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Wednesday, March 28

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Teacher of the year's big surprise

New teacher of the year

Valeria Brown’s second period class at Jackson Heights Middle School will never be the same.

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Secret to long life? She says, don't marry.

She was born in 1902

When she was born on March 24, 1902, she was in an Ohio farmhouse with no electricity and movie theaters hadn’t been invented yet.

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Restaurant review: Prato

Upscale & down home

Prato exemplifies the blend of simplicity and inspiration that can only come from a chef who is able to see his restaurant through the eyes of the people who actually eat there.

Chris Jepson: The odds are stacked

What does Trayvon Martin’s death say about you? And America in 2012?

There’s a maxim when studying history that goes: You have to judge a people by the context of their times.

Spoonful of honey may help allergies

A teaspoon of local honey a day during pollen season is said to reduce your body’s reaction.

But just as Orange Blossom Trail does not always live up to the bucolic beauty the name suggests, orange blossom time may not be the best time of year for you either.

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Hagerty High School senior gets his wish

Teen fights rare disease

Jordan Murphy wants nothing more than to be a typical teenager.

Staff opinion: Being forced to buy insurance isn’t new

People are forced to pay for things they don’t want to pay for all the time — it’s a fact of life.

Insurance debates

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Josh Garrick: Tragedy + comedy

In "The Flight of the Earls", violence and betrayal rip through the Earl family for the sake of Ireland.

Tuesday, March 27

Celery Stalks

Spring arrived on Tuesday, March 20, but my friends and I thought different.

Spring arrived on Tuesday, March 20, but my friends and I thought different.

Thursday, March 22

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Al Sharpton heads Trayvon Martin rally

Calls for justice in shooting

The Rev. Al Sharpton and former New York Mayor David Paterson called for justice in the the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Sanford on March 22.

Ask Sandi

Lately there has been a lot of chatter about employers asking for passwords for your social media.

Lately there has been a lot of chatter about employers asking for passwords for your social media.

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Food trucks do battle at Oviedo Mall

Cuisine on wheels

Food Truck Crazy is bringing Food Truck Wars to Orlando.

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Hagerty snaps Winter Springs' win streak

Hagerty victorious

A 14-game unbeaten streak was finally snapped for the Winter Springs Bears on March 20, and it happened at Hagerty.

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John Bush runs for Florida House seat

Challenges Brodeur

The race for a new Florida House of Representatives seat has a new face, but he may be a familiar one for local residents.

Stetson's Corner

March goes out like a lion with our best-ever Founder's Day celebration at The Rural Heritage Center

March goes out like a lion with our best-ever Founder's Day celebration at The Rural Heritage Center

Calendar and Family Calendar

On the fourth Friday of each month (March 23, April 27, May 25) from 6 to 9 p.m. downtown Sanford hosts the Sanford Art Walk, a gallery tour around town.

Wednesday, March 21

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Buddhist film festival comes to Winter Park

Comes to Winter Park

The annual Florida Dharma Film Festival (FLharma) is March 30 and March 31 at the First Congregational Church of Winter Park.

Chris Jepson: Life. Fun with a capital PH!

I do not subscribe at all to the current hype that 60 is the new 40, or any other such age-related nonsense. Sixty is 60.

Life. Fun with a capital PH!

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Tom Carey: One mere sip of water

A few homemade tricks

One mere sip of water

Staff opinion: Justice for Trayvon Martin

If George Zimmerman walks away free, we’ll have the perfect blueprint for blaming the dead.

Moments before George Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a police dispatcher told him to stand his ground, but he said it in a different way.

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Josh Garrick: Staff gives back

The 2010 Tony award-winning play for “Red,” an often-disturbing look at the life of fine art painter Mark Rothko.

Mayor Buddy Dyer made check presentations totaling $445,695 in donations to 464 charitable organizations.

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Ice Cream Social benefits McDonald House

Ice Cream Social

Ronald McDonald House is continuing the tradition of fun to raise money for families, with an Ice Cream Social event on Saturday, March 24, at the Winter Park Civic Center.

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MD Muscle Walk comes to Maitland

Meet Jace Pitre

While an Altamonte Springs family hopes to get a diagnosis for their son, they raise money for a Maitland muscular dystrophy event.

Oviedo High plans football anniversary

Oviedo High School is planning a 50th celebration of our football field.

Oviedo High School is planning a 50th celebration of our football field.

Thursday, March 15

Give your records a spring cleaning

Local business owner goves tips on how to get organized

It’s the time of year when people go through their closets, basement and garage to pull things out for the season and throw out items they no longer need. There are also ways for businesses to incorporate spring cleaning.

Wednesday, March 14

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UCF Knights trounced by Drexel University

Blowout ends season

UCF fell hard in its first NIT appearance.

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Knights debut at NIT

B-ball tips off tonight

The Knights earned a spot in the NCAA National Invitational Tournament for the first time in school history.

Stetson's Corner

Daytona Bike Week wraps up this weekend, so please be aware of the motorcycles on our roads.

Daytona Bike Week wraps up this weekend, so please be aware of the motorcycles on our roads.

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Lions on a roll

Oviedo on six-game streak

The Oviedo Lions are on a six-game winning streak that started on the road and came home in the last week.

Free Dental work from Dr. Chatterly

Seminole County-based Dixon Ticonderoga Co., the world’s leading supplier of quality writing and art supplies including Prang Art Markers, kicked off the nationwide program

Letters to the editor

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your generous support of the 2012 Sit, Stay, Sip…& Save a Life wine event. This year’s event was a great success!

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A weekend of musicals

One-weekend-only show

Spotlight Theatre will be performing "The Boyfriend" at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E. Main St., in Geneva, from March 17-19.

Chris Jepson: Why art? Exactly because it is gnarly out there

How do you justify art in a world of sorrow?

Art is the attempt to make sense of it all.

Staff opinion: At war with our own future

When we sacrifice our future to fight a war with an uncertain conclusion, we imperil our way of life.

Country is at war with its own future

Nancy Rudner Lugo: Superwoman could be healthier

Women ages 45 to 64 have the lowest well-being of any age group or gender.

Women ages 45 to 64 have the lowest well-being of any age group or gender, and are worse off than women a generation ago.

Cancer survivor gives back

I am running for Woman of the Year with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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Business Briefs

One Senior Place opens

Feb. 23 marked the official opening of One Senior Place at 715 Douglas Ave. in Altamonte Springs.

Minnesota Orchestra plays great music

A great orchestra plays great music to great effect

Friday, March 9

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UCF crushed by Memphis

Knights fall in 83-52 rout

The UCF mens basketball team scored first and last, but in between it was all Memphis March 9.

Wednesday, March 7

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Knights finish in style

B-ball heads to postseason

It was a night full of cheers for A.J. Rompza and P.J. Gaynor.

Community caring

We wonder if this will be the last cold snap of this season as last weekend's front plunged temperatures from 90 degrees into the 40s.

We wonder if this will be the last cold snap of this season as last weekend's front plunged temperatures from 90 degrees into the 40s.

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100 years of love

St. Luke's turns 100

Just off the road in a swirl of dust from nearby construction, sits a one-room church, long outgrown by its congregation.

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No room for students

UCF renters kicked out

Some UCF students are on the street with two months left before graduation after the Oviedo City Council.

Puppy adoptable after hip surgery

Casselberry dentist Dr. Tim Chatterley launched a Good Deed Contest, which ends on May 3.

Letters to the editor

With the coming of spring, we all look forward to enjoying the outdoors — the mild, but sunny weather, the aroma of blossoming flowers and green all around us.

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Oviedo, Winter Springs cops play for Kids House

Kids House helps abused kids

Tracie Rouse never thought she would be able to seek out help for her 5-year-old son after finding out he was sexually abused at the age of 3.

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Huskies, Lions fall

Championship dreams end

The Hagerty Huskies’ Cinderella season finally came to an end.

A month of family fun

March is here! Daylight saving time will arrive on the 11th of this month.

March is here! Daylight saving time will arrive on the 11th of this month.

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From my garden to yours

Productivity gardening

I am not jealous or in a competition with any of my gardening compatriots. In an occupation as rewarding as food gardening, the more the merrier.

World's Festival 2012 in Casselberry

The Rotary Club of Casselberry will present the best cultural performing arts from around the world at The World's Festival 2012, scheduled from noon until 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at Metro Life Auditorium

Staff opinion: Hacking and crimes of enlightenment

If keeping the government open and its doings accessible to the people is journalism, then Julian Assange is a journalist.

Hacking and crimes of enlightenment

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Josh Garrick: Hot off the press

Orlando’s first ever NotWedding — an aptly named alternative bridal showcase — walks down the aisle on March 15.

OMA presents “Presses, Publishers and Prints: Selections from the Contemporary American Graphics Collection”.

Ask Sandi

What message are you sending out to potential employers? Do you know?

What message are you sending out to potential employers? Do you know?

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Woman wears Lilly Pulitzer every day

One's fashion obsession

Ninety-eight percent of her clothing collection is the Lilly Pulitzer brand, which fills two closets in her home, not counting the items she keeps in storage.

Thursday, March 1

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Seminole School Board stops paying bills

Board could save $284,000

Some city officials are fuming after they said the Seminole County School Board has refused to pay its stormwater bills.

Observer Newspapers names new publisher

Tracy Craft promoted

Turnstile Media Group – publisher of Observer Newspapers – announced today the appointment of Tracy Craft to the position of publisher.

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Winter Springs reinstates spring festival

City fests face tough times

It's difficult for smaller cities such as Winter Springs and Oviedo to keep their events on the budget, let alone add one back to the schedule.

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Oviedo senior picked for Intel Science trip

New fire vehicles

Genevieve, the chocolate lab TEARS and Seminole County Animal Services have been recuperating since August, is officially ready for adoption.

March brings green thumbs and bees

March brings green thumbs and bees

Spring is around the corner, and in just more than a week, we'll set our clocks forward.

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Oviedo Lions, Hagerty Huskies state bound

Two teams on big runs

Two Oviedo basketball teams are heading to Lakeland for the state semifinals.

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Calendar and Family Calendar

World's Festival 2012

In celebration of its 50th birthday, the students of Jackson Heights Middle School in Oviedo are hosting the inaugural JHMS: Run the City 5K Run/Walk at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, at the Oviedo Mall.