City moves ahead on building efficiencies-Lake Nona/Orlando

Living in the “new green world” in the Lake Nona area of homes located just 10 minutes from the International Airport, and 35 minutes to downtown Orlando has offered the

Lake Nona "green living"

“green living”

unique opportunity of new construction building for Building Energy and Water Efficiency. So many of the new home communities offer green living, such as, Laureate Park in Nona, Randall Park in the Lake Nona area, and more. Ourselves and our neighbors in Northlake Park at Lake Nona continue to make several upgrades even though our homes are only 10-15+- years new. We have reclaimed water for irrigation which saves money. Upgrading double sided windows, doors, hot water heaters, solar panels, insulation, and more all aimed at conservation.

Orlando is moving forward with plans to help building owners pay for upgrades aimed at conserving water and power.

The City Council recently approved financing methods to allow the upgrades under its Building Energy and Water Efficiency Strategy. Plans require owners of mid- and large-size buildings to publicly report their usage. Upgrades — such as adding insulation or using more efficient lighting — would be voluntary.

City officials say they will work with third-party financial groups including Clean Energy Green Corridor, Florida PACE Funding Agency, and the Florida Green Finance Authority. Funding could be in place for the fall.

Source provided by Orlando Sentinel

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Best Orlando 4th of July Fireworks Shows and Events Guide 2016


The Orlando area has at least 17 Independence Day 4th of July Shows taking place in 2016 between the cities that make up Metro-Orlando and the fireworks shows happening at the theme parks. This is our guide to Orlando’s Best 4th of July Fireworks Shows and Events in 2016.

Red Hot & Boom on July 3rd, 2016

Red Hot and Boom is Orlando’s most popular Fireworks Show that takes place on July 3rd each year in Altamonte Springs at Crane’s Roost Park. Live bands sponsored by Top 40 radio station XL 106.7 play at the amphitheater leading up to the 25 minute fireworks show. Over 100,000 people typically attend the event annually. The Fireworks begin at 9:30pm.

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Click Here to read our story on Red Hot and Boom.

Disney World Fireworks

The Magic Kingdom celebrates the 4th of July with a fireworks show on both July 3rd and July 4th. Fireworks at the Magic Kingdom begin at 9 pm with patriotic music. Epcot add’s a special 4th of July tribute to Illuminations at 10pm.

Click Here to read our story on celebrating the 4th of July at Disney World.

Click Here to read our article on all events happening on July 3rd in Orlando.

Winter Park 4th of July Daytime Events

Winter Park hosts their annual Watermelon 5k on Park Avenue during the morning of July 4th and an annual Independence Day Celebration with activities, musical performances, and free admission to the Morse Museum during the day.

Click Here for more information about the 5k race and here for the Winter Park celebration in Central Park.

Downtown Orlando and Downtown Sanford 4th of July Fireworks

The two biggest fireworks shows on the 4th of July in Orlando happen in Downtown Orlando with the fireworks blasting over the signature Lake Eola Fountain in Lake Eola Park and at Downtown Sanford over Lake Monroe. Over 100,000 spectators are expected at each of these events. The Downtown Orlando Fireworks start around 9:10pm with the Sanford Fireworks starting at 9:15pm.

Click Here for more information about the Downtown Orlando fireworks and here for the fireworks in Sanford.

Orlando Fireworks Shows

There are many other fireworks shows happening on the 4th of July to check out including Fireworks in Celebration, St Cloud,Kissimmee, and Haines City that you can find more about here.

Other fireworks shows can be found in Winter Garden, Avalon Park, Mount Dora, Oviedo, and Winter Springs.

SeaWorld Orlando will be including a patriotic finale to it’s fireworks show on the 4th of July and Universal Studios will be showing their Cinematic Spectacular.

Click Here to visit our ultimate guide to spending the 4th of July around Orlando complete with videos of the fireworks from all of the major firework shows in the city and a bird’s eye view map of the firework spot locations at

Happy 4th of July Orlando!


Water Polo Lake Nona

Kensey Clinch of Lake Nona polo

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Notable: Clinch, of Lake Nona High School who was also the area player of the year as a junior, scored 102 goals and led the Lions to a record-setting 28-1 season. That capped a career in which she was a key player LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30: Kate Gynther of Australia is challenged by Giulia Enrica Emmolo of Italy during the Women's Water Polo Preliminary match between Italy and Australia on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Water Polo Arena on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)for four consecutive Lake Nona district title teams.

“She was a dominant all-around player and she was often triple-teamed,” said Lake Nona coach Alex Bennett. “Even in the state championship semifinal she was covered by three girls.”

Lake Nona was 28-0 until it lost the final four game 8-3 to Miami Ransom Everglades, which went on to defeat Olympia to win the state championship.

“We were hoping to win the state championship this year, and that didn’t happen,” Clinch said. “But it’s much bigger than that is the way I look at it. Everything I accomplished, and the people I met and the relationships formed. … that’s all more of a win for me. It was a great season. I wouldn’t change it.”

Clinch signed with Mercyhurst University (Pa.), where she will play water polo alongside her older sister, Jena, for one season.


Orlando’s third Ronald McDonald House announces opening date – Orlando Sentinel

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Orlando’s third , perched beside Nemours Children’s Hospital in , is set to open on May 20.

The 15-room home-away-from-home for families with sick children mimics Nemours’ contemporary architecture. And although it deviates from the cottage style of the other two homes near Arnold Palmer Hospital of Children and Florida Hospital for Children, the symbolic soft yellow hue is still present on its exterior.

As of early April, the structure was about 75 percent finished, and Chad Monroe of DPR Construction was optimistic that the House would be ready on time.

The rooms for families are simple and spacious. A small wall draws a line between the bedroom and sitting area to create a home-like feel.

“The cleaner, the better,” said LouAnn DeVoogd, president of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida.

The kitchen and common areas are surrounded by large windows and lead to a vast playground. There is also a LEGO-themed indoors kids’ play area.

Unique to the house is art donated by local artists. The artists were picked by donors who have underwritten each of the House’s 15 bedrooms.

The House occupies 21,000-square-feet on 0.8 acres of land, with room to grow to 40 bedrooms in the future.

Together, the three Roland McDonald Houses in Orlando will have 99 rooms, making Orlando the sixth U.S. city with three Ronald McDonald Houses.

Companies donating services to the House include SchenkelShultz Architecture, DPR Construction, TLC Engineering, BBM Structural Engineers Inc., Ramski & Company Interior Design and Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc.

“There’s something special about this… it’s just bigger than the project,” said Monroe of DPR.