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Nonprofit offering simplified recycling labels to businesses


Orlando residents are continuing to embrace recycling, but there’s still work to be done when it comes to sorting the waste from the recyclables. Recycle Across America, a national nonprofit with the goal of simplifying and standardizing recycling and waste bin labels, is offering six free labels for up to 700 Orlando businesses to help people better understand what waste […]

Ever wonder if the library will become irrelevant? Think again.


I hope you got a chance to read “Orlando’s earliest library” in last month’s history column about Orlando’s first library, which started as a mobile book service lead by the Sorosis Club in the late 19th century. That service grew into a 16-branch library system serving all of Orange County. I had no idea National Library Week was in April, […]

City of Orlando holds free tree giveaway for third consecutive year


Nothing’s free – that is, unless you’re an Orlando resident in the market for a red maple, persimmon or nuttall oak. All the crape myrtles have been claimed. The City of Orlando is celebrating Earth month with a free tree giveaway for Orlandoans who live in houses with yards within city limits. The program is part of Orlando Mayor Buddy […]

Plaza Live granted $10 million for renovation


The Plaza Live will be revitalized in a big way thanks to a $10 million grant from the Orange County Board of Commissioners, according to a press release. Plaza Live is a concert and event venue in the Milk District on 425 N. Bumby Ave. The building was constructed in 1963 and is currently owned by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. […]

Downtown Orlando FAMU Law librarian competes in ‘Jeopardy!’


One of Florida A&M College of Law’s employees from the downtown Orlando campus fulfilled her dream of being a “Jeopardy!” contestant after she grew up watching the popular quiz show, according to a press release. The release stated that Lorelle Anderson, FAMU Law’s assistant director for public library services, is from Longwood and has been employed with FAMU for 12 […]

FAMU College of Law names new interim dean for Orlando campus


Florida A&M University College of Law named Nicola Boothe Perry, associate dean for academic affairs, as the Orlando campus’ interim dean while it continues to search nationwide for a permanent dean, according to a press release. Perry, a 15-year veteran of FAMU College of Law, joined the school as a visiting professor in 2004 and was tenured in 2013. She […]

Thornton Park quarterly meeting this month


The Thornton Park Neighborhood Association held its annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 20 in Mayor Carl T. Langford Park. The event was enjoyed by downtown families and included an appearance by the Easter Bunny! The next neighborhood association meeting will be Monday, May 13, at 7 p.m. at Mayor Langford Park Center. The neighborhood will join the Thornton Park […]

Lake Lawsona/ Fern Creek awarded by Orlando Historic Preservation Board


The Lake Lawsona/Fern Creek Neighborhood Association held its quarterly meeting on April 9 and announced that it received the 2019 Outstanding Community Organization of the Year award by the Orlando Historic Preservation Board. The association was recognized for its efforts to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and its successful street sign topper project to help identify […]

Orlando REP to feature Eola Heights resident artwork


Starting May 2, you can find local artist Cindy White’s art on exhibit at the Orlando Repertory Theatre, according to a press release. The theatre announced on April 22 the exhibit, “You Mean Sort Of Like This? The Entertainment Design World (Or Process) of Cindy White,” will be on display until Oct. 2. “This exhibit is a showing of the […]

Eola Heights Garden Tour attracts hundreds


Lake Eola Heights Historic District hosted the 2019 Private Gardens of Historic Orlando on March 31. It was a beautiful sunny day and the neighborhood welcomed an estimated 650 people from all around Central Florida! The event gets bigger and bigger each year, and the goal is to have nationwide recognition and visitors from all over the country. All of […]


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