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Affordable housing discussed at town hall

By ops@our-hometown.com | May 30, 2019

The average rent price in the 32801 area code is $1,611, according to the Zillow Rent Index. To follow the 30% rule a Downtown Orlando resident would need to make more than $45,000 a year. “Traditionally, you’re not paying more than 30% of your income towards rent. But in today’s world, that’s almost impossible to do,” said Mitchell Glasser, a […]

Orlando’s “Rainbow Row” turns 35

By ops@our-hometown.com | May 30, 2019

Perhaps you’ve noticed them while driving along South Primrose Drive or East Church Street in the Milk District. This community of 43 pastel-colored townhomes, known as Charles Towne, has a rather interesting history. Who owned the city block bounded by Church and Pine Streets, Graham Avenue and Primrose Drive in the early days of Orlando has proven to be elusive. […]

Something to celebrate: Edwards-Lamphere wedding

By ops@our-hometown.com | May 30, 2019

Kevin Edwards and Logan Lamphere were married at the Orlando Science Center on April 20, 2019. Reverend Terri Steed Pierce of Joy Metropolitan Community Church officiated. Edwards is the son of Randy and the late Patsy Edwards of Hoboken, Georgia. Lamphere is the son of Ross and Janet Lamphere of Sturgis, South Dakota. The grooms wore Joseph Abboud Italian gray […]

Swan-boat races held for good cause

By ops@our-hometown.com | May 30, 2019

The Orlando Fire Department took home the trophy, but A Gift for Teaching was the real winner. The Rotary Club of Orlando hosted the 2019 Swan Boat Races at Lake Eola Park on May 16. Attendees were encouraged to bring new or gently used children’s books to the event to donate to A Gift for Teaching, a non-profit organization that […]

Parking downtown: not as daunting as it sounds

By ops@our-hometown.com | May 30, 2019

One of the best things about living in Downtown Orlando is the ability to walk to nearly everything. Or, if not a walk, residents are a short bicycle ride or free Lymmo bus ride from bars, restaurants, shopping, performing arts, concerts and sports. In fact, in a recent survey of Thornton Park residents, walkability was listed by 95% of respondents […]

Blind man earns doctorate from FAMU Law

By ops@our-hometown.com | May 30, 2019

When Roderick Thomas walked across the stage for the hooding ceremony last month, the applause was louder than for the rest of the graduates. “I hope I can bring hope to someone; I hope I can bring encouragement to someone. I think that’s my purpose,” Thomas said. “I still can’t believe it, but it’s just a testament of the school […]

City of Orlando presents 2018 McNamara Employee of the Year awards

By ops@our-hometown.com | May 30, 2019

At the May 13 Orlando City Council meeting, the 2018 Dennis McNamara Employee of the Year Awards were given out by Mayor Buddy Dyer and the city council. Four recipients with long and varied service to the city were chosen. The first recipient was Ed Richter, broadcast-operations manager for the city. When he first started 27 years ago, Richter was […]

Help Orlando become a certified wildlife habitat

By ops@our-hometown.com | May 30, 2019

Do you think of wildlife when you think of Downtown Orlando? (I’m not referring to those of you on Orange Avenue on Friday nights!) Some of Florida’s most important wildlife are the tiny insects that can be found in places like Downtown Orlando, particularly the monarch butterfly. The City of Orlando is working to become a healthier environment for pollinators […]

Orlando’s ambassador of love named Ray Ward Award winner

By ops@our-hometown.com | May 30, 2019

The International Association of Venue Management has awarded long-time Orlando resident Donna Dowless with the distinguished Ray Ward Award. The honor, which has been given out since 1996, will be presented at the Venue Management School (VMS) in Wheeling, West Virginia, of which Dowless has been involved in since its early years. Dowless taught at VMS for over 10 years […]

New bricks, new buildings coming to Lake Eola Heights Neighborhood

By ops@our-hometown.com | May 30, 2019

The Lake Eola Heights second-quarter neighborhood meeting took place on May 9 at Trinity Lutheran, a local church. As always, Commissioner Patty Sheehan and Orlando Police Department Liaison Officer Eddie Rosado attended and provided some informative details on several projects downtown. One of the projects the city approved involves $3.5 million dollars in brick restoration and repairs for the historic […]