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Tim Freed

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Winter Park teen dead after fight in Central Park

Winter Park student dead

A Winter Park High School student is dead after a violent altercation in Winter Park's Central Park Saturday night ― a tragedy that may have been caused by a separate group of Winter Park High School students.

Winter Park business owner accused of scamming the elderly

Woman preyed on elderly victims

June Andriulaitis of Winter Park was arrested by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement last week, accused of scamming elderly timeshare victims.

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Police seek assailants in Park Ave death

WPHS students suspected

Winter Park Police are in search of multiple suspects after 15-year-old Winter Park High School student was found beaten unconscious in Central Park Saturday night.

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Fight over library location rages on

City seeks MLK location

Winter Park’s ongoing library location saga took yet another turn late last month as motions recently filed by Chief Assistant State Attorney Richard Wallsh were withdrawn.

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Winter Park Golf Course reopens, but fees double

New course means new cost

The city of Winter Park celebrated the reopening of the redesigned Winter Park Country Club golf course recently, but does that justify the increase in membership fees?

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Hurricane set off short-lived crime spree

Cities saw trees lost, crime

Hurricane Matthew has come and gone, but it still left its mark on Winter Park and Maitland, including a short rash of car burglaries.

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Winter Park board ponders over memory care

City talks memory care

Does Winter Park have a need for more memory care centers for seniors? If so, then they aren’t coming easy.

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Assistant state attorney contends new library location never set in stone

MLK site in question

An effort to keep Winter Park’s new library out of Martin Luther King Jr. Park may have just received its biggest boost yet – thanks to an assistant state attorney.

Unrelated Winter Park robbers wore suit, Jimmy John’s uniform

Suspects in disguise

Appearances can be deceiving. A Winter Park Metro PCS Store and a local resident learned that the hard way last week.

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Deltona commissioner offers workshops for Winter Park cat issues

Are fines the answer?

A Deltona City Commissioner told Winter Park on Monday that fining residents for feeding cats isn't the answer to their cat problems.

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Renaming a park after a tarnished legacy

City staff fetching ideas

City Commissioners discussed giving Lake Baldwin Park a new name last Monday after Commissioner Carolyn Cooper suggested its current name isn’t fitting of Winter Park.

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A roundabout on 17-92? It's in the plans

Developer seeks ambitious project

Local developers Demetree Global are looking to develop the six-way intersection of Orlando, Orange and Harmon avenues – a project that all starts with a roundabout.

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Winter Park considers fine for feeding Mead Garden cats

City talks stray cats

City Commissioners tried to quell a cat problem on Monday when they approved a new city ordinance on first reading that fines anyone caught feeding feral cats in Mead Botanical Garden.

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Global Peace Film Festival kicks off

Festival to honor late chairman

The Global Peace Film Festival will bring together people from all walks of life from Sept. 19 to Sept. 25 to showcase a series of films meant to inspire peace and love throughout the world.

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Winter Park looks to increase new tree funding

Budget set for increase

Winter Park hopes to plant new trees and maintain its existing ones with a boost in funding.

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Winter Parkers defend west side residential lot

Residents seek preservation

What started as a rezoning request for a parking lot turned into a greater discussion of the state of the west side of Winter Park during Tuesday's Planning and Zoning Meeting.

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Winter Park offers chief position to Atlantic Beach chief

Deal offered chief job

The city recently offered the position of police chief to Atlantic Beach Police Chief J. Michael Deal, who accepted the offer and is currently undergoing a background check process.

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Winter Park approves incentives for historic home owners

City approves incentives

Winter Park City Commissioners approved three new incentives during their meeting last Monday to encourage residents to create a historic district in their neighborhood or put their homes on the city’s historic registry.

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Edwards, Bonilla move on in Orange County vote

Solar tax cut wins

Ted Edwards and Emily Bonilla will face off in general election after taking top two slots in primary.

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Police chief retires after 35 years in Winter Park

Chief moves on

It’s difficult for Winter Park Police Chief Brett Railey to wrap his head around it: the fact that he will wake up next Monday morning and not put on his uniform.

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Local parents rise up against FSA test

Parents battle FSA

Fourteen families are still fighting to have their children move on to fourth grade after refusing to take the FSA — a test deemed unnecessary and secretive by parents.

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Incoming police chief Vernon Hale chooses to stay in Dallas

New chief withdraws

Dallas Police Department Deputy Chief Vernon Hale has had a change of heart, informing the city he will not be taking over as the new Winter Park Police Chief.

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Orange County woman uses text message to escape hostage situation

Hostage escapes from husband

It began with a single word via text massage: “help.”

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Winter Park names Vernon Hale new police chief

City picks Dallas deputy chief

Winter Park has found its new police chief in Dallas Police Department Narcotics Division Deputy Chief Vernon Hale, who was interviewed last week and accepted the job offer.

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New library moving forward in MLK Park

Park plans proceed

Martin Luther King Jr. Park remains the official site for the new Winter Park library/civic center – for now.

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Winter Parkers fight to keep library out of park

Library petitioners to speak

The struggle over the location of a new library/civic center in Winter Park will reach a turning point on Monday as Winter Park residents will defend their stance of keeping the new facility out of MLK Park.

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100-year-old Winter Parker loved years in the Navy, boxing

Resident reaches 100

Winter Parker centenarian Elmer Brown has seen the world from a Navy repair ship, and says he never lost a boxing match.

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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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Betsy Owens leaves Friends of Casa Feliz to pursue another cause

Casa Feliz director steps down

Betsy Owens will be leaving her position at Friends of Casa Feliz after 12 years of promoting historic preservation.

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Winter Park sets new vision in motion

Planning for the future

Winter Park set its eyes on the future for decades to come last Monday as the City Commission voted to accept a new vision – a series of statements that guide the city when crafting new policies.

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Winter Park riding the brakes on bike share program

Bike share gets flat tire

A growing bike share program has a flat tire in the city of culture and heritage, but one Winter Park board is hoping to get it pedaling forward once again.

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Winter Park hosts tribute to Orlando Pulse shooting victims

Community comes together

Winter Park took a moment on Tuesday to reflect on the lives lost in the deadliest shooting in U.S. history – one month after 49 lives were tragically cut short so close to home.

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Winter Park, Maitland look to blaze conservation trail through wetlands

A new way to walk

Winter Park and Maitland residents might have a new conservation trail to look forward to – and it could give some students a new route to get to school.

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West side of Winter Park continues to transform with three-story residential home

West Winter Park evoloving

Winter Park residents on the west side of the city called into question the direction their neighborhoods are headed during last Monday's City Commission meeting.

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City Commission votes down proposed preschool in Winter Park

Ladybird project raises questions

The issue of whether or not the city of culture and heritage has enough room for its preschoolers came up during the Winter Park City Commission meeting last Monday.

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Meet Mary Martin, Winter Park’s first permitted artist

Painter tests new law

Mary Martin has the chance to paint a gem in Winter Park only available with permission from the city: the sidewalks of Park Avenue.

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Winter Park votes to sell proposed parkland

Project pushed aside

A Winter Park property now out for bid was the proposed site for Comstock Garden.

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Winter Park votes to undo bolstering of historic preservation ordinance

Preservation laws changed

The Winter Park City Commission voted to amend its historic preservation ordinance during its meeting last Monday – undoing the changes voted through by the Commission last December meant to better protect historic homes in the 134-year-old city.

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Mead Botanical Garden finishes Lake Lillian restoration project

Lake Lillian gets a lift

City officials and residents gathered at Mead Botanical Garden last Thursday to celebrate the restoration of one acre of the Lake Lillian wetlands, as well as a new boardwalk path opening to the public.

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Rollins College vigil held to mourn Pulse shooting victims

Winter Park mourns victims

The ceremony at Knowles Memorial Chapel gave locals a chance to reflect on the loss of life and what happens next for a hurting city.

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Eatonville to receive cutting edge, Silicon Valley-style data center

Town gets free Wi-Fi

The new cutting edge data center in Eatonville will feature rooftop solar panels, 10 megawatts of electrical power, a 3-point check-in security process and enough building reinforcement to withstand a Category 5 hurricane.

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John Michael Night inspires community with steps at Trinity Prep

Night crosses stage

Trinity Prep senior and lacrosse star John Michael Night received roaring applause for standing and walking at his own graduation, six months after tragedy struck.

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Potential Park Avenue corridor building project gets mixed reactions

Park Avenue addition

A development project for a 53,000-square-foot, three-story office building combined with retail, restaurant space, and basement parking is being pursued by Battaglia Group Management, LLC.

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Winter Park Chamber CEO donates kidney

A generous gift

Pieces of a puzzle can fall into place in the strangest yet most wonderful ways – just ask Winter Park Chamber of Commerce CEO/President Patrick Chapin.

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Circuit courts to look at library bond controversy

Park petition pointless?

An effort by Winter Park residents to keep the city’s new library out of Martin Luther King Jr. Park might be a pointless endeavor – at least that’s what the city contends.

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Peter Weldon seeks to recreate Park Avenue charm

City seeks quality

The city’s Economic Development Advisory Board recently discussed what’s gone wrong along U.S. Highway 17-92 and what went right with Park Avenue.

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Winter Park floats idea of regulating drones

Devices a concern?

Winter Park City Commissioners briefly discussed a flying nuisance at the end of their meeting on May 9.

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Patrick Chapin resigns from the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce

Steps down as CEO

Winter Park Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Patrick Chapin announced his resignation from the Chamber earlier today, May 18.

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Winter Park Police arrest homicide suspect

Arrest made after shooting

A suspect connected to a recent Winter Park homicide was arrested last Thursday by Winter Park Police.

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Do Winter Park’s historic districts need work?

Request raises questions

A simple request for a black aluminum gate turned into a greater discussion of how architectural rules should be set within historic areas of the city.