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Sarah Wilson

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Rollins College suspends fraternities due to 'high risk behaviors'

Action could affect events

Incidents involving alcohol, substance abuse and violence have led to Rollins College suspending all its fraternities this week.

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Healthy Central Florida turns 5, reflects on region's progress

Region progresses in becoming pedestrian-friendly

Healthy Central Florida began its mission of creating a healthier community five years ago, and city officials are looking back on the progress so far.

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Baldwin Parker builds cleaning business with a bigger purpose

'No place like a clean home'

One Baldwin Park-based cleaning business is using a unique business model to add a personal touch to every home they visit.

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Maitland looks into stopping wood-frame construction

City seeks support from state

Maitland seeks quality buildings by possibly stopping wood-frame construction.

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Maitland mayor proposes moratorium on apartment projects

Maitland considers housing cap

When it comes to apartments in Maitland, Mayor Dale McDonald is asking when enough is enough.

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Seidel, Naylor square off for Winter Park City Commission seat

Seidel, Naylor square off

The race for Seat 1 on the Winter Park City Commission begins. Here's a quick look at the two candidates and their big campaign issues.

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Bomb threats bombard Maitland JCC

Center receives three threats

The Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando has received three bomb threats this month, compared to the one bomb scare reported in all of 2016.

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New top cop in Maitland is a familiar face

Manuel sworn in

David Manuel returns to the Maitland Police Department after a three-year stint serving on the University of Central Florida police force — experience he believes will come in handy as the new police chief.

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Maitland names new police chief

Former deputy chief returns

Maitland City Manager Sharon Anselmo announced in an email Friday to the City Council that David Manuel will take up the job as Maitland police chief as of Jan. 16.

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Lake Minehaha to get public lakeside deck

Mayor to help cost

Former mayor Howard Schieferdecker got approval Monday to deck out Minnehaha Park with a new amenity: an observation deck.

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Luke's Kitchen, Teak coming to Maitland

New eats on the way

Maitland foodies have a lot to look forward to as two new restaurants are arriving this year.

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Maitland plan could turn land into city parks

Plan could lead to park space

The answer to adding more parkland under the Maitland’s purview could be as simple as changing a few sentences in its code to use land it already owns.

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Maitland program with Uber off to slow start

Maitland ridership low

A program set up between Uber and the city of Maitland to get SunRail riders to their destinations isn't getting as much use as expected.

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New Winter Park library can be built in MLK Park, judge says

Can be built in MLK Park

The saga regarding where Winter Park’s new library should be built closed its final chapter this week, as a judge ruled on Tuesday that the library can be constructed in Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

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Lake Sybelia teacher wins OCPS Teacher of the Year

OCPS names Teacher of the Year

Maitland teacher Christina Arenth was recently honored by Orange County Public Schools as the 2018 Teacher of the Year.

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A&H – Maitland loses executive director Andrea Bailey Cox

A&H director steps down

Art & History Museums – Maitland’s executive director and CEO Andrea Bailey Cox has chosen to step down from her position, effective Dec. 19.

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Maitland traffic changes trouble Thanksgiving travel

Construction changes routes

Traffic pattern changes have been rampant at the Maitland Boulevard and Interstate 4 interchange – a result of the ongoing $2.3 billion Ultimate I-4 project.

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Fiddler’s Green celebrates 20 years in Winter Park

Fiddler's Green hits two decades

Irish pub Fiddler's Green recently celebrated two decades in Winter Park. Owner Donal O’Brien said it’s the people – both its customers and staff – who have defined the pub’s 20-year existence.

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Maitland dips into idea of wetland ordinance

Maitland explores ordinance

A pending ordinance in Maitland would create a protected 25-foot buffer zone around any wetlands in the city, and provide protective guidelines as to how those areas should be treated.

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Navy veterans return to old training site in Baldwin Park

Veterans come together

Navy Veterans gathered in Blue Jacket Park in Baldwin Park last month for a moving reunion at the former site of their old training facility.

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Emily Bonilla unseats Ted Edwards in Commission

Edwards out

Political newcomer Emily Bonilla unseated incumbent County Commissioner Ted Edwards in the District 5 race on Tuesday.

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Orange County early voting hits historic high

County sees record numbers

Orange County voters are on the verge of making history as early voting numbers are set to hit an all-time high.

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Maitland City Centre begins construction

From the ground up

The development that is slated to become Maitland’s new downtown is finally rising from the ground after shovels first started moving dirt in June. But not all city residents are happy with what they see so far.

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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.