Category Archives: Life

Community News including volunteering opportunities and the people and places that make Orlando great.

Revisiting the Super Bowl Budweiser Hometown Hero’s Parade in Winter Park

On January 8th, 2014, the city of Winter Park, along with Budweiser, held a special surprise ticker tape parade to welcome home Winter Park resident Lt. Chuck Nadd for a hero’s welcome from his most recent tour of duty in the … Continue reading

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Zora Neale Hurston Life and Literary Works around the Historic Town of Eatonville

Zora Neale Hurston grew up in the historic town of Eatonville, Florida, a small town just six miles north of Downtown Orlando along Interstate 4, that was one of the first all-black towns to be formed after the Emancipation Proclamation … Continue reading

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Holiday Heroes Orange County Toy Drive 2014 Collects 4,655 Toys

Update: The Orange County Holiday Heroes Toy Drive exceeded it’s goal expectations for 2014 collecting 4,655 toys after collecting 3,850 toys in 2013 and more than 2,600 toys in 2012. Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs states, “My heart is so touched by those … Continue reading

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Community Based Care of Central Florida celebrates National Adoption Day

On November 21st, 2014, 35 children were officially adopted in Central Florida homes includes fifteen children in Orange County as part of National Adoption Day were 4,500 children were adopted nationally National Adoption Day Each November, the Community Based Care … Continue reading

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Concerns with “Teaching to the Test” in Orlando

I attended a meeting at our elementary school this week that provided explanations of the state-mandated tests mentioned in this article on the Washington Post detailing the lament of a Florida school teacher with the amount of testing going on … Continue reading

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Junior Achievement of Central Florida and UCF Brings Leadership and Volunteers to Orlando Schools

On November 13th, 2013, the Junior Achievement of Central Florida (JA) will host their 26th Annual Mid-Florida Business Hall of Fame at the Rosen Centre Hotel on International Drive. This year’s honorees include Laureates: Dr. John Hitt – President of … Continue reading

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IDignity Assist Homeless with Getting Necessary Identification, Driver Licenses, and Social Security Cards

IDignity is a non-profit group formed by several downtown Orlando churches to help the homeless obtain Florida ID Cards, Birth Certificates and Social Security Cards with assistance from legal counsel (see video below). Having a driver license and social security … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Drinking Water Quality in the City of Orlando and the Florida Aquifer

Aging water systems can threaten water quality Age is rarely kind to community infrastructure such as roads, bridges and sewer systems. Even relatively new water treatment facilities are struggling to keep up with population growth, tighter pollution restrictions and increased … Continue reading

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Helpful Tips on Renting an Apartment in Orlando

Know your rights before renting an apartment The decision about whether to rent an apartment or buy a home is complicated, because each offers different advantages. Apartment life is convenient and flexible; buying a home provides stability and is typically … Continue reading

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Harlem Shake Orlando Florida Compilation

Well now I have another reason to renew my UCF Season Football tickets this year. I have a good feeling that we will be seeing some Harlem Shaking along with Zombie Nation in 2013. Here is our compilation of Orlando … Continue reading

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Christmas Lights Displays in Orlando Neighborhoods and Homes

Christmas Lights can be found all around Orlando in the city’s communities and neighborhoods. Some of the best displays can be found in some of the city’s oldest neighborhoods of Delaney Park, Conway, and Belle Isle (See scenic drive in … Continue reading

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President Bill Clinton talks about Orlando and UCF on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart in 2011 and 2012

Update: September 21st, 2012: Bill Clinton mentioned UCF on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart for a second time in one year with his appearance on Thursday, September 20th, 2012 talking about the number of simulation companies coming out of … Continue reading

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Volunteer with your Family and Friends with Group Community Service Projects in Orlando

The internet has proven to be a very powerful medium in society that can bring together communities or pull them apart. You only need to look at the latest news headlines or read a comments section on a political blog … Continue reading

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President Obama to Visit Orlando and Disney World on January 19th, 2012

President Barack Obama is going to Disney World on Thursday, January 19th, 2012 in an effort to unveil plans to help tourism to the United States as reported by the Orlando Sentinel. President Obama will present his proposed strategy standing … Continue reading

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Downtown Orlando Christmas Star Celebrates the Past and the Future

Jack Kazanzas graduated from Orlando High School (now Howard Middle School) in 1949 and lived his entire life in the city of Orlando when a Christmas star was erected between the two big department stores of the time in Downtown … Continue reading

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Homegrown Co-op Offers Locally Grown Organic Food Delivered to Your Door

Homegrown Co-op has launced a weekly online farmers market, featuring fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, breads, eggs and cheeses.  Most items are grown in Central Florida utilizing organic practices. Each Sunday at 10 AM the market opens online at: http://homegrown.locallygrown.net …and … Continue reading

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Skip the Large Grocers and Take Advantage of Affordability at Local Produce Stands Around Orlando

It seems that living in the sunshine state, good produce would abound at local grocery stores, but choices at the major food chains are slim and expensive. Travel distances from farms to consumers account for a large part of the … Continue reading

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Meeting UCF Football Coach George O’Leary at The Downtown Orlando UKnight Tour

As part of UCF‘s fan-base campaign that came to 310 Lakeside in downtown Orlando called UKnight, my wife and I were lucky enough to meet George O’Leary at the event and share a small table that he was sitting at … Continue reading

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Jobs Partnership of Florida Changing Lives and Getting People Back to Work in Orlando

Many of the students who come to Jobs Partnership of Florida are living in a state of poverty, poverty of the soul. Jobs Partnership believes that the answer to employment issues starts with a spiritual transformation. Jobs Partnership of Florida … Continue reading

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William Andrews Restoring Mercy Drive Through Jobs Partnership of Florida

What do drugs, prisons and changing a community have in common?  In the case of William Andrews, Senior Pastor of The Heart of Mercy Community Church of the Nazarene on Mercy Drive in Orlando Florida, they are all part of … Continue reading

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Arnold Palmer’s Orlando Legacy of Bay Hill, Arnold Palmer Hospital, and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies

In the early 1960’s, Bay HillClub & Lodge opened in Orlando and held a golf exhibition played by future golf legends Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. Palmer was so impressed with the course at the time that he bought the … Continue reading

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After School Outreach Ministry

Downtown Orlando is a great place to visit, from it’s upscale dining and steakhouses, movie theater, the new Amway Center, and Lake Eola. It’s also becoming a great place to live as scores of new residents take over the downtown … Continue reading

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New playground for Mercy Drive in Orlando

The Orlando Sentinel has a story on a new playground all built by donations and volunteers on Mercy Drive in Orlando. Click Here to read the story. [mappress]

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