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Tim Freed

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Powered wheelchair goes up in flames in Winter Park

Malfunction causes blaze

A faulty electric wheelchair was the culprit in a Winter Park house fire last week, leaving behind melted plastic and questions regarding the safety of certain electric wheelchairs.

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Park Avenue's parallel to get a makeover

Street to get a makeover

New York Avenue is set to get a facelift – an effort to bring the charm of Park Avenue to another downtown Winter Park road.

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Winter Park prepares to tap reserves for golf course renovations

Taping reserves for renovations

Winter Park has set aside money to renovate the Winter Park County Club, though from a controversial source.

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Winter Park celebrates wounded vet's homecoming

Wounded vet moves in

Last week, Sgt. First Class Bacary Sambou of the United States Army was given the keys to his new Winter Park home – a donation that’s been more than a year in the making.

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Winter Park Commission agrees to add new officers

Adding to the force

Winter Park is looking to hire two new police officers as part of its budget for the upcoming fiscal year – a response to ongoing crime within the city.

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Winter Park hospital gets green light for expansion

Hospital to grow

Winter Park Memorial Hospital is officially expanding its facilities – looking to meet the needs of a growing local population.

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Dog shooting aftermath echos in Winter Park

Dog shooting spurs action

For one pet owner, it was an unjustified attack on her dog. For one gun owner, it was simply an act of self-defense.

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Bookmark your calendar for WPPL's Bash for Books

Check it out

The Winter Park Public Library is hoping the local community will come check out its 11th annual Bash for Books event to raise money for library programming.

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Winter Park board approves assisted living facility

More seniors moving in?

An assisted living facility project planned in Winter Park might be the latest addition to the six-way intersection of Orange Avenue, Denning Drive and Minnesota Avenue.

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Winter Park Playhouse works to fund permanent home

Funding the theater

The Winter Park Playhouse is facing budget battles as it works to make its home permanent before curtain call.

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Winter Park Police Department marks turnover in force

Shifting deputies

The Winter Park Police Department has promoted its third deputy chief in six months, part of a wave of high-ranking officers who have recently departed or announced their imminent retirement.

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Winter Park votes to shrink Denning Drive

Smaller road, safer cyclists?

Local residents are torn between safety and limiting traffic problems as one project aiming to make a Winter Park road more pedestrian-friendly takes its first steps forward.

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Winter Park gets its first bike-share stop

City gets bike-share stop

Juice Bike Share will be opening up its first bike station for use in Winter Park at the Valencia College campus off of Morse Boulevard later this month.

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Winter Park officials debate controlling media access

Restricting board members?

A proposal to potentially restrict how Winter Park’s advisory board members speak to news media was raised during a meeting last month between two city officials.

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Winter Park approves updating 1960s fire station

New bay for fire station

A new fire engine bay planned for an outdated station in Winter Park may be the fire department’s latest method to get to emergencies faster.

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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.

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Winter Park considers adding more police officers

Paying for more police

A discussion broke out among City Commissioners on Monday about whether or not the city should unfreeze four positions in the Winter Park Police Department – a measure that might be needed to keep up with the city’s crime.

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A not-so-clean getaway after Winter Park robbery

Purse snatcher throws bleach

One Orlando resident is behind bars after committing an alleged robbery in Winter Park with an unusual weapon.

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FBI nabs former Winter Park businessman for fraud

Former Winter Parker arrested

A former Winter Park businessman has been arrested in Texas for alleged fraud, a crime he became known for in the city of culture and heritage.

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Residents find themselves priced out of Winter Park

Lack of affordable housing

The approval of a new townhome development in Winter Park on Monday in place of an existing neighborhood has left a burning question: Is Winter Park affordable for everyone?

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Winter Park Memorial announces expansion plans

Hospital looks to grow

Winter Park Memorial Hospital is looking to expand – a reaction to the area’s growing senior population.

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Winter Park plants trees to honor centenarians

Honoring centenarians

Winter Park is planting a new policy rooted in honoring the city’s oldest residents.

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Lake Baldwin Park pet memorial put on hold

Park pet tribute on hold

A tribute to Winter Park’s departed pets set for Lake Baldwin Park is resting in peace for now, as Florida officials ruled the memorial was prohibited in the park.

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Storm causes tree troubles in Winter Park

Tree crashes down

One Winter Park family is without a home after a tree fell onto their house along Douglas Avenue last month.

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Winter Park Library may move to MLK Park

Relocating to MLK Park?

The Winter Park Library Facility Task Force gave its final presentation on a new public library to Winter Park City Commissioners on Monday after a year of intensive research and meetings.

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Demolition begins on the Mt. Vernon Inn

Demolition begins

Winter Park said goodbye to a cherished landmark on Monday as demolition began of the Mt. Vernon Inn, making way for a new development in its place along U.S. Highway 17-92.

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Winter Park moves Fairbanks makeover plans forward

Making over city gateway

Winter Park has taken yet another step to spruce up one of its most neglected corridors along Fairbanks Avenue.

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Man arrested for selling explosives in Winter Park

Situation defused

A Casselberry man was arrested by federal agents last Thursday after he was caught selling homemade explosive devices in Winter Park.

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Winter Park Country Club could get major makeover

Plans for mega renovations

The golf course Nick Faldo has called “Winter Park National” is on the verge of getting a professional makeover – and a few new features.

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Winter Park second guesses Lee Road extension

Questioning an extension

Winter Park could be coming closer to a new Whole Foods Market location and an extension of Lee Road to help traffic along U.S. Highway 17-92, but it may come at a great financial risk to the city.

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Wounded vet to soon recieve home in Winter Park

Vet's house almost finished

A year-long effort to give a wounded U.S. Army veteran a new house in Winter Park has reached the home stretch, with construction completed and the site nearly ready for the home’s installation.

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Lawsuit lingers over Eatonville mayor seat

Voter fraud suit stays

A judge denied a motion to dismiss lawsuits against Eatonville Mayor Anthony Grant and the Orange County Canvassing Board last month, stemming from former mayor Bruce Mount’s accusations of voter fraud.

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Winter Park faces affordable housing concerns

Affordable housing issues

Is there room for low-income residents in Winter Park? A group of Winter Park residents are distraught after learning they have to move out of their low-income duplexes to make way for a potential 30-unit townhome development.

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Capen House nears completion

Capen nears completion

A two-year endeavor to preserve one Winter Park historic home never felt closer to completion than it did on Tuesday for Debbie Komanski, executive director of the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Garden.

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Winter Park board crafts policy to protect utility funds

Keeping spending in check

A Winter Park advisory board is taking action to ensure the city’s utility funding isn’t spent on charities and projects in other cities.

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Winter Park approves new bank with stipulation

Keeping intersection in check

Plans to construct a new bank in Winter Park have been approved – on the condition the bank plays a part in helping traffic flow nearby.

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Winter Park Commission crowns champion 'Cats

WPHS teams win big

The Winter Park City Commission chamber was at the point of overflow on Monday as dozens of Winter Park High School student athletes were honored for recent state and national championship victories.

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Winter Park debates who should help preserve city history

Architect voted down

A proposal from Winter Park Mayor Steve Leary to appoint new members to the Historic Preservation Board was shot down on Monday by three City Commissioners.

Gibbons, girls 2-mile relay win state championships

WPHS wins big

Gibbons would rip off a final lap six seconds faster than the one before, her last 400 meters disappearing in 75.050 seconds.

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Family fights insurance battle over a possible sinkhole in Maitland

Family copes with sinkhole

Maitland resident Jeff Nancarvis had no idea that what would start as an annoying humming sound would lead to a frightening discovery, and a sinking feeling for the next six years, triggering a legal battle to save his house — or to escape it.

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Winter Park residents fear development could increase traffic woes

Residents fear more congestion

Winter Park residents raised concerns last week that a new bank set to be built at the northwest corner of Lakemont and Aloma avenues could further complicate an ongoing traffic problem.

Commissioner fears skewed visioning for Winter Park

Questioning committee choices

The credibility of the city’s upcoming visioning process to determine Winter Park’s future direction was called into question on Monday by City Commissioner Carolyn Cooper.

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Plans approved to replace Mt. Vernon Inn

Development is in

The new project that will replace Winter Park’s historic Mt. Vernon Inn has been given the green light to start construction.

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Commissioner looks for new ways to temper traffic

New ways to curb slow downs

Winter Park continues to see new development springing up across the city, but how do the growing buildings impact traffic?

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Eat More Produce leaves Winter Park

Market packs its bags

A Winter Park market has moved its business outside of city limits after the owner claims he was unfairly treated by city code compliance.

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Winter Park plans to quash red-light camera lawsuit

City to quash lawsuit

Winter Park may already have a strong case to quash a lawsuit over how the city implements its red-light camera program.

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City board frowns on use of utility funding

Debate over funding

Winter Park’s electric, sewer and water funds are now footing some of the bill for donations to outside organizations, to the dismay of several utilities advisory board members.

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Knights snap streak against UConn

Pitcher throws complete game

Rodgers would pitch his second consecutive complete game to lead the Knights to a 5-1 win in their series finale. Rodgers struck out seven and didn’t give up any earned runs.

Woman's body found in Winter Park creek

No cause of death known

A woman’s body was found in a Winter Park creek on Friday, but police still don’t know what brought her life to an end.

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Winter Park lights up debate over street lighting costs

How much to spend on lights?

The Winter Park City Commission looked at options to install new decorative lighting in the city during their March 23 meeting, with the potential price tags being much higher than expected.