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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 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 […]

“Stop” by Thornton Park Main Street for upcoming events

The Thornton Park District community pulled out all the stops to make changes to their roadways. After many years of meetings, quite a few traffic surveys (and a little bit of begging) and a lot of help from City Commissioner Patty Sheehan, the Thornton Park District now has three intersections with much-needed four-way stop signs installed. A blinking pedestrian light […]

Mayor Dyer appoints next police chief

Orlando Rolon and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. (Screenshot from Mayor Buddy Dyer’s twitter)Orlando’s next police chief has a first name you can’t forget: Orlando. Orlando Police Chief John Mina’s successor was announced by Mayor Buddy Dyer on October 11. Mina, retiring after 27 years at Orlando Police, will be succeeded by Orlando Rolon. Rolon has 25 years of experience at […]

Orlando Ballet Breaks Ground for Harriett’s Orlando Ballet Centre

All in pink hardhats, donors, Orlando Ballet officials, ballerinas, friends of Lake, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, and Lake’s daughter Shelly came together to share how Lake’s generosity toward the ballet influenced the arts culture in Orlando for years to come.

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