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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vote for city to win
Do not pass go, do not collect $200, go straight to votemonopoly.com and vote for Maitland to land its own space on Monopoly’s next game board.
Funding comes in for quiet zones
Winter Park and Maitland railroad crossings are set to get significantly quieter in the next three years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
State turns redder
Much of Maitland and Winter Park were seeing red as election results rolled in on Tuesday.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
Mosquitoes bring disease
This year some of the mosquitoes moving in have brought with them a very unwelcome house-warming gift: Chikungunya.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
City admits mistakes
Maitland Mayor Howard Schieferdecker admits that the city made some mistakes when it came to overhauling the intersection of Horatio Avenue and U.S. Highway 17-92 earlier this year.
Trainer helps you get fit
Coming from a family of athletes, the gym was a familiar place to call home for Nikki Wilander. It was four years ago that she decided she wanted to call it her office too.
Getting downtown going
Plans for downtown Maitland’s long awaited redevelopment are slowly being fleshed out as the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board voted to move forward with three possible developments for the downtown area last week.
Keeping wheels off the rails
The city of Maitland is getting on track to make changes to traffic patterns aimed at keeping cars moving freely on the roads and – more importantly – off of the railroad right-of-ways.
Developers shift focus
Plans for Maitland’s downtown redevelopment are shifting into focus, with one developer partially pulling out of the process and two others campaigning for public support.
Train strikes car in Maitland
The crash came just weeks after Maitland City Council members discussed potential safety issues at the train track intersections in the city.
Zoning medical marijuana
Maitland City Council members are lighting up a debate over whether medical marijuana dispensaries will be allowed in the city, should the statewide referendum legalizing the practice pass in November.
Limited ways to get aboard
Instead of calling an on-demand bus to take commuters to and from SunRail stations, Maitland riders are challenged with getting more creative when it comes to getting aboard.