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Mayor Dyer talks Creative Village, Parramore in 2018 State of Downtown address

By Tommy Cardinal | January 03, 2019

As important as the opening of Disney World. According to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, that’s how pivotal Creative Village will be to the future of Orlando. Mayor Dyer held his annual State of Downtown address on Dec. 6 at the Amway Center. Mayor Dyer stressed the impact that the completion of Creative Village will have on the downtown community. “Here […]

Homeless dead honored at vigil

By Tommy Cardinal | December 18, 2018

Names were read one by one at the St. James Catholic Church on December 18. They weren’t just names, though, they were lives. The Central Florida Homeless Person’s Memorial Service honoring the homeless population who died in 2018 was sponsored by IDignity Inc., Summit Church, Homeless Services Network and St. James Cathedral. The service was held three days before the […]

Downtown star gets energy-efficient makeover

By Tommy Cardinal | December 04, 2018

It’s December, which means holiday decorations are appearing all around downtown. One of these decorations is a 600-pound star on Orange Avenue, and it underwent a makeover this year. The Jack Kazanzas Star has been a fixture in downtown for over 50 years. Two department stores situated across the street from each other decided to work together to hang a […]

Don’t hesitate to reach out to your newly elected officials

By Tommy Cardinal | December 04, 2018

Midterm elections have concluded and our downtown community has some new faces representing it. We wanted to give readers the new representatives’ contact information so the downtown community have what they need to make their voice heard. There are a lot of moving parts in Orange County. Current Orange County sheriff Jerry L. Demings is making the move from sheriff […]

Homeless dead to be honored with vigil

By Tommy Cardinal | November 28, 2018

The homeless population doesn’t get the luxury of memorial services most of the time. That’s why IDignity and Homeless Services Network hold an annual vigil to honor the men and women who died in a homeless shelter or without a home. The vigil is held just three days prior to the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, which, […]

People of O-Town: Sean Stylez

By Tommy Cardinal | November 16, 2018

He calls himself Stylez, and he works at Urban Stylez Barber right next to the 7-Eleven between Lake Eola and the library. Sean Tirado has been cutting hair since he was 13, when his godfather gave him a pair of clippers. He said those clippers kept him out of trouble growing up and that he learned to cut hair by […]

People of O-Town: The Morris family

By Tommy Cardinal | November 04, 2018

Jonathan Morris is a fourth-generation farmer and has been farming for 16 years. His grandfather, Earl Morris, was convinced by his brother to make the trek from Ohio to the space coast to sell mangoes in the late ’50s. The plan to get rich selling mangoes didn’t work, as the Morris brothers lost everything they had, Jonathan said. His son, […]

Lake Highland Prep gives back to community

By Tommy Cardinal | November 04, 2018

Students of Lake Highland Prep celebrated the first student holiday of the school year by giving back to the community. 1,000 students from pre-K through 12th grade volunteered at 46 different charities in central Florida. Parents and grandparents also volunteered with their children. Heart of a Highlander, the holiday on September 26, was organized by the Lake Highland Parent Association […]

Mayor Dyer appoints next police chief

By Tommy Cardinal | November 04, 2018

Orlando Rolon and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. (Screenshot from Mayor Buddy Dyer’s twitter)Orlando’s next police chief has a first name you can’t forget: Orlando. Orlando Police Chief John Mina’s successor was announced by Mayor Buddy Dyer on October 11. Mina, retiring after 27 years at Orlando Police, will be succeeded by Orlando Rolon. Rolon has 25 years of experience at […]

Lake Como School

By Tommy Cardinal | November 04, 2018

Lake Como School received a grant for 13 aeroponic towers from Atlantic Beach Urban Farms. Students have been learning the science behind aeroponics and growing vegetables inside. Aeroponics is gardening without soil. Plants are hoisted on the side of the tower and in the middle is a humid environment to nourish the roots. Students are exploring the connection between math, […]