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 […]

Howard Middle School Arts Magnet Embraces Downtown

One of Orange County Public Schools’ downtown success stories has been Howard Middle School. The school had been declining in enrollment until the magnet program for the visual and performing arts was located here in 2011. Today, a waiting list exists for entry into this popular school located in the Thornton Park Neighborhood and Lake Lawsona Historic District. The school […]

Saying goodbye to wonderful memories

The alarm clock radio belted out, “Money, it’s a gas.” The year: 1973, and Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” was the perfect tune to motivate. Half asleep, I grabbed the first thing in my closet — a muslin peasant shirt, tan Levi cords and desert boots — and gave a quick brush to my eyelids with liquid Max […]

Thornton Park Neighborhood Association discusses growth

The Thornton Park Neighborhood Association met on May 14 for their spring quarterly meeting. The evening started off with a guest speaker, Mark Kinchla, who is proposing a townhome project, called the T-Park 11, at 1000 E. Robinson St., next to Howard Middle School. Kinchla has been meeting with neighbors, and had just received a letter of support from the […]

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