The Lifeline Bringing you the best local stories in and around our community. Like a Good Neighbor, Bob Frier Is There By Allison Slater Tate No stranger to breaking news, the well-known local TV anchor was in the right place at the right time to help a neighbor in need Navigating Troubled Waters and a Bumpy Road Ahead By Sydney Dillehay When the ocean of life is turbulent, what can make navigating the waters so much easier? Would you prefer to be in a luxurious ocean liner, one that is strong and true and well-cared-for, or a tiny dingy with a rusty hull and troubling leaks? Manage Your COVID-19 Stress Before It Manages You By Dr. Mary Senne The goal of managing stress and anxiety during a crisis or even a global pandemic is to reduce the emotional anguish that can be caused by the event. Doing so allows us to care more effectively for ourselves, our families, and our loved ones. 3D Mammograms Bring New Dimension to Cancer Detection By DR. LEENA KAMAT 3D mammography allows you to scroll through multiple levels and see if a potential problem spot is regular tissue or, possibly, a tumor. The Danger of Federal Pacific (FPE) Circuit Breaker Panels By David Pruitt Your circuit breaker panel protects your home from problems caused by external power surges, circuit overload, and short circuits. I Believe I Can Fly By Hedy Bass Actor, comedian, and TV star Wayne Brady loves her new book, so this emerging Longwood author must be doing something very right An Unwavering Commitment to School Safety By Sheriff Dennis M. Lemma Parents across our community, state, and nation have recently faced tough decisions and questions. One Voice, One Vote By Jill Duff-Hoppes This Altamonte playwright is channeling a civil rights icon to encourage citizens nationwide – and here in our community – to embrace their right to vote The King's Court By Jill Cousins When you’ve run out of Halls of Fame to join, what honors are left? For this local basketball legend, an appointment to the Court of Honor awaits. Catching On Like Wildfire By Jill Duff-Hoppes It’s not easy launching a new theater troupe in the middle of a pandemic, but the Wildfire Players are committed to do it right and for the right reasons "You Won't Believe Your Eyes" By Jill Duff-Hoppes For this local art collector, the classic banners promoting circus sideshow acts are the main attraction Peter Ponders... Face Masks By Peter Reilly They have the power to keep a global pandemic at bay AND spark a viral supermarket brawl. That’s impressive. Much to Celebrate, Much Still to Do By Jill Duff-Hoppes Demand for new pets during the coronavirus crisis has emptied local animal shelters, right? Actually, not quite. While lots of local families have welcomed a new pet into their home, many four-legged friends are still hoping to find their perfect match. Paradise, Found By Georgia Rivas Decades in the making, this Longwood resident’s backyard is a tropical oasis like no other SCPS Emphasizes School Safety for Students and Parents By Captain Rick Francis The SCPS District has made school safety a priority even before the state and federal school safety mandates. The district is focused on our mission to safeguard the safety and security of our students, staff, and property. "Hey, Dude!" By Jill Duff-Hoppes Longtime assistance-dog raisers in Sanford find the perfect tribute to a departed friend Five Easy Ways To Help Boost Your Immune System By Justin Bedor With all that is going on around us every day with concerns about our health and safety, it is important to keep your personal immune system strong to help your body defend itself from illness and disease Preventative Care for Seniors By ROB HOFFMAN Take a look at preventative steps that seniors should not skip. What's Up Casselberry? By Georgia Rivas Get to know the two local pastors behind an entertaining, informative, and uplifting podcast inspired by the city they love and call home More Room to Help By Hedy Bass Thanks to a generous donor, the homegrown charity Just Our Soldiers’ Helpers is expanding its footprint in our community to bring comfort and caring to men and women serving overseas Sanford Samaritans By Mike Berry Local businesses are all in this together, which is why one Sanford company decided to help many others weather the COVID-19 crisis What's Up, Winter Springs! By NA Gathering for events has been tricky of late, but the City of Winter Springs did its best to give residents and families some much-needed diversion while keeping everyone safe Coding for Charity By Georgia Rivas Determined to help local businesses during the pandemic, three high-school programmers put their heads together to create a nonprofit organization that gives back in more ways than one Dawson's Streak By Jill Cousins A once-in-a-generation swimming prodigy at Seminole High is currently breaking records, stockpiling wins, and causing jaws to drop A Safe Way To Play By Mike Berry Golf is one of the only sports that is relatively unaffected by the coronavirus crisis, so the City of Oviedo’s purchase of the Twin Rivers Golf Club is paying more dividends than ever Ain't No Stopping Us Now By Susan Shalhoub Virus or no virus, HOPE Helps made sure local kids got the school supplies they needed – and still had fun along the way Swim, Bike, Run... Persevere! By Jill Cousins The coronavirus crisis couldn’t stop this young athlete from tackling his first triathlon Meet 2020's Artist of The Year By Jill Duff-Hoppes Joanne Fink, the 2020 Seminole County Artist of the Year Home Is Where The Heart Is By Susan Shalhoub Thanks to a dedicated deputy, the community rallies around a homeless veteran to give him the dignity he deserves Mission: Space By Mike Berry This Oviedo High grad is reaching for the stars at NASA’s Mission Control A Tree Grows (Again) In Altamonte By Jill Duff-Hoppes Years in the making, this beautiful sculpture honors a centuries-old oak felled by Hurricane Irma Neighbors You Should Know: Dick Mottl By Kevin Fritz At 98 years young, this Heathrow golfer, author, pilot, and World War II veteran continues to live life to its fullest Put Me In, Coach! By Jill Cousins In baseball, basketball, and football, the Oviedo-Winter Springs community is welcoming three new coaches to our award-winning high-school programs Rotary’s Wheels Keep Turning By Kevin Fritz The Rotary Club of Oviedo celebrates a half-century of service in our community All Hail the All Americans! By Jill Cousins Teammates and friends, these Lake Mary High athletes are celebrating an amazing honor together “Eye Vitamins” and You By Dr. Alexander Barnes Whether shopping online or walking through your local pharmacy, the number of products advertising various health benefits can be overwhelming. So, do you need to be taking any vitamins for your eye health, and if so, which ones? Dry Eye and the Modern World By DR. ILYA SLUCH Dry eye – or the more technical ocular surface dysfunction syndrome – plagues the lives of over 16 million Americans and is likely under-diagnosed in many others. The Million Mask Challenge By Laura Breen Galante Members of the Oviedo Woman’s Club are always giving back, so it’s no surprise that during a global pandemic, they’ve found a new way to help An Iron Will By Jill Cousins This local athlete is poised to become the first-ever competitor with Down syndrome to complete an Ironman Triathlon Color Gardening for the Fall By Kaydie McCormick One of the benefits of living in Florida is the ability to grow a colorful garden year-round. However You Learn... By Laura Breen Galante Digital learning is more popular – and potentially more frustrating – than ever before, but a local student and her friends around the world are here to help She's All Ears By Jill Duff-Hoppes Meet the winner of our Greatest Pet Photo Contest: Coco, the homegrown hearing ear dog On Love and Loss By Jill Duff-Hoppes Local photographer’s first solo show explores family, history, and tragedy – all with deep ties to our community Zoom, Zoom, Zoom! With the Seminole County Public Library By Sara White Over the past couple months, the Seminole County Public Library (SCPL) has launched a wide variety of Zoom-based and virtual library programs for all ages. Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month By Georgia Rivas In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, meet four neighbors from different countries in South and Central America who share memories and traditions of their homelands A Foundation of Resilience By Kevin Fritz 2020 is a tough year for fundraising, but the Oviedo Police Foundation is continuing its mission to give local cops the resources they need to keep us safe It's a Trick By Susan Shalhoub Local mentalist fools Penn & Teller for a magical win on their hit TV show An Advocate's Journey By Laura Breen Galante She began her career at Kids House right out of college. Two decades later, she takes the helm. Meet the new CEO of Kids House, Juliette Kong. Now You SEE Me By Laura Breen Galante Having trouble understanding someone in a face mask? Imagine if you’re deaf or hard of hearing. But the local Lions Club has a solution.