The Lifeline Bringing you the best local stories in and around our community. 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 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. Leaders of the Pack By Jill Cousins Meet the founders of the Oviedo Run Club. 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. You've Got a Friend in Bee By Mike Berry Meet the Oviedo man who’s determined to help nature’s unsung heroes thrive. 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 Don’t Take Your Spine for Granted By Dr. Pedro M. Ramirez A wide range of care options provides relief for neck and back pain. Boston Strong By Jill Cousins For this Winter Springs marathoner – who just completed her third-straight Boston Marathon – running is therapy, charity, and camaraderie all in one. Simply Amazing By Jill Duff-Hoppes Local mother turns heartbreak into arts enrichment for local children. 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. Flip the Calendar By Mike Berry Oviedo’s most iconic calendar is getting a new look and some new life as The Oviedo Preservation Project hands off its signature photo calendar to the Chamber of Commerce. Perfect Games By Jill Cousins The Bears make history as they go undefeated to win the state championship Trading Blues for Greens By Susan Shalhoub The recently retired Police Chief of Winter Springs continues to serve the community he loves. Keepin' Busy By Mike Berry Activities abound for seniors in Oviedo. Here’s a handy breakdown. 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 A Grand Finale By Jill Duff-Hoppes A grateful community says thank-you to Judy Duda, the matriarch of Oviedo’s iconic concert series. The Apple of His Eye By Kevin Fritz 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. 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. A Talent for Leadership By Kevin Fritz The Oviedo Youth Advisory Council is giving young men and women in our community an important voice and a priceless opportunity for service. A Different Kind of Exam By Susan Shalhoub You’ve heard of a teaching hospital... But how about a schoolteacher who’s now an emergency-room physician? Meet ER doctor and former Hagerty High teacher Lindsey Elmes. 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. Why Everyone Needs a Primary Care Physician By Dr. Perri Dumbacher A doctor who knows you can be much more effective in keeping you healthy. 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. Playing With the Pros By Jill Cousins Oviedo’s Sarah Scott, 18, was the youngest player ever to compete in the Arnold Palmer Invitational Wednesday Pro-Am in March. Making A Splash By Hedy Bass Did you know Oviedo has its own synchronized swimming team? Meet the Synchro Belles, adorable young ladies who are tackling this demanding sport with grace and gusto. 50 Years of Service By Kevin Fritz For a half-century, Oviedo Citizens in Action has been the community’s touchstone for equality, opportunity, and engagement. It's A Long Story By Laura Breen Galante Did you know we have a New York Times bestselling author living right in our own backyard? We do, but his journey to writing success was no quick read. Triple Play By Jill Cousins Three Oviedo dads team up to give every local kid a chance to play the sports they love. Moving Up By Kevin Fritz Orlando’s epicenter for social services is led by an Oviedo neighbor with a heart for helping others. Scouting Around By Susan Shalhoub Scouting means business for this local teen who recently earned the Girl Scouts’ highest honor. Big Minds On Campus By Mike Berry The Hagerty High School debate team travels to compete inside the historic halls of Harvard. Neighbors You Should Know: Stephen Steck and Desta Horner By Kevin Fritz They’re critical cogs in the wheel of Oviedo’s past, present, and future. 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. Let's Do Lunch By Laura Breen Galante The Lunch Ladies of Oviedo put the social in social networking. 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. Hawaii In Their Hearts By Mike Berry Thanks to a supportive community, the Winter Springs High School JROTC traveled to Hawaii to help commemorate our nation’s most infamous day. Dairy Double By Jill Cousins Oviedo High’s volleyball coach and its top player both take home coveted Dairy Farmers awards. Viva Oviedo By Mike Berry Local youth football players find fun, friends, and a feeling of la familia in Mexico. A Helpful Decade By Jill Cousins As Helpful Hands, Inc. prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary, we look back at what has become one of the Oviedo-Winter Springs community’s most, well, helpful charities. Oviedo Impact, Loud and Clear By Susan Shalhoub Caitlyn Lezotte does good deeds near and far. Black History Mural Design: Revealed By Jill Duff-Hoppes Local artist Xavier Moss has been selected by City of Oviedo officials to paint a black history-themed mural at Oviedo’s Round Lake Park. Care to Spare By Hedy Bass An Oviedo cop and a Special Olympics athlete are a dynamic duo at the bowling alley. Fade to White By Mike Berry Oviedo’s longest-serving public official, Lars White, settles into a well-deserved retirement. Learning from the Masters By Jill Duff-Hoppes High-school art students channel famous creators to bring art education to life in Winter Springs. Not So Little Anymore By Jill Cousins Oviedo Little League celebrates its 50th anniversary Dancing For Parkinsons By Pam Neff Lake Mary’s Lauren Carlson is using her passion for dance to raise awareness for Parkinson’s disease, a cause that is close to her heart. Play On! By Jill Duff-Hoppes The Wekiva River Players celebrate their 25th anniversary with the show that started it all The Wheels Keep Turning By Georgia Fojo Meals on Wheels, Etc. celebrates 45 years of tasteful service to those in need. Fourth of July Events in Seminole County! By Georgia Fojo Check out these fourth of July events in Seminole County! Let's Buddy Up By Jill Cousins The Buddy Up Tennis program based at Red Bug Lake Park in Casselberry gives players with Down syndrome the chance to make friends and have fun, but the volunteers who run it get so much more. Best Friends Furever By Jill Duff-Hoppes Seminole County’s new BFF 100 program helps high schoolers earn community service hours by training and fostering shelter dogs. "Art Should Be Available to Everybody" By Jill Duff-Hoppes In Seminole County, several visual art groups bring color and creativity to the community on a regular basis. Here we showcase three of these groups – one a relative newcomer, while the other two have been around for decades. All three are brimming with talented artists who encourage and support each other as they help make our world a more beautiful place. Service in the Sun, Volunteer in Seminole County By Mike Berry Want to do some good this summer? Here’s a roundup of area volunteer opportunities with options for the whole family The Big Band Era Lives! By Jill Duff-Hoppes ...And it resides right here in our community. Meet the modern-day big band leaders who are sharing The Great American Songbook with new generations of music lovers. Vote of Confidence By Kevin Fritz The Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Office takes home two major awards Let There Be Light By Laura Breen Galante Fresh off an appearance on a national TV show, these Alaqua Lakes residents share the secrets behind their unbelievable holiday lights display Art Commission Is Active in Sanford By Jill Duff-Hoppes Sanford’s visual-arts scene has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, and the City’s Public Art Commission is working diligently to make sure that trend continues. Safety Patrols Earn Their Badges By Laura Breen Galante They can’t write you a speeding ticket (yet), but thanks to a new partnership between the Sheriff’s Office and local elementary schools, campus Safety Patrols are now genuine Junior Deputies Two Is Better Than One By Allison Slater Tate One young man and one young woman from across the State of Florida are recognized every year for their performance on high-school AP exams. This year, Seminole County is home to BOTH! Double Header By Pam Neff A half-century after the original baseball team at Crooms Academy played its final inning, eager young players are bringing baseball back to Seminole County’s most historic high school Not Your Average 9 to 5 By Mike Berry These local professionals have some of the most unique gigs in town The Cars of Mandarin By Kevin Fritz One of the community’s most iconic neighborhoods is also home to some of its most classic cars The Jolly Trolley By Mike Berry A new, free trolley service is up and running in downtown Sanford, and it’s the perfect way to peruse the city’s always-hopping street festival scene The Stair Master By Georgia Fojo Meet a local doctor who has traveled the world to improve his fitness one step at a time Home Is Where the Heart Is By Jennifer Clemens ...And the heart of Sanford’s Loch Arbor community remains after nearly 100 years Love in Every Stitch By Rebekah Grier Project Linus gives thousands of handmade blankets to children in need – and an equal amount of smiles to the local women who sew them What’s Up with Downsizing?…and why I’m excited to live in Griffin Park in Lake Mary By Sheila Kramer Lake Mary Life publisher Sheila Kramer shares why she's excited to downsize and move into a new home in Lake Mary's newest development – Griffin Park – the city's highly anticipated midtown featuring new residential homes and the Griffin Farm Town Center.