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Don’t hesitate to reach out to your newly elected officials

Midterm elections have concluded and our downtown community has some new faces representing it. We wanted to give readers the new representatives’ contact information so the downtown community have what they need to make their voice heard. There are a lot of moving parts in Orange County. Current Orange County sheriff Jerry L. Demings is making the move from sheriff […]

Eola General looks to continue Handy Pantry legacy

As many of you have heard, the beloved Handy Pantry located in Lake Eola Heights neighborhood shut it doors in September. It was a long-standing neighborhood market for over 80 years. It has been a place where neighbors can meet, grab a quick bite to eat, or grab some milk on the go. When the news spread that the current […]

Homeless dead to be honored with vigil

The homeless population doesn’t get the luxury of memorial services most of the time. That’s why IDignity and Homeless Services Network hold an annual vigil to honor the men and women who died in a homeless shelter or without a home. The vigil is held just three days prior to the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, which, […]

Creative Village apartment project receives $66M in funding

The Allen Morris Company and Ustler Development, Inc., co-developers of the $108 million Creative Village Parcel M Apartments project, have been granted a $66 million-dollar loan arranged by SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, financed by a syndicate led by SunTrust Bank and Santander Bank. The new development will consist of a Class A, 14-story, 409-unit market rate apartment project located across the […]

City envisions safer roadways

In 2017, 26 people were killed on our roadways, and 183 had incapacitating crashes within the City of Orlando, according to the city’s Department of Transportation. News reports have lamented that Orlando is one of the least safe cities in the U.S. for pedestrians and bicyclists. In response, Mayor Dyer and the City of Orlando have launched a comprehensive program […]

The Milk District hires new director

Zac Alfson has been hired as Executive Director for The Milk District, an Orlando Main Streets business district located on the eastern edge of downtown Orlando. Beginning his new role at the start of December, Alfson brings extensive experience in nonprofit management and community building. The former Patron Engagement Manager for the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park has also […]

Orlando celebrates Purple Heart recipients with Veteran’s Day parade

Watching the parade organized to celebrate the effort of soldiers like Renteria meant a “whole lot” to him, especially on the 100-year anniversary of Armistice Day.

Swan City and the City Beautiful


If there were two things Andrew Chang liked the most, it would have to be swans and Orlando. That would be apparent to anyone—it’s right there, on his t-shirt. Chang started the “Swan City” t-shirt business last year after feeling compelled to give Orlando residents something with which they can show their love for the city. Recently, his business has […]

Neighbors connect in Colonialtown South


If you are a resident of Colonialtown South and want to find out about events like National Night Out held last month for residents, be sure to send an email to colonialtownsouthneighborhood@gmail.com to begin receiving the association’s newsletter. You are also invited to attend the CSNA meetings held on the second Tuesday of every month at the First Unitarian Church […]

Thornton Park organizes new welcome and beautification committees

The TPNA recently began two new committees: an old-fashioned “Welcome Wagon” and a Gardening & Beautification committee. The Welcome Wagon committee welcomed 10 new homeowners to the neighborhood this summer. With so many homes being sold in the last year, a group of neighbors thought it would be great to revive the old concept of welcoming new neighbors with a […]


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