Thornton Park mural commemorates century of women’s suffrage

Paintings of two major influencers of the women’s suffrage movement are framed by flowers and sun rays on the wall facing the Thornton Park laundromat. The newest mural in Thornton Park commemorates Beth Johnson, the first female state senator in Florida, and Mary Mcleod Bethune, the founder of Bethune-Cookman University. “One really cool fact about Mary Mcleod is that she […]

Blind man earns doctorate from FAMU Law

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 […]

June recommended events in Downtown Orlando

Nathaniel’s Hope: Make’m Smile June 1 at 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Make a difference in someone’s life and come down to Lake Eola for the 12th-annual Make’m Smile event. Nathaniel’s Hope is dedicated to celebrating kids with special needs and educating and equipping communities and churches to provide programs and assistance. Enjoy food, games, shows and so much more. […]

Swan-boat races held for good cause

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 […]

The Way We Were: How they rolled 100 years ago

How they rolled 100 years ago

In the early 20th century, a new sport was introduced to Downtown Orlando. On April 9, 1912, the Orlando Evening Star declared, “Nothing can be more health-giving than this amusement, for every muscle in the body comes into play. The body learns to bend and sway to the swing of the arms, and the eye is tutored into the quick […]

O-Town Interview: Pat Williams not slowing down after retirement

Pat Williams not slowing down after retirement

More than 50 years ago, a baseball catcher-turned-baseball executive was recruited by Dr. Jack Ramsay to join the Philadelphia 76ers. Luckily for Orlando, Pat Williams was convinced in the mid- ‘80s to move to the City Beautiful to lobby for an NBA expansion team. He may be retiring from basketball (and ping pong balls), but he’ll remain extremely busy with […]

June O-town artist: Patty Sheehan

Commissioner Patty Sheehan

When discussing Commissioner Patty Sheehan, Bill Stevens, her aid, described her as a “multi-faceted person.” “Her job is one piece, but there are many others— like her paintings, her pottery, her glass blowing, her gardening and her love of animals, just to name a few,” Stevens said. While sitting down with her for a few minutes at a recent Orlando […]

Day Trippin’: Solomon’s Castle

Solomon’s Castle

If you could imagine a castle anywhere in Florida, where would it be? Palm Beach County? Miami Beach? How about Ona — a small community in Hardee County about two-and-a-half hours southwest of Orlando. Still not sure where that is? This is one place you may have to find using an atlas or the map app on your smartphone. The […]

Business Spotlight: Super Rico: new space, same delicious food

¡Que delicioso! Your Colombian dining experience just got supersized! The beloved Colombian restaurant, Super Rico, has been through many phases. It started as a food truck in 2011 on Pine Street and served Colombian burgers, hot dogs and empanadas to downtown, late-night crowds. It was then that the family-owned business discovered the downtown scene was missing a niche market of […]

Parking downtown: Not as daunting as it sounds

One of the best things about living in Downtown Orlando is the ability to walk to nearly everything. 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 as […]

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