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Kristy Vickery

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Inside new store Lafayette and Rushford

New gift shop now open

Want to wash your hands with grapefruit and sugar? There’s a soap for that. Don’t have a Christmas garden gnome yet? They’ve got that.

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Greater Maitland 5K helps give kids New Hope

5K helps local kids

The Greater Maitland 5K isn't any ordinary, everyday 5K. It’s one that helps the whole community.

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Seniors lead drive for funds and food

Competing for charity

Second Harvest Food Bank's latest drive will start with the fabric of our community – seniors.

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Survival lessons from before A/C

Summer in the bad ol' days

Before air conditioning, Central Florida in the summer was an unbearable place to be.

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Seniors catching up with tech

Catching up to millennials

The next time you see a retiree on an iPad, don’t be surprised if they’re as savvy as their tech-native grandchildren.

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Student poet runs down a dream

City's youngest publisher

“Running On Saint George Street” is a poetry book written by Flagler College students and compiled by Winter Park's Jenni Sujka.

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Achieving life skills

Program looks to fill an educational hole

Junior Achievement is teaching kids like Clay the life skills they might not get in the classroom.

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Widow’s dark journey becomes a story of joy

Widow copes with writing

After Vashon Sarkisian lost her husband to cancer she began a desperate search for a way to do pull herself out of the darkness.

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Barbara Hoffstot's legacy lives on in history

Pioneer honored

Much of Barbara Hoffstot's personal legacy was built before she was born. All of it still stands today, thanks to her pioneering efforts.

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Ice Cream Social benefits McDonald House

Ice Cream Social

Ronald McDonald House is continuing the tradition of fun to raise money for families, with an Ice Cream Social event on Saturday, March 24, at the Winter Park Civic Center.

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How much energy do your appliances use?

Library offers monitors

Winter Park Public Library has 10 electric usage monitors available to its members to measure energy costs at home.

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Winter Park, Maitland markets on mend

Mid-year sales increase

According to the Mid-Year Hillman Report, home transactions for the Greater Orlando area were up 2.53 percent.

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Putting the disabled back to work

Center fights stereotypes

The Center for Independent Living breaks down disability stereotypes

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Penning a dream

WP man writes Japan tales

Winter Park man writes tales based on his journeys in Japan

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Survival on the front lines

War changed his life

John Varano saw the gruesomeness of war firsthand

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Survival on the front lines

He fought in Europe for nearly three years

A local's memoirs from life on the battlefield

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Active life, active mind

Seniors share vitality secrets

In honor of National Senior Health and Fitness Day, May 25, area seniors share their secrets to vitality

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Art attracts

Morse draws foot traffic

Morse’s new wing has pumped 30K visitors to Park Avenue

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Pain at the pump

Price hikes spell trouble

As gas prices slowly approach $4 a gallon, concerns that the cost of oil could dent an already fragile market also rise.

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Japanese cuisine comes to Lake Lily

Maitland gets new cuisine

Ran-Getsu closes International Drive location and reopens smaller restaurant in Maitland complex

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Pedal toward a cure

Kids bike for cancer

Winter Park school hosts Kids Bike for a Cure to benefit cancer research

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She can, you can, we all can

Lake to be honored

Jewish Family Services dedicates a charity event to philanthropist Harriett Lake

Officials map priorities

Community leaders from Winter Park, Maitland, Goldenrod and Baldwin Park share plans for 2011

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Leaders reveal 2011 priorities

Local city and chamber of commerce leaders reveal their priorities for 2011

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Sounds of Rome

Students sing for Pope

Winter Park students performed during the New Year’s Day mass at St. Peter’s Basilica for the Pope

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Jacob’s legacy

Rowing club hosts blood drive

On Saturday, the Orlando Rowing Club will host the Jacob Snyder Memorial Blood Drive in his honor

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A runway to relief

Economic forecast

Economist says state economy will build momentum in 2011, take off in 2012

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Leave it to the experts

Healthier cafeteria food

Orange County Public Schools pilot a new program that has chefs serving up healthier cafeteria food

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Peace in

Multifaith Education Program

Multifaith Education Program bridges boundaries at local faith-based schools

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Sharing the park with pooches

Sailing Club coexists with dogs

The Sailing Club of Central Florida coexists with the dogs at Fleet Peeples Park

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The art of cookies

Couple start cookie business

This local couple has turned a wacky cookie-making machine into a kid’s dream

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Kid care in new hands

Contract transferred

Family Services contests transfer of $200 million contract

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Antonio's goes alfresco

Antonio's to host more events

The 20-year-old restaurant is expanding its upstairs dining and bar area, adding outside seating

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Vets hit books

Veteran enrollment spikes

Three Orlando-area colleges see spike in veteran enrollment

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Warming hearts

Blankets for homeless

A local running group hosts its annual blanket drive for the homeless on Sunday in Winter Park

Musharraf enters re-election bid

The former Pakistani president chooses a Lake Mary hotel as venue for his news

Learning to say “no”

Developers hope Latina girls will be able to resist peer pressure through a new video game

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Hendrick's Shoe Repair closes after 27 years

Store closes after 27 years

Hendrick’s Shoe Repair closes after 27 years of love and memories in the Winter Park community

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More chocolate on Park

New Kilwin's store to open

Neighboring businesses, including Peterbrooke, welcome Kilwin’s store to district

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Seniors descend on Orlando

Expo starts Sept. 30

AARP convention projected to draw 250,000 folks, $30 million in economic impact

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Park Maitland School helps India

School raises money for India

Park Maitland School raises $20,000 to construct a modern school in India

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Growing a community

Neighbors beautify cul-de-sac

Winter Park Pines neighbors plant a flower garden, install walkway and benches on unsightly median

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Program helps Alzheimer's patients

Alzheimer's program

Art’s the Spark, a program for Alzheimer’s disease patients, helps forge new connections to artwork

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DIY design

A Maitland fabric store has noticed a rise in do-it-yourself wedding gowns and accessories

Instead of combing the aisles of wedding gown boutiques, bride-to-be Kim McGauley spent her time searching for the right material, handpicking the beading and designing the embroidery to make her own gown.

Lending hands

Winter Park's First Florida Lending can compare loan rates at both foreign and stateside banks

When Winter Park resident Pat Dejong and his wife decided to refinance the home of their dreams they didn't realize it would not be as easy as just going to the bank.

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Rollins debuts urban program

Rollins launches new Master Planning of Civic Urbanism program

College and Winter Park streets serve as model for lessons in place making, green infrastructure

Grads still hired

DeVry University career coach shares the smarts grads need to land a job that's idea for them

DeVry's career coach gives tips on how to get the job you want.

Price hike

Board decides differential

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Beep, beep: Slow down!

Using a tiny box that plugs into a car and transmits wirelessly, drivers can learn to drive efficiently

CarChip Pro company owner Michael Bragg said the goal of his product is to bring efficiency to smaller business owners to help them deal with the rising fuel costs.

Coaching students for college

A local assistance program takes the stress out of finding and enrolling for higher education