 2013 a team of researchers released a study that shows staying active — with your brain and body — could be effective in staving off Alzheimer’s disease.

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Study says new Lake Nona VA may be too small

Can Lake Baldwin VA stay open?

Study says that even after the new Lake Nona-based VA Medical Center opens, the growing veteran population in Central Florida will require at least 300,000 more square feet of space for medical services.

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Capitalist goes environmental in new bank venture

Capitalists go environmental

First Green Bank opened its first location in Winter Park, expanding the Central Florida community bank with a mission to conserve the environment to its fifth location.

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Oviedo artists prove creativity doesn't ail with age

Seniors keep creativity alive

Palm Valley is home to a surprising amount of talented senior artists. Some residents have just discovered their artistic talents, while others have spent their lives expressing themselves through art.

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Brookshire Elementary artists use artwork to inspire

Elementary artists compete

The students competed in the school’s first time participating in the National Parent Teacher Association Reflections Program, inspired by the words: “Believe, Dream, Inspire.”

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Ice cream social to raise money for Ronald McDonald House

Ice cream for a cause

There are two Ronald McDonald Houses in the Central Florida area where families whose children are being treated in nearby hospitals can stay for free.

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Simulator offers insight into living with dementia

Training through simulation

The goal of the Virtual Dementia Tour is to reach all communities, from caregivers to grocery store workers, to give them an elevated social consciousness and awareness for dealing with those with dementia.

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Rollins student finds happiness hula hooping

Student starts hula hoop biz

When Morgan Kennedy was chosen to participate in a work hula hooping contest, she had no idea a toy would completely change her life.

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Rollins student founds charity in her daughter's honor

Charity helps families with sick kids

You couldn’t tell Chanell was sick just by looking at her, and she did her best to never let on that she was. Her bravery inspired her parents to start the Chanell Wright Foundation out of their Apopka home.

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Pet Rescue by Judy moves into forever home

Pet Rescue moves in to new home

The new Pet Rescue by Judy Animal Resource Campus will open on March 23, a dream facility that founder Judy Sarullo has worked toward for the past 21 years.

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The price of saying 'no' to vaccinations

Not vaccinating comes with risks

Since 2008, the rate of parents choosing to not vaccinate their children for non-medical reasons in Orange and Seminole counties has been creeping up, worrying doctors.

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Woman’s Club of Winter Park celebrates its 99th birthday

Club looks to fund renovations

At the Woman's Club of Winter Park's 99th birthday party last month, members announced a plan to raise $300,000 in the next three years.

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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.

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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.

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Hiring Orlando vets

Helping vets find jobs

More than 30 employers attended the job fair in Orlando on Jan. 23, where many veterans and their spouses mingled with hiring managers hoping to find jobs.

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Winter Park couple shares their success

Nicholsons give back

For Sonja and Tony Nicholson, giving is not an option; it’s a requirement. It’s hard to go through life in Central Florida without seeing their names somewhere.

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Hog Eat Hog designs with the grain

Custom woodwork in W.P.

From beginning to end, there’s a man, not a machine, involved in the making of a piece of furniture from design studio Hog Eat Hog in Winter Park.

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Winter Park military pilot gets a Super Bowl-worthy welcome

Parade surprises pilot

Winter Park native Lt. Chuck Nadd received a hero’s welcome parade after he returned home from Afghanistan last week.

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Highland Games returns to Central Florida

Kilts, cabers, whiskey and pipers

The sights, sounds and smells are all Scotland, but if you’re a Central Florida resident, you don’t have to leave home to experience it.

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Kincaid Construction celebrates 50 years

Builder celebrates 50 years

In 1963, Rodney Kincaid went home and told his wife he’d quit his job. She asked what his new one was going to be, and he said he was going to have to make one for himself.

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Maitland resident curing cancer one step at a time

Walking for a cure

The day of her race when her ankle, still weak from her accident long ago, began to wobble beneath her and her knees began to buckle in exhaustion, it was hard to keep pushing.

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Shop big at small Winter Park businesses this Saturday

Skip the mall, shop small

Retailers on Park Avenue are hoping the community will come out and support small, local businesses on Small Business Saturday.

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College Park illustrator draws for Disney

Illustrators' works come alive

Many have called him the “master of the googly eye.” Long’s zany characters have danced across the pages of dozens of children’s books, many of which he’s authored himself.

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Orlando jewelry-maker designs memories

Memory-making treasures

The creator of jewelry line Eureka’s Treasures hopes that those who purchase her jewelry use it to remember special moments.

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Winter Park's Wine on the Way goes global

Get wine your way

Wine on the Way owners Adam and Gigi Chilvers curate the wine like a collection, but one that could entertain grandiose or lean budgets.

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Winter Park's powerhouse homes

Homes sell off energy

This past spring, the Wilsons paid just 25 cents for their electricity, water and sewage consumption.

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Winter Park grads launch site to get to college

Making admission easier

College Creed was started as a way to help already well-prepared high school students polish their college admissions essays.

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A dance studio that feels like home

Dancer's dream job

Florida Tribal Dance in Orlando offers unique tribal belly dancing classes in a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere.

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Lu Lu's Ice cream serves nostalgic family fun

Locally-made ice cream

At Lu Lu’s Ice Cream Shop in Winter Park, you’ll find locally made ice cream at a price the whole family can enjoy.

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Orange's mightier kids

County wins health award

Orange County Public Schools is one of only eight districts in Florida to receive the top Gold Award for its healthy policies.

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Finding the next fashion ‘Idol’ in Winter Park

Designer Contest expands

This year for Harriett’s Park Avenue Fashion Week Emerging Designer Contest, picking a winner is getting a lot more action-packed.

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The first steps past cerebral palsy

Special kids gain independence

In a few weeks, many children who crawled or rolled their wheelchairs into summer camp at this center will walk out the door.

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Rollins museum looks to the future

Technology to add depth to exhibits.

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum is turning to high-tech to lure more visitors and add depth to exhibits.

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Teaching students to be their own bosses

Local schools target entrepreneurs

Local schools are expanding classes to teach college-age entrepreneurs to start their own businesses.

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Senior builds homes for Habitat

Building homes at 71

This 71-year-old Orlando woman hasn’t let age stop her from volunteering or hopping on roofs.

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Teen pregnancy rates see ‘monumental’ drop

'Monumental' change

The downward trend is a nationwide one, and since 2006 teen birth rates in Osceola, Seminole and Brevard counties are down.

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Women’s health bus offers preventative care

Bus offers cheap care

Florida Hospital’s Women’s Mobile Health Coach offers women convenient access to screenings.

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Local docs fight to end elective deliveries

Local docs lead fight

Winnie Palmer Hospital in Orlando has put a hard stop on delivering healthy babies early.

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Longwood volunteers help tornado victims

A trek to Oklahoma

Longwood’s Northland Church volunteers went to Oklahoma for a week to help the tornado victims, bringing food and comfort.

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Tastefully Goldenrod celebrates 25 years

Potluck now big charity

The Berlin wall hadn’t yet fallen and hair metal ruled the airwaves, and at the first Tastefully Goldenrod it still felt like a family potluck dinner.

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Rollins designated a Fair Trade College

College earns designation

Fair Trade Colleges and Universities honors Rollins' commitment

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