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Orlando Family Stars

Each month, Stars features exceptional students, student-athletes, educators and all-around boons to the Greater Orlando area. Al Honor                                                 Lake Highland Preparatory School girls basketball coach Al Honor earned his 300th career win earlier this season in his 13th year with the program.... Read More

Up to the Challenge

With two new film roles that promise to push her career in a different direction, plus her status as one of the faces of her generation, Zendaya continues to set the bar high. In a rapidly evolving cultural landscape, where social consciousness and individual identity sit at the forefront of the way celebrities and influencers present themselves, Zendaya has found, perhaps unwittingly,... Read More

Dynamic Determination

Olympic gold medalist Dominique Dawes aims to revolutionize the gymnastics culture by creating academies that prioritize positivity, fostering a healthy and nurturing environment for aspiring gymnasts. At the tender age of 11, Dominique Dawes dared to dream of Olympic glory, as many young gymnasts do. However, unlike others, her unwavering determination and unstoppable perseverance... Read More

Health Care for Kids

The area of children’s medicine has seen a number of advancements in recent years, ensuring that high-quality and highly personalized care is available to the region’s youth across a range of specialties. Just as every facet of medicine benefits from modern advancements, new technologies and breakthrough discoveries, pediatrics has also seen its share of promising progress. Caring... Read More

Talent Show

Thanks to their natural ability and hard work behind the scenes, these nine student-athletes from Central Florida are looking forward to a successful spring season.   Cannon Feazell, Windermere baseball A senior right-hander, Feazell is considered one of the best pitchers in the state. He compiled a 7-1 record with a 1.35 ERA as a junior to help the Wolverines reach the region... Read More

Caring for the Whole Child

First Choice Pediatrics brings behavioral health consultants on board to fulfill the mental health needs of patients. When it comes to providing mental health care to the pediatric population, there can be many obstacles, from months-long waits for appointments to the general stigma that oftentimes accompanies this type of care. At First Choice Pediatrics, a new pilot program bringing... Read More

Making the Grade

It has been a tough past few years since the pandemic erupted, causing students to engage in alternative pathways in their learning and social journeys. Inevitably, this lapse in crucial development is coming to light in nationwide reports of students falling behind. Florida schools are distinctive in that they reopened more rapidly than other states following the pandemic, mandating... Read More

A Chip Off the Old Block

Like her famous parents before her, actress Dakota Johnson has made an impression in Hollywood with bold choices like her newest role as a superhero in Madame Web. A multifaceted talent in the world of entertainment, Dakota Johnson has already made a lasting mark on both Hollywood and the global stage—regardless of the fact that she is only in her mid-30s. Born in Austin, Texas,... Read More

Palate

TOP FIVE: ITALIAN A quintet of tasty things to try this month ‍ROASTED MUSHROOM LASAGNA at Mia’s Italian Kitchen INTERNATIONAL DRIVE  Roasted Mushroom Lasagna A vegetarian take on a traditional dish, this platter consists of mushrooms roasted in a brick oven, sungold tomatoes, ricotta, sharp provolone, mozzarella, Parmigiano and herbs. ­­COFFEE PAOLO at Mister O1 LAKE MARY A... Read More

Getaways for a Great Day Away

Make the most of your spring break this year and cut down on travel time by checking out what other regions of The Sunshine State have to offer, whether you’re traveling solo or appealing to a multigenerational group.    Between kids’ activities, family obligations, conflicting vacation schedules and work demands, hitting pause for a week away can bring a whole new kind... Read More

Awesome Attorneys 2024

When legal needs arise, having an attorney you can rely on and trust is paramount, but you may not be aware of how or where to start your search. That is why each year we ask the region’s law firms and our readers to identify and nominate those professionals known for producing results while prioritizing their clients’ best interests. This year’s comprehensive list of attorneys... Read More

All for Love

For a great meal with a side of romance, there are plenty of worthy options across Greater Orlando. With love in the air as Valentine’s Day approaches, couples throughout Central Florida will be celebrating one another in various ways. So, we felt it was only right to highlight some of the area’s finest restaurants that not only serve up amazing food, but also provide the... Read More

Terrific Teachers

Recognizing 14 incredible teachers whose passion for education extends beyond the classroom. Teachers are tasked with one of the most important responsibilities in the future of our society—educating and preparing the next generation of workers, voters and leaders. Often asked to juggle dozens of  responsibilities, the life of an educator can be a hectic one. That doesn’t... Read More

Special Treatment

Local professionals weigh in on the benefits of taking children to a pediatric dentist and the recent advancements in both dentistry and orthodontics. Dr. Domenic Aloise did not exactly set out with the goal of devoting his professional life to working with children. But once he felt drawn to pediatric dentistry, it was impossible to change his mind. “Out of all the aspects of... Read More

Out & About

The latest happenings around Orlando. Now through Dec. 23 Office Holiday Party Musical Extravaganza Show, Renaissance Theatre Company, Orlando, 7 p.m. Now through Dec. 29 Holiday Friday Nights, Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Winter Park, 5-8 p.m. Now through Jan. 1 Fishmas, SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, Orlando, varies Dec. 15-17 U.S. Paralympics Swimming National Championships,... Read More

The Genuine Article

Jennifer Garner exudes warmth both on screen and off, whether she’s raising her three children or starring in comedic, family-friendly fare like her new movie on Netflix. Amongst the obvious glitz and glamour of Hollywood, Jennifer Garner shines with a distinct warmth that transcends the screen. Known for her congeniality, and a brand of approachable charm that feels both aspirational... Read More

Year in Review 2023

Although January is the perfect time to look forward to the year ahead and to make plans for the future, it’s also fun to reflect back on the previous 12 months and to take stock of what they’ve taught us. That is why Orlando Family Magazine always kicks off a new year by recapping the previous one, and 2023 was surely filled with memorable moments. The following page contain... Read More

Looking Good

Cosmetic medical procedures continue to grow in popularity Advancements in cosmetic medicine in recent years have led to an increased number of patients seeking minimally invasive surgical procedures and non-invasive treatments to help rejuvenate their looks and bolster self-confidence. These innovations in the field have created a more positive overall experience with improved... Read More

Good Character

Novelist Ken Jaworowski delves into morality, roots, and the cruel hand of fate in his new “Rust Belt thriller,” Small Town Sins. Ken Jaworowski traces the idea for his new novel, Small Town Sins, to a trip across Pennsylvania with his daughter to vet prospective colleges. The experience brought back memories of his time studying at Shippensburg University. “I’m this kid... Read More

Orlando Family Stars

Each month, Stars features exceptional students, student-athletes, educators and all-around boons to the Greater Orlando area. Ailynn Chen            Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Núñez recently visited Lake Highland Preparatory School (LHP) to recognize Chen, a fifth-grade student, as the 2023 Florida Space Art Contest grand-prize winner. Open to all Florida... Read More

Palate

TOP FIVE: BEEF A quintet of tasty things to try this month DUTCH OVEN BEEF BURGUNDY at Bigfire UNIVERSAL CITYWALK Slow cooked in red wine, this pot of beef is accompanied by mushrooms, bacon, pearl onions and buttered egg noodles. THE TAMPIQUEÑA at Superica WINTER PARK This Mexican-inspired dish features a marinated wood-grilled skirt steak served with two cheese enchiladas and... Read More