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The Lifeline

Bringing you the best local stories in and around our community.

Kid City USA Heathrow

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When Khushboo Pundir and Nanditha Gummadapu met and created some magic with their Kid City USA early learning academy on Lake Mary Boulevard years ago, it was only the beginning.

Disc Golf Fever

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Thanks to a local teen and a handful of disc-golf enthusiasts, one of the fastest growing sports in the country has arrived in Lake Mary

A SunRail Daycation

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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 League of Their Own

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From one-on-one tutoring to family reading programs and more, the Adult Literacy League and its volunteers are committed to building a more literate community

A Legacy of Dignity

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To honor the life of its biggest advocate, IDignity Seminole redoubles its efforts to help the disadvantaged get the essential identification they need

Melissa Ray- Wins Civilian Life Saving Award

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Melissa Ray works at Jeunesse Global in Lake Mary. In 1990, she first took a CPR training class and learned mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Things have changed in the three decades since Melissa’s first CPR classes, and luckily for her coworker, Brendan Farwick, she recently participated in an updated training session offered by the Lake Mary Fire Department and taught by Inspector Torry Walker.

The (Home) Brew Crew

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If you’ve ever thought about trying your hand at homebrewing beer, don’t go it alone! The Brew Club of Seminole County welcomes you with full glasses and open arms.

A Seed Grows in Seminole

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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

Double Eagle

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With a combined eight state championships in the last six years, Lake Mary is home to the two most dominant girls’ golf teams in Florida

The Hearts of Hamilton

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With more than 100 years of combined education experience, these three original Hamilton Elementary teachers reflect on 35 years of history at the iconic Sanford school

Book 'Em

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With a network of Little Free Libraries around town, this Sanford Police Officer is on a mission to put books in the hands of the young boys and girls he serves

Their Cups Runneth Over

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In the September/October 2018 issue of Lake Mary Life, we introduced the community to Palate Coffee Brewery, a volunteer-run coffee shop in Sanford that donates 100 percent of its profits to fight human trafficking. With the launch of a second Palate Coffee cafe in Oviedo and the opening of a safehouse for at-risk children in Guyana, it’s time to check in again with Palate founder Tina Kadolph to learn how local coffee lovers are helping women all over the world, one tasty cup at a time.

1st and 40

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As the UCF football team celebrates its 40th season, we meet some of the inaugural players who call Seminole County home

We've Got It Covered

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100 issues. 100 covers.100 remarkable stories that are part of our community’s rich history. To celebrate the 100th edition of Lake Mary Life, we caught up with some of the cover stars who’ve made our magazine so special. We couldn’t follow up with everyone, of course. Some have moved away, some are no longer with us, but everyone who has graced this magazine’s most prominent page will forever be part of the Lake Mary Life cover family. Join us for a family reunion of sorts as we reconnect with some of our favorite cover folks from years past.

The Pages Keep Turning

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In the 16 years we’ve been publishing Lake Mary Life, so much has changed, but one thing has remained entertainingly the same: people have been predicting the death of print magazines the whole time! But as we send our 100th edition to print, we’re noticing something interesting... some of the trendiest, most media-savvy companies in the world are embracing print magazines again or for the very first time.

Take a Hike!

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As temperatures become tolerable, Seminole County’s Natural Lands Program starts calling. Our own Georgia Rivas takes us on a tour of the best hiking trails and nature spots in town.

Inspiration Road

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Determined to live life to the fullest, this local couple completes a cross-country adventure inspired by those living with spinal cord injuries

That'll Teach You

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Local theater teachers sharpen their skills and satisfy their souls by quite literally acting the parts on stages throughout Central Florida

What Is Community Policing?

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More often than not, you will hear me and members of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office refer to our organization’s dedication to community policing. We take pride in our philosophy of engaging in community policing, something that has dated back to the 1990s. We know it helps our mission of reducing crime and the fear of crime in our county. However, we don’t always explain what community policing is and how it betters the community we live in and serve.

The Journey of a Lifetime

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On the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Seminole High School Band traveled to Normandy to remember and celebrate those who risked everything to save the world Jake Burkhart’s great-grandfather was among the thousands of valiant American soldiers who stormed Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, on D-Day. The young Army soldier, Daniel Wojciek, earned a Purple Heart for leg and back injuries he sustained in the battles that followed, but he survived the carnage of World War II and made it back home.

The Bloggiest Place on Earth

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There is certainly no shortage of theme-park blogs online. But for these three local, professional women, blogging about their park hopping adventures has not only helped their followers around the world tackle the treacherous parks, it has added a bit of magic to their own lives, too. Meet Tina, a nutritionist; Chandra, an insurance claims representative; and Samantha, a mental-health therapist. They all have one thing in common: they can’t get enough of that little guy with the big ears.

Hello Summer

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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.

How Rube!

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Ever hear of a Rube Goldberg machine? It’s an elaborate contraption that’s as fun to build as it is to use, and a team from Sanford Middle School just won the district’s very first wild and wacky Rube Goldberg Competition.

Meet Chris Anderson

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Seminole County’s new Supervisor of Elections is a former Sheriff’s Deputy and Army veteran who wants to take the mystery out of the elections process

Divine Timing

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From helping our youth to serving our senior citizens, a group of students at Holy Cross Lutheran Academy are following the lead of one stellar community champion

The Hall Calls

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The 2019 class of inductees into the Seminole County Sports Hall of Fame spans decades, multiple sports, and the full spectrum of community service

The Apple of His Eye

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Oviedo high-schooler gets a surprise visit from Apple CEO Tim Cook and a prestigious scholarship to attend the company’s iconic developers conference in California.

Gather Round

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As girls join the boys in their Scouting adventures, this local Scoutmaster finds herself in familiar territory – on the cutting edge of leadership

Meet Nina Yon

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She’s the new CEO of The Sharing Center, and she brings an invaluable point of view that unites the rich and the poor

A Concert for the Kids

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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.

Our Own Olympian

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Back from the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi – with two silver medals to add to her overflowing trophy case – Sanford tennis star Brittany Tagliareni continues to inspire

Extra Curriculars

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For these dedicated educators, being a retired teacher doesn’t mean they’ve retired from teaching. They continue to instruct and inspire, this time as volunteers in our local schools.

Flashes and Floaters and Shadows, Oh My!

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It’s Monday night. You’re watching the ball game, when suddenly you see spots in your vision. You blink several times, but the specks don’t go away. In fact, you start noticing new sparks of light and a shadow in your field of vision. Should you contact your eye care specialist?

It's A Snap!

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Taking care of someone with a developmental disability can be hard. The Special Needs Ability Program is here to help.

Changing of the Guard

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Meet Kevin Smith, Lake Mary’s new city manager, and join us in bidding a fond farewell to three great leaders who’ve served the city for more than 75 years combined.

On-Campus Credit

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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.

Vegans Unite

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The leader of Central Florida’s vegan movement lives right here in Sanford, and she’s helping local vegans connect with each other and the vegan-friendly restaurants around them.

The IT Girls

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The IT Girls at Crooms Academy of Information Technology. The club helps girls in every grade at Crooms explore their potential in STEM subjects.