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The Veranda opening ice cream/deli shop


Residents of Thornton Park may have been wondering why the Veranda building on Washington Street changed colors overnight. It’s one step in the event venue’s plans to open an ice cream and deli shop in the downstairs portion of the building on 707 E Washington St. Felicia Vestal, the events, property and marketing manager at The Veranda at Thornton Park, […]

Lake Lawsona/Fern Creek Neighborhood Association August update

Reeves Terrace resettling, officers elected, future events

The quarterly meeting of the Lake Lawsona/Fern Creek Neighborhood Association was held on July 9. Orlando District 4 Commissioner Patty Sheehan briefed residents on plans by the Orlando Housing Authority to resettle renters of the Reeves Terrace Apartments while the 176 units of affordable housing are demolished and rebuilt. We reviewed the challenges of disrupting the existing after-school programs for […]

Colonialtown South prepares for National Night Out


As National Night Out approaches, the Colonialtown South Neighborhood Association met and discussed how to promote the event. On June 9, neighborhood-association president Andre Olejack and Vice President Barbie Nowick brainstormed with attendees at the meeting held at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando. The nationwide event has encouraged neighborhood safety for the past four years by promoting police-community partnerships. […]

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 […]

Eola Heights neighborhood accepting submissions for flag design


Lake Eola Heights Historic District is searching for creative minds. A neighborhood committee has been formed to select a neighborhood brand/logo by choosing a submission for flag designs. Neighborhood flags have been adopted in other cities successfully and aims to bring a sense of community and neighborhood pride. The prompt for sketches and themes submitted is, “What do you believe […]

Lake Lawsona / Fern Creek Neighborhood Association


The Lake Lawsona/Fern Creek Neighborhood Association (LLFCNA) congratulates the Milk District for organizing “The Milky Way,” an event that highlighted many of the businesses within our neighboring commercial district on June 14. We joined representatives from Thornton Park in a meeting with Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan to learn about the history of Orlando House Authority’s (OHA) Reeves Terrace Apartments. […]

Thornton Park Neighborhood Association


The Thornton Park Neighborhood Watch & Safety Committee will attend another Vision Zero meeting with the City of Orlando to talk about ways of reducing traffic-caused accidents among pedestrians and cyclists. The new crosswalk being constructed at Washington Street and Summerlin Avenue should help. The Thornton Park Gardening Committee selected 911 East Washington Street as their summer “Yard of the […]

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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