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One of the first homework assignments I failed was…

By Staff | February 28, 2019

Amy Watkins’ poems conjure the fears and joys of childhood and adolescence like it all happened yesterday, and of adulthood stripped clean of the social masks we often wear in the world. This wonderful Orlando poet’s work is well worth exploring. Selected by Susan Lilley. “One of the first homework assignments I failed was…” The lesson was physics I asked […]

Brian Minkel

By Staff | February 28, 2019

Living on tips doesn’t bother him. He sees it as a way to earn instant gratification for his work. “I like the immediate satisfaction,” Brian Minkel said. “Someone who’s project-driven, they have to wait for that. Serving someone to help them have a better day is rewarding.” Minkel, 45, is a bartender at Burton’s Thornton Park and has lived in […]

Craft and Common: An uncommon twist to the way you drink coffee

By Staff | February 28, 2019

If you haven’t visited this new business, you are missing out, big time! Craft and Common is an up-and-coming spot for literally everything: craft coffee, cocktails, food, meetings, shopping, the list goes on. Lindsay and Brandon Duensing (wife and husband owners) are Orlando natives and Brandon is a UCF alumnus (Go Knights!). After getting married, they headed west to San […]

Thorntorn Park Report

By Staff | February 28, 2019

The Thornton Park Neighborhood Association met on Monday, Feb. 11, and had a great turnout! Items discussed included speeding on streets throughout the neighborhood and how the City can help. A request for more doggy bag stations was also submitted to Commissioner Patty Sheehan, as the incidents of sidewalk accidents has recently risen. The latest quarterly neighborhood cleanup with the […]

Don’t give change; create real change

By Staff | February 28, 2019

Living in the downtown of any big city has advantages and disadvantages. We love living in downtown Orlando because of the walkability, all the entertainment options, the fine arts events, Lake Eola Park, and the charming historic districts. Urban areas also attract folks who need help, maybe because of mental illness, discrimination, bad luck, or other reasons. Some of these […]

Lake Davis/Greenwood pursues historic district

By Staff | February 28, 2019

A historic movement is underway in the Lake Davis/Greenwood neighborhood. A group of local residents is pursuing the creation of a new historic district with the City of Orlando’s Historic Preservation Board. Committee Chairman Mark Line says that the homeowners’ association is “proud of its neighborhoods and would like to keep the integrity of its historic look.” Line believes that […]

Cesar Calvet appointed OUC board president

By Staff | February 28, 2019

Cesar Calvet has been unanimously appointed president of the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) Board, effective Jan. 22, 2019. Calvet joined the board in January 2016, and has since held the positions of commissioner, second vice president and, most recently, first vice president. During Calvet’s time on the board, OUC has maintained its hold as the most reliable electric utility in […]

Colon Cancer: Knowledge is Power

By Staff | February 28, 2019

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, the colon cancer death rate in this country could be cut by more than half if Americans simply followed recommended screening guidelines. Early detection and treatment are critical. If caught early, colorectal cancer is 90 percent curable. If precancerous polyps are found during screening, the disease is […]

Mayor Buddy Dyer receives 2019 Trendsetter Award for progressive sustainability efforts

By Staff | February 28, 2019

ULI Central Florida, a nonprofit organization, honored Mayor Buddy Dyer on Feb. 6 with the 2019 Trendsetter Award at a conference in the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center. ULI Central Florida promotes responsible land use and creating sustainable community. With the Trendsetter Award, it recognizes forward-thinking ideas, practices that have or will mark a change in the “fundamental market, and […]

Lunar Festival highlights Asian culture in Orlando

By Staff | February 28, 2019

Dragons danced to the drums as spectators cheered on Feb. 17 at the Eighth Annual Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival. The event, highlighting the beginning of the year of the pig, drew spectators to soak in the culture of Orlando’s Asian and Asian-American community. Mykel Lee, 32, said this was his third year attending the event and that it […]