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Maitland displeased wth Duke Energy during Matthew

Maitland calls out Duke Energy

Maitland officials said they were not thrilled with the lack of communication they got from Duke Energy during Hurricane Matthew, hoping the power provider will do better next time.

Maitland Boulevard bridge in the works

Flyover would smooth traffic flow

Maitland is looking into building a bridge to keep cut-through traffic off of Maitland Avenue and make Maitland Boulevard traffic flow more smoothly.

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Veteran takes in tribute to USO band

Hope's band comes back

Col. Bill Tate watched Bob Hope’s legendary holiday USO show live 50 years ago, and he just saw it come back to life in Winter Park.

Maitland lobbyist lobbies to keep his job

Lobbyist position under scrutiny

Maitland residents pay their state lobbyist a per capita rate higher – in some cases double – what other cities pay.

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Maitlanders push city to speed up sidewalks

Residents push for safety

Side-view mirrors have whizzed inches from Karen Simasek’s head. She’s watched as a car almost hit her nephew as he pedaled down her street.

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Maitland looks to add downtown parking

City buys property

Maitland recently voted to purchase a 35-year-old medical office building — a potential site for more downtown parking.

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Maitland Chamber marks 60 years in business

Maitland Chamber milestone

The Chamber is celebrating its 60 years of consecutive service this month, hosting its own birthday party at Sam Snead’s Tavern on Thursday, Sept. 22.

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City approves Maitland Estate apartments

Maitland project shapes downtown

Twelve years ago redeveloping Maitland’s downtown was still a dream. That vision came closer to reality last week with the approval of Maitland Estates.

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Second design for Independence Lane revealed

New design revealed

Maitland City Council are looking at a new design for the city's main street.

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Maitland development revived after 12 years

Project presses on

A Maitland apartment complex project approved in 2004 is back with a new developer and a new name.

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Puzzle comes together to connect Orlando-area trails

Bike paths popping up

According to, there are more than 150 miles of paved, off-street bike paths within a 30-mile radius of downtown Orlando.

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Maitland cuts performing arts funding

Funding falls flat

Maitland won’t fund Performing Arts of Maitland for the first time in a decade.

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Maitland pushes the brakes on traffic study

Maitland may withhold funding

Maitland's last transportation study was done in 2004, but the city isn't sure if it wants to spend the funding for a new study just yet.

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Maitland proposes tentative tax hike while Winter Park holds the line

Cities set tax rates

With a traffic-calming measure proposed by a commissioner, money to pay for it voted down.

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Maitland officers honored for responding to Pulse shooting

Maitland officers saved many lives during shooting

The two young officers, with less than seven years of patrol experience between them, raced toward what they’d been told was an active shooter scene, the ongoing scene of the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history.

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Maitland's new brand comes together

New brand comes together

Maitland’s new brand is coming together. Literally. Planning and branding firm Arnett Muldrow & Associates revealed its marketing plan for Maitland last Thursday, with the tagline, “Come Together!”

Maitland works to find a way to market itself

What is Maitland?

Maitland is going through a bit of an existential crisis this week, with city officials, staff and residents being plagued with the question: What is Maitland?

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Winter Park centenarian has traveled the globe

Midge Ruff still spritely

Waking up the morning of her 105th birthday, declared “Midge Ruff Day” in the city of Winter Park, she accomplished a goal she set five years earlier when she first entered the elite club of centenarians.

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Maitland downtown plan takes grander shape

Master plan makeover

Residents got their first view of the new master plan draft in a meeting in City Hall last week.

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Maitland asked to pay double for improved rail crossings

Quiet zone price tag doubles

Complaints from Maitland city officials have been anything but quiet this month, after news that safety improvements to the city’s seven railroad crossings are expected to cost double compared to original estimates.

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Meet Baldwin Park resident Andrew Biscieglia

Baldwin Parker does it all

He can be the man you call when you need your front-door lock fixed, or when you need a new ballroom dance partner

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Local businesses host benefits for Pulse shooting victims

Pulse victims see support

The giving keeps going in Winter Park and Maitland this week, as local businesses continue to organize benefits for victims of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting.

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Winter Park businesses donate proceeds to Pulse shooting victims

Businesses step up

More and more local businesses are looking to give back to the victims of Sunday’s Pulse nightclub shooting.

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Blood donors bond during hours-long waits in Winter Park

Winter Parkers flood blood bank

Fifty-seven Central Floridians walked in the front door of Winter Park's OneBlood center, and out with a bandage circling the crook of their arm. In between entrance and exit, they waited an average of five hours.

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Maitland blood drive at full capacity following Orlando shooting

Donors give blood to help victims

The Big Red Bus in Maitland was overwhelmed by those looking to donate blood in the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in American history.

Maitland drives toward Maitland Avenue traffic study update

How much will it cost?

The last time Maitland updated its citywide traffic study, SunRail wasn’t a thing. Downloadable mobile apps, let alone on-demand ride service ones, didn’t exist.

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Get the skinny on Baldwin Park's newest beauty business

More than skin deep

Resouluna focuses on improving the bodies' outer most layer to help boost clients confidence in all aspects of life.

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Maitland Council agrees on a new city manager

Maitland makes choice

Maitland won’t have to look far to fill its vacant city manager seat. The person they want to hire is already sitting in it.

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Maitland joins Uber discount program

Maitland passes program

Next time you dial up an Uber instead of hopping in the driver seat, the city of Maitland will help pay your way.

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Maitland Chamber appoints new executive director

First director in four years

For the first time in four years the Maitland Area Chamber of Commerce has someone manning the helm as executive director.

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Baldwin Parker takes lessons from war zones and doctors’ offices

Army general turned analyst

Mark and Sue Hertling have found a home in Baldwin Park, where Mark broadcasts interviews to CNN about military issues.

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Maitland library marks 120 years with 5K

Library marks milestone

Many things have changed in Maitland since 1896. But one service has stayed constant: the Maitland Public Library.

City stalls taking ownership of Maitland Avenue

Maitland Avenue deal pushed back

On Monday the Maitland City Council agreed to postpone the city signing an interlocal agreement with Orange County to take ownership of Maitland Avenue.

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Developer makes his mark on Central Florida

Creating Maitland's core

Developer David Lamm is in the middle of developing the hub of what will be Maitland’s redeveloped downtown, Maitland City Centre.

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Maitland downtown goes back to drawing board

Frustrating developers

The Maitland City Council is again second-guessing what Independence Lane should look like, frustrating developers.

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Statue commemorates Baldwin Park’s Naval history

Honoring Naval history

They call him “Boats.” He’s the man in the sailor’s cap with his hands stuck deep in his peacoat’s pockets. He stands 7 feet tall and weighs in at about 1,000 pounds.

Maitland takes final step to fire city manager

Jim Williams is out

The Maitland City Council took its final step to fire City Manager Jim Williams on Monday. The Council voted unanimously to terminate Williams’ employment at its April 25 meeting.

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MMA fighter uses Kimbo Slice fight to launch Orlando gym

Welcome to The Jungle

It was 14 seconds that would change Petruzelli’s life, and motivate him to open The Jungle MMA and Fitness gym in Orlando.

Maitland works on revisioning its downtown

Updating its master plan

Maitland City Council members pulled out their crystal balls on Monday imagining what the future of Maitland’s downtown will look like 10 years from today.

Maitland changes downtown zoning rules

City changes code

Maitland has a vision for the remainder of its yet-to-be realized dream downtown, and it includes only mixed-use and commercial developments.

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Maitland considering subsidizing Uber rides

City contemplates contract

Maitland is considering an über change in plans regarding how it helps residents commute within the city.

Maitland votes to fire city manager

Council votes to can manager

Jim Williams is out. Maitland passed a preliminary resolution on Monday to fire its city manager, after he's served eight years in the city's top position.

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Maitland takes steps toward ousting city manager

Maitland contemplates change

Maitland's city manager's days at the helm may be numbered.

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Mike Thomas wins Maitland City Council seat

Wins over Dabby

In a race between two Maitland Planning and Zoning Commission members named Mike, Mike Thomas came out on top on Monday, winning Seat 1 on the Maitland City Council.

Mailer from Tallahassee targets Maitland candidate

Mailer targets candidate

Both Maitland City Council candidates Mike Dabby and Mike Thomas spoke out in favor of the city raising its taxes in 2014 – but only one of them is being attacked for it in a recent campaign mailer.

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Maitland candidates debate

Candidates face off

Maitland candidates Mike Dabby and Mike Thomas took to the mic on Thursday to voice their opinions on traffic and development in the city.

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Maitland election heats up as early voting kicks off

Election kicks off

With a dozen days left until Election Day, candidates are entering crunch time while early-bird voters flock to the polls.

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Southeastern Guide Dogs to host walkathon in Baldwin Park

Benefit for guide dogs

Malcolm goes wherever Richard does. Home, work, the theater, Malcolm follows like a shadow at his side.

Maitland approves long debated mixed-use development

Apartments, retail in

Maitland Concourse North was voted through with a 4-1 vote by the Maitland City Council.

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Maitland residents raise concerns over Enzian expansion

Neighbors issue concern

Residents saw a trailer of what’s to come with the Enzian Theater’s planned expansion at a Maitland Planning & Zoning Commission meeting last month.