CP Interview: Curiosity fuels Spectrum News anchor Greg Angel

Greg Angel has been fascinated with news since he can remember. From putting on imaginary newscasts in front of the TV as a child to working at his high school’s radio station, Angel is now an evening anchor with Spectrum News 13. Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Angel went to high school and college in Michigan, graduating from Central Michigan […]

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Local Flavor with Scott Joseph: Bruschetta from Tartini Pizza & Spaghetteria

      When I recently revisited Tartini Pizza & Spaghetteria, I was impressed with the improvements new owners Oleksandr Nechyporenko and Alvaro Ramirez, who is also the chef, had made. And I loved Ramirez’s creative take on Italian cuisine. His Chef’s Bruschetta is a perfect example. Ramirez has taken something that is usually no more than chopped tomatoes and […]

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The Way We Were: A league of their own

In 1938, nearly 30 years after W.M. Van Brunt opened his four-lane alley and introduced Orlandoans to indoor bowling, Joe and Addie Gill opened the Orlando Bowling Center. Bowling was still growing in popularity, but Orlando was no stranger to the sport. Local businesses played in leagues at the Ideal Bowling Alley (later Orlando Bowling Alleys), but when the alley […]

CP Interview: SAK president David Russell helped bring improv to downtown Orlando

David Russell, president and a co-founder of SAK Comedy Lab, has been with SAK since 1983 when it was a performing group at the newly opened Epcot Center at Walt Disney World. Now, SAK is a downtown Orlando performing arts institution that has seen the likes of Wayne Brady, Jonathan Mangum and Paula Pell come through its improv academy. Russell […]

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The Way We Were: Six years later, Preserving Pulse is an ongoing commitment

  It is hard to believe that it has been six years since the Pulse nightclub shooting. The event seems so recent and yet so long ago as part of our community’s history. For five years, the Orange County Regional History Center has hosted annual remembrance exhibitions, each year focusing on different stories, themes and artifacts surrounding the event and […]

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Local Flavor with Scott Joseph: Muhammara from Hungry Pants

  Hungry Pants in the SoDo District is the project of Joey Conicella and Alex Marin, who were the original owners of the Yum Yum Cupcake Truck, one of the early entries in Orlando’s food truck scene. They describe Hungry Pants as offering “a plant-curious menu in a fast-fine setting.” According to the two owners, the restaurant, which opened in […]

CP Interview: Sentinel columnist Joy Dickinson shares Orlando’s history

Joy Dickinson is the Orlando Sentinel’s history columnist who shares the history of Orlando in her weekly column that appears in the Sunday paper. Dickinson grew up in downtown Orlando, graduating from Boone High School in 1963 before attending Florida State University and earning a dual-major degree in history and English. From there, she moved to Williamsburg, Virginia, and worked […]

The Way We Were: Child’s play and ‘Kid Stuff’ — Attempt to set yo-yo record in Heritage Square Park

Under cloudy skies on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, an exuberant crowd gathered in Heritage Square Park in downtown Orlando with one goal in mind: breaking the world record for the most people yo-yoing in one place at one time for two minutes. At the time, the Guinness World Record to beat stood at 432 people but with a yet-to-be-authenticated record […]

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Local Flavor with Scott Joseph: Roasted Stuffed Mushrooms from Delaney’s Tavern

Delaney’s Tavern in the SoDo District across from the Orlando Health complex is often compared to the bar on the television series “Cheers.” It has a neighborhood vibe and a friendly staff who may or may not know your name. But the gang at Cheers had to leave the bar to eat. At Delaney’s, there’s great food right there with […]

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Dave’s Lock and Key Shop: College Park Historic Business

College Park prides itself on supporting the small, historic family-owned businesses on Edgewater Drive. One of them, Dave’s Lock and Key Shop, has been open there for over 45 years. Dave Stoltz came from a family history of blacksmiths and locksmiths and grew up around his father and uncle working in the trade. He started his own shop on Edgewater […]

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