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Wednesday, February 29

Op/ed: New efficient lighting options

On Jan. 1, a multi-year phase out of incandescent light bulbs began as part of the nation’s move toward clean energy.

Reassess school emergency protocol

Parents need to take an active role in our children’s safety at school.

Reassess school emergency protocol

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Josh Garrick: Verdi up close

Orlando Philharmonic and Florida Opera Theatre join forces to present “Rigoletto”.

“The Andrews Brothers” is a new 1940s musical comedy running from March 2 to March 24 at the always fun, always innovative Winter Park Playhouse.

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UCF Knights near playoffs

UAB game next

The Knights basketball team will return home for a final regular season game against UAB (13-14, 8-6) at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Wednesday, February 22

Janet Foley: Festival season is upon us

Speaking of fun — do come to the Oviedo Historical Society’s Farmers Market on the first Saturday of the month at the Lawton House.

Speaking of fun — do come to the Oviedo Historical Society’s Farmers Market on the first Saturday of the month at the Lawton House.

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Winter Springs Bears dominate mat

Podium finish for wrestlers

Winter Springs may have seen higher rungs on the state wrestling championship ladder, but not by much.

Tips to living a sustainable life

Farmers markets are a great way to get outside on a sunny Florida afternoon, but they are so much more than that. In fact, they are a small part of a much larger initiative: local agricultural sustainability.

Karen Phillips: Saving Geneva Elementary

This year we get the gift of leap year's extra day on Feb. 29 and have Julius Caesar to thank for adding this unique event.

Winter Springs Senior Center events

This report reveals that there are interventions that are effective in the early stages of dementia, some of which may be more effective when started earlier, and that there is a strong economic argument in favor of earlier diagnosis and timely intervention. The Executive Summary can be accessed at tinyurl.com/alzheimerreport.

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Seminole County schools saved for now

Board votes down closure

A sigh of relief as audible as the thunderous applause filled the room on Feb. 14 when the Seminole County School Board agreed to remove school closures.

Paul Mitchell sets up in Oviedo Mall

Paul Mitchell The School and Oviedo Mall signed a new lease for space to include a cosmetology school, salon services and retail product offerings.

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Oviedo lawyer honored for service

Oviedo's pro bono attorney

Ever since he was 8 years old, Timothy Moran knew he wanted to be a lawyer.

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Winter Springs Police K-9 retires

Bomb-sniffer Mark retires

After a seven year stint finding bombs, guns and people, this cop is calling it quits.

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Oviedo Lions, Hargerty Huskies show teeth

Both teams win in regionals

Oviedo and Hagerty’s boys basketball teams are headed to the regional finals.

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For one night only, St. Luke's Lutheran Church presents international Christian recording duo Keith & Kristyn Getty live in concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 2.

Sandi Vidal: How to land a job

It is much easier now to find someone who knows someone. The key is not abusing that privilege.

The people I have seen who are successful in landing their next job have really worked hard for it. They approached it like a sales job

Chris Jepson: The original Burger Boy

For the past 40 days, I have been a vegan. I dropped all meat and dairy cold turkey.

The original Burger Boy

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Josh Garrick: Shakespeare’s ‘Cymbeline’

Orlando Repertory Theatre presents “Lyle the Crocodile” as a musical play for children through March 25.

“Cymbeline” features one of Shakespeare's most resourceful female characters who secretly marries Posthumous.

Tom Carey: Magic beans

Vining pole beans have been a staple crop for modern Americans since the first pioneers settled the continent.

To sell something as valuable as the family livestock for a handful of beans would put any of us in either the nuthatch or poorhouse.

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Knights slash Pirates, head to postseason

Head to postseason

The Knights are just a week away from closing out the regular season on the basketball court.

Thursday, February 16

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No revenge for Knights

UCF looks to rebound

The Knights squandered a shot at revenge against Southern Miss on Feb. 11, falling 78-74 as a comeback collapsed on the court in Hattiesburg.

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Help for Seminole County's strays

New program helps animals

Animals Services gets a breath of fresh air from TEARS

Stetson's Corner

February is of course the month we celebrate love by exchanging hearts of all kinds.

February is of course the month we celebrate love by exchanging hearts of all kinds.

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Project Walk Orlando opens

Longwood clinic's miracles

Life can change in an instant. One second a passionate dancer, competitive softball player or dedicated U.S. Marine, the next, they’re given no hope to ever walk again.

Notes

The Seminole County Fire Department presented two citizen awards Feb. 10, to Bob Johnson and Victor “Bryan” Wooten for their quick actions in the early morning hours of Jan. 6.

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Winter Springs' Olympic doc

Herba heads to London

A Winter Springs chiropractor is heading to London for the 2012 Olympics

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The Oviedo Preservation Project’s Walking Tour & Pancake Breakfast returns this weekend from 8-11:30 a.m. Feb. 18, starting at the First United Methodist Church of Oviedo.

Wednesday, February 15

Op/Ed: It’s easy to invest in community

At its core, the Think Local First movement aims to change the way consumers eat, think and handle food.

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Josh Garrick: Culture Worthy of your Calendar

The Rotary Club of Winter Park is proud to present a new Winter Park tradition, Chili for Charity.

BBQ with Buddy

Wednesday, February 8

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Center raises questions

Post office to be reborn

Oviedo may finally have a dedicated community center after the City Council voted 3-2 on Jan. 23, but some Council members are crying foul, saying the deal wasn’t transparent enough.

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Bears dominate district

Head to regional finals

The Winter Springs Bears have become a broken record of broken records, setting a string of team firsts after a second straight week of postseason dominance.

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New lease on life

Old school gets new partner

UCF breathes life into Student Museum with Center for Public History

Stetson's Corner

Abraham Lincoln was long, lanky and largely self-educated. He was a young man who loved to read and disliked killing animals for food or sport.

Abraham Lincoln was long, lanky and largely self-educated. He was a young man who loved to read and disliked killing animals for food or sport.

District playoff time

It’s playoff time for some local boys basketball teams hoping for a shot at the title after tough regular seasons.

Notes

Florida Rep. Sandy Adams has declared her candidacy for the new District 7, based in Seminole County and including parts of Orange and Volusia Counties. Visit www.sandyadams.com

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Local girls go Live!

Teaching fighting like a girl

Five friends from Seminole County win “Live! With Kelly” contest and take on New York City proving the importance of “fighting like a girl”

Letters to the editor

Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell hit the nail on the head in calling out the Florida Legislature for its terrible redistricting maps.

Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell hit the nail on the head in calling out the Florida Legislature for its terrible redistricting maps.

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Pass protective laws for all citizens

Political leaders in Seminole County need to pass protective laws for their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens.

Political leaders in Seminole County need to pass protective laws for their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens.

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Cheering champs

Master's' first state title

Master’s Academy competitive cheerleaders win school’s first sports state title

Celery Stalks

Did you go to the Farmer’s Market on Saturday, Feb. 4? The market was packed with some 28 vendors.

Did you go to the Farmer’s Market on Saturday, Feb. 4? The market was packed with some 28 vendors.

From my garden to yours

Tia Meer, compatriot gardener and president of the Simple Living Institute, found a few spare moments to stop by my garden for a chat.

Tia Meer, compatriot gardener and president of the Simple Living Institute, found a few spare moments to stop by my garden for a chat.

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The Krewe of Leaders Fat Tuesday Celebration is Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Senor Tequila’s Mexican Grill

The Krewe of Leaders Fat Tuesday Celebration is Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Senor Tequila’s Mexican Grill

Ask Sandi

There is a free “Resumeter” computer program, which will help you to see weaknesses in your resume.

There is a free “Resumeter” computer program, which will help you to see weaknesses in your resume.

Jewelry buying tips to keep the sparkle

Here are a few tips to help those of you planning to give your loved ones rings, necklaces and other items, to ensure that Valentine’s Day 2012 is a success.

Staff opinion: Love doesn’t stink for merchants

Consider plunking some of that dough into the local economy for Valentine's Day.

It’s important to remember that money can’t buy happiness and that love doesn’t cost a thing, but after so many years of economic doom and gloom, a sign of light is lovely.

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Josh Garrick: Can your heart handle all the choices?

Three super-talented artists — Cherie Dacko, Cake Marques, and Tracy Burke — are featured at Culture & Cocktails.

Billy discovers — and becomes obsessed with — the world of ballet.

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Knights basketball team back in groove

Face Southern Miss Sat.

The Knights will hit the road for a second chance at Southern Miss tipping off 5 p.m. Saturday.

Tuesday, February 7

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Dr. Oz visits Winter Park to kick off initiative

Dr. Oz drops by Full Sail

Television host Dr. Oz makes a stop in Winter Park to help kick-off Healthy Central Florida campaign.

Thursday, February 2

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Bears district bound

WS wrestling dominates SAC

Winter Springs wrestling is making a name for itself in Central Florida, stealing the limelight from the long-dominant Oviedo team

Wednesday, February 1

Stetson's Corner

We have faced significant issues before and have prevailed with solid and sober arguments, and make no mistake: Geneva has mobilized again.

We have faced significant issues before and have prevailed with solid and sober arguments, and make no mistake: Geneva has mobilized again.

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Wicklow Elementary in Sanford was awarded a $100,000 grant from Target and the Ellen Show.

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Love Your Shorts Festival hits Sanford on Feb. 10

Film fest brings local talent

Last year Sanford struck gold with its first ever film festival, Love Your Shorts. Now it's back and bigger than ever.

Letters to the editor

Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell hit the nail on the head in calling out the Florida Legislature for its terrible redistricting maps.

Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell hit the nail on the head in calling out the Florida Legislature for its terrible redistricting maps.

Calendar and Family Calendar

Geneva Bijou, Cuplet Fern, Seminole County Movie Night, Oviedo movie night, Geneva movie night, Chuluota events, UCF events,

Ask Sandi

Answers to standard questions like tell me about yourself, what are your strengths and what are your weaknesses should just roll off your tongue.

Answers to standard questions like tell me about yourself, what are your strengths and what are your weaknesses should just roll off your tongue.

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Knights struggle in C-USA play

Ready to face Marshall

The Knights return to the court at 3 p.m. on Saturday at SMU in Dallas before flying home for a Feb. 8 showdown against Marshall.

Keep your finance resolutions

“Save more” is a good start, but how will you know when you get there?

“Save more” is a good start, but how will you know when you get there?

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Senior Community Bulletin

One Senior Place opens

One Senior Place, a revolutionary senior mall and resource center, opened Wednesday, Feb. 1.

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Culture Worthy of your Calendar

Some of the most spectacular tablescapes ever to inspire shouts of “Opa” are being created as a benefit

(Truly) Extraordinary tables