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O-Town Interview

By Tommy Cardinal | January 29, 2019

Anna Eskamani was elected in November to represent Florida’s 47th district in the Florida House of Representatives. Eskamani was born and raised in Orlando. She is an alumna of University High School and holds two bachelor’s and two master’s degrees from the University of Central Florida. The 28-year-old Iranian-American is also currently pursuing a doctorate degree in public affairs. The […]

People of O-Town: Kristi Hamby

By Tommy Cardinal | January 29, 2019

Her first project for the city was on a unique canvas: storm drains. She also painted a mural in the Thornton Park parking garage. Painting on such unique canvases poses a problem for Kristi Hamby, 27, a freelance artist who has made her mark on downtown Orlando. She said she uses a program that allows her to take a picture […]

People of O-Town: Jonathan Kioko

By Tommy Cardinal | January 10, 2019

Jonathan Kioko gets a headache when he isn’t doing anything productive, so he carves stone. He specializes in animals and people and has been carving for almost 40 years. “I grew up in Kenya, there are animals. I know their proportions,” Kioko said. “When I do an animal, I make sure I do it right.” He doesn’t just carve animals, […]

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 […]