Orlando & Orange County

     James W. Macon, educator, businessman, and newspaper publisher died last week while home with family. A great man, a distinguished man, Macon sought to serve the African American community thorough education and publishing.  T The longtime publisher of The Florida Sun newspaper, Macon felt  it was his duty to encourage...
For Tarick, it’s like music to his ears. “After a concert, hearing the applause and seeing everyone cheering for you, it just stops your heart,” he says. Tarick, a tenth grader at Edgewater High School, has quite the knack for musical instruments. What started off...
In an act of insensitivity to the African American community in West Orlando, WFTV Channel 9 is seen as misrepresenting and attacking Orlando City Commissioner Daisy Lynum, after a recent news report aired regarding a letter written by the Commissioner to OPD Chief Michael...

Got Back Pain?

The Pain Rehab Doctors Corner Got Back Pain? By Nnamdi Nwaogwugwu M.D. Have you been at a job that requires a lot of sitting, standing or lifting, and began to notice a stiffness and tightness in your back? Or have you joyfully and playfully bent down to pick up your baby and...
Orange County Commissioner Tiffany Moore is walking the walk.       Commissioner Moore recently organized a town hall meeting in District 6 which enabled residents, and City of Orlando officials to come together and discuss the burgeoning $1 billion downtown arts and sports venue being discussed for downtown. At a packed meeting,...
UCF President John Hitt, at a budget meeting in Tallahassee, said Tuesday that he will be forming a security task force at UCF in response to Monday's massacre.
The City of Orlando successfully completed its 2006 Employee Workplace Giving Campaign with more than a 20% increase in annual contributions. The Workplace Giving Campaign program provides City employees an opportunity to donate to charitable, not-for-profit organization(s) of their choice.  more
Community Meeting Provides Overview of Development and Construction Process Generating $1 Billion in Local Economic Impact Tuesday, April 17th, 2007 (Orlando, FL) – The enhanced Community Venues projects presents the City of Orlando and the Venue partners with an opportunity to make a significant and long-term, positive economic impact on...
The Pine Hills Community Council is wrong for Pine Hills. The Pine Hills Community Council has long outlived its usefulness and can point to nothing it has achieved on behalf of the residents of Pine Hills. Its flaccid and impotent leadership has served as a deterrent to community involvement. It...
Orlando - State Senator Gary Siplin (D-Orlando) along with Total Wine & More presented a check for $5,000 to Bakari F. Burns CEO, Health Care Center for the Homeless and Beverly Neal of Florida State Conference NAACP on Saturday April 7 at the Official Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening...
Why? 1. Prices still disconnected from fundamentals. House prices are still far beyond any historically known relationship to rents or salaries. Rents are still less than half of mortgage payments. Salaries cannot cover mortgages except in the very short term, by using adjustable interest-only loans....
How do you put a price tag on a family dinner full of smiles? Can you buy the opportunity to tuck your child into bed at night? Do you lie your head down on that soft fluffy pillow to go to sleep with the thought that beyond the...
     Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) has been recognized by the Council of the Great City Schools for continued student improvement in math and reading. The findings were released in the seventh annual Beating the Odds: A City-by-City Analysis of Student Performance Gaps on State Assessments by the Council...
The 95th Annual Central Florida Fair opens its gates on April 19th and is bigger and better than ever before! This year’s Fair is chock-full of entertainment, contests, rides, games, Fair food and special celebrity guest appearances with hot stars straight from Hollywood! All for the same low price...
Evans Boys Track Team completed competition at the Elite Invitational on Sat., Mar. 31 with nine first-place finishes, two season-bests, two state top performances and two Florida Relays qualifiers. 35 teams from the state of Florida competed at this years Elite Classic which featured the largest group of athletes...
One minute they tell us how committed to education they are the next... The Orange County school district likely will serve fewer low-income children in its pre-kindergarten classes next year because some of its schools did not meet Florida's class-size rules this year. more
Vicky Bell When testing really began to be pushed in 1998, my son was in the fourth grade in public school. I had home schooled him for his first and second grade years of school, so he could already multiply and divide by third grade, but the public school...
The Florida Civil Rights Association (FCRA) issued this response to a news article published today in the Orlando Sentinel, titled: GROUP WANTS ORPHANS TO PAY For Immediate Release ...

“Catch The Spirit”

Evans High PTSA will host our first "Catch The Spirit, Trojan Pride"  event on Feb. 15th, 2007 in the cafeteria at the 9th Grade Center.  Time:  6 p.m. We will showcase our wonderful students.

Crime in the Hills

‘Why Its Getting Worse’ The Department of Justice blames it on population growth, old social problems, and wanna be Crips and Bloods. Carjacker's, home invaders, and stick-up kids are making the TV news every single night. Street thugs and criminals are everywhere, and last year they killed 122 people in Orange...
Renovation Provides Pine Hills with More Services and Programs Central Florida YMCA recently celebrated an extensive expansion and renovation to its Wayne Densch YMCA Family Center in Pine Hills (870 N. Hastings Street) with a topping off ceremony attended by many of the area’s top government, community and business...

MICHAEL HAS DONE IT AGAIN!

Michael Hamilton, jr. 8 years old, a member of the Pain Care Racing Team stunned the crowd again while competing in the 2007 BMX State Championship Qualifiers Race 3 & 4 held at Barnett Park in Orlando recently. Michael came in 1st Place in all 3 races for the 3rd...
Ten years ago when I first ran for a school board seat, I was the first candidate to question and study the school board budget. To clearly depict it, I drew a pie graph showing 23% of the total budget going for overhead administrative costs, while Seminole County...

CAUGHT!!

Last year Keynon S. Crowe was driving at a high speed in a residential area, when he ran a stop sign and caused a crash in which Edwin Alvarado was fatally injured. One other person was injured and three other parties sustained property damage. Subsequent investigation determined that Crowe...

A FATHER’S PLEA

Minority Volunteer Blood Stem Cell Donor Needed For Life-saving Transplant Joseph Grimsley, a 35-year-old father of three, was recently diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). He is now undergoing chemotherapy treatments until an unrelated volunteer blood stem cell donor can be identified since no one in his family was...