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Mr. Nice Guy

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Tom Hanks has built his career on being the likable everyman and he wouldn’t have it any other way. To say that Tom Hanks has wide-ranging public appeal is a bit of an understatement. In today’s day and age where a portion of the entertainment world’s elite are either embroiled in scandal or viewed as boorish and overly ego-driven, Hanks very much retains his aw-shucks, average... Read More

Ties That Bind

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With the growth of at-home DNA testing, more people than ever are finding out what their genetic information can tell them, with some surprises along the way. Ancestry-tracing companies have been offering genealogical DNA testing for years, but it was only around 2007 that a new genetic analysis using autosomal chromosomes brought about a major shift to the industry. Superior to... Read More

Shining Stars

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Meet eight standout athletes taking Greater Orlando by storm this spring. Bryce Hubbart, Windermere baseball A senior lefthanded pitcher, Hubbart helped lead Windermere to a district championship and an appearance in the region quarterfinals last spring in its inaugural season. He is looking forward to a big senior year before continuing his career at Florida State. OFM: After the... Read More

Cultural Exchange

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Hosting foreign exchange students has allowed some Central Florida families to not only share what life is like in America but to broaden their own horizons as well. Mark Weatherly was listening to the radio when he heard a commercial that seemed to be speaking directly to him. It was an ad seeking families interested in hosting exchange students or young people from other countries... Read More

On the Front Lines

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A new wave of legislation and programs taking effect in Orange County will benefit first responders suffering from distress after traumatic events. Gunfire crackled in the air as Orange County firefighter Donovan Reid* and his partner arrived at Pulse Nightclub on June 12, 2016. Expecting a call for something minor, nothing could have prepared them for the pure chaos they would... Read More

Supplying the Demand

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Provisions & Buzz Co. gives discerning foodies something to be excited about. Provisions & Buzz Co. is the brainchild of Lisa and Bob Lacey, the former owners of Jack’s Steakhouse in Baldwin Park. They wanted to honor their son’s vision after he passed in 2014 and create a more modern interior and revamped menu from the aforementioned steakhouse. They kept the hand-cut... Read More

Under the Sea and Over the Moon

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Three decades after the release of The Little Mermaid, Jodi Benson feels more connected than ever to the character of Ariel. Jodi Benson admits that while she was very interested in auditioning for the role of Ariel in The Little Mermaid back in the late ’80s, the Broadway star wasn’t as keen on letting it be known to her peers in the industry. “I absolutely had no clue it... Read More

2019 Awesome Attorneys

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Greater Orlando’s leading lawyers in 23 specialties chosen by our readers. There’s something to be said about having an attorney you can trust and rely on to put your best interests front and center. Whether your needs are constant or more immediate, Greater Orlando is home to some of the finest legal minds who can assist in personal, commercial or other matters. We tasked... Read More

Taste Test: Golden Fork Awards 2019

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We scoured Greater Orlando’s fine dining scene and found 20 dynamite dishes you need to order now. Each year, we take some time to think with our stomachs to bring you the best of Orlando’s fine-dining scene. This time around we decided to mix things up a bit by highlighting a main dish from each featured restaurant that fir into one of four categories: meat and poultry, seafood,... Read More

The Challenges Ahead

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Just a month into his term as Florida’s top official, Governor Ron DeSantis seeks to make big changes, but how much of a grace period will constituents grant him before they start demanding results? In January, with his left hand on the Bible, Ron DeSantis swore to support, protect and defend the state of Florida. In doing so, he officially became the Sunshine State’s 46th governor.... Read More

Culinary Explorer

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There are few other epicureans who are as well-traveled as Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern. Last year, Andrew Zimmern did something that many prominent people with blue-checkmark Twitter accounts do: He got himself in some hot water with a flippant remark. The offending tweet in particular was about Orlando. Replying to a food critic’s plea for restaurant recommendations in... Read More

The Table is Set

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With a focused menu and inviting atmosphere, Artisan’s Table serves up a memorable experience. Artisan’s Table in downtown Orlando serves modern American fare in a comfortable open atmosphere off the corner of Pine and Orange avenues. Its location adjacent to the City Arts Factory attracts throngs of diners looking for sophisticated options during an evening out, as the restaurant... Read More

Timing is Everything

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Riding her recent wave of success, Emily Blunt revitalizes Mary Poppins for a new generation. It’s been more than five decades since Mary Poppins first graced the silver screen and would go on to become a beloved Disney classic, but Emily Blunt says the timing just feels right for her to reinvent the character for an entire new generation. “You shouldn’t rush a good thing,”... Read More

What Lies Ahead

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To find out what the new year has in store for Orlando, we spoke with local officials and experts in their fields to get a glimpse of the changes 2019 will bring. With the beginning of another year, it’s time to look forward at what’s to come. To assess where we are and predict where we’ll end up. In our quest to investigate what the future holds for Central Florida, Orlando... Read More

Scout’s Honor

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After 108 years, the Boy Scouts are carving out a new future by accepting girls into its troops and Central Florida is leading the way. The new year is here which means a new opportunity and new tradition for one organization that’s been focused on enriching the lives of boys. For over a century, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has been teaching younger and older boys how to... Read More

A Good Story

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Comedian Bert Kreischer may just be the most interesting man in the world. Bert Kreischer is about to embark on the biggest stand-up tour of his career and all he can think about is finding the perfect lamb shank recipe for a dinner party he’s hosting later. Well, that and coming up with a new nickname for his friend Eric. “The guy he replaced at his new job is also named Eric... Read More

Destination Dining

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Café de France serves up authentic and inspiring plates that whisk you away to the French countryside. For decades, Café de France has been one of Winter Park’s beloved dining destinations, proving that it can change with the times while staying true to its roots in serving up finely crafted French continental cuisine. The husband-and-wife team of German and Dominique Gutierrez,... Read More

Day Trip

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For It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia actor Charlie Day, the path to stardom has been a wild and unexpected ride. Charlie Day fondly recalls the exact moment when he came to the realization that acting was his long-term future. He was in his early 20s and became inspired while appearing on stage at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachussets, a place where many Broadway... Read More

‘Tis the Season: Holiday Event Guide

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Your guide to the finest in holiday celebrations throughout Greater Orlando. December 1 Songs of the Season The community is invited to share an evening of song, dance and entertainment at this annual holiday spectacular put on by Full Sail University and the Rollins College music department outside on the Dr. Phillip Center’s Seneff Arts Plaza. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing... Read More

In the Spirit of Giving

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A look at some of our region’s nonprofits and the causes they champion. As holiday celebrations begin, many of us will reflect on all that we have in life, from family to health. But we also recognize those who are less fortunate and the personal battles they face throughout the year, and whether it’s putting food on the table or watching a child fight a disease, their struggles... Read More

Still Hungry

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Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco brings his chiding humor and exaggerated gesticulation to Orlando. Sebastian Maniscalco doesn’t know how to be complacent. Although he’s selling out comedy shows, has a top-ranked show on SiriusXM and is nabbing supporting roles in movies with some of Hollywood’s most revered performers and acclaimed directors, he’s always looking ahead to... Read More

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