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Children with disabilities celebrated at Make ‘m Smile event


There were llamas, bounce-houses, singing, painting, dancing, people on stilts and almost everything else that could make a kid smile. Nathaniel’s Hope, a non-profit organization that aims to support children with disabilities, held its 17th-annual Make ‘m Smile event June 1 at Lake Eola Park. The event began in 2002 when Tim and Marie Kuck lost their 4-year-old son. “To […]

Canine clean-up


We noticed you got that cute new puppy for Christmas! We also noticed that it must be the first time you’ve been a guardian of a dog in an urban downtown. How do we know this? Just look down on the sidewalk — or the bottom of my shoe! We love our dogs in Downtown Orlando — you only have […]

Thornton Park mural commemorates century of women’s suffrage


Paintings of two major influencers of the women’s suffrage movement are framed by flowers and sun rays on the wall facing the Thornton Park laundromat. The newest mural in Thornton Park commemorates Beth Johnson, the first female state senator in Florida, and Mary Mcleod Bethune, the founder of Bethune-Cookman University. “One really cool fact about Mary Mcleod is that she […]

Orlando certified as community wildlife habitat


After nearly two years of creating awareness, the City of Orlando became a certified community wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation in April. Daniel Friedline, a sustainability project manager with the Office of Sustainability & Resilience, said that the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) provides general guidelines on how many “points” a community must receive to obtain certification. To gain […]

Orlando City Stadium renamed Exploria Stadium


After more than two years in a stadium with a generic name, Orlando City Soccer Club has sold the naming rights of their stadium to Exploria Resorts. Orlando City Stadium on Church Street is now Exploria Stadium. Exploria Resorts is based in Clermont, Florida, and is a timeshare company that also offers vacation rentals. The company has locations in Florida, […]

Help Orlando become a certified wildlife habitat


Do you think of wildlife when you think of Downtown Orlando? (I’m not referring to those of you on Orange Avenue on Friday nights!) Some of Florida’s most important wildlife are the tiny insects that can be found in places like Downtown Orlando, particularly the monarch butterfly. The City of Orlando is working to become a healthier environment for pollinators […]

City of Orlando presents 2018 McNamara Employee of the Year awards


At the May 13 Orlando City Council meeting, the 2018 Dennis McNamara Employee of the Year Awards were given out by Mayor Buddy Dyer and the city council. Four recipients with long and varied service to the city were chosen. The first recipient was Ed Richter, broadcast-operations manager for the city. When he first started 27 years ago, Richter was […]

Something to celebrate: Edwards-Lamphere wedding

Edwards-Lamphere Wedding

Kevin Edwards and Logan Lamphere were married at the Orlando Science Center on April 20, 2019. Reverend Terri Steed Pierce of Joy Metropolitan Community Church officiated. Edwards is the son of Randy and the late Patsy Edwards of Hoboken, Georgia. Lamphere is the son of Ross and Janet Lamphere of Sturgis, South Dakota. The grooms wore Joseph Abboud Italian gray […]

Orlando’s “Rainbow Row” turns 35


Perhaps you’ve noticed them while driving along South Primrose Drive or East Church Street in the Milk District. This community of 43 pastel-colored townhomes, known as Charles Towne, has a rather interesting history. Who owned the city block bounded by Church and Pine Streets, Graham Avenue and Primrose Drive in the early days of Orlando has proven to be elusive. […]

New bricks, new buildings coming to Lake Eola Heights Neighborhood


The Lake Eola Heights second-quarter neighborhood meeting took place on May 9 at Trinity Lutheran, a local church. As always, Commissioner Patty Sheehan and Orlando Police Department Liaison Officer Eddie Rosado attended and provided some informative details on several projects downtown. One of the projects the city approved involves $3.5 million dollars in brick restoration and repairs for the historic […]


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