Orlando Ballet gets set to open new home on Lake Formosa

Four ballerinas framed the podium as Orlando Ballet executive director Shane Jewell welcomed donors, local politicians and media to Orlando Ballet’s new home. Harriett’s Orlando Ballet Centre, which sits on the banks of Lake Formosa at 600 N Lake Formosa Dr., features six studios, all with large windows overlooking the lake. The naming rights of the new facility were offered […]

Walking tour company, general store to open in Church Street train station

You may have seen the banner hanging in front of the historic Church Street train station reading, “What would you like to see here?” Now, we know what’s coming. Around Orlando Tours, formerly Mosquito County Tours, is moving into the property at 78 W Church St., which was most recently home to Ferg’s Depot. The tour company, which holds guided […]

Teach-In program brings Hazardous Device Team to Howard Middle

S.T.E.M. students at Howard Middle School saw robots, drones and protective bomb suits this morning in a demonstration by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) Hazardous Device Team. Deputies demonstrated the tools they used in the field when responding to bomb threats. Eric Yuhasz, a S.T.E.M. teacher at Howard, said the goal of the demonstration was to show students how […]

Page 15 to give away thousands of books to local children, families

Page 15 is celebrating National Family Literacy Month in November by giving away over 3,000 books to local children and families. Page 15, a children’s literacy program in Downtown Orlando, will be hosting “Book Bound” on Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Downtown Orlando Farmers Market at Lake Eola Park. Book Bound will be giving away […]

Not enough room to swing a cat in Orlando

Downtown Orlando is well known for its constant chaos in terms of traffic and pedestrians, but what many do not know is the greatest overcrowding problem does not rest with man or even man’s best friend, but feral cats. The term “feral cat” refers to a specific type of cat that has had no human interaction or socialization and, therefore, […]

Orlando Bicycle Beltway filling in the gaps

City of Orlando officials held a meeting on Oct. 3 to update the public on plans to fill in the gaps of the Downtown Orlando Bicycle Beltway. Five sections will be built in the next few years. The beltway will also connect with the Orlando Urban Trail, Lake Underhill Path and Cady Way Trail. The first gap is between the […]

Saving brick streets in historic Downtown

Part of the charm of Downtown Orlando is the brick streets that crisscross the old neighborhoods. There are many reasons why Downtown residents love our brick streets: Bricks slow down traffic Bricks add to the historic character of Downtown Orlando Bricks can increase property values in a neighborhood Bricks allow run-off water to soak in better than pavement Bricks are […]

Happenings in TPD for November

So many of you enjoy taking your furry four-legged friends to the Constitution Green Dog Run. We love the recent changes that the City of Orlando parks staff worked so hard to implement in this area. Thornton Park District is excited to announce that we are putting on a fundraiser to purchase dog-play equipment for the dog run. The parks staff has approved […]

Reeves Terrace residents updated on planned housing replacement

On Sept. 25, the Orlando Housing Authority (OHA) held meetings for the residents of Reeves Terrace in the Lawsona/Fern Creek Neighborhood to answer questions and gain input on revitalization efforts. Vivian Bryant, president and CEO of the OHA, gave a pre-recorded presentation addressing common concerns and questions. Residents, then, had an opportunity to provide input. The OHA is not an […]

November Commissioner’s Update

Economic development in District 5 Parramore Downtown

The economic outlook of District 5 has so many exciting things happening in Parramore Downtown. There are new developments forthcoming, both large and small. Businesses will bring productivity and positivity to the area by providing living-wage jobs while also boosting community and market growth that enhances the quality of life for people who live, work, play and study in the […]

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