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O-Town interview: Earl Crittenden, Jr., a true Renaissance man

An Orlando native, Earl Crittenden, Jr. graduated from University of Florida in 1986 with a B.S. in journalism and quickly moved to New York, where he studied acting under the tutelage of renowned German-born American actress Uta Hagan. Transitioning from the soap opera and theater world to journalism, he worked as an associate producer of CNBC’s Straight Forward with Roger […]

Orlando’s historic districts: a history of protecting history


1980 started off as kind of a bleak year. Mortgage rates hovered around 16 percent, the country was hobbling in an economic malaise, and disco had officially been declared dead. Growth in downtown Orlando, like many southern towns, was focused on adding modern conveniences, with little regard to protecting significant historic architectural charms. Formerly glorious circa 1890 buildings were summarily […]

Dining Deals with Summertime Savings Appeal


Woohoo…it is vacation time! Yes, yes, let us digress, into a relaxing time without stress. Are you going to Disney, the Bahamas, getting all fancy in Paris, maybe the Great White North… eh, or just staying and playing in the heart of the City Beautiful? The destination really doesn’t matter, as long as you aren’t playing the role of the […]

Day trippin’: Micanopy: the little town that time forgot



Close enough for a day trip, but you will want to pack an overnight bag. Micanopy, Florida, about 20 minutes south of Gainesville and 25 minutes north of Ocala, is believed to be the oldest inland town in the state. Founded in 1821, this tiny town will make you feel like you stepped into an era long since passed. The […]

The way we were: Murder at the San Juan


“Three Orlando men, an ex-constable, an ex-convict, and a physician-chiropractor, were in the county jail last night after being held by a coroner’s jury for the first degree poison liquor murder of Dolores Myerly, 19-year-old transient ‘butterfly’…” This February 20, 1938 lead in the Sunday Sentinel Star newspaper, had all the trappings of an old television murder mystery. In the […]

Soccer in Orlando makes impact beyond the pitch

Just one way that Orlando Pride give back to the community, Zayne Burton’s story shows the effect soccer has on the community.

The Mayor’s City Academy – behind the scenes of our City Beautiful


In the fall of 2017, I applied to an Orlando city program that I had heard about from a past participant. I was intrigued and excited to apply for the upcoming 2018 program that seemed to be getting the reputation for being a wonderful Orlando experience. Our City Beautiful has an amazing program called The Mayor’s City Academy and I […]

Artist Profile: Robin Van Arsdol

Robin Van Arsdol lives and breathes art. He resides in his studio, which is floor to ceiling in sculptures, large canvases and paintings. Van Arsdol started out as a country boy, and turned into an international artist. Starting out at Georgetown College in Kentucky, and eventually moving to New York City, Van Arsdol has always been interested in street art […]

Orlando’s neighborhood pub is back in business

How Scott Vocca and Vicki Gish saved the Claddagh Cottage For Scott Vocca and Vicki Gish, relocating their beloved neighborhood bar hasn’t been easy. The couple purchased the Claddagh Cottage Irish Pub in early 2016, and had hardly acclimated to their new positions as owners before the landlord informed them, three months after they signed their lease, that the plaza […]

Elevating to New Heights


Samantha Guillaume was one of fifty seniors sitting in the audience at Elevate Orlando’s Senior Night on May 2 of this year. She laughed with friends and ate her meal as each teacher stood up to announce the accomplishments of the students. When Samantha’s teacher called her name, she announced to the group, “Samantha Guillaume, senior leader at Oak Ridge […]


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