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Private School Report Card 2023

With the new school year underway, it’s time for us to take our annual look at how some of the region’s leading private high schools are challenging students academically while also engaging them socially to give them the tools needed to succeed. We worked directly with several schools across the region to glean information in key areas like average SAT scores, graduation rates,... Read More

Exercise with Purpose

Nexxt Body Fitness and Aesthetics provides an exclusive, private fitness studio that showcases the numerous benefits of EMS workouts. At NexxtBody Fitness and Aesthetics, members can expect an ultra-private one-on-one personal training experience with a 21st-century workout. The exclusive private fitness studio located at Dellagio Town Center on Sand Lake Road in Orlando specializes... Read More

Individualized Education in a Christ-Centered Environment

Christ-centered education is at the heart of The Christ School. “It’s the core of who we are,” Dr. Aaron Farrant, head of school, says. “Obviously a great academic education is important, but so is the person you are and the person who you are growing into.” Every day starts with chapel, where an annual theme—this year it’s “Love God and Love Others”—helps guide... Read More


TOP FIVE: BBQ A quintet of tasty things to try this month KOREAN BBQ CHEESESTEAK at Yard House ICON PARK A unique twist on the typical cheesesteak, this sandwich is made with chopped ribeye, white American cheese, kimchi, gochujang, caramelized onions, green onions and roasted garlic aioli. It is served on a toasted hoagie roll with a side of house fries. BBQ MEATBALLS at the... Read More

Tremendous Pride

There’s no doubt that Orlando has a strong connection to the game of soccer. With both a men’s and women’s professional team in town, there’s no shortage of ways for those passionate about the port to share their fandom. And when it comes to the Orlando Pride, whether it’s the diehard Black Swans cheering incessantly for their team or perhaps a young girl sitting in the... Read More

Inspired to Take Action

Progress continues to be made in women’s health thanks to dedicated providers throughout Central Florida who are researching and implementing new treatment methods. Although Lindsay Kissane, MD, long knew that she wanted to pursue a career in health care, it wasn’t until medical school that her goals really started to come into focus. That’s when a beloved family member suffered... Read More

Uniquely Eclectic

Whether they are limiting their big day to a few special guests or hoping to spend it with 100 of their closest friends and family members, there is no question that most couples beginning their life together want it to start with an unforgettable wedding. No site in Central Florida is better suited to deliver that experience than Gallery J, a one-of-a-kind venue in Winter Springs... Read More

Identifying Retinal Risks

It’s vital to stay on top of one’s health in every aspect, as ailments in one part of the body can affect the system as a whole. The eyes are no exception—and with constantly evolving technologies and accessibility, ophthalmic disease can be detected earlier. Whether a person discovers retinal vascular disease from a check-up or after experiencing concerning indicators, Florida... Read More

Leading the Way

Seb Hines is originally from London, but is quite familiar with the Orlando area. Having previously been a player for Orlando City, he followed his playing career by joining the front office of the Pride, working as a scout and in player development. In 2020, he became an assistant coach with the team before being named the Pride’s head coach in 2022—a historic hire that made... Read More

Three Decades of Dedication

The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation has been an ardent advocate for the awareness, early detection, support and education that’s made a difference to patients, survivors and their families since 1993—and it’s only full steam ahead from here. Back in 1993, the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation (FBCF) was just three women spearheading the effort from a kitchen table, steadfast... Read More

Getting By With a Little Help from His Friends

Close friendships have sustained Will & Grace alum Eric McCormack throughout his remarkable career on stage and screen. A groundbreaking sitcom premiered 25 years ago, starring Eric McCormack as a gay corporate lawyer named Will, and Debra Messing as his best friend, a straight interior designer named Grace. The sitcom’s cast also included two quirky sidekicks, “Just”... Read More

Super Kids

With so much going on in our lives nowadays, it’s easy to see how volunteerism has fallen by seven percentage points since the end of the pandemic, as reported by AmeriCorps. Yet, more than 60.7 million people of all ages and backgrounds continue to volunteer each year—all with the goal of bringing light to the lives of those who desperately need it. These “super kids” have... Read More

Fall-ing in Love

Wedding season has arrived, and the greatest trends of the moment seem to be reminiscent of the Roaring ’20s with extravagant celebrations but with a modern twist. Young couples are bringing their unique generational flair to create the biggest wedding trends of 2023. With COVID restrictions an implementation of the recent past, much like Kristin Wiig in Bridesmaids, people are... Read More

Leading Ladies

A look at some of the area’s female business leaders as they reflect on their various paths to success and share their advice for the next generation of young women following in their footsteps. Over the past few decades, there have been modest gains in gender equality in the workplace; however, women are still significantly underrepresented in leadership roles. Although there... Read More

Nurturing Excellence in Education and Character

Windermere Preparatory School has earned its reputation for preparing students to succeed both personally and professionally. Nestled in the picturesque town of Windermere, Windermere Preparatory School stands as a beacon of academic excellence, character development and holistic growth. Since its founding, this renowned institution has upheld a commitment to providing students... Read More

Ask the Expert: Your Oviedo Dentist

1. Why would my dentist recommend a “deep” cleaning? A deep cleaning, called ‘scaling and root planning’, is often recommended when there’s evidence of periodontal disease. Unlike regular cleanings that remove plaque and tartar above the gumline, a deep cleaning reaches bacteria below the gums. This procedure is essential to remove bacteria and prevent further... Read More

Family Theater Takes Center Stage in Central Florida

Orlando Family Stage’s new name exemplifies its mission to provide youth the experience and appreciation of the performing arts with a family-friendly spotlight. Interaction with the arts, especially from an early age, imparts life skills and lessons that last a lifetime. Within that immersive setting—whether from an audience, technical or performance perspective—-it’s... Read More

Top Dentists 2023

Whether headed to the office for a routine check-up, cleaning or in desperate need of pain relief, trips to the dentist are an important piece of maintaining one’s overall health. Here in Central Florida, the region is filled with skilled dental professionals who provide the utmost care while forming meaningful bonds with their patients, young and old alike. Our... Read More

“Fall” in Love with the Great Outdoors

The cooler months can be a great time to fire up the RV and warm up to some on-the-road adventures. As the heat of summer gives way to the refreshing embrace of autumn, nature undergoes a remarkable transformation, adorning itself with vibrant hues throughout the country. This season provides the perfect backdrop for embarking on unforgettable RV trips, allowing travelers to experience... Read More

The Right Combination

Thanks to his expertise as a board-certified orthodontist and his ability to create a welcoming atmosphere, Dr. Scott Sakowitz gives his patients plenty of reasons to smile. Dr. Scott Sakowitz, owner of Sakowitz Smiles Orthodontics, is one of Orlando’s few board-certified orthodontists with locations in Winter Garden and Orlando. He is a Diamond level Invisalign provider, placing... Read More

Rising to the Occasion

These standout student-athletes from Central Florida are ready to shine once again during the fall season. JT Bronaugh, Foundation Academy football A senior running back, Bronaugh is coming off a breakout junior season in which he rushed for 1,277 yards and 15 touchdowns on 91 carries to help Foundation post a 6-3 record. Also a star sprinter during track season, he is being... Read More