The Lifeline Bringing you the best local stories in and around our 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: 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 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 The SEARCH For Opportunity By Georgia Rivas An invaluable local program is preparing young adults with disabilities to enter the workforce "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 Hittin' The Books By Dori Gerber This local teacher – and published author – brings lessons from his writing desk back to the classroom in unique and engaging ways When Life Gives You Lemons... By Mike Berry An Altamonte man’s terrifying cancer diagnosis became his family’s call to action to support families like theirs through the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Young Women Unite By Georgia Rivas Two different groups for young girls and teens are helping the next generation of local female leaders thrive Lynn's Legacy Lives On By Georgia Rivas Local Boy Scout builds an outdoor classroom in memory of Sabal Point Elementary’s Lynn Halbfoster Canine Class Is In Session By Jill Duff-Hoppes Thanks to the support of current and former Seminole County educators, New Horizons Service Dogs is changing the lives of local men, women, and children with disabilities Child's Play By Jill Duff-Hoppes Lake Howell High students help local kids experience the magic of the theater Good As Gold By Laura Breen Galante Cross-country gold, a Girl Scout Gold Award... Longwood’s Megan Rhodes shines bright in our community 25 Years of Changing Lives By Georgia Rivas Have you ever thought about mentoring a student? Consider being part of the Take Stock in Children program. With 25 years of success under its belt, this scholarship program helps connect deserving high-school students and adult mentors in a meaningful way. Welcome to the Jungle By Jill Cousins Longwood’s Dionna Hurt makes history as the new general manager of the Orlando Predators Won't You Be My Neighbor? By Hedy Bass Neighbors Network helps local seniors stay independent, active, and connected Casselberry 101 By Mike Berry The City of Casselberry’s new Citizen Academy will give residents a behind-the-scenes peek at what makes the town tick – all for free! Herd Mentality By Jill Duff-Hoppes Local artist honors Florida’s cattle culture as part of a unique exhibit 500 years in the making Always An Optimist By Kevin Fritz The Altamonte Springs South Seminole Optimist Club is celebrating a half-century of service to our community Just Keep Swimming! By Jill Cousins Longwood is home to a remarkable team of competitive swimmers who range in age from the late 60s to the late 90s! A New Way to Serve By Laura Breen Galante RSVP is now active in Seminole County, and it aims to match seniors and older adults with local nonprofit organizations that need their help Food Fighter By Dori Gerber This Altamonte teen is on a mission to eliminate food insecurity around the world A SunRail Daycation By Georgia Rivas Looking for a day-full of fun throughout Central Florida? Our own Georgia Rivas hops on SunRail to scope out some of the hottest spots that are just a train-ride away. A Seed Grows in Seminole By Hedy Bass The Mustard Seed of Central Florida has a strong and growing presence in Seminole County, providing help to families in distress and opportunities to serve for those with love to give Mark Your Calendars... With Art! By Jill Duff-Hoppes The Rotary Club of Casselberry’s free annual Arts Calendar is available while supplies last He Has the Need, the Need For SPEED By Kevin Fritz Longwood seventh grader Lucas Hinton is one of the fastest kids in America "You Smell the Fuel" By Mike Berry From Altamonte Springs to the skies high above the most exotic destinations in the world, this competitive skydiver reflects on his unlikely destiny to join the Army’s Golden Eagles Press Pass By Dori Gerber When he’s not on the basketball court at Lake Brantley High, Zack Weiss is writing about the NBA for the online news outlet League Alerts. Big Names By Jack Roth With a major Blues Festival on deck this month and a bevy of other free concerts throughout the year, the City of Casselberry has become a sought-after destination for some of the biggest musical acts in the nation Legal Eagles By Hedy Bass There’s a new law school in our community, but the young lawyers in this program are still about a decade away from taking the bar Kids' Court By Jill Cousins At the Sweetwater Oaks tennis club, a pair of ambidextrous young siblings are leading a new generation of court marshals Have Bike, Will Travel By Lauren Rowe Lauren Rowe is director of communications at Orlando Sanford International Airport and was an Emmy award-winning news anchor. Scenes from South Asia By Jill Duff-Hoppes A Longwood woman’s vision will blossom on local screens in October at the 25th annual South Asian Film Festival All The Badges By Mike Berry Few Boy Scouts could even name all 137 of Scouting’s iconic merit badges, but this Altamonte Eagle Scout earned every single one. The Role Specialized Breast Surgeons Play in Improved Patient Outcomes By Anu Saigal, MD By the end of 2019, the American Cancer Society estimates 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will have been diagnosed in women across the United States this year. A Decade of Devotion By Georgia Rivas For 10 years, NextStep Orlando has given those living with spinal cord injuries hope, encouragement, and the drive to one day walk again. The Baby Whisperers By Susan Shalhoub Altamonte’s Chad and Holly Nuttle are the Florida Foster Parents of the Year Hello Summer By Georgia Rivas And just like that, another Florida summer is upon us, but luckily you don’t have to go very far to enjoy our beautiful Sunshine State. Here are our top picks for fun things to do in your neighborhood and around town this summer. School Safety in Seminole County Public Schools By Dr. Walt Griffin The safety of our children and staff has and will always be our top priority. “A Universe of Stories” – Let’s Explore It Together By Sara White Special summer events at the Seminole County Public Library Documenting the Lives of Six We’ve Lost By Sheriff Dennis M. Lemma There is no greater duty that we have as law enforcement officers than to pay respect to those who have fallen in the line of duty. Get Ahead of the Class! By Kashif Qureshi, MD If you’re like most parents, you probably greet the end of summer with a mixture of emotions. However, summer will be over before you know it – which means back-to-school time is just around the corner. Are you ready? A PIT Stop at Prom By Dori Gerber This recent Lake Brantley High School grad made sure the pageantry of prom was available to all Love is In the Bags By Susan Shalhoub Inside The Springs, residents are putting their old grocery bags to good use to help the homeless and protect the Earth The Hall Calls By Jill Cousins The 2019 class of inductees into the Seminole County Sports Hall of Fame spans decades, multiple sports, and the full spectrum of community service Duke Energy Urges Storm Preparedness for 2019 Hurricane Season By Patty D'Alessandro Hurricane season began on June 1, but Duke Energy prepares for massive storms year-round and urges you to be prepared, too. This A.D. is An MVP By Pam Neff Lake Brantley High’s athletic director is named the best in Florida Bronze Beauty By Mike Berry Altamonte’s own Annamarie Nieves is just back from Abu Dhabi with a chestful of medals from the Special Olympics World Games A Unique Look at Family Travel By Lauren Rowe As well-traveled parents, we are always looking for ways to expose our girls to the great big world out there. A Concert for the Kids By Kevin Fritz Get ready for a star-studded evening of entertainment on August 18, all to benefit the Steinway Society and its mission to help children in need take a seat at the piano. The Beat Goes On By Jill Duff-Hoppes At 86 years young, this local dance teacher won’t let age determine when the music is done. A Heads-Up on Play By Kevin Fritz The community rallies to outfit the Lyman High football team with special concussion-reducing helmets A Model Citizen By Susan Shalhoub Casselberry’s Gabbie Buendia is a two-time valedictorian and one of America’s brightest young minds Great Minds Think Alike By Susan Shalhoub The engineering magnet programs at Milwee Middle School and Lyman High are working together to solve big problems and win big trophies. Creepy Art with a Heart By Jill Duff-Hoppes These local artists combine creepy and cute to forge their own artistic path. A 7600 Leap of Faith By Pam Neff With tremendous support from our community, the Garmon family made their second adoption a dream come true. Neighbors You Should Know: David Rubin By Pam Neff Meet the muscle behind the Wekiva Strong movement. More Inspiring Than Ever By Laura Breen Galante Inspire of Central Florida is hard at work to help both businesses and those with special needs. Forever Friends By Diana Purutcuoglu These local Girl Scouts are celebrating more than a decade of dedication together. Resolutions You Can Keep at the Seminole County Public Library By Sara White Seminole County Public Library offers a wide range of programs to help you meet your goals. Seminole County Public Schools: A Source of Community Pride By Dr. Walt Griffin SCPS is focused on our mission to ensure that all students acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be productive citizens. - Dr. Walt Griffin, superintendent of Seminole County Public Schools. Honoring Commitments Near and Far By Sheriff Dennis Lemma Sheriff Dennis Lemma shares 2018 State of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. Spring Is in the Air By Jemima Desir, MD, MBA Spring cleaning starts with safety first. - Jemima Desir, MD, MBA, Florida Poison Information Center Think Like a Bear By Diane Hirth Bears have a schedule, just like you do. - Diane Hirth, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Adventures in 3D Printing at the Seminole County Public Library By Sara White Ever been curious about 3D printing, or wanted to see how it works for yourself? - Sara White, Seminole County Public Library. On-Campus Credit By Georgia Rivas For 10 years, students at Lake Brantley High School have gotten real-world experience working at the on-campus CFE Credit Union branch, and now would-be bankers at Lake Howell High are breaking into the business, too. She Keeps Going and Going... By Hedy Bass They call her the Energizer Bunny, and this 100-year-old Meals on Wheels volunteer continues to help others with a power all her own The Ancient Art By Jill Duff-Hoppes Local printmaker breathes new life into a centuries-old art form Growing Together By Pam Neff Lake Brantley alumni combine love, family, and farming Camp Shriver's Soaring Eagle By Kevin Fritz Local Eagle Scout honors the founder of the Special Olympics and its athletes. Good Morning South Seminole By Kevin Fritz With an industry veteran at the helm, South Seminole Middle School’s TV news production program is as fun as it is authentic. Play On! By Jill Duff-Hoppes The Wekiva River Players celebrate their 25th anniversary with the show that started it all Doubly Undefeated By Pam Neff Maitland Middle School volleyball teams just can’t lose! Buddies Blossom at Lyman By Susan Shalhoub Teen-led Greyhound Buddies program pairs Lyman students with their special-needs peers to promote inclusion and opportunity for all. Miracle on the Seminole Wekiva Trail By Allison Slater Tate When Longwood resident Chris Connor collapsed from a heart attack on the Seminole Wekiva Trail, a series of incredible events led to a life-changing and life-saving encounter among three complete strangers.