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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.

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Centenarian vet reflects on WWII 73 years later

Looking back on WWII

For Roberts, it was two hours after he’d returned to his base in the Philippines during the wee morning hours of Dec. 9 after a bowling match that he learned he was now a sailor at-war.

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Buses to start running from SunRail to Maitland Center

Buses start running to Maitland Center

Seven months after SunRail started rolling, Maitland Center employees will finally have a feasible way to get to work by commuting on the rails with a new bus service line.

Maitland approves downtown redevelopment plan

Will say goodbye to Winn-Dixie

The project will transform the block between Packwood and Horatio avenues sandwiched between U.S. Highway 17-92 and Independence Lane.

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Delivery service drops homecooked meals to Baldwin Park doorsteps

Fresh meals delivered

Dinner is served with the ring of a doorbell in Baldwin Park thanks to a new, recently launched meal delivery service that takes fresh produce straight from the farm to your kitchen table.

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Mica, Cortes win in Florida Republican wave

State turns redder

Much of Maitland and Winter Park were seeing red as election results rolled in on Tuesday.

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Maitland downtown vote stalled

Will vote on Nov. 17

An overflow crowd of riled up Maitland residents found out on Thursday that they’ll have to wait a few more weeks to learn the fate of a main section of the city’s downtown district.

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Maitland Council to vote on first downtown proposal

Maitland Council to vote Thursday

With an affirmative vote from the Maitland City Council on Thursday, the lot where the old decrepit Winn-Dixie resides could finally be getting a makeover – rising from the ashes into a mixed-use six-story apartment building.

Maitland residents debate the fate of the city’s downtown district

Residents debate downtown fate

Should the downtown center be a park where you sit on a bench and enjoy the open-air green space, or a parking garage where you park your car before strolling the streets’ new bustling retail shops?

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Biplane tours take off in Orlando

Biplanes offer old-school sky tour

For passengers strapped into Florida Biplanes’ open-top thrill-ride into the past, this runway becomes their personal highway to the danger zone.

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Maitland Art Center earns National Historic Landmark status

MAC earns national honor

The Maitland Art Center officially earned the designation as the first National Historic Landmark in Orange County, and the 44th in the state of Florida on Sept. 30.

Maitland loses CRA director, keeps downtown plans moving

Maitland works to bring downtown plans forward

As downtown development proposals continue to face the scrutiny of city boards, Maitland’s city manager is set to start mulling over a separate stack of applications looking to fill the soon-to-be-open staff position in charge of community redevelopment.

Maitland signals tax, sign code changes

Council raises taxes, changes code

A sign of the times, the Maitland City Council made updates on Monday to two fundamentals of the city that had previously been unchanged for years: the city’s millage rate and its sign code.

Maitland keeps tax hike on the table

Could raise rates 11 percent

Maitland property owners are one City Council vote away from paying an estimated 11 percent more in property taxes next year.

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Float center opens in Baldwin Park

'Floating' trend comes to Baldwin

It’s warm, pitch black and unintelligibly silent. You’re wet, but you don’t feel the water. You reach out your limbs at all angles, but there’s no way to tell which direction is up.

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Maitland mayor backtracks on charter violation confession

Says he didn't violate charter

Two weeks after Maitland Mayor Howard Schieferdecker admitted to violating the City Charter by directing city staffers without proper approval, he was singing a different tune on Monday.

'Ivory Tower' shows at Seminole State

Student loans skyrocket

The warning signs started in 2010: For the first time in U.S. history, the Federal Reserve reported that student loan debt had eclipsed credit card debt.

Maitland mayor's misbehavior stirs debate

Residents call for resignation

Maitland Mayor Howard Schieferdecker’s misuse of power as designated by the City Charter is churning up calls for his resignation, and rumors of decades-long wrongful delegation of power among the city’s leadership.

Mosquito bites can bring disease to Orange County

Mosquitoes bring disease

This year some of the mosquitoes moving in have brought with them a very unwelcome house-warming gift: Chikungunya.

Policy check puts Maitland mayor in place

Did mayor overstep bounds?

A workshop about budgeting last week bowled into an hour of bickering between members of the Maitland City Council about balance of power in the city’s government.

Buses to start rolling from SunRail to Maitland Center

Maitland Center to get service

After the CEO of LYNX admitted to Maitland’s mayor that it “forgot” to provide feeder bus service from the city’s SunRail station to its largest area office complex, Maitland Center will get back-and-forth buses in September.

Maitland votes to raise taxes, Winter Park keeps rate steady

Maitland proposes tax hike

Maitland City Council members were dreaming big Monday night as they placed a preliminary vote to raise the city’s property tax rate just over one mil to 4.9 mills.

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Baldwin Park veterans hospital to stay open

Victory for veterans

The Baldwin Park VA Medical Center got a new lease on life on Tuesday, with Congressman John Mica announcing it will stay open.

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Going back to school guide: Winter Park, Maitland

Guide to going back to school

It’s back-to-school season, and whether your kids are entering pre-K or 12th grade we’ve got a guide for all the dates and deals going on to get you ready before the tardy bell rings.