Promoting USA products
Many businesses are now carrying more local and American-made items to please customers.
To some, a prison sentence might mean a life on pause. For Chris Curry, it was the start of a new one.
Autism center is 30
Threshold Center for Autism in Winter Park has been helping families and children for more than 30 years.
Shoes, hats and giving back
The only things more expansive than Harriett Lake's closet are her contributions to local art organizations.
Center's special dancers
The Center for Contemporary Dance in Winter Park offers dance classes for students with special needs.
D-day witness writes book
John Raaen, a retired U.S. Army major general, recently released his book “Intact,” an eyewitness account of the D-Day invasion.
Students, teachers and parents bid a celebratory goodbye to the old Brookshire Elementary School buildings last week.
Cord blood banks
These sisters’ rare and fatal genetic disorder was cured by cord cells and bone marrow transplants.
Living to inspire
Winter Park native Valerie Greene suffered a stroke a decade ago. Now she’s talking, running and inspiring others.
Matt Anderson’s Enlightened Grain Spirits company features chef-inspired vodka flavors.
Clyde Moore joins us
The man behind the owl and ILuvWinterPark.com brings his insider perspective to the pages of The Observer starting May 3.
Winter Park Nursery benefit
The Winter Park Day Nursery will hold its Orange Blossom Jubilee on Friday, April 27, to help cover child care costs for its low-income families.
Locals share inspiration
The Florida Film Festival, which kicks off on April 13, features local veteran filmmakers and some newbies.
Saving the music
A Winter Park resident is bringing rock ‘n’ roll from the ‘50s and ‘60s back on the air with his internet podcast “Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll.”
Meet Jace Pitre
While an Altamonte Springs family hopes to get a diagnosis for their son, they raise money for a Maitland muscular dystrophy event.
One's fashion obsession
Ninety-eight percent of her clothing collection is the Lilly Pulitzer brand, which fills two closets in her home, not counting the items she keeps in storage.
Home Instead Senior Care is working to recognize exceptional senior volunteers.
One barber's journey
A barber from Winter Park’s own Kennedy’s Barber Club will embark on a voyage to bring hope to the needy.
Lisa Rotenberger, a kindergarten teacher from Dommerich Elementary, was a finalist for this year’s Orange County Public Schools Teacher of the Year.
Rowing for 56 days
Team Epoch has just completed a row across the Atlantic Ocean, and will continue their 400 Challenge by completing 10,000 self-powered miles in 400 days.
Tennis aces are No. 2
Tennis team beats out 8,000 other teams to place second in the national championships.
There may not be more vegetarians in the U.S., but there are more options for the lifestyle, and more people are incorporating it into their diets.
Cities against tough odds
Central Florida has a long way to go to reach the 75 percent recycling goal, and local cities are working against economic odds.
Don Saunders honored
Winter Park real estate legend Don Saunders was a major player in promoting the city’s growth
Grant targets day cares
With the help of a grant from Winter Park Health Foundation, Nemours will be expanding its obesity prevention initiative to 14 more area preschools.
Winter Park Crew celebrates
Winter Park Crew celebrates its 50th birthday with an alumni race and barbecue on Saturday, Dec. 17.
Seven boys earn honor
Winter Park’s Boy Scout Troop 62 saw seven of its boys reach Eagle Scout over the past year.
City's inaugural event
The city of Winter Park will present its inaugural Veterans Day Celebration on Friday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m.
W.P.'s Brain Fitness Club
Seniors with dementia flex their mental muscles in a Rollins photograph-as-language class.
Breast cancer awareness
Oviedo breast cancer survivor Judy Procell says educating and supporting others helped in her own healing process.
One Senior Place to open
One Senior Place, which offers senior care advice and senior-focused businesses, will expand to Altamonte Springs next year.
Global Film Fest opens
Winter Park hosts Global Peace Film Festival on Sept. 20-25
Ben Aycrigg honored
Retired WDBO anchor Ben Aycrigg was honored by Winter Park High School for 35-year broadcasting career, including his coverage on the space program
Student shines in D.C.
Winter Park High School girl learns the inner workings of everyday government in the U.S., state capitals
Team nabs 12 awards
Maitland’s Colby Center for Dance competed against dancers from the U.S. and Canada to take home 12 awards
Hannibal Square grows
Local entrepreneurs bring old-school class to Hannibal Square
Strength for teen moms
Rachel Brignoni endured teen pregnancy. Now she’s helping others get through it.
Miss W.P. victor
Kristina Janolo, 24, a senior marketing major at the University of Central Florida, competed as Miss Winter Park to win the Miss Florida crown on July 9.
Family firms on rise
Grafton Wealth Management in Winter Park is a financial advising firm, but it’s also a small family business.
WPHS senior's compassion
Winter Park High School senior Laurel Cohen shared her compassion for the world as a teen coordinator for the Human Rights and Genocide Summit.
Man chosen for CNN challenge
A Winter Park father of three was chosen to be a part of CNN’s Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge
WP grad's play wins award
Winter Park High School grad Evan Roush is earning more than just applause
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates the amount of storms that will develop in the Atlantic this year will be above normal
WPHS takes home 27 medals
WPHS takes home 27 medals at nation’s oldest crew meet
Free camp still available
While many children teeter on the edge of their seats on the last day of school, daydreaming about summer, there are thousands in Orange County who dread it.
Student lends her time
Winter Park junior helps girls find free prom dresses
Screenwriter talks shop
Maitland screenwriter Art D’Alessandro has found success in the movie business and in life
Sons share mom's passion
Sons share mother’s passion for coaching swimming and teaching life lessons
Mom of 5 finishes Rollins
Winter Park mother of five will walk the stage at Rollins College on Saturday as a summa cum laude grad
Students tackle issues
Maitland Middle School team prepares to take on the nation in Wisconsin in June