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Young scientist heads to Washington

Fourteen-year-old Varun Maden, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) student at Lake Highland Preparatory School, has been chosen as one of the country’s top young scientists.  Maden will be traveling to Washington, D.C. this month to compete in the eighth annual Broadstone MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) competition.  The 30 middle school finalists were chosen from 2,537 applicants from 35 states.  Maden’s love for bees […]

O-Town Interview: Julia Young, Page 15

Julia Young is the founder and executive director of Page 15. This local nonprofit organizes many different programs that aim to enhance reading and writing abilities for kids of all ages. Page 15 organizes events including the High School Writers Competition, Young Writers Summer Camp and Page 15 Parramore, an after-school literacy program.   Young is also co-founder and executive director of the Urban Think Foundation, an umbrella organization of Page 15 and Burrow […]

Business Spotlight: Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream

After moving to Orlando in 2011 with her husband Scott, pediatric nurse Kelly Seidl couldn’t shake the feeling she had growing up working at an ice cream shop in her hometown of Apalachin, New York. The vibe in the shop and the joy she brought to her customers always felt good and she missed it.  “I just always enjoyed how happy everyone was, co-workers and customers alike,” Kelly said. “It’s really hard to be upset when […]

Affordable housing and rental income: Accessory Dwelling Units

Living in single-family houses in downtown Orlando can be expensive — at least that’s the perception. A new change to the rules should help alleviate some of the problem, by allowing for more “accessory dwelling units” (ADUs).  So what is an accessory dwelling unit? It’s the technical name for any additional place to live by a single-family house on the same lot, and […]

Augmented reality coming to an art installation near you


Calling all artists, technology fans, art lovers, or anyone who just wants to see something really cool! Downtown Orlando is about to have a very unique public art installation that you can experience on your walks around town. “CITY UNSEEN” produced and curated by Snap! Orlando opens artistic borders by launching the city into Augmented Reality (AR) experiences. This technology is cutting-edge and and is a fusion of art and technology in the 21st century.   Augmented […]

University Club of Orlando: New look, same traditions

Have you noticed a new, distinctly modern, 22-story high-rise on the corner of Central and Rosalind on your walks around Lake Eola? Most of the new building consists of luxury apartments, called Modera Central, featuring high-end sophisticated apartment homes. You may recall that in this spot was a very modest and simple building home to The University Club of Orlando. The […]

Suck it up: Wall Street Plaza phasing out plastic straws

If you order a drink at Wall Street Plaza, you might think something’s missing. There’s no straw. With such high traffic coming through the seven venues in downtown Orlando, Wall Street is looking for ways to lessen their environmental impact. “We’re not here to preach to people about environmental issues – we’re here for people to have a good time,” […]

Orlando Festival Park: From cow pasture to major attraction


What a beautiful fall day it is in The Milk District of Orlando. I’m headed to Orlando Festival Park for a free Opera in The Park concert and I’m wondering what I should do with these pesky kids of mine. Should I send them over to Orlando Skate Park while I go enjoy the music? Or over towards the new […]

Rethinking crisis: The usefulness of helplines and their far-reaching effects

Last fall was one of the most hectic times of my life. As everyone around me celebrated holidays and welcomed the new year, I felt increasingly more isolated, consumed with studying for the GRE and finishing my personal essays for grad school. One night, buried under GRE test-prep books, I remember thinking of how inadequate I felt, of what would […]


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