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Brittni Larson

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Winter Park businesses promote made in America products

Promoting USA products

Many businesses are now carrying more local and American-made items to please customers.

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Eatonville man rebuilds his life post-prison

Motivated post-prison

To some, a prison sentence might mean a life on pause. For Chris Curry, it was the start of a new one.

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Threshold Center for Autism fills in the gaps

Autism center is 30

Threshold Center for Autism in Winter Park has been helping families and children for more than 30 years.

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Meet Park Avenue Fashion Week's Harriett Lake

Shoes, hats and giving back

The only things more expansive than Harriett Lake's closet are her contributions to local art organizations.

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Winter Park dance center teaches special needs students

Center's special dancers

The Center for Contemporary Dance in Winter Park offers dance classes for students with special needs.

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Winter Parker publishes D-Day eyewitness book

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.

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Farewell to Brookshire Elementary

Goodbye, Brookshire

Students, teachers and parents bid a celebratory goodbye to the old Brookshire Elementary School buildings last week.

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Cord blood banks save more lives

Cord blood banks

These sisters’ rare and fatal genetic disorder was cured by cord cells and bone marrow transplants.

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Stroke didn't slow down Winter Parker

Living to inspire

Winter Park native Valerie Greene suffered a stroke a decade ago. Now she’s talking, running and inspiring others.

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Winter Park native runs vodka company

Enlightened Grain

Matt Anderson’s Enlightened Grain Spirits company features chef-inspired vodka flavors.

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Winter Park’s No. 1 fan unmasked

Clyde Moore joins us

The man behind the owl and brings his insider perspective to the pages of The Observer starting May 3.

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Winter Park Nursery kindles young minds

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.

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Homegrown talent at Florida Film Festival

Locals share inspiration

The Florida Film Festival, which kicks off on April 13, features local veteran filmmakers and some newbies.

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Winter Park man preserves oldies music

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.”

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MD Muscle Walk comes to Maitland

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.

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Woman wears Lilly Pulitzer every day

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.

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Seniors serving the community

Contest nominees

Home Instead Senior Care is working to recognize exceptional senior volunteers.

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Seventeen countries, one mission

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.

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Maitland teacher up for top honor

Dommerich's Rotenberger

Lisa Rotenberger, a kindergarten teacher from Dommerich Elementary, was a finalist for this year’s Orange County Public Schools Teacher of the Year.

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Winter Park alumna leads row across Atlantic

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.

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U.S. Tennis Association aces take No. 2 spot

Tennis aces are No. 2

Tennis team beats out 8,000 other teams to place second in the national championships.

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Vegetarian options grow in Central Florida

Options grow

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.

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Hefty recycling goals

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.

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Winter Park real estate legend honored

Don Saunders honored

Winter Park real estate legend Don Saunders was a major player in promoting the city’s growth

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Healthy habits for preschool

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.

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Half a century on the water

Winter Park Crew celebrates

Winter Park Crew celebrates its 50th birthday with an alumni race and barbecue on Saturday, Dec. 17.

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Seven Winter Park troopers become Eagle Scouts

Seven boys earn honor

Winter Park’s Boy Scout Troop 62 saw seven of its boys reach Eagle Scout over the past year.

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Winter Park debuts veterans event

City's inaugural event

The city of Winter Park will present its inaugural Veterans Day Celebration on Friday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m.

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Seniors with dementia take Rollins photo class

W.P.'s Brain Fitness Club

Seniors with dementia flex their mental muscles in a Rollins photograph-as-language class.

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Breast cancer survivor shares her healing process

Breast cancer awareness

Oviedo breast cancer survivor Judy Procell says educating and supporting others helped in her own healing process.

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One Senior Place is one-stop shop for seniors

One Senior Place to open

One Senior Place, which offers senior care advice and senior-focused businesses, will expand to Altamonte Springs next year.

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Global Film Festival comes to Winter Park

Global Film Fest opens

Winter Park hosts Global Peace Film Festival on Sept. 20-25

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Honoring the Walter Cronkite of Orlando

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

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WPHS student meets President Obama

Student shines in D.C.

Winter Park High School girl learns the inner workings of everyday government in the U.S., state capitals

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Maitland dance team nabs 12 awards

Team nabs 12 awards

Maitland’s Colby Center for Dance competed against dancers from the U.S. and Canada to take home 12 awards

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West Side businesses move east

Hannibal Square grows

Local entrepreneurs bring old-school class to Hannibal Square

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Beating the odds

Strength for teen moms

Rachel Brignoni endured teen pregnancy. Now she’s helping others get through it.

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Hello, Miss Florida

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.

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Business in the blood

Family firms on rise

Grafton Wealth Management in Winter Park is a financial advising firm, but it’s also a small family business.

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Learning to save the world

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.

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Dad challenges himself to 'tri'

Man chosen for CNN challenge

A Winter Park father of three was chosen to be a part of CNN’s Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge

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Living to write

WP grad's play wins award

Winter Park High School grad Evan Roush is earning more than just applause

Storm season kicks off

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

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Water works

WPHS takes home 27 medals

WPHS takes home 27 medals at nation’s oldest crew meet

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Giving homeless kids summer fun

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.

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Giving back just fits

Student lends her time

Winter Park junior helps girls find free prom dresses

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Living in the script

Screenwriter talks shop

Maitland screenwriter Art D’Alessandro has found success in the movie business and in life

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Water in their blood

Sons share mom's passion

Sons share mother’s passion for coaching swimming and teaching life lessons

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Capturing a degree at 74

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

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Solving for the future

Students tackle issues

Maitland Middle School team prepares to take on the nation in Wisconsin in June