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Sarah Wilson

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Coyote sightings have Maitland residents howling

Sightings in Maitland

An increase in coyote sightings and rash of pet deaths in Maitland neighborhoods has local residents on guard, carrying weapons on walks.

Maitland faces increase in burglaries

Complex faces spike in crime

Residents in one Maitland condominium complex are concerned about an increasing crime trend in their community as burglary reports rise.

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Maitland works to take ownership of downtown traffic

Taking control of traffic

The city of Maitland is exploring different avenues to curb traffic in its downtown district. One of those routes includes taking one eponymous cut-through street into city custody.

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Maitland works to conserve wetlands with new regulations

Writing new restrictions

Maitland’s wetlands are set to get a new layer of protection thanks to a City Council vote last month.

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Touch rugby takes hold in Baldwin Park

Rugby minus the tackling

By the time the egg-shaped ball makes it from one side of the field to the goal at the other during an Orlando Touch Rugby match, it’s likely traveled through the hands of players born in nearly every corner of the world.

Maitland borrows $10 million to fund utilities

Maitland borrows money

After years of being clogged down by dwindling revenue, Maitland’s utility department received a jolt of $10 million to fix up city infrastructure on Monday.

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Escape reality in Winter Park

Get locked in

It’s A Trap has been transporting visitors who walk into its Winter Park space to faraway mythical lands since the escape room opened in November 2014.

Maitland's FlexBus project permanently stalls

Cities hit the brakes

Economic flat tires and repeated legislative stalls may have finally sent FlexBus to the junkyard.

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Baldwin Park couple brings comfort to Ronald McDonald House

Couple offers comfort

On the last Friday of every month for the past three years, Angela and her husband Jason have taken over the kitchen at the Ronald McDonald House at Florida Hospital cooking meals for the guests in need.

Developer looks to squeeze out Maitland orange grove

Squeezing out last grove

A local developer is looking to squeeze out Maitland’s last remaining orange grove in favor of a large-scale lakeside retail and residential planned development.

Proposals resurface to extend Maitland downtown

Proposals come in

The proposed developer of the north block of Horatio Avenue in Maitland is looking to gain some independence with pre-application redevelopment plans submitted to the city in late July.

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Winter Park and Maitland mull over raising millage rates

Maitland votes for increase

After raising taxes for the first time in seven years last year, Maitland is on its way to bumping rates again. Across city lines, Winter Park City Commissioners also considered an uptick in the millage on Monday.

Maitland approves apartment complex on deteriorated wetlands

More apartments for Maitland

The Maitland City Council voted on Monday to replace the mucky lot with planned development complete with 315 apartments, and plans for a 14-floor office building and 120-room hotel, deemed Maitland West.

Maitland looks to curb cut-through traffic

Stopping traffic backups

The city of Maitland is making moves to protect one of its core city streets from increased cut-through traffic by proposing a simple request to the Florida Department of Transportation: Don’t do anything.

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Maitland works to nail down downtown standards

Setting firm standards

By reconfiguring development standards, the Maitland City Council is working to get what they think they need to have the bustling, walkable city center that’s long been a dream.

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Winter Park Lost Pets celebrates 1,000 happy tails

Website hits milestone

On Sunday, June 29, Stella became the 1,000th pet – mostly dogs and cats, a few birds, and one turtle – Winter Park Lost Pets has helped reunite since it launched in 2009.

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Baldwin Parker builds library fit for the Ivies

Professor builds library

Sometimes the simplest motivation births the grandest results. The impetus that inspired an oversized, award-winning addition of library space to one Baldwin Park home was elementary, really, said the owner.

Maitland Boulevard expansion moves forward

Boulevard to widen

As work continues on Interstate 4’s “ultimate” makeover, plans to give Maitland Boulevard a facelift of its own are being finalized by the state.

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Budget balloons for Maitland boardwalk project

Boardwalk project passes

The boardwalk will connect residents living to the west of the railroad tracks to the station by cutting through the wooded area where Marion Way intersects with Robinhood Drive in the Greenwood Gardens neighborhood through to the SunRail station platform.

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App brings doctors on demand to Baldwin Park doorsteps

Housecalls get you healthy

In this day in age, doctors making house calls are familiar only from the movies, but McBride said they're becoming more and more common.

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Orlando program trains dog walkers to hound criminals

Harnessing dog walkers

There’s a new pack of crime fighters with their noses to the ground hounding lawbreakers on College Park streets this week.

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Maitland makes chicken-keeping ordinance permanent

Ordinance made permanent

There will be no coup necessary by Maitland’s chicken-keeping population, after the City Council voted on Monday to let backyard coops stay roosted in the city on a permanent basis.

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Maitland weighs trading parkland for parking

Downtown plans shape up

Future visitors to Maitland’s in-the-works downtown city center may be parking on could-have-been parkland if current designs for the city’s proposed “Festival Street” go through as planned.

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FlexBus continues to stall in Maitland

Project on hold

The on-demand bus system scheduled to streamline how local residents utilize SunRail is stuck in bureaucratic gridlock traffic.

Maitland works to crack its development code

City looks to change restrictions

Members of the Maitland City Council are now debating how they can crack the city’s code to encourage more mixed-use projects in the city center.

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Backyard chickens walking on eggshells in Maitland

To roost or not to roost?

The city’s 18-month backyard chicken pilot program ends next week, leaving the Council to decide on Monday if they want to make the practice permanent or send the hens packing.

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Maitland approves development despite complaints

Project gets approval

It was sink or swim for a development proposal to put nearly 300 apartments next to Maitland’s SunRail station on Monday.

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Harlem Wizards raise money for schools in Baldwin Park

Game serves as fundraiser

LaMarvon Jackson and the rest of the Harlem Wizards are coming to Baldwin Park on May 16, facing off in the Glenridge Middle School gym against a team of the school’s faculty.

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College Park gets juiced up over bike share

Bike share expands

College Parkers are invited to trade in their four-wheels for two, and pedal their way across Orlando as Orlando’s bike share program expands into the community.

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Paving the road to downtown Maitland's future

The road to downtown Maitland

This vision for Maitland’s Independence Lane painted by landscape architecture firm Dix.Hite + Partners at Monday’s City Council meeting is a far cry from the black patchwork asphalt bordering a broken down Winn-Dixie that currently makes up the streetscape.

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Maitland increases rail crossing safety enforcement

Police up enforcement

The Maitland Police Department is working to train more Central Floridians not to stop their cars on train tracks with increased traffic enforcement at the city’s railroad crossings throughout April.

Funding approved for Maitland park makeovers

Maitland parks to get makeovers

A bid to classify Maitland’s old city hall site as an official park may have stalled on Monday night, but three of the city’s other parks got the go-ahead for major makeovers.

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Maitland officials get legal costs covered by city

City to pay officials' legal fees

Maitland taxpayers will pick up the tab for the legal fees three city officials wracked up while defending themselves against alleged Sunshine Law violations.

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Fleet Farming program increases local food access

Your source for local greens

Greens harvested by the bike-riding Fleet Farmers are washed, bagged and then sold to shoppers each Monday at the weekly Audubon Park Community Market.

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Dale McDonald wins Maitland mayoral title

Volunteer beats former mayor

After two decades of volunteering for the city of Maitland, Dale McDonald earned his first job on the city’s payroll on Tuesday as the city’s new mayor.

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Maitland mayoral candidates face off

Who will it be?

Maitland’s mayoral race is boiling down to a battle of different backgrounds and philosophies between a former elected official and a long-time city volunteer.

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Land Maitland on the Monopoly board

Vote for city to win

Do not pass go, do not collect $200, go straight to and vote for Maitland to land its own space on Monopoly’s next game board.

Funding on track to install quiet zones in Maitland, Winter Park

Funding comes in for quiet zones

Winter Park and Maitland railroad crossings are set to get significantly quieter in the next three years.

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Maitland man killed by freight train overnight

Death ruled a suicide

A CSX freight train approaching the Lake Avenue rail crossing in Maitland didn’t have time to stop before it hit and killed a man lying on the tracks at around 11 p.m. on Wednesday.

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Enzian Theater announces plans to expand in Maitland

From one theater to three

If the Enzian Theater’s plans for the future come to fruition, the movie house will soon have one silver screen for every decade it’s been open.

Probe into alleged Sunshine law violations in Maitland goes dark

No Sunshine violations found

No charges will be filed against three Maitland City Council members, or the city’s attorney, after an Orange-Osceola State Attorney's Office investigation into alleged Sunshine Law violations.

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'Walking Classrooms' get students learning on the move

Studying while walking

Students studying while walking are dramatically increasing test scores, and a pilot program has been so successful it's already spreading nationwide.

Maitland mayoral race kicks off

Former mayor, longtime board member face off

A former mayor and a longtime city board member are facing off in the race to take Maitland soon-to-be open mayor’s seat in the upcoming municipal election on March 10.

Maitland downtown development project gets new life

Developer offers alternative

Why did the developer cross the road? To try and get his proposed parking garage project approved by the Maitland City Council.

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'Je Suis Charlie' hits home in Winter Park

Movement hits home

Last week, more than 100 people flocked to a Winter Park restaurant to solidify their solidarity with the words “Je Suis Charlie” following the deadly terrorist attack targeting satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

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Maitland mayor won't seek another term in office

Maitland to get new mayor

Maitland will elect a new leader to serve in the mayor’s seat in the upcoming March election, with current mayor Howard Schieferdecker announcing that he won’t seek another term on the dais.

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Maitland won’t sell lot, developer drops out

Developer drops out

Maitland’s dream downtown may be down to just one development, with the City Council opting not to sell off city property to make a proposed parking garage project possible.

Candidates start rolling in for Maitland mayor

Schieferdecker undecided about running

There are new and familiar faces slated to face off in the Maitland mayoral race in March, with three candidates filing paperwork intending to run so far with two weeks left before the qualifying period closes.

Winter Park and Edgewater both rank in above average

How did WPHS and Edgewater do?

Report cards are in for Florida high schools, and both local schools serving Winter Park and Maitland scored above average with B grades.

As Maitland grows, so do developer’s dreams

49 acres added, big development looms

aitland grew 49 acres on Monday, and owners of the majority of the newly annexed land hope to grow the mostly empty property upward in a major way in the coming years.