About Chris Winders

Facebook post inspires College Park community’s mutual support

By Chris Winders | August 11, 2020

In College Park, the neighborhood that escapes the busy streets of Orlando, the small-town feel is impossible to miss. Even in a pandemic, the sense of community hasn’t changed. Like most business owners, Jill and Giovanni Vianello, owners of Let Us Frame It on Edgewater Drive, were anxious when the lockdown first happened and wondered how they would adapt their […]

Pulse Nightclub becomes a National Memorial Site

By Chris Winders | August 11, 2020

On June 12, 2016, 49 lives were taken and many more injured in one of the nation’s most violent and hateful attacks, the Pulse Nightclub shooting. Now, more than four years later, the nation is still honoring the fallen, the survivors, and the family and friends of those who lost loved ones. In 2019, Rep. Stephanie Murphy proposed a bill […]

Orlando, you’ve got to work on your core

By Chris Winders | August 11, 2020

Residents of Downtown Orlando are used to seeing cranes dot the horizon. New residential towers, school buildings, hotels and entertainment venues have been popping up all around Downtown for the last 10 years. The latest is a proposed 33-story hotel and condo tower at 319 E. Church St. It may seem like a lot of growth to some residents, but […]

Thank you, readers!

By Chris Winders | August 11, 2020

My heart is exploding this month! In case you missed it, my July letter to you spelled our mission at The Community Paper to share positive news while uplifting and connecting our community and why we don’t cover hard news. Your response to that letter solidified what our team believes: What we do is indeed needed and appreciated. Rob H. […]

Food drive held for struggling artists, entertainers

By Chris Winders | August 11, 2020

A brass band played merrily while volunteers held signs and cheered the cars driving through the Plaza Live parking lot July 24. This was the second Friday Abby Cox came out to take advantage of the free meals and fresh produce courtesy of 4Roots. When she got an Instagram message from a co-worker about the food drive organized specifically for […]

Packing District 4Roots Farm lease agreement; City internships to be offered at Career- Source; County contributes funds to Lake Fairview

By Chris Winders | August 11, 2020

Lease agreement for Packing District’s 4Roots Farm The nearly 100-acre Packing District development is bringing a public park, apartment complex, YMCA, tennis center and the 4Roots Farm Campus just west of College Park. In today’s City Council meeting, the terms of the lease for the 4Roots Farm Campus were approved. In the Packing District, 18 acres will be leased to […]

Urban Trail gaps to be filled; City employees to help County with assistance program applications; Orlando budget hearing held

By Chris Winders | August 11, 2020

Two gaps in Orlando Urban Trail to be connected Orlando is working to fill in the gaps in the Orlando Urban Trail and is using Federal Highway Administration funds to do so. (See our earlier article at yourcommunitypaper.com/articles/orlando-bicycle-beltway-filling-in-the-gaps.) The first gap in the trail is in the North Quarter, where there is no connection between the Colonial Overpass Bridge and […]

‘Yesterday This Was Home: The Ocoee Massacre of 1920’

By Chris Winders | August 11, 2020

History Center staff are preparing a major exhibition that will open just weeks before the 2020 general election and will look back a century to Election Day 1920 in Orange County, telling the story of the largest incident of voting-day violence in United States history, along with its aftermath. This exhibition —Yesterday This Was Home: The Ocoee Massacre of 1920 […]

One of Orlando’s first first responders

By Chris Winders | August 11, 2020

Emergency Medical Services is a familiar term today, but when College Park resident Roger Huder began his career as a first responder, EMS was just beginning. “In the early days of EMS, we didn’t know what to expect,” said Huder. From 1974 to 2000, Huder served the City of Orlando as a firefighter/ paramedic. Huder became a paramedic when there […]

Rosangela Parker, executive director of the City District

By Chris Winders | August 11, 2020

Rosangela Parker has been in her position as a Main Street executive director since last June. In that time, she has overseen a dramatic expansion of the Church Street District, recruited an associate director to facilitate that expansion, rebranded the district to the City District and helped businesses in the district’s boundaries weather the COVID-19 pandemic. We sat down with […]