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 […]

Thornton Park residents meet for cleanup, elect new vice president

Volunteers from the Thornton Park Neighborhood Association conducted their quarterly neighborhood clean-up on May 18. Neighbors met at Graffiti Junktion and spent an hour picking up trash before meeting back for a beer and laughs. The next clean-up will be Aug. 17 at 9 a.m. Neighbors also elected David Desforges of Pine Street as their new vice president. Zach and […]

Lake Lawsona / Fern Creek Neighborhood update

The Lake Lawsona/Fern Creek Neighborhood Association celebrated this month by attending the Orlando City Council Meeting on May 13 to receive the Orlando Historic Preservation Board’s 2019 Historic District of the Year Recognition for the Lake Lawsona Historic District. The historic district covers portions of the Lawsona/Fern Creek and Thornton Park neighborhoods. Neighbors are looking forward to the May 23 […]

Exploding Bacon Robotics wins world chapionship

Lake Highland Preparatory School

Eighth-grade student Sophie Schaked of Lake Highland Preparatory School won first place in Florida at National History Day. National History Day is a statewide, annual event that takes place in all 50 states. Students in grades 6 to 12 research and discuss a topic picked specifically by the National History Day fund. Students use primary and secondary sources to research […]

Edgewater High student No. 1 ranked Pokémon player in world

Tanner Hurley, a 10th-grader at Edgewater High School, is the No. 1-ranked Pokémon player in the world for the second year in a row. Five summers ago, Hurley, along with the help of his family, turned his love for the famous Japanese card game into a summer camp to teach others how to hone their skills and catch them all. […]

Parking downtown: not as daunting as it sounds

One of the best things about living in Downtown Orlando is the ability to walk to nearly everything. Or, if not a walk, residents are a short bicycle ride or free Lymmo bus ride from bars, restaurants, shopping, performing arts, concerts and sports. In fact, in a recent survey of Thornton Park residents, walkability was listed by 95% of respondents […]

Affordable housing discussed at town hall

The average rent price in the 32801 area code is $1,611, according to the Zillow Rent Index. To follow the 30% rule a Downtown Orlando resident would need to make more than $45,000 a year. “Traditionally, you’re not paying more than 30% of your income towards rent. But in today’s world, that’s almost impossible to do,” said Mitchell Glasser, a […]

Orlando’s ambassador of love named Ray Ward Award winner

The International Association of Venue Management has awarded long-time Orlando resident Donna Dowless with the distinguished Ray Ward Award. The honor, which has been given out since 1996, will be presented at the Venue Management School (VMS) in Wheeling, West Virginia, of which Dowless has been involved in since its early years. Dowless taught at VMS for over 10 years […]

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 […]

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