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Living the Dream

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It wasn’t always this easy, but Dwayne Johnson overcame the obstacles to become one of entertainment’s biggest and most beloved stars. Dwayne Johnson has appeared in countless films, yet his real life story could be its own movie. In fact, it reads like one of Hollywood’s true fairy tales. When he was 14, his family was evicted from their Hawaii home because his mother couldn’t... Read More

Top Physicians 2018

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251 of Greater Orlando’s leading medical minds. From the family physicians we see for routine checkups to the specialists who help guide us through challenging times, finding doctors who not only care for you, but also care about you is no small feat. For our annual Top Physicians list this year we once again tapped our readers and asked them to vote for the doctors who have made... Read More

Smoke Signals

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As vaping and e-cigarettes become more popular with teens, some worry that they are being led down a dangerous path. When electronic smoking devices were first introduced, they were marketed as a possible solution to help deter adults away from cigarettes and nicotine addiction. And while some folks did ditch tobacco to give them a try, so, too, did many of today’s youth. Now,... Read More

A Helping Hand

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With the beginning of this school year, Florida students will be eligible for two new statewide grants. When the Florida Legislature passed HB 7055 in March, two new scholarship programs were created for Florida students: the Hope Scholarship and the Reading Scholarship. The Hope Scholarship is possibly the first of its kind anywhere. Fueled by a tax credit program through car sales,... Read More

All Bets are Off

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A recent Supreme Court ruling has opened up the gates for states to legalize sports betting, but the future of Florida’s gambling industry was already in question. In May, the Supreme Court struck down a 1992 federal law that prohibited the legalization of sports betting in most states. Now that the law has been tossed out, states are considering whether or not they should get... Read More

Better With Age

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Master Sommelier George Miliotes has forgotten more about wine than we’ll ever know and the opening of his new restaurant at Disney Springs is the culmination of his career. Before he rose to the height of hospitality, George Miliotes was just a 12-year-old kid working at his family’s restaurants right here in Orlando. One of only about 150 people in the Americas who can claim... Read More

Just Getting Started

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Reese Witherspoon has had an accomplished Hollywood career that spans decades, earned her an Academy Award and led to her becoming a successful producer. Despite all that, the doting mother of three firmly believes her best days are still ahead of her. Reese Witherspoon feels more enlightened, empowered and emboldened today than at any other time in her life. She’s rebooted her... Read More

Modern Family

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In some ways parenting in the 21st century looks a lot like how our mothers and fathers did it. Their parenting advice has stood the test of time and the guidance offered by them and our parents’ parents is so often the most valuable; it’s the stuff that you didn’t read in the baby book. But in many other ways being a parent in this modern world of cellphones, evolving education... Read More

High Tech

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Orlando is making a name for itself in the technology industry, proving it’s not just a Mickey Mouse town. Orlando may seem synonymous with theme parks—after all, it’s the epicenter of Walt Disney World, Sea World and Universal Studios. However, as of late, Orlando is quietly becoming the epicenter of something bigger, as seen by its recent No. 6 ranking by Time in its “20... Read More

Perfect Pitch

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After her breakout performance on America’s Got Talent last year, Mandy Harvey is charging ahead, creating new music and inspiring people everywhere she goes. Mandy Harvey first caught national attention when she appeared on the TV show America’s Got Talent in 2017 and sang her original song “Try,” which she wrote about not giving up in the face of adversity. The performance,... Read More

Fatal Distraction

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After legislators failed to make texting while driving a primary offense, how much worse will Florida’s distracted driving problems get? Only four states in the U.S. do not consider texting while driving a primary offense: Ohio, Nebraska, South Dakota and Florida. In these states, drivers cannot be pulled over and ticketed solely for texting while driving; they must first be... Read More

Palate: Small Plates, Big Flavors

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The Spanish word “bulla” (pronounced “boo-ya”) equates to “buzz,” and Bulla Gastrobar generates a lot of it as it sits in the Lakeside Crossing shopping center on the corner of Orlando Avenue and Morse Boulevard in a new trendy area of Winter Park. It is the brainchild of the former owner of Por Fin in Coral Gables, Carlos Centurion. The Centurion Group  now  has ... Read More

Ready for Anything

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From Disney child star to Hollywood heartthrob, Ryan Gosling is comfortable wherever his career takes him. Sifting through Ryan Gosling’s accomplished career thus far, it’s hard to pigeonhole the actor into one specific genre. He’s stolen hears starring in romantic comedies, dazzled in dramatic roles, and of course, showed he’s a bit of a triple threat with his choreographed... Read More

Best of the Best 2018

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113 Winners: Retail, Food & Drink / Lifestyle, Health & Beauty / Plus: Reader’s Choice Over the course of the past year, we have scoured Greater Orlando in search of the very finest things it has to offer. From mouthwatering meals and craft cocktails to indulgent spa treatments and fine jewelry, we covered lots of ground and had some very passionate debates in order to... Read More

Home Sweet Home

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A look at Central Florida’s top towns and buzzing neighborhoods. Ask someone what they love about living here and undoubtedly you’ll get a mix of responses with one common theme: lots of civic pride. The surrounding communities have lots to offer, from tranquil park settings and buzzworthy restaurants to top-notch schools and cutting-edge medical facilities. With so many great... Read More

Men of the Year 2018

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There are a lot more ways to measure a man’s success than by his salary and the material items he possesses. The spirit of giving, caring for others and making a difference are traits that are synonymous with Orlando Family Magazine’s Men of the Year. When it comes to these 15 fine gentlemen, their actions speak louder than their words ever could and they all embrace a responsibility... Read More

A Guiding Light

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Oprah Winfrey Continues to Inspire the Next Generation. If there’s a general rule of thumb regarding Oprah Winfrey, it’s that when she talks, you listen. Such was the case at the Golden Globes in January, when she stood on stage and delivered an impassioned speech that catapulted her as the leading charge in the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. It also, if ever briefly, made her... Read More

Super Women

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Get to Know These 11 Remarkable Ladies Who Strive to Make Central Florida a Better Place Tere Brun Senior vice president-community core solutions at FIS Brun has been with FIS, a global provider of financial technology solutions, for 29 years. During her tenure, Brun has held multiple leadership roles and she currently leads the FIS Orlando campus of more than 800 employees. Mentoring,... Read More

Around the Greens

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A look at some of the area’s finest golf clubs to see what they have to offer. Whether you are a casual golfer who sneaks in a couple of rounds per month, or someone who is passionate about the game and hits the links on a more regular basis, Central Florida is a prime spot to test your skills. Residents and visitors alike are sure to find plenty of courses worthy of a day under... Read More

Greek Mythology

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Despite the recent headlines made by area fraternities and sororities, there’s much more to Greek Life than hazing and salacious partying. The formation of the first Greek-lettered association that bears resemblance to today’s fraternities is generally considered to be the Kappa Alpha Society, established at Union College in 1825.  Instead of structuring its group around debate... Read More

Side Dish

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Restaurant news from throughout Greater Orlando Read More  Read More