The Lifeline Bringing you the best local stories in and around our community. Local First • Local Strong By NA What does it mean to be Local First • Local Strong? It means something different to everyone, and that’s what makes the movement so special. Extended Family By Mike Berry Though their roles are often misunderstood, local foster families like Mike and Starla Jenkins provide a critical link between children and their parents during times of crisis Brains & Braun By Laura Breen Galante He’s lived with a brain tumor for nearly two decades, but it doesn’t stop this Lake Mary grad from inspiring others in the classroom, on the field, and in the community The Hall (Still) Calls By NA Every year, Seminole County enshrines new local athletic icons into its Sports Hall of Fame. The 2020 induction took place without the usual fanfare, but the honorees deserve no less of a celebration. Let’s meet this year’s worthy inductees: Be The Change By Jill Cousins June’s Black Lives Matter march in Oviedo was an emotional and uplifting event. Meet the local grad who helped make it happen. Color Us Impressed By Jill Duff-Hoppes This local grad’s unique combination of skills helps kids understand and cope with the coronavirus The Show Must Go On By Jill Duff-Hoppes Local artists share their gifts with the community to bring a little levity and beauty to the lockdown A Hearty Supply By Georgia Rivas Now more than ever, the local nonprofit organization Hearts, Hands and Hope is filling the gaps to help feed every hungry family in Seminole County History and Heritage By Jill Duff-Hoppes Local artist pays homage to the pillars of Oviedo’s black history while beautifying one of the city’s most popular parks Success in the System By Mike Berry The future for foster children can seem bleak, but Altamonte Springs Police Officer William Belt proves that today doesn’t define tomorrow – and he’s determined to spread that message to local kids every way he can History Remembered By Susan Shalhoub Her mother is celebrated in Oviedo’s new black history mural, and her family’s legacy in the community stretches back nearly 100 years. Meet Judith Dolores Smith and experience her unique perspective on Oviedo history. The SEARCH For Opportunity By Georgia Rivas An invaluable local program is preparing young adults with disabilities to enter the workforce Volunteering At Its Most Special By Georgia Rivas Get to know four local Special Olympics volunteers who are making a difference in the lives of Seminole County’s most inspiring athletes This Is A Safe Space By NA When students return to Lake Mary High School, they’ll find a new, soothing room dedicated to their emotional well-being "All The Best Heroes Wear A Mask" By Jill Duff-Hoppes And throughout Seminole County, other groups of heroes made sure those masks kept coming CommUNITY By NA We’re all in this together – even when we’re a-p-a-r-t Sue Kroll – The Queen of Concessions By Chip Colandreo Neighbors You Should Know: Sue Kroll – The Queen of Concessions Memes and Memories – This is Jeopardy! By Allison Slater Tate “What is the experience of a lifetime, Alex?” Lake Mary college student takes her smarts to the Jeopardy! stage. Two Families of First Responders By Kevin Fritz They are next-door neighbors and dedicated public servants. Meet the Watson and Suehle families.