14th Annual Best Fest “The Taste of West Orange”

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West Orange Chamber of Commerce sponsored its 14th annual Best FestThe Taste of West Orange.” Held along the shore of Starke Lake in Ocoee, more than 30 local restaurants and businesses treated guests to their most creative dishes, delicious desserts and inspired cocktails. Attendees sampled an unlimited array of food and drinks while also visiting the many interactive business booths. They also voted for the best booths of the night. Winners included …

25th Annual “Best Mom in Southwest” Essay Contest

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Congratulations to this year’s winners: Maryfer Alvaro, overall winner; Jillian Sendin, 12-and-older winner; Anna Gordon, 9-11 winner; and Paige Baggett, 8-younger winner; and all of our honorable mentions. They join a long list of past participants who believe that their mothers are truly the best. Over 50 entries follow …


Accents Model and Talent Center

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Dont Just Dream It, Do It!

Picture a girl short in stature, a bit overweight and extremely shy. Fast forward to this same young girl who later gained confidence and increased self-esteem that set her up for a life of success and assurance. This girl experienced a transformation that enabled her to embrace herself unconditionally.

What made such a difference in her attitude …

The Vampire FaceLift … Not As Scary As You Think

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by Marissa Magsino, M.D., FAABFM


The Vampire FaceLift is a minimally invasive facial that brings about a more youthful appearance. Growing in popularity, many people first heard of the procedure when celebrities Kim Kardashian and Gisele Bündchen openly talked about theirs. The term “vampire” was inspired by how this facial uses the patient’s platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to stimulate …

Sports News – April 21, 2016

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Winter Garden resident Luca Rappa (front, right), 6, walks onto the field holding the hand of Orlando City Soccer goalie Joe Bendik.

Six-year-old Luca Rappa, along with his parents Tony and Nikki of Foxcrest at Stone Crest in Winter Garden, attended the Portland Timbers vs. Orlando City Lions soccer game at the Citrus Bowl. Luca had the honor of escorting …

The Real Estate Coach

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When It Comes to Real Estate, Paul McGarigal Covers All the Bases

Buying or selling a house involves much more than putting up a “For Sale” sign in the front yard. Is the house listed correctly? Do the neighborhood, schools and amenities align with the buyer’s ultimate goals? Does the seller need a quick turnaround? There are many pieces to the puzzle that need consideration.

However, the most important aspect both buyer and seller should consider is the …

Quality Time in the Kitchen

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Cooking With Kids Yields Tasty Dishes & Memorable Moments 

by Kirsten Harrington

Some of my fondest memories of time spent with my children are in the kitchen. When they were little, measuring ingredients for cookie dough turned into a lesson about fractions; as they grew we talked about food safety and nutrition. They also learned the importance of taking time to prepare and eat real, wholesome food. These days, …

Florida Technical College … Your Future Starts Here!

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If you have dreamed of making a career change, finishing your degree or owning your own business, Florida Technical College is your springboard to success. With six Central Florida campuses and dozens of fields of study, FTC offers bachelor’s and associate degrees and diploma programs to help you turn your dreams into reality. With convenient…

News & Business Briefs

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Initiative helps veterans with employment opportunities

Southwest resident and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs (center) attends the Veterans Business Initiative with (l. to r.) Janice Abrew, communications, events and community affairs manager of Rosen Hotels and Resorts; Robert Minnetto, Central Florida community reinvestment manager, Orlando marketing director and vice president of Regions Financial Corp.; Aurora Realin, diversity and inclusion manager at Florida Hospital; Lisa Hancock, executive vice president of Manpower; Rogue Gallart, president of the Central Florida Disability Chamber of Commerce; Jaime Quarnoccio, veteran employment representative of CareerSource Central Florida; Bridgett Lee, diversity coordinator, financial and support services of Orlando Utilities Commission; and …

Bay Hill, Hidden Springs and more news

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Bishop Moore Catholic High School President Tom Doyle (left) and Principal Scott Brogan (right) introduce Bay Hill resident Grace Hingtgen as Rotary Club of College Park’s student Rotarian of the month.

Rotary Club of College Park members honored Bay Hill resident Grace Hingtgen as a student Rotarian of the month at last month’s meeting. She was chosen …

Bay Meadows, Lake Whitney and more news

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Runners take off at the start of Bay Meadow Elementary’s annual 5K Koala Krawl.

The Bay Meadows Elementary PTA hosted its annual Festival and 5K Koala Krawl to celebrate the school’s 25th anniversary. Proceeds from the fundraising drive were donated for school programs. The day began with the Koala Krawl, a 5K that started and ended at the school and went through …

Mixes for Mom

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As Mother’s Day approaches, send up a round of cheers in honor of your No. 1 gal. With a thoughtful toast and a delicious Disaronno cocktail, Mom will certainly feel the love. Whether you are brunching at home or want to keep your bartender at a local restaurant on his toes, these Mother’s Day sips…

Redefining the Dental Experience

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Dr. Tejumade St. Matthew-Daniel believes excellence is not an accident

One of the greatest gifts you can offer is sharing your beautiful smile with the world.

But maintaining your pearly whites can be a challenge. Aside from routine hygiene such as remembering to floss every day, only a dentist can help you achieve a bright smile and …