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Story of a… Wildlife Rescuer

For Debbie Helsel, Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge in Lake Nona is home.

Steve Spurrier: Back in the Game

The legendary Steve Spurrier is once again ready for launch, this time as head coach of the newly minted Orlando Apollos. And the Ol’ Ball Coach has a bunch of plays he thinks you’ll like.

Bickley Wilson: Portrait of Goodness

How one woman provided artists of all ages a place they could call home.

Story of a… Roller Coaster Designer

Engineer and Skyline Attractions co-founder Chris Gray made good on his childhood dream of crafting thrill rides.

Story of a… Christmas Caroler

Andrea Tyler loves the holidays, so when she sings, she likes to let it show, let it show, let it show.

Story of a… Drum Major

Veteran UCF Marching Knights drum major Sarah Spielman puts aside her shyness “to make music with 375 of my closest friends.”

Story of a… Cat Behaviorist

Stephanie Merlin peers at the world through cats’ eyes to help correct their bad behavior.

Story of a… Centenarian

107-year-old Midge Ruff of Winter Park credits “genes and being blessed” for her unusually long life.

Story of a… Lifeguard

For more than four decades, Kimberly Lytle has “lived the world of lifeguarding.”

Growing Up Gridiron: UCF's New Head Coach

Even as a toddler, Josh Heupel was wired to be a competitor and a champion. Now as UCF’s new head coach, he seeks to build on perfection.

Story of a… Bus Driver

Florida Operator of the Year and 33-year veteran Melinda Demers says driving a LYNX bus “isn’t as easy as it looks.”

Spotlight: Baseball Memories

In the spring of ’53, future stars were making their mark in Winter Park—as were a couple of new kids on the block.

Women Of The Year 2018

Women who are making a positive impact on our community.

Spotlight: Gold-Medal Friendship

Two BFF swimmers take their talents to the next level—the national Special Olympics competition.

Story of a… Referee

Major League Soccer Assistant Referee Kermit Quisenberry says for 22 years he’s had a “front-row view of the game.”

Spotlight: Cooper, Cohen — and Good Company

The award-winning journalist and the late-night talk show host invite fans to tag along for an intimate, onstage happy hour.

Story of a… Baby Cuddler

NASA retiree Rick Rapson has gone from tending space shuttles to caring for the weakest among us: preemies.

African American Composers: Striking a Chord

A Bach Festival concert celebrates three African American classical composers whose talents shone despite racist obstacles.

Story of a… Butcher

As Raul Rubero of Orlando Meats puts it, “I like to say that meat brings people together.”

Story of A… Deejay

Katie Silson taps into her well-honed performing skills in her quest to “use music alone to affect people.”

Story of an… Exchange Student

Native Bulgarian Miroslav Goranov attends UCF to experience life as a U.S. college student and grow his skill as a wildlife photographer.

Extra Pulp: The Karate Kids

Laura Anders Lee and her sons discover the benefits of karate at their local dojo.

Bob Opsahl: This Just In…

Former TV anchor Bob Opsahl misses the bustle of news but is learning to enjoy retirement. And, yes, the Channel 9 legend still looks like he’s drinking from the Fountain of Youth.

Leading Light: GladdeningLight Symposium

Through an annual symposium, Randy Robertson seeks to guide us—and himself—to the places where art and spirituality meet.

Story of a… Locksmith

With 37 years in the business, Rob Kowal still encounters formidable locks—and clients.

Meet the Faces of Orlando 2017—Part Two

In this series we will meet the faces behind some of the city’s most notable businesses.

Story of… Santa Claus

The jolly old elf who is “older than Methuselah” admits the best present can’t be put under the tree.

Secily Wilson: A Voice for Empowerment

Two strokes couldn’t silence longtime TV anchor Secily Wilson, who uses her adversities as a springboard for helping other women.

Story of a... Zamboni Driver

Jesus Garcia has a cool job, literally, as ice resurfacer for the RDV Sportsplex and Amway Center.

Meet the Faces of Orlando 2017—Part One

In this series we will meet the faces behind some of the city’s most notable businesses.

Story of a... Crime Scene Investigator

For Orlando Police Department investigator Chantal Styer, a good day means justice is done and nobody dies.

An Enduring Shepherd: Pastor Jim Henry

Three years ago, Pastor Henry answered the call to return to his old pulpit and guide a struggling congregation. He has served them well.

Story of a… High Diver

World-ranking athlete Ginger Huber will dive 66 feet off a cliff, but mice make her scream like a little girl.

Story of a… Astronomer

For Seminole State College planetarium director Derek Demeter, studying the night sky is always illuminating.

Story of a… Wastewater Worker

Daron Johnson leads a crew that takes on one of Orlando’s dirtiest and most necessary jobs.

Story of a… Florida Cowboy

Fifth-generation rancher Kevin Whaley maintains the traditions and bloodlines of Old Florida.
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Guides & Resources

Guide to Private Schools 2019

Our searchable annual database will help you chart an educational course for your family.

Top Doctors 2018

The Annual List of the Top Doctors in Orlando.

Best Doctors 2018

The Annual List of the Best Doctors in Orlando.

Orlando's Top Chiropractors of 2018

Check out our 2018 list of some of the best chiropractors in the Orlando area.

2018 Premier Veterinarians

The 2018 Pet Guide: Pet Resource Guide

Here are some of the places you can go in Central Florida when you need supplies, products and services for your best friends.

Premier Realtors 2018

Let Orlando's best realtors help you find your dream home!
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Kid Kontributor of the Month - January 2019

Joyce B. shares what's she's looking forward to this year in our monthly feature, the "Kid Kontributor of the Month."

Wheels & Wine Giveaway

We're kicking off the year with a giveaway everyone can stand behind!

Health Hub: Congenital Heart Problems Require Lifelong Care

February is American Heart Month, a time when the value of expert cardiac care is in the spotlight here in Central Florida.

High Five for the 10 Man

Review: "Hamilton'' at the Dr. Phillips Center soars with its cast, sets and operatic-like story of the Founding Father.

#ArtfulEpcot: What's New at the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts

This surprise sleeper hit of the Epcot festival lineup returns for 39 days of dazzling displays in visual, performing and culinary arts.
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