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Hidden Treasures

Jason Segel unveils a visually stunning “love letter” in the imaginative series Dispatches From Elsewhere. Jason Segel has had a lot of thrills in his accomplished career, but one of the biggest came a handful of years ago when he was asked to be part of a marketing campaign for Disney. The Disney Dreamers Portrait series saw famed photographer Annie Leibovitz capturing... Read More

Top Dentists 2020

94 of Central Florida’s leading dental professionals. There’s no reason to fear going to the dentist when you look at the many wonderful providers we have here in the Greater Orlando area. And so our readers spent months nominating and voting for their favorite dental professionals and the result is our annual Top Dentists list. The doctors chosen are known for going above... Read More

Experience St. Pete-Clearwater

White sand and sunshine await you on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Neighbor to the bustling city of Tampa, the St.Petersburg-Clearwater area presents a more relaxed atmosphere with sandy white beaches and glistening ocean views. But these lazy beach towns are much more than just sand and sun. Known as Sunshine City, St. Pete has a bevy of family-friendly arts and culture institutions... Read More

Star Watch

Celebrating the area’s top varsity athletes for the upcoming fall sports season. Each year at this time, we focus a spotlight on area high school athletes who achieve big things in their respective sports as well as in the classroom. But this year, things are noticeably different thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. And while there’s still great uncertainty surrounding the upcoming... Read More

Getting Personal

Local artist Nelson Cardenas on painting with fire, reading classic novels and his most recent art series honoring health care workers. 1. I am a self-taught artist. When I discovered the television shows of Bob Ross, I was hooked on art. As a child, I would watch his show and as soon as it ended, I would run to my bedroom and replicate, from memory, his paintings on paper using... Read More

Home Improvement

Central Floridians are looking to upgrade their living spaces as the coronavirus pandemic has people at home. With employers adopting work-from-home models, children not returning to learning at school and families canceling travel plans for the year, homeowners are looking to renovate and update their spaces to better fit a quarantine lifestyle. According to the Joint Center for... Read More

In a Good Place

After decades in the spotlight, Jennifer Aniston is staying true to herself. For those of us who have followed Jennifer Aniston over the years, she epitomizes one of the industry’s most curious juxtapositions—an actress so often represented on screen by bubbly, buoyant, energetic and humorous antics, yet someone who, away from the flashbulbs and the premieres has found the challenges... Read More

Top Physicians 2020

364 of Central Florida’s leading doctors. While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to dominate our everyday lives, the renewed focus on our health and overall well-being has been increasingly important. Of course, that means not only keeping ourselves safe from the virus, but also staying on top of our other medical needs. Thankfully, Greater Orlando is full of amazingly skilled... Read More

A Learning Environment: The 2020 Public School Report Card

As the new school year approaches, there remains great uncertainty as to what exactly it will look like as the state grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, it’s evident that our public high schools will be doing their best to keep students engaged and provide them the best learning experience possible while also preparing them for whatever their futures may hold. For... Read More

Back to Work

Central Florida’s businesses contemplate the future as the coronavirus pandemic changes the workplace. The way people work has been changed by the pandemic. A number of offices in Central Florida have closed, with employees engaging in telework. Meanwhile, essential employees working in doctor’s offices, child care centers and more are still clocking in but doing so with new... Read More

Entering the Mainstream

CBD products are poised to be the next big thing as more people seek natural alternatives to opioid medications and Florida is set on being a pioneer. When she was 14, Betsy Greene’s daughter began having seizures in her sleep. A neurologist placed her on anti-epilepsy medication, and while it helped, it also caused a change in personality and a decline in her straight A grades.... Read More

Have Faith

Central Florida’s religious institutions work to create community amid a pandemic that has dispersed their congregations. Many synagogues, churches, temples and other religious centers have been sparsely populated or sitting empty since the pandemic began to spread through Central Florida. But just because congregants aren’t filling the pews doesn’t mean the faithful have... Read More

Serving Up Something Special

After raising $22 million to help restaurant workers across the country who were affected by the coronavirus shutdowns, Guy Fieri proves he’s a big personality with an even bigger heart. Guy Fieri may be one of the faces of Food Network, but it’s his signature blonde spikes that make him so easily identifiable. In this day and age of celebrity chefs with large résumés and... Read More

From the Front Lines

We recognize the local health care heroes that have gone above and beyond in the fight of their lives. The word hero holds a special meaning when you are talking about the countless health care workers locally and across the globe that have risen to the occasion and worked tirelessly to try and combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The unprecedented nature of this crisis has thrust these... Read More

Family Matters

A look at issues of interest for parents and their children. For our annual parenting guide, we wanted to explore some of the topics of discussion that frequently arise for families in the area. From caring for aging loved ones as well as children with special needs to educational concerns and the latest health and wellness trends, we draw on expert advice and insight to find out... Read More

A Precocious Performer

At just 7 years old, actress Mykal-Michelle Harris is stealing scenes on ABC’s Mixed-ish and harboring ambitions to step behind the camera. It’s hard not to conflate Mykal-Michelle Harris with the character she plays on ABC’s Mixed-ish, a spinoff of the network’s critically acclaimed Black-ish, which follows the trials and tribulations of a mixed-race family living in the... Read More

Leading the Way

The Homeless Services Network of Central Florida is helping to address new challenges facing the homeless population as a result of the pandemic. In the spring, as the COVID-19 pandemic began to grip the country and there were great fears about potentially overwhelming America’s health care system, Florida joined several other states by issuing a stay-at-home order. For many,... Read More

Getting Personal

Winter Park author Owl Goingback on joining the military at 17 years old, weaving indigenous culture into his writing and his award-winning novel. 1. When I was a kid, I wanted to be in the Air Force more than anything else. I knew the military would give me an opportunity to travel and see the world. I joined when I was 17 and was living in Spain a month after my 18th birthday.... Read More

Family First

Despite a demanding career that requires him to wear many hats, Mario Lopez knows how important it is to make the most out of his time with loved ones. A year before the COVID-19 pandemic began to take over our daily existence, Mario Lopez was in Orlando enjoying dinner and drinks with some friends when he was recognized and asked to do a favor. Such is life for a celebrity in the... Read More

Super Men 2020

These 15 gentlemen are setting the example for how to make Central Florida a better place. Each year we spotlight some of the men who are helping to improve Orlando. And this year’s group of 15 are doing just that through leadership positions in local organizations and initiatives that range from making sure all kids get to play sports to alleviating poverty in Central Florida.... Read More

Around the Neighborhood

A look at what’s new around the area and what local leaders of some of Greater Orlando’s most favored communities say is needed to move forward from the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic poses a challenge for Central Florida’s cities and localities. For one thing, public officials must balance the health and safety of residents with the need to keep the local economy... Read More

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